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Armageddon Auckland 2014 - Tactical Ninja

Oct. 29th, 2014

10:11 am - Armageddon Auckland 2014

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Well that was exhausting, validating, and fun. It's the first time I've gone to an event with the express purpose of cosplaying for three days, and I had no idea how it would go.

It went awesomely.


Photo byNingkun Lu



Saturday was the most crowded day, and we had our camera guy following us around as well. The photo requests started as soon as we got into the convention, and really didn't stop till we left. We managed to hook up with another Warden and ran around as a party for a while, then did the cosplay parade on the main stage for a laugh...


Photo byKeith Smith


And also did some relaxing in the dedicated area set aside for cosplayers to hang out, rest, and do repairs. Hawke sisters chilling..


Photo by Kylie Scollick


Day 2 was our off day, on which we weren't required for filming, so the monsters got to cosplay. It was interesting watching people try to work out if they should recognise them, and I overheard several Mums and Dads asking their kids what they were. Some people got it, others didn't, but the monsters (as usual) got lots of hugs and toots of horns as they walked down the road from the motel.


Dangle as Slave Leia, Mangle as Morpheus (but looks more like a vampire IMO)

Tangle as Neo
Photos byArkham City Comics


Day 3 was contest day and I was nervous as fuck, mostly because electronics. I knew the lights would work if I got my wrist flick right, but I wasn't sure I'd get it right even though I'd practiced heaps. Of course, it worked out fine. Better still, someone caught it on camera.


Photo byRed Tail Design


Our cameraman also caught it on video, but we won't be seeing that for a while because he got So.Much.Footage. that he'll be at it a while to turn it into a 10 minute video. When it's published I'll link it and you can hear my rank kiwi accent as I rave about geeky stuff, and wave my arms around in a vaguely magical looking way. *ahem* Meanwhile, have a pic.

And I also ran into some other Dragon Age cosplayers from Wellington (and a barbarian from Diablo 3) and we made a party and ran round being silly for shits and giggles..


Photo byJ toy master Hobby ONE


Weirdest party ever. We decided that qunari must aspire to be dwarves, which would explain all the squatting. And yes for those who are geeky about Dragon Age, that elf on the end is the one from the PC loading screen. She is awesome and beautiful and I have costume envy.

And we got on TV! (we're at 0:50 for about half a second, yelling our heads off).


I didn't get a prize in the contest but I really don't mind because a) my balls worked! Eeeee! and b) the quality of the cosplay was so high that it's no insult to not get a prize in that company. Honestly, I picked about 6 other costumes that I thought were better than mine, that didn't get a prize either. I'm in very good company. ;-)

And the one that won, well.. even if you're not into the whole Hunger Games fandom (which I'm not really), anyone who's ever tried to make anything ever will appreciate the workmanship and quality and creativity that went into it:



She fully deserved to win the Trans-Tasman Cup for this IMO.

So yeah, as first experiences go that was pretty awesome. I have my next costume lined up already, and have decided that to challenge myself I'm going to do all the weaving involved by hand.

And Inquisition is out in three weeks, and I *just know* there'll be some obscure character in there whose costume makes me go *slobber* and the whole thing will start again. Never mind Dr Wheel's Amazing Idea.....

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From:girlguitarist
Date:October 28th, 2014 09:30 pm (UTC)
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Everything looks so great! It sounds like you had a great time. I am continually jealous of your skills.

p.s. I can't stop laughing about Neo :) Such a great idea for them to cosplay too!
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From:tatjna
Date:October 28th, 2014 09:34 pm (UTC)
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Subtlety is not Tangle's strong point. ;-)
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From:nick_101
Date:October 28th, 2014 10:06 pm (UTC)
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Glad you had a great time. I like the costumes.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 28th, 2014 10:09 pm (UTC)
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So many awesome costumes. I love that so many people get into dressing up.
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From:sight
Date:October 28th, 2014 10:37 pm (UTC)
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Lovely costumes! Also can't believe inquisition comes out so soon!! I'm so ready! Will replay all the dragon ages in preparation!!
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From:tatjna
Date:October 28th, 2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
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Three weeks! I am itching.. done all my playthroughs and now I'm just ready to go. Hurry up, Inquisition!
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From:pickleboot
Date:October 28th, 2014 10:46 pm (UTC)
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your costumes? that seems such a poor way to describe such great craftwomanship(yes, i did make up a word, sorry) as how you treated everything to look like metal(oh- remind me to pm you at some point about a product my mom found that is amazing- it makes what you apply it to look like a shiny metal until you use either jax black or colored pencil and water on it. so fucking cool!) and they are, for lack of a better word, stunning. that and my daughter is drooling over them! i think she might want to start cos-play now.

but that Katniss dress. wow. the amount of work that must have taken and it was incredible. just..wow.

so glad you had a great time!
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From:tatjna
Date:October 28th, 2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
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It's pretty amazing, eh?

Also, tell me about this product now please! I've been using gesso/rub 'n' buff/acrylic paint, but the idea of something that actually reacts with the weathering instead of creating layers that can peel off sounds fantastic!

I could almost be persuaded to make more armour if I could find such a product. ;-)
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From:anna_en_route
Date:October 28th, 2014 11:31 pm (UTC)
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that is some superb workmanship!
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From:tatjna
Date:October 29th, 2014 12:25 am (UTC)
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It really is! And she wore it all day, too.
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From:fbhjr
Date:October 29th, 2014 12:17 am (UTC)
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Very, very cool!
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From:tatjna
Date:October 29th, 2014 12:25 am (UTC)
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So much fun!
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From:meathiel
Date:October 29th, 2014 08:05 am (UTC)
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I still think you'd have deserved a prize for all the work you put into it! Though I have to admit that the Hunger Games costume is fab ...
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From:tatjna
Date:October 29th, 2014 07:12 pm (UTC)
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Fantastic idea, brilliantly executed. Superb!
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From:fushia_darkness
Date:October 29th, 2014 09:17 am (UTC)
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So cool!
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From:tatjna
Date:October 29th, 2014 07:13 pm (UTC)
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:-D It makes me really happy that there are so many other people who share this particular brand of geekiness with me.
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From:call_me_katya
Date:October 29th, 2014 02:12 pm (UTC)
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These are all fabulous! I love when hard work and dedication really pays off.

I have to say, Tangle and Dangle cosplaying just pips it for me though ;)
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From:tatjna
Date:October 29th, 2014 07:28 pm (UTC)
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The whole monster concept makes me happy. ;-) They have brought much silliness into my life.
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From:downwardlashes
Date:October 30th, 2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
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Looks so fun! I hope I can go to one someday.
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From:spiral_meter
Date:October 30th, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
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fun!!!!!!!!!

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From:adam_0oo
Date:October 31st, 2014 07:45 pm (UTC)
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So coooooool. You have such visual hobbies, some of which you take pictures of!
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From:du_secondaire
Date:November 2nd, 2014 03:19 am (UTC)
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I just saw this now!

Your costumes are absolutely fabulous! Glad you had a good time.

Also yes, that Katniss outfit...whoa! :D
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