Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tali Costume Sketcheroos

Sometimes I doodle. Lol. I doodled a lot more than this but this is what I've scanned and posted. 

Layer 1, Helmet and make-up guide
I really don't understand my notes sometimes. Riggin and base shapes? OH wait...helmet rigging! Okay, yeah I wanted to figure out where battery pack and microphones would go.

The make-up guide provide some color suggestions and some ideas for the eyes. I think I'm actually going to use some UV activated contact lenses in white. I've never worn contacts before so it'll be an interesting experience. Or a terrible, terrible experience.
Layer 2, 3 and back view.
The next couple of layers are pretty scribbly. Layer 2 is mostly the cloth bits and Layer 3 is the belt bits.
Also a back shot.
Arm details
Some more dissecting of the arm parts. These will help with determining best material and such.

Legs and feet

Legs and feet plans. I've actually made most of the feet. (I'll post the pictures soon. I took a rather different approach. Some details about the boots and padding locations are still being fiddled with.

Helmet Pattern

I attempted to make my own pattern for the helmet. It's been mostly trial and error. I may break down and get the Pep file for this.
And then I found this lovely reference by Wei723. Super helpful! I'm kind of sad I'm not a very detail oriented person.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Progress! Yes!

The Rainbow Warden!!!
So after many weeks of no progress I had a BURST of creative energy today and finished cutting out ALL pieces and gluing some pieces. Still need to modify the shoulders, collar, and hips.

As you can see it's not holding together. Soooo it's still a work in progress. 

ALSO super sad, my video camera isn't working like it should anymore. :/ I don't know what happened to it. It turns on, it has fresh batteries, the memory card is fine, but it won't respond to button presses after I turn it on. ...perhaps this is what I get for opting for a $20 camera. XD

Data corruption detected. 
I've made a budgeted Omni-tool...still working out the kinks in the design. Not sure how I'm really going to attach all the pieces and keep it together. I have some ideas. Hot glue will obviously work in some areas, maybe clear wire of some kind? I don't know.

Also a weird minor update for the make-up I plan to do for my Tali costume. I have made crayon lipstick! So far I've made a purple and silver. They look pretty good.

Anyway, Happy Passion Sunday and here we go with HOLY WEEK!!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Tali Cosplay Plan: Materials

So yes, another costume project. I swear every time I start new game I want to cosplay it. I've considered making my own Quarian character, but I think I want to save time on the design and work with Tali. Maybe my own character can have a purple outfit too. But for now, Tali will be the project because I also want to be recognizable. I have chosen Mass Effect 1 Tali because I don't see it as much and I don't have to use as much of that patterned fabric.

NOTE: I'll be adjusting prices and materials here so the budget is subject to change!


I have the Art Book and several screenshots of Tali's outfit from all the angles I need.
I've also been sketching Quarians and researching the costume parts.

After my study I've come up with my plans And I'm going to try to get a more accurate budget so I can see what I'll be spending and maybe prevent me from approaching this too seriously.

Here are the layers I've sectioned out for my master plan.

Layer 1: Jumpsuit and Body Shape

The jump suit is basically a black body suit with some mesh patterns. The legs are digigrade meaning they have a bit of a hock in the knee. This shape can be achieved through foam shaping or padding.
The toes can be also achieved through foam attachments or my plan for a stuffed foot cover.
I found a pattern for a 3 fingered glove.
I will wear a balaclava (ninja mask) on my head.
The mesh pattern I will achieve by taping down a hex-net fabric. I want to use my catsuit for future costumes. :)

Layer 2: Clothing and Armor

Over the jump suit Tali has sort of these pant things and a bandeau for clothing of the same patterned fabric.
Her right arm is silver armor while her left arm has a brown sleeve with some pads.
She has some shoulder armor, an armband on her left arm. Her hands have some plates on them.
Her legs are greaves with some over foot armor.
Her neck has a wrap collar. She has two belts, one over her chest and one around her waist.
Hood is a simple clothe draped over the helmet. Same pattern as the pants.

Layer 3: Helmet

The helmet is a challenge all it's own and requires it's own layer.

Layer 4: Extra Details

I plan on wearing face make-up under the helmet to have an unmasked face. This part can be optional and subject to change.

Supply list

Heat Gun - 11-20

Layer 1: $6
Cat suit - Own
Mesh fabric 1 yard - 1
Electric Tape - Own
Black spandex fabric 1 yard - 5
Craft foam - own
Cotton balls - own
Flat shoes - own
Ninja mask - own

Layer 2: $76 - $99
Tali Fabric 2 yards - 35
Brown fabric 1/2 yard - own
Black Plastic Hose - 6-7
Craft foam ? - 2-3
EVA Foam - 15
Styrene ? - 15 - 20
Silver Paint - own but may need more after Warden costume it was about 8
Plasti-Dip - 8 (I'm sure I'll need more after the Warden build)
Acrylic paints - owned
Fabric Paint Silver - Owned if I can find it.
Sealant Matte - 6 - 8
Black Vinyl 1 yard - 6
White Trim - Owned (Use leftover fabric from Galadriel dress)

Layer 3: Total Cost = $23.5 - $42
Face Shield - 5 - 12
Colored Film - 2 - 12
Tamiya Tint Paint ? - 8
EVA Foam
Craft Foam
Plastic Fasteners - Owned
Nylon Straps/Elastic - Owned
Velcro - Owned for now...I'll probably need more. (5-6)
Zip ties - owned
EL Wire Kit - 1.50 - 2.00
Voice Changer - 10.00
Resin - owned
Jewlery Mold - 5 - 6

Layer 4: $54 -$64
Sunset Tanning Goggles - 6
Make-Up: Cake Alabaster foundation, Light pink/purple/blue, Purple detail (liquid) - 30-40
Spirit Gum + Remover - 8
Make-up Barrier? -10
(Make crayon lipstick. ;)) - own
Glue Stick - 2

Alternate for layer 4:   $32 -$41
White Cake/Creme make-up/White foundation - 5 - 10
Glue stick - 2
Wax Lipstick - own
Sealant 6- 10
Blacklight make-up 12
portable blacklight  7

Total: 192.5 - 233.00
(Not including S&H)
Alt: 156.5 - 196.00

So my current plans are actually cheaper than I thought. I was sure it'd be closer to 400...although, this is just estimated prices on some things and Shipping can be expensive for some items.
There some cheaper things I can do for make-up which cuts out a LOT of the cost.

This does not include props like the omni-tool or shot gun.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Slow Progress, Grump Attitude, New Tricks

My progress on the armor project has been uncomfortably slow. I knew it would take several months because of my schedule issues and other life priorites (like finding a new job). However, like most creative types I know leaving the project untouched can have disasterous consequences. One of which is getting bored and abandoning the project...which to be honest I've come close to. Luckily the monetary investment I've put in motivates me.

I've also broken one of my "rules" when costume making. That would be to look at other's attempts at the same costume, comparing my efforts and getting discouraged. Many creative types can easily feel inadequate when looking at a professionally executed cosplay. On the one hand, you can learn some neat tricks but on the other hand, you know that at your level, the product you work on won't be as awesome.

In my case I know there are MANY factors that I can't help that prevent me from achieving the high level stuff.
  1. My Budget is TIGHT. This limits my accessibility to high quality materials like actual scales for my scale maille.
  2. My Space is Limited. My apartment is a 1 bedroom unit with a balcony. I don't have the space I really NEED to store materials and tools. Instead my apartment is a small disaster area for months.
  3. I'm learning. Using some of these materials is new to me. I've never tried them before so I have to make a few mistakes. And due to the money issue, I have to be careful HOW I mess up. I can't simply replace some of my materials.
  4. I'm very distracted. Other life challenges take up a lot of my energy and attention. Primarily getting a new job.

Granted we don't see all their trials and errors or appreciate how long it takes to get a pro level. Not everyone shows off that stuff. However, I intend to try and do that. I am going to soon post costumes I am proud of and some not so much.

In the mean time, I've been drooling over this Garrus cosplay and luckily she's posted blog posts on how she made certain parts. I LOVE the results and it makes me feel inferior. (Because I am). But it's also a GREAT learning resource for my current stuff. Especially the armor stuff. I never thought to reinforce my pieces with duct tape so they're not so floppy.