Let’s Talk About Staining and Aging

This post originally appeared on the GlitzParty Cosplay tumblr in 2012. It has been preserved for posterity to aid other cosplayers here!

when distressing clothes for cosplay, there are two main points to consider: the colour and the texture of the cloth.  one without the other is not usually sufficient.  if you stain something but it looks otherwise pristine and new, you won’t have the safe affect on the viewer as you would with both.  similarly, you may not end up noticing the physical distressing if the colouration is otherwise really clean.

i’m going to break this into two different parts in separate posts.  any questions can be dropped into my ask and i’ll answering them as i go. Continue reading “Let’s Talk About Staining and Aging”

Let’s Talk About Vulpes Inculta’s Hood

This post originally appeared on the GlitzParty Cosplay tumblr in 2012. It has been preserved for posterity to aid other cosplayers here!

Anonymous asked: OMG where did you get that awesome Vulpes hat

i made it, actually!

i’ve had this question come up a few times lately so i guess i should address it.  lately being at the con, mostly.  if you heard from a young lady wearing it that she bought it in the dealer’s room, you probably also believe she works for NASA, so disregard the rest of this post and go about your business.

firstly, i am not the vulpes inculta cosplayer.  i am the arcade gannon cosplayer.  glitzkrieg is the vulpes.

secondly, the hood was made from scratch from an actual coyote pelt.  we bought it pre-tanned and sliced it up for hood-making.

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Let’s Talk About Cardboard Core Props – Plasma Defender (part 2)

This post originally appeared on the GlitzParty Cosplay tumblr in 2012. It has been preserved for posterity to aid other cosplayers here!

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now, we left off last time with the centre piece cut out of the cardboard with channels going through it for the electronics, when they arrived.  in this photo we can see where i began to built up the second layer, complete with inlays to flesh out where the detailing would be.

at this point, you want to plan the depth of everything on your prop.  how thick does the thickest part need to be?  are there any inlaid pieces? cutouts?  how much cardboard is needed to keep everything the proper shape?

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Let’s Talk About Cardboard Core Props – Plasma Defender (part 1)

This post originally appeared on the GlitzParty Cosplay tumblr in 2012. It has been preserved for posterity to aid other cosplayers here!

so, i was talking with a friend about building prop weapons and thought it might be worthwhile to show you guys how i get started.
for those who don’t know weapons on sight (read: me), this is a new vegas style plasma defender in the making.
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so, i was talking with a friend about building prop weapons and thought it might be worthwhile to show you guys how i get started.

for those who don’t know weapons on sight (read: me), this is a new vegas style plasma defender in the making.  

first things first, you’ll need to get together your references.  i do this here and there when i ask people to get me particular caps of things in certain positions if i cannot do so myself.  being as i don’t currently have a way to play FNV myself, i have to ask others to help.  at very least, there is usually a decent shot on the wiki to start with.  don’t go through the whole thing without your refs though!

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after you have your base, make some decisions.  am i going to have it light up?  do i want it to have moving parts? do i want to build it from scratch?  in my case, the answers are yes, no and yes, so we move on.

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