Games Day

The big day finally arrived and I was pretty excited ^.^  We loaded up the van at about 6-6:30am for the three-hour drive from NJ to Baltimore.  Aaron drove us there as I was pretty tired, plus I was in partial costume!   had on the socks, pants and shirt as I needed to do the make up at home.  Aaron helped me paint my face white and add details using grey clown make up, once we were happy I got smacked in the face with a ton of baby powder to set the creme make up.  I was quite surprised that it lasted the whole day and didn’t look dry or cracked, but I suppose when you buy quality it does make a difference.  We stopped at 2 rest stops along the way.  The first one was too crowded, the line for the ladies was about 20 people long!  The second one had a much shorter line, and a cinnabon.  I carefully ate a few mini bons as we pulled out of the stop.  Of course I got quite a few stares and looks as here I was with my hair in funky braids (as to fit under the cap) white/grey face make up and a tatty bandaged outfit.  I must have looked like a circus performer…

As we got nearer to Baltimore I began to put on other parts of my costume.  I started with the shoes, criss-crossing the ribbons up my legs, then discretely stitching them to the pants in order to stop them from falling throughout the day.  I then sewed my leg snake on to keep it up as well.  I know I might make this sound easy, but honestly it took me about 30-45 minutes to get these 3 items on as I was in a moving car…  Once we got there we parked in a garage not too far from the venue and Aaron helped me into the rest of my costume.  I put on my corset first (as it’s crazy to wear it on a 3 hour car ride…) and got the shirt and pants in place. I actually had the shirt attached to the pants with hidden buttons.  Once in place the next item was my belt, which Aaron put on me so there was less room for breakage.  The skirt was permanently attached to 1/2 the belt, the other half was buttoned into place via buttons on the skirt and holes in a band of elastic on the inside of the belt itself, it was fiddly, but looked really good and held up nicely.  Bar was up neck, which was the only really easy part.  Then the cape was placed on my back via buttons on the shirt and elastic around my wrists (the cape also kep the bra straps from falling down).  The neck corset was next followed by the shoulder armour. The head armour was then negotiated into place, mostly by Aaron because he was afraid I would ruin the shoulder armour.  Gloves were next, right first, then left as my fingers were exposed on the right glove.  Then went the arm snakes, which Aaron sewed on.  And lastly the detail scarabs were pulled off their box and glued on my body strategically to make them look like they were swarming on me.  The staff same out of the van last and off we went to the con!  It took about 30 minutes to get everything on me, but this was the most sturdy cosplay I feel I have done to date.  Nothing felt like it was going to fall apart.  The only thing that did was the neck corset.. but that’s ok, it was the only last-minute piece we made.

The looks I got on the way  were pretty good, people didn’t know what make of me.  I made a few kids cry or hide behind parents, which was pretty funny 😛  I suppose I looked pretty intimidating though.  Lots of people wanted to take my picture or take one with me, which of course I was more than happy to, after all, that’s what you make the costume for! Once we were there, we got in the slow line for our badges (of course) but this gave me time to check out some of my competition.  As I figured, there weren’t too many people entering.  I saw a chaos marauder, he was a total last-minute guy, you could tell, much of his was cardboard. Once we got our passes I noticed we also got a ticket, like the kind you would get at a carnival.  WE weren’t sure what they were for right away and just stuck them in our badges.  I hung mine around my staff as there was no way to get it on my neck lol.  There were quite a few activities we wanted to do, and first up was scenery painting, so we got in line for a while.  It was only supposed to take 5 minutes, but we’d been waiting on line for almost 10, so we decided to leave the line, lucky for us the staff were nice and said Aaron could come back and he would be let in with the next group. So we went to explore, that’s when we figured out what the tickets were for.  In the back corner they had 4 booths set up like carnival tents, and it was call ‘The Carnival of Chaos’.  Each booth had its own game, Disks of Tzeentch which was a frisbee game where you had to get the frisbee through a hole; Kups of Khorn which has a bunch of cups covering a table and you had to get a ping-pong ball into one; There was one for Nurgle too, but I can’t remember the name but the game was one where you had to knock over stacked cups with a tennis ball; the last one was the Dice of Slanesh, which was where I headed cause it was the only game that didn’t require depth perception (of which I had little with the face mask on).  When I go to the head of the line I wanted to roll as many dice as possible, that required 3 tickets… I only had two! (oh no!)  but luckily there was a nice lady on staff who was all ‘Look at here, is that not the most awesome costume ever? Let her roll!’ and she handed the guy at the booth a third ticket for me. I’m still not quite sure how the guy behind it added up the dice, but that’s cool, I won some awesome (and expensive) stuff!  On that first roll we got a Shadow Sword which is worth US$100!  Aaron was pretty damn excited as it had basically paid for our tickets and the gas it took to get there, after all I had no idea what it was worth I just said ‘Thank You!’ and accepted it with a big smile. Another big plus is that Aaron has an extensive Imperial Guard army so it would fit right in. 

After we won that we went back to the scenery painting where we got let right in.  While Aaron was painting, I was looking at what else gave us tickets cause I just love winning things.  I noticed you get them for playing Space Hulk, of which they had a MASSIVE game going.  I hopped in joyfully since it was really the only game there that I knew how to play and stayed for about 1/2 an hour before I wanted to move on.  We got our 2 tickets , which made 3 as we got one for scenery painting and went back to the dice game.  We won a big prize again (they had small medium and big prizes, more tickets means bigger prize) this time it was the 25th Anniversary Rulebook.  It was a little beat up on the outside, but the book was just fine.  When it was released it was US$175, though they are now onto a new rulebook so it’s almost worthless.. though we did win a set of the silver dice they were giving away since Aaron got a silver ticket in his set. They will go nice together on a shelf once they are reunited in NZ.

After the winning we went to check out the Fantasy Flight booth as Aaron was pretty keen to get his hands on Death Angel, but it was sold out already!!! We were a bit dismayed, but that was when I saw this lady:

I know the pic is blurry, but the lighting in the convention was pretty bad, she looked good though, her staff was brilliant.  After a bit more wandering around the club tables and getting my picture taken with an Ork we decided to have a bit of rest.  I was getting tired and Aaron was lugging that shadow sword and huge leather-bound rule book around…

During our rest we had a small snack and fixed my neck piece, I also got to take my head-gear off for a moment, which was nice for my eye 🙂  Aaron wanted to do the speed demon painting contest, and I was all for that cause it got us more tickets 😀 But we had to wait until after the cosplay contest cause they overlapped, so we ended up looking around at the GW shop, or rather Aaron did 😛  I just chatted with a few people, one staff member asked me if I wanted to work for GW and tried to get me to fill out an application, I politely declined.  As we were leaving the store a lady gave me one of her tickets just for dressing up 😀 How cool is that?

Then it was time for the judging…  Which I think was totally bias! >.<  Here I am with the guy who won first place.

There was another guy in power armour too, he was a Chaos Marine, but didn’t look as good as this Ultramarine.  But I’m actually really pissed off as I think they both should have been disqualified and here’s why: neither of them could get up on the stage.  That hurt all the other competitors because no one could SEE any of the others.  I even read a few blogs about people who were interested but couldn’t see anything so gave up trying, and since this was a popularity contest the rest of us needed more crowd to even get to compete.  Now I’m not that bitter about the Ultramarine, but makes me really angry is the little kid that won second place.  We was about 6 or 7 and all he had was a football shoulder piece spray painted blue with some detail on each shoulder… I’m sorry but that’s not even a cosplay, it was half assed and he didn’t deserve the win, but since he was 6 and an ultramarine he won.. x.x 

Third place went to a Sister of Battle, and her costume was pretty good, but her back pack was a plush.. O.o and it looked a little strange, but she got points for having a Nerf gun, which she shot over the crowd as she walked by.  I’m sure that’s why she got third. (Which really should have been second IMO…)  And here are some blurry pics of the event since I couldn’t find any better ones on the net.

Yeah so anyway.. I was a bit disappointed as it was run more like a joke then a real comp, but kind of glad I didn’t win as I didn’t want the prize which looked to be like big boxes of really old metal mini’s.  My husband was already dying under the weight of the book and the Shadowsword.  So Aaron went to speed paint and I sat down and painted a random tomb kings mini and had a nice chat with the guys at my table and answered quite a few questions about my costume 🙂  Some people were pretty disappointed that I didn’t win and thought I should have and I took my picture with one of the staff guys who was running the table who said he’d wanted to get his pic with me all day but had to stay at the painting table and was quite happy when I finally came by 😛  My painting didn’t last long, maybe about 20 minutes as I just don’t have the patience for it, nor the skill.  Though I did pretty well holding the mini between my thumb and clawed index finger, sometimes it’s good to have double jointed fingers.

Unfortunately painting only lasted about 20 minutes and Aaron would be painting for about an hour so I went to look at the golden demon stuff upstairs.  The line took forever and I only got to look at about 1/4 of the things on display before I realized I’d been up there an hour and had to go find Aaron.  It was about 3:15pm by then and we only had about 45 minutes to finish up, so we decided to buy Aaron a shirt and spend the rest of our tickets.  We waited in line for the only booth that really had any prizes we wanted and it took about 30-45 min to get up there as everyone else had the same idea of using their tickets up.  In the end we won two GW mugs and a GW hat for Aaron.  All in all a good day really 🙂 We hit the road and had some Five Guys for dinner as we hadn’t really had any lunch.  I’m rather glad we won’;t really be going back to Baltimore for a while, 2 trips in 3 weeks was enough for both of us.. @.@

Check it out!  I also go into the Baltimore Sun’s Weekend Review, I had the first picture! 😀