I wrote a thing.
I’m still alive, I’ve just been really busy/distracted lately.
Though, I HAVE been finding some time to play through Milla’s story and it does NOT disappoint. I totally predicted Xalien Woods being when Alvin finds out about [spoiler] though and talking to Milla since Milla’s story seems to get more of his backstory than Jude’s. Whee.
Been contemplating wacky crossover ideas and namely dumping Ludger into Twilight Princess Hyrule post Xillia 2 in a Gunsmoke-in-Gaia style crossover-sequel. It works better than it sounds. I also blame domofudgie for inspiring a four swords plus style crossover in which Alvin gets split by the Four Sword into four facets of himself:
emotional/passionate!Alvin, mask/facade!Alvin, cold calculating!Alvin, and innocence/child!Alvin. Have a sketch:
More details to come, maybe.
Heading out for the last day of A-Kon 25! Alas, it is raining. Fortunately, my non-waterproof gloves fit nicely in my bag. Still going as Zelos Wilder, so if you want to say hello and happen to be at A-Kon, please do! My badge says ‘Jeredu’, too, if there happens to be more than one Zelos.
So conventions are really rough on wigs, it seems. Good thing the kind of wig I have is in stock again, so I just ordered a backup wig identical to the one I have.
Alas, it went by so fast D:
I will post photos tonight, most likely.
That’s awesome. :D Very crafty. It’s the best exphere I’ve ever seen, to be honest.
Hmmm, you have a point there. Maybe I should just get over my fear of the sewing machine and learn how to sew. (last time I accidentally sewed my finger all the way through, and I’ve been afraid of it ever since.) Or maybe I’ve just been subconsciously avoiding cosplay because I’m a snob who used to reenact the renaissance era, and I would flip out over a minor “inaccuracy” in my costume. LOL
Ahhh, thank you! And I’ll admit, I had to learn to sew for this costume. Of the tales characters, Zelos has one of the simplest costumes to make, I think, in terms of what needs to be sewn. Making solid color sleeveless, hoodless coats is pretty easy. It helps if you can have a friend who knows how to sew lead by example. Like, one of my friends sewed the trim around one armhole of the coat, then had me to the rest of the trim after she showed me how. It also helps to have a friend in general, because an extra set of hands is always wonderful! I made my own patterns out of newspaper, and having a friend to help you pin them is a lifesaver!
Lookin’ good! The cruxis crystal is really excellent.
Awww, thank you! I’m super proud of it. It makes me feel legit and stuff, and I’m just sad that I only got to interact with one other symphonia cosplayer (a Raine!). Still, a lot of people asked for hugs, photos, or both, and it was a fantastic morale booster and I’m thrilled that so many people thought I was worth taking a photo of/with. That’s a first, for me. I’m hoping it will all hold up well enough for Aseliacon next year! I’d like to go this time :D
Preparations are nearly complete.
My sister just showed me this, and it’s absolutely brilliant. Forgive me if you already answered this before, but how did you make the exphere? I’m not a cosplayer, (too poor for that) I’m just curious.
Ah! I’m glad you asked. The exsphere itself is laughably simple. I just bought a bag of those little glass half-marbles people like to put in vases with fake plants. You can go to Michael’s and find little bags of single color ones, so I bought a bag of red ones and sorted through the entire bag to find one that was perfectly round and without flaws. If you want to know about the metal key crest, though, that’s a bit more complicated. It’s actually metal, made of aluminum and my father actually has a shop out in the garage where he helped me make it. I made a paper template, and then he cut the shape out of metal, used a drill to make the hole, and then shaped it, sanded it, primed it, and spraypainted it. Took about two days total. Then, much like in canon, I used spirit gum to set the gem directly onto my skin, then placed the key crest around it as a mount. Spirit gum sticks GREAT to metal, not so well to glass. It probably takes half an hour to dry in such a way that it won’t come unstuck on the glass, but only takes a minute or so to bond to the metal.
I hope that helps explain the process?
Oops, I meant to add:
You can cosplay for super cheap. It’s more work but far less expensive to just make everything yourself! Seriously, this Zelos cosplay is the highest quality AND the cheapest of all the ones I’ve made. All the props are hand-made from things like craft foam, cardboard, paint, and superglue. And yarn. I sewed the coat with Symphony brand fabric, with some help, got cheap black costume gloves, cut a pattern from pink, and used fabric paint for the trim. Used actual trim for the coat. Even the wig was only about $20, and that was easily the most expensive part of the costume. I used my old marching band shoes and painted them white with this spray-on rubber stuff, then glued yellow foam pieces to them. Even the belt was hand made from leftover white fabric and I bought the buckle at a craft store. More work = cheaper costume. The reason commissioning them is expensive is because of the amount of LABOR that goes into it, rather than materials costs, for something like this. Now, if you’re going to cosplay something with a lot of technical pieces or leather or the like, it might be different. But still, the whole Zelos ensemble was easily less than 100$ of new things and a good number of pieces could probably be made with things left over from craft projects or that I had around the house.
First two days of A-Kon have been hella fun so far! Met a lot of cool folks, took some photos (which I will post all at once after it’s over), and will be there tomorrow. I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIND OTHER TALES COSPLAYERS because apparently there was a photoshoot on the first day while I was still in the pre-reg line and I missed it. I THINK I MIGHT have seen another Zelos, but as far as I know, I was the only Zelos at the con the first day and maybe the second day. I’d love to get some photos and if you want to take one with me, feel free to ask even if I’m standing in line or whatever. Everyone’s been lovely and nice and it’s really been fantastic. Tomorrow, I think we’re mostly just going to be wandering around in the Dealer’s room and then going to Littlekuriboh’s panel in the afternoon.
I shall eventually post photos of Zelos’s quest to reunite with his Tales hunnies. I have to admit, this is the first decent quality cosplay I’ve ever made, and it’s a lot more fun having one costume I’m damn proud of than three that I half-assed.
I will perhaps end up going to Aseliacon instead of A-Kon next year, because I rather like smaller conventions where people in general are more accessible and have more common interests.