4th March 2014: This is still a thing Lots of little progress~ after some recent news, I have been moved around my May plans a lot. I won't be entering Eurocosplay this year, because I won't be available next October, but I shall be entering the Saturday masquerade with this costume. I'm not doing either Aerrow or Pit for this May, so I will just have this costume to focus on (I'll take two of my older costumes with me too for the sake of it, or make something simple), and I want to make this the best that I can.
As usual I'm waiting on deliveries which is setting me back some time, but I have got my huge order of red fleece, and I can get to work!
I am completely scaling the tail. The lines (36 of them) that run up it in the photo are a rough guideline to see how many scales I will need, and I will probably have to add more lines. At least with these journals, I can document the process of me slowly turning insane as I draw, cut and sew each of these scales on.
And to match the look of the tail, I will likely have to do the same to the feet, which I shall work on at a different time. The feet have a very basic upholstery foam base, which I will flesh out and carve to create his toes. They are going to be a pair of socks with flexible soles on them, so I can move my feet around comfortably, but still be somewhat protective. This means I can switch between stand on the flat of my foot onto my toes without much trouble.
The wire armature for the wings is pretty much done. Depending on the harness I use, I may add a little extra support with an extra strip of wire above the bottom join, so that they won't be able to droop.
Something else I have done is add to the design. I'll post it another time, but I don't think I'm going to be comfortable enough to do the open chest binding, and I want to keep my options for the wings harness open just in case they're too heavy and need extra support. So, to create a better binding effect, potential wing support, and still keeping with Smaug's theme, I have design a 'diamond waistcoat' that will go underneath the jacket. It's gold, and it'll be encrusted with jewels, gold etc. I will also be able to add in the weak spot by his heart more effectively. This may not be the only design change that I'll do, I'm trying to experiment with his face a bit more, but for now I'm quite happy with the cloting.
I'm super excited now to work on this, and I'm even tempted to try contacts. I'm not exactly comfortable with them, but it'd really give that extra kick that Smaug will need.