Series: Dragon Age II
Debuted At: Phoenix ComicCon 2011, SDCC 2011
PCC 2011 Masquerade "Best in Novice"
SDCC 2011 Bioware Cosplay Competition "Warden's Choice"
SDCC 2011 Bioware PopChips Sponsor "Best Group"
Details: This costume was mostly leather and armor work. The tunic was originally a faux leather riding jacket. The sleeves were cut off carefully to keep the pauldrons shape and the left over sleeve material was used to make the bottom of the jacket longer. A second collar, back flaps, and belt loops (for the breastplate) were added. It was then lined with gold trim in the appropriate places, and quill feathers were attached to the shoulders to create the pauldrons. The leggings were bought gaiter leggings with their gold trim painted on by hand. The belt was entirely made from scratch. It was shaped out, stitched and lined on the inside with piping. All of the pouches are boxes covered in leather. The belt buckle was salvaged and attached from an old belt on hand.
All of the armor was drawn out and stenciled by Sheila, before cutting it all from craft foam. It was sealed with mod podge, painted, textured, and shaped into the breastplate, gauntlets, and bracers. Feathers were also added to the bracers. Sylar also sported the red ribbon, and the Hawke crest (made from craft foam, and a stenciled crest) to be the 'romanced' love interest of Hawke. The make up for this costume was particularly important. Sylar was tanned with dark full coverage foundation, and then lined with extremely pale foundation to give the aspect of the Lyrium tattoos. You can watch the Makeup Tutorial for this costume here. The ears were purchased from Aradani Studios.
Finally, Sylar bore the 'Sword of Mercy' which was made from a wooden dowel supporting insulation foam that had been cut and sanded to shape. It was panted, and the hilt made from foam core. You can find a tutorial for all the armor in this costume here.