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Throwing down the gauntlet - Tactical Ninja

Apr. 14th, 2014

11:46 am - Throwing down the gauntlet

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This weekend I discovered that I have a weird Pavlovian reaction to a certain set of circumstances. It started with playing videogames because I was sick and my brain wasn't up for anything else. With it raining all week last week, the overcast wintry atmosphere and the not feeling well took me back to last winter, when I spent a week off work very ill, making the Grey Warden costume.

So I started on Cullen's gauntlets. And when the smell of hot Wonderflex hit my nostrils, I felt the onset of that same creative fog/drive thing that got that job finished so quickly.

I've been putting off this part - partly because I wasn't entirely happy with the way the tassets and overskirt turned out. While I've fixed that, it's not perfect and that rankles. Also, I knew this was going to be a mission. I don't know how many of you have looked closely at Cullen's gauntlets but they are... complex.

I'd already made the elbow guard a couple of weeks ago and had to reshape because my ref pic showed a funny angle and it was all wrong when finished. that didn't help my gauntlet enthusiasm any either. But anyway, I finally got onto the templates last week, and spent Saturday morning cutting bits of Wonderflex.

48 bits, to be precise.

And then I spent the afternoon with the heat gun, shaping them. I took this photo just to give an idea of how they'd go together.

They will be attached onto the glove part individually - the wrist guards and elbow guard strap on with leather and buckles, and the finger pieces will probably end up being sewn on with an awl because riveting inside the finger of a glove? Too damn hard.

First I have to finish the shaping (each of those finger claws needs to fit perfectly under the one above it so they articulate properly) and painting, because unlike the other armour I can't really paint it after it's assembled. I'm expecting about 20 hours' work total to finish - I've already spent 8 getting to the leather-is-dyed, time-to-paint stage.

But look! Progress!

It feels nice to have some enthusiasm for this project again. I got a bit distracted with other things over the summer - the monsters, the hypnotutu, Muttley - all fun projects but also all with deadlines and in direct competition with this one for my crafting time. I didn't want to sacrifice my other activities to spend all my time making things, so Cullen took a back seat.

Given the news that came out of Pax East this weekend, I'm kind of glad he's back front and centre. And he's going to stay there till he's finished. Other project ideas can wait.

Speaking of which, the cosplay contest for Armageddon Wellington is on Queen's Birthday Monday. There are two categories - solo and group. So I could enter the Grey Warden, or I could enter Cullen and the Grey Warden (should Dr Wheel agree). Or I could enter one at Wellington and the other at Christchurch in solo.

What do you think I should do, internet? Also, while technically I'm a novice, I suspect I'd feel like a wanker entering that level, it's for people who are just starting out and I'm not really. Argh. This is hard. How do you other cosplay folks do this?


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Date:April 14th, 2014 06:04 am (UTC)
Doooo eeeeet. Seriously.

If you were entering the cosplay contest, I think that would be the reason that tips me into going to Armageddon this year. Also, it appears that there will be a Doctor in the house -- in particular, Sylvester "did I mention that i'm in a major motion picture?" McCoy. And it's on my birthday! :D
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Date:April 14th, 2014 04:03 pm (UTC)
Yes go for it!!
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Date:April 14th, 2014 04:25 pm (UTC)
I'm very envious of your costume making skills. I'd say go solo, but I've never actually 'cosplayed'
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