Queen Ashe Costume Tutorial

Photo by Ed Tan

Photo by Ed Tan

Queen Ashe was a surprisingly easy costume to make, and the sewing parts happened relatively quickly. This is going to be a pretty long post, though, and pretty picture heavy!

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Anime Expo Roundup!

At Anime Expo 2013 in Los Angeles, California, Mario and I debuted several costumes- Queen Ashe from League of Legends, and Raphael and Cassandra from the Soul Calibur series.

1069223_10151710227589834_1239349677_nWe had a lot of fun with our friends who were in the Soul Calibur group with us- Tonksceratops cosplay, above, made a beautiful Viola (2p version). Her husband Tony Hsu took all of the photos marked hsutography!

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Wearing Jayce and Queen Ashe was a ton of fun! Super hot, though. That’s what we get for wearing them in July in Southern California, I guess!

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Triple A Cosplay Podcast: Where we’ve been, and where we’ll be!

Items mentioned:
Where we bought our worbla

Fiendle!

Thanks for being so patient in waiting for our next podcast! We’ve been busy, as you’ll see!

Music by NoppZ (at OverClocked ReMix)

Thanks for listening!

Blizzcon 2013 Announced!

Just in case you’re living under a rock (or just haven’t been on the internet lately), Blizzcon 2013 dates were announced today! It will be at the Anaheim Convention Center on November 8-9. This year, Mario and I will once again be making costumes!

blizzcon2013My plan is Auriel, angel of Hope, and Mario is still hoping to truck along with Fel Reaver! More updates on those when we get them going.

In other news, we have been crazy busy with school and costumes for Emerald City Comic Con, March 1-3. We don’t have much longer to work on them, so we’ve been working on them constantly! Mario is working on Jayce, from League of Legends:

jaycecloseWhile I am working on Cassandra, from Soul Calibur IV.

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We have been uploading countless photos onto our Facebook page of our progress (if you don’t like it yet, the like button is on the right side of the page!) but here are a few photos for the blog!

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That’s all for now, we’re sorry for being terrible with our podcast schedule but these costumes are pretty demanding lately. We hope to have a new episode up after the con!

 

 

 

Video Tutorials: Fiberglass Sword Blank, and Shaping a Fiberglass Sword Blank

Just in case you guys are new or don’t watch us on Facebook, Mario and I have put up a few new video tutorials on our Youtube channel. We will be posting a few more: how to make a scabbard, and how to finish the sword. I have also posted a few videos on face and body painting! You can see these below, or go to our Youtube page to check out all of our videos!

Holiday Gift Guide 2012- Shopping for Cosplayers!

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Art by Lyeric- facebook.com/LyericCosplay

If you have a cosplayer in your life, you may not know enough about the hobby to really get them a good gift for the holidays. That’s why we decided to step in with a nifty gift guide to give you all some awesome ideas!

First, figure out- what kind of cosplayer is the gift receiver? Do they prefer to sew, paint, make weapons or armor? Do they always talk about needing wigs, or wanting new materials to try? These are all things to consider, because one gift won’t work for every type of cosplayer.

Note: I linked a lot of items off Amazon, because it was the easiest way to find everything, and in my opinion, usually the cheapest. Do some shopping around if you’re the type to need to, but we are in no way affiliated with Amazon.

For the Sewing Cosplayer: 

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Podcast! Starting Commissions, and Wonderflex!

Here is our fourth podcast! We are sorry for the delay, we had guests in town.

Photo by Tony Hsu

Click here to listen!

Links mentioned:

New Orleans Comic Con

God Save The Queen Fashions notes on Commissioning 

Volpin’s Wonderflex Tutorial

Silence Drowns Craftmanship Contest Tips 

Neil Gaiman on Cosplay

Music by NoppZ (at OverClocked ReMix)

Thanks for listening!

 

Remember to check iTunes, the podcast should be up on there shortly!

Triple A Cosplay Podcast: Episode One- Cosplay Controversy

We finally found the time to put together a podcast for you all! We hope you enjoy it!

Podcast Episode One

Click on the link, and listen away!

We are now on iTunes, as well!

Links from the podcast:

First Keeper’s cosplay page

Earlybird Costumes commissions

Gencon Cosplay Abuse article

Kamui’s cosplay page

Conventions mentioned: PAX, SacAnime, Kumoricon, DragonCon, Sabotencon, Mechacon, Tracon.

You can find Worbla’s finest art here!

Music by NoppZ (at OverClocked ReMix)

Guest Post: Tyrande Process Walkthrough!

(Today’s guest post is by Petrai of Petrai Cosplay! She did an amazing Tyrande cosplay for Blizzcon 2011 that we just loved so much that we asked her to do a guest post for us! You all should definitely go check out her page! As usual, you can click on the photos to see the larger version!)

 

Hey all! I’m happy to be writing a guide for Arms, Armor, and Awesome! Tyrande was definitely a big undertaking but so rewarding. It was a huge learning process as my first cosplay ever and after 6 months, turned out just how I wanted it!

LATEX DETAILING:
So here I’ll basically just focus on the sculpting aspect of the costume, rather than the sewing. This includes all of the silvery dress detailing, as well as armbands and other bits. It was difficult to decide what material I wanted to use, since I knew I needed it to be strong, but also flexible enough to bend with my body, and around my arms with negative space between details. I ended up choosing semi rigid latex, which has basically the consistency of dry hot glue. Clean pulls, no mess, semi rigid and easy to use!

I started off by drawing a to scale blue print of the central detailing on the dress, as well as the bracelets, and then sculpting it in plastalina modeling clay. 

Plastalina clay is the non-hardening clay that they use in Claymation, which is what I needed for the plaster mold. I chose this type of clay so that picking all of the bits out of the mold wouldn’t be overly taxing, plus I could leave my sculpts for days on end and come back to them when I wanted to continue working. The reason I needed a plaster mold vs. a silicone mold is because the final positive would be made of semi-rigid latex, which cannot harden in a silicone mold. I ended up gluing all of the clay parts together with super glue, just to keep it all from rolling around when I moved it or poured plaster. The plaster was very easy, I used normal cardboard boxes as mold boxes and hot glued them to make sure they wouldn’t leak, and poured the liquid plaster over the clay. When my plaster was hard, I removed the mold from the box, let it fully dry for 24/hrs, and poured my latex. The trick with the latex was to make sure it was 100% hard, which took a lot of patience (Days, with multiple pours as it slightly shrinks when it hardens). When it was ready, I pulled it and it was exactly what I wanted! Of course, the first pull was the best, and over time my plaster mold would break down, but I only needed it for essentially 6-8 pulls.This image shows a good progress; from the mold to the painted product. I ended up having to cut off a lot of excess with an exact-o knife, as well as air bubbles. I painted it with metallic acrylic paint, weathered it, and then it was sewed onto the dress (or attached around my arms).

EYEBROWS/WIG:

For the eyebrows, I wanted them to look as naturally night elfish as possible, without looking too glued together. I ended up opting for pheasant feathers which turned out to be pre-dyed the perfect shade of teal. I gently cut the majority of the feather base off, and then on the ends below the wick I cut off the small fibery parts but was careful to keep them clumped together and available for re-use. The hardest part was gluing these cut pieces and a small jewelry wire along the wick, to give them shape and a fuller look. This took a lot of patience, gluey fingers, and frustration, but it ended up coming together in the end. 

For the wig, I had to do seriously no styling beyond sewing in little pearl beads to simulate the dew drops in the reference image. For the leaves I picked real ones, scanned them, printed, decoupaged, cut, and folded them, then sewed them into the wig. Easy!

GEMS:

The gems were sculpted out of extra clay, then I made a silicone mold and casted them out of clear resin (I picked it up from Micheals arts and crafts), and when they were dry I painted the bottoms with varying shades of blue nail polish, and sealed it with the reflective side of tinfoil. Voila!

A full album of photos can be seen on my cosplay page here!

I hope that was helpful! Feel free to message me on my cosplay page if you have any questions, I’d be happy to help. Thanks!