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Portal 2 Cosplay: Argh, I only have two months left (but things are going well!)

First off, congratulations to Portal 2 for the Steam award it won this year! I nominated it (and voted for it) in the “Villain Most In Need Of A Hug” category, and, based on Reddit polls, it totally swept the other nominees in the final vote. I’m still not sure whether that hug was directed at GLaDOS or Wheatley, but I like to think it’s for the latter – not because I prefer him, but because GLaDOS neither needs nor wants your petty human shows of affection.

Now that that’s out of the way, I guess I should explain my month-long absence. I fled the cold (forty degree Fahrenheit) weather of my home state, which you’d think would be warm, and hightailed it to Florida for two weeks, right in the middle of the school year. (It’s good to be homeschooled.) I went to the beach, ate some Dippin’ Dots, and rode The Hulk with my hands up. I also wasted a lot of valuable cosplay-making time, which wasn’t very smart, considering my ‘Con is in exactly two months as of today.

Anyway, moving onto the cosplay stuff, I regret to inform you all that there will be no pictures in this post, mostly because I really can’t be bothered to take them. Dealing with a camera when your hands are covered in auto body filler and liquid silicone kind of takes away from your effectiveness.┬áThere’ll be plenty of pictures of the finished thing, thanks to my mom, but, during this (rather boring) stage of construction, you’ll have to use your imagination. Which isn’t very hard to do, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, you can pull up a picture of Chell’s boots in an actual screenshot of the game and see roughly what they’re looking like. Secondly, since mainly all I’ve been doing is sanding and gluing, nothing has happened that needs a ton of explaining.

I finished smoothing and painting the ankle pieces, and I glued them on. (Fascinating stuff, right?) I seam-ripped some slits in the heels so I can actually get the things on, which didn’t use to be that hard, but now that they’re rigid and crackable, I’m being as careful as I can. I glued some 2.75″ x 2″ wooden blocks to the backs of the calf plates in preparation for attaching the big curvy heel, which sure is going to be fun to shape. (Sarcasm alert. Looks like I’m going to have to get some dad help again.)

My next order of business will be to Bondo and shape the calf plates, then prime, paint, and glue them on. Once they’re finished, I’ll get to work on the heels – shaping them, painting them, and bolting them on. I’ll rig the straps that go across my shins, make sure everything is cleaned up and intact, and then I’ll be finished with the boots!

Wow, it looks so simple when I write it out like that. Seriously, sanding Bondo is just about the least fun thing I’ve ever done in preparation for a really fun thing, maybe next to taking a shower before going to a friend’s house. In my book, showering and putting on deodorant for someone is not a gesture that should be taken lightly.

Sorry for the rather short and boring post. Hopefully, you at least enjoyed the roller coaster video. I swear, I’ll try to make my updates more interesting after this one. Anywaaay, thanks for reading! If you’re interested in seeing more (better) posts from an amateur cosplayer and writer, I’d appreciate it a lot if you’d follow my blog, and maybe leave a like or two on posts that you particularly enjoyed, so I know what to make more of.

I’m terrible at conclusions, so here’s a dank meme for you instead.