Not only is Astrokerrie Cosplay's Crusader a gorgeous, competition-winning cosplay, it's also ready for battle. Literally.
As a multi-talented craftsperson, Perth-based Astrokerrie indulges in a bit of LARP alongside her cosplay pursuits. When it came to making a costume to enter in Oz Comic Con's Australian Championships of Cosplay, she decided to kill two birds with one stone and make an impressive costume that was also LARP-safe and easy to move in, including that giant shield.
"I made [this cosplay] to push myself with armour, and it was the only reason I entered Oz Comic-Con," she explained. "I'm not really a competitive person so I won't be entering again unless I find a costume I love as much as the Crusader."
She says the costume is light and easy to wear and move around in — which is vital if you're going to be LARPing in something for extended periods of time. It's something I've never quite managed to achieve, either. Maybe I should get Astrokerrie to design all my costumes from now.
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