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Aug. 26th, 2013

10:21 am - In which I dress up in a silly costume and prance around

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Seems it's springtime in Wellington now, and yesterday was a nice day for taking photos. So pombagira and I grabbed the car and went for a drive round the Miramar peninsula with the aim of getting some decent photos of the Regalia of Weisshaupt costume. Always interesting on a sunny day when every body and their dragon dog is out and about.

One of the cool things about Wellington is that it's pretty easy to get pictures that have no civilisation in the background. This is not one of them:




First we went up to Massey Memorial, which is a big marble grave/monument thing that sits on a promontory overlooking Wellington harbour. I was trying to get the Tevinter thing going on. It was fairly populated with folks out enjoying the sunshine, which makes for interesting times. One little pink-clad girl photobombed us until I made magic hands at her and she ran away. But we did get some good basic shots of the costume and staff (click to enhugen):







After a while we just started asking everyone we came across whether they'd seen any dragons around. Most people hadn't, more's the pity. But we did find evidence that we do actually live in Thedas - or at least some kind of fantasy videogame world:



The part of the game this was supposed to be emulating is called the Wounded Coast, so Crumbling Cliffs is kind of apt.

Anyway, after that we did some posey shots:


Never taunt a mage!




I mostly like that one because it shows the face marks really well. Meanwhile, Wellington is really scenic.



I think it's prettier than the actual Wounded Coast, and this is about 15 minutes' drive (and 10 minutes' walk) from the city centre.

And here is an arty shot because arty pombagira is arty.



It doesn't show the costume but I love the partial silhouette and the tree branches doing that thing they do, and the quietude (yes, I said quietude omg) of the whole thing. Is pretty. Polly has a talent for framing and composition, yes?

I have also put these up on my DeviantArt page. I'll be adding more as they come up - these are just the best of the ones that needed no manipulation to be publishable. For some reason I want the world to see this but I've no idea how to go about putting it out there.


Meanwhile, we took 540 shots in total (don'tcha love digital?), and walked about 3km on a beautiful, unseasonably warm, fairly still spring day in Wellington. This outfit weighs 10kg and I was expecting it to be less comfortable, but leather softens and stretches with use and it actually got more comfortable as the day went on. Yay for using real materials! Also, the armour parts handled the wear - the only bits that chipped were the belt keepers that I hadn't gesso'ed. It's strong, comfortable and robust. I think we can call that a win.

I also have a bunch of outtakes and some silly shots that are just begging to have a bit of lightning put in them. I've no idea how to do that, but since when has that ever stopped me?

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From:tatjna
Date:August 25th, 2013 10:36 pm (UTC)
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MASSIVE HEAD TRAUMA BAY
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From:pombagira
Date:August 25th, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
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i had a fantastic time, tramping about taking photos.. *skips about*

now of course i am contemplating getting the tribe together to climb trees so i can take photos of them doing so...*is plotting*

when is Rivet coming to visit again...*ponders this to*




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From:tatjna
Date:August 25th, 2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
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That's a really good question.

Trees, you say? Hmm..
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From:majesticarky
Date:August 25th, 2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
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Cosplaying outside a convention. I love it!~
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From:tatjna
Date:August 25th, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
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There is something about running around in public dressed like a videogame character that makes people want to talk to you. Go figure. ;-)

Best comment of the day from a lady walking past: "Don't you hate laundry day when you've got nothing else to wear?"

hehehe
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From:ecosopher
Date:August 25th, 2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
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Wow. So gorgeous.

The costume isn't bad, either ;P
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From:tatjna
Date:August 25th, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
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I just sent that scenery pic to one of the dudes at Bioware saying "Here is my advertisement for why Bioware should open a studio in Wellington."

Cos I'm cheeky like that.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:August 26th, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)
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Sweet! Nice use of the Massey memorial.

So, how car-friendly is armor? or did you not put it on till you got there? 'Cos one thing I've learned from costume shoots is that modern vehicles, corsets and bustles are totally incompatable.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 26th, 2013 12:17 am (UTC)
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I could drive if I took off the glove part of the gauntlets and the tassets, and undid the top buckles on the knee guards.

Unfortunately I can't sit down in this costume, but I guess that kind of armour wasn't designed for sitting. ;-)
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From:prelley
Date:August 26th, 2013 01:55 am (UTC)
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you look great!!
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From:tatjna
Date:August 26th, 2013 03:41 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I am amazed I dont look more sweaty, given how many lots of steps we hiked up.
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From:clashfan
Date:August 26th, 2013 03:33 am (UTC)
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WOW! Very cool. Now I kinda want to play Dragon Age. Huh.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 26th, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
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Doooooo eeeeeeet!
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From:laughingmagpie
Date:August 26th, 2013 04:47 am (UTC)
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*wild flailing!*

This is all SO PERFECT.

Everything - costume, poses, makeup, setting, photography - is just spot on.

I know this feeling of wanting the world to see this sort of thing. I think DeviantArt is the way to go these days, and then maybe tumblr, but my costumes on DA get more steady views and attention over time than anywhere else I've found. Joining groups and submitting your best one or two photos to them will get more exposure. If you want ideas for groups on DA that accept cosplay/videogame/Bioware stuff, have a look at my Tali picture here:
http://magpielaughs.deviantart.com/art/Tali-Zorah-vas-Normandy-367244709
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From:tatjna
Date:August 26th, 2013 05:18 am (UTC)
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Today seems to be the day for cosplay pics!

I've joined a couple of groups and submitted some things, so we'll see how that goes.

Today's lot are just the ones that don't need any work to bring them up to scratch. I have a few I'd like to fiddle with that have some nice poses too.

;-)

Still goggling at that Tali costume, it just looks so good in the pics.
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From:nick_101
Date:August 26th, 2013 06:48 am (UTC)
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Those are cool shots. I like the poses.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 26th, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
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Eee, thanks! 500 photos later, it's kind of hard to think up something new to do. There are some pretty silly outtakes..
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From:danjite
Date:August 26th, 2013 07:43 am (UTC)
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Yay! Yay!

Also- this isn't spring. The is Sprinter. We'll get all comfy with our 18 degree days and then the snow will hit.

/cynical weather tirade
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From:vernacularity
Date:August 26th, 2013 10:01 am (UTC)
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might even be a full fortnight of rain!

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From:meathiel
Date:August 26th, 2013 11:52 am (UTC)
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Wow - cool pics. Really love them.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 26th, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
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Prancing around in a silly costume is so.much.fun!
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From:kimeros
Date:August 26th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
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I really like the first photo at Massey Memorial.

To me it seems like you are relaxed but strong and competent. A nice combination. Sure in your skills with the weapon you don't have to prove anything.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 26th, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I'm glad it comes across that way. Mostly I was just sweaty and wondering what to do with the big stick that might look cool.

And apparently Grey Wardens never smile, so trying not to do that. ;-)
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:August 26th, 2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
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these are sooooo awesome!!!
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From:tatjna
Date:August 27th, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
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I am utterly stoked with the whole thing, and feeling more than a bit pleased with myself. ;-)
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From:t_c_da
Date:August 27th, 2013 04:42 am (UTC)
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I've no idea how to do that

Have a look at Paint.net (free download off the net) and it's particularly useful "Magic Wand" (which allows one to easily select strange and random shapes) for getting and putting a lightning bolt...
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From:tatjna
Date:August 27th, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
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That's true - I hadn't thought of doing it that way, I was thinking of learning to make my own. Also - fireballs! ;-)
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From:spotsofcolour
Date:August 27th, 2013 10:35 am (UTC)
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Wow, I knew that costume would look amazing from the progress-shots, but I didn't realise HOW amazing! And those photos are great too, I'll have to keep an eye on your devart page to see the rest.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 27th, 2013 08:12 pm (UTC)
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Eee, thanks! Most of what else will be going on DA will be the manipulated ones where I learn how to do effects like lightning and fireballs. They may or may not be awesome. ;-)

I am really glad it looks as good on as I'd hoped. You know how sometimes things look good in your head and then just look stupid when you put them on? That was my fear. Luckily, this one turned out well. Eeeee!
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From:pundigrion
Date:August 28th, 2013 02:51 am (UTC)
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That looks even more awesome than I imagined! (And I gotta vivid imagination, lemme tell ya!)
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From:tatjna
Date:August 29th, 2013 09:35 am (UTC)
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Thank you. I'm pretty stoked how it came out. And even more stoked that Dr Wheel's agreed to let me make him one next! :-)
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From:n3m3sis42
Date:August 29th, 2013 11:26 am (UTC)
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Love the costume, and it looks great on you. :)
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From:tatjna
Date:August 29th, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

Now you know the full depths of my nerdiness. ;-)
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From:adam_0oo
Date:August 30th, 2013 02:09 pm (UTC)
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SO COOL! The layers and different materials look really great! Superb work!

Magic Hands? Did you Haduken the young girl?
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