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Steampunk Nightmare Moon Cosplay Tutorial: Coat

So my favorite My Little Pony character is Nightmare Moon. She is an amazing villain but I only wish we had seen more of her!

A while back I decided to make a MLP cosplay. I debated which character to play for a while (my choices had been Rainbow Dash, Princess Luna, Doctor Whooves, and Derpy. I might play Derpy at some point, but in this style instead because I really love it-

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But anyway, those were my choices)
Then it hit me that I wanted to do a villain (because I really love the baddies – they are just too fun not to love). I loved them all and it was hard to choose but I eventually decided on Nightmare Moon: The first villain. (Maybe I’ll do ’em all and make a small series, who knows?).
But instead of doing the traditional Nightmare Moon, I wanted to put a spin on it. Steampunk more specifically.
I decided to start with the coat. My dad has these old black, long raincoats. I nabbed one from him because I knew it’s be the perfect coat once it was finished. So here’s where I tell you how you can make your own.

1. Get some of this Webbing paint by Krylon in silver. This was on sale in the craft section at my Walmart, I got three cans but only used two. You’ll want to get 3 depending on how much coverage you want, the size of your coat, and because it’s always nice to have extra in case something goes wrong. This stuff dries really fast – not even 5 minutes. But leave the coat out overnight so the paint can cure.

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2. Get your coat and hang it on a hanger, then hang it somewhere you’re ok with getting a bit of paint on (I.e a fence post or the edge of the fence), you’ll want to do this outside seeing as this paint can have some strong fumes. Also my coat had a matte finish which really made it look Steampunk – so you might want to make sure yours has a similar finish if that’s the look you’re going for.

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3. Begin painting, I painted in streaks and ribbons. You can’t mess up with this paint – it’s just about impossible.

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4. When you’re finished painting you can put a seal on it I you like, but this paint doesn’t really chip and the finish it’s got is pretty perfect so I didn’t use a seal on mine.

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ALTERNATIVE SUGGESTION
I’ve never done this so it might not work – but then again it might. Paint a black coat silver (all over, but it doesn’t need to be a thick coat), then take some sandpaper/sand block/nail file and start sanding away at the paint. This’ll make the paint start to wear away and make it look distressed. This can be time consuming but it can be a more custom look. I think you’ll also definitely want to put a seal on this – the paint will definitely fleck from the sanding. And remember to let the paint fully dry before sanding (otherwise you’ll just have a mess).

That’s all for this post, if you have any questions, suggestions, ideas, or suggestions, please leave them in the comments sections and we’ll get back to you!

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosplay Plans

Ok, so I saw te new marvel movie Guardians if the Galaxy this past Saturday and it was EPIC.
Thus I must make some cosplays!
I will begin with Groot (he has no props and I think with some creativity this costume can easily be made within a week I think)

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After Groot, I’ll do Rocket. The details on his suit will take some time (especially seeing as my sewing skills aren’t that advanced) and his gun will take some thinking (if you have any ideas or suggestions, please leave them in the comments! I would be extremely grateful!). And I think I’m gonna do some extreme makeup to get the raccoon look.

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And then there’s Pete. He has 4 props (2 guns, a mask, and the rockets on his boots) and his jacket is leather and has a little more detail to it than a normal leather jacket.

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If you have any questions, suggestions, tips, or comments, as always feel free to leave them in the comments section and we’ll get back to you!

League of Legends Cosplay Inspiration Pictures (Diana and Katarina)

Ok, so I definitely want to do a LoL Cosplay (too cool to pass on). I love Diana’s Classic skin

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But Kat is also a favorite (I can play a good game as bot Kat)

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The problem is – that’s a little more midriff than I wanna show. So instead I was thinking of Kat’s other skin which would be High Command Kat

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Which is cooler in my opinion. Plus I’m liking the belted peepholes on the sides.

Post question: which LoL character would you cosplay?
Bonus question (in case you don’t play LoL or want some extra brownie points) how would you begin building a High Command Kat or Classic Diana cosplay?

The Private Eye cosplay

I am in love with The Private Eye comic from panelsyndicate.com. And particularly, the coat the main character has. I’ve been looking for a white jacket with a hood fro a while, but haven’t had any luck. So, when my dad came home with rain ponchos for this weekends music festival, and I ended up with the white one, I thought, “Why not?”.

 

I don’t have any pictures of my wearing it yet (no doubt I’ll take them this weekend), but here is how I made it.

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First off, I went to the first issue, where I knew there was a couple good pictures of the jacket’s hood. I took a screenshot, and then blew the picture up until it was about the same size as the back of my hood.

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Then I took a normal piece of printing paper, and held it over my screen as I traced out the design. I also traced out the lines of the center of the hood, although I didn’t put that on my hood, just so that I could center it correctly.

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Voila! Finished sketch!

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Then I held it under the hood, trying to center it. I used a plastic head, to help keep the paper smooth against the hood so I could see the lines clearly. After centering it, I took the pen I used on the paper, and did another tracing. I didn’t’ take any pictures past this point, but i’ll do my best to explain what I did.

After tracing the pattern onto the hood, I took a big book, and set it inside the hood, so that it could lay flat. You could do that how you wanted to, honestly, even just keep it on the head. I then took a Sharpie and traced the pattern again, lengthening the mouth a bit, and filling in all the places that needed to be black. I then took some yellow paint, and filled in the eyes.

I decided that I needed to actually paint the teeth white to make them stand out, so I did that next. All the painting took a few goes, as I almost always had to go back over at least parts of the sharpie again, because I got paint on the lines.

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I let it dry overnight and the next day. When I got home, I took it outside (again on the plastic head), and took some clear spray-paint and sprayed over it, to make sure it stayed waterproof. I did two coats, and after that dried, I left it hanging in my room for a few more hours to make sure, then folded it up to take to the festival!

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It’s just a little thing, and even though I look ridiculous in a rain poncho (but then again, who doesn’t?) It’s something that will make wearing it more fun. And jesus, it truly is more scary in real life ass apposed to the comic book. I love it. – Dita