Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cosplay Update!

Patch 4.2.2

Firstly, I'm sorry that I haven't been keeping you up to date with my [what were supposed to be] weekly vlogs. DX I haven't posted a new video since WTF#9 three weeks ago! But in my defense, I have good personal reasons for skipping them! Besides real life stuff going on like my nephew's second birthday and getting out of the house more regularly, the time away from my computer has paid off in that it has given me enough time away from WoW and YouTube to finally make some decisions about what to do for my cosplay for BlizzCon! And with the new project underway I'm getting some serious BlizzCon fever!

Tin foil armature ready for paper clay.
So, I've decided on Dwarf Shaman in T10. Reasons: 1) Because dwarves have skin color that I don't have to use body paint for; 2) I LOVE Shaman T10; and 3) Dwarves don't require stilts. XD As a sidenote, I still plan to do a Dreanei or Worgen cosplay at some point with those stilts that I commissioned, but as of now I don't see it coming together in time for BlizzCon this coming October. The stilts are simply not 100% ready for a costume because they still need permanent straps to hold my feet securely onto them. In the test video I uploaded to YouTube a while back, I improvised with some rope and just tied my feet down. XD Heh.. Yeah, dangerous... But not only that, the metal is RUSTING! I mean, I knew ahead of time (before Gir shipped them to me) that I'd have to figure out a way to strap my feet on somehow myself, but the rust was a surprise to me. =[ I picked up some "Rust Destroyer" and some Plasti-Dip spray for them, but that project will have to wait until after BlizzCon since I'm going full speed ahead on this Dwarf Shaman idea.

I did a little shopping over the weekend and now I have pretty much all the supplies I need for building this costume. I even ordered some blue LED "Power Dots" from thatscoolwire.com for the lighty bits of the gear set ^_^. And those shipped so fast: ordered on the 23rd and they arrived at my house on the 25th! I'm still not exactly sure how to go about building everything, but I'm pretty resourceful, so I know that I'll at least be proud of the final outcome. I'm so excited!


  1. For the rust, make sure you clean them off real well (wire brush works *great*) and then give them a couple coats with a good rust-inhibitor spray paint so you cover everything. If they've got moving parts you might need to mask and/or touch up by hand.

    Rust is actually a fairly common result on welded parts, because of the heat involved. And it might actually be a surface-only thing.

    For attaching them to your feet, you almost want a low boot or high-top to keep your ankle steady. Use bolts (well-padded!) through the sole of the shoe to fasten to the stilt. Just an idea. :)

  2. @Matosawitko - I have a plan for the attachment of the stilts, I just need to get in touch with another welder friend. The problem isn't "I don't know what to do" it's more like, "I don't have the tools or place to do it at the moment." I guess I could have worded that better in the original post XD. But thanks for the suggestions and especially the insight about the rust!