Comic Con 2015 – FemShep Renegade Armour.

London Comic Con – 24th October – Femshep

After many hours of building and creating, I finally did it, my first ever Cosplay attempt for the London Comic Con!

Apart from my shoes falling to pieces at the end of the day due to massive downpour, I think I did a pretty good job. Pretty proud of it!

For those of you who have not been following this blog, I attempted to make my very own N7 armour out of EVA foam. You can see my progress and attempt it yourself by using the basic guide in my previous posts.

The Con was great, I was so happy with the amount of people that came up to me asking if they could have a picture with me. You can see a few of the photos below, although, there were many more, I was sadly unable to get any of the other pictures.

Cosplay 2015 October 24th London - Femshep and Drago


Cosplay 2015 October 24th London - Femshep renegade,Femshep Paragon and KasumiCosplay 2015 October 24th London- Femshep and Spartan

N7 ARMOUR UPADATE – Finished Torso

N7 ARMOUR UPADATE – Finished Torso

I never thought I would swear so much at an inanimate object, but finally, after many days of craft knife cuts, glue gun burns and bandaged fingers I have learnt two things.

  1. Never let me loose with anything remotely sharp or hot.
  2. Cosplay is rage inducing but oddly satisfying.

Below is a front and back view of the Torso, painted Renegade Red. Since I am going as a renegade Shepard, I thought the colour fit well.

The belt, which still needed to be painted, will lay over the very bottom of the stomach and be kept in place with straps and a little bit of Velcro.

Quick tip: Be sure to wear gloves when using a glue gun…hot glue burns like hell!

Torso fin (no battle dammage)I painted the front and back separately, then put them together using clips. I found the glue holds to the BACK TORSOfabric a lot better if you make tiny cuts where you wish to glue the straps and sand the fabric down slightly. The only way that strap is coming off is if you pull the fabric off with it.

The neck is a separate piece as well, held on to the back with a strip of Velcro. To make the collar, I just heated the foam and bent it in to shape.

The lower back and lower torso are also held on with a long piece of Velcro, making moving in the suit a lot easier than if it were glued down. I can attach and detach them when I take the suit off for easy storage.

I still need to add the majority of the battle damage, mostly to the front of the suit. I will add photos when it is done.

In other words, there is still plenty of work to be done, so in the famous words of Femshep – ‘I should go.’

N7 ARMOUR BUILD – Torso

N7 ARMOUR BUILD – Torso

If you are a first time Cosplay builder and you want something difficult, finicky and rage inducing to build, look no further than the N7 armour the protagonist wears in Mass Effect. Many experienced Cosplay builders will probably laugh at the fact I am finding this armour build so hard, but it has generally been pretty difficult.

I must first start by saying that I have not been using templates. I have been looking at other Cosplay builds and basing my designs off of them, as well as the design in the game.

BackFor those of you who do not know what the N7 armour actually looks like, the picture on the left will give you a pretty good idea.

For those of you who are aware of what it looks like, please excuse the blond Shepard, and that god-awful purple uniform, she is not mine… (Going slightly off topic for a second burn blond Shepard with fire.)

Right….moving on.

I am aware that in all my excitement to show the world my build, silently hoping that it won’t end up looking like a space marine in a blender, I have neglected to list the tools I am using to create my armour.  You can find a full list of these tools at the bottom of this article.

You may find the picture on the right here pretty familiar, I posted it a few weeks ago to show how I created the breast plate. What torso frontyou see here is the detail burnt into the foam using a cheap soldering iron.

Quick tip: When burning in the pattern across the breasts, be sure to place the breastplate over the template you used to mould them, that way, the breasts will not deform when heated with the soldering iron, unless you want deformed boobs like mine.

For the detailing, a soldering iron works pretty well, but if you have a little extra money for a wood burning kit, I would suggest you get that, the extra tips come in handy for later detailing.

The part I found most difficult about the torso, was the back. There are a lot of extra small parts that you need to cut out and stick on separately. That can become pretty difficult when your hands shake like a squirrel on meth.

Back 1You can see my attempt in the picture on the left. As you can see, I need to redo the silver…things (I have no idea what they are called) as they are a bit wonky, and the shield generator also needs to be redone, but all in all, I am pretty happy with how the back turned out.

Quick tip: To make to the folds of the box on the back, the soldering iron comes in very hands. Just get a ruler, draw a line where you want the fold to be, burn it into the foam and voilà!

After I have formed the rest of the armour I shall be painting it. However, I am having some trouble in that department, even when using the Plastidip.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

List of tools needed

Heat gun – Used for heating and forming the foam. Can also be used to seal the foam when ready to be painted.
Soldering Iron / Wood burning kit – Used for detailing and creating folds.
– Crafting knife – For cutting the foam.
– Plastidip – For sealing the foam before painting.
Glue gun – For glueing..
-Work Gloves – To keep you hands clean and safe from the material.
– Mask – So you don’t breath in an smoke when heating the foam

Suit Yourself Cover Reveal

Check out my Mom’s new book.

To find out more, go to her blog and see what’s going on!

Author Susan Mac Nicol

The third book in the Men Of London series is here….and it’s pretty steamy.

You can watch the book trailer here

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Scarred both physically and emotionally after a motorcycle accident, twenty-five year old ex fashion model and porn star Oliver Brown is about to be stripped bare by flamboyant twink Leslie Scott—and they’ll rebuild love from the bottom up.

BARING THE BEAST

Twenty-five year old Oliver Brown is addicted. Two years ago, he was at the height of his career as “Nicky Starr,” fashion model, porn actor, partier without peer. Then came the accident. Hiding his scars, both emotional and physical, he’s gone into hiding. But fine clothing is some solace. A new suit by Debussy? Better even than a ride on his motorcycle Hulk or all the things he used to give and take on camera.

Enter Leslie Scott, the flamboyant, dark-haired, heel-and-tiny-short-wearing twink sent to…

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Only Human – An LGBT short film

I have not posted on this site for a while, and I don’t know why. I have been so busy with University and other stuff, that I completely forgot about this amazing site.

I though I would share Only Human with you. My first short film that I wrote, directed and edited, as well as pretty much everything else. I hope you all like it, cause I am pretty dam proud!

Two couples face the everyday trials of being gay. based on true events.

Twisted Smile Productions Present their second short film. Please share and like this video with your friends and family.

Disclaimer

(All music within this film is used with permission from the artists you can find links to the songs and the artists profiles at the bottom)

Due to a lack of professional sound recording equipment some scenes may sound quiet and distorted.

Cast and Crew

Markus – Harry Ward

John – Ben Maythem

Jess – Kate Leitch

Zoe – Jaqueline Kannon

Mother – Penny Judd

Father – Leon Corbin

Radio show host # 1 – Arbnore Islami

Radio Show host # 2 Matthew Mealand

Café Man # 1 – Eric Akhtar

Café Man # 2 – Sammy DeFelice

Café women – Shannon Quinn

Waitress – Emily Foster

Club Guy – Tom Whitewood

Crew

Director – Ashley T Mac Nicol

Co-Director – Harry Ward

Writers – Ashley T Mac Nicol Oliver Horsefall

Producer – Ashley T Mac Nicol

Editors – Jack Beswick Ashley T Mac Nicol

Camera operators – Jack Beswick Matthew Meanland Ashley T Mac Nicol Kent Olsen

Chorographer – Harry Ward

Location Scout – Kent Olsen

Music (Under Creative Commons)

700P3D

– Feeling dark (Behind the mask)

http://ccmixter.org/people/7OOP3D

Fall Walk Run
– Do or Die
– Runaway
http://fallwalkrun.com/

Eric Breton

– Wolves

http://ccmixter.org/people/mactonite/…

tryad

– Waltz into the moonlight

http://tryad.org/

Only Human – A New Short Film

 

 

Only human’ a short film currently being written by Twisted smile pro. The film follows two gay couples and the struggles they face from the community. 

Even in this age, homosexuality is considered to be ‘wrong’ by a minority of people who stupidly think treating everyone equally will effect them for the worst. Twisted smile Productions would like to ask why? 

We want to show that there is absolutely nothing wrong or nothing different between straight couples and gay couples. We are all the same, we are still, ‘Only Human.’ 

 

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Mental health and the inspiration for my damaged characters

A fantastic inspiration. Check out my Mothers blog on her books and metal illness.

Author Susan Mac Nicol

I’m often asked where my inspiration draws from for writing damaged characters like Alex Montgomery in Saving Alexander and Nick Mathers in Worth Keeping. I think the answer is we all draw on our darker experiences when creating these angst driven souls. We reach down deep inside and drag up the darkness from our core. The wonderful thing about writing fiction is that you can create your own happy endings. Real life doesn’t work that way. The Keith Milano Memorial Fund bears testament to that fact. However, in every tragedy, there is a light. It’s not that we make any less of our loved one’s passing but rather that we choose to remember the good times we shared and in this case, try make sure anyone feeling the same is caught in time, on outspread angel wings and born on the back of a strong supporting strength that may save…

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Which TV couple has the BEST On-Screen chemistry? And why? — DISCUSS

Sad, Sad day for NCIS fans, Cot de Pablo has left the show. I hope she does not fall out of acting. I have yet to co-star with one of the most amazing actress on earth!

People's Choice

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From the Vampire Diaries’ Damon and Elena to Castle’s Richard and Kate, when we asked fans on Twitter earlier today which on-screen couples (and non-couples!) they felt had the BEST chemistry, we were flooded with a slew of responses.

For those who haven’t voted yet (shame on you!), Favorite On-Screen Chemistry is actually one of the many new categories in contention for this year’s awards. So, if you want to see the most sizzling pairs on TV (Scandal’s Olivia and Fitz? Bones’ Booth and Brennan? NCIS’ Tony and Ziva? Or maybe, Vampire Diaries’ Stefan and Elena?) get some major recognition, make your voice heard (and soon!). Category voting ends Sept. 26.

In the meantime, let’s carry the conversation over from Twitter to the comments section on this post. You’ve already told us which TV couples you think have the best chemistry, now we want to know WHY. What…

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Book of the Month – September ’13 (Nomination Poll: Part II)

Hey guys, Vote for Stripped Bare, my mothers new and amazing book, about two men that find love against all odds. It a great read!

Sid Love

The Blog of Sid Love is putting to vote those books that were reviewed in the month of August, 2013 – The Part II of nomination process begins today. Books reviewed between 08/11/2013 and 08/20/2013 are considered for this round! This is your chance to show how much you have enjoyed the books that were recommended by us. If you have loved any of these books, please vote for it and make it eligible for the final voting round of “Book of the Month – September 2013” on this blog.

You will have the liberty to vote for any five books from the list. The top five books that win this poll will be eligible for the final voting process that will take place during the second week of September!

For now, the titles/authors nominated from the first round – the ones that will be competing in the final round of voting…

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