My DragonCon Cosplay Experience: Saturday

We did go to Trader Vic’s for a Scorpion Bowl on Friday night and didn’t go to bed until at least 2 am, but somehow managed to wake up by 10ish on Saturday without being hungover.  That said, we once again missed the parade, haha.  We did get to catch up with some friends who were watching the parade afterwards (Hi, Davis family!), which was awesome.  And I didn’t scare their young girls with my Nasus costume, so that was a bonus. 🙂

SATURDAY MORNING

I was in my Nasus costume by around 11:30 or 12.  Since I only had to paint my neck and face for this costume, I opted for some Mehron cake makeup instead of the liquid face paint, since it was so easily sweat off with Hades the night before.  It went on easily, but as I found out later, was also still easy to sweat off.  Here I am with Shane, the other Nasus from the LOL photoshoot (Kitty’s Cake) – she was awesome and very friendly!

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This costume got a TON of attention.  Lots of people in the hotels recognized me as I heard shouts of “NASUS!” as I walked around.  There were also plenty of folks both at the con and just on the streets of Atlanta who wanted pictures but thought I was just an Egyptian Anubis.  Either way, it was nice to know people appreciated the hard work!

Whenever you make a costume that is more elaborate, there are going to be more problems.  Nasus had the lion’s share of my wear issues, so here it goes!

1.  Body Suit Caught on the Worbla / Wonderflex – My body suit fit me well (except in the ankles, which was weird … they were too big), but because I did not do the sandwich method with the thermoplastics, there were some rough plastic edges on the underside of the foam.  These caught on the bodysuit anywhere they could.  I doubt anyone noticed, and I could probably get another wear out of the bodysuit, but eventually the Lycra pieces will need to be remade.

2.  Leg Pieces Not Stable – I was least happy with the shape of the leg pieces on my Nasus armor, mostly because they didn’t show the shape of my calves well.  But these turned out to be even more problematic when I was wearing them.  As the costume got more and more hot and sweaty, the leg pieces started sliding around – spinning off center, falling down my leg, etc.  I had to pull over to the side while walking a few times to fix them.

3.  Clasps Not Good for Securing Armor Pieces – Along those same lines, the clasps that I decided to use to hold the armor together on my body were fairly annoying to actually put on.  They were hard to see and manage, and the worbla connections to the armor pieces were not stable.  I hot glued a lot of them down in the end, and when I took the costume off, some of the hot glue had been worn down or pulled off.  Furthermore, the cross piece of the skirt was coming undone so much on the backside that I had to make a repair run up to the 10th floor of the Marriott where Riot Games hosted a “Cospitality Lounge”, complete with glue guns (and all sorts of other supplies to fix costumes).  So thankful for that!

4.  Bracers Slightly Too Long – The bracers were a little too long.  I did this deliberately to achieve a look I wanted (wider at the elbow), but the pieces were too long.  They dug into my elbows all day, and left bruises there and on the outside of my hand / thumb area as well, since I was constantly pushing them down towards my wrists.

5. Can’t Talk Easily in Face Pieces – When I went to the League of Legend photoshoot, I wanted to talk with folks more, but as my husband pointed out repeatedly when I tried to talk to him wearing Nasus, it was very difficult to make myself heard through the noise pieces.  I had a few conversations with an Arcade Sona and another Nasus, but that was about it.  I was afraid to pull the nose pieces off to chat because the makeup underneath was certainly sweating off.  Below you can see me as folks got ready for the LOL picture.  My axe was nearly always visible in the photos.

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6.  Elastic Slid Outside my Helm – The clear elastic straps for the bottom face piece went at the top of my head, and by the end of the day one had fallen outside to my forehead.  This caused a panic that some of the puffy paint from the helm had started to peel off (because a tiny bit of this had happened on a bracer during the car ride to Atlanta), but it was easily fixable.  I probably should have tried to secure these with bobby pins before putting on the helm?

7.  Carrying the Axe – SUCKED.  A LOT.  The “best” way to carry it seemed to be almost military style like a rifle.  Two arms had to be used due to weight, and I had to position the axe head carefully or I would cut off even more of my vision than I already did with my helm and face pieces.  That being said, a random guy at a street corner asked to hold the axe and take a picture, so it must’ve looked cool?

I wore this costume for about 4 hours.  It was fun to wear, but I’m not sure if I will chance wearing it again.  If I do, 4 hours is about my limit!  And I have to be closer to the convention than I was this year – think con hotel!  My lights stayed on the whole time I wore it, but the hot glue that was holding the gems to the worbla completely failed on one of the axe gems and the cross piece gem by the time we got back to the room and I got out of the costume pieces.  Here is my favorite Nasus photo from the con, taken by Bryan Humphrey: Mad Scientist with a Camera.

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SATURDAY NIGHT

I wore Rainbow Dash from about 5 pm until we went to bed at like 2 am or so.  It was easy to wear, and I love being in this costume the most out of the things I have made so far.  It might even be inspiring me to make another of my My Little Pony designs in the near future.  And I liked the wig sooo much better after I styled it this time.  Here’s a comparison:

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There were only a few minor problems with wearing this costume, in my opinion:

1.  Flimsy Wings – The foam wings are fairly well shaped, but the wire contraption holding them up that goes inside the back of my corset is a little wonky at this point.  They would have been better suited to Derpy than to Rainbow Dash whose wings are her pride.  That said, making a better harness for these before the next wear is very doable.

2.  Wig Too Small – While I loved my new spikey color-chunked style on the cheap wig I purchased from Amazon, it still does not fit my head well, despite lots of bobby pins.  I may try it one more time and see if there is anything else I can do to secure it, but my hair is about as short as it will ever be, and if it is still too small for my head … it may be time for a different wig.  I used the white eyebrow pencil and some yellow eyeshadow to lighten my eyebrows for this makeup run – I think it’s less distracting than black eyebrows – and I like being able to see the purple contacts instead of the darker soulless purple ones.

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3.  Jacket & Pose Disagreement – When I salute for my favorite pose for this cosplay, I get an unfortunate wrinkle in the jacket part of this costume.  It’s very distracting in pictures, like below.

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At Megacon, I tried to use fashion tape to hold it down, and I probably should have done it again, but I didn’t feel like it helped much.  After seeing photos like this, it makes me wish I had done it anyway – every little bit helps.  My bottom jacket clasp is undone too – fail.  I am not sure if there are any adjustments I can do to fix this in the jacket, but I am open to suggestions if you have any!  I am regretting it a bit that I did not go to the My Little Pony meetup that evening, but it had been a long day and I just wanted to relax and people watch.

Later this week, the final bit of cosplay posting I will do from DragonCon is coming up – my first experience having professional photos done.  Also, the gaming rundown from DragonCon.  Stay tuned!

 

2 comments for “My DragonCon Cosplay Experience: Saturday

  1. September 9, 2014 at 7:59 am

    The other Nasus looks super cute! It’s neat to see another version of it. I like the professional photos, too. Seems like a worthy investment for future DragonCons.

     
    • September 9, 2014 at 8:02 am

      It was really cool to see two different takes on the same costume! It’s like getting a little window into someone’s perspective. More coming on the professional photos soon! 🙂

       

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