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Foxy Cosplay: The Head Part 1

Throughout this entire cosplay, Foxy’s head had loomed over me with a mixture of trepidation and anticipation.  On one hand, I feared this would be a rather difficult part of the costume.  For all prior cosplays, I was able to just, you know, use my own face, but actually making a character’s head seemed a bit tougher.  At the same time, I was kind of excited, too, as putting together Foxy’s head sounded like a rather fun prospect.  I’d get to make his ears, his nose, and even add his teeth.  Plus, I love any part of a cosplay that I can later display in my gaming room, and what’s better than a big Foxy head?

Mainly, though, I was just nervous, so I put this part of the costume off until the very end.  Now that everything else is done, save for some finishing details and the like, I had no choice but to create Foxy’s head.  I had done some research in the past, and the method for making the head that I thought would work best for me would be to create a frame out of plastic canvas.  Even so, this looked like a rather complex process, so I made sure I watched several videos on the topic to see how other people did it.  I also looked up how to make a moving jaw, but thus far, the details of that have eluded me.  I’d really like to figure out how to do this, but no one seems to want to go into any in-depth detail on how to make this work.  It’s a conspiracy, for sure…. View full article »

Elsa Adopts a Plastic Mouse

At the risk of seeming overly obsessed with my cat, I decided to create another cuteness-dump of her antics.  Elsa is a grey tabby cat I got just over two years ago, and I don’t know if my overwhelming adoration for her is simply due to the fact that I did not have a cat for a year or so prior to her adoption into the family or because she is indeed as adorable as I make her out to be.  Probably the latter.  With 2016 at a close, I wanted to show off a few more cute pictures of my youthful and silly feline.  Now, I ask myself, are complete strangers really interested in photos of my pet?  I dunno.  But will I try, nonetheless, with courage and gusto to make her an Internet celebrity?  Yes.  Yes, I will. View full article »

This post is coming a bit late for Christmas, but alas, here it be.  I had a couple new comic books to read, after all, so this post had to be put on hold while that important work got done.  Ever since getting Elsa the cat, I have been unable to decorate the house as profusely as I used to for fear that she will steal or knock down anything she can get her paws on.  Plus, I’ve gotten rather lazy in that aspect of Christmas-time, so only minimal decorations were put out, and the tree only received decorations on its top half to stay out of the kitty’s reach.  Nevertheless, she still managed to knock the tree over twice, cracking a lovely egg ornament in the process.  Super glue seemed to patch it up quite nicely, but I was rather bothered by her behavior.  (I had my doubts Santa would be motivated to bring her any gifts this year after such a display of naughtiness.)  When we weren’t picking up after the cat’s reign of terror, my mom and I also did a dramatic reading of one of my more festive fan fiction stories, a Ratchet and Clank parody of A Christmas Carol I wrote a few years back.  To any Ratchet and Clank fans out there, can you guess which characters play the three ghosts?  Hint: Ratchet is Scrooge… View full article »

Foxy Cosplay: The Torso Part 2

All right, time to finish Foxy’s torso.  I said it before, and I’ll say it again.  This part of the costume was frustrating.  I mean, really frustrating.  While trimming the torso until it fit me right was tedious, this part really wore my patience thin.  So there is a large gash in Foxy’s chest, through which his endoskeleton can be seen.  While there were a few little extras I needed to eventually take care of, the main part of his torso I wanted to complete before moving on was this little section of endoskeleton, the materials for which I had already acquired.  One, a tough cardboard tube from an aluminum foil box.  Two, craft foam.  And three, wind chimes.

W-wind chimes, Duck?  Are you sure?

Yes, I’m sure! View full article »

Today’s newest gaming topic is yet another one that requires me to post a picture, so I shall.  Right now, I am playing two games.  Mainly, I’ve been working on Final Fantasy XII on the PS2, though I’m not currently able to take any screenshots of PS2 games.  The other game is one I’ve been playing quite sporadically, Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii.

The latter game is one I’ve been recording for our United We Game Youtube channel, and not only is it clearly on a recordable console (I’ve actually been playing it on the Wii U, which is HD-compatible, a requirement of my capture card), but I already have some screenshots available that I’m using for thumbnails.  And since I don’t want this post to be too terribly short, I’ll post a couple screenshots rather than just one.  Prepare for a sneak peek at some future videos, exclusively for you guys.  I hope you feel very special.
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Foxy Cosplay: The Torso Part 1

Foxy’s torso was a rather complex part of this cosplay, and thus the time-consuming process involving its creation must be covered in multiple posts.  Part 1…begin!  Before I could even start, I had to figure out the shape to cut out of the foam.  After quite a bit of pondering, I eventually decided that I would draw out a shirt pattern twice on upholstery foam, where they are joined on one side.  (I forgot to take a photo of this.)  The concept of making parts of a character out of upholstery foam seems confusing on the surface, but when you really think about it, all you’re doing is making clothes out of thick material.  What is the clothing equivalent of a torso?  Why, a shirt, silly!  Brilliant!  So I cut this out and used the spray glue to bond the shoulders together, creating this fairly, well, torso-shaped shell.  It appeared my efforts were off to a good start. View full article »

The newest of the 30-day video game topics is my current or most recent video game-themed wallpaper.  As much as I would like to have actual video game wallpaper, I’m assuming they must mean my computer’s desktop.  And due to my obvious level of obsession with all things gaming, it should come as no surprise to anyone that I do indeed have a video game desktop.

I actually went through many different images for my desktop in the semi-distant past.  I…don’t remember most of them, but I do recall having a screenshot of the secret ending of Donkey Kong Country 2, where the Kongs are gazing at the sunset, along with a Jak 2 screensaver.  That’s right, there was a Jak 2 screensaver, which I earned by completing this odd, little game on the game’s official web site.  It had Jak sitting in jail, looking bored, while bugs crawled around and the sky outside would change depending on the time of day.  Kind of…weird, to say the last. View full article »

Ah, back to the 30-day video game topics.  Despite the obvious implication that this is only supposed to span the course of roughly a month, these posts have been taking me years to get through.  Well, better get back to it.  Right now, we’re only on day 13.  The topic: a game I’ve played more than five times.  There are a lot of games I could name right now that I’ve played far more times than is sane, but the one I’ve chosen to discuss is Donkey Kong Country 2.  By now, many of you are probably more than familiar with the fact that I love this game.  Even more of you are probably just familiar with this game due to your own experiences with it and don’t need any explanation for why it’s such a great game.  So I’m not getting into that.  The game was released in 1995, for crying out loud!  That was 21 years ago!  Wow, has it really been that long…?

All right, so, instead of telling you guys what this game is all about, why don’t I tell you about five of my most memorable experiences with this amazing game?  The first time I really got into playing Super Nintendo games was when my parents had the SNES connected to a TV in the basement.  Being out of the way, it made it so much easier to play these games to my heart’s content, unlike the poor Nintendo 64, which was in the living room.  (You see, the coaxial cable part of the basement TV was okay, so the SNES worked just fine on it.  But the composite…thingies on that TV stopped working, so our N64 only got sound and no picture.  That’s why we got a new TV to connect the N64 to, along with all our other newer devices at the time, while the other TV, along with the SNES, got moved into the basement.)  We already had about 20 SNES games, and some of my best memories from my ducklinghood involved me spending hours in the basement trying out a whole bunch of games I had never played before. View full article »

Lions and Tigers and Leopards…Kitten-Style

You may already know this based on past posts on the subject, but I really enjoy visiting the zoo.  I love animals, plus you never know what you’ll discover, and every once in a while I see something that is worth writing about.  During my recent visit, one of the things that I remember particularly well was a great horned owl that kept hooting.  I assume the same is the case for most people, but I don’t know if I have ever heard an owl before in my life, so getting to stand ten feet from a hooting owl was a pretty cool thing indeed.  I also got to see the zoo’s new badgers, which was quite interesting, as well.  I had never seen a badger before, either (which is probably fortunate, considering their reputation), so that was one more thing to add to my list of new experiences that day. View full article »

Coming in Three Days

Hey everyone, I’m interrupting my usually scheduled blog posts to present a trailer video I made for an upcoming gameplay series starting this Wednesday, November 23, on our United We Game Youtube channel.  It’s a very special game that is very dear to my heart, and I can only hope a good number of people decide to join me in this adventure!  And please excuse my video editing skills.  I’m still learning! View full article »