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This is intended for educational purposes for costumers and cosplayers. It is not intended to be a firearms safety course, nor legal advice. Use common sense, thanks.
Why a firearms props tutorial? In one con weekend, I heard from security about a SWAT team being called because of a cosplayer’s weapon, I watched cosplayers violate every firearms safety rule at once, which could have caused any onlooker to react, and I saw otherwise-excellent photos spoiled by the subject’s obvious lack of training with his weapons.
There have been several incidents in which law enforcement was called because of a cosplayer’s prop or behavior, and some cons have responded by banning realistic weapons entirely. But it’s possible to be safe and respectful with your weapon props — hence this overview on how to stay safe, stay legal, and look much better in your photoshoot!
As the 2010 regional qualifiers representing the Midwest, ASIHTB’s Alena and competition partner Michelle Mussoni had the opportunity to compete at the Yume Cup finals in New York City. For their performance component, Michelle choreographed a dance routine to the opening theme of Saiunkoku Monogatari (from which series they are also cosplaying).
Characters from: Saiunkoku Monogatari
After a record-breaking heat wave and killer costumes during Gen Con 2011, I wanted an easy, comfortable, lightweight costume I could wear on Sunday. Enter Lucy Stillman! I’d joked before about doing an Assassin’s Creed costume, and this was pretty darned simple. (Okay, donning a hoodie to be Desmond would have been even easier, but it would have felt like cheating. Besides, I could pin up my own hair for Lucy.)
From the Tsuiokuhen OVAs and manga.
Kenshin (in his Hitokiri Battousai days) and Yukishiro Tomoe are made with great attention to historical and source accuracy, from historically appropriate fabrics even to historically-correct loom widths and authentically woven zouri (sandals). Hiko Seijuro’s costume is a bit more fancifully fun, with enormous shoulders and a fake physique.
Also here is Diane Woodring as Enishi, Tomoe’s cute psychopathic younger brother and future arch-nemesis.
Colossal Con 2011, Best In Show
Master Knows Best (Colossal Con 2011)
There are quite a few hakama tutorials online and in print, but I was disappointed in most of what I found. Some were historically inaccurate, some were needlessly complicated and mathematical, and some were just on crack (“Just big skater pants”? Really? You’re kidding, right?!). So I decided to combine the best of the tutorials…
Now seriously, who could resist this? A photoshoot on actual Mayan ruins?! So we made quick and dirty (very dirty!) costumes in a hotel room (thank God for Heat-n-Bond and hotel irons!) and asked the fabulous Elemental to make them look as un-horrific as possible in the setting. But man, these costumes are awful. 🙂
If you aren’t familiar with The Mysterious Cities of Gold, well, you missed out on a great piece of childhood. Just sayin’.