Last Updated: 08-09-2004
Stephanos said that he wanted to do an X-Men group for Otakon. I needed a costume and he did not have a gambit in his group. I've never seen a Gambit cosplay before, though I suspect that that might not last long if it is true that he's in the next X-Men movie.
So anyway, I had fancy plans for this costume. I wanted to take all of my favorite aspects from the comics and tv series and make a hybrid totally owning Gambit. Well, it is a work in progress :P
Coat: I designed a coat based on the various comic book styles. Unfortunately, my sewing machine has been giving me grief with the faux suede that I chose for the coat. I had to borrow a trench coat instead. I hope to get this done for Nekocon or Katsucon.
Staff: Simple. Bought a poplar dowel and put it to a router. The grooves are not straight, but nobody really notices (of course, I do point it out). Don't think I'll do more with that. Maybe another top coat if I find something better.
Mask: This was pretty simple. I made one mask and started to cover it in latex body paint, but the mask was too big and I did not like the color of the paint (ash black). So I made another and only painted on the inside around the face opening. I used spirit gum to paste it down around the face. There was a bit of possible serendipity here. I ran out of black thread and had no time to get some, so I used some brown thread. It made a nice top stitch that highlighted the edge of the mask, so I might do the same for the next mask (the ear holes need to be moved forward and the neck needs to be tightened up).
Wig: Cut on the day it was worn in maybe fifteen minutes. Not bad, but it's a simple style anyway. I left the pony tail for the possibility of doing the mullet Gambit XD Hey, there are SOME decent mullet styles.
Eyes: Okay, I did not make the lenses, but they really make the costume. The red iris and black sclera lenses are $300, but I do not plan on wearing this costume enough within the life time of the lenses to justify the expense. $85 for the red iris lenses was enough, thank you. Never wore lenses before, so it was an experience. Thank God for friends. They were mighty obliging in offering to stick their fingers in my eyes. Thanks guys!
After the coat and mask, I plan on making a shirt and gloves, possibly followed by pants and boots. Maybe a Cajun accent is in order too...
This costume received a fair amount of attention (probably because it's uncommon). I hope that it receives some when I can actually say that I made most of it!
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