Amazing job on all the details! I just made our costumes this year too(cloud and aeris), and after all the hard work, now that it's over, I feel empty inside ahah!
Thanks for posting the link to that tutorial too, I found her site to be very helpful for next year's idea!
I saw your costumes, and they look great! The photo shoot is really good too. I saw the closeup of Cloud's shoulders and thought, "Ah, antiquing: the one quick step that makes everything look KICKASS." And I know exactly how you feel!!! I think we should both take our costumes to a comicon to enjoy them a bit more
@ojy : Thanks for the perspective on the excesses of some cosplayers
I have to say, though, that I found a lot of really helpful information and resources on the forums of cosplay.com and some other LARPing sites. Cosplay.com has some good tips on selecting and styling wigs, and the tusks I found through a lengthy discussion thread on a LARP site. I'm not ashamed to benefit from the knowledge and experience of people who spend waaaaaay
more time thinking about these things than I do.
The one thing I wish I could have found some insight on was a better way to attach the shoulders. Both of them are designed as separate pieces from the rest of the armor, and are attached by ropes that hook in on the inside of the pauldrons. Pugool's shoulders each have one rope running from front to back under the opposite shoulder. Mine have a rope in front and one in back running from left to right, then another rope on each shoulder that goes under my armpits. They were far and away the hardest parts of the costume to put on.