Some people have asked if I could talk about my Aragorn costume. I love talking about it since I have recently put a ton of time into it. So here goes: I started an Aragorn costume for Halloween this year. I have always loved the Anduril design from the movie so this gave me a reason to buy it. So I went with Aragorn's outfit when he entered the Paths of the Dead. If you don't already know: I started way too late and it didn't turn out to my satisfaction, so I continued to work on it. I'm kind of OCD and perfectionist when it comes ot maing good costumes. I guess I wanted it to look real good for The One Ring Celebration in Pasadena (about 20 mins from me) and for San Diego Comic Con in July. Here's where I am at now, after a few months of work and money. I started with the New Line adult Aragorn costume. It's not bad quality but just kind of cheesy. I never used the belt, the cloak, or the boot covers. The jerkin/vest came with smocked sleeves attached that were too short, so I cut them off. Shirt: It's a extra large red shirt I bought at Target and cut off the cuffs and collar and dyed a darker red. Added the split neck and the braided ties. I'm not too happy with it but not much of it shows. I currently have a seamstress making me a better version in cotton linen. I psyched for that. Jerkin: I took the costume jerkin and (with the help of a seamstress friend) altered the size and shape. We split the sides and removed about 3 inches of fabric per side. Then rolled the seams and I added the leather lace whip stitching. I braided some black leather lace and sewed them on the front for the front ties. It's a little short and not really suede but the material is pretty nice and doesn't fray. Some day I'd like to make my own jerkin in suede but I need some extra cash before I do that. Belt: I bought the Museum Replicas Kingly Belt because the buckle is pretty accurate and would require me to either find a jeweler or metalsmith or learn how to cast metal to make it myself. It doesn't have the runes or the metal piece on the end of the belt like the movie prop. I plan on adding the runes soon. Eventually I would like to sculpt the metal end piece out of epoxy sculpt and attach it to complete the look. Pants: I bought some black women's workout tights. Just cotton. Needed women's to get them to be sufficiently tight as men's sweatpants are always baggy. I swear that's the only reason!! I'm super manly!! Boots: Currently I have some cheap brown Medieval boots I got at a costume shop and weathered pretty good. You can see them in the pic of the red shirt. They aren't the right color, shape, or height. So I looked around for some replacements. Not really having the time to learn how to be a shoesmith, I settled on buying some leather replicas. You CAN buy the replica boots from the guy in New Zealand who made them for the movie. But they are like 600 bucks AND look way too new. Sure I still need to weather the boots I have but that kind of the fun part. Breaking out the wire brushes and sand paper and going to town. Duster: I bought the Museum Replicas coat. Sure, I could have made it. but I'm not that great at sewing regualr fabric and I don't have a sewing machine; not too mention sewing leather. It's pretty nice. It look a bit different than the one in that picture. The sword arm padding is black. The sleeves and bottom hem are rolled not like the raw leather of the movie prop. So I have ripped those seams and worked the creases out with Lexol. Now I just need to start weathering it with some brushes and wire brushes. Bracers: I was always a big fan of the Gondorian Bracers with the sea bird's wings and the white tree. I really liked that Aragorn took them from Boromir at the end of Fellowship. So this was something I was lookign forward to having in my costume. I didn't want to spend a lot of cash on them so I strayed away from the kropserkel replicas. I decided to make them out of cheaper materials than leather like vinyl. I found a tutorial online where a girl did the carved leather part on top by embossing Fun Foam (like you'd buy at a craft store) with clay sculpting tools. I decided to try that. Here's the first attempt: As you can see they are pretty shabby. But I made them in a week and I didn't really know what I was doing. They were all drawn and cut freehand so they are different even from the other in the pair. They also started to fall apart about 20 minutes into the Halloween party I went to. So I started making a second set. I did the patterns and templates on the computer this time so they are more accurate. I cut up paper mock-ups to check the sizing. Then I did a plain prototype to make sure everything worked right: So I was really happy with the way these turned out. Got some new materials: black vinyl for the bottom layer, real leather for the straps, D-rings, tried like four kinds of thread until I found one at Tandy Leather that I liked, and a new contact cememt that worked wonders on anything BUT vinyl. Made sure the embossing was as perfect as I coud get it and all the pieces were cut just right. I even got some tan vinyl and made the lace-up padded under bracers. They are two layers of vinyl with a layer of cotton quilt batting sandwiched in the middle. They are hand cross stiched for the quilting effect and have a rolled, handstitched edge. I got some nice aged grommtes and leather cord for the lacing: I had to smooth the suede out a little. So a friend recomended Gum Tangarath and a burnisher. It worked really well. So I was ready to assemble. Here's the result: Cloak: I got a seamstress to make me a Elven clock replica out of silk noil fabric. It's a true half circle design with the long pointed hood. She picked a great olive green color. It fits really well and is really light and easy to wear around your neck. Weapons: I bought the UC Unlimited Anduril and had to find a cheap leather scabbard (since I am still waiting patiently for the UC Anduril Scabbard). Did a little metal effect painting and made my own leather suspension system with some old straps I got at the local Army Surplus store. I have a cheap knock-off of the Elven hunting knife. It's okay, though I had to refinish the scabbard because it was the wrong color and finish. I made my own suspension system for the knife too. Accessories: I made the fingerless leather glove out of an old glove I got at the Army surplus store. I need to add the suede padding on the back of the glove, probably this weekend. I have a costume Lorien leaf clasp that came free with my New Line costume. I bought a Ring of Barahir rip-off from eBay. It's a little big but it's hard for me too spend 170 bucks on the official NC version if I don't think I would wear it everyday. I bought a costume Evenstar pendant from an online costume store for a few bucks. It actually looks really nice though I have to shorten the chain a little. And here's the result: Thanks for sitting through my wordy speech. Hope you enjoyed it.