Cosplay Review: Hrothgar’s Hoard Wands

This week we’re going to take a look at a piece that will be available very soon for magic enthusiasts everywhere.

Hrothgar’s Hoard, a high quality gaming accessory brand, was recommended to me by fellow board gamer, Kristen (IG: @blooming.boards). The company is launching a collection of custom wands in a Kickstarter campaign next week (10/02/2018) called Dragon-Slayer: RPG & Cosplay Wands. I was overjoyed to get in on the pre-launch excitement with this beautiful acrylic and hardwood wand.

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As it happens, I had a couple of D&D sessions and a Hogwart’s wedding to attend, providing good action time to give her a spin. Thanks to emailed post office alerts, I knew the day that my wand would arrive and I waited anxiously for our mail carrier. At some point, I had to leave the house, but he waved me down and delivered the package directly into my eager hands…while my car idled in the middle of the street. Not kidding. Totally worth it.

As soon as I cut the packaging away, I could smell the amazing wooden display box. Full marks for presentation!

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I popped the top and was instantly giddy at the velvety coloring in the wand’s shaft. I know very little of acrylic and the processes necessary for this type of prop work, and I was rightfully stunned. This wand is absolutely beautiful. Stills do not do her justice (she’s now an extension of my arm, so she gets to be a she). She is lighter than I expected overall, but the solid acrylic shaft is a noticeable counterpoint to the wooden handle. Due to this weight distribution, I found her to be a fantastic offensive wand–stick with me here. Imagine feeling the magic in the tip of your wand rather than your hand. Think of the way you might tap your pencil against a table versus the way you might tap the table with a spoon–not unbalanced, but there is a definite “business end” of the piece. Importantly, because of my two younglings, this is not an ideal wand for child-sized hands. The handle is not uncomfortably larger than my other wands, but is wider for a great reason.

Like a great dress, the wand has a pocket.

Pocket

Hrothgar’s Hoard wands have compartments in the handle. This one came with a set of mini dice, but I can think of a number of fun secrets for my future magical adventures. For the Hogwart’s wedding, I slipped in a slender glass vile containing a Hippogriff feather–a super fun detail for Harry Potter fans. A wedding attendee remarked that an “adult-level” potion bottle would be a nice secret, but based upon the pocket size, one would not feel the effects of such a potion, so it is not recommended.

During our weekly D&D session via Roll20, I pulled out my new wand and flicked it around during an encounter. While props are really only for personal benefit in this online gaming situation, my wandless group humored me and that was enough. Again, the acrylic shaft is a great weight for power hungry players, and I could see this being very beneficial in a live-action setting.

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Back to the beautifully crafted handle: For costumed individuals, specifically those who look to purchase standard size wand holsters and robes with wand pockets, please be aware that the handle is slightly larger than a generic wand. If you make your own wand carriers, you should be fine.

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I take great pride in my five-minute wand holsters.

Based upon my experience playing with this beauty, Hrothgar’s Hoard Wands are a great fit for costumers, cosplayers, D&D magic casters (or their DMs who just like to point at people), and LARPers. For Potterheads, there will be great fun in customizing your wooden wand once the Kickstarter campaign goes live next week. Stock up on your dragon heartstring people!

Visit Hrothgar’s Hoard for your tabletop accessories and get in on this magic!

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Bringing It Home: Part One

Fall is my favorite season, partially because layering my clothes is a hobby. Mostly because I get a pause in the costuming schedule to remember that I have a plethora of other hobbies. But, this post is about what I did to end the 2014 season, so let’s look back.

First, I got a new sewing machine–the Singer Heavy Duty. I needed a new primary, since my older Singer has become unreliable, and I don’t want to have any unfortunate accidents with my pretty little Brother. The new machine, Jayne, has been lovely. I was concerned that she’d be too sturdy for my mid-size sewing table, but I haven’t had any issues.

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Late September’s events began with the local fairy festival for the Little Princess and me. Despite the silly number of wings we each already have in the house, the LP wanted to wear an off-the-rack “Green Fairy” costume, so I indulged her with new cellophane wings for both of us. I was a pirate fairy. Frolicking in an enchanted forest happened. It was a magical time for everyone.

Fairies!

Later that day, I transformed into a dancing pirate for the annual pirate-themed hafla. Good times were had.

Later that week, we had an event for National Comic Book Day at my office, complete with a cosplay contest. I decided to do the second half of an original Frozen/DC mash-up by my friend at belle la vie, as the Anna Quinn to her Poison Elsa.

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The project took less than ten hours–most of that being painting time for the mallet. The half cape and bodice were draped and sewn over two nights. The shirt and skirt were existing, and I added the diamonds with fashion tape. The mallet is a combination of floral foam, EVA foam, craft foam, cardboard tubes, bias tape, and a wooden pommel that was originally a decorative mug. This was my first Harley Quinn, and I feel like I can cross it off my cosplay achievement list.

The following weekend brought the RHPS Video Game Show. As per previous events, the audience was encouraged to dress up for the costume contest. I managed to pull a win with this Assassin’s Creed variation.

RHPS AC AC Jacket Side

The jacket took a couple of hours from draping to finishing. The white exterior might be waterproof, and I had just enough for this one day project. It’s lined with the wrong side of some kind of red [not-]silk in the hood, collar, and coat tails. The collar and armscye are piped with a braided red selection from a Jomar haul. The strapless top was a gift to which I added corset lacing. I wore black hot pants and fancy fashion tights with brown boots, belt, pouch, and my daughter’s bracers.

The cast member playing Janet borrowed my Zelda costume, so I made some updates to the vest and gloves and added a hair clip and new crown gem out of clay. I’ve never worked with clay before, so I was pleased that the pieces made it out and back the way they started. There was a lot of glue involved.

Zelda's Hair Clip Zelda's Crown Gem

The final week of September was devoted to the LP’s Queen Elsa gown. Over the summer, I’d picked up a glittery blue for the main fabric, blue lining, and blue tulle for the sleeves and train. I did some flat pattern drafting for this, based upon her last rennie gown that I made. My mom came in the day before the party to do the finishing and add stick-on snowflakes. The LP also wore the gown for Halloween, so here’s that shot, with the addition of a fleece shrug I made for the chilled weather.

LP Halloween

The second half of September was pretty busy for my craft room, but she didn’t get a break in October. To Be Continued…