Guys, I have just finished cosplaying as Altair and I felt that I HAD to share what I did and where did I buy things from.
I bought the costume for £100 from a Chinese eBay seller who had lot of +ve feedback. I was disappointed with the dress as it wasn't made to size even though I had provided a lot of my measurements. The dress basically looked like this :
The dress was basically (Hood & zipped jacket + skirt + trouser) + (shoulder & back strap + left and right arm vambraces + black velvet gloves for both hands + left and right leg vambrace + belly belt with sword and knife pouches.
Because of the size issue, I had to tailoringly alter the hood, skirt and trouser. The arm vambraces were badly made as they weren't a tight fit - I had to loosen and remove some stitches and also shorten the straps. The knife holders were too big and held by mere safety pins. I cut them to required size and used Leather adhesive to stick themselves up and then stick them to the belly belt.
As I was on a budget, I didn't want to go and buy expensive boots. I bought Tan Brown LAIR TRAX shoes from Clarks for £35 and then used some dark shoe polish to turn them to dark brown shoes that matched the leg vambrace colour.
THE PLATED VAMBRACE
The plated vambrace that I had recieved was just rubbish! I decided to make my own plated vambrace. After much googling, I found this template :
I printed it out and carefully used PVA glue across the silver areas with a paintbrush. This gave it a sort of beveleld effect.
I then stuck these to a box cardboard using PVA glue and then used Silver acrylic paint to go over the silver areas with a brush. Finally , I used black acryclic paint for the black areas. Finally, I used a CD marker pen to sketch and sharpen the edges.
I then cut them out carefully with a Xacto knife ( Bought from ATLANTIS art store , Acrylic paints bought from Wilkinsons for 99p each! ) and bent them so they matched my arm's curved shape.
Finally, I stuck them using leather adhesive to my vambrace, mking sure that only the top edges were glued and that each plate ran on top of another.
Since MCM EXPO didn't allow metal weapons, I had to use Foamboard to make my knives and back short sword.
I drew a template of a throwing knife and cut it out with an Xacto. I then scraped the knives at a 45 degrees angle on both sides to give the Trianglish look. I also used medium sandpaper to smooth the edges.