Jestem Geralt z Rivii: Wiedźmin.
Last autumn, I did something I’ve never done before: I did cosplay.
Of course, I knew that I wanted to dress as Geralt from the Witcher series. These games, this universe was special to me. They had flaws, and more than a few things that annoyed me, but on the whole, they had that special something that made the switches in my head *click*. Also, swords are cool.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the skills to make something this complex. I’m just the model. But I do know people who can. The blue doublet, in particular, was an important piece to get just right. For this, I commissioned a friend and local costumer, Barbara Toman, to make the piece, and boy did she do a great job.
The doublet is actually made from a sort of denim; not the rough stuff that jeans are made from, but a softer, more velvety material. Happily, it doesn’t look soft in these pictures, which is what I wanted: Geralt is a mercenary of sorts, and deserves a harder costume that looks lived-in. Used. Worn.
The sword strap was made by another local artisan by the name of Jim De Witt. It looks like leather, but is composed of a cheaper material (hey, I’m on a budget here). Fortunately, looks are what’s important. This was an unusual item for him to make (he usually does work for motorcyclists), but it turned out pretty well.
The only snag for the strap was one of weight, caused by the omission of Geralt’s satchel in the front. With the two swords attached in the back, the strap continually slides upward, a problem I struggled to fix. The eventual solution was the addition of weighted pouches in the front.
Most of the other pieces were purchased from various stores, local and online: the boots, the swords, the hair dye, the wolf pendant. I was lucky to find a nice black leather jacket in a yard sale to use as a jerkin underneath (after removing the zipper and sewing it back up again). What you may not realize, as well, is that only one sword is real; the other is wooden, dressed up with newspaper, vinyl, and paint, and is one of the few costume pieces on which I personally labored upon.
I was hoping to elicit the feeling you get from the forests of of Flotsam: Geralt surrounded by the old wood, the untamed world that’s been there longer than the elves. The shot above, in particular, is nice in that respect: that huge, broken tree says it all.
Anyway, I hope you liked these pictures. It was an interesting project, and while quite costly, I’m glad I made it happen.