Artist spotlight: Natephoenix

If you’re both eagle-eyed and a regular follower of this blog then you may have noticed that a month or so back my Gratavar profile picture changed from a head shot image of Slipstream screencapped from one of her far-too-infrequent appearances in the Transformers Animated cartoon, to the rather more stylishly composed image of her I’m currently using.

The new picture is a bit special because it was done just for me by the artist Natephoenix, and it’s really about time that I shared the full artwork in all its glory…

Slipstream by Natephoenix. Commissioned for AddAltModeR

Slipstream by Natephoenix. Commissioned for AddAltModeR

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Devcon Exe: podcasts, poses and purchases

Last weekend was DevCon Exe (the local convention formerly known as ExeCon), this was a two day event held, this time, in the Great Hall at the University of Exeter. The University was a great venue: well lit and with some interesting backdrops for photographs, plus much more spacious than this event’s previous home at St George’s Hall in the city centre, so although it felt like the place was nicely buzzing on the Saturday at least, things never got too cramped and as someone in a costume with wings I was grateful for that!

B had to work on the Saturday and couldn’t make it along, so our original plan had been that I’d go as Slipstream on the first day with some of our friends to lend me a hand getting in to the costume, and then both halves of AddAltMode would make an appearance in our Borderlands gear on the Sunday. For various reasons, the Sunday plans went awry so Tannis and Salvador didn’t get an airing, but Slipstream had a fantastic time there on the Saturday. I’m still slightly awed by how popular Slipstream is and how much love there is for my costume, both from people encountering her for the first time and from folk who were happy to see my Decepticon alt-mode again.

AddAltModeR as Slipstream, photo by We Shoot First

AddAltModeR as Slipstream, photo by We Shoot First

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Toy Review: Takara Tomy Legends Slipstream

“Hotly anticipated” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Before this review goes any further I really ought to raise my hand and confess to every kind of bias and vested interest there is going. Since I started planning my Slipstream cosplay project back in January 2015 I dread to think how many hours I’ve spent thinking about this particular Transformers character. I’ve watched those few episodes of Transformers Animated in which she appears, scrutinised screenshots, fanart, over-thought her colour-scheme, her composition and behaviour, and I’ve cosplayed as her 5 times now for various events and had the time of my life doing so. A bit part player in the TF canon she may be, but this Decepticon femme has become a firm favourite and a weirdly huge part of my life. I don’t know whether these factors will predispose me to write a ridiculously positive review (because OMG guys it’s Slipstream, right here in plastic) or whether I’m more likely to be overtly critical (because she is my main woman and I need this figure to do her justice). I guess we’ll find out, but either way be aware I’m hardly coming at this from a neutral perspective…

Here she is: Takara's Deluxe Legends Slipstream

Here she is: Takara’s Deluxe Legends Slipstream

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Transformers Animated Slipstream: cosplay photos from Auto Assembly 2015

To round off our week of posts about Auto Assembly 2015, here are the official photos of me cosplaying as Slipstream, taken by the talented Dean Stead Photography.  I’m really happy with how these came out; they’re probably the best shots I’ve seen so far in terms of showing off the costume.

AddAltModeR as Decepticon Slipstream. Taken during the cosplay parade at Auto Assembly 2015

AddAltModeR as Decepticon Slipstream. Taken during the cosplay parade at Auto Assembly 2015

More photos after the cut…

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Convention Review: Auto Assembly 2015, Part Two

This is the second of three jointly-penned posts about our recent, amazing, experience at Auto Assembly, Europe’s largest Transformers convention.

This part predominately features Transformers art and artists, lots of cosplay, and the convention’s Saturday evening entertainment.

Drift, Slipstream and Optimus Prime

Drift, Slipstream and Optimus Prime

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Cosplay Double Trouble: Slipstream and Arcee together!

This weekend we attended Unity Sci-Fi family fun day. This was a nice little local event, providing some geek-themed fun for kids of all ages, and also raising money for an extremely worthy cause: the mental and emotional wellbeing charity Mind.

I was one of the costumers with a collection box. Unable to decide whether to be Slipstream or Arcee, I took along both of my Transformer costumes and changed from one to the other halfway through the day. It was the first time I’d worn both outfits at the same event, and through the magic of Photoshop B has been able to combine a couple of the shots taken of me to make this composite image:

Transformers cosplay by AddAltMode R: Decepticon Slipstream and Autobot Arcee

Transformers cosplay by AddAltMode R: Decepticon Slipstream and Autobot Arcee

Perhaps unsurprisingly, I found I did more collection-tin-shaking as Arcee and more pretending to shoot at and be shot by small kids with toy weapons while dressed as Slipstream! It was fun to give both of these costumes another outing before I get fully stuck in to the next project!

Female Transformers: News Round-up

So, a while back I posted a fairly passionate rant/ramble about female Transformers and being a female Transformers fan. It seems to have struck a chord for a lot of people as it got shared quite widely on Twitter, and continues to be one of our most viewed posts here. So it’s really nice to be able to follow up now by looking at all the femmebot-related news that has emerged since I wrote that earlier post because, happily, there’s quite a lot of it…

“TF ladies? Tell us more…”
Generations Arcee, Custom Slipstream, TF Prime Arcee

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Toy Customisation: Beast Hunters Starscream to TFA-ish Slipstream

Hey there, it’s AddAltModeB here, and I’ve been at the workbench for a bit to make something a little bit special for our display cabinet of toy robots: something specifically for AddAltModeR, who I should remind you has been known to dress like this:

Photo credit: Damian Pudner

Photo credit: Damian Pudner

Now, regular readers will know that we at AddAltMode are very fond of Slipstream: AddAltModeR has been building a cosplay of the character for some time, and I felt that Slipstream’s absence from our toy-shelf was a glaring omission, made only slightly more excusable by her extreme rarity (the only released of this character is a collector’s club exclusive.).

I’d had my mind on this project for a while before starting it, but I decided I had to finish it completely in time for AddAltModeR’s birthday (today). The plan was to create a custom Slipstream toy out of a Starscream mold – preferably one that’s not already in AddAltModeR’s collection of Starscreams. I had a mold in mind, and I knew that the mold I was thinking of had already been used for this purpose by some fellow Shapeways users – who had done a great big chunk of the work for me already…

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TFA Slipstream Cosplay final work in progress update: wings, jetpack and putting it all together!

Better late than never? OK, so my Transformers Animated Slipstream costume has been finished for a while now (since early May), and if you’re an AddAltMode regular you’ll probably already have seen photos of the finished ensemble, which I wore for Free Comic Book Day and for Plymouth’s DevCon. But as a Cosblogger as well as a cosplayer, I do want to finish the work in progress story.

So this is the final chapter, which will look at the process of making the wings and jetpack, as well as painting and putting it all together. Big thanks to those of you’ve shared the ups and downs of this costume build journey with me. Honestly, your support and encouragement has meant a lot.

A sofa full of Slipstream!

A sofa full of Slipstream (l-r top): under top and arms (with attached hood), leggings and hotpants. (l-r, lower): greaves, blasters, helmet, gloves, wings (jetpack attached here), gauntlet, shoulders, gauntlet, make up (silver facepaint & purple lipstick), chest piece, toe-guards, boots, corset.

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DEVCON: May 2015

So, last Saturday was DEVCON, a sci-fi/comic convention that takes place in a lovely venue, the Guildhall, right in Plymouth city centre. I’d had a great time cosplaying Arcee at the Xmas Devcon last December, so I was really looking forward to heading back down there, this time as Slipstream of course….

Transformers Animated Slipstream Cosplay by AddaltmodeR. Photo by Damian Pudner:

Transformers Animated Slipstream Cosplay by AddaltmodeR.
Photo credit: Damian Pudner

 

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