This will be my first English blog post, so I hope you will like it. If I can, I will try to write every time I have some inspiration.
So, this post will summarize what I reached this year, my costumes I created, and everything.
I am cosplaying since 2007 (I created my first costume with my mother. I just sewed some white parts of the costumes myself XD didn’t even know how to use the sewing machine)
To show you, how horrible it was: Bleach – Nemu Kurotsuchi
Since that, I made 3-5 cosplays a year. In 2012 I made 5 new costumes, and finished some props for one of my last year cosplay. So, in order of wearing :
- Hanato Kobato from Kobato (kimono version)
- Super Sailor Neptun from Sailor Moon
- Saber Lily from Fate Unlimited Codes
- Hildegard von Krone from Soul Calibur IV (2nd costume)
- Boa Hancock from One Piece (purple war outfit)
- Fluttershy from My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic (original costume)
I made Kobato’s outfit for the Hungarian qualification for Eurocosplay 2012. I participated at last year’s Hungarian EC-contest as well with my Astharoshe-costume, so it was a big surprise for me that now I managed to qualify : O It was a really big thing for me, and I am really happy that I had the chance (first in my life) to travel to London and spend some days there. It is a really great responsibility to represent a country, so I wanted to do my best. So for half a month, I spent a lot of time on thinking what should I do for it, what should I do for it.. asked a lot of people for advice, etc.
At the end, it was a really easy decision because I just fell in love with the dress that one of my friends, Tazzie showed me. (She was one of our representatives from Hungary last year, and earned 4th place with her Queen Esther costume ^^) So I decided to do Hilde’s 2nd outfit from Soul Calibur IV. The main reason was that I didn’t want any of my props to get broken, or anything like this because of the shipping. Hilde’s sword, scabbard and lance were made out of wood, and durable things, like resin, so they were durable enough to resist any shipping damage ^^
Hilde’s dress was a very time-consuming one because every pattern was hand painted as it was the only method to reach that broket textile style her dress has, and there was no way I could buy a fabric with such pattern. So I made a lot of stencils out of a thin plastic sheet, painted the first layers with them, and used brushes to add the 2nd layer. For the blue parts, I mixed the colors, to reach the proper shade, and I really like how it turned out.
For the weapons, I used wood. Parts of the lance and the sword (it’s grip) was shaped on a turning-lathe. The sword’s cross-guard was a really hard one to do, I made it out of layers of balsa wood. The other parts of the lance and the sword are made out of pine and oak wood. For the decorations I used 3D paint, just like on my dress for the gold patterns.
I think the only thing that I could have made better was the scarf like thing, or I don’t know how to call it, at my waist: it wasn’t long enough when I wore it in London. So when I decided to wear it again, I fixed this mistake, and this way my belt was much more visible than it was the last time : )
I was part of an amazing community with the other qualifiers from the Eurocosplay competititon, I also helped to make pictures of the contestants with their qualified costumes to share it on facebook. You can see these at my facebook page, here.
In 2012 only two of my costumes got a nice photo shoot, so I want to arrange a photoshoot for my other 2012 projects next year. I am really happy how my Kobato and our Sailor Moon photoshoots turned out, and can’t thank enough for our photographer, Andras Piroska for them ^^
I was part of three cosplay groups this year, these were the easier costumes. Sailor Neptune and Boa Hancock was really old plans of mine, so I am really happy that this year I managed to finish both of them. And also, One Piece is my all time favourite manga, and Boa Hancock is the best female character from it, I really like how crazy she is, and how she is in love with Luffy. She is cute and a really annoying character, but somehow.. I like her ^^ And we have a little bit random group of One Piece cosplayers at a convention, so I finished my sister’s cosplay too. She was a really sexy Jewellery Bonney : ) And for the first time, I could cosplay with the BEEEEST Hungarian One Piece cosplayer, Dudus ^^ She is so awesome, and has a really nice personality, and I can’t wait to cosplay again from One Piece with these guys. It’s a lot of fun ^^ We need to have a photoshoot with my Luffy, Crystalshark too, because she was so funny, that I couldn’t get any decent picture with her XD I was looking really bad in every picture, because she was so in character ^^” Couldn’t resist to laugh
We had another funny group from My Little Pony. It was a MUST, because there are 6 of us with my cosplayer friends, and there are 6 main characters in the series… And of course it was not such a hard thing to cast the roles (okay, we had some minor problems :D). Cassidy made all of our pony ears that we attached to our headbands, and with Enji, we made our pega wings together. The ears are made of polymer clay, the wing are of plush fabric, sponge and a little bit of wire. I had only 5 nights to sew my dress for it, and I am really happy of the outcome, although there are a few things I want to make for it in the future. Hope this design fits Fluttershy well, she is my favourite pony, she is so cuuute ^^ Tazzie styled my wig for this costume, and it came out so well I think. ^^
I think I made most of my props this year, too. So I took some photo of these things and of my costumes as well. The main problem with so many props is that I am living in a flat with my boyfriend, and I don’t really have enough space to pack. : S And of course I don’t have money to buy new cupboards. : S I really need to figure something out.
Next year, I will have easier projects (maybe XD). I am planning to do two difficult, more time-consuming projects, and if everything goes well, they will be group projects also. And there will be three other costumes, too. These are easier and created for groups also. : )
So, after all this nonsense, I just want to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! ^^
Many thanks for the correction of this blog post for Alex Rouge! Thanks for the photos to: Andras Piroska,Gergely Piroska, Gusztav Vida, Gabor Solymossy and Tamás Jakab!