Another shot of my self made Aela the Huntress cosplay. My first cosplay ever! If you've never played Skyrim.. First of all SHAME ON YOU , and second of all Aela is part of a warrior's guild in Whiterun called the Companions. There is a twist... The Inner Circle of the Companions are all werewolves, including Aela.
This photo was taken at the Renaissance Fair in Texas
On the making of this cosplay: Yes, I am the model, but also the creator. I followed Aela around on my video game, creeping on her and sketching out the entire outfit, front to back. This is an exact replica except for a few modifications on the neckline and skirt slits (make it a tad more modest), and the chain mail she wears on her thighs. I copied her armor piece by piece and made each piece out of craft foam and upholstery foam. I used 3D paint to get the designs, spray painted them with "hammered steel" and a brown tint and then hand painted them with black and silver acrylic paint for bring more depth. The tacks are made from quilting tacks. Boots are actually my combat boots, I just made leg warmers out of sheep skin and suede. I thrifted the skirt and re-cut the back to get the pattern to match Aela's and used some extra brown suede to make the top. The straps are made from artificial leather and came in those strips. Armwarmers are made from a thrifted sweater that I cut the sleeves from and fitted.
Ok, so now the whole armor is done. This is the left pauldron of it. The 4 pieces are attached to 2 leather straps in the back together. And the pauldron itself is attached to a belt. Maybe I need to add a leather strap that goes around the upper arm. Like this the pauldron might move freely. I'll see how it goes