Vampire hunter d

Cosplayer: Sands

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

UK representative for WCS

19th February 2012: Sword D's sword. I sculpted the handle in medium chavant, and the sword was several pieces of plywood cut and glued to shape. I made a two part fibreglass mould for the sword, and cast it in a slightly different method to what I was originally planning on.
First, a layer of gel coat was applied on both sides of the mould, then I fibreglassed the handle, but only layed a strip of fibreglass matting down the length of each side of the handle. The mould was then put back together and fast cast resin was poured into the mould. This gave me a completely solid blade to work with when I cracked open the mould that I could sand down to shape.
I'd have liked to have spent more time seaming the blade and making it perfect but I think its as good as I could get it in the time frame.

19th February 2012: Wig Lex ordered a wig for me and loosened the curls up a bit. I then back combed the hell out of it and styled it into shape and sewed a bunch of extension clips along the hairline.
For the pearl details I literally threaded 3 strands of the wig hair onto a needle and threaded beads straight onto the hair and tied them off. Took ages but it turned out really well!

19th February 2012: Sleeves These were the finished top halves of the sleeves. I had to create my own patchwork and beaded fabrics to match Amanos design. Tried to emulate the silk and black lace/embroidered details as much as possible, a lot of this was my best guess as the design is quite tricky to interpret

26th November 2011: Dress The back of the dress has this really weird detail thats hard to make out, there seems to be all this fabric just bunched up and hanging off the back of the dress, I considered making it a hood but thought that would be a bit ridiculous on a wedding dress...
So instead its just draped fabric down the back. Again a lot of the fabric was dyed, beaded, cut up and sewn together to match her design. I also used a lot of fabrics that Lex is using in her D costume so that both of our costumes have elements that pull through together.

26th November 2011: Sleeves Sleeve detail, all pinned in to place at the moment. I was trying to emulate the fabric patterns on Doris's dress as much as possible, so most of the fabric was hand dyed to match, strips of fabric sewn on and beaded to copy her design.
Its taking ages!

19th October 2011: Bones Lining with the boning, didn't want to boning channels to be visible on the outside, had to hand stitch the 2 sides of the corset together.

Corset is actually finished, just don't have a photo of it yet.

19th October 2011: Corset stuff Bits of the corset all in parts, so many layers to it!

19th October 2011: Corset Drafts Decided to make a corset for this costume that I'd then have various, dresses, skirts and sleeves under and over it. This was my initial pattern I mocked up for it

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BabemRoze - 19th October 2011
Wow! I've never seen this but the hand looks incredible :D!

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My__RoadOfBlood - 19th October 2011
The hand looks incredible, wow!

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Anonymous - 19th October 2011
That hand! *_*

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No thanks - 19th October 2011
Oh my GOD that hand looks AMAZING

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Leolarua - 19th October 2011
that prosthetic job is amazing, wow

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Raine - 19th October 2011
Cant wait to see this when it's done~ It's going to look epic :D

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Sephirayne - 20th October 2011
Oooo! Really looking forward to this. Love the hand and the corset progress is looking great.

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ToroSonyCat - 20th October 2011
Wow, that hand is so creepy but awesome!

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Yuka - 27th November 2011
This is looking really cool so far, I can't wait to see more progress!

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Amy-Lou - 28th November 2011
Are those seed beads?! You crazy lady, it's looking fabulous.

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Sands - 28th November 2011
maybe they are... it costs and takes so long ;__;
so many hidden beads no one will probably ever see or appreciate

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Amy-Lou - 29th November 2011
Beaded pants, that's true attention to detail!

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DarkVampirePrincess1994 - 4th December 2011
how did you make your hand look like that omg its sooo real *pokes your hand*

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Zaiburst - 31st December 2011
Looks great laura, that design looks really distinctive. When are you wearing this?

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Moonchild - 18th February 2012
Amazing work as usual!! You look stunning =) x

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Speckles - 19th February 2012
The details of this costume are superb. I wish you luck at hyper japan :)

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Nomes - 25th February 2012
Congratulations on the win. This is an incredible cosplay.

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Speckles - 26th February 2012
Congrats to you on your win! You did a fantastic job, do us proud!

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Manticore Arts - 27th February 2012
OH GOD! Laura! Darling! I loved Doris so much! Thank you so much for letting me take photos! you were amazing as hell and Congratulations! Well done for getting to Nagoya! I knew you were going to win the moment I saw you! Just stunning! you did Yoshitaka Amano proud! and when see him! Kiss him for me!

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Anonymous - 27th February 2012
I'm in love *¬*
Congratulations on the win!

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Kitticus - 27th February 2012
Amazing cosplay such detail!! Absolutely loved seeing this costume and your performance with D! Absolutely fantastic!! Also a huge congrats on the win! Go kick some ass in Nagoya for us UK Cosplayers ^^

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Amy-Lou - 27th February 2012
Congratulations again on a well deserved win, go do us proud in Nagoya :)

Bonus points for use of David Tennant in the skit!

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Pandora-Chi - 28th February 2012
Congratulations on the win! Everything about this cosplay and stage performance was breathtaking to see - I love the way the dress drapes and the amount of detail inputted - absolutely gorgeous work!

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Plasticsharkattack - 28th February 2012
So amazing, this is perfection - you guys are gonna do the UK proud! The cosplays are beyond perfect, and watching the live performance at HJ gave me tingles and goosebumps. <3

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KiraraYumi - 29th February 2012
Congratulations, you guys are going to leave a great impression in Japan!
The dress is gorgeous! And the more I look at it, the more little details I can see~!

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Sephirayne - 29th February 2012
Beautiful costume. You look stunning. Congrats on the win, looking forward to seeing you take part in the WCS 2012 x

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Anonymous - 29th February 2012
this is mind numbingly beautiful!!!! *bows down to your epicness* <3

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Ranma1-2 - 1st March 2012
Beautifull! ^_^