26th May 2014: Finally over phew Well I completely neglected posts for a while but that's because I had a real last minute rush to get things finished before the convention. All in all though it was a success with only a few costume malfunctions, but it was nothing that couldn't be fixed. Had a great time at the convention and cant wait till the next one now.
DON'T LEAVE MAKING YOUR COSTUME TILL THE LAST MINUTE LIKE ME, YOU WILL END UP STRESSED, ANGRY AND A LOT OF TEARS >_<
26th April 2014: Almost finished handles and blades Almost finished my handles and blades. All I have for the blades is to paint them now. For the handles I've glued and pinned them all together now I just need to shape them and paint it all.
25th April 2014: 3D Maneuver Gear 1 Thought Id better get started on my 3D MG as there are only 4 weeks left till the convention. I did have some old entries on here where I had made the sheaths out of cardboard but I wasn't happy with the sizes Id done so I'm starting again from scratch with foamboard. This just shows the measurements that I'm making it now. Slightly thinner than the last ones.
Fyi I'm 5'3. Approx 159cm tall.
24th April 2014: Wig and Make-up Test 1 Righto so today I worked on my wig and make-up. Now I must say I think the wig has turned out really well just need to work on the make-up a bit more.
Unfortunately you cant really see a lot of the make-up in these pictures but I'll work on that. I also don't like how the eyebrows have come out so I'll be changing those too.
19th April 2014: Bottom Half Ok I'm so nearly finished with the bottom half of my harness. Iv pretty much got it all sewn together with the buckles on too. Now all I have to sort out is how I'm going to attach it to the belt in a way that I can still pull everything down to go to the loo lol.
9th April 2014: Handle and Blades so Far Just a picture of everything that Iv got so far for my handles and blades. Still got some more stuff to do on them before they are completely finished but slowly getting there.
6th April 2014: Filing Today I filed over the pieces for my handles to make sure that they all fit together perfectly and to remove any splintered edges.I did this by using a Die Sander and by clamping all the pieces together to do the separate sections all at once.
2nd April 2014: More pieces of the Handle Today I got some more pieces for my handles cut out. Its starting to come together and actually look like a proper handle now. Still have some more to cut out before I can start fitting it all together.
2nd April 2014: Testing out my straps To see how one leg would roughly look I decided to pin the straps together for one side in order to get an idea of how they would all fit together. Im definitely going to have to get my mum to help me with assembling this. Its quit loose when I put it on myself so I need another pair of hands to make sure its as tight as possible.
Sorry for the bad photo quality, I should have worn my white trousers for this to make it easier to see.
31st March 2014: Pinning and Sewing Today I pinned and stitched all my straps. I folded the leather over at the back and then stitched down both sides equally. I backed over each end before I stitched all the way down to make sure that the stitching was extra secure.
30th March 2014: Harness Cutting To mark out my straps onto my leather I got a belt that was the width that I wanted the straps to be and marked it twice, side by side, so that it was wide enough for me to fold over when I pin and sew it.
29th March 2014: Starting on the Harness Today I thought I'd make a start on my harness. To help with the measurements for the separate straps I put on my white jeggings and, with some black tape, I marked out where the straps will go on the bottom half of my body. I then got my mum to measure each strap for me.
17th March 2014: Re-Think Today I looked at the wooden pieces I cut out yesterday and decided to tweak the shape of them. All the areas I have shaded in will be the parts that I cut off. Also drew on the shape of the blade base to see how it will fit inside the handle.
And I realize that it looks like a penis lol.
16th March 2014: Starting on the handles I have finally got back into my prop making. Today I started to cut out the middle pieces of wood for my handles. I also cut the bicycle brakes that I'm using within my handles and cut out where they will slot into the wood.
Then to finish off for the day I filed both pieces together so that they matched with the shape as best as possible.
16th January 2014: New Wig Unfortunately I had to buy a new wig because I was really struggling to cut and style my old one because it was just way too thick. No matter how much I thinned it it just wasn't happening. So instead of buying from a Chinese company (Lucaille), this time I bought from an English one (Coscraft) which was great because it only took two days to turn up.
Its a good wig but at £16.50 I'd expect it to be lol. Looks like its going to be a lot easier to style as well and the parting is better on this one too, it has a skin top parting. So long story short I should have bought from them first >_<
24th November 2013: Sketches I got bored so decided to do some sketches of the 3D Maneuver Gear. Working out what size I wanted to make it and some of the materials I might want to use.
I missed this out in the drawing but in total it will probably be around 31cm in length which would be including the gas cylinder on top
19th November 2013: Boots Got my boots today, just one problem, they are REALLY tall on me. Personally I think I look stupid but hopefully when I have the rest of the outfit sorted they will blend in. If not ill have to think of a way to shorten them somehow.
On the plus side they make awesome pirate boots when the top is folded down lol.
16th November 2013: Wig Got my wig ages ago but cant actually remember when it came. Just me wearing it before Iv styled it.
18th October 2013: AOT Pajama's Got my Pj's for part of my Levi cosplay. I wont be wearing these during the day they are more for night time shoots. Im staying for the whole 3 days in May so during the day Ill be wearing the uniform and for bedtime these :D
Caius - 24th November 2013
So you've the same problem as me with the boots? Maybe all of us that are short have that same problem, who knows... And as far as I've seen while looking at pictures of Levi (since I too am going to cosplay as him quite soon I've been looking around quite a lot), he seems to have a little of the same "problem" with his boots at some pictures. And if I should put a vauge opinion regarding the matter with the boots for both you and me (and everyone else with the same problem); I think that people won't care or not notice if they're slightly too tall or short as long as the boots looks similar enough. I believe that people take note to it in case they are too different and looks nothing at all as their boots does.
Anonymous - 26th February 2014
My boots are quite tall for me too, but like you said with the belts all in place and such it should blend in alright!
EvilShadowMaster - 28th March 2014
your 3DMG looks amazing!! Don't worry about the boot size!! :D
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