xaerael
 

Briareos Hecatonchires (Ex Machina version(s)) - Appleseed

Status :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2009
Awards : London mcm expo 2nd place Saturday


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Ayacon Masquerade

Ayacon Masquerade

Ayacon studioshoot

@expo 3

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complete!

finished head!

 


Information

following on from making Al, i wanted to do another full armour character that's not given enough love. while flicking through my DVDs and stuff i came across my ancient appleseed ova VHS tape and thought... damn... i don't ever remember ANYONE cosplaying briareos, one of my favorite characters EVER.

thus the (apple)seed was planted! since about 3-4 weeks prior to oct '08 MCM i've been gathering source materials, watching and reading the old and new stuff and i finally made my mind up on the newest variant.

the thing that's made me choose this version most is the variety of varations there is of him in that movie. once he's in a finished state, i'm intending to have a civillian clothed version, the final scene battlesuit version, and ofcourse... the tux version!!!

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[info update]

with the head complete aside from a few minor additions, work has began on the solid body parts. a lot of things i learned making Al have re-manifested in the construction, but a totally new fixing system, layering tecnique and pattern cutting method have been implemented to get the shapes and forms correct.

one thing that Al suffered from, which i wanted so strongly to avoid this time was "straight sides" where basicly the whole torso was essentially a tube with holes cut into it. i'm happy to say that in making briareos i have totally avoided such inacurracy. the inner torso fits my body absolutley perfectly, and the outer jacket fits the inner torso... well... perfectly.

[info update 2]

costume complete! actual wearing photos will be posted after expo!

[info update 3]

expo's done... damn this was a hard costume to wear for prolonged lengths of time x_x but ah well, it did the job!

funny things heard while in costume:

Stormtrooper 1: woah, he's a bit big
Stormtrooper 2: don't worry, there's more of us than there is of him!

Comments

Adamoluna posted on 29 October, 2008 - 01:05
LoLOMGwTfBBQ .................................... you're f*cking crazy. I love it though X'D

ryaoki posted on 29 October, 2008 - 01:07
YES YES YESS mangachild showed me this anime its too coool good luck

Berserk667 posted on 29 October, 2008 - 18:10
whooooo i sense epnicness in the making. Best of luck making this guy :D

MangaChild posted on 30 October, 2008 - 16:31
This is my dream cosplay To see someone else do it makes me want to cry, but i know your going to do a fantastic job :D

Uber-Nerd posted on 14 November, 2008 - 18:24
What sort of things will you be using the hot glue technique for? I've seen it done on the little bits for the guyver guy, so I'm curious where you'll use it on the suit. -Tab

xaerael posted on 15 November, 2008 - 00:58
just the helm. the rest of the body will be foam and latex similar to how i did Al, or material.

Manjou posted on 16 November, 2008 - 11:29
Wooo! Awesome >:D Are you going to get someone to cosplay Deunan to go with it?

Odd-One-Out posted on 16 November, 2008 - 16:49
Get Ghostie to be Deunan.

ryaoki posted on 16 November, 2008 - 22:53
this will and looks epic

Odd-One-Out posted on 17 November, 2008 - 17:07
Deunan x Briareos = OTP!

ryaoki posted on 18 November, 2008 - 01:20
love it mate lookin fabulous

Ilpala posted on 19 November, 2008 - 17:13
Your Al was most excelant, so I'm sure your going to do a good job on this one. Looking forward to seeing how well the whole head cast / hot glue moulding goes!

Rwylin posted on 21 November, 2008 - 22:22
keep going xae, its gunna look f**king awasome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Odd-One-Out posted on 25 November, 2008 - 17:39
Fight on, Briareossss!

1000014 posted on 29 November, 2008 - 21:03
this is looking amazing :3

Odd-One-Out posted on 3 December, 2008 - 19:47
Whoa a lot of money going on Bri model and more kits!

Ikkaku-kun posted on 17 December, 2008 - 20:59
sweeeeeeeeet

Cat_Cat posted on 17 December, 2008 - 21:57
Oh my dear lord..... the progress pics look awesome already!

Adamoluna posted on 17 December, 2008 - 22:40
lol, no idea how you're doing it, but it's F*cking epic.

kitty posted on 17 December, 2008 - 23:16
WOOOAH!!!!!! this is sooooooooo cool !! youve done an excelent job so far! i cant wait to see more progress! \(^x^)/

Defrain posted on 18 December, 2008 - 10:21
looks awesome

xaerael posted on 18 December, 2008 - 15:13
Thanks for all the comments. I'm probably gonna be quiet for a bit until I can get some materials after Xmas. The next big thing will be a better head around the end of next week.

Odd-One-Out posted on 19 December, 2008 - 12:57
Good on ya mate :)

Moozman posted on 22 December, 2008 - 01:30
REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THIS! Moozman

ryaoki posted on 14 January, 2009 - 23:15
wow thts epic man

nert posted on 15 January, 2009 - 00:55
I'm in awe.

timpey posted on 15 January, 2009 - 01:32
wow amazing job, well done!

Adamoluna posted on 15 January, 2009 - 01:37
bunny ears! put on the bunny ears!!!1 srsly, awesome progress. Now I'd really like to get a shoot with you sometime as deunan.

Defrain posted on 15 January, 2009 - 11:34
looking pretty damm awesome

Captain_Marvelous posted on 15 January, 2009 - 11:51
Its gonna look sweet ^,^

kitty posted on 20 January, 2009 - 00:14
OMG! your progress is amazing! cant wait to see this <3

Adamoluna posted on 20 January, 2009 - 01:03
BUNNY EARS!!!!11 *fangasms and goes into coma*

angel aiko posted on 20 January, 2009 - 01:03
this is looking immense look forward to seeing it ^^

xaerael posted on 20 January, 2009 - 01:36
rofl @adamoluna thanks everyone so far for the nice comments! it's people like you that make doing this worth it!

sjbonnar posted on 20 January, 2009 - 01:48
HOLY SHIT O_O Sorry...language but... O_O Totally hetero and I still want your babies!

Uber-Nerd posted on 20 January, 2009 - 09:09
Yay! The balls are on! -Tab

GunstarVixen posted on 20 January, 2009 - 11:37
this looks amazing!!!

Defrain posted on 20 January, 2009 - 11:55
looking awesome

Odd-One-Out posted on 24 January, 2009 - 08:47
Good stuff :D I've made more prog with Deunan so here's hoping Appleseed'll be a hit.

Adamoluna posted on 24 January, 2009 - 12:43
*shakes fist* want pictures of the torso progress your journal promised!! D8<

xaerael posted on 24 January, 2009 - 14:53
hehehe, 4 more little pieces and i'll post ;p

Uber-Nerd posted on 25 January, 2009 - 22:55
Looking sexy!

Ikkaku-kun posted on 25 January, 2009 - 23:07
Just wow !

Mtani posted on 25 January, 2009 - 23:27
wow! o.O it looks amazing already!

Adamoluna posted on 26 January, 2009 - 04:37
zomfg. D8

Defrain posted on 26 January, 2009 - 10:43
that is looking mint

Ranma1-2 posted on 27 January, 2009 - 17:55
Construction on this is superb! ..and you do it so neatly.

Uber-Nerd posted on 29 January, 2009 - 14:46
Huge shoulders of death! I approve. Tab

xaerael posted on 29 January, 2009 - 14:56
huge shoulders of death to go along with my puny arms of little. haha

Adamoluna posted on 29 January, 2009 - 22:11
D8

RanmaSyaoran posted on 30 January, 2009 - 21:45
GOOD LORD O_O

Deceipher posted on 3 February, 2009 - 02:07
This is seriously amazing work, I'll be following this closely! seriously man, top outfit!

Odd-One-Out posted on 17 February, 2009 - 15:06
Congrats on being the most successful newcomer to CI :)

Defrain posted on 12 March, 2009 - 10:06
looking awesome mate

Tak posted on 23 April, 2009 - 21:09
No words at the progress of this. Am very excited to see the finished product.

Uber-Nerd posted on 24 April, 2009 - 07:42
Whooo pictures! So looking forward to expo. Tab

Defrain posted on 24 April, 2009 - 08:17
mint

Rwylin posted on 24 April, 2009 - 09:41
its not a central lens.... its his nose!!!!!!! lmao

Adamoluna posted on 24 April, 2009 - 14:53
8D you HAVE TO take pictures on the expo! please, I need to see the finished result!!!

xaerael posted on 26 April, 2009 - 18:20
hehe, i'm sure there will be tons of pictures like there was with Al. i'll just need to beg them off people again ;p

Rwylin posted on 27 April, 2009 - 19:09
everytime someone takes a pic i will take one to if u want xae i have big enough mem cards for that... then i will send u all of the pics.

Odd-One-Out posted on 27 April, 2009 - 19:28
Rywylin is correct :P Nothing a 4GB+ card can't do! Depends on whether Rwy will be shooting in RAW or not.

Rwylin posted on 27 April, 2009 - 19:32
i dont have a clue wot that means lol, but i have two 2 gig mem cards and a 32bit mem card and am thinking of perhaps getting another two 2 gigs...... more than enough.... lol

AmethystEyes posted on 12 May, 2009 - 16:27
Woahhh, seriously amazing! You have done this character justice!

ryaoki posted on 12 May, 2009 - 17:00
simply amazing dudo

RanmaSyaoran posted on 12 May, 2009 - 17:02
GOOD GOD! O_O I see a masqurade winner!

Odd-One-Out posted on 12 May, 2009 - 17:04
<3 you already know that hahaha

nanahara posted on 12 May, 2009 - 17:10
this is epic beyond words, well done man ^^

Demented Kid posted on 12 May, 2009 - 17:22
Amazing! Seriously cant wait to see this on you at Expo!

TheInkOfDoom posted on 18 May, 2009 - 07:44
Wow, you and Pheebs will be an amazing Deunan and Briareos! I seriously cannot wait to see it. Awesome job. 8D

Adamoluna posted on 24 May, 2009 - 11:04
congrats with 2nd place! ^.^ I wonder who took 1st, they must've been pretty damn awesome to have beaten you two... O.o'''''

xaerael posted on 24 May, 2009 - 21:29
They were, and they were first timers. They did characters from warhammer age of reckoning, and they really were great.

Amy-Lou posted on 26 May, 2009 - 11:00
You were amazing and a perfect pairing! Congrats on the prize, well deserved :)

sherbetsprite posted on 26 May, 2009 - 23:04
Yay!! Expo!!

nanahara posted on 27 May, 2009 - 09:14
you where awsome in this at expo

Kaka Extreme posted on 27 May, 2009 - 22:49
bloody hell didnt know this was you!!!! i want that helmet!!! awesome job man!

Ranma1-2 posted on 28 May, 2009 - 13:35
One word for this - Awesome!

Defrain posted on 28 May, 2009 - 14:08
you guys were great congrats on your win

AmethystEyes posted on 28 May, 2009 - 14:30
Loved this, very well done! If you want any more pics I have one you're free to use: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=6979242&id=747050176

Ilpala posted on 10 June, 2009 - 12:46
Nicely done, that man!

RebaSephiroth2 posted on 16 September, 2009 - 19:43
Amazing Briareos and well done for coming 2nd in the masquarade. ^_^

FairyPorchQueen posted on 24 January, 2010 - 00:11
You looked amazing! Well done on an excelent cosplay

Mangamad posted on 9 July, 2010 - 11:04
This cosplay blow my mind as I was in the backstage of the Masquerade myself. ^o^

Pez posted on 4 July, 2011 - 19:03
Goddamn this looks so good. Not just the construction, the paint work as well!

Manticore posted on 24 August, 2011 - 21:29
HOLY SHIT did I just saw this and Jizzed so hard. The attention to detail! The Eyes! The Scaling to Height! Just brilliant! You're awesome dude!

Sephirayne posted on 28 March, 2014 - 01:33
Awesome. This got showcased. Congratulations ^_^

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Progress Journal

[23rd may after expo update] (Posted 23rd May 2009)

2nd place! A shocker to be honest, there were so many amazing costumes here this year that I wasn't going to be suprised at all if the costume walked away with nothing.

Hats off to pheebs, her deunan was amazing and I couldn't have asked for a better costume partner!

Well done to everyone else, this expos quality stepped up a notch, and it was amazing to see you all.

Witch king tomorrow!

[12 may 2009. project:complete] (Posted 12th May 2009)

done! all done! hurrah! no more briareos and his stupidly complex armour! only a few more pieces of armour full stop! hurrah! moving on to something different!

[29th april update] (Posted 29th April 2009)

HOLY CRAP LENS IS CUT AND TREATED!!!1!11!1!

other than that, i've been working on distressing WKoA's robes.

move along, nothing to see here.

[23rd april update] (Posted 23rd April 2009)

eheheheh, yeah, i've not updated this in a while.

well, bri's almost done. just those last niggling bitty pieces left (gloves, shoes, central lens), and it's ready for the trip down to london.

....i'm happy with it. i need to refine my system tho for any future armour. time to break away from the habitual systems, and try something new.

[06th march update] (Posted 6th March 2009)

almost finished construction on the shoes.

...

nothing much more to say!

[05th march update] (Posted 5th March 2009)

back to bri!

finished work on right shoe now that i have bases for them, should have both complete by the end of tomorrow. that leaves the greaves and some fine detailing to do before going on to latexing and completion! wayhey!

[30 january update] - going all filler on your asses! (Posted 30th January 2009)

since i'm so heavily ahead of myself on bri (i expected to be at the point i'm at now probably late march), i've been looking at a second costume for the second day of the event. this costume is totally top secret (sorry folks!) and i've been sketching it for a few days, hence not much more has been happening with bri since i finished the vambraces.

so yeah, i'm in my first filler season folks! i've gone all bleach/naruto anime on your asses. i promise you though... it's going to be worth it.

[29th january update] (Posted 29th January 2009)

getting seriously close to endgame now... 4 months early!

head, body, vambraces, pauldrons all complete, greaves and shoes remaining. after that, fine detailing, latexing and finishing.

i need to head into town at some point this or next week and try to source some flip-flops (and a spare pair for the mystic). while i'm there i'll see about getting my lens cut to size!

[23rd January update] (Posted 24th January 2009)

Updating from bed on my phone! Haha. Upper body is complete. Pauldrons are well on their way. Everything is well ahead of schedule.

Yes... Content even if I have had a lazy day.

[22nd january update] (Posted 22nd January 2009)

ahhh bitumine based glue, how have i missed thee....

doing some final alterations on the body today (back looked crappy, and the jacket is a bit in need of a trim), gonna start the pauldrons if i have time.

also brushed up on the pics. all old prog pics are gone!

[21st january update] (Posted 21st January 2009)

started... and just about finished the cut, shape and gluing on the body and jacket today! haha.

i'm still a little bit torn over whether to make the jacket part of the body. if i did this, the front edges would be attached somehow (not sure how yet tho!) and the back would be glued down.

it's probably a good idea tbh... it would mean that the body would be one piece like al was, so i'd only have to worry about one piece being suited on correctly.

musings musings, so many musings.

i have the collar to do still.... oh joy! i dunno if i should just throw myself under a bus now, or later when i'm frustrated to hell.

the upside is.... i'm actually close to the constructed part being finished O_o i need to finish the body which is like... the collar and the trims, make the vambraces, make the pauldrons (which will either go together on their own, or leave me screaming), make the greaves (see last to do's brackets), make the shoes and gloves, then it will be on to fine details, fixings and then latexing. no isoflexing on this one since it needs to be matt, and there's no paintwork to seal in, so again, less to do thankfully!

one thing that is still causing a little grief is the pouches and pockets for the belt, and the actual upper body (i.e. what will i wear under the armour). only time and my inventivness will tell on those items X_x

[20th january update #2] (Posted 20th January 2009)

foam arrived! now on to working on the body...

[20th january update] (Posted 20th January 2009)

head 99% complete! all that needs doing now is the central lens cutting and fog coating.

i've also been working on the edit for the stage music to go along with the suit (yes, i'm being fussy editing songs, but the song in question has an intro almost 30 secs long)

foam should arrive tomorrow... hope hope. i'll get to work on the body armour jacket tomorrow night as long as it arrives.

[18th january #2] (Posted 19th January 2009)

ordered all the foam i should need for building the armour. hopefully the head will be complete by the end of tomorrow (less the central lens which i still have to fog treat and cut x_x) unless i get a second urge to add LEDs and electronics again...

[18th january update] (Posted 18th January 2009)

i melted one of the plastic balls trying to fill it up with hot glue.

i kinda knew this was going to happen, but my body was in automatic.

ah well, trip into town tomorrow and buy several this time incase, sice i'm now stuck for things to do X_X

[09th jan update] (Posted 9th January 2009)

i...... finished the head!

well... by finished, i mean the tedious part of injecting hot glue into the mould, aligning the two parts and cleaning, and cutting the uncomfortable bits off so it fits fairly comfy on my head (even if it still squashes my nose).

i'm thinking of using some sort of nose protector to make it more comfortable, if only to take all the pressure off the end of my nose.

trip into town tomorrow to get some flexable 2 part putty (aka greenstuff), some black sprays, and some lovely impact adhesive.gonna try to put in the order for all the foam/bits/etc from flints either tomorrow or sunday since they won't ship till monday.

progress at last!

[07th Jan update] (Posted 7th January 2009)

i've been reading into the UK VCRA and the implications and complications of carrying imitation firearms around with me. since i'm not the type to join either a theatre group or airsoft skirmish club just so i can carry a fake gun around expos and cons i've resolved to fix the problem in an alternate fashion!

past few days i've been breaking down bri's sniper rifle into it's seperate components on paper. the results are interesting, i can now clearly see how to make each part except the handle purely from foam and plastic plumbing pipe.

ofcourse, that's not enough for me, i'll be over-extravaganzing (is that a word????) the final product. including a working telescopic sight and maybe an infared ponter in the barrel to simulate the railgun effect (shame is i'd have to have a smoke machine on the go to get the "effect", but i'll add it anyway for completism)

i can't say i'm content i can't add in the accurate sidearms, but i'd rather carry a highly unrealistic 160cm latex covered novelty sponge than 2 plastic and metal "arrest me please" sign. highly inconvinient law, but i'd rather abide than spend the night explaining to constable plod that i was just being "complete".

ordering all the foam tomorrow. estimate is 3 sheets 12mm, 9 sheets 6mm, 2 sheets 3mm. a quick trip to B&Q after that and i should be set to make up all the body parts. all that will leave is getting new latex colourant (lol B&Q creative range again), the undersuit (which is still a topic of internal debate for me... i don't fancy the skintight trouser look still so i'm still thinking of good fitting combats. the upper will most probably be some sort of skintight lycra things), and the trimmings like the belts, pouches and such like.

oh... and a new pair of beach sandles! (and maybe boot risers...)

[31st december update] (Posted 31st December 2008)

end of the year. end of the procrastination? not yet. as soon as my miniwage hits my bank i'm planning on buying a few materials, then i can get the ball rolling again.

nothing much else to update with!

[25th dec update] (Posted 26th December 2008)

new glue gun! woot woot it's good. remade 1/2 of the head and it looks far smoother than before.

i need to get some fine putty and black spray on the 2nd when i get my next pay. if i'm keeping this job i might splash out and get the aztek airbrush i've been looking at too and get this job done already!

[17th december update] IT FITS!!! (Posted 17th December 2008)

finally! a well fitting, fairly comfortable head to work with! woowoo!!!

[16th december update] fibreglass victory! (Posted 16th December 2008)

my 1st attempt at fibreglass was a success! woo woo!

it's probably not the best mother mould ever made, but it's worked non the less.

head mk2 soon...

[09th december update] (Posted 9th December 2008)

Finished resculpting, begun latexing. Going to do more latex layers this time. Still waiting on the fig to arrive, maybe today...!

[05th december update] (Posted 5th December 2008)

sculpt #2 is almost complete. i've been adding a whole load of extra details in this time that i avoided last time like the little airvents at the back of the head.

i've used artistic licence a little on them, since they looked odd placing them where they are "supposed to be", i've also been a lot more agressive with the recess lines.

i've also added in some indents to the top of the head to match the original. since the top of the head was the problem in the first attempt, it's been heavily extended, along with the back. i've also extended the length of the back, and i'm thinking about adding the skirting as a solid part, since i know what TFA is like to work with.

[03rd december update] (Posted 3rd December 2008)

i've given into the need for a 3d representation of bri, and ordered the WAVE 1/10 figure in the sample shots.

also ordered more newplast, some glassfibre kits and am ordering some modroc for try #2

[2nd December update] (Posted 3rd December 2008)

First head failed! No biggie tho, it was too small on my head, so I'm having to go back to sculpting.

[01st December update] (Posted 2nd December 2008)

waiting on hot glue deliver is making xae very impatient!

nothing else to report other than the house move was non fatal.

[23rd novermber update] (Posted 23rd November 2008)

tedious part is tedious. i'm on about layer 14 of the latex mould for the head. only about another 26 to go x_x

maybe a 1st head by weds/thurs....

[18th nov update] stircrazy (Posted 18th November 2008)

URGH! not having materials is driving me mad already... 11 days untill i get more funds, i can hold out! i can!!!!

in the planning area, done a lot more design sketches, decompositions etc. ideas area... i think i've had too many! haha

[17th nov update] (Posted 18th November 2008)

pretty much finished the sculpt of the head. Needs a little cleaning up, but other than that it's done.

Nothing much to do now till the end of the month due to a lack of funds. I'm way ahead of myself, so all is good.

[14th nov update 2] (Posted 15th November 2008)

made the head! yay! (and holy christ its heavy!) sculpting shall commence tomorrow...

[14th Nov update] (Posted 14th November 2008)

completed headcast! not nearly as scary as i was expecting it, however.... it was really.... REALLY cold. like, WOAH! cold!

need to buy some denture adhesive to stick the alginate to the plaster outercast before i make a xae-head to work on. probably making some xae-heads on sunday. maybe i should sell one on ebay.... xD

[06th nov] (Posted 6th November 2008)

materials for the headcast arrived today. everything looks in order!

[01 november] (Posted 1st November 2008)

cut all the lenses for the helm today at work. i now have 6 little lenses and one big one. the large one is tinted and finished, but the six small ones are only blue so far, so they need another trip to work to make them the same colour as the main lens.

probably doing the headcast on thursday. i'll have a few people here, so expect photos!

[30 oct 2008] more planning! (Posted 30th October 2008)

done some deconstruction plans of the ears and the left shoulder. nothing so far has made me think that i'll have to cut corners, whic is good.

also contacted tomps regarding what types of materials to use for a head cast, and they've very kindly advised me, props to tomps! i tried to contact the guyver dude in the US about what type of paint he uses, but i can imagine he's busy, and probably not able to reply for a good while. never mind tho, i have a good idea of what paint types to use!

[29 oct 2008] planning planning planning! (Posted 29th October 2008)

sketching, drawing, brainstorming, researching and being inspired!

i've been reading up on head casting, seems not too scary (as long as my flatmates don't murder me while doing it for me x_x;; ) hopefully i'll have the head well under way by xmas.

on the topic of the head, the wonderfully clever Kuma has talked to me about electronic stuff to synth my voice to be like bri's while in the suit walking about. it seems like something totally do-able, so it's officially in the project now! so is an LED system that will make the eyes flash like they do in the movie when bri's getting an incoming communication.

on the actual construction side of things, i've actually done something already! (if a bit of a minor thing, but cool all the same). i've started doing the tinted lenses at work. the main central "eye" is done, and looks very nice and green. when i get time (or on my lunch breaks) i'll be making the other 6 matching lenses (4 at the front 2 at the back of the head)

i've also been drawing up schematics for the interior of the helm (like where the mic will sit, where the potential earpieces will go if i choose to add an external mic so i can hear people outside the suit, and where the LEDs need to be placed so there isn't much light pollution across the 5 front lenses.

planning working with hot glue is interesting. i can see where the versitility lies already, and every time i have a new idea, the medium seems to basicly say "sure, you can do that with me :D". i've not found anything yet that i've thought "damn, i can't do that with this material", totally the opposite of foam and latex.

that's not to say, however, that i won't be using foam and latex again. i'm 100% on using the same methods i used for Al on making bri's body. and even though his armour seems complex and very detailed, i'm 100% confident that i can replicate it as well as i did Al.

anyways, lots of planning. i need to get a new A3 work book, as my old one is looking as beat up as it's resulting costume (haha, poor al) and my trusty A5 has been traveling with me to work each day since the expo.