It is finally done! It took more time and effort than I thought for making this piece of the costume due to detail work. Aqua's Boots, the anklet armor's zippers can be unzipped and separated, same goes for the shoe too. This is to ensure a tight natural fit for the cosplayer. My girlfriend will be doing aqua soon~ and hope you guys like it as well
Practice shots with my D90. It does take a while to get use to and master a new cam. But hopefully I'll manage to learn everything about it and then get back to behind the cam instead of being in front.
The one good thing about winter? Snow for cosplay photos! I haven't really had the chance to get good shots of Book 2 Korra yet but we did snag a few down at Lethbridge Expo outside the gate to the Japanese Gardens.
The parka was the last thing to be made for this costume and it came together in a bit of a rush since I wanted it to be ready for this particular Con. I sort of closed my eyes and started sewing, hoping it would turn out okay, and it did (for once!). It's made of lighter weight wool and the same faux fur as the butt-flap. The white bands are done with cotton interlining because it was the only thing I had in the house at the time.
Currently lining up the new projects for 2014 and I thiiiiink a certain fire-bending asshole Admiral might end up on the list. Because sideburns. And because I'm jonesing for another extremely dudely costume.
Super-huge thanks to =qlippothnet for the photos and for giving me posing advice! (Otherwise I pose like a derp...)
The Gun of Batalla is a Chinese War Pistol turned into the world's first Sub-Rifle class gun by Spanish freedom-fighter/terrorist Aureliano Batalla in the year 2096.
In 2083, China capped off its rule of Asia and Europe with the acquisition of Spain. This was seen as the last allied loss in World War III before the Treaty of Cho in 2084, which effectively handed all of Europe and Asia to The Conglomerated Nations of China and Japan, headed by the dictator Kang Zu Xian. The Spanish loss was particularly painful because the only weapon the Chinese used was an outdated Chinese War Pistol, so worthless and useless that after the battle, Chinese soldiers literally left the spent guns lying all over the battleground.
Batalla was the first rebel to attempt to assassinate Kang Zu Xian. He was also the last. With a modified version of the very model of pistol used to capture his home, he ended the reign of Kang Zu Xian. He was quickly arrested and executed, but the upset was enough that it triggered the Perfect French Rebellion and, eventually, the European Reclamation Movement (ERM).
When the War of European Reclamation ended in 2103 and the Reunited European National Conglomerate (RENC) was formed, their national flag bore Batalla's legendary gun.
And now the part you care about... the stats!
Features: - 6 dart chambers - Magazine Loaded - 30 Feet of Range - Extended barrel for accuracy and looks - An intricate 6- color paint-job done by hand and by spray (Black undercoat, Dark Silver and Metallic silver base coat, Gold detailing, Bronze detailing, bright silver detailing) - Ejecting shells
The Baxter Stockman figure in the new 2013 TMNT line was cast in a dark brown-metal color and needed a paint job. I also added ball joints to the ankles where they normally snapped on without motion. In the show his hands also pop off and sprout mouser heads, running around and attacking the Turtles. Here I opened up his arms and modded the hands to be removable too. The fingers were made of a waxy plastic and needed to be undercoated with Kleanstrip Bulldog Adhesive Promoter spray before the silver could be added. I gave Baxter Stockman's armor a bright silver finish, metallic red detail, and some sewer-battle-weathering. Then I tossed in a few mousers for him to control as well. Baxter Stockman is ready to take on the green brothers once again!
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