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Not all games are made to include everything in the box. Not all video games are made with all of the content ready. But all games have one thing in common: They’re generally pretty damn fun! However, is it really fun to have games that don’t have all of the required components in the box, or is it just a massive waste of money? We’d argue it’s not always that bad spending money on games that you’ve already poured money into for the base game, I mean some of our favourite games are some of the most expensive games in the world.
Today we want to take a look through what we think is the Top 10 Collectable Games! Join us as we throw all of the cash out of the window as we collect more pieces in the already expensive game of collectable gaming!
Hi all and welcome back to another lovely Monday.
So, I thought I’d quickly share some updates with you all with regarding one of my costumes I will be taking to ALCon.
Things weren’t going so well for me and my thermoplastics. Worbla is best for layering, not for bonding together I’ve now sussed out. Great!
My mask wasn’t doing so good, nothing was going right – So what did I do about it? Do I just give up?
Instead, I decided to try a new material which I might have to do a full “Cosplay Materials” post on at some point. After a little bit of time, I got the shapes right… and I made two more pieces of the costume.
So far then, we have the belt buckle (along with the belt.)
We also have the robes, the mask and the ribcage. Brilliant.
The only things left for the costume itself are skeleton feet (I’ll simply be using toe-socks for this and adding some lines to make them more “bone-y” Those should be pretty hidden overall, though). Along with my bony feet, I’ll need to have skeletal arms and hands.
I’ll be using elastic bandages to make the arms and hands. To be fair, I could go the full shebang and make full blown plastic prosthetics but I’ll be happy to get the overall image right to begin with and perhaps if I improve the costume, do those then.
So, here’s a quick montage of me having made the actual mask.
I started by drawing out the mask as if it was flat. I simply sketched it out onto some A3 paper and then used a knife to cut around the stencil. I decided to keep the mouth on during this point, as it made life a lot easier when I was actually cutting the mouth out at the final part of the cutting stage.
Next, I got me a slab of EVA Foam, my new favourite Cosplay Material. In fact, why didn’t I just call this post “Cosplay Materials – EVA Foam”? Perhaps one day, when I get better with EVA foam, I.E when I make my **NEXT COSTUMES MAIN FEATURE** will I make that an actual post. In the mean time, this was mostly just cutting and heating into shape.
EVA foam has two sides. One side is really smooth and soft (which is the side I used to spray) and the other side is a bit more rough. This EVA foam is the same material they use for flooring, hence why it has such a strange back texture. It’s okay though, this stuff is very cheap. I got something like 46 meters of the stuff for £21. I’ll gladly buy more in the future, too!
Right, so that was the cut out and flat mask. Next up: I simply heated the mask into a more… recognisable mask shape.
I trimmed some areas over time, to make the chin area more rounded and I also cut the forehead down a bit, which made it look a lot cuter and a lot more “round” like the actual characters face is.
Lastly then was the spray paint job. That was simply a water-based acrylic spray paint. There’s not too much to say. I also made a rough stencil for a ribcage, as some of that will be exposed.
Interestingly with the rib-cage part, it’s hard to see unless you have the model yourself, but it is exposed and that’s why I made that part.
Well, that’s it for this update. Stick around and soon enough I’ll have a picture of the full costume! Horrah!
I also realise that Oscars bones are a bit more… Shall we say: bone coloured than my mask currently. I’ll be trying a few things to make it more that colour but if it comes to it, I’ll simply buy a spray paint of the correct colour and do that before I use the costume out and about.
I might also try and make his cheeks stick out more. We’ll see about that…
What did you think of the mask and ribcage? They’re held on with elastic because eh – Elastic is easy to get a hold of and does a good job. Any tips from you pros out there? Let us know in the comments below. Or if you want my ego to be inflated, give me some compliments…
… Or tell me how bad it is and make me feel bad for the rest of all time. You meanies.
So as I have previously mentioned on this website, before we can start a costume, the most important element is researching the character. After all, how do you know if the costume you are making is going to be made of something completely ridiculous unless you know what kind of character
Unfortunately, this is somewhat hard with this character, as it turns out there’s not really that much information on him! I was flabbergasted, however there are some things which I can certainly work on, including the robes.
To be fair, he’s a character from a figurine game, so of course there’s not much. He’s a petty criminal who’s main attack is called “Con”. This explains his dagger and a few other things. I’m going to use this to my advantage, as I’ll be able to walk up to people and act like a criminal.
So, I didn’t make the robes. I figured to myself, I could modify something! So the original idea I had was to buy a dressing gown and modify it big time.
Then I struck cosplay gold! I went to eBay and I found myself a seller who was selling cloaks. Check out this eBay shop!
The listing in question was for this cloak. £17.50 + £4.10 Postage and Packaging. Not terribly priced at all! However, at the time, all of those extra options weren’t on the page. So, I thought I’d be cheeky and I e-mailed her. It didn’t take long before she responded and I asked if she could make a cloak in the same colour as my Oscar Kass costume.
Well, the lovely lady was happy to help! We had a great discussion about the cloak and we dealt with the transaction easily and safely via PayPal. I received the cloak way ahead of time and it turned out to be amazing. The quality of this cloak, I really cannot talk bad about at all, which is great!
Of course, some people may be wondering how I can work with a cloak when clearly it’s a robe. This is why I asked for a pretty large cloak. It’s so large, that when I first put it on, the hood completely devoured my head and my body was cocooned in fabric, which was perfect! I’m simply going to use a pin to hold things together and a rope belt along with the buckles detail.
My cloak from the seller Diamond-jones24. If you’re reading this, Diamond-jones24, thank you!
As you can see, I’m not in the most flattering of poses in that picture… I look rather asleep for some odd reason. It’s fine: There’ll be a mask on me eventually, it’ll look a lot nicer then.
Well, I’ve got to use some pins to get it in place, but this is the robe in question. I need to have the sleeves up and make some little blue armlets of similar colour, but I should be able to do that.
What’s next for this costume?
With this robe now sorted, I just need to suss out the best positioning of the cloaks opening to. I then need to make the belt, the mask, the hands/arms/feet and the dagger.
For this costume, I’m also going to make a large pair of dice which I can throw around at the convention so anyone who’s played this game will instantly recognise what my bonuses are as I walk around. Yes, I am a pretty silly individual.
Next up, the mask of the character! This should be fun to make a mask of! I’ll be using some black-netting like mesh so that I can still see out of the mask and perhaps use it on the back of the mask, as As for how I’ll be able to eat/drink in the costume – Okay, eating I won’t be able to, but with the mouth I’m going to leave a small gap and just drink through a straw.
What do you think of the cloak, guys? I’m very proud of it and as I say, the seller was a delight to buy from. She was very switched on and heck, whilst it’s huge on me, with those basic modifications of a rope belt and pins to keep it in place, I’m sure I could move it about ever so slightly so I won’t need to buy another robe or cloak at any point! Plus, it’s so fetching on me.