13th February 2009: progress Have ordered short samurai style sword (not quite sure what that style is called - shoto maybe??) Which should be here in a week or so's time. Being an ornamental replica I will have to keep it sheathed most of the time, but will bring it out for proper shoots.
I have also started making the gauntlets, have done the main parts, just need to make the gold cuffs (still not sure whether to make glove type things, as they don't always seem to be in the pictures. Will see if they stay on with just the cuffs for now.
Started on the shoes, have made the white thigh high bits, have dismantled the slippers down to just the sole. I cut pieces of buckram, soaked them in water, pinned them in place round the sole and left them to dry (man I love buckram) so now the shoes have some shape and they should stay on my feet now!
Also drawn on the pattern on the front of the tunic (or tabbard, or kimono thing, not really sure what to call it tbh) so that just needs painting tomorrow!
Getting there! It's turning out to be a fairly simple costume for a change!!!