Buttery Rose Cosplay+
Contact: bgohr07@yahoo dot com
Cosplay: Sylvanas Windrunner (the Dark Lady / the Banshee Queen)
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Photographer: McCurdy Pix
Character: Sylvanas Windrunner series: warcraft
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner, also referred to as “the Dark Lady” and “the Banshee Queen”, is the former Warchief of the Horde and former supreme ruler of the Forsaken, one of the most powerful factions of undead on Azeroth.
01) What name do you go by as a cosplayer?
Buttery Rose Cosplay+
02) What is your location (around about)?
03) How long have you been cosplaying?
“Professionally”– and I use the term loosely– since 2015 as that’s the amount of time I’ve been crafting my own costumes and competition in costume contests. But officially, my whole life. There’s never been a time I haven’t been role-playing/cosplaying to a certain degree.
04) In your journey what has inspired you to start cosplaying and what inspires you to keep going?
I like putting on a persona and the escapism of being someone else. I like being strong, warrior women in a lot of my cosplays and the ones I genderbend are usually strong men in anime. I keep going because I love it. It’s that simple.
05) What Social Networks do you use and what are the cosplay names for each one?
I use Facebook, Instagram, and Patreon and the usernames are the same across all of them: Buttery Rose Cosplay
06) How did you make/where did you buy your costume?
I built Sylvanas in just under thirty days with exclusively EVA foam mats from Harbor Freight and Wal-mart. The beveled edging and decorative details on her armor were all hand cut from those same puzzle mats. Those edge pieces the mats come with are surprisingly adaptable for this purpose and most people just throw them away. Her ears are cheap Halloween store long ears on a headband that I trimmed, glued down to give a more flush appearance, and painted with the same brand of body paint I use on my face then sealed with an acrylic paint sealer. The bow I built in just under a week about six months later from the costume. The bow is pvc reinforced EVA foam with two elbow joints that allow it to come apart in three pieces for easy transport. It’s also has clips for me to add a line on it for authenticity, but some conventions won’t allow a “live line” for bow-type props, so this also gives me the option to remove the line if that rule is the case of whatever con I am attending. I also had a ton of fun with the cape in distressing and making holes all over that. It’s intentionally left unfinished and sort of frayed, but it won’t fray much as the black aging paint I used was actually black plasti dip. When plastidip soaks into the fabric it gives it a little bit more strength. So while the cape looks like it’s falling apart, I can’t even pull on it hard enough to rip it even though it’s not reinforced/hemmed and just bare fabric.
07) How much time was spent making your costume?
I didn’t really count the hours, but it was at least eight hours per day over thirty days for the whole costume; not including the time it takes me to paint myself every time I wear it which averages about two hours every time I wear it. The bow was built in under a week.
08) What materials did you use for your costume?
EVA foam mats from Harbor Freight, purple broadcloth, PVC pipe and elbow joints, worbla, chainmail printed spandex fabric (you would not believe how hard it is to find chainmail print leggings online), magnets, zip ties. shoe laces, sacrificed boots, steel boned genuine leather corset, leather gloves, leather belts, real goose feathers, acrylic gems, deep purple spray paint and a glitter purple top coat, repurposed Halloween decorations, lace front wig, cheap costume ears, velcro, and zippers.
09) What part of your costume was the hardest to make?
Breast armor. I know that Jackie Craft, Evil Ted, Kamui, and others have magnificent patterns for female armor cosplays, but my breasts are much, much, much bigger than the national average, so making foam breast cups was extremely hard and took the better part of a whole day to shape.
10) How comfortable are you in your costume?
Sylvanas is comfortable enough to wear, but it’s still full-body armor so my range of motion is limited in certain respects. Also, bathroom and food breaks are extremely unlikely in Sylvanas because of the armor and corset, so I have to make sure to eat a hearty breakfast and take a good bathroom break before we start putting her on. I can last about eight hours in her without a bathroom break, but a snack and hydration is critical in bigger cons so sometimes bathroom breaks are inevitable. Thank goodness my buddy Midwest Kratos Cosplay is a great handler, and I’m a good handler for him. We keep each other looking our best in our costumes all con long.
11) What site did you get your costume/materials from?
Same as others. Amazon, Arda Wigs, Harbor Freight, Wal-Mart, JoAnnes, Hobby Lobby, TNT Cosplay Supply, SKS Props, etc.
12) What are you cosplaying and where is it from?
Sylvanas Windrunner, banshee queen of the forsaken, dark lady, and warchief of the Horde in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth
13) Why did you pick this cosplay?
Sylvanas’ character and story has always intrigued me. Her whole character development from being a spoiled high elf noble and ranger general of Silvermoon, to being killed by Arthas and resurrected as the Banshee Queen, and all of that leading up to now as warchief of the Horde and committing mass genocide against the Night Elves by burning down Teldrassil.
14) Do you have a special connection to the character?
In all the years I’ve been playing World of Warcraft, the novels, comics, short stories, I felt a sort of parallel connection to this character. And to be honest, she’s been the most fun to cosplay at conventions because that passionate love/hate for the character and all the stuff she has done so far seeps out into the real world and I’ve had some pretty awesome interactions with the public over it.
15) Tell us about the series/game/movie your character is from?
World of Warcraft, specifically Legion through Battle for Azeroth. I liked the more covered and practical armor design compared to the armor bikini she had had for nearly twenty years prior.
16) Would you recommend this series/game/movie to other people to enjoy?
Absolutely. Blizzard is one of the masters of their craft with story-telling, character development, and addicting gameplay.
17) Is there another character from this series/game/movie you would like to cosplay or already have?
If I was to choose one, I think I’d just do my Night Elf druid character and the Lich King Lasherweave Raiment outfit.
18) Is there anything you would like to add or comment about your cosplay or from your experience?
Just do it. Cosplay is for everyone. Have fun.
Photographer: McCurdy Pix