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Here's where the magic happens. I'll be posting about all of my experiences and experiments (both failed and successful ones), introducing you to my costumes, sharing fun stories, linking tutorials and useful products, and who knows what else!

 

WIP Wednesday

Michael MacWolff

Welcome back, folks! I've been hard at work putting together my next cosplay: Vaida from Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword. I'm super excited to have a big group of FE7 folks at Matsuri, hopefully we'll have a bunch of awesome photos when all's said and done!

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Well, we all know you don't want to hear me yammering on, so here's some photos of what I've been working on!

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Thank god the armor is simple, just a breastplate and a pair of shoulder pauldrons. True old school FE flier stuff. It's all EVA foam, heat shaped. The details are craft foam, and yes I did add some fanciness to the shoulders cause I thought it could use them. I initially painted the details light blue to match the fabric I got for her, then I looked at the reference artwork again and realized it was probably supposed to just be silver. So I painted it blue, and did a silvery metallic wash over it and boom, done.

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Look, I made a tunic/dress too! The details are appliqued on the way I generally do, and the trim is the same satin that I made bias tape out of. The breastplate velcros on the front, and there's a strap that goes around the back to keep it snug. The shoulder pauldrons and the cape velcro on the shoulders. They're nice and lightweight so they shouldn't fall off like Ashnards always do.

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These boot covers were a pain in the ass to make but they turned out rather well. I'm going to be so freaking tall in these heel good god.

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Here's the base material for the spear. The tip is MDF at it's core and foamcore extra layers for the design. I sturdied the end with some worbla scraps, and the designs along the shaft are in puff paint. The shaft itself is a curtainrod I've been waiting to use for a while.

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 Here's a closeup of the head so you can see the painted details. Not too shabby if I do say so myself ;-)

Here's a closeup of the head so you can see the painted details. Not too shabby if I do say so myself ;-)

And that's that! I'm debating if I can get away with using my own hair, she's definitely blonde and not ginger, but my hair is pretty light when it's cut short. We'll see about that.

Wolves on the Prowl

Michael MacWolff

So I got photos back from our little shoot with Volug and Nailah from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn! There are a bunch of photos so I wanted to share some of my favorites here.

Volug: Me
Nailah: Lady Aerith Fair
Sanaki: VanguardWingal
Photographer: Philosophically Undefined Photography / Denzel Thomas

 I still can't believe there was randomly a Sanaki. And that I  actually knew them from waaaay back.

I still can't believe there was randomly a Sanaki. And that I  actually knew them from waaaay back.

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And that's all for now. I've been hard at work getting Vaida together for Matsuricon so if you want to see periodic progress photos (that are way more consistent then my posting here oops), you can follow me on Instagram @mikeydoescospay
But don't worry, I will put together a post of all my Vaida work on here soon.

Colossal 2018

Michael MacWolff

So, I had a short weekend at Colossal so this'll be a pretty short post, BUT I had tons of fun and wanted to share some photos!

Friday

Drove down in most of Mordred so I could stomp around as my favorite heroic spirit. 

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This cosplay is super simple but I absolutely love it. I'm gonna have to replace the boots at some point since the leather is already cracking a bit but I did get them at the thrift store so that's just how it goes. I also am so happy with how my sword came out that I want to just carry it around all the time lol. I'm contemplating making the red base outfit so I have another excuse to use it (since I'm not brave enough to make that weirdly-shaped armor they wear).
I hung out with my boy Lululii most of the morning since they were doing casual Astolfo... which is really the whole reason I even made Mordred in the first place. MY ASTOLFO WAS SO EFFING CUTE, and we becamse selfie royalty together.

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Also, by some miracle there was a fate photoshoot that morning so we hung out there for a while. I didn't get many photos but the highlights were this beautiful shot with all of the sabers.

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Who then claimed the throne...

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And the pair of Iskandars who were adorable.

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After the shoot I changed into TWEWY for a private shoot with SMZeldaRules. We've been planning to do the reaper duo for a long time so it was great to finally do it! We had a lovely shoot with HeadphoneStudio but we don't have the photos back from that just yet. We do, however, have some photos we took ourselves that came out AWESOME!

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And yes, we had two Shos! The one in the first photo is HeckinSleepy, and I don't have the info for the Sho in the second photo (but I'll link to it if he has a cosplay page), and all of these photos were taken by Raptorius13.

Saturday

Saturday morning was Fire Emblem day, as I always have to have at least one, right? I busted out my favorite wolf laguz and got to hang out with my Nailah, LadyAerithFair. We haven't seen each other since the last time we did Volug & Nailah, which was 6 years ago! We also magically found a Sanaki, who turned out to be VanguardWingal!  I had a feeling I'd know who it was because I make it my business to get to know any Tellius cosplayer I come across lol.

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We took some lovely photos out in the savanna grass which I will share with you all when i get them.

And that was my Colossal! I had a wedding to go to Saturday afternoon so I left right after we finished with photos.

That's all for this week! Now that Colossal is over, I have some new commissions and a new cosplay I' working on for Matsuri (which thankfully isn't for a while yet).