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Nov. 9th, 2010 12:32 am
ladyofthethread: (Ekaterina)
More NYCC photos from my brother!

[livejournal.com profile] sakuralenayuy and [livejournal.com profile] usa_ko as Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotofong/sets/72157625337228986/

And Monkey Island pics with [livejournal.com profile] neoangelwink! :-D This was a pretty silly shoot and we kept cracking up. ^_^;;

Guybrush! Get back here!
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Ouch

Oct. 14th, 2010 06:13 pm
ladyofthethread: (Default)
It’s turning out to be a rough week here. First, my father twisted his arm at work on Tuesday. Yesterday, I went to the dentist to get a cavity filled and ended up getting my last wisdom tooth extracted, too. The dentist didn’t think it would be so hard to get out but it was stubborn and took over an hour with sawing and taking it out in pieces. X_X Then, after we got home, my mother fell in the back yard while getting the laundry and is now hobbling around with a cane and a swollen knee.


My brother posted a few more NYCC/NYAF preview shots, including [livejournal.com profile] neo2469, [livejournal.com profile] neoangelwink, [livejournal.com profile] sakuralenayuy, and [livejournal.com profile] usa_ko: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotofong/

Here’s one from the Monkey Island photoshoot with neoangelwink as Guybrush and myself as Elaine.

Did I really agree to marry this idiot?

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And a Saiunkoku pic. My hair is a complete mess since the wind blew my fake bangs all over and I had to bobby pin them off to the side to keep them out of my face. ^_^;; (Plus, they weren’t that great in the first place since I made them the night before. >_>) I did have some of my hair tied up in a loop but since it was towards the back of my head, it started drooping after a while and doesn’t show in the pic. But it does show most of the detail on the brocade shirt; that was the most complicated piece to make because of all the trim. I thought a dragon brocade would be fitting since Ryuuren is from the Ran clan and their crest includes a pair of dragons. And you can see the flute. It was a bamboo one that I painted with nail polish to give it a glossy look. It was never mentioned in the anime but I found out it was supposed to be metal in the novels; I guess that explains why he was able to knock people out with it!

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Ahoy!

Sep. 19th, 2010 08:32 pm
ladyofthethread: (Ekaterina)
Apparently, it’s Talk Like a Pirate Day so I guess that makes it an appropriate time to post! XD Except for the shirt still needing buttons, Elaine is pretty much done. Made all of the clothes for this from scratch. The shirt is Kona cotton and the pants are a stretchy suiting from JoAnn’s. The sash and bandana are wool and the vest is an interesting velveteen I found at Paron; the texture is kind of like corduroy but much finer. Put together the huge diamond ring, too. Might switch the boots for a darker brown pair I own. I found these for $10 and got them although they’re too light since they had a cuff at the top like Elaine’s boots are supposed to (although you can’t really tell from the picture). (Plus, I figured I could also use them when I make a Ryuuren costume.) The other pair would match the references better color-wise but don’t have cuffs at the top.



I’ve also been gathering fabrics for Ryuuren and starting a bit on the patterning for him. Should be fun to do something with so many colors since Elaine was pretty boring color-wise. I don’t think I’ve ever made anything with so much brown before! ^_^;
ladyofthethread: (Sarah)
Went fabric shopping on Wednesday and things didn’t turn out as easy as I hoped. -_-; I had previously bought matte satin in pink and blue for appliqués and planned to go back to the same store to look for the other colors. But I had a hard time matching the low sheen of the pink and blue and ended up hunting through several stores to try to get the right colors. And I still need to go back another time to find red for the under layer and magenta for the obi.

And I had trouble with the thread I want to use for my appliqués, too. Long shot that someone will have an answer but… Does anyone know where I can buy Gutermann metallic thread in NYC? This stuff:
http://www.createforless.com/Gutermann+Decor+Metallic+200M+Copper+Gold/pid149592.aspx Apparently, it’s also sold under the name Sulky, which confused me in online searches until I found the Gutermann site and saw them referring to it by both names. (The spools I have only say Gutermann.)

I checked a few notions places in the fashion district and none of the ones I went into carried the metallics although some had the regular Gutermann thread. (Would have checked some more stores but ran out of time.) Then, I went downtown to P&S and they only had one spool of the copper gold left. That plus the partial spool I have isn’t going to be nearly enough to do all the appliqués. And if I’m going to have any chance of getting this costume wearable by AB, I don’t really have time to order and wait. :-/ I’m planning to check JoAnn’s on Sunday and I see Sulky metallics listed on Manhattan Wardrobe Supply’s site (although I’m not sure if they’re the one I’m looking for since there seem to be a few different metallics sold under the Sulky name). But other ideas on places to look would be good if those don’t work out.

Despite the supplies issues, I’ve made some progress on painting and cutting out some appliqués. Most of the painting isn’t too bad. Only the water pattern is especially time consuming to do since it requires lots of little curved lines rather than solid areas. I felt like I was painting fish scales when I put in the gold outline! I mixed Lumiere and Neopaque paints for the other colors; I didn't want just flat color like I'd get with Neopaque alone and wanted to tone down the metallic in the Lumiere. I'm excited how this is coming out so far. ^_^




And completely unrelated but I got an e-mail today saying the Tales of Monkey Island disc is now available for pre-order. Plus, some merchandise. I rarely come across merchandise for my fandoms that I’m interested in but I want these! :-D I’ll probably upgrade to the deluxe version to get the extra stuff that comes with that, too. Maybe, I can use some of it as props when I do the Morgan LeFlay costume.
ladyofthethread: (Terra)
I rarely write about games here but the last couple of weeks, I’ve been playing the new Monkey Island game, Tales of Monkey Island. ^_^

Not sure how many of you might remember the series since it was 9 years since the previous game. The usual recurring characters are back, along with some new ones. The game opens with Guybrush trying to rescue his wife Elaine from the undead pirate LeChuck. But instead, he accidentally turns LeChuck human and releases a voodoo pox all over the Carribean. Oops. XD So, Guybrush spends much of the game trying to fix that while pursued by a mad scientist and a pirate hunter.

There’s lots of humor as usual. XD And plenty of silly things that you can try just to see what happens. Like making small talk when you should be trying to stop the villain. I think this is possibly the game where I’ve laughed the most ever. Things got kind of dark towards the end though. It’s been a long time since I’ve played some of the older games but I would say this is the darkest out of all the Monkey Island games. I enjoyed it overall but I’m not completely sure how I feel about the plot twists in the last couple of chapters. o_O;;

Here’s a trailer. (Might contain some spoilers since it covers most of the chapters.)



If you liked the old Monkey Island games or adventure games, I’d recommend checking this out. :-) The developer, Telltale Games, has demos available on their site. Unlike the older games, this one is available primarily as a download and is split into 5 chapters. But you can get a disc version later on if you buy it from Telltale. It’s also available on Amazon and Steam. And there’s a Wii version available as downloads, too.

Other thoughts…

I found Tales of Monkey Island to be easier than the older Monkey Island games. Due to the chapter format, each part had limited locations available. Also, inventory was limited to 15 items and when you started a new chapter, items that were no longer needed would disappear. So, you weren’t likely to have lots of items that were no longer useful or that you wouldn’t need for a long time. There was a setting for how often you got hints and even with it turned down, the only place where I was stuck enough to look for a walkthrough was chapter 4.

It could have used a better tutorial and/or list of controls though since there’s no manual due to it being a download game. The click and drag method of moving Guybrush in the tutorial just didn’t work very well and they never mentioned that you could also use the arrow keys on your keyboard to make him walk, which was much easier. The opening in the first chapter was set on a ship during a storm and trying to get through that scene with the mouse was awful due to the moving ship. It also didn’t help that the inventory screen flies in from the right; I accidentally opened and closed that thing so many times trying to play through the scene for the first time. -_- Also, the tutorial never explained that you were supposed to hit Esc to get to the main menu so you could save your game.


And now, I’m contemplating Monkey Island cosplay since I’m still fond of the games after all these years. I don’t want to crossplay for this though and there aren’t many female characters. I’m leaning towards one of the new characters, the pirate hunter Morgan LeFlay. She’s a big fan of Guybrush but doesn’t let that get in the way of doing her job. And I loved the swordfight she and Guybrush had when they first met at the beginning of chapter 2. :-D Maybe, I’ll do this for NYCC/NYAF.

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