Health is very important if you don't want to die! Well, originally these were two cans of Air Freshener, but I’ve repainted them, replaced the caps with more fitting ones taken from deoderant cans and made laminated First Aid Spray decals that I’ve glued to the front.">
28th May 2013: Post-Con Thoughts Okay, so, that was amazing. I've never been part of a group cosplay, and never been part of a photoshoot before! I didn't get to do some of the stuff I wanted to do (get my Mass Effect signed, catch up with a few friends) but I got to spend three hours getting my photo taken with the other Resident Evil cosplayers and met some great new people! I even ended up on the Capcom UK Facebook page, how cool is that?
Major things I learnt from this MCM:
1. Fiddling with my makeup once it's already set is generally not a good idea, so I need to be very careful with it. People were generally impressed with it though, so that's definitely a positive.
2. The costume is a cruel mistress, and just because she breaks before you leave the house is no guarantee she won't break again at the service station. I managed to repair it with sellotape, paperclips and Moonlighthope28's tiny hands, but I need to look at a more permanent solution before I wear it next.
3. You can take three batteries with you, but if your phone suddenly stops working that was just a waste of effort. I don't really know how to correct this one.
4. There are still a few minor tweaks I want to do for future wearing- a better leather leg-strap for the holster is definitely one of them, as are straps for the jacket and boots. Just the few minor touches that will come after repairing the braces and should finally put me up to 100%.
16th May 2013: One Last Bullet So the new braces arrived, and they're amazing, but I need to do some re-stitching to wear them in the style Jake does. This isn't a problem and should be done Saturday. Makeup continues to go well, all other costume elements are complete and I found a bit of down time to build some First Aid Spray props. All in all, things are looking up! Now if I can just survive the week...
15th May 2013: Continued Makeup Testing So I had a quick test today with the Collodion (wore it to work, most of the staff didn't notice but the students did, go figure!) and it survived eating (it was ten layers this time). The major problem is the edges went white, but I'm thinking there are several possible reasons for this.
1a. My skin wasn't dry enough when I applied it.
1b. My solution to this is to make sure I leave more time between exfoliating and moisturising and then applying the collodion on the day.
2a. I didn't let the Collodion dry enough between layers.
2b. My solution to this is to make sure I allow each layer to dry before applying the next one.
3a. I need to use some kind of foundation to ensure it keeps its colour.
3b. My solution to this is to grab a simple foundation for the edges.
4a. The brush that comes with the collodion isn't good enough.
4b. My solution to this is to get a new brush. I'll only need to use it once, maybe twice, but it's worth it having come this far.
Essentially, the things I have learnt from this test are fairly obvious in hindsight, but should allow me to have all the understanding and experience I need in time for the event itself.
4th May 2013: Finishing Touches This morning, for the first time in my life, I exfoliated and moisturised. After three weeks of this I should be in a position to make a really convincing scar with the Collodion. I figure I'll give it two weeks from today before I do another makeup test, just to be sure, but other than that everything is perfect. The jacket has been sewn and adjusted but is currently at my sister's, and I have no idea where I've left the gloves, but all my other preparations and accessories are sorted perfectly.
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