Video Game Review – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 6: Spirit of Justice

Religion and science doesn’t usually mix, but in this title, they could be the combination that literally kills you. In the latest iteration of the Phoenix Wright franchise, we’re back with a vengeance – and this time, defense attorneys are in as much trouble as their clients. Join Timlah as we read through the courtroom dramas of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney!

Religion and science doesn’t usually mix, but in this title, they could be the combination that literally kills you. In the latest iteration of the Phoenix Wright franchise, we’re back with a vengeance – and this time, defense attorneys are in as much trouble as their clients. From religious ministers hellbent on making sure you fail, to divination seances designed to make your clients look guilty, this might be Phoenix’s toughest trial yet.

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Apollo Justice – Attorneys Badge

This is my incredibly useless way of making a badge for Apollo Justice. Material cost total: About £1.50. Time to make: 30 minutes.

There are much better ways of doing this, I’m certain of that, but I thought I’d try my hand at using Foam Board and Worbla to make this badge. Over all the effect has turned out okay, but the effect is from a distance.

So how did I do it? First of all, let’s cut some foam board.

Foam Board Pieces

With this cut, I stuck these two pieces of board together with a hot glue gun. I probably could have done this with a Pritt Stick or some PVA glue, but never mind! I wanted it done quickly.

Next up, I took a large cut of Worbla, big enough to not just cover the two pieces, but to completely melt over them. This would mean that the worbla would sort of melt into the nooks and crannies of the top piece (the one with the bits cut out). Needless to say, the Worbla happily contorted with some persuasion from a heat gun.

Worbla on Foam Board

Now what? I stuck some cork on the back, making pinning easier later.

Finally, I added the detailing of the scales of justice. They’re not the most perfect scales in the world, but hey, they’ll do.

All that’s left is to cover in one or two layers of Gesso, paint the correct colour (a somewhat golden colour), then cover in some more gesso and we’re done! I’ll put up pictures of the shiny badge later.

Time taken: 30 minutes.

Material cost total: Approx £1.50.

OBJECTION! Could I not have made it ‘better’?

What would I do differently in future? I’ll probably do this at some point, actually…

So I could make a silicone mould for the badge and cast it from that. That’d give it the absolute smoothness that you’d expect. The mould could be made simply by the method shown above, but instead of putting Worbla over the foam, I’d cut a hole in the middle of the top piece, then make  the scales stick out of the foam. Possibly the scales could be done in Worbla. Then, The silicone should be able to pick up the details of the scales and thus leave a little imprint inside of the badge.

Once this is done, spray in the correct colour and gesso it up.

If anyone thinks this should be my first experiment with silicone, give us a Like!

If I get more time at the end of the night, I might completely remake this and make it look a bit more “Sunken in” like the actual badge.

Apollo Justice – OBJECTION!

It’s late, I know, but I wanted to share with you all how my Apollo Justice costume is coming about. Did I even make it? What was the silly delay all about? It’s time to talk through not just the hows but the whys of how this costume has come about. It’s time to put on our wristband, point with our arms stretched outright and accuse the prosecution of lies and slander – Here’s my Apollo Justice cosplay, with a full walk through on everything I am doing for this costume.

It’s late, I know, but I wanted to share with you all how my Apollo Justice costume is coming about. Did I even make it? What was the silly delay all about? It’s time to talk through not just the hows but the whys of how this costume has come about. It’s time to put on our wristband, point with our arms stretched outright and accuse the prosecution of lies and slander – Here’s my Apollo Justice cosplay, with a full walk through on everything I am doing for this costume.

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Firstly, the easy bits:

Buying things

The things that I bought were the white shirt and the blue tie. I wanted this costume to have a homemade suit so I could get that just right, but I also wanted some level of professionalism just in case something went pear-shaped. The white shirt cost me £6.99 and the tie cost me £2.50. I’d recommend checking out eBay for this level of offer and I’m not going to lie… I really like my shirt and tie!

Along with the shirt and tie, I also bought a pair of smart shoes.

The hair

I am actually using my own hair. I didn’t want to get a wig for this, I wanted to use my real hair. So I grew my hair out to be nice and long and I’m going to head off to the barbers, before I get myself some hair gel and boom. I’ll have myself a proper Apollo Justice hairstyle. If you’ve got long brown hair and want to do this look, simply use some thick hair gel to slick your hair all the way back and don’t forget to get a big clump of hair from your fringe for the antenna.

Of course, that doesn’t explain why these antenna seemingly defy gravity and logic, but that’s a simple explanation. That’ll be wire that’s keeping the clumps up! Just two small bits of wire. I’m going to be wearing a really thin wire piece around my head, burying it somewhat into my hair. It will be done in such a way that you shouldn’t be able to see it, but if you were to go behind the antenna, you should be able to see the wire.

The suit

The suit was of course the most daunting piece of the whole costume. From start to finish, I was worried that I’d never get this suit made and that I’d ruin the fabrics I bought for it. For my first ever attempt at sewing a suit, however, I think I’ve done an alright job. However, I didn’t make the patterns for this entirely from scratch. I modified one pattern and the other pattern was basically spot on for Apollo’s trousers.

For the trousers, I used Burda style pattern 6933 which is a really basic formal trousers pattern for men. I think this was a nice one to work with, as everything was included within this pattern. Seam and hem allowances, a belt hold area, zipper, etc. It was pretty easy over all, once I read through the instructions in the pattern. As such, would I recommend using shop-bought patterns? Absolutely. I made a few pairs of trousers using various materials, since I have so many… But honestly, most I won’t wear out. The Apollo one however, I may be tempted to use again in the future at least!

For the vest again I used a Burda pattern, this one was simply called “Men’s Waistcoat 04/2013 #136”. That’s not very inventive, Burda, but I get it! Anyhow, I looked over the pattern several times and it wasn’t spot on to what I was looking for. I needed to modify this pattern. First, I needed a lapel (the bit where the jacket comes in over itself, if you see it?) and I needed some more slit pockets. Nothing to worry about! The slit pockets were already included, so it was a case of adding in the lapel and just copying the slit pocket designs. Once I had everything drawn out, sewing it was not that tricky.

Overall, I don’t know why I was panicking. What do you think of my first proper sewing job?! Let me know!

The Badge and The Bracelet

The Badge was actually quite simple and I don’t know why I didn’t think of doing this before…

The Badge in the Ace Attorney series is a staple of making Apollo and indeed Phoenix. All I did was took some foam board and… Get ready for this… I will be heat gun melting some Worbla over it. This gave that sunken effect. All I had to do was pierce the back with a pin, add the pin into it and boom. I’d have the Defence Attorneys badge.

The Wristband you’d think would be tougher, but actually, it wasn’t so bad at all. I got a lot of ideas from Cosplay Tutorials, where the very first accessory in the list is Apollo Justices’ Bracelet. Check out the tutorial I was looking at.

OBJECTION!

I couldn’t help it. I’m making myself a super goofy OBJECTION! sign, so I could hold it up to object people whenever I was out and about. Why will I be doing this? I’ll never know, but hey – It’s a funny extra piece to carry around with me. It helps to cement the character for who he is, as we’re all familiar with Ace Attorneys use of the word.

To make this, all I’ll be doing is getting a picture of it up on The GIMP, then blow it up. I’ll blew it up to an A4 size, stuck it to a piece of foam core and cut carefully. That is literally all I have to do for this, but just in case you’d like to make your own OBJECTION! sign, stick around as I’ll be documenting the whole day of crafting.

Fun-extra uses for the OBJECTION! sign

Why not stick it on a spring? Get a way to attach this to a spring and go for it! Let it bounce around with you, or you can keep it down and activate a trigger to let this pop up outta the blue. I’d be curious to see what sort of contraptions people could come up with for an OBJECTION! sign!

 


 

That’s it. Apollo should be complete today and will ready to be taken out to the world. In the future, I will likely add to the list of Apollo Justice stuff. I might go so far as to make the blue jacket I shown in the design I was originally going for. The blue jacket doesn’t belong to him, but is a pivotal part of his character development in Dual Destinies… So if you’ve not seen it, don’t worry, I’ll spoil nothing about that.

Stick around through the rest of the day for updates on the costume. Let me know in the comments below, over on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for baring with me on this one. I’ll have some more cosplay progress pictures and stuff in the coming weeks! I will be test-wearing Apollo out tomorrow for the GeekOut South-West August ’15 Meetup, but I’ll also be wearing this for one day in Cardiff Anime and Gaming Convention when I’m off staffing duties.

Cosplay Updates – For Serious This Time

Guess what? There’s 5 days left and I’m not finished. It’s now the cosplay panic week! Hurrah! Read on for what I have left to do.

I’ll go through how I’m doing so far. I’ve been tracking my progress with a new app called Cosplanner, so if you’re a cosplayer who really likes to keep organised, check it out. It’s free, but the upgrades for it are really cheap, so I went and got myself the upgrades.

Oskar

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Oskar is complete. It looks daft, it looks silly, but you know what? It’s a lot of fun to play as. Oskar is always funny to run around as, he even got some great responses over at Bristol Pride earlier this year (People just love to take pictures with the crazy skeleton). He’s got his scythe which is currently in 2 pieces I’m going to try and attach it via magnets rather than using foam or glue to attach it. The reason for this is that it’ll actually be stronger (in theory) by using some nice magnets. A little expensive, but worth it. So this costume’s left to do:

  • Get some magnets.

Deku Link

Deku Link

You’ll be pleased to hear progress has been made on this, but not quite enough yet. I’ve got it all of the “bits” done, including the mask, but it’s just not yet complete (which I know seems strange considering how I’ve been doing this one for so long. Blame work and other real life commitments.)

So far, here’s a list of what’s done:

  • Body Suit (Broken down into gloves, lycra shirt and lycra trousers.
  • Boot materials (Including my own homemade shoe bases and some leatherette). I’m cheating a bit: I’m going to get the shape sorted out with some Worbla that I’ve got. It’s cheating, but it’ll get the job done and it’ll look good!
  • Bracers
  • Mask base
My shoe bases - Cork and rubber. I might line it with a nice material so it feels better on the feet during the convention.
My shoe bases – Cork and rubber. I might line it with a nice material so it feels better on the feet during the convention. Some trimming has been done since this picture.

And here’s what is left to be done this week:

  • Make holes in the mask for the mouth and the eyes (30 minutes… There’s a lot of layers)
  • File/sand the mask (1 hour)
  • Paint the mask and make it shiny (5 hours)
  • Attach tunic to Body Suit (10 minutes)
  • The flower which will also be a straw! (30-40 minutes)

It sounds like a lot of work, but it’s all ‘done’, just not ‘finished’. We’ll see how well I do with it this week. If I get some extra time, I’ll also make the body suit more “wooden” by getting an airbrush and giving it some streaks of highlights. That’s a heck of a last minute job, but it would be worth it.

Apollo Justice

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I’m toning it back a bit, as I don’t have time to make the blue coat. But this is fine, as the rest is almost there. The only thing I really have to do is make the suit itself. That sounds like a tall order, but I’ve already sorted out the patterns. I just need to cut, then sew. This should only take about 5 hours to complete.

Done so far:

  • White shirt
  • Formal black shoes
  • Hair extensions (I’ll explain this shortly)
  • Bracelet (I’ll do a post on this at some point!)
  • Attorneys Badge
  • Blue Tie

Need to do:

  • Red waistcoat with black back. (2 hours)
  • Red formal trousers. (3 hours)

That’s it. That’s all. I’m going to get on with this as soon as possible.


 

No pictures yet. Not really. But you’ll be kept updated. Will Timlah finish his costumes before Kitacon? Will he, for once, have 3 proper costumes? Find out next time on Timlah’s Cosplay Updates Z.

Let me know if there’s anything you think seems off with my timing. I think I’m looking at it about right – I’ve given some extra time for each piece, in case I mess up (which I will). I’ve got plenty of extra materials, so I should be fine with this. As always, let us know what you thought in the comments below, over on Facebook or Twitter.

Cosplay Updates – What I’m doing right now

Timlah’s at it again, as he’s been getting crafty and getting bits and bobs together for future costumes and upgrades to existing ones. Find out what he’s been busy doing!

Today is just a short post to explain where I am with my costumes and what else I’m up to in the realm of cosplay. From conventions and events, to meetups and general parading around the place, these are the costumes I’m mostly working on throughout this year and what else I’m up to in between. Hey, I never said cosplay was quick!

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Next Cosplay Project – Apollo Justice

As part of my continued quests in attending conventions across the UK, next year I shall be making a good number of new costumes. Now that Christmas has come and gone, it’s time to look to the future for our next lots of costumes and what I will need for them. How shocking that Christmas is over so fast, eh? All of that build up. We’ve even left the decorations up on the front page!

The first in my projects is to do a costume from the Ace Attorney series. I figured that much like I did with my Edward Elric costume, I would document what I’ve been doing for this new project. So, let’s begin by discussing the character.

As part of my continued quest in attending conventions across the UK, next year I shall be making a good number of new Cosplay costumes. Now that Christmas has come and gone, it’s time to look to the future for our next lots of costumes and what I will need for them. How shocking that Christmas is over so fast, eh? All of that build up. We’ve even left the decorations up on the front page!

The first in my projects is to do a costume from the Ace Attorney series. I figured that much like I did with my Edward Elric costume, I would document what I’ve been doing for this new project. So, let’s begin by discussing the character. Continue reading “Next Cosplay Project – Apollo Justice”

Back to the Kitacon – New Website

The GeekOut South-West team will be returning to Kitacon in 2015 for Back to the Kitacon, which we seen the website go live this week! We’ve been very excited to return to Kitacon, so we’ll be joining the adventure that is Back to the Kitacon.

Being hosted once more in the Birmingham Hilton Metropole (just across the road from Birmingham NEC), Kitacon this year is going to go with the theme of time travelling. Exciting stuff! It’ll be back on from Friday 31st July to Sunday 2nd August 2015.

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The GeekOut South-West team will be returning to Kitacon in 2015 for Back to the Kitacon, which we seen the website go live this week! We’ve been very excited to return to Kitacon, so we’ll be joining the adventure that is Back to the Kitacon.

Being hosted once more in the Birmingham Hilton Metropole (just across the road from Birmingham NEC), Kitacon this year is going to go with the theme of time travelling. Exciting stuff! It’ll be back on from Friday 31st July to Sunday 2nd August 2015.

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