Anders from Dragon Age II
Costume made and worn by me
The incredible photo by ApG-A-photo-Graph
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I wasn't supposed to get this costume done quite yet, but then something possessed me (badum-tssh) and I somehow managed to make it wearable for Desucon in Finland this past weekend.
Anders is an absolutely fantastic character and his sense of fashion speaks to me on multiple different levels. I got to do plenty of awesome things with this costume, and finally fulfilled my dream of using as many authentic materials for a costume as possible.
The coat is genuine leather, harvested from two old leather coats I got from a second-hand shop, cut up and sewed back together into the quilted monster you can see here. The tunic is linen, dyed to the right colour, the jacket is some kind of faux suede I got on eBay (I would have preferred real suede, but finding it in the right colour = no) and then dyed approximately ninety billion times to achieve the right shade. The feather pauldron/shawl/whatever the thing even is, has a base of fake fur, also dyed approximately fifty bazillion times, and rooster feathers sewn in. Bandages are just thick white cotton, dipped in espresso.
All belts, pouches and the wristband are leather as well, and I may have managed to develop a serious addiction to leather crafting while working on this costume. Which is a good thing, considering some of my future costume plans involve quite a bit of leather work.
It's still missing a couple of belt hoops, and another belt pouch, and there are a few things I want to fix up. The most prominent one is the collar; I drafted it multiple times but I'm still not quite as happy with it as I'd like. I need to switch the rivets on the coat so smaller, metal ones, etc. etc. Oh, and I still need to finish my staff. I've started working on it, but it's still in early stages of construction.
Despite the few missing details, I'm really happy with this costume so far. I was worried I wouldn't get my face to look manly enough (fake beards are easy - fake stubble is not, and my face shape is so round it takes quite a bit of shading and sculpting to make it even remotely masculine), but during the weekend I got so many confused comments ranging from "it's so weird that you're so handsome but you're a woman" to "I thought you were a man but then you spoke" that I suppose I did pretty well. : D
I'm pretty madly in love with this costume already, and can't wait to have it 100 % finished. I'll be wearing this at Animecon in the Netherlands next weekend, so if any of you are coming there, come say hi.