Q: What has been your favourite cosplay?
My favourite cosplay would probably be my Shin Kazama cosplay from
Area 88. It was my first project big cosplay project and it
took me months of research to identify the kit he wears and where to
source it from. The costume took about 2 months to make and a
large cash investment as military equipment is not cheap! The
flight suit had to be custom made and the helmet decals were tricky but
I was really pleased how it came out. As Area 88 was never
that well received over here, I never really expected anyone to
recognise who I was, or what I was from, but the response I got was
brilliant. ADV Films were especially very excited about it
and I got interviewed for their UK website. It was complimented by
two friends of mine (Alias.com + Juggern0ght) who were cosplaying as
Ryoko and Major Roundall respectively.
Q: Most memorable moment whilst cosplaying?
Wow this is a hard one as I've had
some many fantastic experiences while cosplaying.
I would have to say being part of the Steampunk
group at the
MCM London Expo in October 2008. I had
never expected it to be as well received as it was,
everyone was so nice and we couldn't move without
having our pictures taken. The positive
response made all the long hours and expense really
worthwhile. We then won Best Entertainment
award in the cosplay masquerade which really
surprised me and made a good day even better!
The friends that I have made through cosplay,
particularly Random Accent (my cosplay group), have
always been memorable and add another consistently
worthwhile and fun element to the hobby!
Q: Have you had any cosplays go wrong/encountered problems
whilst making cosplays?
Yes very much so. I am
chronically plagued with things not turning up in
time, may they be wigs weapons or parts. I'd
say a good 30% of new costumes I debut are
incomplete because I've forgotten something whilst
packing or it hasn't arrived in time. A few
times I've had things break on me which is
INCREDIBLY frustrating! I remember when I was
cosplaying Manabu Yuuki from Galaxy Railways
the wig went completely awry as soon as it went on
my head and no amount of restyling could fix it.
Then to compound my mystery one of my belt buckles
broke just before the masquerade. Despite all
that I would definitely cosplay him again in future.
Q: Have you ever regretted cosplaying?
Sometimes I look back and think
what else I could have done with all that time and
money, but then I remember all the fun times I've
had and friends I've made and it makes it so
worthwhile. I can't see myself quitting
Q: Have you ever done group cosplay? If so how did you find
I've done a few group cosplays before, my first ever
being an Area 88 group which we even had a replica Crusader jet
for me to sit in. I normally take part in groups with my friends
in Random Accent as we all tend to have similar interests and work on
the same kind of cosplays, it makes it so much easier to co-ordinate
materials/colours and to bounce ideas off each other. I've
Hellsing, Galaxy Railways and Steampunk groups with them.
Each time more memorable than the last.
Q: What cosplays are you planning?
I've got a Warhammer 40,000 project in the works
for MCM London Expo
in May 2009, as well as a couple more Resident Evil projects,
possibly for Kitacon.
Although a couple of friends may have talked me into cosplaying from
Final Fantasy as well. I may also update a few of my older
projects such as Manabu (from Galaxy Railways - ed.) or
HUNK (from Resident Evil - ed.).
Q: Do you have a dream cosplay?
Yes. Pip Bernadette was my previous dream but I
recently after many months of work managed to complete that cosplay.
My all time ambitions would either be a Terran Marine from Starcraft
or a AV-98 Ingram from Patlabor. I'm going to need to learn
how to vacuum form first though!
Q: Do you have one piece of advice that
you would give to cosplay virgins?
I found when I
started out, that making your
first project a background or
lesser known character is a good
way to ease yourself into the
hobby. It is a good way to
gauge where your strengths are
and can form a base for future
Q: Do you have an account with the website
Cosplay island/other social networking sites?
I sure do, I can be found as Leadmill on both
and Cosplay.com as
well as a couple of others.
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