Blizzcon at last!

That’s right, people! It’s the morning of the first day of Blizzcon, and we are in the midst of getting painted and dressed for the con. For those of you unable to attend the convention, here are some pictures from our photoshoot a few weeks ago:

Please try and imagine Mario’s mask with huge, red and black feathers across the crown. Pictures of the end product after we get back today, but for now, this is all we have :D

Tomorrow I’ll show pictures of our second day costumes. For now, I’m off to finish getting ready!


That’s right! We have FINALLY finished all of our costumes, and today is full of packing and doing laundry and getting the house in order before we leave on Wednesday. We will post a few pictures from our photoshoot the day of, so that even if you aren’t at Blizzcon, you can still see our pictures! We’ll also be participating in the costume contest, and will be wearing costumes on the second day. If you are going to be at Blizzcon, and see two witch doctors walking around, come up and say hi! Get a picture with us! We love meeting new people!

I wanted to put up a quick post on things that we’re doing to get ready for Blizzcon, and if you have any suggestions, feel free to comment!

Firstly, we’ve put on our costumes, walked around in them, made sure everything worked with everything else. I mentioned that in my last post, but it’s important!

Today, we also practiced packing everything into the car- if you don’t have a lot of large pieces, you don’t have to do this, but we have a huge shield, two large masks, etc, that need to fit into the back of my car (luckily I have fold down seats). It took a little while to figure it all out, but it’s important to make sure before the day that you’re trying to put everything in! If you’re flying, same thing- make sure all of your pieces fit into your suitcases without problems.

I made a ton of lists, too, of what we need to pack, what we’ve already packed into the box, what needs to go into our cosplay emergency kit, and what medicine we might need to bring- pepto bismol, tylenol, etc.

After everything is packed, we’re going to check and double check that we haven’t left anything out or behind, and then it’s all going to be sitting neatly in the garage until Wednesday, since I’m not so comfortable with driving around with all that in my car until Wednesday.

You may also want to make sure that you have your Blizzcon tickets printed out, your reservation confirmations printed, and try to prepare for bad weather- I’m probably going to be freezing, since it’s going to be on the cooler side, but nothing I can do about that. I’m more worried about it raining, though, since it’s going to rain in Anaheim for the week all the way up until Friday, when it’s supposed to be only cloudy. Really, really hoping it doesn’t rain. There isn’t an umbrella big enough to cover Mario’s horns.

Anyway, I could list a lot more, but somebody has already done that on the Blizzcon forums, so check that out.

Oh, and if you’re cosplaying, don’t forget to come to the cosplay meetup on Thursday, and the photoshoot on Friday! I can’t wait to see everyone there!

What we’re working on

You may have noticed that our posts have been very few and far between lately. Mario has the next two weeks off work, and pretty much every spare moment we have has gone towards finishing our Blizzcon costumes before October 1st so that we can do a photoshoot and get business cards printed out in time.

What are we wearing to Blizzcon? Well, for the first day, Mario will be the male witchdoctor from Diablo 3 concept art, and I will be the female witchdoctor. Now, we don’t want to put out pictures of finished pieces or the finished costume before Blizzcon- we don’t mind people seeing what we’re doing, but we don’t want to get rid of that ‘wow’ factor that you’ll get with seeing the completed costumes/pieces for the first time. So, here are some pictures up close of some of the pieces that are finished, and some that we’re working on:

(These are, from the left: male witchdoctor wig (is up into a bun for storage), female witchdoctor wig, Kalecgos wig and Tyrigosa wig.)And for good measure, a few pieces of our Tyri and Kalecgos costumes (which we don’t mind showing finished progress of)

Both our Kalecgos and Tyri costumes are about 90% done, male and female witchdoctors at about 85%.

Shoulder Armor Part 2

Ok, we left off with the shaping and carving of the armor.

This picture has them side by side where you can notice a few minor flaws in the shape between them. When you create any two items its almost impossible to get them the exact same and be mirror images for each shoulder.  I have never had any one tell me the shoulders I first created for my Tier 8 priest set were off, but they had huge differences between them.

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Tyrigosa wig styling tutorial

Just yesterday I finally finished my Tyrigosa wig. Woo! So I thought I’d show you how I made it!

This is the lady I’m cosplaying, so her hair is what I’m going for:

I decided not to make the pigtails so much longer than the hair itself, I may cut the back of the wig so that it’s a little shorter than the pigtails but over all I’m pretty happy with the length I’ve got. Continue reading

Shoulder Armor tutorial Part:1

Costume shoulder armor tends to a stumbling point for many  people. It seems scary and over the top for anyone to attempt to make.  The following method was created from both a need for low cost and high durability.

We start off with an idea of what we want to make. In this case it’s a commission for a World of Warcraft armor set.  Priest Tier 10 Sanctified Crimson Acolyte’s Regalia.

I started out by finding good source reference for the shoulder.  I used WoW Model Viewer to get the best photos I could.  For some of you, you may be working off a single image and that’s ok too. Continue reading