© 1988 David Ramsay
Original creation. Costume made from scratch. Hand-dyed blue cloak with red hood. Brown canvas jerkin. White cotton kilt-shirt pattern and canvas pants. Hand-hammered steel, segmented chest armor with arc-welded dragon design. Cast resin broaches. Blue fabric boot covers.
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Appearing at Balticon 23.
I wanted to make a Renaissance Faire-style costume. In High School, I had played several years of D&D (Dungeons & Dragons). Sir Ferric of Lecithin was my most successful D&D character, and I had a chance to make his costume. While I did not have the skills to reproduce what was in my head, I did what I could with what I had. Now with 12+ years more experience under my belt, today this costume would look very different... The steel chest armor was made in the sculpture department at MICA. I spent days in the "Station Building" hammering it out. The smithy that would later help me with my samurai helmet loaned me the templet for this chest piece. Looking back at this costume, it was too clean and new looking. To be true to the character, I should have distressed this costume to express the age and battled experience of Sir Ferric of Lecithin. But I was young and felt I had worked so hard on it. Later in Graduate School, I would learn how to age clothes without actually damaging them.
Close-up of the dragon detail.
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