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Unread 03-13-2012, 12:08 AM   #1
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Assassin's Creed III - Connor Cosplay Resources

With the announcement of AC III and the debut trailer I figured some people are excited to make a Connor Kenway (Ratohnhaké:ton) cosplay! It's much different than previous assassin outfits since it takes place during the American Revolution. If you're just starting out please read through the Assassin's Creed Series main discussion thread, trust me A LOT of your questions will be answered. Enough jib jab onto what you came here for!

NOTE: These are just suggestions/references! There are many ways to approach this. My intention is to keep this historically accurate so it'll look authentic. I'm just sharing my gatherings!

Feel free to post your findings, research, and deductions too!

BEFORE YOU POST: If you want to post your progress, ask for critiques, and/or ask for advice please go to the Assassin's Creed Series discussion thread. There's a bunch of fantastic talented people over there too, so please ask them! This thread is intended for resources...

*colonial elements *indian elements *assassin elements
  • Regimental coat
  • Waistcoat
  • Shirt
  • Breeches/Overalls
  • Bear/Eagle Claw Necklace
  • Native American Armbands
  • Native American Leggings
  • Moccasins
  • Sash
  • Belt and Insignia
  • Vambrace(s)
  • 2 Hidden Blades
  • Tomahawk
  • Bow & Arrow (w/ quiver)
  • 2 Flintlock Pistols
  • Saber
  • Rope Dart
  1. Shirt
  2. Waistcoat
  3. Regimental Coat
  4. Breeches
  5. Stockings (opt. if wearing long pants)
  6. Leggings



A nice overview of a regimental coat:
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR8PuwYXMOU
  • The comment below "incorrect material. but nice." bothers me because all info I've found elsewhere says otherwise. Wool is the correct material, and it can be lined with linen entirely or with a combo of wool and linen.
For the regimental coat I saw some suiting wool at Joann's the other day, which could work, but it was like $27/yrd. Time to find another store again… maybe with a 50/40% off coupon it's more affordable… Actually amazon.com has better prices! Only thing is you can't see it in person. :/ Be aware of the weight (oz.) you're buying!

In some of the higher res images of the in game render the coat texture appears to be a heavy cotton or linen. (LIKE HERE) A heavy linen/cotton would save you from dying from heat stroke in the summer, but wool is still the right material to use.

The coat WAS originally white. It's been revenged by the elements and constant wear. You can weather the fabric before hand or if you want to keep it clean, go with an off white or ivory color.

DYING WOOL- It is possible! If you find some cheap white or off-white wool fabric, but don't want to/can't find a blue wool RIT dye can dye wool! A little more info here http://www.ritdye.com/dyeing-techniques/tips-success I suggest doing more research if you are considering it. I'm new to dying fabric so I really can't help much in this area.

LINING COLOR: Indigo [source] The entire coat is lined, even the hood.
Option 1. The sleeves are attached to the coat. That means you'll be sewing through A LOT of layers. Do your sewing machine a favor and get some heavy duty/leather/upholstery needles! A shirt should be worn since if you take off the coat your arms will be exposed.

Option 2. The sleeves aren't attached to the coat. The waistcoat should then have sleeves so they come through the coat arm wholes. This is much more like previous assassin costume designs. EDIT: You should wear a shirt, even a regualar T-shirt would be okay as suggested by alpha_helix on pg3! After wearing my ACII coslpay for a weekend my shirt really help cut down the heat considering I was wearing poly-cotton blends for the tunics. lol
There are "pockets" hiding under all of his gear. The real pockets would be on the inside, see coat overview video above.

It's white compared to the regimental coat. I'm at a loss for what the lines running through the waistcoat to the buttons are called... I will edit this when I find out what they're called! This is also lined with most likely linen/cotton. The collar doesn't fold over like a dress shirt, it stands straight up.

LINING COLOR: In game the lining is blue. In the promo art and trailers it is white. Thank you zerohour13 for pointing out the in game lining!
The regiemental coat has ~54 buttons total. The waistcoat has 7-8 buttons. Please count these yourself too, there's A LOT! An antique brass, copper or gold would match in game. Pewter and antique sliver would match the promo art. The buttons for the regimental coat and waistcoat are different. (See here.)

The breeches look like denim, but they could also be linen or wool. Breeches were most commonly made of linen for summer and wool for winter, to let out heat and to keep in heat respectively. They can also vary in length from to the ankle, to the calf, or to below the knee. If not full length it's necessary to wear stockings.

COLOR: Blue in the promo art. Grey in-game.

In the promo art there is a seam running up the center of the leg.
Here are some helpful sites:A bit cut and dry, but they generally have the same info!



For the leather parts they can be buckskin (deer skin), or cow hide (sueded). Some Economy Sueded Cowhide Splits from Tandy Leather Factory could do well. The reverse side of upholstery leather could also do well since it's already dyed. **There also nubuck leather! (Thank you tricc for pming this!)

If you can't find the right color, please don't dye suede yourself! Dying raw suede is a mess and it continuously rubs off on your clothing/other surfaces even if it was "sealed". I also asked a Tandy Leather employee and she said don't dye suede yourself, it's not a good idea. Suede leather tends to be chrome-tanned for longer lasting color and pliability.
Alternative to Leather
If there is no way you can get leather or do not have a leather store near you, there are fabric imitators that you can use. What you want is a similar texture. There's microsuede fabric, which comes in a variety of textures and colors. I bought some of this for my Ezio AC II cape and it's very fluid like silk. This will definitely need interfacing to make it thicker so it has more body and weight so it doesn't fall.

There is also vinyl fabric and artificial leather. Not the super shiny rock star stuff, but the fabric with faux leather texture. This is typically NOT sueded, so this could do well for the vambraces, belts, and quiver. Check out animefreakkai's vinyl and craftfoam tutorial, lots of great tips how to work with it and how to choose what's right for you!
Leather Piping/Details (regimental coat): IT'S EVERYWHERE; on the front edges of the collar, running up the arm seams, around the elbow patches, seams of the coat's back, running around the blue "sash" part of the coat in the back, and running up the "splits" in the coat tails. Note that the leather piping/detailing is mostly accurate to in-game only, not the promotional art. There is still leather detailing on the back and running up the sleeves in the the promo art/trailers.

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It varies from being 1-3 claws. In game it is 3 claws and in the promo art and trailers it's 1 claw. There are beads on his necklace! (REF HERE) I don't know how much a real claw would cost, but sculpting and casting them could be one way, or making some from wood could be another option. This can be either bear claws OR eagle claws! Eagle would be more fitting, but bear claws were most common.
For those who are interested here's a brief synopsis about a bear claw necklace: http://www.jewelrymakingexperts.com/bear-claw-necklace/



WEAVING (alt. to beading)

Colors alternate between RED and BLUE. In the very first trailer and some early screenshots, his sash is blue. In more recent pictures and screenshots his sash is red. This is unconfirmed but his sash color may change when he "changes" sides, but his allegiance is still with the assassins. An assassin doesn't solely choose one side; he's fighting against the Templars, which are on BOTH sides. I suggest making the sash replaceable/easy to switch out so you can have both red and blue. Going with one color is fine too!

As for the length of the sash tail, it's about one knee cap length above the knee. I can't give an exact measurement because everyone is a different height!
As for the belt that goes over the sash, make it adjustable in the back so it doesn't slip down. If casting this be sure to reinforce the insignia with some metal or other material (plastic/PVC) so it won't wishbone when stress is applied to it from either side. You can also make the insignia parts (belt and vambrace) from expanded PVC (a.k.a sintra) if you don't want to cast it. There's also wonderflex! I'm not yet familiar with wonderflex, but I've heard many good things about it.

NOTE: If using wood/fragile materials reinforce it! I've seen a few pics of broken AC II wood insignias (and some resin and polymer ones...) because they weren't reinforced. :<
There are two! (See here.) It's currently unconfirmed if it is detachable or just rotates.
Under Bracer Color: It varies from being leather, to cloth (color of the coat), and grey. I have yet to work this out to fully understand what's going on with the under bracer!

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I don't know about you guys, but I saw this and thought it was awesome. Much of the information above for the coat, armbands, etc. applies to this as well. Since there has been little footage and screenshots of Captain Connor, I don't have much to offer beside a few things.

E3 Naval Battle Gamplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imPxEsAsgXk
*NEW* Navel Combat Commentary :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUV-mGIvYtQ

July 26, 2012:
Captain Connor AC III Ref Set 1 (3mb)
(mediafire mirror)
Includes screenshots and concept art.

October 07, 2012:
Captain Connor AC III Ref Set 2 (3mb)
(mediafire mirror)
Includes more screenshots and concept art.

ALL Captain Connor Ref as of October 07, 2012 (9.8mb)
(4shared mirror)
(mediafire mirror)
REGIMENTAL COAT: The coat more closely resembles a regular regimental coat with elongated tails.

TRI-CORNER HAT: Typically made out of felt or leather.
CRAVAT (Neck tie): One of these variations: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ne...tania-1818.gif

*These are included in the AC III ref compilation so you don't have to download these separately!*

YOUNG CONNOR (child-teen)
(mediafire mirror)

(mediafire mirror)

Connor's early uniform in the design phase before Ubisoft settled on his current look.
(mediafire mirror)

More will be added in time!


If there is anything mislabel/wrong, please let me know so I can change it!

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Unread 03-13-2012, 01:17 AM   #3
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*NOTE: If you want to enter convention/costume craftsmanship contests, as I understand it you would have to tell the judges how you made it, and/or what help you may have had. Using someone else's pattern may deduct points or disqualify you. If someone else would like to elaborate on this please do; I'm somewhat unsure how it works!*

Coat Variations and Beading by Trujin:

Beading by allikat:

Coat AND Hood Pattern by Franky-bizarro:

BONUS! Aveline Pattern (Tunic Only) by Franky-bizarro:


Coat/Waistcoat (unlined):Regimental Coat (lined):
I'd recommend lining the shoes somehow since sueded material takes in more moisture than sealed or pleather materials. Step in a puddle? Wet soggy feet for rest of the day! D; No one wants that! Once lined you can run in snow and not worry about getting hypothermia from your wet leggings!


Debut Reveal Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVUMPrv8oRw

TV Commercial (North America): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22jLy7EeYh0

Connor Teaser Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Mq-YpAuLe4
(Thank you fev for finding this!)

Unite to Unlock Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq7si5iI6Y8

World Gameplay Premiere Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YB6g09CSNM

E3 Cinematic Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W6JsIyiQHE

E3 Frontier Gameplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cXbigJHjs8

E3 Boston Stealth Gameplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bojYfbtsCw4

Independence Day Gameplay Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNfNlj9hKCs

July 4th RISE Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N9gGK4-GI0

SDCC 2012 Boston Gameplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNgh5WiMbBM

IGN Live E3 Gameplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqyHs79Ykxk
(Basically the same as the frontier gameplay, but slightly different.)

Wii U Marketplace Massacre: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AgcKKjxDME
(Basically the same as Boston Stealth gameplay, but slightly different.)

AnvilNEXT Game Engine Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsLO8GgA-P4

Inside Assassin's Creed III:
[Episode 1] [Episode 2] [Episode 3] [Episode 4]

The Making of Assassin's Creed III:
(Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4 coming soon?)

BRAND NEW Gameplay (as of Sept .24) (SPOILERS)
(PART 1) (PART 2) (Part 3)

Official Connor Story Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcVyNS1jZro

AC III Weapons Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyQ6vMilUP8

Give me Liberty of Give me Death Cinematic Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD6x861_gbk

I will make new files once more images are released. EDIT: Apparently you need a 4shared account to download stuff now! I hadn't noticed since I'm perpetually logged in. I've now uploaded these to a mediafire mirror. The mediafire links will break in 15 days if it is not downloaded. PM me if a link breaks! I will reupload it.

March 13, 2012:
Assassin's Creed III Ref Set 1 (37mb)
(mediafire mirror)
Includes promotional art, concept art, screenshots (fairly high res), and the game informer article.

March 24, 2012:
Assassin's Creed III Ref Set 2 (17mb)
(mediafire mirror)
Includes higher res of Alex Ross's art, recompilation of new and old concept art, new screenshots, and the Jeux Video article with new images.

April 22, 2012:
Assassin's Creed III Ref Set 3 (15mb)
(mediafire mirror)
Includes PAX East screenshots, new leaked screenshots, and a few clearer pics from Jeux Video and a small image of a 360 degree shot of Connor.

July 26, 2012:
Assassin's Creed III Ref Set 4 (45mb)
(mediafire mirror)
Includes more high-res promo art, high-res screenshots, screenshots, trailer screenshots, Life Size Connor Statue, and Collector's Statue images.

October 07, 2012:
Assassin's Creed III Ref Set 5 (59mb)
(mediafire mirror)
Includes more promotional art, concept art, high-res screenshots, screenshots, more statue pics, and high-res weapon images.

ALL REFERENCE as of October 07, 2012:
Assassin's Creed III Image Ref Collection (183mb)
(mediafire mirror)
Includes all previous and new reference images as of October 07, 2012.

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This is a fantastic resource!!
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Not that I was planning him, but I'm sure this will be a great help for everyone that are!

Great work!
Ironically I have the footwear pattern from butterick, never used it, but read through it, it's a great pattern! ^_^
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Originally Posted by Lisu-chan View Post
Ironically I have the footwear pattern from butterick, never used it, but read through it, it's a great pattern! ^_^
Can I have that? Lol I really don't feel like paying 10 bucks for a shoe pattern XD
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Aww thank you everyone! I hope I can provide plentiful and useful resources!

Lisu-Chan- When I was at Joann's I saw if for 99 cents and jumped right on it whether I was going to use it or not! Always good to have for costume ref.

KonnorwithaK- The footwear pattern from Butterick will be on sale March 29-31 at Joann Fabrics for $2 amongst many other patterns from both Butterick and Simplicity.

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good enough for me! Connor is gonna be my first cosplay where I have to MAKE the outfit, I haven't even started and I can tell it's gonna cost a LOT of time, money, and effort -_-'
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It's always good to allow extra time since you don't know what could go wrong or if it's taking longer than you thought. :3 Best part is, you'll learn loads of things making this! Best of luck!

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AHHH it's been so long! So many AC cosplays still to do and so little time now that I'm in university I miss you guys and this community and wearing costumes. Hopefully I can get started again soon. Connor looks amazing and I can't wait for AC3!
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If you guys want to go...truly authentic....which I am...

You may also want to check out patterns of time, because they have several patterns that will be useful:

Regimental Coat and Vest
1776 Men's Military or Civilian Coat Pattern
18th Century Regimental Coat Pattern
18th Century Sleeved Waistcoat/Vest Pattern

Breeches and Shirt
These are influenced by the Native Americans/Mountain men during that time period

1700s to 1800s Early Drop Sleeve Shirt Pattern
Authentic American Shirt Pattern
Broadfall Drop Front Breeches Pattern

Accessories - All Native American Influenced
Longhunter Leather Accessories Pattern - a Shooting Pouch, Haversack-Knapsack, Bayonet & Tomahawk Belt Carriage, Eastern style Leggings and Leather Gaiters
Longhunter Leather Accessories Pattern - with Rifle Scabbards, a Hawk Sheath, Half Leggings, Knife Sheath, Knife Scabbard and a Shooting Bag Pattern
Gloves, Gauntlets, and Mittens Pattern....I plan is use and modify
Keltoi Moc Pattern

I have gathered most if not all of these patterns and plan on making my Connor outfit....he actually pushed out the Smuggler for me, because I was confused about some things in her outfit and would like to make a historically actuate as possible.

I will be doing the same for Connor

I also wanted to add to the discussion on fabric, re: breeches, you can use linen, medium weight broadcloth or cotton duck (the denim look?) or light weight canvas .

Now I'm in search of cheap wool...if that is even possible...

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Hey there Assassins!

I'm new here on Cosplay.com, but this is Gabe Graziani, Senior Community Developer at Ubisoft assigned to Assassin's Creed and I just very quickly want to extend my most sincerest thanks to vonviolet for putting this guide together... it is the most comprehensive I've seen!

I'd also like to post a link to it on our Facebook Event page for our upcoming PAX East Cosplay Contest if that is cool... here's a link for any of you who might be attending. We would love it if any of you could participate!

Again, thanks for this great cosplaying resource!
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Damn, wish I could go to PAX East, but sadly I'm confined to the west coast.

msgwyn- Thanks for sharing pattern links, I'm definitely going to use some of those. Now I have to hurry up and finish Armor of Brutus so I can start on ACIII cosplay. I feel like I'm so far behind, hahaha!
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msgwyn- Those are some great patterns thank you so much for posting! That moccasin pattern is great~ If I do get around to making this I'll be sure to pick that up!

UbiGabe- Oh, wow thank you so much for the honor I'm truly flattered! I hopefully only kick started the AC III Connor resource, so others can and contribute as well! Thank you so much for adding the thread link to the facebook page too! I also posted your link in the main discusion thread!

I wish I could go to PAX, I'm even in New England like a few hours drive away, but that's the weekend before my portfolio is due amongst other college work, so I can't make it. :c I don't even have my AC II cosplay done anyway; I just started leather working today. lol To anyone whose going- there's going to be some AC III exclusive gameplay (or so I've read)!

I added a TV trailer, new image file, and an article section! I'll be adding more about the alternative to leather soon! I'll try to include less costly options since people do have different ideas and budgets about what makes a decent cosplay~

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