How to cosplay like a human being at conventions

Jenn Croft guest post – How to cosplay like a human being at conventions In reading one of the recent articles by Molly McIsaac on iFanboy.com titled “How to Behave Like a Human Being at Conventions”, I have to admit to being put off by some of the things that were talked about and it is probably not how you would expect. I am a cosplayer who has been costuming since 2000, and have been attending conventions in costume since 2002. I have experienced every type of behavior listed in…

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Tomb Raider Exercise Plan

Tomb Raider Exercise Plan This awesome exercise plan requires no equipment or a gym membership! just sheer force of will. Instructions: Repeat each exercise with no rest in between until the set is done, rest up to 2 minutes and repeat the whole set again 1, 3, 5 or 7 times depending on your fitness level. Level 1: 1 set Level 2: 3 sets Level 3: 5 sets 20 Lunges Keep your knees aligned, front knee over your shoe and back knee pointing down. Keep your knees, hips and shoulders…

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Lara Croft Cosplay gathering at San Diego Comic Con!

Lara Croft Cosplay gathering at San Diego Comic Con! Calling all Crofts! We’re celebrating the road to Rise of the Tomb Raider’s launch by bringing together Croft cosplayers from around the world at San Diego Comic Con 2015. In addition to receiving exclusive swag, cosplayers will be eligible to participate in a full day of activities, including a demo of Rise of the Tomb Raider, priority access to autograph sessions, photo booth activities, and a thematic evening photoshoot with one of our talented photographers. A full schedule of activities will…

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Rise of The Tomb Raider Box Art and Trailer Release!

Today, we were treated to an amazing surprise! Crystal released an incredible render that is going to be the box art for Rise Of The Tomb Raider. Not only that, but they also released a trailer showing Lara climbing the side of an icy mountain, with inspirational words. The best part is, one of very own, Jenn Croft, was involved in the creation of this render! She did a photoshoot for Brian Horton so as to make this breathtaking piece of art.  Click below to view the video and the…

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Rise Of the Tomb Raider Recurve Bow Tutorial

Mr Bill Doran from Punished Props was hired by Crystal Dynamics to make the Rise of the Tomb Raider bow and in this video he explains how he made a perfect replica. We contacted him and he gave us permission to post his video here, so Enjoy! Bow Info: Byzantine Recurve, made from field maple, etched symbols at the ends and has geometric patterns painted in gold. Reference:  (click to enlarge)

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Rise Of the Tomb Raider Arrows Tutorial

Reference:  What you need:  Begin by covering the fletchings with masking tape so you don’t get any paint on them. If your arrows are already brown , you may skip this step. Paint the arrow completely brown. Next paint the fletching black and white and the nock a dark gray. For the arrow that you use with the bow, cut a piece of worbla (2 x 2 inches) , heat it up and wrap it around the end. While the worbla is still hot, cut it into two in the…

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Rise of the Tomb Raider Jacket Weathering Tutorial

Reference:  The jacket is men’s military hooded, silver snap closure, 2 pockets, canvas material, olive drab color, oversized, rolled up sleeves, asymmetrical hem, leather bindings around the left arm and the right wrist. What you need:  – A Jacket that is as close to the above description as possible. – Brown leather bindings – Paint for weathering – Thread and needle in the same color of your jacket 1. I took a piece of scrap leather and tied it around the right wrist, then glued it down so it does…

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Rise Of The Tomb Raider Nagant Revolver Tutorial

If you are like me and can’t spend $100-150 dollars on an airsoft copy of this pistol. I offer you an alternative. Not only is it expensive but the M1895 model is very different from Lara’s gun. For one, the weapon pictured in the reference photos is a top break revolver which means the frame is hinged at the bottom front of the cylinder. Releasing the lock and pushing the barrel down exposes the rear face of the cylinder. The Nagant M1895 is a swing out cylinder which means that…

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New Lara Croft Action Figure

This gorgeous exciting statue shows Lara Croft frozen in an action pose, leaping from a rock firing her dual-pistols forward. It is 18 inches tall, and is cast from polystone resin with beautifully hand-crafted details. The statue includes deluxe, full-color packaging, a hand numbered base, and a validation card which allows you to purchase the same model number in future releases in the Tomb Raider collection. Limited to 1000 pieces worldwide. If you have already authenticated the Lara Croft: Survivor statue, you’ll be able to reserve the same number Temple…

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Lara Croft: Relic Run Tablet Game Coming Soon!

Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix have teamed up with Simutronics,‏ who are developing the all-new Lara Croft: Relic Run. The title will be a tablet / phone game, That promises acrobatic-inspired running, combat, vehicles, and epic boss fights, including the return of the infamous T-Rex They have soft launched on iOS and Android in The Netherlands this morning, hoping to test it out first and get any glitches/problems solved before the full scale launch everywhere else in the coming months. This game will be free-to-play, launching on iOS, Android, and Win8…

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Rise of the Tomb Raider Holster Tutorial by Jenn Croft

Rise of the Tomb Raider Holster Foam Version Rise of the Tomb Raider Holster Leather Version This holster was a fun project to work on, since it required me to try some new techniques in leather crafting that I haven’t used before. A little bit about the design… thanks to a friend’s help I was able to identify the design as reminiscent of the old hollywood style western drop holster, which includes a holster that attaches to the belt (or backing) via a flap at the top of the holster…

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Camilla, Balancing Action and Survival and A Special Podcast

– Camilla Luddington talks about what it’s like playing Lara Croft and the difficulties of pretending to drown. She also shares some great childhood stories:  Click here – Watch the video here to learn more about creating an “upside-design oriented” survival system for the Tomb Raider reboot and what the team learned from other games like Metal Gear Solid 3. – As the special coverage of Rise of the Tomb Raider nears its end, The game developers answer questions asked by our community members. Click here

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Rise of the Tomb Raider Quiver tutorial by Jenn Croft

Rise of the Tomb Raider Quiver by Jenn Croft The Rise of the Tomb Raider quiver was a fun project and relatively cheap to make. I worked on this as a collaborative effort with Meagan Marie (all photos courtesy of her). All of the materials came from Tandy Leather and cost around $100USD to make TWO quivers, one for Meagan and one for me.  (~$50USD per quiver) Here are my list of supplies, many of which included enough for two quivers, such as the leather, thread, straps, and belt: Rawhide-…

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Rise of the Tomb Raider Rifle Ammo Pouch Tutorial by Jenn Croft

Rise of the Tomb Raider Rifle Ammo Pouch This was a fun little project to do and didn’t take a whole lot of money to make since I had leather from other projects. Here is what I used: 15″x15″ piece of untanned medium/thick leather hide 1 small strip of medium/thick leather hide for the closure tab on the lid two strips and one tiny strip of brown garment quality leather (from remnants) Button Stud- $3.50ea http://www.tandyleather.com/en-usd/search/searchresults/11310-02.aspx Waxed Polyester Thread- $5 http://www.tandyleather.com/en-usd/home/department/lacing/1206-02.aspx Dye (Dark Mahogany and Dark Brown)- $13 http://www.tandyleather.com/en-usd/home/department/leather-dye/2600-08.aspx http://www.tandyleather.com/en-usd/home/department/leather-dye/2602-02.aspx…

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Rise of the TR Shotgun Ammo Pouch Tutorial by Jenn Croft

Rise of the Tomb Raider Shotgun Ammo Pouch by Jenn Croft This was a fun little project that didn’t take a whole lot of time. It also doesn’t cost much money and can be made from leftover materials from your other projects (Such as the rifle ammo pouch or holster) or remnant bags, which are pretty affordable. Here is a list of materials I used for mine: Upholstery leather from remnants (Any neutral color)- $6 http://www.tandyleather.com/en-usd/home/department/leather/remnant-bags/5046-03.aspx Small scrap of 2-3mm thickness leather- $6 http://www.tandyleather.com/en-usd/home/department/leather/remnant-bags/5046-01.aspx Cording- $6.99 http://www.michaels.com/bead-landing-jute-cord/M10443674.html?dwvar_M10443674_color=Natural#q=cord&start=38 Wood Beads- $3.50…

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My First Convention – Sara Croft

My First Convention – PAX East 2015 Sara Croft Everyone thinks it’s absolutely ludicrous that someone who runs a website like mine has never been to a convention. Before PAX east 2015, I’d never known the joy of being in a place where everyone was like minded, was there to express love for games, costuming, and general nerding out. I won’t bore you with the details, but there has always been some kind of obstacle in my way, so after a few times of trying, I gave up. So you…

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First Location and Myth revealed, The lost city of Kitezh

In the new Game Informer article, Noah Hughes and the Crystal team reveal one of the myths Lara will be studying and exploring in Rise of the Tomb raider. It will revolve around the lost city of Kitezh (Ki-te-sh), there were actually two cities, Maly (small) Kitezh and Bolshoy (big) Kitezh. There is not much to be found in the history books about them but it is said that the grand prince of Vladamir, Georgy the second, found Bolshoy Kitezh off the banks of Lake Svetloyar in Russia. The legend…

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Tomb Raider – Ba Cartouche prop Tutorial

Tomb Raider – Ba Cartouche by Sara Croft Reference What you need: – Air dry Clay – Gold paint – Black paint – A tool to carve with Lara will find the Ba Cartouche, as well as the Ra Cartouche, in the Tomb of Semerkhet in The Last Revelation. Make a block of clay into a rectagular shape Carve a line into the edges of the rectangle, about a half an inch away from the outside Next you need to carve half a circle in the upper left corner, the…

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Tomb Raider – Ra Cartouche prop Tutorial

Reference: What you need: – Air dry Clay – Gold paint – Black paint – A tool to carve with Lara will find the Ra Cartouche, as well as the Ba Cartouche, in the Tomb of Semerkhet in The Last Revelation. Make a block of clay into a rectagular shape Carve a line into the edges of the rectangle, about a half an inch away from the outside Next you need to carve the eye, the symbol for “R” Then the other design which appears to be a sphinx, the…

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Tomb Raider the Angel of Darkness Belt Tutorial

Reference Picture: My Version: Materials you will need Faux leather in black Faux leather in brown FIMO clay or anything that you can be molded for the belt. 4 rings with 1cm each 4 carabiners with 1cm each 12 rivets (in silver metal) 2 metal silver centre bar buckles, 2cm (for the straps on the legs) Card board Superglue Gold spray paint or gold paint. And others materials like pencil, scale, etc. The measurement units that I will use are all in cm. 1. Belt  Let’s begin with the belt;…

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