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Unread 07-14-2006, 10:29 AM   #1276
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Amazing to see how long this thread is. There is a LOT of brocade in the world, I tell you. hehe
Genrally what are people using for armour? I was all set to try foam, and I cant get the thick foam that I need around here, *sigh* its always a meterials issue for me. Falling back on the good ol' wire frame with duck tape and coverings, but I worry about that being too bulky.
I cant think of any alternative with such limited materials around here. Any ideas?
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Unread 07-14-2006, 10:39 AM   #1277
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My new Zhang He armor and peacock talons are made from 1/4" Volara 2A foam, which I ordered from foambymail.com. It goes for about $3.50 per 60" wide foot, and if you order enough of one type, shipping is free. You may be able to buy it locally and save on shipping. Volara does have a subtle texture that craft foam does not, but there are ways around that (such as laminating it with plastic or vinyl), and it doesn't matter to me because it works with the style of paint job I like.
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Unread 07-14-2006, 04:28 PM   #1278
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I've never tried layering several sheets of foam, but wouldn't that take care of any thickness problem?

I'm using foam for my Nu Wa armor, and it's working great so far. By looking at it myself, I can't believe it started out as sheet foam.
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Unread 07-17-2006, 11:37 AM   #1279
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Yeah so I've been absent for a while xD; Anyway I'll probably have more progress pics up of Gan Ning around the 21st of July since I'm hoping to get most of the stuff done that week. I'll be cutting it close, but hopefully everything will be done in time for Otakon.

Anyway, just smallll progress on the sword. My friend Fred is helping me out with it. ^_^
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e9...x/IMG_0204.jpg
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Unread 07-17-2006, 01:12 PM   #1280
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That sword's gonna be hot. Yey Fred.

I'm probably just gonna get some acrylics one day and make cardboard tube nunchaku. We'll see if Ota staff lets them in, though it'd be a pain in the ass to walk all the way back to the hotel if they don't. I may not even bother...

I'm thinking about wearing my Naruto butt-pouch (with its own belt) under the underskirt drape thingie for extra storage. It'd be hidden, and when I go to get money, it'll look like I pulled it out of my arse XDD
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Unread 07-21-2006, 04:27 PM   #1281
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Natalie- Do you have any progress shots? Your Nu Wa is going to be awesome!

Valgaav-The sword is looking good so far, can't wait to see the complete costume! (Otakon, right?)

bamboocactus-That's a very clever idea...lol, I need hidden storage in my costume.

MadameSolaris and Myself are starting on my Green Sun Shang Xiang from 5, and it will debut at Ani-Magic if we decide to go. I just got the data book from amazon.co.jp...and it's fantastic! There's even a handy picture of the version of chakram I want to do.

I believe Melanie encouraged the purchase of Sangoku Musou data books for reference and support of KOEI, and I couldn't agree more. The original prints are a lot easier to look at than the scans we had to work with before! So if you can, I'd encourage buying the official data book as well.
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Unread 07-21-2006, 10:13 PM   #1282
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I actually do have some pictures of my crown. I just got my wig, and decided to try it on and take some pictures today.

The last photo is just for some 'lol' moments.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...otos/crown.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...hotos/omg2.jpg
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Unread 07-22-2006, 12:47 AM   #1283
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It's looking great, Natalie! I love all the detail!!!

Ah... all you talented people and your foam! I haven't had one success with foam yet. X_x;;

On a completely different note, does anyone know where I can get long, black, pre-packaged turkey feathers from online? I've read up on Australia's quarantine laws, and I can only import commercially packaged feathers, not loose ones. Yay! Sima Yi has begun!
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Unread 07-22-2006, 01:11 PM   #1284
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Thanks Mel! <3

Here's another silly progress pic of my finished pants and hip armor.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...s/pantssss.jpg

Did you check here? I get some of my feathers from this place, but for some reason I can't remember what kind of package they come in..

http://www.ostrich.com/shop/cat?cmd=...on=1076685902&

The only other problem with them, is that they are pretty expensive.

The feathers at Rainbow Feathers are a heck of a lot cheaper, but their website doesn't say if they ship internationally or if the feathers are prepackaged. At least from what I can see.

http://www.rainbowfeatherco.com/FeathersFrame.htm

Same thing with this place. I have no idea about where they can and cannot ship.

http://www.rainbowfeathers.com/loosefeathers.htm
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Unread 07-22-2006, 02:36 PM   #1285
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Oooh, your Nu Wa is fantastic looking so far! Can't wait to see it all done.

Sorry I can't be help with the feathers. I got lucky and found the perfect dyed quills at the local fabric store (JoAnn's I think?).
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Unread 07-22-2006, 08:24 PM   #1286
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Here's another silly progress pic of my finished pants and hip armor.
Oh my god! That looks absolutely stunning! I'm really looking forward to seeing the completed costume!!

Thanks so much for the links! I'll do some more hassling of quarantine, and see if they'll let me import from any of those places.

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Sorry I can't be help with the feathers. I got lucky and found the perfect dyed quills at the local fabric store (JoAnn's I think?).
That's okay! The big craft shop here sells them for $2 or $3 each... so they usually only have 1 or 2 manky ones in stock, 'cause no one wants them for that much.
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Unread 07-23-2006, 03:51 PM   #1287
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Natalie, that looks fantastic! Go you! ^_^

Still no word from the commission people. They'd better get on the ball!! I made a really good friend who's going to help me with my sewing and cosplays from now on, she's really amazing and very generous, so that'll work out nicely. I'm through dealing with these ladies whose English vocabulary consists of a grande total of about twenty or thirty words and no articles. -_-;

Let's pray it gets back in time. If it's still mussed up, minorly, then my friend can fix it Thursday of Otakon. Woot.
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Unread 07-23-2006, 10:20 PM   #1288
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Suzuka- Yes, Gan Ning SHOULD be ready by Otakon. Although I'm pushing it VERY close right now @_@ For AnimeUSA I will renovate the costume and fix up any errors, because I am smart enough to realize this cosplay for Otakon will be anything BUT perfect lol.

Natalie- Though you've only given sneakpeeks, I am absolutely in love with the Nu Wa cosplay. You did a WONDERFUL job on the pants/leggings with all decoratives included. <3

*On another note, I'm already contemplating on who my next character will be. Of course I'll keep Gan Ning with me (may end up doing different versions of him too), but as of the moment I am debating amongst three for the future:
Zhang He, Zhuge Liang, or Pang Tong. ^_^;
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Unread 07-25-2006, 02:37 PM   #1289
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bamboo-I hope they get your costume. Bad services are dreadful.

Valgaav-I can't wait to see it, even if it isn't perfect! Be sure to post lots of pictures of version 1.0 ! It'll be awesome.
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Unread 07-25-2006, 02:39 PM   #1290
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At this point it's not looking like I'm going to get it in time. From this point forward, if anybody here ever buys anything from the eBay seller YinYinCS Closet.com, you're crazy.

I am not a happy muffin.
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