Yup, thats right. Im blabbering about it now.
EC took place during the London MCM Expo 27th October (Saturday)and I was selected to be the Estonian qualifier with mah MGS4 Haven Trooper/Frog cosplay. ^^
First of all, I have to say, this was THE BEST cosplay/gaming con I have ever been to, EXACTLY and EVEN BETTER compared to what can be seen over internet pics or youtube vids. Absoultely amazing and mind-blowing experience, what leaves you begging for more.
Here is my point of view of the lil' trip. Long text is long. So beware.
Well... Started with the biggest mistake ever. The one who planned all the plain tickets n' stuffz, asked if I wanted to go back Sunday morning or Monday... And I had a full college day on Monday + some test, so I saied Sunday morning... But because of that, I missed all the last day London Expo fun... DD: Psfh... Screw school, next year (if I should get to go again) I want to enjoy the expo at its fullest.
I arrived on Friday 26th Oct. Oh... my... goddd.... The journey began from the plane station. I didn't see ANY signs of the trains name my informer gave me... I got some instructions from the EC people, but it seemed a bit complicated and it was supposed to be a bit more expesive way than to go woth that mysterious non-existant train+ it was pretty late, around ~8 o'clock.
Luckily, after gluelessly walking around the station back and forth about half an hour, I heard some estonians and asked if they had any idea what way to go... They were some nice two ladys and told clearly that the fastest way would be the underground train (with a name I haven't seen mentioned anywhere before). So~ What do I do? I went the wrong way down and ended up in a bus station. xD
Then thought, what the hell, so EC peeps way it is and bought a bus ticket. Later noticed, that the bus number is wrong, but at least the destionation was right. I had no idea how long the ride was going to last and felt like I was going to cry any minute now, because... Maybe I went on the wrong bus... What would it cost to get back... And even if I get to the destination, I didn't really know where to go from there...
I heard some estonians again sitting beside me. A middle aged couple, the woman talked on the phone sth about meeting her daughter who is living in London. During the ~half hour ride my mind was compleatly blank... I didnt dare to think whats ahead of me.
When we all arrived at the bus stop, collected our bags, I... I didn't even know which way to look... Then noticed that estonian couple again and finally approached the lady and asked if she could point the way. Another very warm and kind hearted person... She told me to wait a bit, that her daughter will arrive there soon. Finally when she got there, everybody was having a lovely family reunion and then there was I, the confused lost party pooper.
I told my story and she started explaining the way, but I couldn't really follow what she said... It was late, dark and starting to get cold, prolly asked too much questions again... Tried to write sth down what she saied and suddenly she mentioned some kind of "oyster" tickets. Lul whut? Oyster? You mean those clams?
So another long explanation followed. Then I said, waaait... I dont need that. Im basicly here for one day. Finaly she pulled out a mini metro map from her pocket and after long hesitation she marked all the points on the map, where we were and where I should get off, and gave it to me. Everything was clear instantly. A real life saver! D:
So, she pointed the way, but ofcourse I was so inattentive from the big city lights (+a building was in the way...) and hesitentaly started walking... Hah, soon saw the le' big old entrance going underground and for a moment I actually knew where to go. xD
Oh god... I thought german stations were big and confuzling, but there were so many signs behind corners... D: Somehow found the ticket booths and after long walks, somehow got to the right platform and in time. Everything seemed to go smoothly, always kept an eye on the station names and the mini map. Everything was right until... I got off at the wrong stop. The very last stop to be exact. It was very late... Almost 10 o'clock. And... The station was emty, all the info booths were closed and only black ppl were on the streets. I was traumatised... D:
Where the heck am I now... In some kind of ghetto, thats where.
Oh, what a colourful part of the down that was. Some gangsta looking young nigga groups walking along the streets, at least three beggars approached me and mumbled sth (but I was too busy looking at the maps... xD), some woman walked by, wrapped in colourful plastic bags, carring bottles, some middle aeged woman groups were singing by the street. There was one alcohol shop nearby, so went there in hopes of getting directions. Well hallelujah, the hindu looking guy saied I'm at the wrong side of the river and hah... I had that simplified mini map and another was printed out from google... He only laughed at that and saided I need to go back three stops and ask for futher instructions there, becuz... Google maps are the last things you can trust.
So! Went back, only passangers were black guys... again... I was so creeped out...
Got down at the right stop, but it was way past the time I should have arrived, so yeah... As before, everybody had vanished somewhere... D: Found someone at a nearby bus stop and asked that guy if he could help. His english wasn't the best, but I understood that I need to ride two stops with any kind of bus that would arrive after his from there. Ehm... Right. Then came another younger black guy at the stop... Eating peanuts! :
D Another very friendly and talkative one... ._. But he had a nice beige suit. xD
I'd get lost either way if I wont ask again, explained my story again, showed what hotel I need to get to. At first he was talking something about the same named club, but eventually he got what I meant. He saied, that taking a bus is a must, because he is a local but even he goes with the bus at this time of hour. Great. ._. The bus arrives and whoopdiduu~ I need an Oyster card (bought a single hour ticket intead before), but the black guy talked me out of it, saied I only need to ride one stop and didn't have to buy a bus ticket. c:
Finally, something familiar~ I "looked" around the hotel in google street view before, so that place was recognisable. ^^ Went the way it seemed logical and then... Didnt know if I should turn left or right... A moody black couple approached and hah... I've been asking for directions from the wierdest peeps, so *le poked* them too. The hotel was called "Ibis" btw and it was just after the damn gas station, behind all the threes and bushes. When I went in there, two girls walked past, one with pink wig and other wearing neko ears, yeah... Finally... I was at the right place. Got the key for my room... I made it! It was around 11.30 pm and Im alive!
I was just happy to finally be at my room, so! Took all my shiz out from the bags and checked the transport damage. Nothing that
bad. Scrathes here and there, the P90 suffered the most- there was a pretty big hole on the side of it and some white scratches. D: I had a black marker, but fudge... Forgot to bring acrylics... -.- The helmet didnt work at first, but after nudging the batteries and some wires, it lighted up.
Ehm... Also had to fix the legs part- had to sew some velacro pices and snaps (16 pices, by hand... it takes time ya kno) It was already late and then discovered that the TV works and after clicking through all the channels, it was ~2 am. o.o I hadn't done anything... D:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------27th OCT- THE CON DAY
Psh~ Got to sleep for four hours. Thought I'd make some coffee, but... The plugs are different in England... Deem. No coffee nor noodles for me. xDD Totally forgot about that. .____.
Saw other EC qualifiers for the first time. The only one I recognised was Livia, or maybe better know as ShinjusWorkshop
? Ehh... The morning passed really quickly, before I knew it, most of the guys had already gone to the ExCel center, so I was "lost" gain... -.- There were some EC staff guys still eating, asked them but gaahhh... they started arguing with eachother and blabbered about everything else that giving directions... Luckily... Again... There was one more "late" cosplayer and she knew the way, so happily hopped beside her.
Also explored The ExCel center in Google Street view, so sth looked familiar, but deem again... Absolutely all the halls, doors even the signs looked the same, so even she was confused where to go next. There guards had already started searching though the visitors and oh god... How long that was... D: Thankfully, we stumbled on some EC staff guys again and got to go through some back doors. Saw a bit of the expo and couldn't help staring at everything with sparkly eyes.
We were shown our changing rooms and evetually all the cosplay bags and backages were carried to the second floor. Ready? Set... And change to cosplay! Not the best pic, I kno. ._. Hah... Everybody was more recognisable now. xD
I was one of the first to get the costume on, so took a stroll at the opened con.
The first thing I see... THE METAL GEAR RISING BOOTH RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME! A LIFE SIZED STATUE OF OLD SNAKE AND WHAT IZ THIS... BIG BOSS IN A BOX?! (he was in the box first) My fangirly heart seriously kicked the bucket right there. xDD
So... Not to compleatly kill you with pics and the text, I'll try to make it short from here... :
Saw a lot of way too awesome cosplays, too much merch to look at, saw way too many familiar deviantart artists and saied sth along the lines "OHMG UR ART IZ SO AWSUM~ ME LIKE~ IM YOUR WATHER AT DA AND ITZ SO AWESUM TO MEET U IN PERSONz~~"
I dont even...
But those DA "celebrities" wouldn't recognise a small fry like me anyway...
My favorite pic: And this is just a quater of the whole thing. c: AND! The second high-lightable event: The Metal Gear Anniversary cosplay contest.
What were the odds, that they would hold an anniversary cosplay con, right there, right that day and I was there... with my MGS cosplay... was the EC qualifier with it... right this... friggen... year... OH, ILOVE YOU COINCIDENCE!
The whole gang that showed up for the event:
Welp... I won the MGS cosplay competition on Saturday!
And oh boy... I was so suprised when I heard, that the life sized Old Snake figure was the main prize. xD I heard it was supposed to be a figure, but... LIFE SIZED?
Where the hell am I supposed to put it, moreover the transprot is an all time nuisance.
So... I "swapped" the figure for the upcoming Metal Gear Rising europe collectors edition (with a white Raiden figure <3) and hopefully will get some other MGS Play Arts Kai figures. I really, really, really hope this decision is worth it and that I recive it when the game is released.
My heart belongs to the Metal Gear series and to own figures of it~ Ahh~ It would be a dream come true~
Already making the cosplay of my beloved game was an amazing experience, but also... The opportunity to take part of it and win this "mini contest", you guys have no idea what I feel. *reliving through memories*
And then... THEN. I dropped my helmet.
There is a huge crack on the back side, all the batteries flew out and for a moment it looked like it won't light up again for the main event. D: Hah... Got it somehow working, but the crack is still there + grabbed the helmet pretty badly once and pressed one of the plastic "glasses" in... It broke too, but luckily it's not visible from the photos. Oh yes, and then also broke two of my "nails" on the shoes. Oh yay. Just before the judging too.
One of the judges was stading behind me all the time and I bet he was looking at that huge crack on the helmet. -.-
Thank god the EC guys bought lots of hot glue sticks.
Uhhh... Okay... This is already one long journal... Well, the rest of the day went as planned, performed my lil' failed performance at the stage *compleatly messed up the dance steps- that one of the reason why I haven't written this journal before*
The show was amazing in live... The youtube videos really take the effects of the costumes and performances away... Now I get it why it seems like some didnt put that much effort in their costumes- or the opposite the weaker costumes seem better- it's because of video. It doesnt capture the atmosphere over there. :I
But the vid is here, if you really want to see it after this long wall of text :3
Uhm... On a second thought... It was pretty horrible. No link. Sorry. -.-
29TH OCT SUNDAY GOIN' HOME
Right. The plane left early, so had to get up before 5 am, called the taxi and oh trolly morning~ It was exactly rhe day when clocks were turned back an hour, didn't mess up the time tho. xD
When I got down with my bags the taxi was already there. I was staring confused at the car... There was no driver.... And then the hotel manager came to me and said, "Well, here is your taxi. Now you have to drive it yourself" WHUUUUT?!
"B-But I dont have drivers licence, in fact I've never ever evrer driven a car in my life" I said.
"No worries. This is England. You can drive a bit differently here. Besides, it's a Mercedes, they basicly drive automatically"
So after almost freaking out, the taxi driver came out behind a corner, madly giggling and finally told, it was a joke.
Gee... Thanks. -.- And off we go the plane station. Oh right, then the plane flight was delayed because of some malfunction and we had to wait 2 hours before taking off. Yay.
Okay... Dont know who I wrote it for, but there you have it.
Also... Sorry for all the typos.
Aand a link :
My made pics at the EC and London Expo: www.facebook.com/media/set/?se…