Alundra - The Adventures of Alundra




Alundra, from The Adventures Of Alundra! One of my all time favourite games that I wanted to pay tribute to.

Photos were provided by youportraits. On my experience with the photographer Nik, I can say he was a very humble, professional and easy going photographer who was quite easy to work with. This was my first shoot like this and I enjoyed it very much. Would definitely recommend him if you're looking to book a photographer at an event.

On the costume itself, I was happy with how most of it turned out. The one thing I have the most gripes about is the chest plate which I didn't factor enough time in to make effectively, meaning it was a bit of a rush job in the last week! This was my first time crafting a sword and armour and whilst the results were passable, it's something I definitely want to improve on for my future costumes. The wig was a pain from start to finish to get up to snuff, but in the end it held up pretty well I think. It could have been a bit thicker with a few more wefts sewn in, especially at the sides, but I'm glad with the overall look I got with it.

Do I want to come back and try this again but better? Most certainly!


sjbonnar posted on 11 March, 2013 - 13:50
Awesome! I loved this game!

Trifling posted on 27 April, 2013 - 17:29
Omg I love you so much for doing this!! Can't wait to see it finished, will look out for you!

Ranmaru cosplays posted on 27 April, 2013 - 23:53
Yay alundra fav character XD and 1of my planed cosplay food luck with it cant wait to c photos of u as him XD

Kyuipo posted on 7 May, 2013 - 07:03
your doing good! keep it up :D

V_Ortenzi posted on 7 May, 2013 - 17:44
Thank you all for the kind words so far. :3 I'm really knuckling down this next week or two as MCM fast approaches! One thing I'm struggling with the most is boots. I'll get there though.

Manjou posted on 18 May, 2013 - 22:32
Looking forward to seeing this, I loved that game. Are you going to have all the different wands too? XD

V_Ortenzi posted on 19 May, 2013 - 06:59
I have them as an optional on my to-do-list. I'd really like to do them, but I'll only be able to if time permits it. Got quite a bit to do before next weekend!

nanahara posted on 2 June, 2013 - 13:40
brilliantly done, a very well made cosplay

V_Ortenzi posted on 3 June, 2013 - 09:27
Thank you very much. I think the chest plate needs a redo at some point, but I'm most certainly glad someone thinks it's good! :>

Manjou posted on 7 June, 2013 - 20:26
This costume is so good that I only have to look at it and I can hear The Village of Inoa track in my head :D

To-Do List

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Progress Journal

24th May 2013

Progress 79

The chest plate is attached at the back with thick velcro. It's done at last! Here's how the chest plate is looking over my jacket.

24th May 2013

Progress 78

Straps have been attached to the chest plate via hot glue and some carefully placed screws. I'm seriously going to have to redo this whole thing after MCM, not happy with it at all. ;_;

24th May 2013

Progress 77

Straps cut out from PVC that I'll be using for the chest plate.

24th May 2013

Progress 76

Oh god it looks awful. D: The chest plate has been a big rush job this last week. I have to make do with it seeing as Saturday is tomorrow and I've little time left today before I head out to MCM.

24th May 2013

Progress 75

The sword sheath is painted. Just need to cover with pva/water mix to help protect it from the rain!

22nd May 2013

Progress 74

The sword, sheath and chest plate have all been primed. Two whole days I have left to work on everything until MCM! With two days, I still need to sand and paint these as well as make and attach body straps to the chest plate, which I haven't figured out entirely how I'm going to do yet...

22nd May 2013

Progress 73

Adding the cap to the bottom of the sheath using card. This has been hot glued and will be paper mache'd and Gesso'd a few times each before being painted.

22nd May 2013

Progress 72

Applying layers of modelling paste on top of my balsa wood chest plate to help get the curved surface shape.

21st May 2013

Progress 71

Shoe and boot cover. I've a few more details to add as well as hot glue them together.

21st May 2013

Progress 70

Zip sewn on to the back side of the boot cover.

21st May 2013

Progress 69

Zip for the boot cover being marked up for sewing on.

21st May 2013

Progress 68

Chest plate being sanded down excessively to shape. I'll need to re-Gesso before painting.

19th May 2013

Progress 67

And here's how it's looking from the side. This photo actually was taken a few minutes before it was finished, the back section is a bit shorter than this! The fringe will be puffed up a bit on the day as well, but for now I've kept it flat to make it easy to transport around. That and of course I'll have my stubble shaved off when I'm cosplaying. :p

19th May 2013

Progress 66

The wig is finished. It took long enough, but it's done. Here's how it's looking from behind with the ears on as well.

19th May 2013

Progress 65

I have elven ears! Bought these online from a recommended site along with spirit gum. I've tested them out for a day and they stay on perfectly! I'll need to apply some makeup so they blend better with my skin.

18th May 2013

Progress 64

Here's how the shoes look originally (left) and after I apply my fabric (right).

18th May 2013

Progress 63

Applying fabric to the shoe, I'm doing my boots in two parts.

18th May 2013

Progress 62

Cutting out my fabric for my boot covers.

18th May 2013

Progress 61

marking out my boot cover cutouts using templates I drew up with measurements previously.

18th May 2013

Progress 60

Creating a sheath for my sword. I've taken a large piece of canvas card and wrapping a section around my sword to get an idea of length/size, cut out a tube which I've hot glued, paper mached and now gesso'd. Two more layers of Gesso and it's ready to sand down. Then I need to add a cap on one end and details on the other.

15th May 2013

Progress 59

Arm wraps are finished!

15th May 2013

Progress 58

First arm wrap done! They both use the exact same template, just flipped for each arm.

15th May 2013

Progress 57

Sewing the arm wraps.

15th May 2013

Progress 56

Cutting out fabric for my arm wraps from the template I made previously.

15th May 2013

Progress 55

I'm adding a few layers of liquitex modelling paste to the front side of the chest plate. Once each layer sets to a hard sandable surface, I do the next one. After a few layers, I'll sand it down to a nice smooth curve covering the entire front side of the chest plate.

15th May 2013

Progress 54

Handle wrapped and stuck in to place.

15th May 2013

Progress 53

Wrapping the sword handle.

15th May 2013

Progress 52

I've started wrapping the sword handle. To keep the fabric in at the base, I'm hammering in some small nails.

14th May 2013

Progress 51

Marking on my fabric where to cut according to my templates.

14th May 2013

Progress 50

Drawing up measurements for my hand wraps.

12th May 2013

Progress 45

Chest plate armour and sword have both been Gesso'd up! Time to sand everything down.

12th May 2013

Progress 49

As you can probably tell, that's not my hand with long nails doing the sewing. I'm having some help with these! It's a tricky job!

12th May 2013

Progress 48

The wig, as it currently is, isn't thick enough to hold up the ponytail properly. That and when it's up, it exposes the weft racks underneath in the wig. To remedy this, I'm having more wefts sewn in to the wig to make it thicker.

12th May 2013

Progress 47

After doing my first layer of a dark cast iron paint, I go over it with two layers of a metallic silver paint. I'm using a sponge to apply my paint as I want to avoid the strokes left by brushes and don't want to invest in a airbrush just yet...

12th May 2013

Progress 46

Sword sanded down, I'm now starting to paint. I start by doing a thin layer of dark cast iron on the hilt.

6th May 2013

Progress 44

First layer of Gesso applied. Four more to go.

5th May 2013

Progress 43

3 layers of paper mache applied to the chest plate. Now to Gesso in preparation for a lot of sanding.

1st May 2013

Progress 42

I now have my coloured contact lenses!

30th April 2013

Progress 41

Paper macheing the chest plate.

30th April 2013

Progress 40

Spraying together the two balsa wood pieces with a spray on adhesive.

26th April 2013

Progress 39

Here's how the two layers look together. Note how the edges don't quite match up. There's a lot of sanding and tweaking to be done with these before the next stage!

26th April 2013

Progress 38

I've cut out another layer of balsa wood in the shape of my chest plate, this time cut vertically. I've labelled each of the pieces so as to not get them mixed up and next will have to stick them all together.

21st April 2013

Progress 37

The first part of the chest plate; cutting out a basic outline to work from, is done.

21st April 2013

Progress 36

Cutting my balsa wood pieces down to size.

21st April 2013

Progress 35

Measuring out the balsa wood for cutting.

21st April 2013

Progress 34

Making a start on the chest plate armour. I measured out my proportions and then approximated the chest piece dimensions based on artwork of the character.

9th March 2013

Progress 33

The wig being cut down to size. The back needs to be shortened considerably, but with enough left to make the ponytail on top.

9th March 2013

Progress 32

My wig, being kindly modelled by this polystyrene head. I've quite a bit of modifying to do to it.

9th March 2013

Progress 31

Sword is all Gessso'd up, time to paint. I also added a few screws in the the hilt amid concerns about its stability.

24th February 2013

Progress 30

Here's how it's looking from more of a front angle. It's only PVC, but it has a nice texture and look to it in my opinion.

24th February 2013

Progress 29

The bag is now finished (Pending subjection to some stress tests of course)!

24th February 2013

Progress 28

After cutting out a strip of leather as measured, it gets sewn on to the bag straps. This will help keep the bag from sliding down my back when there's some weight in it. It also helps pull the straps in to the centre a bit and sit better on my shoulders.

24th February 2013

Progress 27

Here's the leather piece I'll be using for the last bit of the bag. 'gasp' I'm actually using genuine leather.

20th February 2013

Progress 26

Both bag straps are on. The bag now looks like this! The top bits are too wide apart however, so I'm going to attach an extra piece to the straps to keep them from going too far out on my shoulders.

19th February 2013

Progress 25

The bottom end of the bag straps going on. Realistically I should have done these the other way around as the metal parts give strength, which is needed more on the upper part of the bag.

18th February 2013

Progress 24

Straps for the bag being sewn on. You can tell it was me that did it by how messy it looks.

18th February 2013

Progress 23

The ends of the straps have been sewn shut, they're ready to sew on to the bag!

18th February 2013

Progress 22

The points where the strap was cut in two look a little rough, so I'll need to stitch over them just to keep the insides from spewing out.

18th February 2013

Progress 21

Next I take the large strap, extend it to its full length and cut it in two. Each one is equal in length and will make a shoulder strap, making the satchel more like a traditional rucksack just like Alundra's.

18th February 2013

Progress 20

What's left on the body from having the straps removed is the little bolts on each side. A little clean up on either side to remove any excess fabric from the cutting and they're good to go.

18th February 2013

Progress 19

With the straps off, they can now be modified. On the left you can see how the straps look on the back, the right is how they look from the front when sewn on.

18th February 2013

Progress 18

Once all the stitching around the strap is undone, the only thing holding it in place is the metal bolt in the middle. Instead of leaving a hole on the body of the satchel, I cut around the bolt on the strap itself. This leaves a hole on the strap, but it's much less noticeable than it would be on the body. I can always patch it up later anyway.

18th February 2013

Progress 17

To remove the strap attachments, first I get a small pair of sewing scissors behind the edges and cut away the stitching.

18th February 2013

Progress 16

Apologies for the out of focus photo, did this in a hurry. You can see what you need to though. These side attachments for the single strap need to be removed.

18th February 2013

Progress 15

After frequenting charity shops for a good two weeks, I finally lucked upon a satchel. It's not genuine leather, just has that leather look which is what I was after. Real leather is very hard to work with and I've not the skills or means to sew it. I'm going to do a bit of modding to this satchel.

8th February 2013

Progress 14

The jacket's arms have been cut short and sewn up. This will make the folded sleeves much easier on the arms. Also, the two holes left where I took out the excess fabric out at the back have been sewn up.

7th February 2013

Progress 13

Applying the first layer of Gesso. Each layer needs to be dry before applying the next.

7th February 2013

Progress 12

Applying Gesso to my sword base.

Gesso (pronounced Jeh-So) acts as a primer, making it easier for surfaces to be painted. In this case I'm going to apply 5 layers of Gesso and smooth it down with sandpaper before painting. This should give a nice finish to the sword.

6th February 2013

Progress 11

Belt loops have been sewn on to the trousers. The trousers are now complete!

6th February 2013

Progress 10

Belt loops have been cut out of the excess fabric from the trousers I cut down earlier.

3rd February 2013

Progress 9

Sword base is finally finished, with the components cemented together and 5 layers of paper mache applied. Next task is to apply layers of Gesso, which will help smooth everything over and make it easier to paint.

3rd February 2013

Progress 8

Turtleneck t-shirt has arrived. This is one part of the costume I won't need to modify. It's comfy!

3rd February 2013

Progress 7

The excess strip of fabric that was on the back of the jacket has been removed. I'll now need to stitch up the holes it's left.

3rd February 2013

Progress 6

Jacket arrived.

This royal blue jacket I ordered from Ebay. It has a rippled effect going along the sleeves which I undid using threading needles and scissors. I still have quite a bit to mod before the jacket is ready though. The sleeves need to be cut back, the lapels need to stick out a bit more and the piece that's going across the back needs to be removed. The fabric is super comfy to wear though!

1st February 2013

Progress 5

Trousers have been cut and sized, they now fit just right.

The trousers have been modified. They are now just the right size for my legs, so that they fold during movement but allow for a good range of motion. Comfy! You might notice the straps dangling from the top. Next task on these is to replace those with belt straps.

1st February 2013

Progress 4

Here you can see the marking and stitching where I'm going to cut the trouser leg.

I turned the trouser inside out, marked where I need to alter the with sewing pins and used them as a reference to draw a line down the trouser leg. I then sewed along the line, securing the trouser in place and essentially tightening them to fit my leg's proportions. After trying them on and making sure they fit just right, I cut the excess material left over.

1st February 2013

Progress 3

Base sword parts crafted, time to paper mache.

Alundra's sword is like most other swords and pretty generic looking. Not only that, but inconsistencies in the game's official artwork show the sword drawn slightly differently each time. I'm hoping to strike a balance between these different looks and create something that I feel would look best. I've left parts of the handle overdone on purpose here to give myself excess wood to work with later when I sand it down.

1st February 2013

Progress 2

Marking with needles where the trousers need to be sewn to bring them in at the sides.

For Alundra's trousers, I wanted a material that would look the part for long adventures and thus be sturdy, but at the same time also offer a good range of motion and comfort. I used a pair of trousers from a Tae Kwon-do gi in the end. They're far too big for me at the sides so I've marked out where on the trouser legs I need to bring them in and I'm going to cut and sew them to size.

1st February 2013

Progress 1

Crafting base parts for sword from Balsa wood.

I'm using a small hacksaw, a small chisel and small sheets of sandpaper to cut out the various parts from the wood after it's been marked.