Showing posts with label Riven. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Riven. Show all posts

Monday, September 3, 2012

Avalyn's PAX Recap

PAX was fabulous this year. We really enjoyed ourselves. Here are some photos I took! 

SmallRiniLady and Avalyn lunch at Gordon Biersch on Friday while dressed as Serah from Final Fantasy and Riven from League of Legends.
New this year, Riot had the League of Legends NA Regionals up on the sixth floor of the convention center. They should host that at PAX every year! It drew a huge crowd, all day long, all three days.

Found a Dragon Age 2 cosplay group! Excellent workmanship on those costumes.

On Saturday we went to the Make a Strip panel by Gabe and Tycho from Penny Arcade. We always try to make that panel every year, it's a hoot. I still remember the first time I saw this panel at the Meydenbauer Center and I discovered the magic that is the Hotdog Fairy.

There was an insane amount of League of Legends cosplay at PAX. Riot had a cosplay showcase every day at 2PM so I signed up on Friday. Got my photo with Riot Nikasaur on KOMO News here!

Here's me with a couple of my favorite LoL champions!

my favorite support, Soraka (with me as Riven)
the lovely Ashe... and Riven (me again)
I also found a lot of Rivens! What do you call that, a pack? A horde? A roost of Rivens? Anyway, here are some of them!

WOW big sword!
Her sword lights up!
Her armor and sword were made with expanding foam - durable and rubbery/squishy!
Got a wee potato! You never know what kind of swag you'll get but PAX never disappoints. (I always come home with at least one free T-shirt.)

Went to the Magic the Gathering party on Saturday with my husband. They had mushroom appetizers on trees! How cool is that?

Made another  friend! Actually, first I made this little hat out of pipe cleaners while waiting in line for Wil Wheaton's awesome hour.

Wil Wheaton did not disappoint. Just wish I could have sat a little closer. They didn't have video on the screens while he was talking and the sound was very quiet so it was hard to hear him about 10% of the time.

Wow, check out these wings! They are motorized and can fold down and collapse!

I dressed as Riven on Friday and Sunday. Unfortunately my Warcraft costume just did not look like it would survive the day so I didn't wear it. It may need to be retired. I really enjoyed wearing the Riven costume though!

Full album with more photos:

Friday, August 31, 2012

2012 Pax - Day One

Serah from Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Riven from League of Legends.  We found a great backdrop and the crowds were missing so we took advantage of getting of a few good shots.

League of Legends tournaments were a big deal at PAX this year.  The grand prize is $150,000.  That's a lot.  They had live commentators, and crowds so big they were sitting on the floor.  It was like the superbowl!

The set up at the different game company booths were quite different but very flashy.

Cosplay is a growing thing at PAX and some people were very creative with their characters.
Moogle and Chocobo from Final Fantasy

Can you see who is on their head?

Sacred 3 had a cool setup, so I decided to take a little creepy photo with the throne.

The Storm Troopers are getting down with Dance Central 3 before it is released.

Found a random tatoo on a guy that was just pretty cool

The Pokemon tournament is a cool idea, where 8 Pokemon Gym Leaders are walking around the con, and you can challenge them at any time with a White/Black Pokemon game.   You can spot them with their green scarves.

Even some of the local eateries were using gaming topics to encourage people to come by

Thursday, August 30, 2012

We're going to PAX 2012!

This weekend hordes of gamers descend upon downtown Seattle for the annual Penny Arcade Expo which will take place Friday, August 31st through Sunday, September 2nd at the Washington State Convention Center (and various nearby "spillover" venues, including the Paramount Theater).

PAX Dev has been going on already, and today, Thursday, is "setup day". Eager to partake in the weekend festivities, I stopped by during my lunch break today to score a sneak preview while enjoying a Mondito Burrito at the Taco Del Mar inside the convention center. I thought I'd just camp out in the chance of encountering a rare spawn. I heard Wil Wheaton and Gary Whitta were in town already, among other notables.

 As soon as I entered the venue I was greeted by a massive statue of Ryze, a playable hero from League of Legends. The statue is impressive, a fully lit-up, life-sized replica of the character, complete with floating spellbook, a glowing ball of conjured ice energy, and an impact crater festooned with runes, with blue light emanating from beneath the cracks. I want one for my living room.

This is going to cause a major traffic jam on Friday, just wait.

A friendly (and dashing) Riot employee saw me snapping (or should I say "tapping") photos on my smart phone and offered to take a picture with me in it. He also conveniently knew exactly the best angle to capture Ryze. Now I just need to get another photo with Ryze while I'm dressed like Riven!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Riven Cosplay - Shirt Upgrade

I like to make costumes I can wear over and over again. Sometimes I have to do a rush job to get the costume done on time, but then I have the opportunity to go back and redo something, give it an upgrade.
It looks a little droopy in front because my dress form is rather flat-chested...
I made a new shirt for my Riven costume. The first shirt was literally three pieces of cotton gauze fabric sewn together at the shoulders and sides. It was really rough, not wearable in public.

This shirt took four (4) hours to make, a nice after-work evening project. The fabric is super-soft, stretchy, and also breathable!

I didn't use a pattern, but I did have a store-bought shirt of a similar fabric, so I traced it to get a pattern for the back, then I draped the rest. If I didn't have a serger, this stretchy fabric would have been a lot more difficult to work with, I would have had to roll all of the hems, yikes! As it is, I just serged the edges every piece of fabric after I cut them out and ended up leaving the arm holes and the bottom hem rough. The bottom will be tucked into the skirt anyway!

I hope I can finish the rest of my upgrades to this costume before PAX. It's less than two weeks away!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Crafting a Novel in 30 Days

November is half over and you're thinking "Wait! Where did Ava go?"

Well, I've been absorbed in a little thing called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writer's Month). It's where you write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, beginning Halloween night at midnight and ending at 11:59 PM on November 30th.

I can totally do this.

Unfortunately my crafting is taking a back seat. BUT the month is half over and I've surpassed the halfway mark of 25,000 words! Yay.

In other news, I did not win the League of Legends costume contest, but I got a nice email saying they really liked my Riven costume... and mentioned some other secret stuff I am not allowed to divulge. (Really, they said I had to keep it a secret so I can't tell you). Apparently there were over 350 costume entries. Wow. O_o

Now I just need to add straps to all of the armor so I can actually wear it while moving. Heh. Then I can wear it to PAX Prime 2012!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Riven Costume complete!

Time: 2 weeks from start to finish
Cost: $0.00 for supplies (I used leftover scraps from other projects), $20 for the wig

Progress Photos:

armor and sword = blue styrofoam insulation, painted with acryllics; the spikes are made of Model Magic (by Crayola).
leather pauldron = leather draped over shaped buckram and plastic.
shirt & skirt = white cotton gauze fabric from JoAnn's Fabrics.
bodice & tabard = purple velveteen fabric, wooden buttons handpainted silver, white trim.
arm guard = plastic cranberry juice jug (from Costco), black plastic snow sled (from Target), fun foam, acryllic paint, Mod Podge
sandals: added flashing tape and paint to hide the sequins.
glove: from my closet, originally from Army surplus (borrowed from my Cobra Trooper costume).
arm wrap: a bandage from the medicine cabinet
wig: Anime wig from Party Supply store.
belt: from my closet, previously used with a pirate costume

Monday, October 24, 2011

Riven Costume Finishing Touches

First I needed to make the bracer thing that Riven wears on her arm.

I started with an empty cranberry juice bottle, cutting off the top and bottom.

Next I took some plastic which was originally a snow sled and wrapped it around the juice jug, hot-gluing it in place.

I added some "fun foam" strips for dimension.

Then I painted it to look like metal. It is hard to hold a paintbrush and take a picture of yourself at the same time!

I finished this piece off by trimming the end and painting the brown part with the green rune.

I made a quick bodice from a corset pattern. I traced the pattern onto iron-on interfacing, cut out the interfacing, then placed them on the back of the fabric. This is a cheater way to make something fast but I wouldn't recommend it for "real" clothes.

I went on a road trip for a weekend retreat and wanted to make progress while we were gone so I hand-sewed all of the bodice pieces together. Don't worry, I wasn't the driver!

I finished the bodice at home on the sewing machine, adding the trim and a zipper.

It needed some buttons. I hand-painted some oval-shaped wooden buttons silver for the front details.

Remember my sword needed a handle? I finished that too! Since I was using scraps of foam I ended up having to make the whole sword in three pieces.

The pieces are held together with glue and CHOPSTICKS!

Okay so I won't be swinging this baby around, but it works for a prop I plan to handle carefully.

Time to paint it. What a disaster area on the craft room floor!

Looking pretty good. I continue to layer on paint until I'm satisfied with it.

I detailed the handle to look like wood and the hilt to look like metal.