Elector Count Marius Leitdorf - Warhammer Fantasy
Also known as the Mad Lord of Averland, Marius features rather prominently in the Warhammer Empire fluff. He is best known for being a lethal swordsman and thoroughly insane. For further information, here's what Games Workshop has to say about him: www.games-workshop.com/gws/cat…
I love Marius because he gives me an excuse to make traditional early 16th century German garb with ridiculous embellishments. This costume has seen at least three different versions now. It's been a gradual state of development since March 2011 and there is still a fair bit left to do.
This version debuted at San Diego Comic Con 2012 and came together in about a month of very intensive work. The armour is made entirely of molded leather and was based heavily on early 16th century German styles, particularly in the pauldrons, gorget, and flat top of the breastplate. It has been dyed black and all of the lettering was hand-painted. You can only see a fraction of it here. For the full story, check out the construction notes on my blog: teadrunktailor.blogspot.ca/
The sword deserves special mention. In the Warhammer verse, the elector counts carry 'runefangs.' These were holy swords made by the dwarves in the early days of the Empire. Because I have zero knowledge of woodworking, I commissioned the amazing *InKibus to make this, along with a long-bladed dagger. She was even awesome enough to carve a motto in Gothic script in German into the flat of the blade - "For Averland and Honour - Sigmar grant me victory." Runefangs typically have runes on them (orly) but this was my one guilty pleasure.
Makeup and Prosthetics: ~ColonelLiamRoss
Costume and Model: :~ColonelLiamRoss
Photography: Grant Zelych
In April 2013, I went out on a leg and ran an updated version with greaves (www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi…
in the Calgary Expo costume contest. I had never intended to do anything sort of contest with it due to Marius' general obscurity as a character and because he's really quite near and dear to me. But my friend Peter and I came away with Best in Show for our skit so that was a total thrill!
Also! I now have a Facebook page! www.facebook.com/teadrunktailo…
Check it right out! It has LOADS of work-in-progress shots, how-tos, and lots of stuff that just never gets covered on dA. Also, send me your costuming questions! I'm all about helping bros out!EDIT
HOOOLY, thanks for the Daily Deviation! There's nothing like checking your dA when you're still half asleep and being like "what... where did all these messages come from..." I have got a major, MAJOR horseback shoot planned for this over the next month. Have to put the winter grossness to use somehow!