Dust: An Elysian Tail

Cosplayer: Origin

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

28th May 2015: After The Expo Yup! That was fun. Despite everything, I think that Dust's the cosplay that's held up the best against an Expo weekend so far!

Aside from the wiring on the fan inside the head going all screwy, the only thing that "broke" was part of the cloak clasp on Saturday morning. And all that took to fix was some UHU glue from the cosplay repair desk to stick the Worbla back onto the plastic base. It held up for the rest of the weekend.

As I thought, the fan didn't make that much difference. Though that might have been due to its placement (directly above my head) and not having anywhere else in there to put it. So the airflow didn't really do anything. The Masquerade was great fun and, while I still can't stop my mind going blank when it comes to poses, I did learn that my overheating woes paled in comparison to those of others (Poor Baymax! D: )

In an ideal world, Dust v2 would have a sword that's actually finished and perhaps a head that actually looks more like him! The hat - and the clothes - turned out pretty well but, possible improvements aside, the holes basically render it compatible only with the "v1" head. So, if I remade Dust's head, I'd have to do the hat too. Don't suppose anyone's got any pointers/tricks to ensuring a facial likeness when making fursuit heads? :P

21st May 2015: The Night Before... The finish line's here. Dust's coming to the May MCM.

The only drawback is... that his Ahrah Blade isn't. :(

With the design not taking into consideration stability issues (having the blade's whole weight resting on a seven-inch torch = not fun!) and with the blade itself still needing gessoing, painting and whatever other finishing touches I can think of, I doubt that it would be done in time to get packed up and brought out with me when I head down to the train station at 8AM.

If I wear Dust to another event, I'll be giving the sword a rethink. Lighter, better, glowier, stronger! That and learn to do a better head. But, for now, he's all ready to boil me alive in London, surrounded by thousands of people. Rejoice!

19th May 2015: Swooooord. #1 With some guidance from my brother (first time using LEDs and wiring, might as well ask someone who knows better!), the sword's starting to take shape. The trick is getting it done before the Expo! DDDD:

15th May 2015: The Curse of Gems! After a test attempt at trying to use Polymorph and powder paint to create the pommel gem for Dust's sword and seeing results faring rather badly, I decided to cheat a bit. I cut two hunks of styrofoam out, glued them on top of each other and basically whittled them down with a craft knife.

Not the best gemstone shape ever, but it fits in the setting-to-be I put together. That's the important thing! Just gotta paint them. :D

9th May 2015: *flails a bit* The only thing that needs finishing off in terms of clothes is the boots. Monday will hopefully entail an Abakhan trip to get some more blue fabric to tidy up the hat after the hole-cutting debacle as well as some brown leather-like material to form the wrapping for the sword's hilt and handguard.

The handguard itself's been carved out (of styrofoam) and is ready for when the electrics go in, basically having a hole put in the top/bottom to accomodate the wiring and the head of the torch. That's the plan, anyway.

Just under two weeks to get the sword built, working and ready. Then it's a matter of packing everything up.

2nd May 2015: Closer and closer! - Pants are basically done.
- Cloak needs the clasp attaching.
- Waistcoat needs the trim sewing on.
- Undershirt needs the cuffs finishing off.
- Tail needs stuffing (attached to the waistcoat, using it as a sort of harness)
- Hat holes are done (finally), untidy bits need repainting and a new layer of blue fabric to hide where I hacked at it to get the holes right. Also, the hat seems to need weights in the back to tilt the brim up so I can see!
- Sword electrics are sort of planned. Once again, it seems like the weapon is going to be down to the wire. It's Aeon all over again! D:

20th April 2015: Boom. It needs some tidying up here and there, but I finally got the hair styled! Sure, the head is basically evidence that Art was my weakest subject at school, but that's what the hat's for! Here's hoping the ears are big enough!

16th April 2015: Back to the hair! Ten and a half weft packs later, Dust has a full head of hair. This three-kilo behemoth (the foam/fur head and the hair combined) is certainly the heaviest thing I've made for a cosplay but, with quite a lot of hair cutting to do in the styling process, I'm sure that weight will go back down a bit!

5th April 2015: My very own "Elysian Tail"! Tail. Get it? Finally got around to sewing up the tail. Still have to put the kinks into it so it'll curl slightly away from the floor and stuff it, but still. Another little thing done.

2nd April 2015: [HAIR EXPENSE INTENSIFIES] Now I'm REALLY beginning to realise just how much hair is on Dust's head. I'm pondering whether to style it in sections (with the back first, before dealing with the front) or style the whole thing once it's done, though I'm leaning towards the former.

Anyway, four weft packs done, another three ordered from Coscraft. The madness continues!

24th March 2015: The tense bit! Volume 1 This took quite a lot of pondering but, after a lot of decision-making on where they should actually go, I took the plunge and glued Dust's ears into place. While I might have to hand-stitch them down in order to make them more secure, there's only a handful of things left to do in order to finish off the head-and-hat combo!

- Cutting holes in the hat for the ears to (hopefully) poke through
- Applying wefts to the head to form Dust's hair
- Fitting the fan to the inside of the head (and make sure it works)

14th March 2015: Sword, Fidget and Eyes, oh my! These are probably the most infuriating things right now. :D

Fidget is going to go one of two ways. The first idea is that I make the Fidget doll; a somewhat small-sized version of her that I'll carry about, perhaps peering out of a pocket or somesuch. The second, however, is rather more ambitious. Idea #2 is where I go big, make a "full-sized" version of Fidget (my estimates would put her at nearly a foot and a half tall, when compared to my height) and SOMEHOW mount her against my shoulder so that she'll be flying behind me. Of course, both ideas hinge on me being able to make a Fidget doll in the first place.

The sword... well, that's come to a standstill as I'm trying to figure out the wiring. Electrical engineering was one of the many many subjects I didn't take while in college.

And the eyes. Those are sort of progressing and the style of eyes I use depends entirely on which I get done to an acceptable standard first.

In more minor news, I'm currently trying to judge how big Dust's ears should be. They have to be big enough to poke up through his hat like in the game. Once his ears are measured out, furred up and stuck in place, I can then get on with the more precarious jobs of cutting the holes in the hat and tackling his hair.

A lot of stuff to do! D:

7th March 2015: Slowly... It's coming together, even if my schedule's suffering setbacks (paints on back-order, sewing machine stuck behind clutter and so on). I'm hoping that, once the furring/lining's all done, the fan's fitted (and hopefully not carving up my hair), the eyes are finished and glued in and Dust actually has a head of hair plus a pair of ears, it'll look a whole lot better.

26th February 2015: Actual Progress! The hat's just about done, minus holes for the ears (which haven't been made yet) and I've started lining the inside of the head. However, that won't actually get done until I've checked if there's enough space for a fan in there.

Even in it's incomplete state, it looked pretty damn good seeing Dust's head/hat on me in the mirror. I can only imagine how it'll look when it's done and I have the rest of the cosplay to go with it. :D

23rd February 2015: Another day, another bag of stuff! With about £100 worth of fabric and fur now sitting in bags, I have just about everything I need for this cosplay. Thankfully, I have the hat, sword and head to do until I get to a sewing machine. :D

15th February 2015: Hat's almost there! As I haven't got around to going out to Abakhan to get the materials for Dust's head, I thought I'd focus on the hat for a bit. From the basic shape, I hotglued a layer of craft foam across the whole thing in order to try and strengthen what's otherwise just pretty flimsy upholstery foam.

On the underside, there's currently a series of craft foam strips acting as supports. I'm currently wondering whether to craft foam the whole of the underside as well or leave it as it is.

Anyway, from here, I'll be gessoing the whole thing until it's a smooth surface. Then it'll all be spraypainted black and the turquoise fabric will be attached to and draped over the sides.

11th February 2015: Heading up the process... While they both look untidy and are nothing more than uncovered foam, the basic shapes for Dust's head and hat are pretty much done now. It'll most likely be the hat, head and sword first, then everything else.

21st January 2015: It begins! Having just taken a trip to the epic Abakhan in Wales and bought a sack of various fabrics for both Dust and the Fidget doll (FOREVVVERRR... >:) ), I think it's safe to say this is no longer just "Planned". :D

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InfiniteJester - 19th December 2013
I've never seen this design before but it looks super cool - really interested in how you're going to make the sword and the weird hat thing!

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g123 - 19th April 2014
Never seen this costume at a con before, the progress on this will be very interesting

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Darkiekun - 4th June 2014
Can't wait to see this 8) It's gonna be awesome!

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BlueberryTale - 7th January 2015
Very cool design, This will be awesome to see!

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cowiee - 13th June 2015
From what i can see, it looks pretty good! I'm sure all your hard work paid off! c:

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ThatNovaScotian - 14th August 2015
Very nice!!!!

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Maddannkidd - 27th August 2015
Awesome work

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Heorot - 29th October 2015
I've only ever seen Dust in humanoid form so its nice to see him in his original, intended state. Good job!

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Lady-Aira - 30th January 2016
Love the masquerade shots ^^ What a wonderful costume and you look fantastic! Great work! ^^