Our Cosplayer Of The Month for July 2017 is a Cape Town based cosplayer namely Septik Cosplay. What really caught my eye about her is the awesome armored gaming cosplays that she brings to life and I’m excited to hear more about her cosplay journey and to find out more about the person behind the cosplay persona…
Hello Amoné! Tell us a bit more about the person behind Septik Cosplay?
My name is Amoné, I am a 22 year old female from Cape Town. I work for my father in the construction industry and spend most of my time with my dogs. I am as shy as can be, but I make up for it with my overwhelming sarcasm.
How and when did you get started in Cosplay and why do you enjoy it?
My interest in the idea of cosplay was peaked when I watched Soul Eater and Blair appeared on the screen for the first time. I was captivated! Following a search for a wallpaper of her I stumbled upon Jannet Incosplay’s flawless cosplay of Blair. I was reeled into the cosplay world from that moment on and I have never looked back. I enjoy cosplay because it gives me a sense of social confidence and the ability to practice my favorite ratio of creativity. 90% being alone and crafting/ 10% actually talking to people
Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of cosplaying?
Yes, I love to read whenever I get the chance. My guilty hobby pleasure is playing Nancy Drew games! They are amazing.
What was the first Costume you wore for Cosplay and did you make it yourself?
The first real costume was My Syndra Cosplay from League of Legends. I wore it to a Cosplay Picnic. My gran did all the sewing for me, I couldn’t even thread a sewing machine at that point! I made all the armor myself, albeit very poorly. The shading was ridiculously dark, the colors were completely wrong and it was just a huge mess. I was very proud at the time though and diving in head first gave me a lot more courage for future armor cosplays.
What type of genre is your favorite to Cosplay, and why?
I enjoy gaming cosplay because I can relate to it more and the designs tend to be more intricate armor wise.
Every Cosplayer has a favourite part of creating a costume or something they are really good at, what is yours?
It’s tough to say, I don’t think I’m really good at anything quite yet but given the time and money I can work pretty fast. As for my favorite part of a costume, I love when you wear all the pieces together for the first time and everything looks proportionally correct, that’s always my biggest worry.
What is your most difficult challenge in creating a costume?
I despise making patterns. It is very necessary but I am much too inpatient for all that accuracy.
We all know that cosplay has been become a very expensive hobby these days, do you have hints or tips for other cosplayers as far as cutting down expenses etc. are concerned?
My biggest help is a huge bag of foam scraps I keep under my workbench. Every time I cut off a piece that’s even remotely large enough to use again, I keep it. The entirety of trim and scales for my sister’s Deathwing cosplay came out of my bag of scraps!
Tell us about your most epic fail ever whilst creating a costume
I remember it so vividly. I was wearing my Tempest Janna cosplay at Japan Day 2 years ago. I had painted the insides of my foam black but had no knowledge of the appropriate priming, sealing and painting techniques at that time. The day was extremely hot and needless to say my black armor paint melted all over my hands and feet.
Which character do you consider to be your Holy Grail of cosplays?
Primal Kerrigan from StarCraft II! I have actually attempted to start the costume twice but it has not been a success just yet.
What is the one thing that you try and avoid when making a new costume?
I try to avoid sewing in general.
South Africa’s convention scene has been growing leaps and bounds over the last couple of years. Where do you see opportunities for cosplay to grow at local events?
I think a lot of people, enthusiasts and general people, enjoy cosplay a lot at events but very few people in the general public know what it is exactly. I think if people knew what to expect when hearing that the event will be hosting cosplayers there would already be a bigger attraction and also greater opportunities.
Costume crafting can be really hard sometimes, right? Do you have any scars from cosplay related injuries and how did you get them?
Luckily I haven’t suffered anything permanent.
Which international con would you really love to go to and why?
I am a very realistic person so I tend not to dream too big, therefore I haven’t really looked into all the different cons but I have only heard good things about Blizzcon, so my search might start there.
Gaming platform of choice – PC / PS4 / Xbox / Board games / Mobile
What was the game that got you hooked to gaming and why?
Tomb Raider: Legend was my eye opener into the gaming world. I just loved the atmosphere and how the story line completely got me enthralled.
Your weapon of choice in a zombie apocalypse – Sonic Screwdriver / Light sabre
Why is this your weapon of choice?
Frankly, I’m not sure if I would trust myself with wielding a light sabre. Even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.