In which I dress up in a silly costume and prance around - Tactical Ninja
Aug. 26th, 2013
10:21 am - In which I dress up in a silly costume and prance around
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?