@masseffect Nyreen progress! Again sorry for bathroom photos but this is the best lit mirror in the house at this time of day and I do not fancy setting my tripod out and all the rigmarole it takes to get my camera to focus when taking self portraits (I need to have a stand in or the camera focuses on the background…. I usually use a Christmas tree stand, vacuum tube and wig head, it can be entertaining)

Anyway so this is the first successful cast! I will be using this but I want to make as many sets as I can before the mold loses too much definition. I love the texture I got on the skull but it will eventually go bye bye. The very last set will be a semi rigid urethane which I will also use to cast my Asari pieces from and any other plaster mold looking a bit dodgy.

Also, I will be using various means to hold pieces together. The pins forced curves not present and the underside of the upper lip sticks out but will be glued flat to the inside. I will be using a lot of velcro dots. They stick very well to latex indeed and will allow for fast removal in case of heatstroke. Cough, not that that happened at the Dragon*Con parade at all… cough. ehem.

I may go try and test the hood pattern. It’s crazy with overlaps and stand up collar and all that jazz.

(ETA: I use @XYZ because I cross post to twitter on this account 😉 )

Oh my Goddess that is a bitchin’ Nyreen mask! I love it!

Thank you XD Indeed it is a Nyreen mask (five parts) currently stalled due to health reasons but I do hope to be able to start cutting out the fabric for her tunic and hood asap. 

Aw, I hope whatever health reasons there are clear up soon and don’t reappear. I hope the rest the costume also goes smoothly.

Thank you 🙂 There is a concerted effort to ensure this! Including me taking a break from a few things including costumes I want to do but really don’t need. Nyreen is not one of these! lol! I will though not go mental like I did with Liara and try to make every detail “real” (the silver on her jacket is all applied, the layers are all different and only tacked together where needed). As for the attempt at seaming Samara and Shae Vizla…. yeah not going to do that again 😉 Samara was about 120 pieces not including the buckle strapping).

Still going to attempt airbrushing the design of muscles on the undersuit if I can… 

Oh wow. That’s a lot of pieces! But you did a Liara cosplay and a Samara cosplay? I think you just became my cosplay hero!

lol! Thank you 🙂 I am a Bioware fangirl, I was hunting for interesting sci-fi costumes years ago and stumbled across screen caps of the ME crew in the Phoenix armour and just got hooked! When the sneak peaks of Samara came out that was when I got seriously addicted and then finally the SWTOR cinematic with Shae Vizla (or then unknown female Bounty Hunter) I just kind of lost it 😉 You should be able to search tags here to find them, if not I have some tagging to do!




#masseffect two bas ass chicks. One one bad ass, one short ass 😉 That would be me as the shortie.

So cool, so cool, so cool!

These sexy ladies.

/oh god, that need to cosplay samara is rising again…

My typo, it is far too late to fix 😉

Funnily enough I have more than a few extra casts of these tentacles around 😉 And luckily my original Samara tentacles. I probably shouldn’t hug them and squeeze them because they probably did wind up in some odd places….

So the story goes, I was demoing how long it takes to apply a latex piece like this (on Sylvie- Aria above) in case any contestants or regular ‘geddon cosplayers had thought about it, seen the pros and still were worried about it (pros being wonderfully fast and already worked out a lot of the issues you face when learning). Basically a demo of how long it is going to take to prep for a contest and how to plan for it. How messy it can be when you do not have a nice set up, all that.
So I had my Samara tentacles and let them be handed around the room. I figured no one was going to sit through a boring geeky talk if they weren’t there specifically with an interest, or sit there out of politeness. It was a cold room too.

Unfortunately the set, on wig form, went AWOL at the end, and no one was able to see where they were.

Needless to say I was almost in tears, there is some monetary value to a latex cast like this but nothing like as much as was invested in materials and time. But it wasn’t that- they are all I have left of my Samara costume. They have huge sentimental value (I made them, they weren’t bought and painted and assembled- I dedicated easily a hundred hours in sculpting, molding, casting, and painting them.)
I really thought that if someone had picked them up off the floor and had no idea of the kind of work that involved, or cared about it, that they would wind up in a bin somewhere.

I am however tremendously lucky to be part of the most incredible amazingly generous and open hearted loyal community I have ever come across: The NZ cosplay community. Cosplayers I have met but once, and who have not entered or regularly entered the contest were asking me all day if they were found and looking out for them. In fact when they were found, the people who found them did not want to even give them to the Info booth, they wanted them put directly in the hands of myself or Sylvie (who is Aria above).
While it may have saved me a bit of stress had they been given to the info booth, the sentiment behind holding on to them is appreciated- especially as I know a costume has gone astray before a few years ago and the same vast community reached out to find that one too.

Oh yeah, Liara is no where near finished here 😉 But I didn’t want to look like a dork and wear the whole thing around the house to test it. I mean, sheesh 😉 But seriously, buckles, proper undersuit, knee cops, arm armour (made but left in my suitcase as a later addition) freckles…

Oh the gauntlets and greaves are molded leather 🙂 After working with my Shaak Ti apron i wasn’t sure 1.5-1.8mm vege tan would be a heavy enough grade, but it is perfect 🙂

The best of Armageddon 2010

Link: The best of Armageddon 2010

Armageddon 2010 came to a close yesterday. An estimated 40,000+ punters poured through the gates over the course of the weekend, and Game Console was in attendance.

BEST COSPLAY I noticed a number of extremely cool cosplay efforts over the course of the expo, but one or two in particular really caught my eye. I have to give special props to Michaela de Bruce, the judge of the cosplay competition. I didn’t realise she was the judge when I first saw her in her Samara costume (of Mass Effect 2 fame). De Bruce later revealed that she spent over 40 hours sculpting the headpiece alone. On day one, she was my pick to take out the competition (until I learned who she was and realised she wasn’t eligible).

I did have to shoop this photo I admit. I mainly removed the excess flash and used paths to separate me fromt he background than then make the background a little less obvious. A pity as the background is a really nifty set piece but not ideal under the lighting conditions 😉

So yay 🙂 A photo I have permission for and can share. Yay! Oooh, I may be able to link to the super shots Marco took..

One of the few photos online that shows how the make up looked as intended under flash lighting 😉 You can see the use of dark shading I used to helpt show up the dimension.

There are no shoulder bells or back plates as I made them from resin and fibreglass which looked super but did not allow arm movement. I have since remade the gold collar and armour in latex and it is much better. Just not good photos yet 😉

Three hours gluing and bodypainting for this very first ever attempt at such a thing. Okay I did prosthetic gelatin ears back in 03 but it was much simpler!

The Aucklander Article, october 2010

Link: The Aucklander Article, october 2010

The Aucklander photo, Masking the Pain

Behind every mask there’s a story. Charlotte Woodfield talks to an artist who doesn’t
let aches get in the way of moulding her characters.