(Photo by David Love Photography)
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In anticipation of their release in the game Hunt: Showdown, I've been working on a female hunter cosplay since the end of May! Thanks to Crytek, I had a sneak peek at some of the tier 3 hunter designs, and chose one to bring to life.
My favorite aspect of working on a cosplay is weathering/distressing. Seeing how dirty and muddy hunters in this game can get, I was more than a little excited to get this ball rolling.
The very first thing I did was consider materials for the largest, and to me, the most important part: The hooded cloak. I wasn't happy with any of the fabrics I found in stores, so I contacted Cindy with Spotted Pony Traders and had a look at their genuine deerskin leather. I picked out three of the largest hides I could find, took them home, and stared at them in awe before I got to work.
When dealing with expensive materials, I always make muslin mock-ups.
After I was happy with the shape, it was time... to cut the leather.
Oh dang! It's starting to look like a thing!
Taking shape! This was before I tweaked the hood a bit.
For making the bottom look nice and torn up, I just took scissors to it and cut it all to hell!
Look at that TEXTURE!
I wasn't liking how the hood sat, so I tweaked it.
Initial round of weathering! It looks like a hot mess here. The acrylic paint looks... well, bad. However, I wanted to start with a good amount on there. After letting the paint dry, I ran the leather through the washing machine (gentle cycle) several times, at times adding a bit more paint here and there and letting it dry before washing it again.
The result was more than satisfactory.
How did I apply all the paint? Paper towels. I bunched one up, dipped it lightly into the paint, patted excess paint off, then applied! I used new paper towels as needed when the previous one got too soggy.
I didn't have luck finding plain, dark brown pants that I liked. So, I bought blue jeans and dyed them. First I used Rit color remover (it will not remove all color from jeans FYI). It lightened them up enough before I put them into a dark brown dye bath.
Time for belt pieces!
This is flimsy, and sad. Must fix!
I added 2mm craft foam to the inside to really give it shape.
For the belts, I bought a few. I had to rip parts from one belt to use for another, and had to get a little creative for some bits.
For parts that I needed to paint gold, I just used a gold leafing pen.
Here's the little bit that wraps around the waist, just above the pants. I just used a fairly sturdy dark brown fabric.
Little more weathering! I used slightly watered down acrylic paint and spritzed it on.
I bought these from Boot Barn, in distressed brown.
I weathered the pants with the paper towel method. I added a little bit of paint at a time, and layered on more as I saw fit. With the leather, I went fairly heavy with the paint initially since I put it through the washing machine after, to give that faded look.