Well that was exhausting, validating, and fun. It’s the first time I’ve gone to an event with the express purpose of cosplaying for three days, and I had no idea how it would go.
It went awesomely.
Photo byNingkun Lu
Saturday was the most crowded day, and we had our camera guy following us around as well. The photo requests started as soon as we got into the convention, and really didn’t stop till we left. We managed to hook up with another Warden and ran around as a party for a while, then did the cosplay parade on the main stage for a laugh…
Photo byKeith Smith
And also did some relaxing in the dedicated area set aside for cosplayers to hang out, rest, and do repairs. Hawke sisters chilling..
Photo by Kylie Scollick
Day 2 was our off day, on which we weren’t required for filming, so the monsters got to cosplay. It was interesting watching people try to work out if they should recognise them, and I overheard several Mums and Dads asking their kids what they were. Some people got it, others didn’t, but the monsters (as usual) got lots of hugs and toots of horns as they walked down the road from the motel.
Dangle as Slave Leia, Mangle as Morpheus (but looks more like a vampire IMO)
Tangle as Neo
Photos byArkham City Comics
Day 3 was contest day and I was nervous as fuck, mostly because electronics. I knew the lights would work if I got my wrist flick right, but I wasn’t sure I’d get it right even though I’d practiced heaps. Of course, it worked out fine. Better still, someone caught it on camera.
Photo byRed Tail Design
Our cameraman also caught it on video, but we won’t be seeing that for a while because he got So.Much.Footage. that he’ll be at it a while to turn it into a 10 minute video. When it’s published I’ll link it and you can hear my rank kiwi accent as I rave about geeky stuff, and wave my arms around in a vaguely magical looking way. *ahem* Meanwhile, have a pic.
And I also ran into some other Dragon Age cosplayers from Wellington (and a barbarian from Diablo 3) and we made a party and ran round being silly for shits and giggles..
Photo byJ toy master Hobby ONE
Weirdest party ever. We decided that qunari must aspire to be dwarves, which would explain all the squatting. And yes for those who are geeky about Dragon Age, that elf on the end is the one from the PC loading screen. She is awesome and beautiful and I have costume envy.
And we got on TV! (we’re at 0:50 for about half a second, yelling our heads off).
I didn’t get a prize in the contest but I really don’t mind because a) my balls worked! Eeeee! and b) the quality of the cosplay was so high that it’s no insult to not get a prize in that company. Honestly, I picked about 6 other costumes that I thought were better than mine, that didn’t get a prize either. I’m in very good company. 😉
And the one that won, well.. even if you’re not into the whole Hunger Games fandom (which I’m not really), anyone who’s ever tried to make anything ever will appreciate the workmanship and quality and creativity that went into it:
She fully deserved to win the Trans-Tasman Cup for this IMO.
So yeah, as first experiences go that was pretty awesome. I have my next costume lined up already, and have decided that to challenge myself I’m going to do all the weaving involved by hand.
And Inquisition is out in three weeks, and I *just know* there’ll be some obscure character in there whose costume makes me go *slobber* and the whole thing will start again. Never mind Dr Wheel’s Amazing Idea…..