Cosplay Project 2014 II

Update on my 3D maneuver gear project

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ImageTo make the gas cylinders, I used 2 feet of a 2 inch diameter pvc pipe, top of a plastic bottle and then a 3/4 inch diameter T shape pvc pipe.

 

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ImageUsed an opaque lighting cover and cardboard to make my boxes for my blades.

 

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ImageBlack coat of spray paint first then a metallic coat of spray paint.

 

ImageMixing the black and silver gives it a shiny but slightly damaged/used look

 

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That’s all I have for now! Less than a week till Anime Expo 2014 and I’m still not done with my set, let alone the girlfriend’s set. Hopefully we can finish this weekend!

 

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Cosplay Project 2014

With Anime Expo ’14 and Comic Con coming up, I decided to “attempt” to make my own 3D Maneuver Gear from the anime/manga series, Attack on Titan. I wouldn’t call this a tutorial but more like a glimpse of my ideas and efforts to make my cosplay.

ImageLoot I got from Michael’s and Home Depot

ImageWhittling foam core pieces to fit onto the wooden rod

ImageI decided to make a cardboard box for support then the outside with plastic sheets to give it a cleaner look.

ImageAll the pieces are cut out, now to put it together.

New Glasses. Finally.

Title says it all. After putting off going to the optometrist for at least four if not maybe five years, I recently found out that my medical benefits included eye exams. Taking advantage of the face that I had to go in to Kaiser today to do lab work for my doctor (CBC and what not) I decided to try to make a walk-in appointment at their optometry center.

Got it and had my first eye exam with someone who spoke more than 10 words of English. Literally. My last eye exams were either in Hong Kong or in places that spoke only Chinese. Anyways, I found my pair of glasses, while helpful to me, still didn’t help me see as well as I should. Got a new prescription and didn’t have to pay copay! Woot!

I didn’t plan this but I decided to try to check out buying a pair of glasses at Kaiser since, again, I was already there. Medical insurance didn’t cover cost of frames or lenses and my vision insurance doesn’t cover anything at Kaiser. Le sigh. Plus all the frames were $200+… I then vaguely remembered there was a Lenscrafter near our place so drove on over to see if they accepted my insurance.

Long story short. They did. Got new half frame glasses from some brand named Burberry. Meh. Price was alright considering how much my vision insurance kicked in. Retail price for just my glasses, frames and all would have been $560 but only paid $132. Since I was there, I did something off my unpublished wishlist which was to get a pair of Oakley sunglasses. My insurance covered 40% of it and the guy gave me a little discount too. Price I would have paid: $590. Price I paid: $356.

All in all, $488 done in one day. I can’t remember the last time I bought something for myself that topped triple digits which I can assume is a good thing unless my long term memory neurons have given out. Buying a car doesn’t count either since I’ll be making monthly payments. I guess the last thing would probably be my ps3 back 3 years ago? Anyways, hash tag YOLO right? Won’t get sunglasses till the beginning of July but here are my new glasses that are giving me a headache right now…

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Too fancy of a case for me…

 

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A Happy [Early] Birthday present to myself!

 

Other thing on my mind besides my exam, well two things. First off, Kari is now cone-less!! Pics to come but she’s enjoying her freedom from jumping up and down to dashing around as agile as ever. Second off, ANIME EXPO! That’s right, I’ll be going again this year. Haven’t gone for I think three years. However, last minute decision means last minute cosplay. I think it’ll be fun though. My cosplay this year? A couple cosplay with Jess of course =]

 

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