but its not a likely cosplay

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Finally started painting the white onto this one. Its been sitting around for weeks as I’ve been devoting all my time to cosplay. 

The white markings are more of an experiment than anything right now, I’ve only done the one side (and pretty messy at that) as I try to figure out what I want to do. I like the idea of part of the white markings on the face continuing down the back, but I’m not so sure about the fins. They’re so thin the white kind of overtakes the red so I am hesitant about adding them to the leg armor. But, does that then make the leg armor look unfinished or out of place?  Not sure if I should leave the white to a minimum, or go all out with it. 

So i decided to cosplay Sniper!Lance instead of generic 100% cannon Lance since I’m…really weak for the sniper lance thing. So I decided to design the gun! I’m probably gonna stick with this design unless you guys have feedback ;v; (which i would love to hear omg…..)  
I probably won’t be making this until the end of october tbh. 

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Chainmail myths and the foibles of “historical testing”,

Chainmail armor is perhaps the most misunderstood type of armor in history, often viewed by people who don’t know much about ancient or medieval weapons as a low quality lesser form of armor. Unfortunately nothing could be further from the truth, and the reputation of chainmail has suffered as a result. Typically when one thinks of chainmail one thinks of Europe and the Middle Ages. In fact, chainmail has been used all over the world by many cultures and dates to ancient times, including civilizations such as the Ancient Celts (who possibly invented mail), Ancient Rome,Medieval Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, India, Southeast Asia, China, and Japan.  Chainmail was even used by warriors in remote areas well into the 19th and early 20th century. Today chainmail is still in use, used by butchers and meatpackers to protect from accidental cuts, used in stab resistant vests employed by law enforcement, and even used by divers to protect against shark bites.

There are many reasons why chainmail is looked down upon by modern peoples uneducated on the effectiveness of ancient or medieval armor.  Contributors include movies and video games.  One common source which I feel contributes the most to the chainmail myth is modern “historical testing” of chainmail armor, often on TV shows such as on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, or the many Youtube videos on the subject.  Typically what occurs in this testing is that a so called historian or expert will test a piece of replica chainmail against replica weapons.  To the amazement of the viewer, the mail is sliced to smithereens with a sword, skewered like a kabob with spears, and pierced to death with arrows.  To the uneducated viewer, it would seem that chainmail was a completely useless type of armor, and even the most reputable of sources makes similar claims, that chainmail was deficient and was not effective for protection.  I can think of no better example than this clip from a History Channel show, the testing of which begins around 2:50.


There is a problem with the idea that chainmail was ineffective, and even basic reasoning and logic should expose that problem.  After all, if chainmail was so ineffective, why did anyone bother to wear it into combat? Why did knights, nobles, and soldiers spend fortunes on chainmail when it was almost useless?  Why would cultures across the world spanning thousands of years bother using it if it didn’t do its job of offering bodily protection?

The truth of the matter is that in reality, chainmail was exceedingly effective for its purpose, and in the cultures that it was used, in the time periods it was used, it was often among the best if not the very best option available. A warrior who went into battle wearing mail had a much greater advantage over opponents with lesser armor or no armor at all. So why do these “historical tests” often show it as being ineffective? First, it must be known that there are two basic types of historical chainmail, butted and riveted. There is a third type, welded mail, but this is mostly a modern creation that wasn’t used in history. Butted chainmail is a constructed out of wire bent into rings with the ends touching. The wire ends are abutting hence the name “butted” mail. There’s nothing fastening the two ends together, thus butted mail tends to be very weak and easy to damage.

The other common type is riveted chainmail. Riveted mail consists of metal rings that are fastened together with a metal pin or rivet.  As a result, riveted mail is much stronger than butted mail, in fact it’s typically 10 to 15 times stronger. Generally speaking riveted mail also tends to have a denser weave using better quality materials.

Butted chainmail really only has one purpose; as costume armor.  It is not meant to be used as real protective armor, and there are only a few examples throughout history of butted mail being used in combat.  Soldiers, knights, and warriors throughout history almost always used riveted mail due to its strength.  I cannot stress this point enough, butted mail is not real armor.  It is cheap costume armor produced for collecting, LARPing, cosplay, trick or treating, or perhaps ceremonial purposes.  It is not made to protect someone in combat. I should also note that in combat a suit of mail was typically not worn alone, but often worn with a padded jacket such as a gambeson. This not only added extra protection, but prevented chaffing and discomfort.

So in historical tests performed on TV or Youtube, what type of armor is most typically used? Well, whether its ignorance or because the producer bought a cheap piece of armor in order to save a few bucks, more likely than not butted mail will be used.  Thus why such experiments often have terrible results.

Unfortunately there are few tests using actual chainmail armor with riveted links.  However those few that do exist have a totally different story to tell and show just how effective chainmail really is.

In this video a person actually wears a suit of riveted mail while his friend stabs him with a knife.

I would suggest checking out some youtube channels such as skallagrim, the metatron, scholagladiatora, ThegnThrand, knyghterrynt, and shadiversity.  They do a good job dispelling the many myths about ancient and medieval weapons and armor, as well as giving loads of quality historical information.

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KINGDOM HEARTS ♔ 15TH ANNIVERSARY
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Original “King” Ardyn version

So. Long story short: To accompany my dear as older Noct I needed a ball outfit fir Ardyn. So I cane up with an design for him. I wanted it to be “Ardyn”, more elegant and kingly with a mix of historical and Insomnia style clothing. Thats what i came up with. I really enjoyed creating something on my own again. I will wesr it next weekend and have some pics with makeup later.

*whispers* Still waiting for @jlavisant to draw it…

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I’ve only shared my SW fanart here on Tumblr so far, but art is really just a side-hobby to my real passion - costuming.  I mainly focus on historical costumes, so when I first watched TFA, I instantly noticed all of the similarities between Kylo’s outfit and women’s fashion from around 1909, especially since there was a big fad for pleated sleeves and collars around that date.  So one of the first things that I did after watching the movie was to doodle this little dress idea and start looking for historical garments with Kylo-esque elements. I made my Edwardian Kylo costume last summer, and I got to wear it to a con with some friends who designed their own historical versions of Star Wars costumes from a wide variety of eras. I think we confused a lot of people, but it was a ton of fun!  The dress on its own can pass for an authentic Edwardian gown pretty easily, but I also made some more obviously Kylo accessories - like the saber-hilt parasol, belt-buckle, and a First Order enameled purse - so people will get the joke.  

              Welcome Home, Master! ”

Dang it, I was late for Maidens day, but only by a day! Have a cute maid Prompto inspired by my baes over at @owlteria and @letshareapapou! We all did cute maids this year so you should check out their awesome art! Prompto is ready to clean up your mess now!~
     Treat him nicely, okay!

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Uh, so I haven’t posted my face in a while, but i do sometimes on this blog so this is me, hi? :D

Pseudo costest of Yuuri (who turned out to have more natural makeup than my usual cosplays so is also like half just normal me lol), who I’ll be cosplaying at Katsucon this coming Thurs-Sun! Will have actual cosplays then, Stammi Vicino Yuuri is my main but I also have a fem!Eros Yuuri original design <3 Was surprisingly nervous because I’ve drawn Yuuri countless times in 2D but it’s very different on your own face… ^ ^; Hopefully is passable LOL

I got my hair cut just for this today, and well it was getting a bit long anyway and saves me from having to get a lace front wig ^ ^;;

Before (yeah lopped off a fair amount):

also bonus with glasses (not cosplay glasses, actual every day glasses but eh close enough in shape at least ^ ^;)

in which sage makes another edit for these rad dudes

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@enjoloras // @softgrantaire

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First batch of pictures from this weekend!!! @tokenqueerkid and I did a little mini-shoot of Dirk and Jake from @callmearcturus‘s awesome fic twycc! The lake was very photogenic for us and I am eternally thankful that the weather held up. Shoutout to @nootnootcosplay for taking the pictures, and also to felicia for drawing the awesome tattoos.

Please on click these to see them in HIGH-QUALITY and to see my witty captions.

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Noct test-shooting - Tenebrae Theme

Last week I finally had the chance to take photos of my dear as Noctis! The weather was awesome and we had a great time. Hopefully you like the outcome too. :) Its a test-shooting. So she can see what she has to work on for future shootings.

Crazy the difference makeup and 12 years in Azkaban can make, huh? ;) My makeup on the left was done by the amazing @aegiskitty ; I did the Sirius cosplay makeup on the right. I’m actually more familiar with fx makeup than the regular stuff, so I definitely needed some pointers. Pointer one: we nixed the beard on the left.