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Well! Here they are!
The photos from our Robin Hood: Men in Tights cosplay shoot!

Robin Hood: Men in Tights by EmperorMossy

Here's a link to the full gallery: Robin Hood: Men in Tights

For those who are interested, here is the tale behind these costumes. I know it's rather TL;DR, but I just wanted to share my story. :)

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I have been attending the Sydney Supanova Expo for a few years now. In case you haven't heard of it before (which I assume is most of you) it's essentially an Australian version of Comic Con, with a greater focus on Anime. Every year I go, I try out a new cosplay or two! I've gone as the Blue Spirit, Ave Ventura, and a Creeper, just to name a few! I've always loved cosplaying and seeing the fantastic cosplays that others have to offer!

It's great fun!

Every year at Supanova, they also hold a Cosplay Competition! Attendees book ahead for a moment in the spotlight! Most pose in their amazing costumes to compete for awards! Some do a sketch, ranging from a song and dance routine to a comedy sketch! I'd never really competed in this competition before, but in 2012 my friend Ryan and I decided to give it a go!

My long time followers (all 12 of you!) will already know that I am a huge fan of sword fighting and swords in general. I have a small collection of swords on my walls and I practice regularly with friends (Ryan especially) and occasionally with local HMA groups. Point is, I love sword fighting! And I wanted to work that into our Supanova experience!

So, in 2012, we attended Supanova in our respective cosplays. When it came time for the Competition, Ryan came on stage, fully decked out in an epic Pirate Cosplay, complete with a giant feather in the cap and a ripe apple in his hand! And then suddenly, I came streaking down the aisles in the audience in a full Ninja Outfit! I jumped on stage and drew my sword! Ryan tossed the apple aside and tore his from his belt! We launched into a carefully choreographed sword fight and put on the best show we could for the people in the audience! We had a blast! And everyone seemed to like it!

(If you are super keen on seeing it, our video of it is here: Pirate vs Ninja)

It was a fantastic experience!

And so, we thought, how do we top ourselves in 2013?


Well, we decided on Robin Hood pretty much on the way home! We liked the idea because it was practically universally recognisable, much like the Pirate vs Ninja idea, but gave us a bit more of a base to work on. And, being the huge fan of it that I am, I couldn't resist doing a Men in Tights version!

Robin Hood: Men in Tights has long been one of my favourite comedy films of all time! I love the works of Mel Brooks and I think Cary Elwes is a fantastic actor! I wanted to play his Robin, not just for the humour value and the notoriety of the film, but because I enjoyed his performance and his style! I wanted to give it a go myself!

It took us the better part of the following year to get all the costumes prepared. I studied several Robin Hood films to further my understanding of the character. I grew a moustache and beard for the part. I'd even spent the better part of a $1500 on raw materials and props by the end of it!! We ordered raw hides of genuine suede! We bought chainmail! We purchased hides of genuine leather! Ryan is an apprentice leather worker and put most of the belts, pouches, sword frogs, etc, together himself! It sounds a tad lame, but I also have to thank my mum for the amazing effort she put in sewing most of the larger stuff together. It was an arduous process, but it felt so rewarding when we put on the completed costumes at the end.

We had special plans for this year! We gathered two more friends to assist with the sketch! Joshua and Oliver spent the 3 months leading up to Supanova rehearsing our fight. We met weekly, in full costume by the 3rd month, and practiced at a local parking lot (the only time we could all meet was at night, and the parking lot had ample space and lighting). We'd usually stop by our local McDonalds after we finished, creating QUITE the spectacle! I think a few of the girls there were permanently traumatised by the sight of 4 grown Men in Tights...

When Supanova came around, we had a myriad of issues pop up! Our accommodation fell through, we ran short of vehicles to get us all there, we didn't get our music prepared on time! It was a nightmare! But we pushed through! It was so exciting to enter the convention on that first day in full costume! We were immediately stopped and asked for photos! It's such an awesome feeling when that happens! ^_^ It feels great to see people enjoying our efforts! We had a marvellous day and saw some fantastic cosplays and met some awesome people!

And then came time for the Cosplay Competition.

I'd like to explain it, cover every moment of our performance in exquisite, but it would better, I think, if you just saw it for yourself:
Robin Hood vs The Sheriff of Rottingham

It was such a relief when it was all over! So much time and effort had gone into those 2 short minutes of acting! It felt great to not have anything looming ahead anymore. No more rehearsals to attend, no more costumes to prepare, no more responsibilities to the team! Even though we didn't win anything, I was content.

But I knew it didn't end there.

A few months later, I gathered the team back together. We repaired the wear and tear done to the costumes and prepared for our final foray as Men in Tights. I hired a professional photographer from Don't Blink Studios (LINK) to do a full day photo shoot of us in our cosplays. One last memento to commemorate our experience together. We drove deep into the Watagan Mountains National Park to an area called "The Pines". We chose it for its close resemblance to a European forest (well, as close as you can get in Australia). We spent the whole day posing. And we had fun!

Now, our photos are here! And I just want to share them with the world!
So I hope you all enjoy what four manly men in tights can do together! ^_^

(Oh! And the worst part of my tale? I'm already planning out next year.)


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Hi everyone!

I'm just an average guy from Newcastle, Australia! I work in retail and spend my free time playing more video games than I care to admit! I am more of an art "admirer" than an art "creator", but I do give it a rough shot every now and then; an arty photo here, a poorly proportioned pencil sketch there! I really enjoy writing short stories, but don't really make enough time for them anymore.

I also love cosplay!! I have been cosplaying at the Sydney Supanova festival for a few years now and I absolutely love it! I have made some fun cosplays in my time and I love sharing them with everyone! I also love seeing other fantastic cosplays that people make! People have such amazing talents!

Above all, I am a huge sword enthusiast! I have a small collection of historical weapons which I love! I also practice swordplay with friends and with historical martial arts societies. I love swordplay as a sport, not as a way of role-playing or re-enacting history. My friends and I just love the thrill of combat and the challenge of outwitting your opponent!

Anyway, I hope everyone likes what little art I have to offer! :)


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Kosataya Mar 23, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much for the fav! ,)
EmperorMossy Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, no worries! Your coplay was incredible! <3
Thanks for the fav! Have a look at my facebook page if you are interested ! :) 
merci pour les favs :) (Smile)
EmperorMossy Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
^_^ No worries!
Thank you so much for the llama! Your Robin Hood cosplay and video are awesome. :D I can't wait to see what you come up with next. ^^
EmperorMossy Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! ^_^ And thank YOU for all the lovely comments and the watch!!! :D

We have some cool ideas for this year and are already working on em. I'll be sure to post it all here! :)

You're welcome! Seriously, I'm loving your work.

Looking forward to seeing it! :D

And thank you so much for watching me back! It means a lot. :hug:

EmperorMossy Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nawwww, thanks again! ^_^
And no worries! You have some excellent cosplays of your own! :D
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wish you could come to our Con in the USA
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