Saturday, February 3, 2018

Old Costume Gets a New Look - Original Casual!Germany Photoshoot

Guten Abend.

2018 is here and I thought about starting off this year with something that is both old and new, in a way. You see, I had plans to photoshoot and eventually "re-debut" my original casual version of Germany (Hetalia) after that I found better gear for the costume back in 2016. Aside from getting all the stuff together for the new version of the costume, the photoshoot just didn't happen until, well, today.

While I didn't have any particular issues with the old design itself, I started to feel -as the years passed by- that the entire costume idea (even for being an original casual) was too rushed and, how to say, "straight from the closet" you know? I already knew back in 2015 when I debuted my Original Casual!Germany for the first time at Desucon Frostbite 2015, that I can do better and eventually will. So here I am, giving you guys -in essence the very same costume- but just with a new coat of paint and in 2018 standards. Here we go, enjoy!

DISCLAIMER!

I'm aware that the character I cosplay in this post might wear details/symbols that can be offensive or emotionally unpleasant to others. I, as a guy with his heart and morals in the right place, just want to make it clear that I DO NOT support, agree with, believe in or have any other connections to the ideologies/beliefs that the character I'm cosplaying is representing. Readers, please keep in mind that what I'm wearing is JUST A COSTUME and shouldn't be taken as anything more than that. Thank you.

Cosplayer: Frozen Angel (Germany)
Photographer & editor: Shiro Samurai





The default coloring on the photo below looked way too bright, so both I and Shiro Samurai agreed to give it a different color scheme. Turned out pretty neat, if you ask me.


All the photos were taken near Shiro Samurai's apartment and sadly, this photoshoot was cut short because of the freaking cold. I bloody swear it felt like -20 degrees but it was probably just around minus 15 to 18. I had a hard time to withstand the cold, as I've been feeling weak-ish since a few days ago. So I just had to keep the uniform with or on me to not freeze too much. Yes, the uniform jacket is actually surprisingly warm. For the new design, I went with a field gear look and when it comes to historical accuracy, the new design is definitely more legit as it has two WW2 German army surplus/reproduction items (shirt and belt for those interested). The old design had nothing, aside from maybe the bullet in the necklace, lol.

For those of you who haven't seen the old design from 2015, you can find it below. Feel free to compare the two and tell me what you think!

Design back in 2015.
and...

Design in 2018.
Before I end this post; I just want to say that as someone with a big interest in history, I always aim to improve and upgrade my historically inspired costumes to be, well, more legit. My goal is always to find that sweet balance between historical accuracy and costume-y. I just admire my passions and it's so cool when they can walk hand in hand at times <3

I want to thank Shiro Samurai for providing me quality photos throughout the years and for borrowing me his toy gun from one of his costumes. Thank you bro, stay awesome!

Oh yeah, I also wonder if I should try (at least once) to use my own hair for any version of Germany? Just a feeling that it might yield the best results. The wig looks too cartoon-y for him, in my opinion, so I don't know if any amount of hairspray will fix the problem. Let me know what you think of this peeps! Feedback is greatly appreciated.

Sedä pane (ei se sesxi) pyssy pojs xD
 

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