The Blackguard from Necropolis Cosplay


I’m known for moderation in many things (maybe), but cosplay in definitely not one of them.  The story of creating the Blackguard from Necropolis goes something like this:

Summer break is soon, I think I’ll start streaming cosplay/creative because it seems like a fun thing to do and people keep telling me it’s a good idea.  Hrm I guess I could start with Shadowrun CorpSINs cosplay.  Oh look at this tweet from Harebrained Schemes showing the Blackguard from Necropolis.  Wow that’s a nice costume and wouldn’t be too hard to make.  Nah that’s a bad idea I already have a bunch of cosplays to work on already, you know all the CorpSINs stuff. Well I’ll just tweet at the HBS people to tell them how cool the design is.  Oh dear they tweeted back, oh no they would be super happy about cosplayers. Well I guess I have to do it. Crud.



Long story short, I ended up making a blackguard from necropolis cosplay for the live stream launch event, and it was my first cosplay I streamed my progress on. All in all it wasn’t too complicated of a cosplay in terms of construction – mostly fabric which is for sure my wheel house. So let’s break this cosplay down:



For video details check out the stream VODs on youtube!


Overall the construction was very simple, a long enough strip of fabric, with an hourglass sort of shape (going in at the waist and out at the shoulders and knees), with a hole big enough for a head.  I used a linen look fabric from Joann and doubled it, sewing the sides together and turning it inside out then top-stitching the neck hole.

To make the shoulders stick out I used heavy weight interfacing, on the inside layer of the tabard, and had the shoulders cut to a rounded point that stuck out about 2 inches farther than my shoulders.

Lastly, the for the trim I used two widths of grosgrain ribbon, 3/4 and 1/2 in and pinned it in place, about and inch out from the out edge, the decorative bits used the narrower ribbon, and folded them into shape.  The ribbon was then top stitched down.  I deiced to only do one side, in part do to laziness, and in part due to the concern that I would never get the two sides to line up properly.


The base material for the belt was a bottom weight cotton.  The fastening was a simple strip of Velcro at the back.  The top texture was created by cutting strips of pleather (about 1.5 inches wide) and sewing them to mimic the pattern on the belt, almost a pseudo weave. These striped were the top stitched, the pleather had the advantage of not fraying.  Lastly the top and bottom edge was folded over and top stitched to finish.

Hood and Cape

For the hood I used a bottom weight sateen. The hood and cape were a very simple pattern, I used a standard big hood pattern, essentially a long rectangle that when folded over would be long enough to reach from shoulder to should and then go over the head. The depth of the hood was enough that it would stick out from my head by about 2 – 3 inches and overall be very roomy.  The back seam was also at an angle to give a slight peak (liripipe) to the back of the hood that would flop down.  I double layered the hood and ironed medium weight interfacing to the inner layer just around the brim of the hood to add some structure and help it be all sticky-outy.

The cape portion was just a partial circle, it did not need to go over the shoulders per the original design, just reach from arm to arm and curve nicely at the bottom. I think mine is about a 1/4 circle, with a notch cut out for the neckline, and a layer of interfacing to help it stick out more.  The was then attached to the back portion of the hood, and a tie was put in front for a closure, as it would be covered by a scarf I wasn’t too worried about appearance.


Rather than trying to create a very large scarf that could wrap in a super specific way, I created a static loop that would wrinkle and give the impression that it was wound around a stupid number of times.  The scarf was created in two layers an inner ring that was the height I wanted it to stand at, approximately 10 inches, with some heavy weight interfacing to give it structure.  The other layer was then sewed, so the whole thing created a tube, the out layer was taller than the inner layer and ends up folding over slightly top and bottom to disguise the seam.  As it is larger it also ends up wrinkling to give that multi-layer look. The scarf was then seamed in the back to finish.

The last portion of the scarf was the two tails, these were cut as rectangular strips so that when sewed to the top edge of the inner layer they would hang down to the right length, they were double layered so as to be finished front and back.


To create the mask I used a semi-opaque fabric (essentially a dense mesh knit) in a semi circle-esque shape.  I cut out the eye shapes to match the design, and then covered the holes with white thin cotton fabric stitched to the inside. To make the lighting effect I attached (though lots of trial and error) some small blue LED lights, which gave a good glow. I attached the mark to the inside of the hood using snaps around the top and side edges, this allowed it to be removed for those times when seeing was preferential.  Overall visibility was pretty low and was best when I was in brightly lit areas to provide more contrast with the outside.  I tried to make sure the lights were about my actual eyes, but as the hood was loose it has a tendency to move around when walking.


Because props seemed important, I made a very basic w shield using EVA foam floor mats.  I cut one mat into the right mostly circular shape, and then I use the second mat to create the outer right using math, and geometry (it was supposed to be 10 sided). The inner circle was formed using a heat gun and shaping the bump in a bowl.  The whole thing was assembled with copious amounts of hot glue, and sealed using a mod-podge and water mixture.  The shield was then painted with a combination of silver paints and the black lines drawn on with sharpie at the end, before a final clear sealant was applied.


Mostly pretty simple.  I wore black leggings, gloves and long sleeve under armor shirt to give the black silhouette.  The under shirt was a purple loose t-shirt dress that I already owned, and just had to cut the sleeves off of, but I did consider just sewing a t-shirt dress.

And Voila, you are ready to face the Brazenhead.

10 Minutes in the Forest

While I spend most of my costuming effort on cosplay, I am always excited to create a piece or two for the theater, which is why I nominated (essentially told) Casey that I was going to make the costumes for her production of 10 Minutes in the Forest.

The show is a live action, immersive game/theater experience, it require many words to describe because it doesn’t fit well into any particular category.  The essential premise is that audience members/ players are told a brief poem before being let into a space (individually or in a pair).  In the space they are greeted by a Firebird who conveys the gist of what they are supposed to be doing through mime and lots of squawking.  The players have to make it through the forest, facing off with Baba Yaga to retrieve the Firebird’s eggs and bring them to safety.  As a performer and designer in this production the variety of strategies and actions of the players was fascinating.  Some bargained with Baba Yaga, some asked Firebird for help, others walked silently, and some were incredibly strategic. Which meant that each 10 minute event felt entirely different from all the others.

From a designer perspective there were some interesting challenges in this production:

  • Each character was played by 3 or 4 different performers with different heights and builds
  • The performances required quick changes for the characters, there was only a few minutes between each production
  • The costumes had to stand up to a significant amount of movement, and especially Baba Yaga’s a reasonable amount of abuse
  • The characters needed to be distinct but not cartoonish
  • The budgets for both needed to be under $200 (ideally less)

With these challenges in mind, I began designing the costumes.

The first step was considering the main thematic idea for each character,  I didn’t want a creepy witch and a person covered in feathers, so that meant simplifying them down into contrasting features.  The easiest became using the concept of elements, fire bird was obviously fire and Baba Yaga was earth or the forest.  This lead me to color pallets of reds/yellows/oranges for Firebird and browns/greens for Baba Yaga, as well as a contrast between lighter and floatier textures with more heavier denser ones.

The final designs and outcomes:




You can see for Firebird I I did still want to evoke the idea of feathers and wings, by cutting the fabric into feather shapes and layering them, as well as the two panels of fabric hanging from the back.  The structure was essentially a shrug made of elastic which made it flexible for a number of different sized people to wear. The materiel was glissnet, it has a very similar hand to chiffon, and is also translucent but doesn’t fray which makes it the best stuff every for cutting out so many feathers.





The main idea behind Baba Yaga was to have her blend into the forest.  A circle cloak again is flexible in size for a number of different performers.  I distressed/frayed the edges and added on patches of burlap, then painted the cloak with diluted black/brown acrylic to make it darker and dirtier.  The downside is this made the cloak much stiffer but that did add a nice contrast between the floatyness of the Firebird and the weight of Baba Yaga. The final touch was adding the fake plants (found at goodwill), I wanted them to seem almost like they were growing on her, so I had the line wrap around the cloak, and stitched them on by hand.

Overall the costumes only needed a few tweaks once we went into performance, I added a tie onto the cloak so it stayed shut better than with just the Velcro closure.  The sticks on the Firebird broke so I replaced them with finger loops, though they looked less wing-like it ended up being easier on the performers as their hands were free.

Crest of Love: Sora the Digidestend

Digimon is an amazing anime and anyone who says otherwise is objectively wrong.  That being said, if you were not a fan of the show as a kid don’t go watch it, adult appreciation requires some significant nostalgia (I’ll admit it doesn’t hold up super well…)

Anyway, this year for ECCC I made a Sora cosplay, and hope to soon be joined by other digidestened in costumes. It was a toss up betwen cosplaying Joe or Sora.  Joe being all about responsibility and frequently being a nervous wreck, Sora similarly all about compassion and caring and yelling sometimes.  I went with Sora if only because it meant I wouldn’t need a wig!

The costume itself is fairly simple in terms of components: shirt, jeans, hat, digivice, belt pouch, gloves, crest (which I realize seems like a long list but are all relativly simple parts).

Sora 2

Sora 1

Sora 3


This is the main part of the costume, I made it from yellow and white jersey cotton though you could probably easily buy a yellow tank top and modify it.  Once you have the yellow tank base, you just add a bottom and neck trim of white (rectangles folded over and sewn to the hem and collar) the triangle was then hand sewn on.


I used two shades of blue fleece from Jo Ann’s for the hat (Wedgewood and Capri Breeze, I think...), and based the design off this pattern.  I ended up making it double layered to try and approximate the volume the hat in the show also has without actually making a helmet. The light blue was added as a trim after the fact, folded over the edge and top stitched. The blue hanging parts were two tubes of the light blue fleece that were hand stitched on last.


Nothing too complicated, I traced around my hand a sewed them together!  I used maroon jersey fabric from Jo Ann’s that I had left over from my Asami cosplay.

Belt pack:

This was in two parts, the belt which is just a strip of pink bottomweight/canvas fabric folded over and top stitched with a parachute buckle closure.  The pouch was then made as a basic box pouch with the same fabric and a Velcro closure, I made it big enough to comfortably fit my phone and wallet.


I modeled the digivice using model magic clay, and let it air dry and added the raided details using EVA craft foam.  I then painted it using acrylic paints mixed to the right shade of light blue.  The center portion was done with a square of colored paper and then finished with nail polish to give it that plastic look.  Then I spray sealed it to make the whole thing more shinny and durable.  Lastly I dug out a hole in the back and inserted a very strong magnet, another one was placed in the underside of the belt so the Digivice just sits in place without a need for a clip.

Tag and crest:

I made the tag out of gold sculpey, and then added a hand drawn crest which I covered in nail polish.

I didn’t end up getting the correct shoes and just wore my sneakers, but I am on the look out for a pair of black high tops.  Also I still need a stuffed Biyomon…

Twitch Cosplay Contest!

I’m on summer break and I just started streaming cosplay which lead to the inevitable conclusion that I should enter the Twitch cosplay contest.  I am currently working on my upcoming cosplay for PAX West (formerly Prime), which handily will double as my entry for the contest.

I’m making Evie Frye from Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, a wonderfully sassy and British female assassin who takes very little from anyone and tends to stab those in her way.  I enjoyed AC Syndicate and Evie, and well you’ve likely noticed I have a thing for Assassin’s Creed cosplays.  Possibly the best part is that I will be wandering around with two other friends cosplaying as other murderous females, so we will be MURDER GIRLS!


So stay tuned to my twitch channel and my other socials the entries are due by August 22nd!

Running the Shadows: GMing on Twitch

After a brief adventure in San Francisco I returned to Seattle at a rather auspicious moment.  Just a few weeks after my return I was contacted by one of my improv friends who asked if I wanted to be a part of a video project that she couldn’t tell me anything else about.  So naturally I said yes.  A few days later I met with another friend from that improv group who started asking me about my Tabletop RPG experience, because it was *totally unrelated* to the strange mystery film/performance project.

I met with Zac Eubank aka overlord on a dark and rainy night (actually that’s pretty normal for the pacific northwest), and rather than being murdered found out the details of the mystery project. Turns out this project was to be part of a Shadowrun tabletop game for a new Twitch channel called Hyper RPG that was starting in Seattle. As the only person in the group that had ever played Shadowrun, and had in fact run a Shadowrun game 5 years ago – I was somehow the most qualified to GM these shenanigans.

That is the story of how I started GMing a Shadowrun game on twitch.


If you want to watch me play the role of many a nefarious villain, and several sassy and bored NPCs, come on by!

Wednesdays 6pm PST,

You can also check out past episodes on YouTube!