Alundra - The Adventures of Alundra

Worn AtLondon MCM Expo May 2013




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 - 14:50
Awesome! I loved this game!

Trifling posted on 27 April, 2013 - 18:29
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 28 April, 2013 - 00:53
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 - 08:03
your doing good! keep it up :D

V_Ortenzi posted on 7 May, 2013 - 18:44
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 - 23:32
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 - 07:59
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 - 14:40
brilliantly done, a very well made cosplay

V_Ortenzi posted on 3 June, 2013 - 10:27
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 - 21:26
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

Progress 79 (Posted 24th May 2013)

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.

Progress 78 (Posted 24th May 2013)

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. ;_;

Progress 77 (Posted 24th May 2013)

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

Progress 76 (Posted 24th May 2013)

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.

Progress 75 (Posted 24th May 2013)

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

Progress 74 (Posted 22nd May 2013)

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...

Progress 73 (Posted 22nd May 2013)

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.

Progress 72 (Posted 22nd May 2013)

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

Progress 71 (Posted 21st May 2013)

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

Progress 70 (Posted 21st May 2013)

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

Progress 69 (Posted 21st May 2013)

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

Progress 68 (Posted 21st May 2013)

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

Progress 67 (Posted 19th May 2013)

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

Progress 66 (Posted 19th May 2013)

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.

Progress 65 (Posted 19th May 2013)

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.

Progress 64 (Posted 18th May 2013)

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

Progress 63 (Posted 18th May 2013)

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

Progress 62 (Posted 18th May 2013)

Cutting out my fabric for my boot covers.

Progress 61 (Posted 18th May 2013)

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

Progress 60 (Posted 18th May 2013)

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.

Progress 59 (Posted 15th May 2013)

Arm wraps are finished!

Progress 58 (Posted 15th May 2013)

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

Progress 57 (Posted 15th May 2013)

Sewing the arm wraps.

Progress 56 (Posted 15th May 2013)

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

Progress 55 (Posted 15th May 2013)

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.

Progress 54 (Posted 15th May 2013)

Handle wrapped and stuck in to place.

Progress 53 (Posted 15th May 2013)

Wrapping the sword handle.

Progress 52 (Posted 15th May 2013)

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

Progress 51 (Posted 14th May 2013)

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

Progress 50 (Posted 14th May 2013)

Drawing up measurements for my hand wraps.

Progress 45 (Posted 12th May 2013)

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

Progress 49 (Posted 12th May 2013)

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!

Progress 48 (Posted 12th May 2013)

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.

Progress 47 (Posted 12th May 2013)

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...

Progress 46 (Posted 12th May 2013)

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

Progress 44 (Posted 6th May 2013)

First layer of Gesso applied. Four more to go.

Progress 43 (Posted 5th May 2013)

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

Progress 42 (Posted 1st May 2013)

I now have my coloured contact lenses!

Progress 41 (Posted 30th April 2013)

Paper macheing the chest plate.

Progress 40 (Posted 30th April 2013)

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

Progress 39 (Posted 26th April 2013)

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!

Progress 38 (Posted 26th April 2013)

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.

Progress 37 (Posted 21st April 2013)

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

Progress 36 (Posted 21st April 2013)

Cutting my balsa wood pieces down to size.

Progress 35 (Posted 21st April 2013)

Measuring out the balsa wood for cutting.

Progress 34 (Posted 21st April 2013)

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.

Progress 33 (Posted 9th March 2013)

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

Progress 32 (Posted 9th March 2013)

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

Progress 31 (Posted 9th March 2013)

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

Progress 30 (Posted 24th February 2013)

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.

Progress 29 (Posted 24th February 2013)

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

Progress 28 (Posted 24th February 2013)

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.

Progress 27 (Posted 24th February 2013)

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

Progress 26 (Posted 20th February 2013)

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.

Progress 25 (Posted 19th February 2013)

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.

Progress 24 (Posted 18th February 2013)

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

Progress 23 (Posted 18th February 2013)

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

Progress 22 (Posted 18th February 2013)

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.

Progress 21 (Posted 18th February 2013)

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.

Progress 20 (Posted 18th February 2013)

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.

Progress 19 (Posted 18th February 2013)

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.

Progress 18 (Posted 18th February 2013)

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.

Progress 17 (Posted 18th February 2013)

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

Progress 16 (Posted 18th February 2013)

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.

Progress 15 (Posted 18th February 2013)

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.

Progress 14 (Posted 8th February 2013)

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.

Progress 13 (Posted 7th February 2013)

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

Progress 12 (Posted 7th February 2013)

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.

Progress 11 (Posted 6th February 2013)

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

Progress 10 (Posted 6th February 2013)

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

Progress 9 (Posted 3rd February 2013)

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.

Progress 8 (Posted 3rd February 2013)

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

Progress 7 (Posted 3rd February 2013)

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.

Progress 6 (Posted 3rd February 2013)

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!

Progress 5 (Posted 1st February 2013)

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.

Progress 4 (Posted 1st February 2013)

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.

Progress 3 (Posted 1st February 2013)

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.

Progress 2 (Posted 1st February 2013)

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.

Progress 1 (Posted 1st February 2013)

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.