Military Uniform Version
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Last Updated: 12-23-2010
Okay...For this costume, I shall start wif the wig...it was orginally bought for another cosplay but I ditched the cosplay and the wig was left to rot in my drawer cuz I didnt have any other plans for it....that is until Hito suggested I give Riza a go...I was a bit scared to cosplay her initially cuz I was afraid I couldnt bring out the stoic and loyal nature of Riza @__@
Then after giving it a thought and reading the managa again, I found the fire to cosplay Riza! Hito helped me wif the wig styling and I managed to find a link on styling Riza's hair....I KOWTOW Hito's wig styling skills!!
Too bad we couldnt follow the tutorial step by step buy hey, Hito transformed the plain wig into Riza's hair...Riza's hair may look simple but to style it using a wig is a NIGHTMARE @__@ I think we burnt part of the wig LOL ..Her entire wig is drenched in hairspray and it was so hard that the ponytail remained upright even AFTER I removed the hairclip LOL!!
Then came the costume...I wanted my cloth's colour to match Hito's Roy uniform..So wat i did was to get a small sample cloth from Hito's costume and went all around Penang to hunt for the similar colour cloth @__@ I couldnt find exact one but I found close to Hito's uniform colour~
Then I went to my tailor to commission it and its price tag was O__O My tailor sez the costume is hard to make wif many details on it, so yeah, that explains the price tag *orz*
After that, i found Riza's inner short-sleeved turtleneck top by chance while shopping in Jusco and immediately grabbed it! I never regret grabbing it there and then cuz once it was sold out, it wont be restocked...I told myself, my Riza cosplay MUST this turtleneck top!
I also found her boots by chance while doing some grocery shopping at a small shopping mall near my place...I wanted those military-style boots cuz Riza wears those instead of those heeled types which look so wrong...The boots look awesome and they are pretty cheap but a real pain in the legs to wear cuz they are very stiff...juz ask Hito or myself @__@
Then I had a look again at Riza's reference pix and realised that she has this brown gun holster which she wears around her waist...I couldnt get a clear scan of it, so wat i did was to rewatch any scenes wif Riza in it in the anime, paused that scene and drew out the sketch of the gun holster design...
Once I had the sketch, i made the gun holster...I am very proud of how the gun holster turned out and it's a functional gun holster where I can actually store my Kimber Custom pistol :)
Which brings me to Riza's weaponry...Riza isnt Riza without her guns and rifles and I managed to grab a pair of Kimber Custom pistols during my trip to Spore...The original colour was black but I sprayed painted it silver cuz I saw in some references, he gun Riza holds are silver..
Then during one of my trip down to KL for phootshoots, Hito & I found this shop selling replica weapons and I saw this AWESOME, BEAUTIFUL, REALISTIC-LOOKING RIFLE!!! XDXDXDXD I was expecting it to cost a bomb but was surprised that it was much cheaper than we expected...hito & I bargained wif the seller to get it at a cheaper price and I went home a happy buyer..
Gosh, I feel so happy each time I look at my rifle cuz it's so hard to find such realistic replica rifle in Msia....I had ppl asking me if the rifle is real LOL ...
At one point, I had thoughts of using my dad's hunting rifle for shoots (rifle ownership is very rare in Msia) but the sheer weight of the real rifle would have killed me and my dad would have killed me as well for touching his rifle @__@
And thanks Hito for helping me to keep the rifle at ur place :) *HUGZ*
Overall, I hope I did justice to Riza and to hear encouragement from my Roy made my day ^__^
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