Arrow Dark Archer / League of Assassins Cosplay Costume

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Did you know Jawas are in the League of Assassins?

Another comic con is behind us. Our second in costume. Again, with little in the way of props or dressed areas laid on by the convention, and talks being rammed, I still say the geek merch and the attendees in costume are the best part of going.

We did our bit. This time, I had been able to buy a costume to go along with my other half as the DC TV series’ ‘Arrow’. It would’ve been cool to go in the cosplaysky ‘Arsenal’ costume, but it was a bit more than I wanted to pay out for. Saw a few at comic con and have costume regret–it looks awesome. Plus, I’m not sure I can pull off Abercrombie youth Colton Haynes (phrasing), but can be a passable mature gay as a villain. When I saw they had a more affordable ‘Dark Archer’ or ‘League of Assassins’ I had been a bit unsure about my costume, but when it arrived (from China in a little under a week!) I quickly chucked it on and instantly felt assassiny. So, what could a grown 3# year old do, but wait for his husband to come home so I can fake assassinate him…

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My First Cosplay Convention Costume: 80s ‘V’ Shocktrooper.

My costume is finally pieced together and all finished.

Things I have found from this project:

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My First Cosplay Convention Costume: 80s ‘V’ Shocktrooper. #4 Blue Peter Holster…

With most of the costume done I needed a holster for my gun. The originals were a vacuum formed black plastic rest. To buy one it would cost a £100. Not including postage. So, that wasn’t going to happen. I decided I would make it.

Sometimes I laugh at my own ‘I can do that’ attitude, as I never learn from all those moments when I realise ‘I can’t do that’…

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My First Cosplay Convention Costume: 80s ‘V’ Shocktrooper. #3 The Cool Bits…

imageThe helmet and gun are the items that really make the costume for me. They are such cool designs and owning these pieces of geek became a big motivator for choosing this costume for comic con… Thankfully I was able to piece together a costume but to be honest, I wasn’t that impressed with the finish of the helmet and gun. The grey on the helmet looked quite blue instead of the grey it looked in the actual show, there was some wear on the paint where the visor rises, and the interior was lined with roughly cut yellow upholstery foam which was visible when on a helmet stand. The gun was heavily glossed. Both items had paint runs on them. So, I had to brave trying to improve them… Dismantling and sanding down £130 of geek merch…

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My First Cosplay Convention Costume: 80s ‘V’ Shocktrooper. #2 From Paper to Fabric…

After obsessively studying ‘V’ on DVD and pics online I was feeling pretty confident I could put a costume together. So, armed with greaseproof paper and lots of optimism I set about making a pattern for the overlay and the cuffs. Time was ticking on an eBay auction for the helmet and gun, so I had to get cracking and find out for sure whether this was going to come together…

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My First Cosplay Convention Costume 80s ‘V’ Shocktrooper: #1 Planning…

After going to conventions last year and seeing people dressed in cool costumes–and realising that is all part of the fun and actually a feature of going, I decided I wanted to have a go. My other half had already decided to go as Arrow, so I was keen to go as Red Arrow. But, at the time the TV show costume I found online didn’t look all that, and I do not have the body for the regular comic costume. I had no idea what else to go as…

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