It’s costume season here at LARP Guide! We were going to make it costume month, but we found that we had so much interesting stuff to say that it might just carry on longer than a month!
Leah kicked us off yesterday with a discussion about where we might have to compromise on costume when providing kit for monsters. No matter how much we’d like them to large systems simply cannot provide top end costume for hundreds of NPC’s and monsters all weekend! Compromise has to happen somewhere, and Leah has a couple of suggestions for where that might be.
So I thought before we got any deeper into creating awesome LARP costumes, we’d have a run down of the most popular costuming posts that we published on LARP Guide last year in 2015.
5. It’s The Look of The Thing
In September Leah wrote about the little things that can make a difference to how your characters and monsters appear. Everything from making sure you put makeup around your mask, to creating looks that tell people who you are before you even talk to them. In fantasy LARP worlds the way you look can be essential to how people interact with you.
4. On Hating Costume
If you know Matt Pennington, you’ll know about how his artistic eye is… well… pretty non-existent. In March last year Matt wrote a post where he opened up about how difficult he found putting costume together, and how it’s nearly prevented him going to events in the past. We know that lots of you found that his post resonated with you which is one of the reasons that we’re spending lots of time on LARP Guide breaking down costume into bitesize chunks, so that you can feel more confident when it comes to working on your own characters clothes.
3. Distressing Costume for Post-Apocalyptic LARP
First Callum wrote a post about ageing costume for the pending apocalypse, and I borrowed on it heavily when I put together my basic kit for The World Went Dark. A bit of elbow grease, as well as some ash, paint, and sandpaper, left me with a step-by-step article about Distressing Costume for Post-Apocalyptic LARP. It’s been one of our most popular articles in 2016 too – no doubt fuelled by the success of Mad Max: Fury Road, and the rising popularity of Mad Max inspired LARPs around the world.
2. The Origin of Coolthentic
Another article by Matt investigates the idea of historical accuracy in fantasy LARP. LARP is, of course, not reenactment. However it does frequently draw from historical sources, even if it doesn’t replicate them faithfully.
1. Clothes Not Costume
Incredibly this post was viewed more times in 2016 than the home page of LARP Guide itself. It still continues to be shared around LARP forums and groups on Facebooks, and rarely a day goes by that pictures from the article don’t pass through my feed on Pinterest.
I wanted to write a post that talked about how layering could really make a costume feel more like clothes. How it could make your character look like they were wearing something that they pulled out their wardrobe and thrown on rather than a carefully constructed image.
Hopefully you’ll enjoy what we’ve got lined up for you in costume season on LARP Guide!