Alistair Theirin (Splint-mail Armor) - Dragon Age: Origins


Amecon 2012

Showcased 23rd September 2012 What is this?




Shale (on the subject of birds): "I approve of the ritual slaying of the feathered fiends, eats one? DISGUSTING!!!"
Alistair: Oh, they're really quite tasty, you just have to rip off the feathers first. I like the skin myself."
Shale: I think I'm going to be sick..."
Alistair: "OOOHHH! Golem vomit!!! This I HAVE to see!!!"

Yeah, I can't help it, Alistair is my favourite character from Bioware's Dragon Age series. I find his sense of humour, general naivety and social awkwardness just endearing. He makes a brilliant love interest for female characters and a great friend to male PC's.

It was difficult to pin down an exact look for Alistair, as DA allows you to put almost any suit of armor on any character. When having a look at various screen-caps and fan art a single look kept springing up, that of Alistair in his splint-mail as he appears when you first meet him in-game. This was the look I decided on for my first cosplay; partly because I thought I had half a chance of getting it done, and partly because I didn't like the idea of trying to build a full set of plate armor from craft foam!!!


Numta posted on 24 September, 2011 - 13:40
Damn good choice for a first cosplay! Can't wait to see it!

ArcticWolfCosplay posted on 24 September, 2011 - 20:33
Cheers buddy! I'm quite excited TBH, Alistair is one of my favourite game characters and I'm a little psyched to find out there will be other DA cosplayers at Kitacon. :)

Leolarua posted on 24 September, 2011 - 22:46
yey alistair :D

Candystriped posted on 24 September, 2011 - 23:32
Thank you for your comment! As for Kitacon, my Zevran and I are undecided for the moment but we WILL let you know once we're decided! Would love to get a DA group going!

Manticore posted on 28 September, 2011 - 14:32
Ok you've got to be careful, I will find you and like.. Glomplest you! Can't WAIT!

ArcticWolfCosplay posted on 28 September, 2011 - 15:02
Thanks guys, I hope I can do the character justice!!! Candystriped: be sure to give me a shout if you plan to start a DA group, would definitely be interested :D

Phee posted on 28 September, 2011 - 15:21
There's a dragonage group organised by my friend for kitacon if you're interested. i'm pretty sure it'll lead to a massive photoshoot. :D

Candystriped posted on 28 September, 2011 - 15:55;www;board=38 My guy and I used this site for our references - in case you find it useful!

ArcticWolfCosplay posted on 28 September, 2011 - 23:19
Thanks Phee, I've put my name in :) Candystriped: Many thanks for the link, the shield reference material is a god-send as I need to get the heraldry for mine done soon!!!

BabemRoze posted on 13 January, 2012 - 19:51
Woo! Can't wait! :D

D2SCosplay posted on 7 March, 2012 - 12:45
Can't wait to see this at Kita :) Good luck with it!

Isabela posted on 30 July, 2012 - 21:23
Wow! This is looking good! Can't wait to see it completed :)

Sunny-D posted on 3 August, 2012 - 11:18
Cannot WAIT to see more of this! =D Alistair is one of my all time favourite characters ^_^

Relion posted on 3 August, 2012 - 17:26
Really can't wait to see this, like many have said above me Alistair is an amazing character (:

Moonchild posted on 5 August, 2012 - 21:43
Progress is looking so good! =)

Isabela posted on 5 August, 2012 - 21:49
Looking great :) You must be getting close to finishing now!

Manjou posted on 5 August, 2012 - 22:44
Loving the scale armour, can't wait to see the finished article :)

Numta posted on 8 August, 2012 - 16:52
This is looking SPOT ON! Seriously awesome work dude =D

Zelvyne posted on 8 August, 2012 - 16:59
Really impressive work with the armour :) Looking forward to seeing it all together

ArcticWolfCosplay posted on 9 August, 2012 - 05:50
Thank you for all your kind comments guys.This costume will be making it's debut at Amecon so those going I look forward to seeing you there!!! Will try and get some photos uploaded as soon as Con is over :)

Isabela posted on 11 August, 2012 - 09:55
Your costume looks amazing! You've done a great job :)

KC-HOME posted on 11 August, 2012 - 11:14
This is amazing !!! gets better and better step by step ! I like it ! R E S P E CT!!!!

Queen Yam posted on 15 August, 2012 - 13:47
This costume looked epic, well done. We will have to do a Dragon Age shoot!

Manticore posted on 15 August, 2012 - 16:35

Candystriped posted on 26 August, 2012 - 15:14

BabemRoze posted on 26 August, 2012 - 19:13
This looks amazing!

D2SCosplay posted on 9 September, 2012 - 23:55
Amazing work :D

Manticore posted on 24 September, 2012 - 03:08
OPH WOW! Congratulations on your Showcase DAWG! Man! I am so Proud of you!

Sephirayne posted on 24 September, 2012 - 17:42
Excellent costume. Love the armour. Congrats on the showcase.

Zelvyne posted on 24 September, 2012 - 22:25
Fantastic costume :) really suits you as well, and that armour is very impressive

Athora.x posted on 25 September, 2012 - 00:49
I really like the detail on your sheild, and your amour! everything looks so well made, good job! and congratulations on the showcase! ^^ much deserved!

ArcticWolfCosplay posted on 26 September, 2012 - 08:30
*BLUSH* Thank you all for your kind comments :)

Rift Mage Cosplay posted on 10 March, 2013 - 13:51
You m,as and amazing alistair. :D

FlowerAssassin posted on 9 June, 2013 - 20:58
Most perfect Alistair ever 8D

smileywaveygirl posted on 6 March, 2014 - 22:10
Love this costume! Alistair is definitely my favourite Origins character too. :)

Progress Journal

6th August 2012


Yeah, I've left things a little late on this costume. Mainly because I completely underestimated the amount of work bringing Ali's splint-mail into existence would take. :/

On the plus side, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The shield is complete, as is the waist armour and under-garments. The pauldrons just need their straps sorting out (and possibly some more velcro attached) and then they will be finished as well.

The focus of the next two days is going to be the sword and the torso armour. The sword hasn't got long left to go, just needs painting. The chest and back plates however need slightly more work.

I envisage a few sleepless nights... :)

26th July 2012

Shield Complete

Whoo-hoo!!! Finally crossed a milestone with this costume! Am uber-happy to report that the shield is finally finished!!

22nd July 2012

Shield almost complete

Okay, so this weekend hasn't quite gone according to plan. I did manage to spend a fair amount of time on the costume, but also managed to melt the pommel of the sword by picking up the wrong type of primer. On the plus side, the shield is very-nearly complete, and I'm really happy with the way the wood-effect turned out on it. Just waiting for the sealant to cure before I apply the heraldry :)

19th July 2012

Sword takes shape

AGGHHH! I really should update more often!!!

The armour is coming on nicely, and the shield is pretty much done. So with only 3 weeks to go to Amecon I really need to start focusing on the sword (Alistair would look kinda funny with just a shield).

This is the sword so far: a standard Nerf sword has had it's handle wrapped in pleather and had the cross-piece re-shaped with cardboard. The sword didn't have any kind of pommel, so I built one from scratch using a polystyrene ball and some cardboard. Next I need to fill in the gaps in the cross-piece with expanding foam and decide what decoration I'm going to apply to the cross-piece & pommel.

9th November 2011

Moving along

kay, it can safely be said that this costume is NOT coming together as quickly as I'd like!!!

I've managed to finish the construction of the shield (although it still needs a paint job and heraldry done). the thermal underwear that forms the base layer of the costume has been dyed to the relevant colour, and the template for the armour itself re-made in craft foam because I don't have the skill or the patience to make cardboard do what I want!!!

Now to find a decent wood-effect painting tutorial...

9th October 2011

Shield Underway

With some of the materials for Alistair's armour being too pricey to buy this month, I thought I'd have a bash at knocking up the Templar shield. Having received a number of hints and tips from mrbob I've made a start, and hope to have it finished within the next week or so.

NOTE TO SELF: -DO NOT- use a heat gun to shape craft foam while wearing a pair of jeans with a metal stud in the crotch...

Following some advice about the possibility of being 'attacked' by a fellow cosplayer, I've reinforced the cardboard back plate with several further layers which should also give the finished front surface a nice curve.

Next I've got to heat-shape a thick piece of craft foam into the shape needed for the front, before painting to look like wood.

3rd October 2011

Making Patterns

I'm still waiting for some of the materials to show up (the joys of buying online *grumble*), but managed to get a load of cardboard from work over the weekend, so with today off I've made a start on the costume, managing to bash out all the patterns for the various armour pieces. (With the exception of the back panel, a friend is giving me a hand with that later on in the week!!!)

I can honestly say that working with cardboard for the pattern has put me off using it for the actual armour. It may well be my newbie status at cosplay and costume construction, but I'm really struggling to get it to form into the shapes I need, particularly around the chest where it needs to flex horizontally and vertically at the same time. On the other hand, my initial tries to shape craft foam have been fairly successful, so I'm leaning more towards building the actual armour pieces out of foam instead of cardboard.

Just a heads up for anyone that looks at the attached image: You aren't seeing things, there is a piece of the pattern labelled "ass-plate". I'm afraid that I'm not fully up-to-speed with the names for all the parts of this costume, so this seemed most appropriate for the section of the armour protecting Alistair's posterior from darkspawn attack... :)

28th September 2011

Money spent, now Work must commence

Well the initial wave of materials for the costume is now on order. Have also managed to find a dirt-cheap tailors dummy (still figuring out how to explain THAT to the other half!!).

Am really psyched about starting work on this outfit; the materials didn't cost as much as I was expecting, although being new to cosplay I've had to sink a fair amount of cash into tools (like a glue gun). Wonder how long it will be before I accidentally glue myself to some part of the outfit!!!

24th September 2011

The real work begins

I think I've got the bulk of research locked down for this costume,thanks in no small part to the volumes of Alistair screen-captures I've been sent by some hardcore fans on Facebook!!!

I was originally thinking of using cardboard as the main component of the armour, but having read through the forums and after following a few links to tutorials I'm leaning more to craft-foam. Hopefully this will mould closer to the body than the cardboard armours I've seen.

Next step is getting the construction order locked down and a shopping list drawn up.