Archive for November, 2016

Just a Small Costume Build

Posted in Cosplay, Guyver on November 29, 2016 by Neal

Living in my heads means I get to have assorted delusions of grandeur and over estimate my abilities. For example I currently have 3 variants of a Batman Scarecrow mask in the works as the images in my head collide with my actual skill levels at the moment. Not to mention the various paper mock ups of Clone Trooper armour I have scattered around the house as I try and find the correct fit with the patterns I’m using. 

I have experimented with paper, fibreglass, resin and foam to build costume components and each time I make something I learn new tricks from a wide range of professionals on YouTube and Facebook. 

With all that in mind I’ve set myself a personal challenge. To finish off a complete costume by the start of April. Yeah I know I’ve said things like that before but as a push to get out of my rut I am focusing on a costume that can easily be modified due to its organic origins. No I’m not doing a cellophane monster from the early Dr Who episodes. 

I’ve always loved this character and after seeing some amazing costumes it sparked an urge to make one.

Presenting the Guyver Unit One

Probably a bit ambitious but I figure why not give it a shot. This will also give me more incentive to document my builds so I can learn from mistakes I make. Fingers crossed everyone 😬


My Personal Ferris Wheel

Posted in Depression, Personal Thoughts with tags on November 25, 2016 by Neal

What does depression and Ferris wheels have in common for me? They both go round in an endless cycle, always stop when your at the top or bottom of the ride and generally they bore me no end. 

I can’t stand Ferris wheels. I don’t like heights in which I have no control over. Things like rides, planes, elevators etc give me a deep seated fear that I can’t explain, yet I can scale a wall, climb on roof tops or mountain climb with no worries. Depression for me is a bit like a Ferris wheel but inverted. When I’m doing ok the ride has paused at the bottom. All is nice and relaxing. Then the ride starts up and as I start to feel down or lack motivation the carriage is making its way around to the top. Now sometimes it goes all the way around which I can handle but when the ride gets stuck at the top it’s very difficult to get things moving again. 

Then there is the going around and around, seeing the same things over and over till your ride stops. I go around this cycle and try all sorts of things to get things to stop. Sometimes it’s very easy to shrug off the negative effects but then there are times it just hangs in there.

Depression for everyone is different and we all see and understand things in ways others may not. Keep an open mind and always remember it’s good to ask someone “R U OK?”