Getting my geek on

Another day, another costume…

A friend of some friends is running a LARP (Live Action Role-Playing game) and they needed another player. I’m pretty excited. The only other LARP I’ve played was where I met some of said friends and it was a lot of fun. In this one I’m playing no less than the King of the Wood Elves. It’s going to be great.

GEEK LEVEL: EPIC!!

And not only am I playing a fairly epic character, some of the other players are experienced cosplayers. So I need a moderately epic costume. I had some ideas that I’d never put into practice and when I gave them a go, it turned out even better than I thought it would.

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It’s all actually made out of cheap buckets from the local hardware store. Just slit a bucket down the side, cut off the rim and base, blast it with a heat gun to flatten it and remove the shine and you end up with a sheet of plastic that can be cut up, shaped, stuck together and painted.

The black bucket strips actually looked pretty close to leather once I’d finished ‘treating’ them. I had to spray paint it, though. The King of the Wood Elves probably wouldn’t dress like an assassin. It did look awesome all in black, though. A couple of cheap belts and a bunch of little split rivets and the whole thing came together really easily. I’m adding a green bed sheet cloak and faux-fur mantle to hopefully make it pop a bit more.

And that’s where my creative energies have been directed lately.