Cosplayer Ashbrie > Costume of Grand Warlock Alythess (World of Warcraft)
About this Costume
- Construction Details:
Horns: Circles of Styrofoam were put onto a heavy-duty wire to create the shape. Then, plaster was put over the Styrofoam, and then was fiberglassed over. Ah, fiberglass—so awful to work with but so useful too. The horns are attached to a metal ‘headband’ that Sarula cut out of sheet metal.
Body makeup: We used Paradise AQ by Mehron. I used ‘Beach Berry’ and ‘Foxy’, while Sarula used ‘Violet’ and ‘Purple’. It worked AMAZINGLY for me in the red. It didn't flake off at all—and also it SMELLS REALLY GOOD. Sarula wasn't so lucky--her purple paint tended to come off. Not sure if the two pigments just have different staying power, or if her skin type just didn't hold the paint as well. Still, I would recommend the red! I met a girl at AnimeNEXT who also used the red Paradise AQ for her Kneesocks or Scanty cosplay (I forget which one :x) and she was also very happy with the stuff.
Bras and skirts: Suede can be a real pain and difficult to find in unusual colors—especially purple! Luckily, we found this very very nice suede at FashionFabricsClub.com. Since the outfits are supposed to look really rustic and torn up, there wasn’t much sewing to do! Hooray!
Armor: The arm and leg armor was cut from sheet metal and covered in the snakeskin vinyl. The details on top are wonderflex shaped and glued to the pieces. We intentionally wanted those pieces to be ‘worn’ looking—like we’ve been using that armor to kill adventerers for years—har har >:). So, we bondo’d the wonderflex and sanded—but intentionally didn’t sand them completely smooth. Then, we painted them and used shoe polish to create the ‘weathered’ look. The giant jewels on our arm armor were a lucky find at Michael’s! I wish I bought one in every color! LOL
Gloves and tights: My tights and gloves are Rust and Sarula’s are Violet from Welovecolors.com, which is an awesome resource for gloves, tights, and other stuff in unusual colors! The diamond fishnet arm and leg pieces were found on Amazon.com.
Belts: The arm and leg belts are pieces of cut-up belts covered in the snakeskin vinyl fabric. The little gold and silver tips are craftfoam pieces because they needed to be lightweight. The arm pieces stayed up on their own, but we need to find a better way to keep the leg ones up! The waist belt is also a belt covered with the snakeskin fabric, and the little ‘vine’ looking bit is also craftfoam. The skulls were a lucky find from Aspencountry.com. They were JUST the right size! They just had to be sawed in half, and then Sarula molded over the teeth to create fangs with paper clay. It was a huge relief to not have to make those skulls ourselves, haha!
Tails: WE HAD TAILS! But, sadly, they just did not work out. The paint we put on them kept flaking off and was just too messy to wear. But we will fix that!
Hooves: I am not able to give the technique used to make the hooves. Sorry! But I can say this: they make us really really tall and make us walk really really slow. Also, they give an AMAZING workout for your calves and thighs LOL.
If you are interested in making hooves or any sort of strange feet for a costume--PLEASE BE VERY VERY CAREFUL. DO YOUR RESEARCH! WALKING ON ANY SORT OF BIZARRE OR STILT-LIKE FEET CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS IF THEY ARE NOT MADE PROPERLY! AND DEFINITELY PRACTICE IN THEM!
There are some things here and there that we want to improve upon these costumes--but overall we are very happy with them!
- Personal Thoughts:
- These cosplays are sort of a 'reunion' for Sarula and I. We started cosplaying together way back at AnimeNEXT 2003 and did so throughout high school. When we graduated, we went our separate ways--she went to London, I went to Japan, etc etc.
But despite all the time apart--as soon as we graduated, we pretty much started right where we left off and jumped right back into making crazy cosplays! We wanted to do something special together, since it had been SO long since we cosplayed together, AND we were going back to the con that started it all. We chose the Eredar Twins because Sarula had worked on the hoof design while in school (she majored in Model Making, so she learned a lot of amazing techniques to make great cosplay props and stuff like that!). I COVETED those hooves ever since she showed me her first pair, so we just HAD to do a cosplay that involved them!
- Styling Notes
- The wig was trimmed a little. The bangs were cut, and then shaped with a foam curler and blow dryer and blasted with hairspray to make them go 'swoosh' to the side.
- Wig Review
- I love Arda because they fit over my big fat head.
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