We had a great showing for Halloween at work today: We decorated the studio... people came in as Harry Potter, a Samurai, V, a Tusken Raider (godzilla kit.)... We spiked and warmed some cider... Everyone put candy out on their desks... Good times. In any case, my friend Kurt was kind enough to snap some pics of my Aragorn costume. I'd like to take some better pics of certain parts, but here are the handful he took today:
The tunic and the jerkin were made by our very own Shadow Dale Creations. The jerkin is near perfect. I'll probably weather it sometime in the future; I didn't have time before the holiday. There are a few details missing from the tunic, but we're going to try and collect all of the reference we can to try and nail that piece on a second version... Hopefully they'll decide to offer these items on their site once they're completely worked out. The belt is from "theheraldsden" on eBay; they call it a Scout Belt but the stamping is the same diamond pattern as the one on Strider's ranger belt.
The cloak is from Stansborough Fibres in New Zealand; they wove the wool for the cloaks for the films. Their sheep has been designated as a unique breed for their color, and the weave of the cloth is what gave the films' Elven cloaks their swirls and texture. Stansborough got the license to do a run of 500 numbered cloaks... They also do replicas of Pip's travel scarf and some Narnia items (another film which they worked on with Weta).
Fellowship Leaf Clasp and Evenstar from the Noble Collection:
Unreal gauntlets, crafted by Scott Maple's shop/ Kropserkel. I can't say enough about their service and quality... I made the fingerless glove based on the few screen shots I can see any details in. I wish I'd used a thicker thread; maybe this will warrant a version 2 as well.
Boots made by Jim McIntosh, "the Bootmaker," in Wellington, New Zealand. Jim made the boots for the film, and makes these ranger boots from the same patterns. The only difference is a lining in the replicas; the originals had none. I'll have to replace the lacing with flat laces, and get some twine to tie around the tops. Laces tied around for now.
Knockoff sword/scabbard/dagger, knockoff Ring of Barahir:
United Cutlery's Elven hunting knife. This is a great piece, and makes me want to replace the knockoff ranger sword with UC's version. It clicks satisfyingly into its sheath - very nicely made.
I'll have to get some pictures of the duster when I take better pictures as well. It was a licensed piece by Legendary Heroes back when Fellowship came out; I think they've been discontinued for quite some time. I had to modify it quite a bit (it had zippers.), but the overall construction is pretty damn good/accurate. It has some very inaccurate "X" stitching (see my unmodified waist) but I'm replacing it with proper baseball whipstitching (see the redone shoulder seams). The side splits have been extended; the edges of the bottom and the cuffs have been frayed.
Thanks all I have for now... If you'd like a specific shot or information on a piece you're interested in, let me know. Thanks for looking - Happy Halloween.