Costume design in CATWS: Nick Fury, Black Widow, and SHIELD.

There’s a certain internal consistency to the costumes at S.H.I.E.L.D., with Maria Hill and most of the Helicarrier personnel wearing navy blue uniforms (the same shade as Cap’s new uniform and his nylon biker jacket in this movie, incidentally), and characters like Coulson and Agent 13 wearing subdued businesswear.

Nick Fury does not fall into either category. He’s sure as hell not wearing normal clothes that could blend into his surroundings, and I highly doubt that his outfits adhere to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s official uniform. Instead, I can only describe his favourite costume as some kind of supervillain-themed black leather cosplay outfit.

Yes, Nick Fury is a goth.



Recent cool-down: the eternally boss Rocket and Groot.

This one falls within my Harajuku Marvels series (see: Captain + Ms. Marvels and the Hawkeyes) but ended up a fashion plate over a street shot.

Started this one aaaages ago — before work + vacation ate my September — and I wanted to wrap it up before work + prep for Meta Con devours my October, so I stole a half-hour last night and did so.

Now, back to the grindstone!

Monday Fic Recs

Gen (Supernatural/Frasier)

Guns ‘n’ Neuroses by innie

Niles and Frasier, hunters of the supernatural.


Gen (MCU)

Revisionist History by hitlikehammers

He writes the book as a coping mechanism. The Adventures of Star-Lord isn’t a best seller, but it does help Gregg Quill get over the loss of his daughter, his grandson: helps him pick back up and keep on living.

He doesn’t expect, almost thirty years later, to find that his little Star-Lord has grown into the galaxy’s Star-Lord.

He doesn’t expect to have the story come to life before him, in the flesh: with a few crucial revisions.

He certainly doesn’t expect Peter to come back home.

This is so sweet!

No Worse, At Least by newredshoes

Garrett wants the Winter Soldier. Ward wants to be the man who brings him in.

Yes, I am a terrible person but I took immense satisfaction from this. Uh, if you like Ward you might want to avoid this one. There’s no character death, because that’s not my thing, but it probably still warrants a warning.

Steve/Bucky (MCU)

Unusual Weather by novembersmith

Bucky’s been at the Avengers Tower for three weeks before he finally gives in to Steve’s gentle coaxing and Stark’s cheerful waving of fistfuls of circuits, and lets them scan the arm.

It doesn’t go well.


The Natural Progression of the Colour Wheel by noharlembeat

The incredible thing, the undeniably overwhelming thing, is that when it’s all over, when the haze of trying to catch the man that killed Erskine subsides and the adrenaline boils out of Steve’s system, is that suddenly he notices color.

or: Steve lives his life in tones of monochrome, until something comes to sharpen his sight into color

This is the first fic I’ve read about Steve being colourblind before the serum and it’s beautiful

For Operational Reasons by odsbodkins

SHIELD decides that the best way of keeping the Winter Soldier as their most valuable covert agent is to let (almost) everyone think he’s dead or disappeared.

EEE! Secret relationship adorableness!

Cryogenics by sodafly

“What is there to know?” Bucky asks although he knows the answer, leaning into the gentle touch. Gentleness is something so unfamiliar.


“We’re the same Steve. We’re the Winter Soldier.”

“Then why do I call you Bucky and why do you call me Steve?”


AU where both Steve and Bucky fall from the train and become the Winter Soldiers

This is an amazing idea and it’s written perfectly

Untitled by soshhy

He doesn’t want to make a huge production of it. He just wants to make it special. Not nice-restaurant-ring-in-the-champagne-flute special. Something that’s special for Steve. Something worthy of Steve, that shows Bucky knows exactly the proposal he would like best. It’s gotta be romantic as all hell.

And Bucky’s got nothing.

This the cutest thing and to add to the adorableness it was a birthday gift to me. YAY!

Still a Soldier in Your Mind by torakowalski

The man doesn’t look like Hydra; he’s wrapped up in a coat that’s too big for him, the sleeve of the left arm empty, and a dirty cap pulled down over his eyes. He looks cold down to his bones.

This is just the sweetest

Phil/Clint (MCU)

The One You Want To Forget by torakowalski

You’ve lost a little time,” Phil tells him. “I need to talk to you about some things.”


Hagane's new project - Star-Lord

So, it’s been a ride, but I think now is a good time to draw a line under my Shepard cosplay and start something new.

As a result, I’ve been thinking a lot about what to try next; a few things have been suggested by others, but there’s one character I keep coming back to.


You probably guessed it! From one space-faring hero to another.

So, why Star-Lord?

Firstly, I should say that the movie Guardians of the Galaxy absolutely blindsided me. I’ll be honest, before the hubbub about the movie, although I was familiar with the character (like I could’ve named him, if you’d shown me a picture) I knew almost nothing about him.

Despite that, the film was my movie highlight of the summer, and I’ve been listening to the soundtrack every day-or-so for weeks.

The most striking thing though about Star-Lord is his charismatic attitude:


I’ve really enjoyed cosplaying as Shepard, but he can bit a bit wooden (BroShep, particularly). This is no criticism of Shepard as a character (he is, after all, both a soldier and a player avatar, so the character has to toe-the-line between actor and blank slate). I thought for my next cosplay, I’d pick someone a bit more jovial and fun.


Secondly, as was the case with the Shepard outfit, I always want to try and challenge myself - to attempt something that I don’t 100% know how to do when I start. I did briefly consider doing a Shepard mk2, or Garrus, or perhaps a Tau Fire Warrior, but all of those would use very similar build techniques to my Shepard armour.

Some elements of Star-Lord will be fine. The helmet, for example, or the gun - these things will take work, but I’m confident I can do them after my work on similar stuff for my Shepard armour.

On the other hand, I’m going to need to learn a bit of tailoring, and I won’t lie - that TERRIFIES me. Seriously. People at cons with awesome tailored outfits speak to me and say things like “I could never build armour” - well here’s a secret - I run a MILE at the sight of a sewing machine.

Thirdly and finally, there’s one more reason, and that has to do with Chris Pratt’s portrayal in the GotG movie.

One of the things I worked at during my Shepard build was my weight. Longtime followers will know that this came from specific medical advice. I lost more than enough weight to deal with that, but in the process, I realised that I actually enjoyed testing myself physically in this way. As a result, I have another challenge, which forms the first part of the cosplay:


I’ve decided to set a new goal; to try and achieve a new peak of physical fitness as part of the Star-Lord costume. Naturally I don’t have to achieve that kind of look (Chris Pratt worked at it 5-hours-a-day for 6 months, after all), but I’m going to try my hardest and see how far I get.

And for the record, this isn’t a “fat shaming” thing; this is something I want to do, not because I feel I should do, but just because I want to challenge myself to do it. I’m not suggesting I “need” to lose the weight to cosplay the character, or that anyone else needs to - I just think it’ll be fun.

My deadline is Summer 2015.

So, wish me luck! I’ll try to update at regular intervals with my progress. If you want to follow things as they progress, be sure to follow my blog!