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By on Aug 1, 2014 at 8:00 am, in Geek Culture  |  Comments: No comments yet

Welcome to Junkies Nation’s cosplay review, Weekly Cos-day! Here, we will highlight some of the best cosplays we saw on the internet this week (including those submitted by you, dear readers!). We end each article with a link to a cosplay tutorial so that you can finally make that perfect cosplay you’ve been dreaming about.

This week’s article highlights some of the best cosplay we’ve seen online from San Diego Comic Con!

 

The Best Cosplay We’ve Seen This Week

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Gambit and Rogue, from X-Men. Photo by Nick Acott.

By on Jan 14, 2014 at 8:30 am, in Fashion, Uncategorized  |  Comments: No comments yet

Welcome to  Junkies Nation’s cosplay review, Weekly Cos-day! Here, we will highlight some of the best cosplays we saw on the internet this week (including those submitted by you, dear readers!). We end each article with a link to a cosplay tutorial so that you can finally make that perfect cosplay you’ve been dreaming about.

The Best Cosplay We’ve Seen This Week

 

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Queen Susan from The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, by Cosplay.com user CasualCostumer.

CasualCostumer shows an amazing amount of dedication and attention to detail. The homemade chainmail and corset are enough to elevate this costume, but the entire piece is put together extremely well. You should also check out CasualCostumer’s Clockwork Droid costume.

 

 

 

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Carmilla from Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, by Cosplay.com user faeryx.

Yet another excellently fabricated piece, highlighted by a beautiful photo. The cosplayer’s posture and expression show off the character’s attitude extremely well, and the setting of the photograph is great. The amount of detail that goes into a costume like this Carmilla is astounding. Just look at the skirt and shoulders!

 

 

 

Photography by Toshi Yamioka

 

Yomiko Readman from Read of Die, by Cosplay.com user cheerlubber. Photo by Toshi Yamioka Photography.

Yomiko doesn’t seem to get enough love in the cosplay world. Maybe because it’s a simple costume-but I’ve found that some of these simple costumes are the most difficult to pull off well. Cheerlubber, though, does a great job not only putting together a Yomiko cosplay but stepping into the character’s shoes.

 

 

 

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Smoker from Left 4 Dead, by Cosplay.com user Inuki1. Photo by Nerdography

The make-up work for this Smoker cosplay blows me away! Inuiki1 shows a great mastery of both conventional makeup and prosthetics. Just…wow.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kirito from Sword Art Online, by Cosplay.com user Iloon.

A great costume, highlighted by an excellent prop. The fabrication of the jacket, in particular, is impressive. The shoulder armor is nicely molded. But the sword itself is obviously well constructed, and looks solid and secure.

 

 

 

 

 

Cosplay 101

Armor and weapons sometimes require more than wood, craft foam, or worbla. A common approach to build onto these costume pieces is the use of expanding foam. Kamui Cosplay is internationally known as one of the top experts on using expanding foam to construct armor and weapons. Here are two of her videos on the process–the first is a general tutorial on expanding foam, and the second is a closer look at the carving process. Make sure the put on the captions, unless you speak German fluently.

 

Do you have an awesome cosplay you’d like to share with your fellow Junkies Nation readers? Or maybe you have a tutorial that can help other learn the ways of cosplay. Submit photos, links, and other relevant information to amandab@rerollz.com and you could be featured in a future Weekly Cos-day!

By on Jan 8, 2014 at 8:30 am, in Fashion, Uncategorized  |  Comments: No comments yet

Welcome to Junkies Nation’s cosplay review, Weekly Cos-day! Specifically, welcome to the first edition of 2014, and the first since the beginning of the holiday season. Here, we will highlight some of the best cosplays we saw on the internet this week (including those submitted by you, dear readers!). We will end each article with a link to a cosplay tutorial so that you can finally make that perfect cosplay you’ve been dreaming about.

 

The Best Cosplay We’ve Seen This Week

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Impa from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, by Cosplay.com user Siha.

The detail work on this costume is great, but the wig styling and the make-up really make the costume. It’s practically a perfect representation of what you see on the screen and, considering Impa’s animated, that’s really excellent.

 

 

 

 

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Nightwing from DC Comics, by Cosplay.com user Stargazer Gemini.

I’ve been looking at a lot of superhero cosplays lately and, while I love the ones that incorporate armor, I’m more impressed by those cosplayers who can create great bodysuits–like Stargazer Gemini here. It may be because stretchy fabric and I still don’t get along, but I’m really impressed by technique as successful as this.

 

 

 

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Rose from Doctor Who ( The Idiot Lantern), by deviantART user alcblueyes.

Alcblueyes has a whole photoshoot in her Rose costume from the episode The Idiot Lantern, but the prosthetic/mask work in this shot is exceptionally great. The photo has been making its way around the internet since last year, and it’s really obvious why. The shot, the cosplayers, and the costumes are all-around perfect.

 

 

 

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Anastasia Romanov from Anastasia, by Cosplay.com user Seiren-sama.

This is a showcase costume on Cosplay.com, and wow. The construction of the piece, the poise of the cosplayer, and the setting of the photograph work together perfectly. It shows how the perfect surroundings can really elevate a costume in a photoshoot.

 

 

 

 

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Damien Wayne/Robin from DC Comics, by Cosplay.com user Plush-Mello.

Damien Wayne is a character that’s full of personality. If you pick up a random Batman comic and see Robin is there, you can practically instantly tell if it’s Damien under the mask by the dialogue alone. Plush-Mello does a great job of embodying this spirit in the picture and, combined with great construction, brings Damien Wayne to life.

 

 

 

 

Cosplay 101

In Weekly Cos-Day #4, we linked to a bunch of tutorials to teach you how to buy, style, and care for a wig. Of course, there’s something else important that goes along with wearing a wig–and that is coloring your eyebrows. Chances are that, if you needed to buy a wig, your eyebrows are significantly different than the color wig you’re wearing. This informational video by Chicago-based cosplayer MangoSirene highlights two different methods of eyebrow coloring–that don’t involve dyes. This thread from Cosplay.com highlights one of these methods, and discusses a few additional approaches from other posters. Check it out, or leave your own tips in the comments.

Until next week, cosplay enthusiasts!

 

Do you have an awesome cosplay you’d like to share with your fellow Junkies Nation readers? Or maybe you have a tutorial that can help other learn the ways of cosplay. Submit photos, links, and other relevant information to amandab@rerollz.com and you could be featured in a future Weekly Cos-day!

By on Dec 12, 2013 at 8:30 am, in Fashion, Uncategorized  |  Comments: 1 comment

Welcome to  Junkies Nation’s cosplay review, Weekly Cos-day! Here, we will highlight some of the best cosplays we saw on the internet this week (including those submitted by you, dear readers!). We will end each article with a link to a cosplay tutorial so that you can finally make that perfect cosplay you’ve been dreaming about.

The Best Cosplay We’ve Seen This Week

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Jessie from Pokemon, by Cosplay.com user Ryoko-demon. Photo by Kifir.

 

Remember that tutorial on wigs that was posted in last week’s Weekly Cos-day? Well, Ryoko-demon puts all those wig-styling tips to shame. This costume is brilliantly executed–she could have stepped out of the anime itself–and her sewing looks flawless. It’s pretty simple to dress up as Jessie–until you get to the hair, that is. This costume, though, is excellent.

 

 

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Princess Yue from Avatar: The Last Airbender, by Cosplay,com user Shotzgoboom. Photo by AbbotW.

 

One of the most intimidating fabrics to work with in cosplay is fur, whether it is real or not. Shotzgoboom effortlessly incorporates this material into an artfully crafted costume. Look at that detail–it’s great even down to the beading. I’m jealous.

 

 

 

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Jareth the Goblin King from Labyrinth, by DeviantArt user Faeryx13. Photo by JustMoolti

 

“It’s a crystal, nothing more. But if you turn it this way, it will show you your dreams.” I don’t know about you, but my dreams are to make a costume as awesome as Faeryx13′s Jareth cosplay. And look at that swagger!

 

 

 

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Tali’Zorah nar Rayya from Mass Effect, by Cosplay.com user Nebulaluben. Photo by AoJ

 

I’ve always wanted to cosplay Tali from the Mass Effect series, but getting the right fabric and prints is almost a Herculean feat. Nebulaluben’s dedication to screen accuracy is amazing–the character looks almost perfect. Getting a character this right is hard to do.

 

 

 

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Torin Oakenshield by DeviantArt user TealPirate. Photo by Amy Ratcliffe from Fashionably Geek

The Desolation of Smaug opens this weekend, so we needed to celebrate with an excellent The Hobbit cosplay–and TealPirate’s Thorin Oakenshield definitely fits the bill. Her–yes, her–Thorin cosplay is utterly amazing, and the amount of difficult fabrics and material in this costume is enough to make my head spin. And this is still an in-progress costume, according to the article. I can’t even imagine how great this will look when it’s done, and I hope the gods of the internet bless me so that I can see it.

 

 

 

Cosplay 101

If there’s one thing that curses my cosplay, it’s boots. I like to cosplay as video game characters and super heroes and, let’s face it, their footwear can be on the extravagant side. If you couple that with the fact that I have freakishly large feet (well, maybe not freakishly. But at least abnormally), finding the right boots or shoes is impossible. That is, in short, why crash culture‘s boot cover tutorial saved my life. It’s a little more applicable to women than men, but if you make accommodations for different fabric types, you can make this tutorial work for either gender. Follow this link to find out how to make your boots look perfect.

 

Do you have an excellent costume that you want to be featured in our Weekly Cos-day articles? Or maybe you have the perfect tutorial to help your fellow cosplayers achieve the perfect look. Please send pictures, links, and all relevant information (character, cosplayer, photographer) to me at amandab@rerollz.com and you could be in an upcoming Weekly Cos-day!

 

By on Dec 3, 2013 at 3:03 pm, in Fashion, Uncategorized  |  Comments: 3 comments

Welcome to  Junkies Nation’s cosplay review, Weekly Cos-day! Here, we will highlight some of the best cosplays we saw on the internet this week (including those submitted by you, dear readers!). We end each article with a link to a cosplay tutorial so that you can finally make that perfect cosplay you’ve been dreaming about.

This week’s article is a special review of the cosplay from this weekend’s Doctor Who convention in Chicago–Chicago TARDIS. I met a lot of great people and cosplayers, and the sheer number of people in costume was astounding! Here’s just a small selection of some of the best cosplays I saw at the con.

CybermanCosplay FourandRamonaCosplay FourthDoctorCosplay JennyandMadameVastraCosplay MadamedePompadourCosplay MatildaCosplay Ood Cosplay SisterofPlenitudeCosplay SixthDoctorCosplay TARDISCosplay TenthDoctorImpossible PlanetCosplay UNITCosplay AmyPondCosplay DonnaNobleCosplay DalekDressCosplay

Cosplay 101

During the Heroes of Cosplay panel I spoke on at the convention this weekend, we briefly talked about cosplaying with wigs, wig styling, and wig care. Cosplay Island has a series of advice on wigs that I’ve found very helpful. Follow these links for tips on how to choose a wig, how to style it, and how to store it. You can go to the main guide for all of this information and more, including tips on achieving specific styles for wigs.

By on Nov 27, 2013 at 4:46 pm, in Fashion  |  Comments: 1 comment

Welcome to  Junkies Nation’s cosplay review, Weekly Cos-day! Here, we will highlight some of the best cosplays we saw on the internet this week (including those submitted by you, dear readers!). We will end each article with a link to a cosplay tutorial so that you can finally make that perfect cosplay you’ve been dreaming about.

The Best Cosplay We’ve Seen This Week

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Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series, by Cosplay.com user Dismaldreary.

No great Luna cosplay is complete without a pair of Spectrespecs. Harry Potter costumes are particularly great because they’re relatively simple–you can appropriate basic clothing to ma>ke the costume. It’s the props that really bring a Harry Potter costume together, which Dismaldreary shows here.

 

 

 

 

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Blitzcrank from League of Legends, by Deviant Art user d-slim.

I wanted to know if anyone had every tried to cosplay Blitzcrank, so I mostly searched for this costume to satisfy that curiosity. I didn’t really expect to find such a fun Blitzcrank costume! I especially appreciate the way that d-slim made the character his own by incorporating a more angular design. It’s a unique interpretation of the character, and I think it works well.

 

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Rorana from Atelier Totori, by Sachie. Photo by Tomestorung Photography.

Sachie shows a great use of materials, and she always seems to play her character just right in cosplay photos. Her props look great, too. What I’ve always appreciated about Sachie’s cosplays, though, is the fact that her wigs always look perfect. Wigs can make or break a costume, and Sachie is able to wear them well.

 

 

 

 

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Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings, by Cosplay.com user Mohmoh.

I’ve always wanted to make an Eowyn cosplay, but the thing that has kept me back is my own skills as a seamstress. I can make many pieces, but the skill that it takes to work with these types of fabrics and make gowns this detailed is currently beyond me. This, of course, is part of the reason why I think this costume is so great. The construction looks flawless–you would think that the dress came straight out of the movie.

 

 

 

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Midna from Twilight Princess, by Cosplay.com user Fluffydragon84.

This cosplayer has cosplayed as Midna in both of her forms (check out the link above, which will take you to her profile), but I think I like her true form costume the best. Fluffydragon84 does a great job of embodying the character in this form, and each piece of her costume looks great. The photo itself, as well, is amazing.

 

 

 

 

Cosplay 101

Some of the best costumes you see out there add a little something extra–a glow, if you will. That’s why the ability to work with LEDs is something many cosplayers want to be familiar with. I’m working on a Riven cosplay, so I’ve been doing a lot of research on LEDs lately. This tutorial by KamuiCosplay was the first to make me think that I could actually incorporate LEDs at my skill level.

Do you dream of a costume that glows? Check out the tutorial here.

 

Do you have an excellent costume that you want to be featured in our Weekly Cos-day articles? Or maybe you have the perfect tutorial to help your fellow cosplayers achieve the perfect look. Please send pictures, links, and all relevant information (character, cosplayer, photographer) to me at amandab@rerollz.com and you could be in an upcoming Weekly Cos-day!

By on Nov 19, 2013 at 9:00 am, in Fashion, Uncategorized  |  Comments: 2 comments

Welcome to  Junkies Nation’s cosplay review, Weekly Cosday! Here, we will highlight some of the best cosplays we saw on the internet this week (including those submitted by you, dear readers!). We will end each article with a link to a cosplay tutorial so that you can finally make that perfect cosplay you’ve been dreaming about.

 

The Best Cosplay We’ve Seen This Week:

 

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Ryuk from Deathnote, by Cosplay.com member Tatterhood.

Tatterhood’s Ryuk cosplay is pretty much perfect. It’s an almost direct translation from the anime into real life, and she even does an excellent job of mimicking the character’s body language and posture. This costume has been featured on Cosplay.com for weeks now, and there’s really no doubt as to why.

 

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The Monarch from Venture Bros., by Cosplay.com member Panamon.

Yet another example of a cosplayer embodying a character. What is also impressive about this costume, though, is the excellent craftsmanship of the armor and the characteristic eyebrows. It’s difficult to translate a cartoon character as stylized as The Monarch into real life, but Panamon does a great job.

 

 

 

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Steampunk Scarecrow inspired by DC Comics, by J. Lance Cosplay.

It’s become common practice to translate characters into the Steampunk style, but this costume by J. Lance Cosplay shows the extent to which such a translation can be successful. This is the official “first” Steampunk Scarecrow costume, and I think the use of the gasmask (with the addition of gears) is what really sells the costume. The detail all over, though, is fabulous.

 

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Aela the Huntress from Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, by WindoftheStars Cosplay. Photo by Iceman-Props.

What’s great about this costume is the use of texture and the great way WindoftheStars Cosplay is able to work effectively with the many different kinds of materials the Aela costume demands. From the chainmail to the leather to the fur, each part of the costume is beautifully constructed.

 

Zant Cosplay

 

Zant from Twilight Princess, by Cosplay.com member shinigami714.


I know–it’s difficult to look past that amazing helmet. I’m a big fan of the Legend of Zelda series, and that obviously means that I follow its cosplay community pretty closely. Shinigami714′s Zant is the best I’ve ever seen right down to the shoes. With a character like Zant, it’s all about the detail, and this costumer nails it.

 

 

 

Cosplay 101:

A hero (or villain) is only as good as his weapon, so here’s a link to a great tutorial from Kuro Cupcake. This tutorial teaches you how to make a sword out of foam, which is great because it’s easy to work with, readily available, and lightweight.

Intrigued? Is this just what you needed to finish that Link or Cloud cosplay? Then follow this link to the tutorial!

 

Do you have an excellent costume that you want to be featured in our Weekly Cos-day articles? Or maybe you have the perfect tutorial to help your fellow cosplayers achieve the perfect look. Please send pictures, links, and all relevant information (character, cosplayer, photographer) to me at amandab@rerollz.com and you could be in an upcoming Weekly Cos-day!

By on Nov 12, 2013 at 9:00 am, in Fashion  |  Comments: 1 comment

Welcome to the first edition of Junkies Nation’s cosplay review, Weekly Cosday! Here, we will highlight some of the best cosplays we saw on the internet this week (including those submitted by you, dear readers!). We will end each article with a link to a cosplay tutorial so that you can finally make that perfect cosplay you’ve been dreaming about.

 

The Best Cosplay We’ve Seen This Week:

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Mr. Freeze, created by Reddit user borvise.

There’s so much that’s great about this costume: the detail on the suit, the craftsmanship of the dome, and the awesome armor. But what really sells is are the LED eyes.

 

 

 

 

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Ordinator from Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, by cosplay.com user Isugi.

This picture is also an awesome example of how a great photo setting can really sell your cosplay. Not that this Ordinator needs it—look at that amazing helmet, armor, and mask!

 

 

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Big Sister from Bioshock, by cosplay.com user {Sh[I]vA}.

If it wasn’t for the lack of water, I would have thought we were down in Rapture. Look at that helmet, and the leatherwork is excellent.

 

 

 

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Magikarp by Deviantart user Thatratass.

Some fans make dresses or shirts inspired by Pokémon—Thatratass made a Pokémon. It’s by far the best Poké cosplay I’ve ever seen. And it’s the mark of a great costume when you can chuckle with glee and take it seriously at the same time.

 

 

 

 

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Young Justice: Invasion Miss Martian by Sirene. Photo by CK december.

Sirene has another version of Miss Martian, but this is my favorite. The style of the wig is great and her make-up, too, is flawless down to the freckles. It’s an all around excellent costume.

 

Cosplay 101:

There are a lot of helmets in this week’s Cos-day, so it just seems natural that we point you to a helmet tutorial. This is a fairly easy helmet-building technique that most people can do well.

Check out the teaser below, then follow this link to user featherweight’s cardboard helmet tutorial on cosplay.com.

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Until next week, cosplay enthusiasts!

 

Do you have an awesome cosplay you’d like to share with your fellow Junkies Nation readers? Or maybe you have a tutorial that can help other learn the ways of cosplay. Submit photos, links, and other relevant information to amandab@rerollz.com and you could be featured in a future Weekly Cos-day!

By on Nov 28, 2012 at 11:20 pm, in Article, RIFT  |  Comments: 8 comments

Many of you may be returning to RIFT, maybe many of you are starting up for the first time, or maybe you’re just leveling an alt. In any case, you’re probably trying to catch up with some friends and are eager to dive into the new Storm Legion content. This video and guide is probably the fastest and best way to hit level 50 in the fastest time possible. Keep reading and we’ll give you the low down on what you need to do.

By on Nov 25, 2012 at 3:19 pm, in Article, Cleric, Guides, RIFT  |  Comments: 13 comments

Being new to the world of Telara is a daunting experience, looking at all those high level Clerics with their shiny armour wandering around on fantastic mounts bristling with weapons and virtually aglow with magic can be enough to cause the new Cleric  to think they can never be that good.

Fear not the challenge, for here is a way to beat the levelling woe’s and become one of those Clerics you first looked up to.

This guide is set out to make the transition from level 10 to level 60 as painless as possible if you have to do it Solo or with a friend. So the first thing you need to do is get out of the starting zone by following the quest line and get to today’s Telara, you should be around level 8 when you emerge, I’d suggest following the quest line till you get to level 10 then you can reset your souls to take advantage of this guide.

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