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!
23rd 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...
23rd 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.
20th 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
20th 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.
20th 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.
15th 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.
27th 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!
27th 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.
sjbonnar - 11th March 2013
Awesome! I loved this game!
Ailune - 27th April 2013
Omg I love you so much for doing this!! Can't wait to see it finished, will look out for you!
Ranmaru cosplays - 28th April 2013
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 - 7th May 2013
your doing good! keep it up :D
V_Ortenzi - 7th May 2013
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 - 19th May 2013
Looking forward to seeing this, I loved that game. Are you going to have all the different wands too? XD
V_Ortenzi - 19th May 2013
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 - 2nd June 2013
brilliantly done, a very well made cosplay
V_Ortenzi - 3rd June 2013
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 - 7th June 2013
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
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