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For the Horde!! by Imriel87 For the Horde!! by Imriel87
Photo by Alessandro Sandman-AC (sandman-ac.deviantart.com/)
Subject: Blood Elf Warrior from World of Warcraft

First picture of me in my new Blood Elf's costume, part of the photoset by the amazing photographer Sandman!! Consider the fact that the whole thing was done inside the contest hall at the con, I still can't believe that he managed to take such a picture in that environment. He did an amazing job!!

COSTUME INFO:

This costume's been a dream for months: to cosplay my own WoW character (Imriael - Argent Dawn EU) and build a real scale version of my favorite mount, the Vicious War Wolf. It took nearly seven months to make both the outfit and the wolf, which has been nicknamed "Chanel" (LOL :P) by my dad, who helped me with the basic structure. Let's start from the costume itself, though.

CATACLYSMIC GLADIATOR'S BATTLEGEAR: I've decided to go for a sort of "custom" version of the pvp tier 11 itself, cosplaying without the helm (I wanted to try an elf make up) and with the tabard of Orgrimmar instead of the breastplate, which I didn't like as much as the rest of the armor. Now, all the pieces are made with my usual technique, the same I used for Arthas and Edge: plastazote (foam), painted with several layers of colored latex. The horns, both on my and Chanel's armors, are made of polystyrene, covered with a thick layer of a particular kind of resin that made them look like real bone, without even the need of painting them. I must thank my friend Gianluca for advising me on this resin, it was an amazing discovery.
Tabard and cloak (which you can't see very well in this pic) are... well, I just sewed them, there were no particular techniques involved there. The leather parts, though, were completely another thing: I had never tried any kind of leatherworking before and to make my first attempt with this costume was a sort of bet for me, a bet that I only partially won. I'm quite satisfied with the result, but it's only a starting point: I've done only really basic stuff, like cutting and burning drawings and some really simple patterns on rough leather, before attaching them to the rest of the armor pieces. I totally want to learn more about leatherworking (I might visit the trainer in Orgrimmar, lol :P).
As for the sword, it's again made of polystyrene and resin. The handle was a plastic pipe, covered with leather and fake leather. The most difficult thing has been to make the runes glow, for which I asked my dear friend Fabio to help me. I had never had a lighted-up costume before this, so I had never used LEDs of any kind. He taught me how to do so while doing all the connections inside my sword: basically, there's a LED stripe running all along the runes' area, in a sort of chamber carved inside the sword. The cables run through the pipe all the way to the hilt, where there's a battery pack and a switch. After carving the runes on both sides of the sword, I put some red plastic there to reflect the LEDs light and make the runes look as realistic as possible.

VICIOUS WAR WOLF: (a.k.a. Chanel) So, this was the biggest thing I've ever tried and managed to make. The wolf relies on a massive wooden structure to stand: I and my dad used 9 cm thick planks to build it, linking them with metal shafts to keep the thing together. Then we attached a real second-hand saddle to the top of it, using both glue and bolts. To make the mouth open and close, there's a lever, connected to the wolf's jaw by a rope, that I can use from the mount's back quite easily: it's the saddle's pommel :P
When the structure was completed, I worked on shaping the animal with wire and and papier-maché, before covering it with fake fur. The teeth were made with fimo and again resin, apart from the two biggest fangs, which are again made of polystyrene. The wolf's armor is all foam: some parts (the "metal" ones) are painted with latex as for my own armor, the others are just lined with fabric.
It would take hours to explain every detail of the wolf's making, probably an entire handbook. If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask me anything here in the comments or privately :)
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Given 2013-10-11
For the Horde!! by *Imriel87 ( Suggested by Laurelin-CosPlay and Featured by pullingcandy )

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:icondannyfleyros:
DannyFleyros Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
STUPENDO!
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:iconimriel87:
Imriel87 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Grazie Irmao <3
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Kerylstraza Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your cosplay, it really change from what wee see from world of warcraft usually !
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:iconimriel87:
Imriel87 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much!! :3
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OrenCostumesAndProps Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
GENIO!!! :)
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Imriel87 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ma grazie :)
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:iconorencostumesandprops:
^^
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TheBlackWater Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I like it! Good Work with it! :D
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:iconimriel87:
Imriel87 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you!! ^O^
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TheBlackWater Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
No Problem.
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ShinArus Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Il migliore :D
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:iconimriel87:
Imriel87 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ma grazie!!! :D
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:iconicyirena:
IcyIrena Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
very cool!
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:iconimriel87:
Imriel87 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you!!!
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testas19 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Stupendo davvero! complimenti La la la la  .. PER L'ORDA !!!
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:iconimriel87:
Imriel87 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Grazie mille!! PER L'ORDA!!
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GenzouHunterssonn Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! :love:

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GenzouHunterssonn Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations for the new Daily Deviation!
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:iconimriel87:
Imriel87 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you *___*
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diphylla Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! :pumpkin:
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:iconimriel87:
Imriel87 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks!!!
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diphylla Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
welcome :skull:
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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:iconimriel87:
Imriel87 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks *___* *hugs*
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UNDEADWARRIOR7411 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
FOR THE HORDE!
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:iconimriel87:
Imriel87 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
ALWAYS!!
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UNDEADWARRIOR7411 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep! For the forsaken!
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:iconimriel87:
Imriel87 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
All hail the Banshee Queen :)
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UNDEADWARRIOR7411 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes!
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Kudrel-Cosplay Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
YA MON!!
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:iconimriel87:
Imriel87 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Vol'jin lives!!! <3
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CleoArrow Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very epic. I love the costume and wolf, and especially your expression.
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:iconimriel87:
Imriel87 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you very much!!! *O*
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Complimentissimi per tutto, gran bel lavoro, sia come impegno, sia come idea, sia come risultato finale... in bocca al lupo per l'Eurocosplay!! :w00t:
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Imriel87 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Grazie mille, davvero!! E visto che crepi suona brutto per il mio povero lupo, dire... lunga vita al lupo!!! <3
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahaaaa, č verooo, non ci avevo pensato! Lunga vita e prosperitŕ al lupo! :giggle: E veramente complimenti ancora!
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Imriel87 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Grazie davvero >____< 
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Kirschenwasser Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations to the well deserved DD! :dalove: :dance:
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:iconimriel87:
Imriel87 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you!!! ^O^
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srcpcsoha Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! Have a good day~
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:iconimriel87:
Imriel87 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you very much and have a good day too :)
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srcpcsoha Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
you're welcome! c: I will
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:iconimriel87:
Imriel87 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:3
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BoriStonecutter Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Feh, you Hoardies an' yer rabble are all the same. Just a bunch'a ugly, shoutin' brutes an' animals lined up nice down our mountain halls for the slaughter.

Hope you like the taste o'my Axe, Fey-Boy, cuz yer brethren found it rather bitter!
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Imriel87 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you master Dwarf, your race and its allies always provide good meat for my cleaver. I and my Horde's fellows can't wait to taste your kin's blood <3

(Know this, yours is the best comment ever :P Love to RP in DA comments!!)
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BoriStonecutter Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Dwarven RP is the best RP cuz the Dwarven RP -WILL KICK YE FOKKIN TEETH IN!!!

(sorry for the late response, I just got Pokémon X @-@)
(So yeah...)
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Imriel87 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I want to try it, I admit!! I might do that once in the future!!

(No worries... I haven't got it yet because I know it will steal of my hours of study xD)
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Th3-F4ll3n Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
LOK TAR OGAR!!
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:iconimriel87:
Imriel87 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
BLOOD AND THUNDER!!
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CharlestheComicArtis Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O WOW
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