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Aela the Huntress by WindoftheStars Aela the Huntress by WindoftheStars
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Aela the Huntress from the game Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I have to say that Aela is one of my favorite badasses in this game. Being a werwolf is just bonus points in my book. I had planned on making this costume much later this year, but I had the opportunity to do a snow shoot in lake Tahoe with one of my favorite photographers. Sadly, this was one of those costumes that just took WAY more time than you ever thought it would. I ended up not being able to shoot with him but, it allowed me to finish Aela at the speed it needed to be and not rushed. In the end it was worth it because I'm really happy I took the extra time on this to create it how I envisioned it.

About the Construction
When I set out to make this costume, I was very determined to make it look as authentic as possible. I considered using vinyl for the garment portion of the costume, but decided that it would not give the look I wanted to achieve. So I went to Tandy leather and got one of their clearance/cheaper hides for this project. The original color of the leather was light warm red-brown. It was the closest color hide that I could find in my budget. Being as it was not the color I wanted, I de-glazed the hide and re-dyed it a darker color. Since Aela's outfit is so unique, as it is a backless leotard with a four-part loin cloth/skirt....thing, I didn't even try to look for a base pattern to modify. I drafted own patterns by draping spare cotton on my dress form. Aela's 'top' looked like a leotard to me based on how taught it was vertically. However, since she doesn't have a true back to it, just straps, I ended up making a spandex thong that then snapped to straps coming from my waist. The leotard then goes around my neck in halter. For the loin cloth, it really is just a glorified belt with four panels sewed to it. For all the straps on this costume, I glued to pieces of leather together with rubber cement and then stitched them together. The hide I was using was to soft to use on it's own and needed to be reinforced in order to keep everything in place. I used a mixture of snaps and domed rivets to hold all the straps in place. At some joints I did sew it for extra stability.

For the armor I used a new material called Worbla. It's a thermal plastic that is super easy to work with. I got mine from Yaya Han here:[link] For the hip armor I used Eva foam for the base, then used strips to do the all the details and googly eyes for the rivets. The plates have snaps on the back and just snap to the loincloth/ skirt. The front plate's base is also eva foam base with details done worbla too. The gauntlets are eva foam bases, with worbla edging and detailing. I used the same re-dyed leather to also cover parts of the gauntlets. Real rivets were used on the gauntlet because I was afraid glued re-painted googly eyes would be too prone to being knocked off. The gauntlets stay closed with lacing on the back. For the arm cuffs, the base is craft foam covered in Worbla. The turquoise gems I got at Michael's, so no clue if they are real or not (I would wager a no on that one! haha). The cuffs just slide up my arm and stay on their own. Chest pieces are also eva foam, covered in Worbla, and detailed with the same gems as the cuffs. They have little loops in the back and piece of leather is strung through it and attached on each side of the top. Similar to how I made the rest of the armor, I used Worbla. For the bulk of it I used craft foam as base, but unlike the other pieces I sandwiched the craftfoam between two layers of Worbla. I did this so it would extra sturdy and because I was going to be attaching more Worbla to the underside. The rings on the back are held in place with Worbla as well. For the front a strip of leather with a snap feeds through the fur to the body suit and snaps in place. All the armor pieces were then primed black, then sprayed with hammered metal spray, then silver spray, then given an black acrylic wash, and then finally highlighted with rub-n-buff.

The chainmaille was made by hand. Wire was coiled which were then cut into the rings. A 4 in 1 weave was used in this maille. The chainmaille is then held in place to the loin cloth/skirt via rivets. If you want a good tutorial on the who process I recommend following this: [link]

The sword was made by :iconice_Man_props:. I did the detailing on the hilt and weathering of the sword. I also used more craft foam and Worbla to make the scabbard for the sword. It too snaps to my belt.

The shoes were boots that I purchased. I removed the fringe and dyed them a dark brown to match the leather boot covers I made. The boot base helps keep up the cover, but I use a belt too.

The wig is a lace front wig that trimmed up. It was purchased from; the color is 130.

Finally for warpaint I used BenNye creme make up in green and black. I did a layer of black then added a little green to give it that super dark green, almost black, look. It was set with BenNye translucent powder.

Of course if you have further questions let me know!

Costume made and worn by: Windofthestars
Photo and sword by: :iconice_Man_props:

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naya04 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016
Highland from minecraft
BioClay88 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
isnt that a little cold ? 
rabbitdead Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016   Artist
GoddezzOfPain92 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Awesome pic! Never knew someone can make a computer game character look bad ass in real life! I like her and Farkas.....
Prota-Girl Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
You did an excellent job!!! Really well done!
TheBastylander Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
"If you want to hunt with me, your legs must be quick and your eyes quicker"
The13Deadking Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017
Ok nice Job there mate
nintendoboy16 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Wow, very damn good cosplay of Aela. :D
MasterBisu Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
Laserskater Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Wonderful pic of Aela in her natural environment and climate!
Facelessdemons Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh man such a QUALITY costume!
TheReptilianGeneral Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Any tips on how to make female costumes from skyrim? I've made a unisex one but not a only female one.
GenuineOwl Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're so Beautiful and cute!
You look so good as Aela! ^^
Woad-Warrior Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the details with the chainmaille. The whole costume looks great but it's those little details that make it great and memorable.
nexus763 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
The only thing it lacks to be perfect is lika most of cosplay costumes : scratches and marks from used times; Brand new leather and steel looking parts is not really fit. Exept from that, it's perfect.
coucoucmoa Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
very nice, you look better than the Alea of my game. [SPOIL] Are you a werewolf too ? ;)
CypherOmega709 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
VERY well done my dear!
Casanova-pl Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
heh you is preety Aela
Prakorimas Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student Writer
Am I seeing things or is that Aela came to life? :wow:

Amazing costume!

Stunning cosplay.
Hito-san Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
freeking epic.
always wanderd why it is you can not marry Aela in skrim lol
DaedraPrincess25 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
You actually can. My fiancee married her and made her his follower. :)
grantgoboom Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Love!!!! :)
SpyPhoenix44 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ur Aela is awsome!!!!!!!!!! XD
Darkhorseman81 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You make a good Aela :D
WickedPrince Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
This looks completely awesome. :)
Deaths-Echo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
...Why are you so amazing?? :heart:
Danny-Q Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Wow, this is a damm good Aela costume/dressup
Danny-Q Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Wow, this is a damm good Aela costume/dressup
Mplant Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
SilverCastle Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Love it! Awesome job!
etaru Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
The costume is honestly one of your best and most diverse in terms of materials and construction. I'm so proud of you for tackling something this complex and tough, it looks amazing on you!
Laxorus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Wow, stunning.
CoLLiDE14 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Very impress photo
SuperNinjaDuck Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
kubagami Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aoifasd Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great outfit! :D
Very good work
RudeArbiter117 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Simply amazing! She looks just like Aela!
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