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Dragon Age 2 Grey Warden mage - front view by tatjna Dragon Age 2 Grey Warden mage - front view by tatjna
Front view of my Robes of the Silent One costume.

This is my Regalia of Weisshaupt (mage) costume from Dragon Age 2 (Legacy). It took a month to make, and contains about 2000 galvanised steel scales, 11m of leather strapping, 23 buckles and 250 pyramid studs. It weighs 10kg but on the upside you could hit me with a sword in it and I'd probably be ok. I also made the staff.

UPDATE:  I have now added a tutorial for how this was made to my website.  It can be found here:  tatjna.com/about/tutorials/gre…

Please come on over and say hi, and ask any questions you have. I love talking about my work, and having a Q&A may help other people in the future who want to find stuff out.  Don't be shy!  ;-)

Photo credit: Polly Lind.
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SaberModz Featured By Owner Edited Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey I just wanted to formally thank you for your Grey Warden tutorial because of it my girlfriend and I were able to create one of our own.
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fallenboy84 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
This is absolutely ballin! Great job! You were very dedicated to this! Lovin your job on the staff, too!
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tatjna Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Thank you!  Yeah, it was a bit of an obsession, I think that's why it got done so quickly.
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MackBesmirch Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
very well done!
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tatjna Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Aww, thank you so much for your kind words.  ;-)
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modesty Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is marvelous work. I'm so impressed that you went through with actual metal scales! 

 I myself am working on my own version of the armor and i have to ask how you managed to make the griffon detailing on the chest piece. That is the one thing I'm having trouble coming up with a solution for and your's is the best I've seen. 

Cheers.
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tatjna Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Aww, thank you for your kind words!  The scale mail was a pain (literally, when I stabbed myself with the pliers accidentally!), but the effect ended up being worth it I reckon.

For the gryphon, I used thin (1.5mm maybe?) eva foam cut into the shape of the outline and glued on.  Then I carefully went over it with thick lines of mod podge to get the relief detail.  It was finicky to do and took a couple of goes to get it to stand out as much as I wanted.  Then I painted over it with first a layer of black, then silver Rub 'n' Buff , then added a bit of grime the same way you'd weather a weapon.

Hope this is helpful. I'm making a website for my costumes at the moment and it's great when people ask questions because it helps to know what tutorials would be most useful. I'll definitely add this one to the list! ;-)
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modesty Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ouch. Yeah, it look authentic. It makes me wish I had the budget to pull that off.

OOo...I look forward to the website. I'll keep an eye out for that.

And thank you for the tips on the gryphon relief. I was struggling with how I wanted to do that as I'm not terribly good at carving or sculpting. :B
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Stay away from too many high-powered magnets.

They could strip you bare.

Wait...on second thought......LOL

Well done!
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tatjna Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Bahahaha! True. It's probably a good thing that Hawke doesn't have arch-nemeses like Superman does, ones that build giant electromagnets and stuff...
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Be aware that Magneto could be *anywhere*. LOL

~D
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tatjna Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Eeek!  *runs*
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Man, I keep coming back to this to look at the details. Absolutely marvellous work! Probably one of the best Grey Warden representations I've seen!
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tatjna Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Wow.  That is so utterly flattering coming from someone with a portfolio like yours, I'm actually blushing! ;-)  Thank you so much!
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DarkVermilion Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
it is hard to find good cosplay...much harder to find one as great as yours. just....wow
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tatjna Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Aw, thank you!  That's a lovely thing to say.  ;-)
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hollandtayloegedney Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!!!!  Incredible craftsmanship!!!  Well done!  (And thanks for the fav on my Morrigan, means a lot to me :))
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tatjna Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Thank you!  And you're welcome!  ;-) I really like your Morrigan, you've captured her brilliantly.
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X-Dead--Bunny-X Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
This is amazing!
Would you mind if I asked around how much money this cost to make?
I'm determined to make a costume like this for London mcm next year :L
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tatjna Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Thank you! ;-)

It was pretty expensive, I didn't keep track completely but I'd put it around $1000-$1200NZ.  But a lot of that was all the leather (11m of straps in it omg), which would be cheaper if replaced with vinyl.  And also I had to pay a stupid amount of freight (like, $130US) to get the scales shipped from Canada, because I live on an isolated island in the middle of nowhere that doesn't make things like that.

I would love to see your costume when it's done!
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X-Dead--Bunny-X Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
I plan on making my scales out of craft foam (should be fun to cut out!) and using vinyl instead of leather as it's a little more in my budget :')
And I'll send you a link when it's done then~! Although it won't be half as good as yours ;A;
-thank you for making this because it's nice to be able to see what it looks like in real life and will be helpful to look at when making mine-
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tatjna Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Aw, it's nice of you to say that.  ;-)

It's a good idea making the maille out of foam, it'll be nice and lightweight - although I don't envy the time it'll take.. I wonder if there's a way of doing them a whole lot at a time?  Curious to see how you do this. ;-)
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X-Dead--Bunny-X Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
I've convinced a group of my friends to help me cut them out :L no chance I'd get them all done by myself, I'd probably die before I finished them all!
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lokianubis138 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Amazing costume.  May I ask what you used for the plate pieces?
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tatjna Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Thank you!  ;-)

The plate pieces are all made from two layers of Wonderflex with a layer of 4mm yoga mat foam (eva would do) in between.  It works pretty well to make it thick and also lightweight.

The costume I'm making at the moment also contains a lot of plate, and I'm experimenting with 4mm expanded PVC foam. So far I'm finding it nice to work with, but I haven't yet produced a finished thing to show anyone. ;-)
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ZombieHunter52 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Damn! That is some impressive craftsmanship. Truly remarkable!
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tatjna Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Thank you, it was a lot of fun to make.  ;-)
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tristeut Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Wow. I think it's one of the very few cosplay outfits that look REAL and not disproportionated and/or like plastic. It's just... perfect, and you really look a Grey Warden, kudos!
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tatjna Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
I'm so glad you think so. I was going for as much authenticity as I could, and I'm rapt that other people appreciated it.  ;-)
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Delvii Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is my absolute favorite armor set in any of the games. You are amazingly talented. Thank you for sharing this!
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tatjna Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Aww, thank you so much for your kind words.  It really is the best armour set too - so pretty!
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DrazziElder Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Magnificent work.
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tatjna Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Thank you! ;-)
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orehovka Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
It looks awesome and you look awesomely Howke-ish on this photo. :) Great work!
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tatjna Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Aww, thanks!  I wasn't sure I could pull off cosplaying Hawke, but the tattoos make a big difference I reckon.
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BTFizzleyo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is absolutely brilliant work!! I wish I had this talent. Do you have a rough estimate of how much it took to make? You are truly awesome!!!
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tatjna Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Mostly it's obsession rather than talent.  ;-)  Um, when you say how much, what do you mean?  Time, money, sweat, blood (yes there was some of that), materials?  Happy to answer questions.  I have this vision of going to a con and rounding up all the Grey Wardens and going monster hunting - so I have to encourage more people to make them!
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Ikatsu-Hayashi Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Too much awesome on this picture. My eyes can barely stand it.
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tatjna Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Thank you! ;-)
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SpiritOfNature Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
SO MUCH WANT
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tatjna Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
That's pretty much where this project started - the first time I saw the outfit in-game I was all WANT, and look what happened!  ;-)
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Makkana Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, a very good work ;)
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tatjna Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
I'm glad you like it! ;-)
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Harllequinn Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
epic
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tatjna Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Thank you! ;-)
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yuhime Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is really well made outfit! I would say it's the best mage warden armour I've ever seen!
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tatjna Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Thank you, I'm flattered that you like it.  It was equal parts fun and frustrating to make but I'm very proud of how it came out.  '=_
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yuhime Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh I know working on such thing can be frustrating. And you're right to be proud of yourself!
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myks0 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow! awesome work! looks so realistic!
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tatjna Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Thank you so much! It's so nice that people like it and get what I'm trying to do!
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