I ended up taking a 4 year cosplay break due to moving to Japan, then coming back and being unable to find a job for some time. But now I'm dully employed again, which is lovely, and I've got tickets for AX already.
Why I'm contemplating Thorin to get back into the game, I don't know, but the one thing I DO know is that it's one of the few cosplays I can think of that I can use my own hair without dying my growing abundance of grey out. xDD
So, to get to the point:
I've seen several different goes at his brigandine, but I was curious of anyone else had any ideas? One excellent example used sculpey, but I was a bit worried about breakage...
His belt, baldric, and bracers/gauntlets are all clearly leather. If I feel like trying to work with leather to achieve these, what tools would I need to get? And where might I find decently priced dark blue moderately heavy leather?
Spirit gum and partial beards: I was thinking of doing a lighter more "feminine" bearded version, mainly based around the sideburns that I've seen on dwarf women concept art. Where would I go about finding the hair for this? Or should I just ask to keep some of my hair clippings when I get it cleaned up in a few months? I've never actually used spirit gum, so any advice would be much appreciated.
Orcrist. I would just go ahead and buy the UC version and hope the rumored scabbard comes to light in time, but I have a feeling AX wouldn't even let me take a piece bonded one in, am I right? xD Maybe if they DO make a scabbard, I can always just mock up the top part of the sword for the con....
I'm thinking I'm going to start buying stuff next weekend, I plan to do the velvet tunic and brigandine first, his furry overcoat is further down the list. I can be indoor Thorin if I run out of time (he shucks the coat on several occasions during the movie.)
After all this rambling, any suggestions would be much obliged.