Armageddon proves major drawcard for costumed fun
MORE than 20,000 visitors escaped into another world at Armageddon in Wellington’s Westpac Stadium last weekend.
The annual event is based on anime, comics, cartoons, gaming and science fiction.
Hollywood names such as Yeardley Smith (the voice of Lisa Simpson) and Joe Flanigan (Stargate Atlantis) were there, but the real stars were those who bought tickets.
This year Jackie Pinkerton decided to attend the event at Wellington’s Westpac stadium as a comic book character named Kid Loki .
“I love anime and comic books and Armageddon brings that all together” says Jackie, who has attended seven Armageddon’s, two in Wellington and five in Auckland.
Megan Gregory, right, dressed as Suki, a character from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
“We are just hanging out, looking at all the cool costumes and things they’re selling” she says.
Stephanie O’Leary was at her third Wellington Armageddon.
“I love the feeling of being surrounded by people all dressed up and having fun” she says.
Stephanie dressed as her favourite horror movie star, Predator , borrowing her costume from a friend.
Elliot Nichols dressed as the Joker because he is “fabulous”.
Visitors had the opportunity to fight zombies as they travelled through a pathway called “Zombie Alley”.
Professional wrestlers took to the ring performing a range of wrestling moves and interacting with the crowd along the way.
The event attracted brothers Damian, Ryan and Jason Schilling from Palmerston North with their friend Cassie Grimstiup.
The group dressed as characters from Japanese comic Bleach and they plan to return next year.
Another group of four decided they would all dressed as their favourite television characters – Anna McIntosh as Alice Madness, Jack Kerkuliet as Duff Killigan Finn McCaley as Finn the human and Sophie Dryburgh as Kitsune
“We like how everyone dresses up and you can show your love for your favourite characters,” Finn says.
Father and son, Jason and Kel were soldiers for the King Zone infantry. This was Kel’s first Armageddon and not his last, says Jason.
Ben Waite showed his evil side in his Dr Horrible costume. “I’ve only just arrived but I have a feeling it’s going to be a really fun time. I’ve already seen heaps of sweet costumes” he says.
Pairs hard work and dedication creates a ‘pretty cool’ costume
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Chris and his friend Patsy Baldwin dressed as Yoko and Kamina, right, characters from an anime called Guoren lagann.
They decided to swap costumes on Monday, although Chris said it was a squeeze for him.
“We really like the anime. I chose my favourite character and Chris chose his,” says Patsy.
The clothing and accessories the Tauranga pair wore to the event at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium were all homemade.
Patsy used a mixture of cotton and other assorted fabrics to create the costume for both of them.
The costs of materials were around $30-40 for each costume.
“The actual creation of the costumes only took a couple of weeks”, says Patsy.
Patsy got the materials from her mother and her sewing machine straight to work.
Chris designed and created one of Yoko’s favourite weapons in the series.
The weapon is a replica of an over-sized sniper rifle, making it difficult to carry around in the stadium.
“I’ve done most of the lifting,” Chris says.
Steel and other materials like plastic were used to create the replica gun.
“It was definitely worth the effort carrying it. It really completes the costume,” Patsy says.
The pair both paid for the materials to create the gun, which cost $600.
There was a lot of welding involved and a lot of effort went into creating the gun, Chris says.
“It took me six months to make. I knew we needed it to go with our look.”.
Patsy attended her first Armageddon three years ago in Auckland, while this year is the first for Chris.
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