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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!


Filtering by Tag: radiant dawn

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.


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.

Black Wolf of the Sands

Michael MacWolff

More throwback thursday stuff, yay!

It'll be a short entry this week because I've only worn him a couple of times, but I wanted to show off my sexy shirtless wolf boy, Volug from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.


I think we all know by this point how I judge my FE characters based on attractiveness so when this man walked out of the desert I immediately wanted to cosplay him. Sadly he turns out to be somewhat lackluster of a battle unit but frankly I don't care.

Another motivating factor for making this character is that I hadn't seen anyone do it, and I knew there would be a Nailah (the other wolf character from Radiant Dawn) and a Micaiah at one of the cons I was going to, so I jumped at the chance.


We did these at Colossalcon, which meant we had a wonderful backdrop for the characters, and the best part was we did an actual photoshoot with Larry Hullum Jr. who got some beautiful shots of us. I'd never done a private shoot with a legit photographer before so I was super excited to have really nice photos of my cosplay.


My favorite shot from the set actually didn't show off my cosplay at all, but I think you'll all agree that it's super cool.

This one's not watermarked, but it was also taken by  Larry .

This one's not watermarked, but it was also taken by Larry.

At some point I'd love to wear him again, but there are so many cosplays I have and enjoy wearing, and there are't many RD folks around to cosplay with (and I can only wear him in the summer, for obvious reasons), and having someone paint on my tattoos is a big pain in the butt, so he's going to be hard to get back into circulation. Nevertheless, I do love this cosplay and will definitely bust it out again some time in the future.

The Gentle Saint

Michael MacWolff

It's throwback thursday again and this week I wanted to show off yet another of my many Fire Emblem cosplays. While I love this character a great deal, I will admit that a big motivation to cosplay him was the fact that I could use my own hair. Yes, I'm referring to the ginger priest: Rhys.

Rhys, like many of the character in the Tellius series, shows up in both games, so it was a tough decision figuring out which version I wanted to do. While Path of Radiance was the stronger game, I really liked the details in his outfit in Radiant Dawn, so in the end I went with that (it's the same dilemma I had with Haar... at least the Laguz all dress exactly the same in both games).


Besides being able to use my own ginger locks for this cosplay, I also had a friend who wanted to cosplay as Soren so I decided Rhys would make a nice character to do alongside her, as a black and a white mage, essentially. Yes, I know Ike would ahve been better but I had (and still have) no intention of making Ike, desipte how much I love him. I mean, maybe if he got a seasonal costume in Heroes I'd consider it... but that's beside the point. Rhys also marks the first magic user in my FE repertoire, so that was pretty nice too.

The best things was not really needing to do much propwork, as most of the costume is fabric. I did make a tome and a staff, but both were fairly simple. I don't really have any progress photos or anything, because I made this a loooong time ago, but I do have some silly photos from my first Tekko, as well as my more recent wearing of him at Ohayo a few years ago.


There was a Laura, which was super unexpected. So we of course had to take a photo of us beating each other with our staves, because they added that pointless mechanic in RD.


Soren needed some healing after getting looked at by a myrmidon.


At Ohayo, I made friends with this fantastic Mia. Once again it was a miracle that I actually had a coordinating character I didn't come with.


She even swept me off my feet!


And since I made an actual Rexaura tome, I had to cast it at least once. This is probably my favorite photo of this cosplay :-D

And that's that! It's kinda ironic that a cosplay that has relatively simple props became the poster child for my prop listing on Etsy.