2017 Update

Four months in, 2017 has thrown me some real curve balls so far, which has badly depleted a lot of my energy and motivation – but my cosplay builds are still miraculously crawling along.  I am going to get around to full posts for each project but for now, here’s a quick update on how things are going.

Empress Celene

Celene has fallen onto the back burner a bit recently, as I had to postpone my plans to go and make the ballgown.  That said, she now has a mask and a wig is on its way, so I’m going to have to get myself sorted out for dress making and fittings in May, otherwise my brother isn’t going to have an outfit to wear to the ball when The Calling comes around in June!

Celene mask

The other big task is going to be the lion’s head for the back of the dress, so I’ve been doing a few experiments with resin casting and need to find the time to actually sit down and make a clay master.

Lindiranae

My Emerald Knight is slowly but surely coming together.  I’ve finalised the embroidery design and started drafting patterns for the sewn garments.  Her foam armor pieces are pretty much ready for priming and painting – just the sabatons to build and a few tweaks to the breastplate, then I need to settle on which shades of paint I want to use.  I decided that I wasn’t happy with the foam scalemaille that I made for Mahariel, so I’ve been busy weaving chainmaille for Lindiranae’s sleeves, which is almost finished, and to remake Mahariel’s Regalia of Weisshaupt.

Other DA-related Stuff

A while back I booked an appointment to get another geeky tattoo and decided to get the Inquisition sigil just above my ankle, to balance out the Stark direwolf on my other leg.   I have a couple of other designs pretty much ready to go – I just need the funds and to decide exactly where I want to put them!

inkquisition

Last month we went to MCM Birmingham and (after a few trips back and forth waiting for a quieter moment to queue) I got Gareth David-Lloyd to sign my Inquisition art book.  I’ve since started stalking the other voice actors’ Twitter and Facebook pages to see if we’re likely to get any of the others at relatively local conventions so that I can get the other character pages signed.

Solas sig

Our next scheduled event is The Calling in June (UK Dragon Age fans, go check it out!) so I badly need to crack on!

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2 thoughts on “2017 Update

    1. Thank you! I learned the very basics of 4-in-1 maille when I was a kid (one of the benefits of growing up with re-enactors) and only picked it up again a few years ago after almost 15 years away, so I’m certainly no expert but there is one piece of advice that I seem to give out quite a bit: If you decide to use pliers, make sure that you use two pairs of pliers, one pair in each hand. I’ve a number of friends who were self-teaching from weave diagrams they found online and I kept seeing photos on social media of bloodied fingers and blisters from using just one pair of pliers and their own fingers to open and close their jump-rings. When I was first learning back in the early 90s, everyone that taught me worked with pliers in each hand, so it didn’t even occur to me that anyone might not do it that way until I started wondering why so many of my friends were being wounded and they started wondering why I wasn’t! I find weaving incredibly relaxing, so I’ve quite often lost an entire evening watching a few episodes of a TV series and suddenly realised I’ve been working fairly steadily for four or five hours at a time, but I’ve not yet had a chain maille-related injury.

      There is a ring you can buy, which you wear on your finger and it apparently makes it fairly easy to open and close jump-rings but I’ve never used one so I’ve no idea how effective they are. Something that I have found really useful, though, was researching chain maille jewelry. It’s not really my cup of tea, but it’s been growing in popularity in recent years so it’s become much easier to find diagrams and videos online of interesting weaves to practice and it’s really motivating seeing a bracelet or something come together so quickly.

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