22nd March 2009: Getting there... I have now inhaled so much paper dust that I think I'm going to start excreting newspapers!
The armour is on its way. The initial plan was just paper mache over balloons, but that was proving to take far too long to dry (and, as it turned out, we'd neglected to vaseline the balloons first so it wouldn't quite have worked). We ended up using paperclay, which is pretty much paper pulp in powder form, that you add water to and then mould before sticking in a hot oven to dry.
Awesome though the paperclay is, it doesn't give a very smooth surface on the larger pieces, so I've been diligently sanding, smoothing with surface filler, and sanding again. The shoulder holes need neatening up and everything needs spraying and some more spikes sticking on, but already I can tell that it's going to look like we're wearing sea mines on our shoulders - which is what it's supposed to look like, so wahey!
I've also done the majority of the rest of my costume - it's just boots and armour to finish off. This costume contains an obscene number of studs, honestly. I've bought at least one shop out of split pins for it.
I also have heel lifts in the boots to get me closer to Amy-Lou's impressive height. They're quite strange to wear, especially as they aren't really designed to be put into lace-up boots.
Sorry for lack of progress images, but I don't tend to take them that often :3
2nd March 2009: Clothing progress! Met up with Amy-Lou and Delusional to get my cosplay mojo flowing, and managed to make the base bodysuit. I should really change the image- we're going for the all black leather costumes from the manga rather than the anime's slightly weird yellow bits, because.. well, they're cooler.
The bodysuit is a singularly unflattering garment but it does show off my butt quite well >_< I also made the stockings, so Annapuma shall not be a giant wig and nothing else :) Most of what remains to be made is armour and accessories.
26th January 2009: Plottings Amy-Lou and I finally managed to liaise properly yesterday and there was a goodly amount of planning. We've worked out basic logistics for the armour pieces, main body, stockings and wigs/ears, and ordered a vast amount of biker studs from the Bay of E.
Boots are proving to be difficult. We were planning on using canvas boots as a base, but despite being hugely popular a couple of years ago, the only suitable ones we can find are from Taiwan and expensive. Hopefully we can find something in the next two months...
We've decided to go for the manga art rather than the anime's simplified and weirdly yellow version (which means I should alter my ref image on here) as we both like it better. Also, our wigs are slightly different colours, which fits the manga artwork better.
Next step: the purchasing of large quantities of black leatherette!
21st October 2008: Oh my days The wigs have arrived... I've never had such an enormous box in the mail before!
They're pretty epic - if only I knew where my camera charger was I'd post pictures.
MattDark - 12th November 2008
Aww man, I wish I could go to minami-con now.
Do you think you could wear those for another event too? Perhaps the next london expo? Or Ayacon? Please?
*Big puppy-dog eyes*
Sorry, just Dominion is one of my fave old-school pieces, and id hate to miss the chance for a photo of/with the Puma sisters.
HystericalDame - 24th January 2009
Ooh, this is one of my favourite animes. Wish I could be there to see it D:
Anonymous - 26th January 2009
wow i can't wait to see this :)
Anonymous - 3rd March 2009
Haha, OMG YES.
Sephirayne - 3rd March 2009
Awesome. So can't wait to see this. The wig is going to epic.
Ranma1-2 - 20th March 2009
aaaarrrggghhh, still no pictures yet ..please fix camera, we're dyin to see progress pics here. ^^
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