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Jos   

Once I finish the costume i'll have to take measurements.. the thing is though, since the head will be placed on the helmet.. it might reach past 6 inches, but it will be held against my body and not dragged behind i guess i'm just confused about this one specific rule. my apologies =x

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Valkyrie   

Whether it drags behind or is stationary, costume parts can only extend 6 inches from your body. For instance, if someone is wearing shoulder armor over a cape, that armor can only reach 6 inches away from the cosplayer's shoulder. So if your antlers reach longer than 6 inches, then they will have to be trimmed down.

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I have another question regarding arrows and such. I know there are no loose arrows allowed, but what if I were to somehow attach them to the bottom of my quiver? Maybe with gorilla glue something so that I wouldn't be able to pull them out?

 

If not, does anybody have any ideas as to what I could do to make it look like I have arrows in my quiver for aesthetics' sake? An empty quiver is kind of silly. ^^"

 

EDIT: Nevermind, someone on coscom gave me a good idea. Want to make sure it's acceptable, though. Taking a circular piece of cardboard and putting it in my quiver, then hotgluing the upper tips of the arrows on top. Would that be okay?

 

Also, whatever ends up being acceptable, is there any way to show that the prop has been approved so I don't keep getting stopped by staffers thinking I have loose arrows in my quiver?

 

EDIT 2: Ooooorrr, what if I permanently glue all the arrows together into one big massive hunk that would just be too heavy to shoot?

Edited by WatchJessieGo

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Valkyrie   

Okay, got the word back from my higher ups. Here are the only two things you need to be sure of for your arrows, bow, and quiver:

 

1) As long as none of the arrows come out, you can do as you please with the quiver.

 

2) You'll need to make sure your bow is unstrung or strung very loosely.

 

Hope that helps!

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I've read the rules a billion times over, but even so want to clarify. I'm making Ryuuko Matoi's scissor blade. I have the blade outline measured at 5 feet. I'm 5'4. To clarify, is this acceptable, before I actually start tracing it onto wood?

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since airsoft is allowed back in the con i have a question regarding it, i plan on bringing my G&G Rifle with me (has a blazing orange tip and barrel cover) and is there a certain ruling about what accessories we can put on our rifles? i,e ACOG/Red dot sights, flashlight, grips ect

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Valkyrie   

The only rules regarding airsofts are thus:

 

1) They must have an orange tip - which you've got covered~

2) They must be disabled and unable to fire - this can be done with a ziptie pulling and holding back the trigger

3) They must be unloaded and you may not carry ammo/magazines/cartridges on your person

 

Other than that, have fun! (Just make sure to be polite when using the lights, of course)

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Iris   

I've got a kind of strange request/question.

 

In the past I know there has been issues with people throwing confetti inside the buildings (obviously!). Would it be allowed (or more like am I going to get in trouble) if I brought some Eco-confetti for outdoor shoots/photoshoots only? Never to be used inside, and the stuff used outside dissolves on it's own in water come the next rain/sprinkler/whatever?

 

 

It's used in a weddings a lot (including places that don't allow traditional confetti or rice) and here is some info regarding it -

"4. How long does it take for ecoparti ecofetti to disintegrate?

Ecofetti is a unique starch-based material. When wet, it will begin to dissolve right away. Usually it will be completely dissolved within 48 hours, but the speed depends on water temperature and the volume of confetti. Traditional rice and special 'designed' rice take weeks to dissolve..."

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Re: Eco-confetti

 

I'm going to say please don't..for the sole fact that it's like glitter.. even if it dissolves.. it still catches on other people and spreads, colonizes, and re-houses itself indoors.

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Valkyrie   

Another follow-up to my question: I decided to make the sword out of plastic. I'm going to sandpaper it down and wanted to know if the blade, despite being plastic, needs to be blunt?

 

Because it's plastic, there's not as much of a concern. Our real concern lies in real, live-steel blades. Note, if you like, you can certainly make it somewhat blunted in case someone bumps into it. :)

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Question about protrusions/spikes- are the type of spikes usually associated with punk clothing acceptable? I'm assuming since a lot of people have them on their non-costume clothing, that they are acceptable for costumes (as long as they're not the stabby, long kind)- but I just want to be sure- better safe than sorry.

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If I had a sword secured in a thick foam case but has a live steel hilt (with no poking edges or anything like that) is that allowed ?

 

I would post a picture so that the staff would give you a better opinion on it

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Valkyrie   

Sorry about the delayed responses, folks. Been pretty busy on the Life Front.

 

Question about protrusions/spikes- are the type of spikes usually associated with punk clothing acceptable? I'm assuming since a lot of people have them on their non-costume clothing, that they are acceptable for costumes (as long as they're not the stabby, long kind)- but I just want to be sure- better safe than sorry.

 

I'm guessing you're talking about the stuff one might find at Hot Topic or Spencers and the like? Yes, those are fine. :)/>

 

 

If I had a sword secured in a thick foam case but has a live steel hilt (with no poking edges or anything like that) is that allowed ?

 

I would post a picture so that the staff would give you a better opinion on it

 

Okay, so...this one is a little tricky. Live steel, by ACen standards, is an an object crafted from metal that has a pointed or blade-like edge, whether blunt or sharp. That said, it'd be kinda hard to have a sword with a live steel hilt, as that might be a little difficult to, er, handle. However, if the hilt and/or sword (whether it's in a case or not) is in fact live steel by our definitions, then it will not be allowed as a prop. It will have to stay at home, in your room, or your car. But if the hilt and sword are not actually live steel, then it is okay to bring as a prop.

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YoiYumeo   

I'm also making a scythe this year and am in the process of trying to figure out what do with the blade to make it con acceptable. The blade itself is close to four feet in length made out of styrofoam with the rod going to be cut down, hopefully to just under my height so when fully made, it will be at my height. I was just wondering if I can't make it like this, is there a chance I could just bring it to the Vampire Knight photoshoot and then back to my room? I apologize for the stupid question, I have never brought a prop to a convention before and have seen people with ones bigger than themselves before.

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Okay, so I feel like a question similar to this was answered, but I'll ask anyways because the thought of breaking any rules with a prop has been bugging me. I'm cosplaying a character who is blind, and planned to take the blind cane with as part of my cosplay, even though it isn't absolutely necessary. It doesn't exceed my height, but it might reach close to/past the six inch limit (The rules I'm reading on the ACen page says six inches, has that changed?) if I extended it a bit to walk as a blind person would. (Is it even okay to do that? I don't want to offend or mislead people to actually think I'm blind!)

 

Sorry, I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to these things, and I worry a lot about unintentionally breaking rules!

 

Edit: The cane is collapsable and could be carried as a prop rather than used for its intended purpose if needed.

Edited by ShingekiNoFandoms

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Hi all. I have a question regarding helmets. I've done a cosplay of Soul Calibur 2 Nightmare for a couple years now, and while I don't think there have been any issues, I wanted to make sure this year so there's no risk of unpleasantness.

 

On the helmet, there are two upward turned narrow bat wing like "ears". I'm not sure off hand (on lunch break at work) if they extend more than six inches or not. Usually I just carry the helmet with me instead of wearing it unless someone wants a picture/posing for photos (would rather avoid heatstroke).

 

My question is, if they're over six inches, will I have to trim/replace them, or since I carry it mostly instead of wear it, does that make it a prop instead?

 

Or are these simply rules for props and I'm just stressing out over nothing?

 

Thanks!

Edited by Nightmare47

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Twifairy   

I will only be using this prop at Anime Midwest but I just want to ask opinions. I have a snap-open parasol for one of my costumes. I've tested it out and it's very easy to control, and it doesn't snap open all of a sudden and it won't hurts doodle out of the blue. There are no sharp parts, would that typically be okay for a con?

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I will only be using this prop at Anime Midwest but I just want to ask opinions. I have a snap-open parasol for one of my costumes. I've tested it out and it's very easy to control, and it doesn't snap open all of a sudden and it won't hurts doodle out of the blue. There are no sharp parts, would that typically be okay for a con?

 

I'm no expert but I'd say if it's not too long and won't obstruct any traffic in any way (i.e. if it was sticking out too much and bumping other con-goers) then I'd say it's okay. If you're not sure, you can always ask someone if they do that kind of thing at Anime Midwest.

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Sarbear   

I have a question about my gun prop and I having trouble reading this correctly, so I apologize if this seems redundant.

The big thing to note is that gun-like props are no longer required to not be realistic. We only require three things of a gun-like prop:

 

It must have an orange tip.

It must be disabled.

It must be unloaded.

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I am making these guns for my my arcade miss fortune cosplay but they will be constructed from foam core board and PVC pipe so in no way would they be to fire/shoot anything. Am I still required to place an orange cap on the ends even though there isn't any way it can be used like a normal gun prop? I'm just confused on that part and want to be sure before I take them to ACen.

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I have a question about my gun prop and I having trouble reading this correctly, so I apologize if this seems redundant.

 

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I am making these guns for my my arcade miss fortune cosplay but they will be constructed from foam core board and PVC pipe so in no way would they be to fire/shoot anything. Am I still required to place an orange cap on the ends even though there isn't any way it can be used like a normal gun prop? I'm just confused on that part and want to be sure before I take them to ACen.

 

I believe all guns have to have the orange tip regardless of their construction.

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C2Queen   

I have a question about my gun prop and I having trouble reading this correctly, so I apologize if this seems redundant.

 

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I am making these guns for my my arcade miss fortune cosplay but they will be constructed from foam core board and PVC pipe so in no way would they be to fire/shoot anything. Am I still required to place an orange cap on the ends even though there isn't any way it can be used like a normal gun prop? I'm just confused on that part and want to be sure before I take them to ACen.

 

No if they are made out of foam, obviously fake/unable to be fired or used as a real weapon it doesn't require an orange tip. The colors and style itself give away that the weapon is most likely not realistic/usable other than for being a prop. Which is why it wouldn't require the orange tip. Orange tips are more for realistic looking guns. They are great to have on any gun props in case for safety, but weapon props like this gun specifically aren't required to have one. I just confirmed this with I.R.T.

 

Though with each weapon prop anyone is unsure about, I'd confirm it with someone in I.R.T. since they are trained and check at con what is acceptable. Each case is different. Just ask yourself, does it look realistic? If yes, it needs an orange tip. If you are unsure, ask about it. Can it fire or is it usable? If yes, it needs to be disabled and unloaded. You also can't carry any ammo on your person. And the trigger also needs to be locked with weapons able to fire, I.R.T. will usually do it for you if you have one.

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Hi everyone,

 

I am wondering if my cosplay prop is allowed, it is Princess Hilda's staff. I am 5'1 and the staff is approximately her size or a bit taller, which is why I am concerned.

 

Here is a picture for reference

 

PIC

 

If anyone can get back to me, that would be great!

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Swimstud   

So I know someone kind of asked the same question here but no one seemed to answer it. I have a scythe prop that is my height(6'3) and basically is right under the acceptable limit I believe. My question is that I have a sling for it so it can hang on my back and i'm wondering if it would still be allowed since when I attach it to my back the handle will have to extend higher(about 6-8 inches upward). I'm not sure if this would be a problem or not. In case anyone is wondering(maybe this could help) it's Hidan's Scythe from Naruto.

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kandell   

On the 6 inch rule...What if the cosplay is a dress that has a skirt that poofs out? Technically it might go more than 6 inches away from my body, but since it's a skirt and isn't a solid or sharp object, would it be acceptable to wear?

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Baron229   

I have a question regarding a prop I'm making myself that involves a spring-type mechanism. The prop is a Steampunk spring-action lightsaber, approximately 2.5-3 feet in length, made from acrylic and covered in copper tape for aesthetic. The "spring" portion is just a series of rubber bands which pulls forward the plastic blade in a telescoping fashion with the removal of a stopping clip (I've mimicked the function of the toy lightsabers that spring out at the press of a button, so if it's still hard to understand what it is, think of that, but homemade). The whole mechanism is handheld, stowable, and kept clipped at the belt when not in use.

 

Since spring-powered mechanisms like this aren't mentioned in the Prop Acceptability Checklist, I wanted to make sure it would be OK before I finish making it.

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