This is the first picture of my Blood Elf Warrior T16 armor, the costume I made for the final of Eurocosplay 2014. I decided to post this particular photo first, because it is possibly the best shot that somebody has ever taken of me. James Glossop is a professional photographer and he took this picture in a studio that they had set up in the final's backstage. I was very nervous when we shot this, cause I had just come out from pre-judging, but he and his assistant were awesome in putting me at ease and managed to portray my costume so well that I fell in love with their work. Now, you can't see the lighting of some of the pieces because it's only possible to see it in darkness or dim light, but I will post other pictures for that.
So, the T16 has been the hardest and most challenging costume I've attempted so far. The Eurocosplay rules are strict and very hard to follow, so I had to adapt my style to the competition I was going into, and despite my final placement (16th) was not as high as I wanted, my score was pretty good for this kind of work, which usually gets lower scores in the EC finals. Now, the base of the armor is all real leather, which I cut, carved and waterformed to make a good starting point to build the various pieces on. Basically, I followed one rule: one material per color. Thus, I used worbla for the golden borders, EVA foam and resin for the silvery plates and fake leather for the red details. The cloak, which is the stage 2 of the legendary cloak from Mists of Pandaria (Tigerclaw Cape) is made of satin, while the golden details are PVC and the brown patch is synthetic velvet. The axe is polystirene, as well as the horns. To make the lighted up parts, I had to buy (and it's expensive ç__ç) EL sheets that I then cut and glued to the pieces. The results in dim light and utter darkness are quite awesome and I'm going to use this same method again in the future.
The make up was a challenge too, and I couldn't succeed in that without my awesome helper (who managed to put on my sclera lenses in like 5 minutes °___°), the other Italian representative Valerio and his helper Andrea. The wig was a lace line, that they literally had to glue to my forehead and ears. The ears, too, were quite a challenge: since in EC you're not allowed to buy ANYTHING, not even prosthetics, I made a silicon cast of a pair of ears I bought from Yaya Han's shop and remade them in flexible resin, so they looked even more realistic.
This is pretty much all, even though I could never explain the real challenges that were behind this costume in so little space. As always, for any kind of question feel free to PM me here or on my Facebook page
Whoo, it's a double post day. I've been mainly working on commissions past couple of weeks so I haven't had much time for personal artwork, but I couldn't resist doing this meme when I had some spare time. Frankly, all this was just an excuse to draw Bron wearing my Nightwish shirt (not to mention a monocle and a tophat).
I'm back from my sudden Internet break, and this is the thing I spent most of my time during it! (Other than moving my belongings to one apartment from another, that is.) I didn't count how many hours it took to finish this, but it might tell you something that I actually started filling it out 1,5 years ago. 8D True story.
Ciza'ar really is one of those characters who just created themselves. I didn't give her any specific nature or background when I first started playing Skyrim, but stuff like that just developed during the game. So, let's see what kind of cat she is!
(You really don't need to read the rest of this description if you aren't interested about character details. =') I'm mainly writing them down for myself anyway.)
1. Okay, the part one sums up some basic details pretty nicely. Ciza'ar really was born in Skyrim, for two traveling Khajiit merchants who just happened to be bored in one fateful night. Even though the parents were more like "friends with benefits" than a real couple, their daughter had pretty decent childhood. Her mother was teaching her to become a huntress when she grows up, until things went wrong. (See part two.)
The meme describes Ciza'ar as young adult, but that might be a bit exaggerated: at the beginning of the game she is just 17 years old. I don't even know why, she just is. That causes her to be a bit naïve, quick tempered, fast at making (wrong) conclusions and trying her best to be some kind of a hero. And oh, even though I have completed the main plot in the game, story-wise I don't really think her as Dragonborn. That's just... Well, look at her! Really, no.
2. The peaceful life at the Khajiit caravan ended when the Thalmor described in the meme showed up. Ciza'ar's mother, the most capable warrior and the hot-headed member of the caravan, tried to attack the intruding Altmer, but she got pierced by multiple arrows before she could even scratch her foe. Shocked Ciza'ar tried to do the same thing, but since she was just an unarmed youngster, instead of getting killed she was just kicked to the ground. Though later on the Thalmor demanded her to be executed, and so she was on her way to Helgen! (The rest of the caravan, meaning Ciza'ar's father and his cousin, were also taken to Helgen. They got themselves incinerated during the dragon attack.)
3. Ciza'ar escaped from Helgen with Ralof and headed next towards Windhelm. After what she had just been through she saw the Stormcloaks as a way to get some kind of a revenge on Thalmor, but she was turned down: why would Stormcloaks want to have a kitten without any real abilities to join their troops? Angered and more determined than ever she headed then to Mage's college, where she spent next few months trying to get a hang of destruction magic. So she did, along with honing her weapon skills and befriending with fellow student J'zargo. Her ability to read maps didn't really improve during the time, though...
4. After really joining the Stormcloaks Ciza'ar, besided with J'zargo, started to roam around Skyrim. They got sidetracked more often than it would be good, but at least they met a lot of interesting people - some more likable than others. Especially one jester seemed to have the ability to annoy Ciza'ar to the verge of exploding.
(Don't get me wrong, Cicero is an awesome character! ='D It would not be possible to hate a poorly created character as much as I hate him.)
5. Ever since joining the rebellions, Ciza'ar had a minor girly crush on their leader. At first Ulfric didn't give a damn, but when the cat just kept proving her value and climbing in the ranks, he started to notice her clumsy flirting attempts. So, just before taking over Solitude, Ulfric invited the Khajiit officer to his private quarters. You can imagine the rest, but let's just say she stayed there for quite a bit.
(You can't blame me for this one, it really happened in game. u__u When I was going to get the next orders from Ulfric, he was just standing in his bedroom. After talking to him he went to his bed. What am I supposed to think?!)
6. Ciza'ar takes actually religion pretty seriously, even though she isn't too eager to say that out loud. That's why she really enjoyed especially spreading love in the name of Mara. The neclace she wears is the amulet on Kynareth, btw.
7. Oh the disappointment when the Psijic monks just left from the Mage's college without telling anything interesting and even taking that glowing awesome-ball with them. =C Oh well, at least Ciza'ar got to kill Ancano.
8. Barel-Nakh is another character whom I could write a whole lot about! Though right now I'll just say that he and Ciza'ar would probably not get along if they met each other. (I'm getting tired of this writing, you know.)
9. Seriously, the scenery. Half of the time I'm not sure are those supposed to be just backgrounds or an art piece of their own. And dragons are also cool as an ice cube.
10. Glitches would be bearable if they were just about the looks of something, but when they cripple the whole game and make completing tasks impossible... That's too much, if you ask me.
11. And the final rating! I would give 9/10, taking a point away mainly because the glitches mentioned above. Ah, and the screenshots surrounding Ciza'ar (and the dead skeever) are all taken by me.