"With world wide destruction a certain alternative, do I really have a choice?"
Hermann is playing down his feelings. Like “oh shit I let him know I care so I better do some serious damage control and make it seem like I’m only doing this because I have to.”
crowtoed and I are convinced Hermann is channeling Churchill ala his ”We shall fight on the beaches” speech.
I’ll leave it as an exercise to the reader as to what, exactly, Hermann is steeling himself for.
Check your email, folks — Prop Auction invoices are going out!
Do I learn guitar for cosplay.
If you see me singing in the car, I am mostly likely learning long and abbreviated versions of this for 2015 cosplay. XD
Since Dragoncon’s over and we’ve got over six months til the next convention, there’s been a LOT of cosplay planning in the Catterdome.
Gajinka Jose Carioca- Jamie and I went to Epcot with the always delightful and wry startrekrenegades and went on the Gran Fiesta tour ride. It was then that Jamie and I learned of each others love of the Three Caballeros and decided FUCK YEAH COSPLAY. So I’m going to be Jose and Jamie’s going to be Panchito Pistoles, the Mexican rooster.
I’m thinking an Arda Rufio in Light Green, reparted and styled into an undercut, then green sideburns to mimic Jose’s little cheek feather fluff. Of course, the challenge of custom tailoring a banana yellow linen jacket and bright green trousers is also hella exciting.
Sybil Vimes- I’ve come up with my own design of Sybil in her dragon breeder’s kit, including an Edwardian-style puff-sleeved tweed jacket (I found a hella cute purple tweed for cheap on etsy), quilted oven mit gloves, a leather apron, some kind of dragon puppet, and modding a Regency bonnet to include protective ear flaps. I don’t think Sybil wears her wig 24/7 (just in polite and somewhat impolite company), so I’m using my own patchy, short hair for it.
P’Li- Since Jamie and I are learning leathercraft, I want to have a go at making P’Li’s top into a leather partial corset. I’m going to use an Arda wigs Eowyn in natural black, strip off the sides, and blend my own hair into the top and pompadour, then stub in the braid. The best part is that I can keep the sides of my head buzzed!
Jury’s still out on a realistic way to do the forehead tattoo or how to boost myself up an extra foot (THIS LADY IS A GIANT). All I know is that I’m excited to FINALLY make some curve-toed Fire Nation boots.
In the meantime, I’m working, saving up money for materials, and working on a mixture of plushies and dresses for myself.
So, I learn today there was originally going to be a CUBAN (my ethnicity) caballero, this adorable lil guy: http://www.disneydispatch.com/content/columns/the-626/2011/14-the-four-caballeros-and-the-cuban-carnival/
But since that never came to pass, I’m going to cosplay as a human Panchito Pistoles:
His belt and holsters will be a good leatherworking project, a new skill I have started on as of a few weeks ago.
I still want to do a big robot-like character, so we’ll see how time and money treat me this go around.
Vimes, of course, is always being improved, and Hermann will return for Shatterdome and aquarium night at DragonCon. But for the time being, I am enjoying a break from his haircut with something I can ‘hawk:
After I get some things done for Shatterdome Atlanta, it’ll be time to start solidifying plans and really dive into the 2015 lineup!
Woo, yes, I must make a Disorganizer for next year…
Always imagined them as Blackberry-shaped tins with tiny imps in ‘em, maybe you could modify a toy mobile phone?
I don’t know why, but a metal and wood grain case sticks in my head. I’ll probably end up with something most at first glance would call a “steampunk cellphone”, but we’ll know better…
Otachi - Dragon*con 2014
"Movement in the breach… Category 4…"
Aquarium night at Dragon*con was unbelievable. Otachi was fun to wear during the day, and the Pacific Rim meetup was amazing, but I swear once it got dark out it hit a whole other level of epic kaiju destruction awesome. I felt like I was freaking becoming Otachi, surrounded by all the nighttime marine biospheres - the lights looked sooo cool in the exhibits!! And of course any chance to shoot with Soulfire (a huge Pacific Rim fan) is going to produce incredible work. I feel like Otachi is emerging from the breach in these photos, and she’s about to destroy Hong Kong (or Atlanta). Do your worst, PPDC…
While I consider myself a pretty experienced sewer, I had absolutely never worked with craft foam outside of simple, teensy props. I’m writing up on a big breakdown of exactly how I made the spinal column and tail, but for now I’ll just say it was a huge endeavor! There are 162 individual foam pieces in the spine/tail, and 32 LEDs. Phew! Now where’s a Gipsy Danger I can drag into the stratosphere??
More photos and breakdowns can be found here!
Absolutely stunning and I love how each part of the outfit corresponds to Otachi’s biology!