Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Cosplay Year 2013

At the end of 2012 I did a Cosplay Year Summary that summed up all the cons I've been to and all the cosplays I've worn during the year and I found this idea to be very funny. Guess what? Yupp, I decided to keep this newly found tradition up for the coming years as well! So what are we waiting for? Let's go!

My cosplay year as a whole has been a blast and I went to almost as many cons as last year! Heck I must say that this year has been my greatest cosplay year of all! Why? Simply because of Närcon 2013! I had a ton of fun with my friends there and I'd like to thank everyone who somehow spent their time with me be it during a whole con day, company friends or just a small chat we had! Thank you everyone for making Närcon 2013 to the best con of my life! Then let's not forget the con's amazing Guest of Honor himself - Hideo Baba. It wouldn't just be the best con experience without his presence! Thanks goes to all my friends who spent their time somehow with me during the other cons as well! Thank you! <3

This year I have been to the following cons:

Närcon Vinter 2013 - Linköping, Sweden
Skecon 2 - Skellefteå, Sweden
Animecon X - Kuopio, Finland
Närcon 2013 - Linköping, Sweden
Oulun Animeseminaari - Oulu, Finland
Tracon 8 - Tampere, Finland
Chibicon 2013 - Oulu, Finland

Here is what I have cosplayed during the year (only one version of each character shown, even if I might have done more than one version of the particular character):


Upper Row from left to right: Silver (Pokémon), Keisuke Sannan (Hakuōki: Shinsengumi Kitan), Sandshrew (Pokémon), Kratos Aurion (Tales of Symphonia)

Lower Row from left to right: Yamato "Matt" Ishida (Digimon), Uryū Ishida (Bleach), Luka Crosszeria (The Betrayal Knows My Name)

Happy New Year 2014!

Frozen Angel out.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Star Wars Cosplay Revealed!

THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS MAJOR STAR WARS SPOILERS. IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOVIES, THEN DON'T READ/SCROLL THIS POST! DON'T CARE? SCROLL AHEAD!

After being in Germany and watching all the Star Wars movies together with SanzoHoushi and Janina I just had to cosplay someone from Star Wars! So I took a step closer to become a Jedi!

During the end of November I was browsing through Toys "R" Us' online store and looking for a lightsaber that I could use for my Star Wars cosplay. I don't really see the point to make my own when you can buy good ones and I found a lightsaber there for a price above 600 SEK, which is pretty expensive. With the price of it being that high I sort of expect it to be of good quality enough to use in a cosplay and bought it. I haven't tested it yet, so that's what I'm about to do!

Lightsaber at its full height in original package. About 90 cm.
Close up on the upper front image. Cool, right? ~
Lightsaber in OFF mode.
Lightsaber in BLUE mode.
Lightsaber in RED mode.
After testing it and changing the colors I feel really satisfied with it! I look forward to take progress photos once I start working on my cosplay which will hopefully be either 2014 or 2015. 

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Still thinking about my character of choice? If the lightsaber itself weren't that obvious for you, I'm gonna spoil it and say that it's no one else than Anakin Skywalker. Hence, I plan to do the version of him during the Revenge of the Sith movie where he wears the Sith cape because then I can use both the lightsaber colors so that it makes sense and wear dat cape <3

My spoiling mission is done here so let's piss off!

Gif from starwars-gifs.tumblr.com.

Frozen Angel out.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Chibicon 2013 Summary

Hello!

On Saturday the 9th November I was at Chibicon in Oulu, Finland together with Sacchan, Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki. The night before the con the three of us stayed at Sacchan's place (read: their house wagon) for the night and the following day we all got a ride to Oulu by Sacchan's relatives. It took about one hour to reach Oulu by car from our town and we put on almost full cosplays before we took off.

Once we found the Chibicon building in Oulu we said our goodbyes to Sacchan's relatives and bought a con ticket each for 7 €. Inside the building we located the toilets and fixed our cosplays there. With everyone done we just explored the small area, had a quick photoshoot, checked the Dealer's Hall, cafeteria and spent a good time with each other. Our group planned to first watch the cosplay competition but as soon as we saw the growing line we lost our interest to go and watch it, though Sacchan's friend CissyDella was going to participate in the competition as Ahri from League of Legends. There was nothing specific about the con but it had a cozy atmosphere. At one point during the day our group went to the cafeteria to see what they had for sale and for how much. To our surprise their king sized bakeries were cheaper than we had expected so we rolled with one bakery per face. Some of us had something to drink others did not. The bakeries were really good too! Mhm! <3

We also met Karri near the end of the con so I and Sacchan joined his company for a while. The con closed it's doors at 17:30 so by then we had to leave. Here are two photos of the location.



Now my last con for the year 2013 has ended.

See you later folks!

Frozen Angel out.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Chibicon 2013 Cosplay Plans

Hello all!

I will be heading for Chibicon in Oulu the 9th November as my last convention for this year. Chibicon were a con I didn't know if I wanted to attend at first or not but later I decided to give it a go. As we already have winter here in the northern Scandinavia my possible cosplays for the con got very limited. Out of the 3 characters I could choose between, I ended up picking:

Uryū Ishida from Bleach.

Frozen Angel out.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Marzipan, Star Wars Marathon & Photoshoot - Welcome to Germany!

THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS MAJOR TALES OF SYMPHONIA SPOILERS. IF YOU HAVEN'T COMPLETED THE GAME/READ THE MANGA/SEEN THE ANIMATION, THEN DON'T READ/SCROLL THIS POST! DON'T CARE? SCROLL AHEAD!

I know that my blog has been dry and quiet the last couple of weeks but now it's time for an extraordinary update and as the title says - yes, I've been to Germany and I had a very nice time there! <3

I started my trip there on 1st October and I came home midnight the 16th October. I had a very nice time that I spent together with SanzoHoushi & Janina and SanzoHoushi's family. During my time there I slept at SanzoHoushi's flat and at times SanzoHoushi's family members took me for a sightseeing to other towns near their hometown such as Stade, Krautsand, Hamburg and more. I am very grateful for the time there and I'd like to visit the country again in the future. If I would write about all the things I did and enjoyed it would take the whole day. But I'd like to mention some cool things, like that I watched all the Star Wars movies for the first time there, enjoyed some German dishes and commissioned Flamberge for my dream cosplay which is Judgment!Kratos Aurion (Tales of Symphonia) from the very talented Janina. Oh and when I was at Stade once and in the sweet store Hussel there, I saw and bought this awesome game console shaped chocolate. Of course I had to snap a picture of it! Who I bought it for will not be revealed yet, for the sake of the surprise. Here is the awesomeness anyway!

Definitely not gonna find it in Scandinavia, haha!
One of the things that I were looking the most forward to during my time in Germany was the Tales of Symphonia photoshoot together with SanzoHoushi. That's right! I dragged my Kratos Aurion cosplay with me all the way from northern Sweden for this photoshoot and it was totally worth it!

Have some photos!

Cosplayers: Frozen Angel (Kratos Aurion) & SanzoHoushi (Judgment!Kratos Aurion)
Photographer: Janina







Thank you so much everyone for everything! It meant a lot to me <3

Frozen Angel out.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Tracon 8 Summary

Moi!

My journey to Tracon started on Friday the 13th October to Tampere in southern Finland. This time I went to Tampere on my own by train because there was no space in the carpool person's car who gave a ride to Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki.

Waiting at the train station while being very early.
When I arrived at Tampere during late night I waited for Hansku to show up, so that I could fetch my Luka Crosszeria (The Betrayal Knows My Name) wig from them. Once I had the wig in my hands I walked to my hotel where I was supposed to sleep during the con together with Shiro Samurai, Hasakitsuki and Ri-kun. At the hotel I unpacked what I needed and we talked, derped and went to sleep, excited for the con - Tracon 8.

Saturday

We woke up at 08:00 (local time) and put on our cosplays and headed for the con, I was really happy that our Omenahotel was the closer one to the train station because the one we were in last year was way farther away. From the train station you could take a shortcut to the con. My cosplay for the day was an original casual version of Luka Crosszeria and once we arrived at the con building I called Lanvi, who I had commissioned Luka's badass sword from. He showed up and we walked to his car to pick up the commissioned sword and the instant I saw it I was mind blown! I didn't know what to say, really! It looked way better than I had imagined and I don't know how to thank you Lanvi enough, you're seriously fucking amazing at what you do! You rock <3

With the sword in my hand and the money in his, I continued my way to get inside Tracon 8. At the con I spent some time with my hotel company and Sacchan, had people commenting the badass sword and a few taking my photo. I had my camera with me so I snapped photos of familiar, cool characters and those that had an interesting design according to me.

Sol Badguy from Guilty Gear.
Kefka from Final Fantasy VI.
Rita Mordio from Tales of Vesperia.
Hubert Ozwell from Tales of Graces.
Izumi "Izzy" Koushiro from Digimon Adventure. Dat Tentomon though <3
Gaius from Tales of Xillia.
Eve from Elsword.
At 15:00 there was this symphonic wind ensemble led by Okka Kivikataja and my company went to watch it. I weren't so interested in it during the beginning of the day but because there wasn't so much to do I tagged along and were positively surprised! They played for 45 minutes anime songs and music, I didn't recognize many of the songs but I enjoyed it overall and the Pokémon Red/Blue Medley was full of nostalgia!

Photographer: Shiro Samurai

Concert introduction.
When the concert was over I and my hotel group went to eat, we had some kebab.

Stop seriously photographing me bro...
After the food we went to photoshoot each other at Tracon's outdoor area near the lake. Here are a few photos of my Luka Crosszeria cosplay.

Cosplayer: Frozen Angel (Original Casual!Luka Crosszeria)
Photographer & editor: Shiro Samurai





The rest of the con day went to check the Dealer's Hall, spend time with friends and look at all the cool cosplayers that passed us by. When it was getting around 21:00-22:00 our group decided to head back to the hotel to get some rest. It had been a long journey for all of us.

My cosplay swords and Kratos Aurion wig on the table.
Oh and I never ran into any other The Betrayal Knows My Name cosplayers -so far that I would recognize- and neither did I have someone coming up to me and telling me that there is a cosplay meet somewhere. I just guess this whole meet thing got forgotten or something. Oh well, I did enjoy my time as Luka pretty much even without a meet, so I will definitely cosplay him again! Especially with that badass sword.

Sunday

Normally I use to have an easy and comfortable cosplay on Sunday but this time I and my company went like "fuck this shit" and did the reverse. I cosplayed Kratos Aurion (Tales of Symphonia) and the rest of my company had also more time consuming costumes. Great way to start a Sunday morning dudes! Anyway, with all of us ready we took our belongings and left the hotel and headed towards Tampere-talo (con building).

Once at the con I made sure what time the Tales of activity was and got my information secured early. Before Tracon I and Shiro Samurai had been thinking about attending the The Legend of Zelda piano concert that was held 13:00 at the con's second floor. However, the Tales of activity started 12:00 and I was there longer than expected so I missed the Zelda concert. The Tales of activity was a quiz competition organized by fans for fans. I didn't participate in the quiz as the prize that I would have wanted, I already had. The other prizes I had no interest in. But while being there, I helped my friend Wandiery with some quizzes who participated. After the quiz those who wanted could play either Tales of Vesperia, Tales of Xillia (Japanese version) or Tales of Graces f until the activity came to an end. I didn't play any of the games because when I play a Tales of game, I want to play it from the beginning to get the full story. However, I did play my Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology on my PSP just for the sake of playing something and killing time. After the activity I went to search after my company and found out that they weren't at the Zelda concert either. We heard from Sacchan that she had to already leave the con around 14:00 because of her carpool people wanted to head back. I said my goodbyes to her and saw her leave the con. I hope that your ride back home was at least okay!

We really didn't do anything specific at the con, except being half zombified cosplayers, walked around and being derp. I only had one person taking a photo of me as Kratos but I think that the majority of congoers have already seen that costume, as it has traveled back and forth between Finland and Sweden. Kratos is after all my most cosplayed character. During the day I took a photo of this Attack on Titan group that were close to us when we were outdoors at one point. Oh and I also saw this one person doing an awesome Germany from Hetalia. I really should watch that show someday! I've heard that it's hilarious.

Attack on Titan group.
Germany from Hetalia.
I also found Hidaslori who was cosplaying as Zelos Wilder from Tales of Symphonia -as they had told me earlier- and because we both cosplayed from the same game, Shiro Samurai snapped a photo of us.


When the clock started to reach 16:30 I went to change back to normal gear, took my stuff, said farewell to Ri-kun and headed for the train station. I found my way to the right track and before boarding the train I took a photo of my con stuff while sitting next to them and eating a white chocolate Magnum ice cream.

Dem swords <3
Nothing interested during the way back home except this beautiful view. Oh how I love to watch the sunset!



Guess what?

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Yes, just that!

Bonus Picture!

Luka on drugs! xD
Thanks for reading and see you next time!

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See a photo of yourself in this post? Want it? Just send me a mail and I will send the photo to you in its original size! My mail address is MercenaryKratos@gmail.com. You can also contact me if you took my photo during the con.

Frozen Angel out.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cosplay Repair - Kratos Aurion

Howdy!

So those of you who have read my Närcon 2013 Summary post knows that my Kratos Aurion (Tales of Symphonia) cosplay took some damage at the convention. Wondering what's up with that cosplay right now? Well, I have been fixing and working with it during the last weeks more or less and today he's finally ready for Tracon 8! Sweet!

This is what I fixed on the cosplay:

- Sewed new rubber bands to the back of the shoes.
- Glued the metallic part back to the sheath.
- Used wire and glue to fix the shape of the wig.
- Re-painted and gave a completely new look to the sword.

Progress will not be uploaded by date but by different "parts".

Sword - Sheath:

The metallic part loose from the sheath.
I turned the sheath cloth inside-out and sewed the corners to give it the correct shape, so that the metallic part can be attached later.
Sewed and correct side showing. Notice the v-shape.
Metallic part attached with silicone. I hope it holds now.
Sword:

Blade of the sword sanded with sandpaper, to make the surface even for spraying later.
Zoom on the sanded blade surface.
Zoom on the handle. Notice the dirt and coloring.
Zoom on top. This needs to be fixed as well.
Covered the areas of the sword that I don't want silver colored. Preparing.
Spray painted the blade silver. The other side's colored surface got stuck on the commercial which left some marks on it.
Old handle ribbon getting removed... by force! Karlsson's Klister (glue) sure is keeping things in place!
Ribbon removed, handle sanded and sprayed with gray paint. The color happened to reach its way to the red top...
... and the blade! Asdfsdf! Even if it was properly covered and put in place.
Painted but I dislike the failed "red on the gray area" let's fix it.
Top covered with newspapers the best I could. I sprayed the handle again with the gray paint.
Just look at that top after the minutes or careful newspaper placement! Didn't work for shit!
Top painted again. Not perfect but better than last time (I went to pick up a better pencil as well).
The new ribbon color.
Tried to glue the ribbon in place with fabric glue at first but it didn't work. Then I glued it with Karlsson's Klister and hell yeah, way to go!
Ribbon progress, I tested it first without glue to see if I could get the pattern right.
Almost done with ribbon progress!
Handle done and zoom on ribbon pattern.
 Difference

Sword when done 2009, no spray paints used.
Sword make-over 2013, with spray paint.
Wig:

What the rain damaged spike should look like.
I have been thinking about using wire to get the spike to stand up as I heard from my friend Sabi that it works well and is sturdy, they used it for a costume too. So I went with a thicker wire and worked with it until I got the desired shape. Took me a few tries. Thanks for the tips and advice Sabi <3

Fallen spike put back up with the help of wire.
This was also my first time working with wire on a wig. I also fixed some of the front hair with glue so that they keep their place. Sadly I have no pictures of that and the wire tries, why? You know, you shouldn't hold a camera when you have glue everywhere on your hands... almost. But I am satisfied with this!

Shoes:

Gray-thing glued in place, it was loose. Old damaged rubber bands also cut off from both shoes.
Ripping off the rests of the old rubber bands.
Ripping complete.
New rubber bands cut out. 27 cm each.
One side sewed in place.
First shoe done.
Process repeated and both shoes done.
 Tracon 8 is soon here, I'm coming!

Frozen Angel out.