Cosplay! I am on a Nightingale cosplay kick right now, but hey, if you spend 4-5 months working on a costume you need to get your times worth of fun from it! There is still so much I could do with this costume we shall have fun for for years to come.
This weekend my photographer, Andrew Snucins, and I hiked into the woods and took photos of me modeling my costume. I spent the last week upgrading it with a new mask, more folds to the skirting, a scabbard for my sword, and touching it up from some damage that happen at the last shoot. This costume is originally designed by Bethesda Softworks for their videogame Elderscrolls V: Skyrim. Called Nightingale Armor, it is a set your character receives in the game for completing a group of Thieves Guild quests. The bow and sword you see in my pictures below are also made by me and I tried to make them look as close to the game versions as possible. For a detailed DIY of how I made my costume see my other post on this blog.
Steel sword from the Skyrim, Elder Scrolls game. This prop is 36 inches long and made o ut of SMF, Sintra and Apoxie Sculpt with a leather wrap on the swords grip. Check out my FB page for info on the build and more detail pictures! www.facebook.com/meadowhawkdes…
That is my very first attempt in cosplaying and it was pretty rushed... shouldn´t have started it right before a convention... Nevertheless it survived the 168.000 visitors and several train journeys with just a few cracks around the shoelaces. I was uncertain about his boots since they actually look different on the samples (they were shiny golden metal in the loading-screen but looked like rugged brown leather in the inventory-screen). The same goes for the clothes, since they were anthracite on the promotional render but more greenish in the actual game. So ehm: it´s something. ^^°
materials: XPS- and rubber foam, acrylics, canvas-fabric, 500 sheets of copy-paper, a lot of glue costs: ~ 80 € time: ~ 2,5 weeks
photography by pohmme-d-adham [link] costume by me
Costume made/modeled by Heather Photo by Eurobeat Kasumi Photography
I decided to re-wear this costume for (hopefully) the last time for SacAnime Winter. A lot of people were calling me crazy for wearing this in winter, but it's actually a VERY warm costume. I'd be crazy to wear it in summer! I made the weapon about 3-5 hours before I actually had to pack up and leave for the con. It's not perfect, but considering that I made it in a couple of hours, I'm satisfied with it. It was much easier to transport than my gigantic staff.