Exercise in Futility: Cyrus’ Con Prep Day 1

I don’t know if I could be more behind the ball, especially when I don’t know 100% what I am doing and I don’t know exactly what it is that I am looking to accomplish. Is this how everyone feels before a Con?


If I rewind my Time Turner two months backwards into late May, I can see a much more youthful and bright-eyed version of myself. That chipper young lad is thinking of how much time he has until RALEIGH SUPERCON and he’s wondering if he really could pull off a costume of some sort, even for just one day. But what would it be? I have always wanted to finally dig deep and get into making armor out of foam. It’s a bit of a leap from build insulation foam castles to creating foam matting armor: but I have the skills and the resources so it should be a breeze.


Two months and several life changes later, it is four days before the Con and I only just bought the foam!


As many of my fellow nerdy con-going friends would agree, you have to start on your costumes WAY earlier than you think. Zach spent the better part of the first night at the Dragon Con 2016 soldering circuitry and stitching leather from his hotel room. I wasn’t planning on a full costume, but I thought a flavor piece might be cool. I can do a lot with a little, and a little was all I had. Actually, I had much less than a little, but now that I at least have a little, what I don’t have ANY of left is TIME.


So, here is my plan as best I can figure it: Between Tuesday and Wednesday, I am going to get the templates assembled, printed, and trace out the forms on the foam. Cutting will be quick, but my difficulties will lie in the gluing of the pieces. I know the best glue to use, and I cannot get my hands on any very quickly. So I will try my best with what I have, see if it sticks together, then start rigging together what I have and slap a base coat of black paint on everything. Thursday will be my final night, which is a perfect time to paint. I’ll use layers of greys and silvers and bronzes to show wear and age. Then, apply a thin coat of sealant and see what I come up with.


There’s no way this can fail, right? The hurtles ahead are these:

  1. The designs aren’t quite up to par and I won’t have time to play-test and redraft multiple times.

  2. The glue doesn’t do AT ALL what I want it too and the pieces simply fall apart.

  3. The rigging doesn’t hold up, slipping and falling everywhere as to not be wearable in public.

  4. The paint doesn’t have time to dry.

It’s a tall order and as Zach told me while we recorded episode 23 of the FoundryCast podcast, it’s okay if I fail and scrap what I am doing. It is better to go to the Con feeling excited and to be ready for all of the festivities that it would be to overtax myself in an exercise in futility.


So, my friends, let us see how this goes. More to come!





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