If you hear a strange noise don’t go “investigate” it. If it’s a major concern of yours, or you’re scared for your life, at least call the cops first. It could be a squirrel or a human, don’t always assume the worst. Don’t just ignore it, and don’t talk to it either.
Screw matches. Just don’t use them. They’ll burn out too quick, burn your fingers, and wind will blow them straight out.
Candles are also a no. Although they’ll burn longer than matches, wind can blow them right out. The only thing they’re good for is summoning and spells.
Lighters are best used for burning bodies, not as a source of light. They can be unreliable at times.
Don’t even think about flashlights and/or lanterns. They ALWAYS die.
Use glow-sticks. Massive, long-lasting, industrial strength glow-sticks. Attach them to a wrist band if you want. In fact, bring an entire arsenal of them with you.
If you’re outside don’t pick up a small branch as a weapon, find a rock or a THICK branch.
A small kitchen knife won’t help you. Grab a cleaver, or better yet, a machete as a weapon.
Shotguns are the shit but run out of ammo too fast, take time to reload and aren’t so great for extremely close up. I’d recommend a sawed shotgun, or something that can hold loads of ammo. Bring extra ammo with you as well.
If you run out of ammo, don’t just drop your gun, THROW it at thing that’s chasing you. Throw it HARD, at it’s face.
LOOK WHERE YOU’RE RUNNING! Don’t trip on something and just sit there like “this is it, this is how it ends”. Get the hell up and RUN!
Something is chasing you and you found a hiding spot? Don’t leave your hiding spot after thirty seconds because you think the thing may have ran past you, stay in the hiding spot, and no peaking around it for the thing that’s chasing you.
Screw simple salt circles. You know your house is haunted? Hot glue salt circles and lines everywhere!
You made a deal ten years ago? Hot glue goofer dust everywhere!
Bless your sprinkler system and pool’s water supply. Fill water guns with holy water.
Melt down silver, iron, and mix it with rock salt and holy water to create bullets. Carve in a demon trap or put one in the mold.
Combine silver and iron in your handmade weapons, such as knives and swords.
You see a sickly person creeping up on you who won’t respond, don’t continue to talk to it, it’s a zombie! Hack it’s fucking head off with your machete.
Don’t draw/paint demon traps, carve them into things.
Don’t whisper “Christo” unless you have some sort of plan for in case the person’s eyes go black.
Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to contact a dead person.
Don’t fuck or have any sort of relationship with Sam Winchester.
Don’t dig up graves during the day.
Combine salt with kerosene or gasoline BEFORE digging up a grave. You don’t want ghosts and shit trying to kill you while you take your sweet time salting the rotting corpse then applying gasoline, before playing with matches/a lighter.
If you feel like you’re being watched, you are. Get the hell out and never look back.
A kind of random question, but for your Hiccup cosplay how did you make the leather dragon scale tunic?
Thank you so much for asking!!! :) Glad to respond, friend! I will say that because I’m a very new cosplayer and I like to experiment and explore rather than read tutorials, this might not be an incredibly intelligent or efficient solution to crafting Hiccup’s dragon scale undershirt, but I feel like it sort of got the job done. :) At least, it’s the part of my cosplay that I have the fewest problems with.
So for photo reference, I’ll just show again what the leather dragon scale tunic looks like for my older!Hiccup cosplay:
- Scissors - Paper and sharpie - Hot glue gun and loads and loads and loads and loads of glue - Loose shirt, preferably long, preferably light - Loads of brown leather - Thick needle and a spool of thread
The fact that I completely used leather for the exterior actually wasn’t as expensive as you might think. Thrift stores are your friend. I bought two really, really large leather jackets from the men’s department of Savers and then tore those apart for my brown leather materials. If you’re inhumanly lucky, you can get a leather jacket for as low as $10-15, though you’re more likely looking at $20-$30. Still a lot cheaper than purchasing the fabric new.
Before I begin, it might be helpful seeing what this undershirt of Hiccup’s looks like without the breastplate, the belt, or anything else covering it.
Awkward side photo with my arm lifted so you can see the sleeve hole
So then. Procedure. :)
1. The first thing I did was cut out a pattern from paper for a single dragon scale. I made it triangular with a flat, straight-line top and a curved bottom. I then ripped apart the leather jackets and traced the dragon scale pattern onto the leather again and again, avoiding the seams. Then I cut all of those out.
2. This is the part where binge-watching television was necessary for my sanity. I took a semi-loose thin black shirt from a thrift store, cut it down the front, and hand-stitched every dragon scale onto that shirt (my skills, trust, and access to sewing machines are all notably limited). I started at the very bottom of the shirt and stitched only along the flat-line top of each dragon scale. Then I sewed the next row, slightly overlapping the scales so that they formed the familiar pattern we see on Hiccup’s shirt. The overlaps would hide all the stitches from the previous lower row. I didn’t place scales all the way up to the top - just high enough so that when the breastplate was on, you would see only scales and not the underlying starter shirt.
Note that I did sew on two cloth flaps at the bottom of the shirt on either side for the thigh materials so that I could sew scales down there as well. I also had to be very careful that I kept the shirt the right size as I added scales - after all, leather isn’t quite as flexible a material as my underlying fabric, and I didn’t want to end up making the undershirt too loose.
3. After everything was sewn on, I then hot glued the scales down to the shirt and secured them completely so that they would not flap up.
4. From the scraps of the old leather jackets, I still had not used the areas where the seams met. I cut those into strips and glued them along the borders of the tunic to create a lining. These strips were also what I used for the vertical straps running along either side of Hiccup’s torso. I made sure not to glue down those areas completely so I could slip belts through them appropriately.
The resulting texture is great so long as you don’t accidentally get hot glue strings everywhere (which of course I did because I’m a genius like that).
Here is a possibly slightly closer look at the fake “lining”. As you can see, it’s really just strips of leather glued along the edges. Nothing fancy.
5. I wanted to paint shoelaces brown and use those as the ties in the front Hiccup has, but eventually I abandoned that idea simply because it was a pain to make, lace up, keep the shirt secure, and the like. The simple pressure of two belts has always kept the tunic closed for me so that’s ended up working just fine, even if it makes my appearance slightly less “authentic”.
As observed below:
6. I added the black “dorsal fin” later. It’s basically just black craft foam attached to the back of the shirt on top of the scales.
More about the Tunic
If you want to make a Hiccup cosplay yourself, I’ll just tell you pros and cons of my procedure for this article of clothing so that you can improve upon me!
Pros: Correct materials, look great and authentic, comfortable to wear, incredibly easy to put on and take off, very solidly constructed overall, makes you feel like Hiccup, no mastery of sewing skills required.
Cons: What is washing?, not 100% accurate appearance-wise to movie, the lining edges look a little rough and need to be somewhat frequently repaired *especially* in areas around the belt buckles, makes you sweat a lot, takes a whole lot of time to make if you’re dedicated enough to hand-sew (and even if you’re not), cannot be converted easily into functional flight suit, difficult to match up brown leather color and texture between the jackets you buy.
I really hope this was decently-well worded, easy to follow, and helpful in at least some respect. :) Happy cosplaying, friend!
How do you make wings after you have the craft foam feathers?
Oh, it’s actually easy! Unfortunatly, I don’t have pictures of the progress…
I used this guide to help me since I was clueless on how to built the base!
Ivy Cosplay (it’s in Spanish but Google Translate helps!)
So yeah… You need Poultry Wire. It’s easy to find, I got mine at Rona (Home Depot or whatever it’s called in the States???), GOOD duck tape, lots of newspaper, fabric (I used black cotton) and if you want your poultry wire to keep a bend shape, use some metal coat hangers and form the shape with your strong manly arms. (but I didn’t do it because I’m laaazy)
Alright, so you need to measure how big you want them, right? I just took a piece of the poultry wire next to my waist to see how big I wanted them and cut the length. Don’t cut the shape you want or you won’t have enough to bend or form it. USE GLOVES TO AVOID POKING YOUR ARMS OUT. Like, leather cloves or ones with fabric on it, not the rubber ones. So, proceed bending and shaping your desired wing shape. The wire will keep the shape so if you mess up, just fix it and you can leave it next to your bed and sleep if you’re tired. It won’t run away, I swear. (If you want extra support, use the metal coat hangers. Put them underneath the structure.)
So, after the manly work, get your newspaper. You need to tape it ALL OVER including the inside because 1. the wire can just rip your skin off and 2. craft foam + wire = what??? It won’t stick together at all. So carefully tape+newspaper your base. When you’re done, you need some hot glue or mod podge to stick the fabric on the newspaper. If you’re using modpodge, it’ll take a few hours to dry. I used hot glue. Make sure to stretch the fabric while you glue it to have a smooth surface. Get some fabric inside the edges, don’t limit yourself to the surface.
When this is done and everything seems dry, you can proceed gluing your feathers! If you looked at the guide, you can see that she started from the far end. Why? Because you won’t be able to put the ones at the end UNDER the ones at the beginning if you don’t do that… This part is a bit frustrating because hot glue everywhere… If you already painted your feathers, BE CAREFUL because when hot glue dries on your paint, IT WILL RIP OFF THE PAINT. I avoid this by actually using spray paint. I painted my feathers AFTER gluing them. Since it’s a big surface, spray paint is actually the best option unless you want to paint them all by hand. That’s okay too. Be careful not to burn yourself… because you will… A LOT.
So you’ll get this! (when it’s not painted)
Spray paint it or paint it manually and you’ll almost be done!
Nah, I glued straps with crazyglue and sewed them on my petitcoat and added a few stitches on the back. (I should have put more, my petitcoat couldn’t handle the weight from behind!! It was falling but you can’t see it lol)