Monday, September 8, 2014

Damaged Boots & Golden Katanas!

Hiya!

It's time for a repair post peeps!

On Saturday the 30th August I took the bus to Kemi to leave my Attack on Titan boots in for reparation at Sun Suutari - a store that repairs damaged shoes - in Kemi with Sairu-Chan as my company, because she knows the town better than I do. At Sun Suutari they told us that they would have the boots repaired and all at Wednesday next week (3rd September) and I figured that it would be easier if just Sairu-Chan picked them up from there. It's easier this way because she will still be in Kemi that day and I can just pick up them from her later. This later turned out to be Friday last week (5th August) when she feat. boots came to visit my place again. I got my darlings boots back (with better reparation than I had thought, woohoo!) and we just had another geeky weekend ahead of us. Like usual we had gaming time, fredagsmys and a photoshoot at Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki's place. When Saturday came, Sairu-Chan put on her - possibly - Sunday cosplay and I took my newly bought golden paint with me and we headed out towards that very familiar building by now.

At their place I went to fetch my Keisuke Sannan (Hakuōki: Shinsengumi Kitan) swords and went outdoors to start the painting process a la gold coating! Meanwhile I was painting Shiro Samurai was photoshooting Sairu-Chan somewhere. 

Photographer: Shiro Samurai

This little thing split in two when Shiro Samurai cosplayed Keisuke Sannan and borrowed my swords. I don't remember which con this was at.
I just used Karlsson's klister glue to glue it in place. Let's see how you do Karlsson!
I'm outside painting the second layer. Will start with the handle afterwards.
Painting the first layer on the handle. This takes time and patience!
Sword in its default color to the right and painted one to the left.
Oh yeah, one thing! When I bought these swords from Ebay.com back in the day, they were labelled as "Kaoru" instead of "Sannan". Luckily I knew what Keisuke Sannan's swords looked like so I had no problems identifying them. I wanted to mention this so that you peeps who have thought or want to buy a prop online knows that it's not always that the listed character name on the prop is correct (or any other information for that matter too). Either the case, you should self be very aware of what your needed prop looks like before buying so that you can tell if it's really the right thing that you're ordering or placing a bid on. We all know how much it sucks to get the wrong item for the money that you could have used for the right one.

By that day I painted one of the swords (the shorter one to be more precise) and today, I decided to start on the other one! This time I do it from home and the photographer is myself.

Second and final layer. I'm doing a thick layer of color so that I don't need to do as many layers as on the first sword.
Filling in between the ribbons. This is careful shit man!
I worked on the coloring from around 15.00 to 19.20 with some small breaks and letting what I had recently painted dry. Meanwhile letting the last layers of the paint dry I went to take a picture of my Attack on Titan boots just to show you peeps what they look like after the reparation.

Better than expected! Great!
I'm not concerned about the damaged look on them, I actually like it and I think that it fits in the serie as well! C'mon after killing all those titans and flying all over the place there got to be a damage somewhere showing their effort ~

Now when my swords are on my living room table (with the newly painted one drying) I went to snap a photo of the finished work!

Well, I guess that's it!
Alright, with the swords done I'm ready for Tracon! Oh also, I put my zori shoes for sale here a couple of days ago, if anyone is interested and decided that I won't bother getting new ones for Keisuke Sannan. Why? Because I have only 3 other characters besides Keisuke Sannan that are kimono characters that I have on my entire cosplay list. Besides, I'm not so keen about wasting money on shoes when I already have close enough sandals that will do the same job for me and are more comfortable. I'm not a perfectionist when it comes down to cosplay boots. Deal with it.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tracon 9 Cosplay Plans

Hello everyone!

As some of my followers already know, I am coming to Tracon this year as well! Ticket and company was ordered for some time ago and the con will be held in Tampere, Finland 13th - 14th September, in other words during next weekend. For quite some time I've been pondering over what to cosplay on Saturday because my Sunday cosplay has been set already. Now, when I have finally decided who I will cosplay on Saturday, it's time to take out the cosplay plans from the shelf! Here goes!

Saturday

Keisuke Sannan from Hakuōki: Shinsengumi Kitan.
Long time no see (G)RILLI!

Honestly, I didn't think or plan that I would even cosplay him this year! But because I couldn't come up with another character for Saturday and when the rest of my usual con company is rolling with Hakuōki characters, I felt like joining the crew for once. Besides I will borrow Hasakitsuki's sisäkumi Shinsengumi haori so I'm kind of curious about this one now. The reason that I haven't cosplayed Sannan lately is because my Hakuōki hype has converted itself into an Attack on Titan hype instead, whoopsie. There is also some things I still need to fix/buy for Sannan which has put me in the "I do this when I know that I will cosplay him the next time" mode. Anyway, Sannan is a great guy and now when I will cosplay him again I have reasons to start an episode of the repair progress - a week before the con! Booyah!

Sunday

Suit!Levi from Attack on Titan.
Levi has been set for the Sunday ever since I spoke with SipsiNekku quite the time ago and asked if she was hyped to do an Attack on Titan pair cosplay with me for Tracon. We later decided to do Petra and Levi, hence she will do an original Angel!Petra and I'll be her Suit!Heichou, aaaaw ;__;

I'm out for now and next up is a repair post!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Con-Summer Merchandises Vol.2

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!

Hello everyone!

Now when my con-summer has reached its end (yhyyy! ;__; ) it's time to write a "sum-it-up" post about all the merchandise that I bought and got for free at a summer con. This includes merchandise that I "ordered" and had someone else buying for me from a con I didn't attend myself. Let's go!

Cosvision 2014

This Boo (Super Mario) lamp was bought by Shiro Samurai to me from Cosvision this year.
Desucon 2014

This Levi (Attack on Titan) bag was also bought by Shiro Samurai to me but it's from Desucon. Loving it to pieces! The hanging Judgment!Kratos Aurion (Tales of Symphonia) rubber strap is a gift from my good friends Yuri, Raven and Kim from Närcon this year.
Zoom on the cutie TUUUI ~
Skecon 3

Levi badge and screen cleaner.
Närcon 2014

Attack on Titan fan (different picture on each side) and the Teepo (Tales of Xillia) magnet that I got for free from the con's Namco Bandai desk.
Attack on Titan fabric poster.
Attack on Titan boots that I also got from Yuri for free. I can't get over how comfy and useful these are for future cosplays! How can I thank you enough?! <3
Oh, what do you mean I like Attack on Titan? xD

Nerdcon 2014

I didn't buy any merchandise from the con.

That's it for this year. I decided that for future years I will include the bought/free merchandise in the con summary instead. Tschüss ~

Monday, August 25, 2014

Review: Super Pinky Blue Contact Lenses

Today I went to Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki's place to finally get my latest contact lens review out of the way - in other words, put on my Super Pinky Blue lenses and do a short review about them. If anyone wonders, yes these are the very same ones I used on my Original Casual!Kagamine Len (Vocaloid) cosplay that I wore at Skecon this year. What are we waiting for? Let's go!

Photographer: Shiro Samurai

One lens in.
Indoor, in normal roomlight.
Indoor, facing the window.
Bathroom light.
Outside, in the shadow.
Outside, standing in shadow not facing sun directly.
Outside, facing sun. NO! NOT IN THE PIT! IT BUUUURRRRNNNNSSSSS!
From a distance. Blörgh mah face.
Opened lens bottle.
Super Pinky Blue in solution.
Lens review:

Color: 9/10 Amazing and bright blue color! Seen from a distance as well.
Comfort: 6/10 I personally don't find the Super Pinky serie comfortable because of the big size. I also constantly feel that there is something in the eyes. Even in the long run, annoying.
Opacity: 10/10 Awesome color coverage, I don't think natural colors can do it much better than this!
Naturalness: 2/10 Eeh, these screams unnatural from quite the distance, I'm almost freaked out by my own pictures, really.

Overall: 8/10

I have also done a review in the past of the Super Pinky Hazel lenses click here to view it!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Nerdcon 2014 Summary

Nerdcon - the newly started con in Umeå - is now behind us and I together with my brave crew consisting of Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki arrived safely and victorious within the walls of our hometown after a tiresome and dangerous mission at the con...

I'm still dealing with the after con lag and all that stuff but I want to get this summary out of the way now because I have some other posts in mind that I want to write about soon and hopefully I can write these before the Tracon 9 cosplay plans. 

Friday

I left my apartment on Friday to go to Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki's place only to follow them out to the closest bus stop near their place pretty immediately I got there. We took the bus to Umeå (the bus trip felt like forever compared to taking the bus to Luleå) and after too many hours we finally arrived at Umeå - more exactly the university hospital there - which is about 380 km south from our hometown. At Umeå we saw Hitsuyū waiting for us pretty immediately after that we got out from the bus and she drove the three of us to her apartment in the outskirt of the city. The rest of the day (for my part) went to mainly watch the three of them playing Super Smash Bros. and Mario Party (yeah, the first one) on Hitsuyū's Nintendo 64. I only played a few matches on Super Smash Bros. with character's I like to play with and watched the rest. Mainly to avoid rage edition because playing all against all with 4 players on Super Smash Bros. can be pretty rage inducing and not to even mention the same amount of people playing Mario Party against each other. I mean, Mario Party games is literally made to break friendships and get chairs thrown at you. No matter what you do against your fellow players in that game, you're either a dick or growing one on your forehead, period. Besides, I enjoy watching others play anyway so I don't mind at all having less game time. If you want to read about our gaming time feels and hilarious monents, take a look at Shiro Samurai's Nerdcon summary post here (or his con summary in general). After all the gaming time and all the laughing and TENTACLE! moments we decided to head to bed.

And now, to the actual con day...

Saturday

I woke up at either 08.00 or 09.00 thinking that I'll be the one needing the least time to put on my cosplay make-up because I felt pretty confident doing the Levi (Attack on Titan) make-up now...I thought. When my company was done with putting their costumes on (including Hitsuyū) I was still trying to fix the make-up on my right eye. The make-up went smoothly to apply (I'm starting to understand how to do Levi make-up, wiee ~) and I got the base part how I wanted it but I soon noticed that my right eye make-up wasn't even compared to my left one and of course, I was bothered by it and wanted to fix it before heading out. I was the last one to put on my cosplay out of 4 and obvisouly, the last one to be ready and leave the house. With all of us done we left the building, climbed inside Hitsuyū's car and she drove us towards the city of Umeå, or more precisely the con location. We got to the city quite fast and then we searched for a parking place where Hitsuyū could park her red car. She soon enough got the car parked and we headed towards the city and after a small walk we saw this:

The goal has been reached! Booyah!
Obviously, we went inside and took the elevator to the floor the con was on (I think it was the 3rd floor) and outside the elevator to the left, we saw the Nerdcon ticket/information table! I picked up my Star Wars folder from the depths of my bag where my Nerdcon volunteer paper was safely guarded by Master Yoda, hihi. When it was my turn in the line I showed up my volunteer paper and in exhange for it, I got this badge band around my neck where it says that I'm a volunteer. Hehe, feeling special here <3

Photographer: Shiro Samurai

Mweheheh, sweet ~
I think the clock was somewhere around 10 or 11 when we arrived at the con and my work shift would start at 13.00 so I hadn't that much time to look around the con before I had to be at the information table to get work instructions. But I managed to take a peek inside the Game Room and the Dealer's Hall and snap one photo each.

Game Room with some people playing.
Near the Dealer's Hall entrance. Eren please! xD
After visiting said places I speeded my way to the cafeteria to see what it looks like, strike a quick chat with Jordan (one of my Skecon pals) and then I had to leave for the information table, get the work instructions and all that was left now, was to enter - cleaning - Levi-mode.

- All the photos from here and forward are taken by Shiro Samurai

Captain Levi signing up for duty!
I was told that the cleaning job is pretty soft but I was pretty sure that would not be the case for me. I did different stuff ranging all from switching full trash bags to take care of the bottle and cans so that the con can take out the money by recycling them. During my shift I felt it was very "lazy" to just clean "visible" dirt and trash so I took my blue friend and cleaned almost the entire building, just because I felt like it. Frankly, I have no clue how long I spent on cleaning the building with what I had but at one point I arrived in the cafeteria (I took each place and room in order) and Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki (working at the same time as I in the cafeteria) took some picture proof. It must have been a funny sight seeing Levi in the cleaning crew! xD

Just arrived in the cafeteria area.
What? I'm just doing my job.
Meanwhile in the cafeteria selling table. Photographer: Me.
DIRT!
Cleaning time, cleaning time ~
More DIRT!
Cafeteria was by far the most dirty place in the entire con.
During my working shift I lost count on how many times I was walking back and forth in the building, I swear! I never ran out of things to clean/take care of and everytime I was done with one "cleaning round" and when I returned *looking especially at the cafeteria peeps here* it was dirty again. It's not like I mind, after all I do enjoy cleaning. When the clock struck 16.00 my shift was over and I worked a bit over-time because my "complete round" was not done and I couldn't just leave something unfinished. A bit tired from the cleaning and a bit hungry our group left the con for a moment and followed Hitsuyū who led us to a Chinese restaurant near the con building. I ordered an appetizer because I wasn't so hungry that I could eat an entire meal. I really liked the shrimp rolls I had! Thumbs up for that restaurant (if someone wonders the name of it is Eurasia). With our tummies full we returned to the con. Despite having my working shift at its end I couldn't hold the organizer/clean-freak/nature lover within me in place, so I decided to scout around the con for bottles and cans in the wrong place, in other words; recyclable stuff in the trash and not in the "recycling shelf" where they are supposed to be. I really felt like doing this out of pure interest and own free will because it really bothers me that the con loses money out of this and that it damages the nature too. So everytime I walked past a trash can I would look at it - the Levi way - if there is something out of place in there. I had the Nerdcon crew giving me very positive comments about my will to work and help out despite being off-duty.

In the end I don't mind working over my shift at all (c'mon it was fun and I love having things to do and I certainly had enough of it <3) and helping to keep the place clean. I felt very good within for my work-despite-off-duty contribution. Have a WINNER picture a la Levi!

Mission complete!
After that the four of us had united we spent the rest of the hours at the con - where Shiro Samurai took some random con local photos for the three of us - doing stuff we found interesting. Sadly, we missed the cosplay competition - dat belts and 3DMG Armin Arlert (Attack on Titan) cosplayer though! <3 -  and the Häst and Seek game, which is your average Hide and Seek with a twist. You see, "häst" means horse in Swedish and the people hiding are wearing horse masks and the ones seeking after them makes funny/weird noises. We missed these two events because they were during the time we had our working shift. I would have really wanted to see the Häst and Seek one, but oh well no can do. Maybe next time. My remaining con time went mainly to scout after bottles and cans from the con's several trash cans and taking a closer look at the stuff that the Dealer's Hall sold. At one point I found and went to watch Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki play the very first Super Mario Bros. game for NES (Nintendo Entertainment System). Oh my the nostalgy waves! I didn't feel like playing back then so I remained as a silent nostalgy sponge bro.

Standing at the stage area facing the Dealer's Hall room.
Board Game room.
These paper-like Super Mario characters were scattered throughout the con's main area. Gay Luigi! <3
Intro screen for the NES Super Mario Bros. game. NOSTALGY!
There was this one Dojo Game Room with only fighting-based games. One a PS3 there, was a BlazBlue game on.
Because I, Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki were volunteers the three of us got this cash check from the con crew worth 50 SEK that we could use to buy food/snacks from the cafeteria (we also got free entry to the event by the way). I used up mine during my working shift since I took a small snack break and the two others reserved stuff for them (read: ramune soda) after me during one point before their shift ended, I think. We were at the cafeteria when they used up their remaining money in their cash checks. Hasakitsuki had a cup of coffee and we saw the results of the cupcake workshop that had been going on during the end of our working shift (I saw them making the cupcakes at one point near the end of my shift). While relaxing our last con minutes and when I still were on a bottle and can scouting round my pals just had to take a picture of me as Pullonkerääjä!Levi, hihi.

Who's your Levi now? ;P
After that, we just went to look after Hitsuyū and as soon as we found her we decided to leave the con for this year, head over to Hitsuyū's place to have a gaming night. It was getting late anyway. The con closed at 22.00 and we left a bit before 21.00 I think. Before leaving I left my "unfinished" bottle and can plastic bag to the Nerdcon crew and told them (if they are willing) to pick up the bottles and cans from the trash cans around the con before closing the con, if they want to get some free con money. The answer felt positive at least and my off-duty work was very appreciated. Once back at Hitsuyū's place, we talked mostly about random stuff and it just got too late to be gaming time so we headed to sleep. On Sunday morning we got up and just took the bus safely back to the walls within our hometown.

All in all, Nerdcon was a well organized, small but cozy event with a good atmosphere to match. I really look forward to work there again - hopefully - next year. I see if I can make some minor changes from this year's volunteer position until next time. I can't wait to cosplay the uniform version of Levi and run around a con and clean it, omg <3

Levi says bye for now!