Witch Elf - Warhammer: Age of Reckoning


London MCM Expo May 2009

1st Place Saturday Masquerade May Expo




This costume was an absolute bitch to do in every way shape and form.
It wasn't as expensive as I thought it would be, and it seemed pretty value considering I bought the contacts (£30) and the wig (£12) before for another cosplay.

The constuction of the armour was lengthy, but started with absorbing reference pictures into our brains (on all four of the Warhammer costumes). The witch elf took more planning, because we had to combine her with another dark elf design so that I wasn't naked (and I couldn't just do the other, as I would have baked~!) and then I sketch out a multitude of designs. The whole thing was highly collaborated, but that didn't make it easier, rofl. Then measurement were taken and some dark brown leather was bought (yeah, it WASN'T pleather, what ever asshole said that to me.) It was cut, shaped, smoothed a bit, baked and then played with. We wanted it to be snake-like, so it made riveting a lot harder. Layers of leather were held together and riveted to leather straps on the inside, which articulated the armour and made it breathable.

That took long enough =___=;
The gold detail took a few hours and hurt simply because I suck at using squirty bottles. The 'loin-cloth' was made from a cheap-o silk (or silk like? I'm not good with fabric) and was the only thing that broke, luckily a good friend sewed it up backstage. The cloak was just something a mates mother had made for halloween, I re-cut it to fall better and then hemmed it, she'd cleverly put a little pocket in it so I didn't need a bag.

This was fine and dandy, I just re-used my basic black wig and werewolf contact lenses, until we reached the point of ears. I mean, the armour was a pain in the arse to make but the ears were a pain in the arse to source. I want to learn how to make them myself, but I eventually found an amazing company that did a custom pair of ears for me in the UK (so they were a good length). I think just banged in my scarecrow standard fangs and pimped myself up with blood and hench ass make up. (my skin was paallee that day! D: )
The weapon was made with a foam board for the blade, which was decorated and coated in latex (like the hand guard and end of handle). The handle was a small bit of wood (? Rob did it, I'm not sure) wrapped in off cut leather. In total took about 4 months, so we were eager to get a place in the masquerade to show them off, for this we shelled out at extra 4 each for early entry and left the house at some ridiculous hour (7? I woke up at 5:15 to go to Abby's first) to arrive there at 8, donn the armour and snag a place in the masquerade (there were four registration sheets left, orz' ).

It was fun though, we look forward to more challenging costumes in the future.


sjbonnar posted on 26 May, 2009 - 18:13
You looked fantastic Nat! I had no idea it was you in that costume LOL I spent some time in my Angeal costume chatting to you guys ^_^' I was a happy Sean LOL

Mocha-Berrytan posted on 26 May, 2009 - 18:21
Yeah, I recognised you xD I was going to say "Hey Sean, it's Nat!" but I was too shy and scared I'd look like an absolute idiot, lmao! Your wing looked absolutely amazing by the way 8D I was happy Nat.

Odd-One-Out posted on 26 May, 2009 - 18:37
That photo you couldn't make out was taken by Matthew Chan :) Very well done cosplay as usual :O

CrystalNeko posted on 26 May, 2009 - 18:42
Wait, this was you!? Ahhhh I didn't know, I was talking to you briefly backstage and had no idea this was you. I love your costume, it looked amazing *-* Very impressive~ Congrats on winning! *-*

Platinum posted on 26 May, 2009 - 21:38
Sooo good to see women doing Warhammer cosplay! good job!

Amy-Lou posted on 27 May, 2009 - 10:39
Incredibly cool costume and you used really interesting methods. Grats on the prize, well deserved :D

Uber-Nerd posted on 27 May, 2009 - 17:56
Fantastic to see some real leather on people! (I *love* leather) -Tab

Demented Kid posted on 27 May, 2009 - 18:03
This was just amazing! Congrats on the win with the rest of Warhammer group! You guys just blew my socks off!

Adamoluna posted on 27 May, 2009 - 20:14
congrats with the win! You guys made an excellent group, and it really warms my heart to see more warhammer people walking around! :D

Mocha-Berrytan posted on 28 May, 2009 - 15:15
Thanks! We're planning to do 40k costumes in the future.

AmethystEyes posted on 28 May, 2009 - 15:22
Unbelievable detail, you did an amazing job on this!

Zehphir posted on 2 October, 2009 - 11:37
Good stuff

Sephirayne posted on 6 August, 2010 - 15:04
Awesome costume. The armour is epic.

ArcaneArchery posted on 19 January, 2014 - 12:36
Fantastic cosplay. I love the amount of detail on the armour