Les MisérablesPhotography | Shinomatrix Enjorlas | BlackcraneIt’s almost been a full year since I cosplayed Enjorlas, and I’m only editing the pics now orz. I’ve been a major musical theatre fanatic ever since the Les Mis movie roped me back into it again. And with Enjorlas being my favourite character, I had to try cosplaying him even though I’m a potato compared to Aaron Tveit 8’D hopefully I can do him more justice next time.. (in before people tell me that wooden pallets didn’t exist back then shhhhhhh)

Les Misérables

Photography | Shinomatrix
Enjorlas
| Blackcrane

It’s almost been a full year since I cosplayed Enjorlas, and I’m only editing the pics now orz.
I’ve been a major musical theatre fanatic ever since the Les Mis movie roped me back into it again. And with Enjorlas being my favourite character, I had to try cosplaying him even though I’m a potato compared to Aaron Tveit 8’D hopefully I can do him more justice next time..

(in before people tell me that wooden pallets didn’t exist back then shhhhhhh)

Hiccup cosplay - HTTYD 2 - WIP compilation (4/4)

And we’ve made it to the last part (for now). This one will be covering Hiccup’s prosthetic leg and his one boot. Same as before, please note, I have no idea what the actual terminology for some parts of this outfit is, I will use weird names lol. Feel free to ask questions. 

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Let’s go~

PIC 1 - Prosthetic base
- Prosthetic time!! I opted for easy way out of this I-have-two-feet-halp problem by just planning on wearing a black sock + black flats and pretending I dont have that extra foot;;;; I tried so many other ways to actually elevate my other foot enough to create a visible gap, but they all made me monstrously tall and not practical ;A;
- Anyhow, the foot was made of MDP pieces, and a cardboard toilet roll with foam core discs inside for support 8’Db
- Everything was then covered in worbla. The curved front part of the prosthetic is just one molded piece of worbla.
- I also used strips and small balls of worbla to create the detail on the bar and make fake bolts on the side


PIC 2 - Prosthetic painted
- I didn’t prime this one as much, since I wanted that grainy texture to show up in the paint.
- It was then painted silver + weathered for effect.
- then to make the part that actually goes over my leg, I heated two (stuck together) pieces of craft foam into a cylinder shape and worbla-ed over that to make it rigid. The prosthetic was then sewn directly into it. I purposely left slits in the design as you can see, to do so.
- The cylinder opens at the back with velcro so I can slip my foot in!


PIC 3 - Prosthetic with cover
- The cylinder that goes around my leg is then wrapped in leather, and then using painted/weathered craft foam, I faked the ‘metal’ decoration on it.
- Since I was on time constraints, I substituted metal buttons (painted over) for the bolts. I highly DO NOT recommend this as they caught on everything at the con and ripped out of the foam so easily >__> I lost the majority of it at the con.
- Since then, I’ve remade the bolts with molded balls of worbla and stuck them on instead.
- I always get asked at cons ‘is that comfortable to wear?’. Answer is always a resounding “Not in the slightest 8’D”


PIC 4 - Puffy boot of extreme puffiness
- The boot!! To make my totally-not-there-shhhh foot less obvious, I decided to pad out the boot. It helps that Hiccup’s boots look massive anyway.
- Using a simple cheap ugg boot base, I followed the seams on the ugg boot and used that as pattern and traced it onto cotton wadding (sleepy dog being not helpful)
- the cotton wadding was then cut out and stuck onto the boot. Quite a few layers was added to make the boot super poofy~
- A simple boot cover using exactly the same pattern (but bigger) was made, and then glued down at the bottom and top
- The top of the boot was a simple piece of leather, with threaded Xs for deco~
- the straps that go around his boot was glued on, so no moving when I walk around :Db

THAT’S ALL FOR NOW!

Part 1 - Inner shirt, scale vest and black top
Part 2 - arm plates and pauldrons
Part 3 - Vambraces and props

Hiccup cosplay - HTTYD 2 - WIP compilation (3/4)

And we’re back, this time to cover Hiccup’s vambraces and the props on it!
Same deal, please note, I have no idea what the actual terminology for some parts of this outfit is, I will use weird names lol. Feel free to ask questions. 

Click the pics for caption corresponding to the notes underneath.

Onwards~

PIC 1 - Vambraces base
- Onto the sexy vambraces~ my fav part of the costume
- A black base was made first with foam + felt, then covered in leather
- for the brown flap thingys that go on top, I made a base out of foam (backed by felt) and felt edging, then covered that in brown leather.
- I then calculated where the belts would go and cut slits for it first


PIC 2 - Vambraces belts
- Adding the belts. All belts on this costume is D ring style belts.
- You could just sew the brown part directly onto the black. But since in the movie, Hiccup actually opens it to hide paper pages underneath, I opted for a button at the top and then snaps to hold it in place instead.


PIC 3 - Hiccup’s dagger
- Hiccup’s dagger! First, I made a base out of stacked foamcore and sanded the edge in.
- Then worbla-ed over that (you can see the little compass in the back too~). Though the foamcore kept on melting thanks to the heat gun X___x I would actually recommend making the base out of wood or something
- The dagger is then painted silver and weathered. For the sheath, in the design you can see the seam + stitch. So I just cut some scrap leather to shape, and using a simple looping stitch, stitched it together


PIC 4 - Dagger and compass
- Attached the dagger and compass onto the vambraces!
- The compass is actually a real one I molded more worbla scraps over.
- The sheath is held in place by the two studs that connect onto the belt too.
- the compass is actually glued onto another piece of leather, then glued directly onto the vambrace.


PIC 5 - Vambrace hand guards
- Creating the hand guards for the vambraces is a similar thing to the arm plate before~
 

Part 1 - Inner shirt, scale vest and black top  
Part 2 - Arm plates and pauldrons
Part 4 - Boot and prosthetic

Hiccup cosplay - HTTYD 2 - WIP compilation (2/4)

Onto the next part of these WIPs, this time covering the arm plates and shoulder pauldrons! Same as before, please note, I have no idea what the actual terminology for some parts of this outfit is, I will use weird names lol. Feel free to ask questions. 

Click the pics for caption corresponding to the notes underneath.

Let’s do this thing:

PIC 1 - Arm plates detail stitching
- Now onto the brown leather arm plates. I cut out strips of leather into the shape I need it in, then sew them together. It is then back by a piece of felt cut to size (to make it more rigid)
- commence more hand stitching for the threaded Xs. I measured out the distance between each stitch and poked the holes first. Makes it look heaps neater when it’s all evenly spaced out!


PIC 2 - Arm plates foam base
- For the base of the arm plates, I cut craft foam to size, then thin stripes are glued on top to make a more elevated edge. Another piece of felt is also glued to the bottom.
- I then heated the foam/felt base over a stove to create that slight curve
- Added a leather edge to the arm plates, then folded it over the base. Then spam glue to hold it in place 8’Db


PIC 3 - Pauldrons base
- I got the shape I needed for both shoulder pieces out of worbla first. Note that Hiccup’s shoulder armour has some cracks in it (that’s held together by leather string), so I cut the cracks into the worbla pieces first.
- The worbla pieces is then sandwiched by 2 layers of felt (so much felt in this costume you have no idea lol). And there’s your base!


PIC 4 - Leather pauldrons
- Bit of a jump here (sorry no pics in btw;;;)
- the shoulder pieces are then covered by leather. You may have to cut and fold it here and there to make it fit the odd shapes.
- The ring on the round shoulder piece (top two pics) is made of craft foam backed with worbla and then covered in leather too. Then simply stuck onto the round base.
- Extra leather tabs that you can see on the design are also added. And so is the string that holds the cracked parts together.
- trying to cut thru layers worbla/felt/foam/leather to thread the string through will actually destroy your soul.


PIC 5 - Dragon faces!
- Dragon face and Berk symbols!
- Paper templates to suss out the size first. Then the big dragon face is simply cut out of worbla then heated to fit the rounded surface, then primed!
- the Berk symbol that goes on the bolero vest was cut out of foam first, then had worbla melted over it (which melted most of the foam too oops;;;).
- Everything was then primed and painted red + weathered then glued on



Part 1 - Inner shirt, scale vest and black top
Part 3 - Vambraces and props
Part 4 - Boot and prosthetic



Hiccup cosplay - HTTYD 2 - WIP compilation (1/4)

As promised before (a day late aha;;), I shall be uploading a series of WIP pics for my Hiccup cosplay. I hope this can serve as a guide for other potential Hiccup cosplayers! Please note, I have no idea what the actual terminology for some parts of this outfit is, I will use weird names lol. Feel free to ask questions. 

Click the pics for caption corresponding to the notes underneath.

Here we go~

PIC 1 - Green shirt / vest base
- I started off with his green base shirt (it’s hard to tell in reference pics, but it is two different greens). It’s meant to be two layers but to make things lighter, I just attached fake sleeves of a different green 8’Db
- Then for his scale vest, I first made a plain fitted (darts darts darts~) base for the scales to attach to later.

PIC 2 - SCALES SCALES SCALES

-SCALES HELL. SO MUCH HELL
-Using paper templates, I estimated how big each scale had to be, then comes endless ENDLESS amounts of tracing, cutting, pressing and crying. Rinse and repeat till your soul leaves you.
- Starting from the sides of the vest, the scales are arranged and sewn on row by row..

PIC 3 - Scale vest base
-Scales attached! ;A; At this point I had reached 350+ scales;; I didn’t bother going all the way to the top since it’ll be covered by the black top anyway.
- The overhanging scales were then trimmed back at the edges, back to the shape of the vest base.

PIC 4 - Scale vest/back fin complete!
- I cut out another piece of leather to act as the edging to the vest, and glued it in place first.
- COMMENCE HAND STITCHING HELL (actually it’s not too bad, it was kinda therapeutic). Awls are your best friend when working with leather. Buy an awl, you will be thankful later.
- Then I punched in some eyelets at the front for the string to thread through and hold the front closed when wearing :Db
- His back fin was just another piece of interfaced (so it would stand) leather that I hand stitched on too

PIC 5 - drafting the black bolero vest
-Black bolero vest thingy time!
- I used scrap fabric to suss out a pattern, then pulled the mock apart to use as real pattern for the leather, pretty straight forward there.
- The leather bolero vest is actually interfaced, and upon realizing that interfacing alone is not enough to hold the shape I want, I lined it in black felt. Ghetto, but hey it works 8’D

PIC 6 - Detailing on the black bolero vest
-Completed bolero vest base! It’s hard to tell in pics but I actually took my awl and unpicker to it and scratched it up here and there for battle damaged look.
- I then threaded thru some brown leather trim thingy in the sides and back, since it looks nice and it’s actually part of the design too
- two tabs with snap buttons at the bottom (and brass studs in the top), it helps to hold the vest together!

PIC 7 - Chest buckle strap
-Giant buckle loop thingy of doom~ It’s pretty much impossible to buy a buckle that big (from melb anyway), so I ended up molding it, and the thing it connects to, out of worbla.
- I also molded the two extra big studs on the chest belt thingy out of worbla.
- Completed bolero vest with the scale vest underneath!


Part 2 - arm plates and pauldrons
Part 3 - Vambraces and props
Part 4 - Boot and prosthetic

Photo by: TDP

So since my last post, I’ve gotten some new followers, hello and thank you for taking a look~! :D
The last month I’ve been busy with work and also attending SMASH! in Sydney, which continues to be one of the best cons every year.

And also, I’ve finally opened up a cosplay facebook page!! Please follow link below

Blackcrane Cosplay

Slowly building up the work there, I’ll post things from shoots, con pics to WIP pics, to anything I find interesting :D
I will still continue posting on this blog too!

For those interested in the BTS to my Hiccup cosplay, I’ll looking to make a big WIP pics post tmw for it, hopefully it can help fellow cosplayers~

Thanks again all you fab creatures <3 

Im sorry, you probably have gotten this ask before. but I was inquiring as to where you purchased your Hiccup wig?
Anonymous


Np anon~ it’s a Jaguar in Spanish Brown from Arda wigs. I cut it shorter for Hiccup though.

Been a while since I posted anything, but wanted to show my latest costume, Hiccup from How to Train your Dragon 2!!

I cosplayed Hiccup for Melbourne Oz Comic Con (sat only), and despite being absolutely exhausted, I still had a great time :D

Big thanks to Mynameisagent and G-kie for their incredible help with this costume, and keeping me calm when I was dying ahah;;
And thank you to Shinomatrix for the lovely photos!

Some interesting facts about this costume:
- The compass on my vambrance is real and opens! The dagger can be pulled out too. The vambrace itself opens too, going to put the notebook pages in for next time!
- Anything that looks like leather is indeed real leather. First time working with leather ever. Beautiful material but so hard to use;; (my wallet cries)
- The brown vest has 350+ scales on it. Cutting that out was torture.
And even more torture was individually pressing/ironing all of them to create a ridge in the middle urrgghh
- The prosthetic was a mix of MDF, worbla, foamcore and a cardboard toilet roll (LOL GHETTO MAX). It was a pain to wear, and it still feels like its on my foot now. Its like reverse phantom limb idk.

There is still HEAPS more stuff I need to add to the costume and even more that needs to be improved/fixed, hopefully will have all that done for Smash!
 

tonyloki:

I APOLOGIZE FOR RUINING WHAT WOULD’VE BEEN THE MOST KICKASS 360 SHOT EVER WITH STRIKE TEAM: I KNOW TOO MANY ATTRACTIVE PEOPLE SEND HELP

Awesome camera rig set up by Syfy channel at Sydney Supanova this weekend! I wore my Hawkeye cos again because Stan Lee was guesting (meaning it was going to be Marvel con), and got this shot done with these gorgeous ladies as Natasha &lt;3&#160;IF ONLY WE HAD THE FULL AVENGERS TEAM TO RECREATE THAT ICONIC BATTLE OF NEW YORK 360 SHOT.

tonyloki:

I APOLOGIZE FOR RUINING WHAT WOULD’VE BEEN THE MOST KICKASS 360 SHOT EVER WITH STRIKE TEAM: I KNOW TOO MANY ATTRACTIVE PEOPLE SEND HELP

Awesome camera rig set up by Syfy channel at Sydney Supanova this weekend! I wore my Hawkeye cos again because Stan Lee was guesting (meaning it was going to be Marvel con), and got this shot done with these gorgeous ladies as Natasha <3 
IF ONLY WE HAD THE FULL AVENGERS TEAM TO RECREATE THAT ICONIC BATTLE OF NEW YORK 360 SHOT.

Hey! It's the same person asking about the Hawkeye costume on DA :P Thank you so much for replying! Here come the questions, brace yourself XD I was just wondering how many layers you made the vest? I have scoured dozens of photos and I can't decide between one or two! Also how did you make those pants? The details are spot on. Thanks so much again for your time I really appreciate it :)
chintastic


Hello again~! :D
For the vest, I made it with two layers, mainly because the fabric I bought wasnt very thick (you could make it with just one depending on your fabric). But it was a standard black base, with pretty much everything else sewed on top (the maroon + black and pleather parts around the chest/shoulders and waist). I pretty much started by making a well fitted mock vest with scrap fabric, and then drew the design on top, cut that up and used it as pattern.
As for the pants, it was actually just a pair of old black jeans that I pulled part, then sewed back together with the black sides/leg strap thingys on top. The buckles for the leg straps were made out of wonderflex, which is a thermalplastic material. But if you want to go with more common materials, craft foam sealed with PVA glue for painting will work just as well~

Hopefully that helps, let me know if you have any other questions~!

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