I wanted to cosplay Raiden from MGR:Revengeance for a long time, and a small con nearby seemed like a decent place to debut it. I worked on armor for it on and off for months, buying supplies, patterning and making. About 2 days before con it was still only partially done. I decided to neglect the back and calves/shoes parts since those dont show up in pictures anyway. Not wanting to try and use a con bathroom to put on lots of pieces for the first time, I opted to do suiting up back at my co-worker's place. He has cats and a small black one likes to follow me around so she was batting at the fabric as I tied pieces together so they will stay. Velcro was my enemy most of that morning and the day, since it sticks awesomely to itself but not to things its supposed to hold even though I hot-glued and ductaped them too.
Once most of it was on, with 2 pieces still attempting to fall off I went downstairs and my co-worker had to help me put those on since I couldn't really use my arms because of limited range of motion armor gives. After carefully climbing into the car he grove me to the con, and a few more people there helped me fix the parts that fell off. This continued for most of the next few hours where I had to ask random strangers for help. At one point someone bumped full force into my shoulder, moving shoulder piece and shortly after I had to switch cosplays since it just wasn't staying on anymore.Next time I would try my best to ensure velcro cants come off the thing its attached to and avoid crowded areas if I can. Also having a handler rather than fixing it on your own would help.
The best part of that con was how many people recognized Raiden and said I did a good job, I got lots of picture requests. One was from Aerith who was there with Sephiroth and she asked me to do the pose Sephiroth does by killing her, and then another pose where I am fighting Sephiroth. I obliged and was amused, even though Raiden isn't a bad guy and wouldn't hurt Aerith. There were a few people I know that went to this con as well, and they couldnt recognize me in this cosplay, probably because of the jaw part. I asked one of the arists there for a realistic style and chibi style of Raiden so I can further remember this con and the fun times.
At one time someone was offering me candy to come to their panel. Then someone asked how I would eat it with the metal jaw and then someone else answered that a metal jaw would actually make eating easier xD
I changed into Yato once it got too much to not be able to sit down (it would shift pieces too much) and the shoulder piece rebelled by losing some of its paint. Just after I did so I ran into another Yato and Hiyori and we got some pictures together. All in all around 10 people recognized who I was at this small con, so I felt like a celebrity xD
I then realized that I missed the panel that Ansem's voice actor did. I wanted him to sign a bag I have next to the other Ansem's voice actor. A staff member arrannged for us to meet after the masquarade and he signed it, telling me how he and Richard Epcar often joke around between each other. He then said one of ansem's lines and gave me a hug and that was awesome.
Then there was a nice panel on philosophy in video games, tv series and anime and then it was time to head home. While it was a pretty small con I got to talk to quite a few people there and there were some pretty cool cosplays, like Dante from Devil May Cry and Hidan from Naruto. Hidan's daughter was cosplaying torchic even though she was a toddler.