This installment of WAYW takes us to Tbilisi, the capital of the beautiful nation of Georgia and the home of Nina and her exceptional cosplay creations.
Who are you wearing?
I am wearing the mighty Lady Deathwing from World of Warcraft.
How long did it take you to complete the costume for this character?
I have had pretty limited time, working only on weekends and sometimes in the evenings after getting back from my job, in my dusty basement workshop. All the details are handcrafted by me, all those tiny scales on the horns and the bigger ones covering the costume are cut out individually using scissors. As I had limited time my friends were helping me to cut them out because there were so many of them. I have finished it in about 3 months. It was a big challenge for me as the materials I use are pretty hard to work with (the whole costume is made of foam).
Horns are carved out of Styrofoam and covered by the cheap alternative to worbla, as well as the boobie cups. The rest is pure foam; thick foam for the rocky details and a thinner one for the rest of the costume. Each scale is sanded individually using a rotary tool. The whole costume is primed and painted using different sized brushes and acrylic paint.
The hardest part was the crown and the horns. I did not want to use a wig for this costume so I had to redo the crown multiple times in order to fix the position of the horns. That was pretty hard.
What does the universe of World of Warcraft mean to you?
World of Warcraft is my favorite universe ever! It’s not just a game, it’s a whole big universe with magnificent lore, a huge variety of characters and storylines… This game is just perfect! I’m a PVE gamer so I care a lot about lore and I don’t know any other MMORPG game with a story like Warcraft. The funny thing is that I really loved the Warcraft game but I didn’t like World of Warcraft; I have installed and uninstalled it twice, but on the third try I was just enchanted and there you go! A WOW addict was born! 😀
World of Warcraft inspired me to try my first cosplay – Arthas, one of my favorite characters ever. I did it and I took the first place at a local convention and I kept moving. Almost all of my works are from the Warcraft universe. Each time I wear the costume I feel like a whole other person from a whole other world. Crafting the cosplay makes me forget about the time and everything. It’s just a great way to relax and feel the connection with something else. Something special and epic! Every time I start to craft I put the Warcraft music on and here we go the portal opens! 😀
What is special about this character and why did you choose them?
There is a huge list of characters I want to craft from the Warcraft universe; the idea is to recreate the main characters from each expansion. The first one was the Frozen Throne (Wrath of the Lich King) so I have crafted Arthas, Jaina and Sylvanas Windrunner (I’m actually planning to craft her again). As I have mentioned before I follow the story and I pick up the characters from each story to complete it. It’s like a quest! 😀 So I have chosen to move to the Cataclysm expansion and craft the Deathwing. I wanted something challenging and epic so I thought ‘Hmmm, the badass angry dragon that burns down Azeroth? Yep, that’s what I need!’
What advice would you give to anyone who is new to cosplay or anybody that wants to start but doesn’t know how?
There is only one piece of advice: don’t be afraid. Just try it, work on it and you will do the thing. Watch the tutorials, follow the other cosplayers, check how they do it and you will develop your own techniques. You don’t need expensive materials to craft and there is always an alternative.
There are lots of amazing cosplayers who inspire me. I follow them and I learn from them. Cosplay is the art and the art needs an artist. Be the artist. Do it yourself. Craft it. It’s not as hard as it looks and remember that first of all cosplay is crafting and creating something amazing. Don’t give up. Rome wasn’t built in a day 😀
Nina documents her many cosplay adventures on her Sanguinarius Cosplay Facebook page.