Back in June, fresh back from Anime North and high on the success of our Batman Villain's group, I had gotten into a cosplay discussion with a friend of mine. He had mentioned wanting to cosplay the Red Hood (Jason Todd), and I jumped at the chance to add another of Gotham's criminals to our entourage. A few weeks later, he approached me about building his helmet. I was naturally eager to give it a crack.
The Bondo however doesn't leave a lot of working time, and even though I mixed it in batches, it started setting up too quickly and I ended up with a lumpy helmet. I didnt take pictures during this stage of the build, as I was too busy panicking. Lacking a power sander, I feebly attempted sanding by hand, but the results were less than stellar. In a fit of "I have two days to produce a helmet" panic, I foolishly coated the thing in resin as it was, and painted it.
I went to the Highland Games of Durham in Uxbridge, Ontario on Sunday. Being grown adults as we are, we spent a good chunk of our day doing crafts in the kiddy area.
We raided the kiddy-kilt station to make me a tartan sash to go with my kilt, made flower crowns, won medals for our painted rocks, and spent a good long time painting shields for ourselves.
After spending the day running around with my little cardboard buckler, I had grown very fond of it, and decided to give it a good upgrade when we got home. If I was going to wield a cardboard shield, it'd be the most badass little cardboard shield there ever was.
Finally I painted the crest on and re-assembled the whole thing. Next thing to tackle is the wooden sword I picked up at the festival.
So like what seems to be everyone else this summer, I've found myself avidly following Shingeki No Kyojin. Somewhere in the back of my head I've been thinking I'd like to tackle a cosplay from the show, but I hadn't intend to put any serious thought into it until closer to Anime North.
However, one fateful value village trip later, I walked out with a pair of white jeans and a perfect base jacket, which I promptly hacked apart and modified into something that better resembled the military jacket from the show. I've noticed a general trend among Attack on Titan cosplayers to make the jacket out of leather/pleather-like materials, but, and this is the only time you're likely to hear me say this, I just don't like the use of leather in this context. How many military uniforms do you know that include leather jackets? So I ended up with a brown denim jacket that I'm pretty satisfied with.
I hadn't looked at the costume much for the past couple of weeks, until a friend of mine mentioned the possibility of going to ConBravo this weekend. Being housebound with a sprained foot, I decided to accept the challenge of knocking out the rest of the costume in two days. (while blasting Guren no Yumiya and Wings of Freedom on a loop, of course)
While I don't have a picture of the finished costume yet (no one obliging enough to take pictures of me at arms reach right now, sadly) I figured I'd show you some of my progress shots.
I hope to get photos of the harnesses and the complete uniform sometime in the next couple of days. I did not end up tackling the maneuver gear this week, as I unexpectedly had to replace my cell phone, which took a large bite out of my bank account.