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Unread 09-26-2007, 09:45 PM   #1
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Tales of Cosplay Thread

Since the old Tales of thread vanished, I thought I would start a new one since it seems like there are many out there that still need help with cosplays from the series (and my self actually). This thread will contain help from the Tales of series, which includes titles such as Tales of the Abyss, Tales of Symphonia, etc...

I am planning on cosplaying long-haired Luke and I'm having issues with severla things about the character.

1. Luke's Wig. I plan on styling the wig my self, but I have a few problems with it.

a. What is the true color of his hair?
b. Is there any wig websites that you recommend getting the wig from?

2. Luke's sword. I am not good at making props, but I actually want to attempt to make it since it doesn't seem too difficult. Any suggestions on how to make it? I'm not sure what materials to make it out of.

3. Luke's gloves. I've never made a successful pair of gloves before for cosplay, so this is going to be challenging. Does anyone have a tutorial online somewhere for his gloves or any short gloves in general?

I think that's it for now. Thanks for the help in advance.
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Unread 09-27-2007, 02:39 PM   #2
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Good call on starting a new thread. =) I can't wait to see your Luke cosplay. <3

I know that there are patterns for making gloves... I actually have one *somewhere* but I haven't used it yet. If I can find it I'll tell you what it is and if it works.

The sword... I guess you could make it with almost anything, depending on how heavy and durable you want it to be. Maybe carve it from the sturdy pink foam (forgot what it's called) or find some wood tools and saw it from wood, sanding it down to be the perfect shape.
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Unread 09-27-2007, 02:54 PM   #3
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I was thinking about cosplaying as Stahn Aileron from Tales of Destiny. He's a cool character after all. It'll be fun.
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Unread 09-27-2007, 06:25 PM   #4
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I will, I will, I WILL cosplay Meredy from Tales of Destiny 2 one of these days. And not that crappy little tunic, either - I want to make her fluffy dress from Celestia ^.^

As for Luke, let's see:

1) His hair looks like a mild red (not quite ripe tomato, if that makes sense) with the tips fading to a peachy color. The easiest way to get the color you want is to buy a white wig and dye the color yourself. Here's a great thread for dying with ink: http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=57484 Or you could resort to sharpies.
In any case, Amphigory has some good wigs, although price is just as expensive as Cosworx. I prefer to Ebay my wigs, especially from Seconds-Please: http://stores.ebay.com/SECONDS-PLEAS...QQftidZ2QQtZkm
This seller has some great, cheap wigs, as well: http://stores.ebay.com/Designer-Wigs...Q3amesstQQtZkm

2) You can either carve the sword out of pink insulation foam or wood, then seal with polyurethane (only sealer for wood), bondo, fiberglass, Wonderflex, etc. If you're lucky, you can find a cheap plastic prop blade and just make the hilt. http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=95725
Or, if you're cheap like me, try using cardboard! http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=76828

3) Gloves - here are the 3 best online tutorials:
http://sew-ing.com/make/gloves.html
http://www.glove.org/myfirstgloves.php
http://www.stretchy.org/catsuit/extr...s/complex.html

Since Luke's gloves only come up to his knuckles, you don't have to worry about sewing the fingers on. Just trace the pattern around your hand and end it at the part of your hand where the fingers stem from the palm. You can then add the bias tape/trim around the top of the glove. Same goes for the thumb, just make sure to make it a little roomy. Stretchy material like spandex, jersey and other knits, and lycra work best.
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Unread 09-27-2007, 09:35 PM   #5
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I will, I will, I WILL cosplay Meredy from Tales of Destiny 2 one of these days. And not that crappy little tunic, either - I want to make her fluffy dress from Celestia ^.^

As for Luke, let's see:

1) His hair looks like a mild red (not quite ripe tomato, if that makes sense) with the tips fading to a peachy color. The easiest way to get the color you want is to buy a white wig and dye the color yourself. Here's a great thread for dying with ink: http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=57484 Or you could resort to sharpies.
In any case, Amphigory has some good wigs, although price is just as expensive as Cosworx. I prefer to Ebay my wigs, especially from Seconds-Please: http://stores.ebay.com/SECONDS-PLEAS...QQftidZ2QQtZkm
This seller has some great, cheap wigs, as well: http://stores.ebay.com/Designer-Wigs...Q3amesstQQtZkm

2) You can either carve the sword out of pink insulation foam or wood, then seal with polyurethane (only sealer for wood), bondo, fiberglass, Wonderflex, etc. If you're lucky, you can find a cheap plastic prop blade and just make the hilt. http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=95725
Or, if you're cheap like me, try using cardboard! http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=76828

3) Gloves - here are the 3 best online tutorials:
http://sew-ing.com/make/gloves.html
http://www.glove.org/myfirstgloves.php
http://www.stretchy.org/catsuit/extr...s/complex.html

Since Luke's gloves only come up to his knuckles, you don't have to worry about sewing the fingers on. Just trace the pattern around your hand and end it at the part of your hand where the fingers stem from the palm. You can then add the bias tape/trim around the top of the glove. Same goes for the thumb, just make sure to make it a little roomy. Stretchy material like spandex, jersey and other knits, and lycra work best.
Actually, I was looking at the first store for Luke's wigs. I actually like alot of the wigs they sell in that store on Ebay. Let alone they are really reasonable. Do you know if they are thick? Or ever bought from them?

Also, all the advice you've given was rather helpful. I hope to get started on Luke within the next couple of weeks.
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Unread 09-27-2007, 10:06 PM   #6
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Seconds-Please is on my favorites list ^.^ I bought my Eirika and Feena wigs from her, and my newest yet-to-be-revealed cosplay. I did sew 2 wigs together for both Eirika and Feena, because they have such voluminous hair (the blue wig in that tutorial I wrote is Eirika's).

I have not bought from Designer Wigs, but I know some people who have and really like their products.
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Unread 09-28-2007, 08:23 AM   #7
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Seconds-Please is on my favorites list ^.^ I bought my Eirika and Feena wigs from her, and my newest yet-to-be-revealed cosplay. I did sew 2 wigs together for both Eirika and Feena, because they have such voluminous hair (the blue wig in that tutorial I wrote is Eirika's).

I have not bought from Designer Wigs, but I know some people who have and really like their products.
That's good to hear. I'm almost tempted to buy from Seconds-Please. They have some beautiful wigs (not only for Luke, but other cosplays too). XD
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Unread 10-01-2007, 05:29 PM   #8
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hey, ur the person who helped me for Guy ^^ who i'm cospalying as =D Thanks btw ^^

Well I can't say much for the wig and gloves but the sword you can try cardboard, paper mache, or styrofoam.

This is a random question but....anyone goin to Oni con?
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Unread 10-02-2007, 06:02 PM   #9
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Nope, the cons I have planned are the following:

Youma, Ohayo, A & G Ohio, Tekkosho, ACen, AX (big possibility), Otakon and Ikasu Con for the following year. I may add a few more in, depending on fundage though.
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Unread 10-03-2007, 05:31 PM   #10
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ooh a new tales thread.

im cosplaying as tabatha from tales of symphonia and was wondering if anyone might be able to recommend a wig other then cosworx ^^; i wont be sewing this and wearing it till after halloween since im busy with a costume for that occasion as well, however ill most definitely post pictures of my tabatha since there a severe lack of cosplayers of her...she deserves to be done some justice

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ah the question always raised by tales games in particular (or so it seems) what color is their hair truly? xD im afraid i cant help you there
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Unread 10-03-2007, 07:31 PM   #11
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Too bad you're not going to Sugoi, Kala, my friends and I are putting together a decent size Abyss group for the con (our Luke is doing short hair version, though.)

I've got my own wig problems too. I'm pretty much sure of everything EXCEPT the wigs for our Ion and Sync- wigs in that shade of green just aren't MADE, and I don't want to buy ones that are bright and saturated, so I've been digging around for a dark grey wig on cosworx that I can dye with the FW method.

The Amanda in color 44 is what I've tentatively settled on, since they're BOTH getting hacked, caulked, and styled to hell anyway, but I'm a tad afraid that since it's a brown-grey, instead of a black-grey, it'll throw off the color >< Opinions?

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...Doushi_Ion.jpg
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<--for the sake of reference XD

I was going to say something about Luke's gloves, but Fire Lily beat me to it XD. They shouldn't be that bad.
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Unread 10-03-2007, 07:39 PM   #12
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Cosworx is good. Someone pointed out which wig I can get for Stahn. But I'm going to work on it much much later.
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Unread 10-03-2007, 07:54 PM   #13
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I do so adore cosworx, and since at this point we're ordering six wigs, a couple wig heads, plus tons of bobby pins and wig caps, it's just better to order all at once and save on some shipping XD

Speaking of, for our short-haired luke, I think I was going to get the Linda S in Henna Red and style it shorter, if that helps any Kala.
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Unread 10-03-2007, 11:51 PM   #14
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Too bad you're not going to Sugoi, Kala, my friends and I are putting together a decent size Abyss group for the con (our Luke is doing short hair version, though.)

I've got my own wig problems too. I'm pretty much sure of everything EXCEPT the wigs for our Ion and Sync- wigs in that shade of green just aren't MADE, and I don't want to buy ones that are bright and saturated, so I've been digging around for a dark grey wig on cosworx that I can dye with the FW method.

The Amanda in color 44 is what I've tentatively settled on, since they're BOTH getting hacked, caulked, and styled to hell anyway, but I'm a tad afraid that since it's a brown-grey, instead of a black-grey, it'll throw off the color >< Opinions?

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...Doushi_Ion.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...Synch_pic3.jpg
<--for the sake of reference XD

I was going to say something about Luke's gloves, but Fire Lily beat me to it XD. They shouldn't be that bad.
Oooh, I'll be going to Sugoicon. Hopefully my group will also be from Tales of the Abyss, I'm planning on Natalia, my brother is going to be the big version of Tokunaga, and my older daughter is going to be Anise. We might have a Jade if she gets her stuff done, but my younger daughter is going to be from Tales of Mobile (Tales of Tactics) as Rukku, Rukko? Luke? I don't know her name, but she's this cute little thing with pink hair.
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Unread 10-04-2007, 12:01 AM   #15
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Oh boy, new Tales thread! *gets in on this, hoho*

Oh my, I've still got so much stuff to do. My friends need me to make them Dist and Tear costumes, and then I've got a few Jade versions to do after that. And I still haven't finished Moses. Eeeeek XD;
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