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Prop Weapon Tutorial (Posterboard) by willowfall
Prop Weapon Tutorial (Posterboard)
Hellooooo! Back with another tutorial. I finally finished the prop weapon tutorial I started like a year ago! (Even longer, maybe?) 

Featured builds are the War Machete from Bastion and the Capra Demon's swords from Dark Souls.

As usual, message me if you have any questions/tips/etc! Happy crafting! :love:


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I'm a cosplayer, a textilemancer, a daydreamer, and sometimes I remember I like to draw. I love cats, and I love to sew clothes, costumes, plushies, etc. I'm employed at our local fabric & sewing store.

Tsukino-con 2013 Report

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 9:33 AM

Monday morning and Tsukino-con 2013 is officially over! It was an AMAZING weekend and I would say... the best con experience I've had YET!!

:bulletred: COSPLAY LINEUP
Friday: Veronica (Fallout New Vegas)
Saturday: Tali'Zorah (Mass Effect 2-3)
Sunday: Astrid (Dark Brotherhood armor, Skyrim)

:bulletred: THANK-YOUs
First of all, I literally /cannot possibly thank/ Valky24 enough. If you haven't had the pleasure of meeting Valky before, I don't think you can understand how WONDERFUL and selfless a single person can be. After giving me a deviantart premium membership (:heart:), Valky was like "You know you mentioned you wanted to remake your Mehrunes' Razor, do you want me to make one for you??" Well all you cosplayers know how much work goes into prop-making, so that in itself was an INCREDIBLY nice offer. It arrived in the mail a week before the con and I fell MADLY IN LOVE with how awesome and sturdy and gorgeous it was.

BUT THEN. Thursday afternoon before the con another package arrives, and it's the FLIPPIN BLADE OF MOTHERF*CKING WOE. This was a total surprise and my mind is still recovering from how BLOWN it was when I opened the box up. GUYS IT IS LITERALLY PERFECT AND THE BEST THING EVER. So Valky24, you are a god among men and I feel extremely lucky to have met someone as kind and eternally awesome as you. :hug: :glomp: :heart: :love:

Secondly, my con buddies. It's always nice to have friends that hang around with you, go to all the panels you want to go to, get photos of you, with you, dig stuff out of your bag when you can't see, fix costume malfunctions, tell you when you've got food on your face............. I could go on and on. You guys not only made the whole weekend a TOTAL BLAST because you are awesome, but I don't think I would have survived without you. LOL! So thanks goes out to Remi and Karmyn who were with me almost 24/7, and Louis and Marlo who were around a bit. This also extends to all the amazing friends I met up with in hallways and lineups and whatnot... Merry, Lauren, Tessa, Ken, Jayden, Chris, + like 100 more people I straight up just can't remember this early on a monday morning. LOL. So thanks to EVERY single person who spoke with me this weekend.... YOU are what made it so much fun!!!

:bulletred: HIGHLIGHTS
One of my favourite moments of the whole con. Sunday as Astrid I was handing out the black hand "We Know" papers. Was chatting with some Skyrim fans and they told me to give one to one of their friends who hadn't gotten one yet. Snuck around the building and ran up behind him as they were leaving, and slipped it into his jacket pocket /without him noticing/. (Reverse pickpocket successful!) Turned around to run the hell out of the there before he saw me and saw that a bunch of people had witnessed me do it and they were like OMG NICE JOB XD Was so awesome and I proceeded to laugh my ass off for the next like, ten minutes.

Also had some professional Star Wars cosplayers tell me they loved my Tali, and I got my buddies to take some awesome photos of me with them... it really made me feel all warm and fuzzy and stuffs *__* :love:

Last year it really became apparent that my favourite after-con photos are the ones of me with other people, so I tried to get as many of those as possible. CAN'T wait to see how they turned out!!!

:bulletred: CONCLUSION
I am SOOOOOOOOO lucky to have so many amazing friends in this scene. I think I spoke to like 100 different people this year - some amazing old friends, some acquaintances, some new folks - I love you all!!!!! I don't think there is any friendlier group of people than you cosplayers!!! :heart: :love:

All in all an amazing weekend and I am feeling very warm and fuzzy :3


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  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Rishloo
  • Watching: Game of Thrones
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: Marlo made breakfast <3
  • Drinking: Chamomile Mint Tea


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Maczer707 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the Fav :)
Danceswithcosplayers Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Tsukino con is coming up right? You going? What's your cosplay line up?
Hudeki Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
heyy love your brotherhood cosplay do you have a tutorial :3
and your hair is so preetty
ValChaon Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, thanks for the fave! w00t! 
Danceswithcosplayers Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Please upload some more cosplay photos! Did you take any at Cos and Effect this year?
willowfall Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ahaha C&E was a bit of a mess. Was really sick Saturday morning (so I didn't enter the costume contest or wear Tali at all) and left a part of my Zia cosplay at home. Meanwhile it was boiling hot the whole weekend, even when it rained. I ended up just wearing cool clothes and cat ears all weekend. Still had a blast but not my usual con experience LOL! Meanwhile I've starting going to a local fantasy LARP group, so I'm getting really into medieval/fantasy clothing. I'll probably be posting some photos once I make something cool. What have you been up to?
Danceswithcosplayers Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

Oh no, that sucks to hear that you were sick. :( Sorry to hear that.

Hmm, I've not been up to too much. I was supposed to attend a convention this weekend, but well my brother got a rare weekend off. So he's going to go to a concert with the rest of the family and I'm going to cover his shift at work. I've already been to 2 conventions this year; Central Canada Pop Culture Expo and Saskatoon Blitz. The one I was going to go to was called Saskatchewan Entertainment Expo or SEE. It's a brand new con that just started this year, so I'm not expecting it to be too big or anything like that. I've only 1 more convention this year, Central Canada Comic Con in Novemember.

And I haven't made anything else besides the Dark Brotherhood. The only thing I keep changing with that cosplay is I'm constantly adding more and more weapons that I carry. I've got 2 Daedric Swords, the Blade of Woe and soon Mehrunes Razor and sheath. Honestly, I could go to cons forever with just this. It's fun to wear, oh and last time I made 15 "We Know" notes and took them with me to Saskatoon Blitz and handed them out. I got some amazing reactions. XD

I was getting into Homestuck a while back, because I got invited to a Homestuck meet up, not at a Con, but at a park in Saskatoon. So I was really into reading Homestuck and wanting my next cosplay to be Gamzee Makara and I was hoping to join the Saskatchewan Homestuck community. But...

I guess the people who invited me, forgot to mention that... everyone who was going to attend was still in Highschool. So when I got there and everyone who was attending arrived... not a single one of the 30 people attending was over 19. I think the youngest was like 13, the oldest was 18 and everyone else was in between. So I was standing off to the side going... O_O... what the heck am I doing here?? Let's just say a few more years and it'll be my 10 year post High School grad meet up. So I guess that idea of joining the Homestuck community there is off the table. at 25+ years old... yeah, I didn't really like being the oldest guy there by like... a lot.

Oh well, I think the only reason I stayed for most of the meet up was because I bought a cooler, 25 bottles of water and 25 packs of Gushers for the meet up. No one told me to, I just decided to be nice, because it was nearly +30 that weekend and the meet up was outside. And by the end of the meet up, I was left with only 4 bottles of water and 4 packs of gushers remaining. So even though I didn't really have fun, I did a pretty good deed. No else thought to provide water and snacks on a super hot day.

Here's a vid of Saskatoon Blitz. Personally this was my favorite con so far;…

If you look closely, you can see me for a split second at 2:50 I'm standing by the pillar in my Dark Brotherhood cosplay, behind the dancing Splinter Cell guys, slightly to the left. I really enjoyed that dance XD It's the only other time besides Halloween that you had nearly 200 people dancing in costume, so that was quite an experience. XD

Other than that, that's about all I've been up to lately. I just have to wait, work and save for Comic Con in November. I really don't think I'll be making any new cosplays. I'm just gonna keep making more weapons. one of my dream projects is to make a Daedric Bow, Daedric arrows and a Daedric greatsword. I got some really great compliments for my Daedric Swords. :) so I'm just going to continue wearing my Dark Brotherhood cosplay and just carry different weapons each time.

CopperCentipede Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for watching! : )
willowfall Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No prob, I really love your work :D Thanks for the favs!!
Danceswithcosplayers Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

I wanted to ask, if you still have it; How is the Blade of Woe that I made you holding up? I ask because the sword I made myself; The Daedric sword, that's nearly as long as two Blades of Woe, isn't doing so well. And this one has a steel rod core, 2 layers of paint. The paints beginning to flake off, glues failing in places. So I can only imagine what's happening to your Blade of Woe. I admit, it was rushed to get it to you before your Tsukino-Con.

Yours has a coat hanger core, yeah, I built it on late sat and couldn't buy a steel, brass or any other kind of solid core. So I used a coat-hanger, broke in half and used that for the core. And I only put 1 layer of paint for; the blade, the hilt, the opposite black part of the entire blade length.

So what I'm wondering; Is your Blade of Woe flaking? Is it falling apart? Is it junk by now? Yours was more rushed than mine and I'm thinking of throwing away both of my Daedric swords, now that I know what to do to preserve them for much longer usage. Seal them in clear coat/sealing solution after 3 coats of paint. That way they last much longer, give off a gloss, and look better.

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