Have you seen the new music video by the Barenaked Ladies? If you are familiar with the cast of Roosterteeth, you might see some familiar faces. The Barenaked Ladies teamed up with Roosterteeth to create the music video for their new single “Odds Are”. The song comes from their latest album Grinning Streak, which was released back in June.
San Diego Comic Con is one of the many things I look forward to when summer comes around. This year I was fortunate enough to get a 4 day pass with preview night! After putting the finishing touches on my Princess Leia costume and replenishing my makeup supplies for my Cortana costume, I was ready for anything.
Preview Night (Wednesday)
Preview night was just the beginning of the craziness. This was my first time going to preview night, and I was not prepared. It was a lot like shopping on Black Friday… only there were freebies left and right. I didn’t stay long knowing that Thursday would be a long day. After walking the show floor and finding all my favorite booths, I was ready to go.
Day 1 (Thursday)
343 Industries was holding a Halo Panel Thursday morning, which meant Cortana had to make an appearance. Unfortunately that also meant getting up at 4:00am to make sure Cortana made it out the door in time. But it was well worth the lack of sleep.
At the panel I ran across a whole section of 405th members dressed in armor. The panel itself was good, although sadly there was no information about Halo 5 or the Halo TV series planned for Xbox One (guess we will just have to wait for news on that). There was a lot of discussion about the new Spartan Assault game as well as the new Halo comic book series being produced by Dark Horse, both of which look incredible. After the panel, the people dressed in Halo costumes were invited to take a group photo with Frank O’Conner and the other panel members.
At the end of the panel, we were informed of a Halo Scavenger Hunt occurring at Comic Con. On the show floor there were various booths with exclusive Halo pins to collect. Each booth only had 500 to give out each day. After taking photos, I joined a group of 405th members who decided to go as a group (and in costume) to collect all of the pins. Imagine 15 Spartans, 1 Cortana, and about 7 handlers, trying to stay as a group on the Comic Con Show Floor. It was nuts! But totally fun. The Spartans who had weapons held them in the air for those in the back of the line to follow. After successfully collecting all but 1 pin, we took a much needed break outside (although not all of us seemed to need a break…).
Day 2 (Friday)
Friday was a pretty laid back day. Traditionally, Friday is Star Wars Day at Comic Con, so it was the perfect day to showcase my Slave Leia costume. The costume was a huge success (and no major wardrobe malfunctions!). The big agenda for Friday was attending the Assassin’s Creed panel. To make sure we got seats for the panel, we got into the room early and planned to sit though whatever panel was set just before Assassin’s Creed. I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was a panel for The 100, a new TV series set to come out later this year. It looks really good! Imagine Lost, Lord of the Flies, and Battle Star Galactica all mixed into one show.
Day 3 (Saturday)
Saturday was another jam-packed day. The 405th was having a group photo shoot, which meant Cortana had to wake up at 4:00am again. It worked out perfectly because Major Nelson was hosting a Xbox One panel that morning (how could Cortana miss that?).
The panel was full of new information about the Xbox One which got me even more excited to play one. First and foremost, it was confirmed that the Kinect has been improved and will work in considerably smaller spaces (which is fantastic seeing as you need an empty house to make the current Kinect work…). Kinect will also be able to use face recognition to adjust the games controls to your specific needs. This means you won’t have to go into the game settings to switch off inverted after a friend uses your controller. One final announcement at the panel was the ability to record and upload in-game footage. Simply say “Xbox Record” and the Xbox One will record the last 30 seconds of gameplay footage and save it to your hard drive. You can then upload the clip to Youtube or other social meadia sites.
After the Halo Panel, the 405th members met up outside of the convention center for the group photo shoot. While there, we also had the privilege of be shot by a few other photographers passing by. One such photographer was Deb Anderson from DebShots who took a fantastic photo of my Cortana costume next to another 405th member dressed as Master Chief. The photo was later posted on Halo Waypoint as well as Halo’s Facebook Page where it received over 25,000 Likes!
Day 4 (Sunday)
I was sad to see the last day of Comic Con come, I wasn’t ready for it to end. Sunday is Kid’s Day at Comic Con, so there weren’t any panels I was interested in attending. Instead I got in touch with DebShots and asked if she would be interested in taking photos of me in my Slave Leia cosplay. She was very interested and arranged to meet me in the morning. I also had the opportunity to take photos with a few other photographers as well.
After taking photos, I made one more lap around the show floor to see any last few things I had missed and then it was back to the Xbox Lounge for the Project Spark demo. Project Spark is a game which allows players to build and create their own video game. Players can construct their own world, add animals and characters, program how they move or interact with the world, and create game objectives and a background story. Worlds that players create can then be shared with others players. The demo was fun to watch and I can’t wait for the game to be released.
There was plenty more to see and do at Comic Con this year. To see my full adventure, be sure to check out the pictures in my Photo Gallery!
Years of fighting are about to come to an end as my good friend Shela prepares to graduate from San Diego State University and accept that very expensive piece of paper. As tradition for many colleges, she chose to decorate her cap so she could be recognized in a crowd by her family and friends. Let’s just hope the Covenant aren’t there looking as well…
Shela hand painted a chibi version of Master Chief on her cap, using an image created by Ntpt as a reference for her work. She also included the Halo logo which holds her graduating year in the center.
Now that she is done with college, it’s time for her to join the real world. Next stop… UNSC!
Have you ever felt like spending the day dressed in cosplay just for the hell of it? How awesome would it be to show up for work looking like you just stepped out of a Mass Effect game or to go to the beach wearing a Star Wars metal bikini? Unfortunately, society frowns on that type of attire (unless you are attending a convention, because then it is ok). But what if you could spend every day dressed in cosplay without question?
I recently stumbled upon Polyvore, a fashion collage website. For the ordinary person, this is just a collection of trending fashions. But for a gamer, this is a gold mine for cosplay ideas. Numerous gamers on the site have begun making sets of clothing and accessories for modern day cosplays of some of your favorite video game characters.
Check out these Master Chief and Cortana sets created by Elocinecko. It may not be Mjolnir Armor, but if I could go to the store feeling like Master Chief, I’d be just as happy.
Need a beverage by your side through a long night of Halo 4 Spartan Ops or War Games? I’ve got just the thing! These drinks may not help you play any better, but by the end of the night you won’t even notice.
Source [Clint Slowik via The Drunken Moogle]
Time for the post I’m sure everyone has been waiting for! Details on the Halo 4 Midnight Release and the final reveal of my completed Cortana costume! But wait, what about the Master Chief costume? Well, unfortunately the Spartan Armor had a bit of an irreparable catastrophe right at the last minute, leaving it unusable. As heart breaking as it was, we made the decision to just use the Cortana costume for this event and try to make the Master Chief costume again another time (hopefully in time for San Diego Comic Con).
As fast as the weeks leading up to November 6th seemed to go by, those last few hours before the event seemed to drag on forever! It took a bit longer than I expected to get my makeup and costume looking right, leaving us to arrive at the Microsoft Store just as the doors opened. The store was packed beyond belief. As soon as I walked throught the door, heads began to turn and a sudden crowd of people gathered around me all asking to get a picture. It was quite entertaining.
I was surprised at how many people asked me if I had the costume professionally made or if I was paid to attend the event. Nope, I’m just a fan. Not that I wouldn’t love to list cosplay as my profession.
At the stroke of midnight it was finally game time! We quickly picked up our preorder and departed. I ordered the Halo 4 Limited Edition Console and my husband ordered the Limited Edition Game. As we walked to the car, I continued to get stopped for pictures. “But I have to play Halo!” I exclaimed and then agreed to take a quick picture.
Once home we quickly put in the game and began playing Campaign. I stayed up until 3:30am before finally calling it a night. My husband and his friends however stayed up until 5:00am playing. Needless to say, the following day was filled with sleeping, more Halo, and of course going to the polls to vote.
Yes, yes, I know this update is a little late considering Halo 4 was released almost a week ago. That being said, I wanted to make sure to give one final update about the costume before the big reveal. So let’s get to it!
After finishing up the painting, I finally worked on the final details of the costume using the 3D metallic blue paint. My plan was to give the costume that “data-stream” look iconic to Cortana’s character. It was a 2 day process and required me to lay the costume flat on the floor to work on. I was terrified of messing up this final part. I had nightmares for days of me smudging the paint with my hands or of me not letting it dry completely before moving it. Luckily nothing catastrophic happened.
At last, the costume was done and all that was left was the fun part. Shoes and makeup! I fell in love with the shoes Hyokenseisou used for her costume and I decided it was a necessary purchase for my own costume. After a bit of research I ordered a pair of 7″ Clear Platform Heels from Amazon. Knowing how clumsy I am, I made sure to order a pair with ankle straps (I was afraid the shoes would not stay on my feet with the spandex costume on). I have to admit, the shoes are incredibly sexy! I can’t tell you how excited I was when they arrived.
The last step was makeup. Deciding on the makeup was tricky. I am not a makeup person to begin with, so when it comes to costume makeup I’m even more clueless. Thankfully Hyokenseisou gave me a few tips for how she does her makeup. She even posted a Youtube Video Tutorial which was a big help. After a bit of experimenting, I found that the Paradise Light Blue Water Based Face Paint was the closest in color to my costume. I also used Ben Nye’s Blue Grease makeup for my lips and the waterline of my eyes. To finish it off, I dusted my face with a setting powder and then a light dust of Kryolan’s Glamour Sparks (Aqua) to give my face a bit of glittery shimmer to it. I had the hardest time finding local costume makeup suppliers, so I ordered my makeup online from Silly Farm Supplies. They had all of the makeup I needed all in one shop, which worked beautifully. After deciding on makeup, the last part that needed work were my eyes. Green eyes just didn’t fit Cortana’s look, so I ordered a pair of colored contact lenses to make my costume complete. Not bad for a first go at costume makeup.
Pictures of the finished costume and details of the midnight release are soon to come!
It’s time for another costume update. I only had a couple of pieces left to create since the last update, but god dammit these pieces took forever! I don’t think I’ve ever cussed at paper as much as I have in the past month.
Let’s start with the biggest pepakuraa file of them all, the Halo 4 Helmet. This build is not only complicated, but also tedious. It took 46 pages of paper and 2 weeks just to build. And if you can’t tell by looking at it, some of the details on this thing are pretty small. A good number of pieces are either really tiny or really odd shaped, making it hard to figure out where the pieces belong. I had my laptop open next to me for most of the build just so I could search for pieces when I was lost.
But I have to be honest. The most frustrating part of the helmet was getting to be 5 pages away from being done, and then deciding I had made the scale too large. Master Chief was going to look like a bobble-head doll if I continued any further. Being the perfectionist that I am, this was not acceptable. And so I decided to start over. My first big setback in the costume… but not the last.
As the Halo 4 release date continued to approach, I began to feel the stress of completing the project in time. My loving husband offered to help by taking over the fiberglassing. I graciously accepted his offer and asked him to work on the butt plate while I ran an errand. When I returned, I looked over his work. Something didn’t seem right, the piece looked soggy and it was still sticky from the resin. I asked him how many drops of the hardener had he added to the resin, to which he replied “What hardener?” The tiny bottle of hardener had accidentally become buried under some stuff on the worktable, leaving him to believe that no hardener was needed. I tried to save the armor piece by brushing a new layer of resin over the first, but there was no saving it. And so I had to redo yet another piece.
Thankfully, that was the last mistake in forming the pieces. I finished creating the thigh and codpiece without much difficulty and finished fiberglassing all of the pieces. I was also able to create the Pistol pepakura.
At last my part of the project is finally done! I have officially passed the baton off to my husband to finish the rest of the costume. He is just about done with painting the pieces and hooking up all of the strapping. Only 4 more days until the release date, check back soon for pictures of the finished project!
Time for an update on the other costume project taking over my house, my husband’s Master Chief armor. I’m really excited for how this costume is turning out. It has been fun seeing the costume come together one piece at a time.
For the past few months I’ve been tackling many of the Pepakura files, starting with some of the easier pieces and slowly moving to some of the larger and more difficult ones. I’ve also had to make a few pieces over again simply because I got the measurements wrong when adjusting the scale to fit my husband’s body.
I recently started to fiberglass some of the pieces; however, my method for this step is a little different than what I’ve seen others do. Most of the tutorials on the 405th website suggest using resin and fiberglass cloth to make the interior structure sturdier. But after looking at the price of fiberglass cloth, I decided to try it a different way. Instead, I used a few of my husbands old t-shirts and cut them into small strips to use. Why pay for cloth when I can get it for free and make some closet space at the same time? It’s a win win situation!
The t-shirt fabric worked well. I can’t say how it compares to using the fiberglass cloth, but in regards to making the armor sturdy, it did the trick. I can say however that the fabric was a little difficult to work with at times. It has a tendency to curl up on itself and it takes a bit of coaxing to stay in place when using resin. Also, because the t-shirt fabric is thicker than fiberglass cloth, it was hard to mold around some of the finer details of the armor.
As challenging as this step may sound, the hardest part is still yet to come! Once the pieces are painted and ready to go, the biggest challenge will be figuring out how to strap them on!
Knee (right) and Bicep (left)
Boot (front and side)
Chest Piece (front and back)