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).
Oh man, finally! I've wanted to do this meme since the day one, but I'm always progressing so slowly with my games that it'll take me forever until I can answer such questions as "who is your most/least favorite character/quest/faction" etc. Anyway, here is finally the meme about my Imperial thief Bron Martes who is currently my highest leveled Skyrim character. I plan to make one for Skaila as well once I figure out most of the stuff she is going to do in the game...