Nush is wearing a cosplay costume - army green pants, a purple and white tunic with long front and back panels with gold trim, black waist armour, a red belt, and a white turban with red trim. She is crouching and facing the camera.
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FULL SCALE #8: [COSPLAY] – Wrathion (World of Warcraft)

FULL SCALE #8: [COSPLAY] – Wrathion (World of Warcraft)

Hello hello. I am here! I promised a post, and boy is this a big one. Time for more cosplay!

First a little background on the character: Wrathion is a character from the Warcraft game universe, more specifically the MMORPG World of Warcraft. Players will be familiar with this character as his storyline is important to in-game world events, and you even undertake quests to save his egg from destruction as part of some levelling up quests. He is the last of the Black Dragonflight – the corrupted dragon species, the leader of whom – Deathwing – tried to destroy the world and was thwarted by heroes (players) in Cataclysm (Expansion 3). He is only three years old when we first meet him in Mists of Pandaria (Expansion 4), so his dragon form is a ‘whelpling’, or cute-little-baby-dragon-with-tiny-wings. But as dragons live for hundreds of years, his human form is an adult male. Keep in mind that he is only three, so is still a child. He is however, extremely knowledgeable, and has a network of spies that he presides over, making him an important player in game world.

The reason I enjoy Wrathion so much, is that he is intriguing – he has no real true alliances, he still exhibits childlike qualities, but he determined to redeem his species and change how people view him. Though he makes some questionable decisions affecting the game world as a whole (and setting up for Expansion 5 – Warlords of Draenor), he remains singularly different to the other major players in Warcraft lore.

I would like to point out, that as a person of colour, he is one of the few characters available for us to cosplay without colouring our skin. WoW is generally good like that, with a whole rainbow of skin tones, but it is nice to have a brown character to cosplay. Dragons are also genderless, which makes Wrathion ripe for Rule 63 and genderbending cosplay, and indeed he is a popular choice for many at overseas conventions, though with significant edits to his outfit.

Read more on Wrathion here and here.

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OK, let’s get into it. I was very late in making this, and had no idea how hard it would be until I actually started, but hey! This is kinda what I do – flail around until I get a burst to get moving.

So let’s break it down. Basically, it’s a pair of army or parachute pants, and a long sleeve colour-blocked tunic with long front and back panels. Doable.

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Woo! Back view!

The pants have dark red stripes on the inside of each leg and wider bright red panels on the outside. I actually added some pockets into the pants, and put in some sneaky slits in the side panels to allow pocket access.

Most cosplay costumes need to be sneakily altered/adjusted to allow for pockets/pouches so that you can carry your shit.

These are standard tapered pants, with more volume in the top, and an elasticated waist. Both colours are poplin.

Lookit! My sneaky pocket slits!

The tunic was also not difficult – the purple is a stretch fabric of some kind and the white is a bengaline. Simple alterations of a standard long sleeved t-shirt pattern, with the centre extended.

Wrathion Cosplay Side Panels and Sleeves
Lookit! My beautiful and painstaking painting. This was actually rather fun and relaxing.
Wrathion Cosplay Sleeves
Detailing in gold paint. Do before sewing together!
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OK. The weird side/waist armour things. Eck. Not my favourite part of the final look, but necessary to achieve accuracy. They are meant to be scaled armour pieces. The bases are made of this lovely thick black denim, then covered with a scale-embossed vinyl. The bigger panels are overlaid with smaller scales made from the vinyl. Edged in some crappy gold trim. The three pieces are lined up and attached together, so that there’s a set of three on either side.

They also kept slipping down despite being pinned to me. Definitely needing a redo if I wear this again.

This goes for the arm armour (lol) too. Vambraces? Maybe. Idk. They are also a triple set, without the extra little scales. They have a couple of strips of elastic holding them on my arm so then didn’t slip too bad.

The belt is a strip of red poplin edged and detailed in gold paint (I ran out of trim, and there are two different golds used in his outfit anyway). The brown leather cross-body belt is made up of leather scraps.

The front and back panels. These damn buttons had to be lined up and sewn individually, and my poor friend that I was making a cosplay for at the same time, was kind enough to help me mark the placement of each. Thanks Benny. I got lucky with the tassel trim here, and the wide gold band is not too bad. Detailing done in paint.

While we’re here, I’m going to briefly mention these damn epaulettes. They’re crap, I know. Ergh. They worked at the time and that was what I needed.

Snazzy.
This is a better view of the back. Sitting was pretty comfy actually.

OK. Thank you. Onto my favourite piece – they absolute crowning (literally) piece in this ensemble. The turban. Ah!!! I had never made a turban before this, and I wrapped the basic form in ten minutes with three strips of cloth! When you’re determined, you’re determined. And son, have you met me?

The first cloth strip was short and I used that to tie around my headform (Gloria!) and used the tails as the flaps detailed with gold that you see sticking out under the turban. This was never actually attached to the actual full turban so it moved a bit. The next two were long pieces so I wrapped one around the head to build up the height, and used the third one to make the flat loops that give the bulk and final form. There are some stitches around the crown to give the indentation, but not much else is holding this together. The red strip is a completely separate loop that I detach – it simply slips over the top and holds everything in place. Glorious.

Make hats. Truly. Such fun.

Wrathion Cosplay Crouch
Goddamn girl. This is my best facial expression pic, as well as the one where I look most like the character. Should make this the feature. Imma do that.
Wrathion Cosplay Crossed Legs
My boots! As seen in my Winter Soldier cosplay. Super versatile, these.

Look. I tried making spats with leather scraps, but it didn’t work OK? OK. Now enjoy the turban, and let’s jump into the final details.

Wrathion Cosplay Selfie 1
It me!
Wrathion Cosplay Selfie 2
It me again!

The necklace is made from the same scale-embossed vinyl, but it turned out better than the other stuff made from it. Cute red gem is not just for decoration – it’s accurate! So are the red eyes, though Wrathion’s are more full glowing eye, but this is what I could do.

As I was doing a Rule 63 cosplay, I took some artistic license with a few aspects. Namely, the scale make-up. I wanted to have fun with this cosplay – that is ultimately why we cosplay isn’t it? I also wanted to make a reference to Wrathion’s dragon form, which is black and glowing orange. These selfies were taken at the end of the day so the orange part has faded a bit, but the scale effect is pretty cool.

I think the eyeliner and lip colour are actually accurate to what he looks like, and he doesn’t really have hair in his human form, but mine is long so I made a simple braid. I also added a pair of coiled snake earrings as I don’t have the hoops he wears.

He does wear gloves, but I left mine at home. Oops.

Wrathion Cosplay 1

WELP. So this was awesome. It was my first ever Comic Con, my first time cosplaying with this much intensity, and two people recognised my character!!! I am validated.

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As always, details below. Thank you for holding out for this post (I am slow, I am sorry. It’s like 12.45m on Monday now), and thank you for coming along on this journey.


Fabric: The Remnant Warehouse
Contact Lenses: Primal Conctact Lenses via The Party People
Boots: Rubi Shoes (bought years ago)

Location: OZ Comic Con – Sydney
Photos: Niamh Kyriacou and Benjamin Pinto

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FULL SCALE #3: [COSPLAY] – Winter Soldier

One week ago (it’s still Sunday right now!) I went to the last day of SUPANOVA Sydney 2016. I’ve been to SUPANOVA before – back in ’08 – but never in costume and never as a proper nerd/geek. I’m not a high-intensity super nerd, nor am I a fully fledged comic book geek. But I am invested in my fandoms, and currently I am very invested in both the MCU and ‘Stucky’ (I do not care what you say, Stucky is awesome).

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I like making things and I have experience making costumes, and when my friend Sophie asked me to accompany her to SUPANOVA, I decided why not. I took forever to choose a costume and then it hit me. I hate talking to people, I like being menacing, and this costume wouldn’t need any race-bending – not like much skin was being shown anyway. As far as cosplay goes, this one’s very modest.

So, after much blood (yes, I cut my finger), sweat (not so much, it is winter after all), and tears (only in my mind), I give you Rule 63 Winter Soldier. Yes, Winter Soldier. Not Bucky Barnes. As much as I like Bucky, Zimniy Soldat allowed me to glare and people and not talk to them.

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Rule 63 Winter Soldier, SUPANOVA Sydney 2016

*Rule 63: the rule that for whatever the character, there exists an opposite gender variant.

**That shield is not mine – it belongs to Action Reaction Entertainment.

OK. Now let’s get real crafting nerdy. I’m going to break this down into parts to properly explain how things were made. I don’t have photos of the individual bits sorry.

JACKET: I bought this at Vinnies for like $12 and it was off-white with some blue patches. Kinda cool actually, and it’s denim which gives it the nice structural shape and good rough texture. It took 1.5 cans of spray paint to get it black.

MASK: This is a standard plastic white face mask from the dollar store. Sprayed black, cut in half and had the upper half glued onto the lower half. The neck portion is a piece of ribbed lycra sewn into a tube and then glued to the inside of the mask. Need to add air-holes – was a bit hard to breathe.

ARM: Right, the arm. Before spraying the jacket, I tried it on, traced out the arm pattern, cried a bit internally (because I hate ‘ruining’ clothes) and cut it off. Then I painted it silver (paint + sponge), and attached two loops of elastic (1 inch wide). This is important – they loop around my chest and shoulder to hold the arm in place and to give me some support. They get quite constricting after awhile so I may have to adjust it for future cons.

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Metal arm progress. #firstevercosplay

 

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Rule 63 Winter Soldier Arm Close-up, SUPANOVA Sydney 2016

The metal plating is actual metal. Sheet Aluminium (Bunnings) and contact adhesive – that stuff is GOLD. I traced out the design on paper, drew it onto the metal and used tin snips to cut them out. Sheet aluminium is fairly flexible so it curves and bends easily and can be made to hold a shape. What’s hard is clamping it in place for drying. Lucky I had Sophie to help bend this into shape and glue it on. Once the plates were on, I filled the gaps with smaller plates, repainted the gaps with silver paint and whacked a great big red star on. The star’s too high and the plates aren’t quite right but I’m happy with how it turned out.

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This is a long post. I also made Sophie’s costume for SUPANOVA – my #firstevercosplaycommission ! She chose Asuna from Sword Art Online (SAO), and I’m really happy with how it turned out!

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Asuna, Sword Art Online (SAO), SUPANOVA Sydney 2016

*Sophie made the sword.

Another breakdown. This costume was tough. None of the parts were standard so it needed some creative fiddling.

SKIRT: This was the easiest. That said, I hate box pleats. They are awful and a pain but look really cute. This has an elastic waistband and is very simple.

CAPE-DRESS-GADGET: Lord. Why. The lower cape is a simple half-circle. The rest was cut as one piece and that actually worked out well. It ended up super tight due to the super long zip, but it balanced out with the room around the neck. The awkward shape of the bottom was complicated and bias-ing this edge was a nightmare. Sophie also drew the pretty silver designs because at 3am, I was not having it.

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Asuna progress 1. #firstevercosplaycommission

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Asuna progress 2. #firstevercosplaycommission

SOCKS: They’re socks. I sewed some ribbon on. Cute.

SHOULDER STRAP GADGETS: These were cut out of interfacing, ironed down onto the back of the red fabric, and then cut out. They have gold stitching on the edges which isn’t visible here.

BELT: It’s a belt. A long piece of white with silver bias along either side.

GARTER: You can’t see it, but I made a very simple yet successful garter to hold up the socks. You can get garter clips and lingerie elastic quite easily in most fabric stores, and the soft lace we got for the top was stretchy and comfortable.

This was a big success for me. I am pleased, Sophie is pleased, and many many people at the expo loved it and took pictures! 😀

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Long blog. Here are some more pictures from SUPANOVA. I had an amazing time and am hoping to update the Winter Soldier costume for Oz Comic Con in September. If any of you show up, look for me!

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Totoro & Me, SUPANOVA Sydney 2016

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Captain America, Age of Ultron, SUPANOVA Sydney 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am a huge Totoro fan. This was a terrible Totoro, but at least he was friendly.

This is dude has got to be the cutest Cap ever. Apparently, he bought the costume and had it altered to fit. Really friendly, very adorable. Can’t seem to find him on Instagram to tag him. 🙁

 

So. A very long post. Thanks for getting to the end. Leave some comments, and let me know what you think.

 

Photos by me and Sophie. Or Sophie and I. Whatever. Deal.

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