Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Randy Marsh Cosplay

Went to Comic Con 2015 in London to rock out my first attempt at cosplay and had an awesome day, met loads of great like minded people, took lots of photos and generally had an awesome time. The costume did not really take that long to make and went down a treat, my favorite pic of the day is either me with the two officers or the one giving the Halo spartan a good old fashioned tea bagging whilst brandishing an energy sword FIRST BLOOD! Anyway here is a quick how to and some of my favorite pics from the day out.

 1. Get the supplies you need, another hobby craft spesh. all the card only came to about £13 so really nothing that will break the bank. I made sure I got card that had colour going all the way through it so there was not white lines showing up on the side of the mask.
 2. To make the best circle I could I fashioned a scalpel to a bit of string and used it as a make shift campus type tool.
 3. I cant exactly show how it works as I don't have another arm but I firmly put my thumb in the middle of the face I was going to cut then pulled the string tight. Then gently scored the card in a circular shape. I didn't cut to deep as this was just a guide line for cutting out after.
 4. This was probably the longest part of the entire project, I had to sit down and cut out the entire shape with a tiny scalpel as scissors we to cumbersome and started to bend the main face shape up. When this was done I did the same over the black card but a slightly larger circle for the hair to be layered over the top.
 5. When I had the basic hair shape I cut it into a slightly less geometric shape to look like Randy Marsh
 6. Using random heavy stuff I used PVA glue and let it dry for a few hours. It need to be kept flat as PVA can sometimes make stuff bend and once that happens there is no going back.
 7. Starting to take shape now.
 8. Next I cut out each piece of the face by itself, this did not take very long at all. I thought I was going to have issues getting the eyes to look the same but it turned out alright first try.
 9. Next I got them glued together ready to be stuck to the head.

10. Last step for the face was sticking the eyes, mouth and eyebrows on. Then with a Sharpie draw on the pupils, chin and nose. I gave him red eye as well with a red Biro.

11. on the back I simply stuck down a couple of strips of card with some elastic reel tied in a knot. I tied it to tight at first and it made the mask bend so it was quite loose on the day and flopped around a but but that's better than destroying the costume.
12. The balls were made form a bean bag that was stitched down the middle to separate each nut.  I originally had this filled with bean bag beans but they did not fill out the sac enough and dragged on the ground to much and I did not want to get it dirty or break apart so I used two giant beach balls cheaply bought from Amazon.

13. When the beach balls were inflated the took the shape of the sack. You cant see it in any pictures but I had to line the inside of the balls with sheets of A4 paper as the beach balls were brightly coloured and you could see the stripes through them.
14. There was some chord around the top that I tied into a loop, to wear the sack I put this through the zip in my trousers and looped it around my neck under my shirt.

Salute 2015

 A bit late I know but here is a little post on Salute 2015. Great day out and as usual an extremely large selection of table top game to ogle at and buy. Every year I still manage to discover some company that makes top notch scenery or more alternative models for use in games that I had not heard of before. Every big name in the scene was there and all the major 3rd partY retailers were lurking about to steal all your monies. I managed to pick up loads of scenery bits and bobs and also grab a few models in the process. I got some great minis from Hassle Free miniatures ( who also sorted me a free masked head as I wanted to avoid painting skin at all costs ) to stand in as my US Ariadna grunts as they don't have models yet but have beastly stat lines for 10pts. The only down side to the day was getting a serious slap by reality and realizing how far some peoples talents can go with a paint brush, not the worst thing to take away form a day out I guess.

Lots of space battles this year. Maybe its the popularity of X Wing but these games seem to be getting really popular at the moment. This table was cool all the big mother ships has LED's in them.

One game that stood out to me was Bushido, a skirmish game that requires as few as 2 or 3 minis to play. Will probably be my next venture as the board is also small so wont be another 2 year projects that never really gets finished.

 New Aliens game looked pretty neat, pretty nice crates I might add also.

 One day, one day I shall be painting all armies like this. There was some serious talent on display at the painting competition, I took loads of photos but they all turned out really bad due to the reflection on the glass.

 No idea what game/film/series this is from but its cool albeit impractical for any games.

 This guy was bossing out his Blood Angels power amour, it looked seriously restricting and he was sweating buckets all day, nothing in comparison to the emperors sacrifice right? he was fortunate enough however to have his very own guardsman as a servant all day so that's a bonus.

This table is the same feel i'm trying to get with my table all bust up and left to rot. accept this was much better and way way larger.

 Cant remember what game/company this was from but it looks like a fiend straight out of Final Fantasy IX

 If only everyone Infinity table was this scale.

 These models were by a a company called http://www.figone.fr/en/ who make plinths, busts and random hero figures. Probably some of the best painting of the day on display at this table and I would seriously recommend checking them out a lot of unique bases to give that edge for your special miniatures.

 This table unsuprisingly was very popular, I wanted to have a go at the game they were playing, it looked like hero quest or descent but it was way to crowded to have a go though but my hat goes off to the team who must have spent a rather long time putting this together. 

 Not even sure this game is playable but it looked awesome AVAST MATEY!