Bit random this, for my blog, but whatever.

Does anyone else remember Syphon Filter?

The franchise kinda died a death after the PS1 days were over. The PS2 version was pretty poor, and the PSP versions, though not terrible games, had pretty fiddly controls (and were western games on the PSP, so were never going to be a rip-roaring success).

I think they got replaced, largely, by Splinter Cell, and I can see why. However, Splinter Cell is much more gritty/moody and think it’s only superficially similar.

Syphon Filter was a third-person action game, which was like a combination of Metal Gear Solid and Goldeneye. It was crude, but it had a lot in its favour - particularly the way it was practically a parody of 90s Tom Clancy novels. The stories were just so OTT and the characters were similar exaggerated. Even the music above is so “90s action movie” it almost hurts. It was close to being a comedy; the weapons had such bombastic sound effects. The Tazer weapon set people on fire in a horrific/hilarious way that GTA would do years later.

Not sure if it’s worth checking out now, as third-person action games have moved on so much, but it is available on the USA PSN if you want to check it out for PS3/PSP.

Anyone else ever play this?

The Team Neko Guide to Con Etiquette - Part 2 : Glomps, Tackles and Free Hugs

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The Team Neko Guide to Con Etiquette – Part 2 : Glomps, Tackles and Free Hugs

Glomps, Tackles and Free Hugs aren’t as wide spread as they used to be in the convention scene these days. However, if you regularly attend an event like MCM Comic Con, then you’ll know that there…

All useful info for con-goers.

Like a lot of cosplayers, I’ve been on the recieving end of a few unwelcome glomps and hugs from men and women that lasted just that bit too long. It puts you in an awkward stance because in a party situation, you don’t want to be the one person who holds up their hand and says this isn’t really alright, but at the same time, you become very mindful of your personal space.

I’m quite a big guy - male, cis and caucasian - and as a result I’m fortunate in that I don’t feel “vulnerable” at cons. These experiences made me reflect on how some people might find that experience very unnerving, especially if they’re new to the con scene.

The irony is that I have no problem with physical contact. I’m just not so fond of having it sprung on me. Plus, my armour looks quite hardy but it’s actually pretty fragile.

Anyway, tl;dr, if you want to do the “con hug” thing, don’t grab people unawares!

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I've been to three MCM expos and I've loved them, it's a great atmosphere and really cosplay friendly. Parts can be really packed but I've found most people move out of the way for cosplays, especially larger armour suits. I've done two cons in 4 foot wings and I didn't run into too much trouble. The food is a little pricy but the stalls and shops make it really worth while. There's also usually a big space for pictures and resting and meeting people. Usually you're asked for pics a lot

Asked by thecynicalrevolutionary

Thanks for your input! It certainly sounds worth going to.

I went to Birmingham MCM once last year. I remember it being very busy and tightly packed inside the hall (though that was a saturday). Inside it's basically a huge dealers room, plus some guests you can get autographs from/photos with. Personally I tend to go to a lot of the expo-type conventions because I like meeting actors, and because a bunch of my cosplay friends go to them so go to meet them. I wouldn't recommend a bulky cosplay if you want to look around inside on the Saturday though.

Asked by starwulfen

Thanks so much for this, it’s great to get a first-hand reaction. Not sure what I’ll be doing cosplay-wise, as my armour is quite bulky.

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I’ve still not manages to find any full photos of my cerise cosplay from kitacon.

Sad face :(

Yeah, it can be like that sometimes. I often find that I spend half a con weekend posing for photos, and I rarely seem to catch them once the weekend is over. It helps to have some people with you who can take two or three good ones, so at least you have those.

Having a professional photographer in the dealer’s room at a con is a really good idea; every con should do that - then at least you know if you hand over a fiver, you’ll have at least one full-body, in-focus picture.

Anyone ever been to Birmingham MCM?

Just want to hear thoughts/opinions about it. With it being near the Kitacon venue, we might go, but we’ve never been one of those big “expo”-type cons before.

My ask-box is open if people want to leave opinions. Temporarily allowing anon asks, in case people don’t want their opinions to be linked to them.

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I’ve been doing a lot of Pepakura work lately so I decided to make a tutorial video on how to get started :) 

This is my first cosplay tutorial and I hope to make a series out of it. If you have any questions feel free to ask!

and yes I know I sound like a nerd :p

This is a really good video for explaining the basics of using Pepakura. Followers will already know this, but this is the method I used to make my N7 helmet:

It’s pretty easy to do, and gives a very effective result, especially for complex 3D shapes.

If you’re new to this, checking out my prior posts will explain a little more about it. I may try to collect together all of my images for a future post that lays out the method a bit more, though I’m unsure if I have quite enough pictures!

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Do you know if cap guns (with orange tips and no caps) are allowed at cons? I've been looking on multiple con websites but none say anything definite. If they're not allowed, do you know of any good alternatives for western style revolvers?

Asked by Anonymous

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This is a bit of a tricky question because weapon rules can vary from convention to convention. Some conventions ban airsoft and NERF guns outright while others allow them as long as they’ve been decommissioned (inner mechanics yanked out) or the trigger is peacebonded down. Without any caps, a cap gun is no different than an unloaded NERF gun so there’s no safety issue, but it’ll really depend on the convention. The best solution is to contact the convention directly and ask if cap guns are accepted. 

As far as non-cap gun alternatives, here is a very nice looking replica. A much cheaper toy gun can be found here if you’re willing to repaint it. With summer around the corner, you might also be able to find some cheap toy guns in the toy department. Dollar stores can be pretty good when it comes to toy guns.

If you decide to paint a gun, sand lightly, prime, then coat with spray paint designed for plastic (easy to find, it’ll say so on the label). Remember to leave the tip orange, by law (though the severity will vary depending on location) all realistic looking guns must have an orange tip to denote they’re fake. Putting a strip of colored tape around the tip of the barrel works well too, especially since you can remove it for photoshoots.

Also as quick tip for anyone using a NERF gun as a base for a prop, opening it up and removing the firing mechanism and other parts inside will definitely cut down on the weight. The shotgun Queadlunn made for Cata’s Gaige build uses a NERF gun as a base with all of the inner guts stripped out. Also Goodwill and other second hand stores are excellent resources for finding toy guns.

I’ll add a little to this, from my own experience.

Ohicosplay is right about con rules varying, regarding guns. Some cons are OK with “empty” NERF guns, whereas some cons I’ve seen even prohibit weapons that could fire a projectile, even if you didn’t bring any. Cap guns will probably come under this umbrella, so make sure you check your con’s specific rules.

That being said, the general rule of thumb is that most cons don’t allow projectile weapons, but you’re OK as long as you don’t actually have any ammo. When I take my NERF gun, I remove the batteries and the bullets just to be sure.

Also, some parts of the USA have rules regarding something having a “firearm silhouette”. Even a bright blaze orange toy gun has a silhouette like this, so bringing a bag to carry your gun prop in to-and-from the con, or when outdoors, is a wise precaution.

Coloured tape works, but also, an orange cap from a bottle of Fanta, and some blu-tac works pretty well, for something you can remove during shoots.

Lastly, if you do consider painting a NERF gun, there’s a second reason to remove the internal workings - you need to paint the interior, at least a coat of black. It will dramatically improve the results you get from painting over simply painting the exterior (of course, if you’re not concerned about breaking the mechanism, you can just paint the interior parts too without ripping them out).

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This was recorded by the Portsmouth Sinfonia in an experiment where all the members of the orchestra would swap instruments with each other and attempt to play them to the best of their ability.

favorite things about this

  • literally all the brass starts to get the hang of it and then the crescendos happen and everyone is like FUCK FUCK FUCK??? FUCK. JUST. BLOW RLY HARD.
  • the strings are lazy but also the same. like u can tell a lot of the ppl w/ the stringed instruments may already basically know how to play stringed instruments. like there’s definitely a section at the beginning where you hear a good portion going “oh yeah this is like. a smaller/bigger version of what i do.”
  • all you hear of any woodwinds is just “pffffttt??? pFFFTTTT???? PFFFFFTTTT I SAID PFFFFTTTT!!!!!” bc woodwinds are fucking HARD and you hear after like the first crescendo half of them just give up. they give up. they’re done. fuck this it tastes weird and my lips hurt.
  • that trumpet. that person is fucking TRYING man they fucking GOT this. they may not have figured out notes but they figured out LOUD and they GOT this.

This may have precious little to do with other stuff on my blog, but seriously, this is HILARIOUS.

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Thought I’d quickly share my next cosplay with you all :)
I really like wearing my Shepard armour, but those of you who have followed me for a while will already know that it’s not the sort of thing you want to wear for a whole con weekend. You can’t move around easily, you don’t want to sit down for long periods (certainly not a 2hr panel), you can’t drink (without a straw - the bracers make it hard to bend your elbow enough!) and even if you could, well, let’s just say that you tend to dehydrate yourself to avoid toilet trips.
So, I thought that I’d have a go at cosplaying Bright Noa from Mobile Suit Gundam, this time with an eBay-bought costume, as I certainly don’t plan to enter any contests as the character. I went with one of those sellers that you provide a set of measurements, and they tailor your outfit. No idea how that’s going to turn out, but we’ll have to see!
If it goes particularly well, I’ll post their details on here in a few weeks’ time, in case anyone else is interested. They do a wide variety of character costumes, everything from Code Geass to League of Legends. High-res

Thought I’d quickly share my next cosplay with you all :)

I really like wearing my Shepard armour, but those of you who have followed me for a while will already know that it’s not the sort of thing you want to wear for a whole con weekend. You can’t move around easily, you don’t want to sit down for long periods (certainly not a 2hr panel), you can’t drink (without a straw - the bracers make it hard to bend your elbow enough!) and even if you could, well, let’s just say that you tend to dehydrate yourself to avoid toilet trips.

So, I thought that I’d have a go at cosplaying Bright Noa from Mobile Suit Gundam, this time with an eBay-bought costume, as I certainly don’t plan to enter any contests as the character. I went with one of those sellers that you provide a set of measurements, and they tailor your outfit. No idea how that’s going to turn out, but we’ll have to see!

If it goes particularly well, I’ll post their details on here in a few weeks’ time, in case anyone else is interested. They do a wide variety of character costumes, everything from Code Geass to League of Legends.

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Tutorial: Working with Worbla

My worbla tutorial is now live! Check it out if you’ve been interested in trying out worbla or would like some tips on how to work with it. I also show you how I made part of my armor for Riven. Feel free to share with others! Hopefully you’ll find this helpful.

Thought I’d reblog this, as I’ve had a few questions recently from people who are starting new armour builds. I didn’t use Worbla (not sure if it’s worth it for Mass Effect armour, what with the results people get from EVA), but I’ve seen amazing things done with the material for a variety of costumes, from Space Marines to WoW characters. There are many examples online, but Kamui is the person I tend to immediately think of when considering this medium.