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Title: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on August 17, 2011, 11:14:07 AM
The FanimeCon 2013 Cosplay Rules & Weapons Policy
This is the final draft, and is current as of January 1, 2012. The rules posted here are subject to change and may be updated at any time.
The latest changes are highlighted in red.

FanimeCon Costume Rules & Limitations
There are only a few rules, and most of them are common sense.

FanimeCon Prop Rules & Limitations
This is the common-sense and common-courtesy props policy.


Potential Consequences for Violations:

Weapons & Props Bought During FanimeCon from the Dealer's Hall, Artist's Alley, or SwapMeet must be put into a box or bag which renders them unaccessible, and unusable. They must then removed from convention premises as soon as possible. We will not peace-bond anything bought during con except props which meet all peace-bonding requirements.

Props for Masquerade have a completely different set of rules. If you wish to carry a prop for Masquerade around the convention center, it must meet all peace-bonding criteria (and have been peace-bonded). If it is only for Masquerade, it must stay in the car or hotel room except when you are taking it to, are at, or are taking it back to your car or room from Masquerade.
Title: Problems With How To Peace Bond a Certain Prop?
Post by: Aelia on August 17, 2011, 11:14:34 AM
Why can't I carry ______?
This is our number one question, so I'm going to answer this first. The short version? Probably because it's one (or more) of the following:
a) dangerous
b) illegal
c) something someone has caused major problems with in the past
d) related to something which has caused problems at other conventions (we like to learn from their mistakes, rather than duplicating them here.)

The slightly longer version? It's probably something which you wouldn't be allowed to carry out on the street, or which would make people uncomfortable. When FanimeCon arrives in town, everyone knows, but that doesn't mean that everyone will remember when they see something which makes them feel uncomfortable. (Or, they may remember it as a negative thing, and hold it against the convention.) In order to stay in San Jose, we have to make sure we keep the goodwill of the San Jose Convention Center-- and surrounding businesses-- and in some cases, that means honoring their rule requests, and in others it means addressing complaints which have been made.

But I spent a lot of time/money on this prop. I wouldn't do anything stupid with it!
In most circumstances, it's not actually you we're worried about. Nor is it most of the thousands of con-members. It is, in fact, that idiot who's trying to show off for someone and decides it's a good idea to duel with someone else in the middle of the Road by Stage Zero. Because we can't test for common sense, and if we could, we can't account for bad ideas, we have to create rules with minimal gray area, so they can be most evenly enforced. We don't get to say "Oh, it's [name]! I remember you, you're cool, go ahead and carry that [banned weapon] around the convention center!"

I think your rules are stupid.
I know. I hear it a lot. People don't like our rules, but without working alternatives, we can't do anything about it. The rules which are here are largely here to stay, though if you have a major issue, and feel like you can suggest a functional, enforceable alternative please PM Me (http://forums.fanime.com/index.php?action=pm;sa=send;u=8269) with it.


Now for the classic FAQ:

What is Peace Bonding?
    FanimeCon Rovers peace-bond props with "Peace Bonds" (aka zip-ties) to mark that the cosplayer carrying the prop has agreed to abide by the rules. For safety reasons, we require all props to be peace-bonded as soon as possible after they enter the convention center.

What can't be carried?
We do not allow real guns, or toy guns which can shoot things. We do not allow props with actual blades, or which could be sharpened to have a blade. We do not allow things which are illegal according to State or Federal Law (sai, nunchuku, and tonfa are in this category). What we do allow are props which are clearly props, things which are not weapons, and which cannot shoot anything. We allow items which are part of a costume, and which actually suit the costume. They must be peace-bonded, and they may never be used, or brandished—this means no play-fighting, no pointing at people, and no actual fighting.

I just bought this awesome ______ in the Dealer's Hall/Artist's Alley/Swap Meet. Can I get it peace-bonded?
Only if you are in a costume which the prop is appropriate for, and it meets all other peace-bonding requirements, will we peace-bond the prop for you. Most of the time, the answer to this question is “No.” Sometimes we have to say no because the prop is not allowed, sometimes it’s because it doesn’t suit the costume you’re wearing, and sometimes we say no because you’re not in a costume at all.

You said I couldn't carry this, what now?
Weapons and props which have not been approved for peace-bonding should be promptly removed from convention center property and public hotel space. They need to be taken back to a hotel room or car, and should remain there for as long as you are in the convention center. We cannot hold your props for you, even if you lack a car or hotel room. If you get a cardboard box and put the prop inside that, you may carry the cardboard box, provided the prop is inaccessible while it is in the box.

I don't have a car/hotel room, what do I do?
    If you don't have a car or hotel room, there are a couple options. First, you can ask a friend to use their car or hotel room. If you don't have a friend with a place to stash your stuff, you can sometimes ask the hotel desks to hold stuff temporarily. The last option is to get a box which can hold your prop, and then put your prop in the box. As long as your prop stays in the box, you are ok.

This was OK last year, what about now?
We review our rules yearly, so items and costumes okay for 2011 may be disallowed in 2012. Please come by and get your prop checked and peace bonded for the current year.

You just said no, but I saw someone else carrying the same thing...
Locate the nearest Rover and politely point the person out to the Rover. Give the Rover a brief explanation of what you believe is the peace bonding violation. We’ll take it from there. We try to be even, but there are never enough Rovers for the number of people at Fanime. You can deal with it yourself (by politely asking someone to go get their prop checked), or you can have a Rover take care of it for you by notifying one and pointing the other person out.

What about the signs carried by Durara cosplayers?
Those are OK since they are a part of a cosplay. As long as they are just the street signs and they’re not soliciting anything we won’t stop them.

Are there rules about the flags carried for Hetalia or other anime?
Yes, actually, thanks for asking! You must be respectful of flags at all times, this means keeping them on flag-poles and carrying them carefully, keeping them off the ground, and not wearing them as capes or other articles of clothing. While carrying flags indoors, keep them held firmly against their flagpole so they are not drifting behind you and causing safety issues. Please do not modify or attach things to official flags.

What if I'm in the Military and want to wear my Uniform?
You may wear your Class A or B uniform while in the convention hall area as long as you:
1)   Are a currently serving member of the United States Armed Forces.
2)   Have your Military ID on you and can present it to the Convention Authorities when asked.
3)   Present yourself to the props tagging room to have your badge marked as official military.
4)   Continue to wear your uniform properly. There are NCO's who work this convention and they will insist you wear it correctly or not at all.

What about NERF guns?
This is a common one for us. There are two rules to carry NERF:
1) It must not be functional. If you could put ammo in and shoot it, we cannot let you carry it.
2) It may be painted so long as the tip remains fluorescent.
I personally think it’s better to leave a whole side unpainted, but the only requirement is the tip

Can I carry this shovel/wrench/hammer?
The answer is probably no. Tools are heavy, and can often be dangerous.

Can I have metal armor?
Sure, as long as your metal armor doesn’t have sharp edges or large metal spikes and you follow visibility rules. A full helm for example requires a handler as you have restricted visibility and hearing.

I have a cane, and I actually use it to walk. Does it need to be peace-bonded?
No. If it is medically necessary, we do not have to peace bond it.

Can I carry this tonfa/baton/sap/club?
No. California State law lists tonfa as well as several weighted (and non-weighted) baton type instruments as illegal to carry. In many cases, this includes wooden baseball bats. In most cases, if it is a functional club we will have to say no.

Can I carry my bow & arrows?
If the bow has absolutely no tension to be able to fire something, and the arrows have no tips, then yes, we can let you carry it. Real bows have an ability to fire something, and are considered functional projectile weapons. To carry a “real” bow you’d have to string it with something which could not be tensioned to fire anything.

My prop got damaged from peace-bonding. and/or This Rover was a jerk.
    If you can describe the person who peacebonded in such a way that your prop got damaged, or if it happens in 2012, get the person's badge number or name, we (the Rovers) can take care of it. (If you have reports of this from previous years, please PM Me (http://forums.fanime.com/index.php?action=pm;sa=send;u=8269).)

 If a Rover is acting in an unprofessional way, get their name/badge number and take it to the Rovers Shift Lead at Rover Base. Please be aware that we cannot fix this after the convention is over. The best way to deal with a Rover who is being overbearing/mean/unprofessional is to get their badge number and description and come to Rovers Base ASAP.

These questions are lumped together because they're frequently related.

Can you tell me if my prop will be OK?
    It's very difficult to approve a prop over the internet. What I can do for you, if you provide some key things, is give you a tentative answer. I need to know what you are cosplaying, and I need pictures of your props. If you have them, I'd like pictures of you in costume with your props. If your question is early on in the fabrication process, I can sometimes make suggestions that would make your prop OK, or give you things to be sure you include. I try to work with you guys, and I try to help you make your props OK whenever I can. Please feel free to post in this thread and I'll do my best to help you out.

I'm confused by what you mean by _____. or What about _____?
    If you don't see your question answered here, or in the above post, please post in this thread. I will do my best to answer your questions promptly.
Title: Problems With How To Peace Bond a Certain Prop?
Post by: Aelia on August 17, 2011, 11:15:03 AM
Third placeholder.
Title: Problems With How To Peace Bond a Certain Prop?
Post by: Aelia on August 17, 2011, 11:15:40 AM
This post is a placeholder. But since I'm now paying attention to this thread, feel free to ask questions.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Cosplay Rules & Weapons Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: BSaphire on August 18, 2011, 09:11:51 AM
Sorry Aelia... I tried to do some clean up ... fixed my boo boo but I hope I didn't mess it up to bad :) We need to get together and rap but I'm currently transitioning my life and I hope to have it settled in a week or two. Please shoot me an email and/or at least a way to get in touch with you so Maikiritori and I can go over some stuff.

Missed you at Dead Dog :(
Squidges
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Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Kite on August 18, 2011, 02:35:24 PM
I was planning to build the plasma cutter from Dead Space. I planned on building in LED's to simulate the shooting effect.

 But in relation to your gun prop policy, I was uncertain how to proceed.

 It obviously isn't real, it doesn't shoot anything but light, and I don't think it's a danger to anyone. So is there anything else I need to take into consideration?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Cosplay Circus on August 19, 2011, 11:05:50 PM
I'm planning to make a cosplay that involves stilts (I do have a handler for this costume as well) but I noticed the "All costumes worn within the convention center must fit through a standard doorway." so I'm wondering what my limit would be for this. I'm about 5'5'' and I plan to make stilts that will probably bring my total height to 6 feet give or take just to give an idea of how tall this is going to be.

Also, planning to make a chainsaw prop and I wanted to check before I did this but would making it rotate be allowed? The teeth would more than likely be made out of a dulled plastic and not spin fast enough to cause any harm if someone touched it while it was in motion.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Furrat on August 31, 2011, 12:45:55 AM
Hey, how would u peace bond a snowboard? My friend is going as Horohoro from Shaman King & we couldn't figure it out (other then hooking about 8 zip ties together & going around the whole board). It's basically a piece of wood with some cool paint work done on it so there's nothing to attach anything to. She was worried that the bonding would mess up how it looks in some way.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: maikiritori on August 31, 2011, 07:54:39 AM
Hey, how would u peace bond a snowboard? My friend is going as Horohoro from Shaman King & we couldn't figure it out (other then hooking about 8 zip ties together & going around the whole board). It's basically a piece of wood with some cool paint work done on it so there's nothing to attach anything to. She was worried that the bonding would mess up how it looks in some way.
I know it wouldn't be 100% accurate, but I would drill a small hole (big enough for a zip tie) near one edge of the prop. This way it can be peace bonded, and fairly easily concealed when you're doing photos.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Kanzake on September 01, 2011, 06:03:19 PM
Hey, how would u peace bond a snowboard? My friend is going as Horohoro from Shaman King & we couldn't figure it out (other then hooking about 8 zip ties together & going around the whole board). It's basically a piece of wood with some cool paint work done on it so there's nothing to attach anything to. She was worried that the bonding would mess up how it looks in some way.

If its a real snowboard and you don't want to damage it via drilling a small hole, the only other way would be to wrap/connect multiple peace bonds until it wraps around once. Even if it gets in the way of photos - it would show you've agreed to the policies.
Title: Question
Post by: tallgeese_custom2002 on September 01, 2011, 08:04:31 PM
Will Military cosplayer be welcome at fanime 2012?

so are metal gear solid and Resident Evil or Biohazard cosplayers not welcome at fanime 2012?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Aelia on September 08, 2011, 08:03:27 PM
Apologies for the delay on replies; I'm usually more on top of things because I'm usually subscribed so I get emails when people reply here.

Sorry Aelia... I tried to do some clean up ... fixed my boo boo but I hope I didn't mess it up to bad :) We need to get together and rap but I'm currently transitioning my life and I hope to have it settled in a week or two. Please shoot me an email and/or at least a way to get in touch with you so Maikiritori and I can go over some stuff.

Missed you at Dead Dog :(
Squidges
B
I don't see anything immediate and terrible, so you must not have damaged anything permanently.

I was planning to build the plasma cutter from Dead Space. I planned on building in LED's to simulate the shooting effect.

 But in relation to your gun prop policy, I was uncertain how to proceed.

 It obviously isn't real, it doesn't shoot anything but light, and I don't think it's a danger to anyone. So is there anything else I need to take into consideration?
I don't foresee it being an issue unless you're shining it at people.

I'm planning to make a cosplay that involves stilts (I do have a handler for this costume as well) but I noticed the "All costumes worn within the convention center must fit through a standard doorway." so I'm wondering what my limit would be for this. I'm about 5'5'' and I plan to make stilts that will probably bring my total height to 6 feet give or take just to give an idea of how tall this is going to be.

Also, planning to make a chainsaw prop and I wanted to check before I did this but would making it rotate be allowed? The teeth would more than likely be made out of a dulled plastic and not spin fast enough to cause any harm if someone touched it while it was in motion.
Standard Doorways are 7' tall. 6' would be fine. A handler would be required, but it sounds like you've made plans for that.

I'd rather the chainsaw prop not move.

Hey, how would u peace bond a snowboard? My friend is going as Horohoro from Shaman King & we couldn't figure it out (other then hooking about 8 zip ties together & going around the whole board). It's basically a piece of wood with some cool paint work done on it so there's nothing to attach anything to. She was worried that the bonding would mess up how it looks in some way.
We can/will work something out. Perhaps I'll invest in some stickers for "odd" props like that. I will have some "spare" zip ties to use to wrap things like that.

Will Military cosplayer be welcome at fanime 2012?

so are metal gear solid and Resident Evil or Biohazard cosplayers not welcome at fanime 2012?
I cannot give you a firm answer on this yet. As of now, we are not allowing military cosplays.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: InfinityThief on September 18, 2011, 07:59:11 PM
So, I've read through this thread and I was wondering if possibly there will be stickers for odd props such as snow board with no footholds, and I would rather not drill a hole in my prop.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Aelia on September 19, 2011, 09:13:47 AM
So, I've read through this thread and I was wondering if possibly there will be stickers for odd props such as snow board with no footholds, and I would rather not drill a hole in my prop.
Don't drill a hole yet. I can't tell you for sure if there will be stickers, but I'll look into my options and have an answer for you soon.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Suzifully on September 26, 2011, 01:13:44 AM
I was wondering if we use flags on a pole, does it matter if the pole it metal, wood or plastic?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: SukebeStudios on September 26, 2011, 03:40:41 AM
At least the rules say it's because of the SJCC, not the SJPD. Last year my friend was told it was by request of the SJPD, and he asked an officer, and the officer thought the rule was stupid and said they never asked for that. What about my friend who cosplays Leon Kennedy in his Raccoon City Police Dept. uniform? Last year he was told to take it off when they dropped the ball on instituting the rule. Is he STILL not allowed to wear it? I mean, I doubt anyone will think he's REDWOOD CITY PD.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Aelia on September 26, 2011, 08:23:22 AM
At least the rules say it's because of the SJCC, not the SJPD. Last year my friend was told it was by request of the SJPD, and he asked an officer, and the officer thought the rule was stupid and said they never asked for that. What about my friend who cosplays Leon Kennedy in his Raccoon City Police Dept. uniform? Last year he was told to take it off when they dropped the ball on instituting the rule. Is he STILL not allowed to wear it? I mean, I doubt anyone will think he's REDWOOD CITY PD.
I still don't have an official answer. What I can say is that it absolutely will not be allowed to say "Police" on it. We are still working out the finer details of the rest of our no police/military rules.

I was wondering if we use flags on a pole, does it matter if the pole it metal, wood or plastic?
Wood or Plastic is preferred. If it must be metal, make sure it's got a finished end, instead of sharp or unfinished aluminum.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: SukebeStudios on September 26, 2011, 10:33:32 PM
At least the rules say it's because of the SJCC, not the SJPD. Last year my friend was told it was by request of the SJPD, and he asked an officer, and the officer thought the rule was stupid and said they never asked for that. What about my friend who cosplays Leon Kennedy in his Raccoon City Police Dept. uniform? Last year he was told to take it off when they dropped the ball on instituting the rule. Is he STILL not allowed to wear it? I mean, I doubt anyone will think he's REDWOOD CITY PD.
I still don't have an official answer. What I can say is that it absolutely will not be allowed to say "Police" on it. We are still working out the finer details of the rest of our no police/military rules.

Understood. But if my friend's costume is Leon Kennedy's Racoon City Police one, and it says, RCPD, is that ok? It wouldn't say POLICE, but most likely RCPD.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: maroonsparrow on October 15, 2011, 12:00:39 AM
I was wondering about Yoko's rifle? I was planning to make the barrel using metal tubing and then casting plastic and carving foam for the rest but it appears metal is not allowed. It seems like Yoko is a popular character so i'm wondering what people have done in the past to make a safe prop? I could use all plastic, with of coarse the orange tip, but I would like it to look very realistic so is that still an issue? What are ideal materials for me to use? I can try to make anything work. This will be my first Fanime so I would like to make it hassle free. Thank you in advance.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Aelia on October 15, 2011, 12:33:12 AM
I was wondering about Yoko's rifle? I was planning to make the barrel using metal tubing and then casting plastic and carving foam for the rest but it appears metal is not allowed. It seems like Yoko is a popular character so i'm wondering what people have done in the past to make a safe prop? I could use all plastic, with of coarse the orange tip, but I would like it to look very realistic so is that still an issue? What are ideal materials for me to use? I can try to make anything work. This will be my first Fanime so I would like to make it hassle free. Thank you in advance.
Help me out here. Who is Yoko? What series/movie?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Cosplay Circus on October 16, 2011, 01:24:04 PM
I was wondering about Yoko's rifle? I was planning to make the barrel using metal tubing and then casting plastic and carving foam for the rest but it appears metal is not allowed. It seems like Yoko is a popular character so i'm wondering what people have done in the past to make a safe prop? I could use all plastic, with of coarse the orange tip, but I would like it to look very realistic so is that still an issue? What are ideal materials for me to use? I can try to make anything work. This will be my first Fanime so I would like to make it hassle free. Thank you in advance.
Help me out here. Who is Yoko? What series/movie?

Think they mean this character http://www.ncsxshop.com/images/products/large/1107/tengen_toppa_lagann_yoko_shop.jpg
(tried to find a picture with the prop)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Aelia on October 16, 2011, 01:43:15 PM
I was wondering about Yoko's rifle? I was planning to make the barrel using metal tubing and then casting plastic and carving foam for the rest but it appears metal is not allowed. It seems like Yoko is a popular character so i'm wondering what people have done in the past to make a safe prop? I could use all plastic, with of coarse the orange tip, but I would like it to look very realistic so is that still an issue? What are ideal materials for me to use? I can try to make anything work. This will be my first Fanime so I would like to make it hassle free. Thank you in advance.
Help me out here. Who is Yoko? What series/movie?

Think they mean this character http://www.ncsxshop.com/images/products/large/1107/tengen_toppa_lagann_yoko_shop.jpg
(tried to find a picture with the prop)
Thank you for that.

Assuming that's the Yoko, I'll tell you that I've seen that gone done very, very well with PVC pipes. Use that instead of metal, and you'll be set. Just make sure you get paint that will stick to the plastic.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Admiral Donuts on October 16, 2011, 04:20:18 PM
No costumes may be realistic depictions of law enforcement, modern military, or paramilitary uniforms, or have the word "Police" on them. This includes any costume which could be mistaken as one of the above.

This rule is at least in part due to a request from SJCC. It is being evaluated by FanimeCon staff, and an official verdict will be reached ASAP. There is no chance that law enforcement costumes will be allowed, but we will be discussing the military/paramilitary rule.[/size]

I asked this in another thread, but are you allowed military formalwear... especially if you're actually in the military? Honestly, it's the nicest thing I own, and it's black and white, so would it be allowed if I decide to go to the Black and White ball?

Just for the record, I can totally see where the policy is coming from and if the answer is just a plain "no" I'll drop it.

Also, if you want another word for the rule, maybe drop in "Tactical gear" or something similar, it covers both police and military equipment/accessories, and rules out things like load-bearing vests, gun belts, and camouflage patterned clothing while permitting mundane stuff like boots and cargo pants.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Aelia on October 16, 2011, 10:42:04 PM
No costumes may be realistic depictions of law enforcement, modern military, or paramilitary uniforms, or have the word "Police" on them. This includes any costume which could be mistaken as one of the above.

This rule is at least in part due to a request from SJCC. It is being evaluated by FanimeCon staff, and an official verdict will be reached ASAP. There is no chance that law enforcement costumes will be allowed, but we will be discussing the military/paramilitary rule.[/size]

I asked this in another thread, but are you allowed military formalwear... especially if you're actually in the military? Honestly, it's the nicest thing I own, and it's black and white, so would it be allowed if I decide to go to the Black and White ball?

Just for the record, I can totally see where the policy is coming from and if the answer is just a plain "no" I'll drop it.
I'm not familiar with the nuance of military formal wear rules, but I'm under the impression that you cannot wear it while wearing a badge for any other group/organization, including fanimecon. However, since this is not something we have discussed yet, I will bring it up for discussion with the pertinent people and get back to you.

Also, if you want another word for the rule, maybe drop in "Tactical gear" or something similar, it covers both police and military equipment/accessories, and rules out things like load-bearing vests, gun belts, and camouflage patterned clothing while permitting mundane stuff like boots and cargo pants.
An interesting suggestion. I'll bring that up for discussion, too.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Admiral Donuts on October 17, 2011, 05:58:25 AM
I'm not familiar with the nuance of military formal wear rules, but I'm under the impression that you cannot wear it while wearing a badge for any other group/organization, including fanimecon.

Nah, something as simple as an ID badge when you're attending a formal event is permitted, since many formal events include chit-chat and the need to constantly introduce yourself.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Firemage1000 on October 21, 2011, 03:04:09 PM
I'm might be going as Erza in her heavens wheel armor. I meet the door height requirements as the wings wont be to tall, but the width is a foreseeable problem. They are flexible and can be pulled "inwards" but fully extended they would catch. Would this costume still be allowed inside the convention?

One of my friends has agreed to be my handler.

Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Aelia on October 21, 2011, 05:05:08 PM
I'm might be going as Erza in her heavens wheel armor. I meet the door height requirements as the wings wont be to tall, but the width is a foreseeable problem. They are flexible and can be pulled "inwards" but fully extended they would catch. Would this costume still be allowed inside the convention?

One of my friends has agreed to be my handler.


With a handler, that would be alright. They're mostly for crowd-management and watching to make sure when you turn, you aren't hitting people/things with your wings.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Rodney_Pheonix on October 31, 2011, 04:21:40 PM
So, basically with the 'No realistic military/police' rule you're removing people from cosplaying characters from Killzone, MGS, Resident Evil, High School of the Dead (some characters), Half Life (1, Blue shift, Opposing Force, and possibly Combine Overwatch from 2 and beyond), the COD games etc etc.


Theoretically my intended NCR ranger could fall under the 'realistic' umbrella as well.

Unless I'm misinterpreting this.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Aelia on October 31, 2011, 10:30:45 PM
So, basically with the 'No realistic military/police' rule you're removing people from cosplaying characters from Killzone, MGS, Resident Evil, High School of the Dead (some characters), Half Life (1, Blue shift, Opposing Force, and possibly Combine Overwatch from 2 and beyond), the COD games etc etc.


Theoretically my intended NCR ranger could fall under the 'realistic' umbrella as well.

Unless I'm misinterpreting this.

We have a slightly more polished definition which I hope to publish soon. It in essence says that there cannot be "modern" military outfits and can't say "police" on them.

Give me a little longer. I'll have the "final" version up by the end of November.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Rodney_Pheonix on November 01, 2011, 04:18:05 PM
Kk. Just concerned since there were several instances of people being told, when they were going through pacebonding, that their cosplay wasn't allowed and they had to go back up and change despite their cosplay clearly being Umbrella Corp. Security forces.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Dany on November 01, 2011, 09:24:37 PM
Kk. Just concerned since there were several instances of people being told, when they were going through pacebonding, that their cosplay wasn't allowed and they had to go back up and change despite their cosplay clearly being Umbrella Corp. Security forces.

Playing devil's advocate for one moment, I could see the reason for that -possibly- being an issue is because of the use of the word "Security". Perhaps the staff lumped that in as the same as using the word "Police" on a costume, especially since many private security services now use uniforms and equipment that can be easily mistaken for a police officer if you look at it the wrong way.

That being said, if there are specific terms that must not appear on a costume, perhaps all "banned" occupational words should be spelled out in the rules so people know to avoid having them.

Something else that I was thinking about as another option...for certain things that are not police, but could be misinterpreted such as "Security" perhaps there should be, for example, a line through the word, so that instead of reading "Security" you see "Security". Perhaps the strikethrough can be done with a specific color of tape? It could be photoshopped after the fact so it's not there anymore if done correctly. It could kind of be like coloring an orange tip out of a gun.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Admiral Donuts on November 01, 2011, 10:57:45 PM
Kk. Just concerned since there were several instances of people being told, when they were going through pacebonding, that their cosplay wasn't allowed and they had to go back up and change despite their cosplay clearly being Umbrella Corp. Security forces.

Playing devil's advocate for one moment, I could see the reason for that -possibly- being an issue is because of the use of the word "Security". Perhaps the staff lumped that in as the same as using the word "Police" on a costume, especially since many private security services now use uniforms and equipment that can be easily mistaken for a police officer if you look at it the wrong way.

To further play devil's advocate, I'm gonna assume we're talking about someone dressed up like this (http://leshii203.deviantart.com/art/Umbrella-Corp-is-here-to-help-44743390), or this (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_gVCdxfKlhSk/Sr2gxvJFdII/AAAAAAAAAD0/jD7PehVTBlI/s400/12092009399.jpg)? Those look a heckuva lot like real tactical gear. Probably because they ARE real tactical gear.

You really shouldn't expect police to distinguish a costume and/or accessories from the real thing just because it's branded with the name or symbol of a fictional company.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Rodney_Pheonix on November 02, 2011, 07:38:41 AM
Kk. Just concerned since there were several instances of people being told, when they were going through pacebonding, that their cosplay wasn't allowed and they had to go back up and change despite their cosplay clearly being Umbrella Corp. Security forces.

Playing devil's advocate for one moment, I could see the reason for that -possibly- being an issue is because of the use of the word "Security". Perhaps the staff lumped that in as the same as using the word "Police" on a costume, especially since many private security services now use uniforms and equipment that can be easily mistaken for a police officer if you look at it the wrong way.

To further play devil's advocate, I'm gonna assume we're talking about someone dressed up like this (http://leshii203.deviantart.com/art/Umbrella-Corp-is-here-to-help-44743390), or this (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_gVCdxfKlhSk/Sr2gxvJFdII/AAAAAAAAAD0/jD7PehVTBlI/s400/12092009399.jpg)? Those look a heckuva lot like real tactical gear. Probably because they ARE real tactical gear.

You really shouldn't expect police to distinguish a costume and/or accessories from the real thing just because it's branded with the name or symbol of a fictional company.

Yeah that was pretty much how he looked.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Cosplay Circus on November 02, 2011, 03:54:58 PM
So I just recently added another cosplay to my list, I didn't think about it until afterwords but this costume requires a whip as shown in this picture:
http://i47.tinypic.com/2n6hq2t.png

I know the rule with
- Real Weapons, Projectile Weapons (such as airsoft, or bb guns), Live Steel, Metal/Wooden Baseball Bats, Metal Kunai, Incendiary Devices, Solicitous Signs, Lasers, Laser Pointers, Paddles, Whips, Floggers, Brass Knuckles, Butterfly Knives, Concealed Blades, Throwing Stars, Tonfa, Saps, Clubs, Nunchaku, Sai, Metal or Glass props, to name a few.
But I was wondering if there is any such way to where a whip would be acceptable whether it be having to peace bond/attach it to the costume or if even a homemade version would be allowed if it were made with a different material or fake leather. Also asking for another friend who will need something like a riding crop for their costume, we weren't sure if that fell into the category of a whip or not.

Thanks~
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Admiral Donuts on November 02, 2011, 07:52:01 PM
So I just recently added another cosplay to my list, I didn't think about it until afterwords but this costume requires a whip as shown in this picture:
http://i47.tinypic.com/2n6hq2t.png

I know the rule with
- Real Weapons, Projectile Weapons (such as airsoft, or bb guns), Live Steel, Metal/Wooden Baseball Bats, Metal Kunai, Incendiary Devices, Solicitous Signs, Lasers, Laser Pointers, Paddles, Whips, Floggers, Brass Knuckles, Butterfly Knives, Concealed Blades, Throwing Stars, Tonfa, Saps, Clubs, Nunchaku, Sai, Metal or Glass props, to name a few.
But I was wondering if there is any such way to where a whip would be acceptable whether it be having to peace bond/attach it to the costume or if even a homemade version would be allowed if it were made with a different material or fake leather. Also asking for another friend who will need something like a riding crop for their costume, we weren't sure if that fell into the category of a whip or not.

Thanks~

What about coiling it up and sealing it that way via peacebonding? You could even wrap your hand around the cable ties for picture time.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Cosplay Circus on November 02, 2011, 08:00:41 PM
So I just recently added another cosplay to my list, I didn't think about it until afterwords but this costume requires a whip as shown in this picture:
http://i47.tinypic.com/2n6hq2t.png

I know the rule with
- Real Weapons, Projectile Weapons (such as airsoft, or bb guns), Live Steel, Metal/Wooden Baseball Bats, Metal Kunai, Incendiary Devices, Solicitous Signs, Lasers, Laser Pointers, Paddles, Whips, Floggers, Brass Knuckles, Butterfly Knives, Concealed Blades, Throwing Stars, Tonfa, Saps, Clubs, Nunchaku, Sai, Metal or Glass props, to name a few.
But I was wondering if there is any such way to where a whip would be acceptable whether it be having to peace bond/attach it to the costume or if even a homemade version would be allowed if it were made with a different material or fake leather. Also asking for another friend who will need something like a riding crop for their costume, we weren't sure if that fell into the category of a whip or not.

Thanks~

What about coiling it up and sealing it that way via peacebonding? You could even wrap your hand around the cable ties for picture time.

That was what I was thinking of doing, I just wanted to make sure that it would be allowed or not so I can plan to either buy it or construct one out of like rope and tape at the worse scenario XD
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Olivine on November 03, 2011, 07:49:22 PM
I have a question~

So, if I complete all or the majority of my 2012 cosplays, I have considered cosplaying as Lust from Fullmetal Alchemist. One of her abilities is to grow her fingers out into slashing/stabbing weapons, sort of like a blade, but with her fingers.

http://www.zerochan.net/766276

There's a picture of her, if I do in fact cosplay her, I'll be making her claws (or whatever I should call it) a shorter length. How would I go about making these while keeping them appropriate for the con? Of course, I'll make sure they can't harm anyone and I certainly won't go jabbing at people, but I'd like to hear a staff member's opinion. Also, would I need to any sort of peace bonding, even though it'll be attached to my costume?

Thanks!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: TheyCallMeTibbs on November 07, 2011, 07:28:35 AM
Any updates on the military/ tactical/ police cosplay?

I know of a large group of people who were looking forward to doing a Modern Warfare 3 group.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: effektdmentality on November 30, 2011, 01:41:27 PM
Agreed. Is there a ban on MGS cosplays? None of my gear is actual tactical stuff, all of it has been made custom from stuff like cell phone pouches and luggage straps. Also, my clothing won't be any type of actual tactical clothing, my vest is a modified t-shirt. Will it still be banned?

Cosplay.com page for my MGS1 Solid Snake cosplay:
http://www.cosplay.com/costume/379314/ (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/379314/)

Images of Solid Snake for reference:
http://images.wikia.com/metalgear/images/c/c8/Mgs-solid-snake.jpg (http://images.wikia.com/metalgear/images/c/c8/Mgs-solid-snake.jpg)

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zZIaBJHxl2M/Tan2jbH2vmI/AAAAAAAAAmI/Dh0VIs7wqTM/s1600/Solid_Snake_The_Twin_Snakes.jpg (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zZIaBJHxl2M/Tan2jbH2vmI/AAAAAAAAAmI/Dh0VIs7wqTM/s1600/Solid_Snake_The_Twin_Snakes.jpg)

http://riddlerreviews.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/wallpaper_metal_gear_solid_the_twin_snakes_01_1600.jpg (http://riddlerreviews.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/wallpaper_metal_gear_solid_the_twin_snakes_01_1600.jpg)
(Guy on the right)

I've also got a Socom pistol prop (non-functioning, not airsoft) with a removable suppressor (PVC pipe with threaded connectors). Both the gun and suppressor have orange tips. Socom pistol will also stay holstered except for photos. I'm also working on a cardboard/pvc PSG1 sniper rifle, which will also have a painted orange tip. If Solid Snake is acceptable, are these good to go as well?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Sebbyxciel123 on December 04, 2011, 08:18:32 AM
I'm planning to cosplay Yukio Okumura from Ao no Exorcist and I was wondering for his guns. I was just planning to simply use a wii pistol and paint it in black except for the orange tip, would that be alright? Also how should the holster for the gun look? like, do I need to show that the gun has an orange tip from the holster or can I have a solid holster that covers the section of the gun?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Haywire on December 04, 2011, 06:28:57 PM
I have a couple of questions about the costume weapon policy.  First, would one be allowed to carry an airsoft gun if the trigger mechanism was removed, rendering it non-functional?  And second, are metal props allowed if they cannot be sharpened to an edge? (e.g. a hook.)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Rodney_Pheonix on December 06, 2011, 07:55:08 AM
I have a couple of questions about the costume weapon policy.  First, would one be allowed to carry an airsoft gun if the trigger mechanism was removed, rendering it non-functional?  And second, are metal props allowed if they cannot be sharpened to an edge? (e.g. a hook.)


I am very experienced with your first question quite well, allow me to elaborate as I have been explained to by Rovers Staff at Con-ops two/3 years ish.


Airsoft guns are not allowed, no ifs ands or buts, even if the entire mechanism is removed, and the hollow shell filled with expanding foam rendering it inoperable until the end of time. the Fact remains that you are carrying around something that is a realistic representation of a firearm, and was made originally with that intent.

Which is, if you ask me, somewhat hypocritical because I could swear I saw a WWII soldier running around with a very authentic looking M-1 last year.




I'm going to go out on a limb and say that it's probably No on your second question, though Eric or some other member of the staff might cut that limb out from under me.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Cab0sAn on December 08, 2011, 06:54:11 PM
I have a question involving a toy gun as a prop. I am planning on making an Assassin's Creed modern-times cosplay, and I would have this as part of my costume:

http://www.amazon.com/Combat-Force-Automatic-Pistol-Action/dp/B004VNC960/ref=pd_sim_sg_3 (http://www.amazon.com/Combat-Force-Automatic-Pistol-Action/dp/B004VNC960/ref=pd_sim_sg_3)

My question is, would this be allowed? It's made of plastic and doesn't fire any projectiles, but when the trigger is pulled it makes noise and the slide moves back and fourth. It has an orange tip on the barrel, but it's hard to see from the side. I'd be planning on keeping it in a holster for the entire con.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Cosplay Circus on December 08, 2011, 07:03:05 PM
I have a question involving a toy gun as a prop. I am planning on making an Assassin's Creed modern-times cosplay, and I would have this as part of my costume:

http://www.amazon.com/Combat-Force-Automatic-Pistol-Action/dp/B004VNC960/ref=pd_sim_sg_3 (http://www.amazon.com/Combat-Force-Automatic-Pistol-Action/dp/B004VNC960/ref=pd_sim_sg_3)

My question is, would this be allowed? It's made of plastic and doesn't fire any projectiles, but when the trigger is pulled it makes noise and the slide moves back and fourth. It has an orange tip on the barrel, but it's hard to see from the side. I'd be planning on keeping it in a holster for the entire con.
I'm pretty sure it should be fine with the orange tip, I'm not sure what they'd feel like with the trigger on it but if you really wanted to keep it on for use outside of con I'd recommend allowing them to peacebond it to the holster perhaps.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: effektdmentality on December 14, 2011, 10:49:01 PM
Agreed. Is there a ban on MGS cosplays? None of my gear is actual tactical stuff, all of it has been made custom from stuff like cell phone pouches and luggage straps. Also, my clothing won't be any type of actual tactical clothing, my vest is a modified t-shirt. Will it still be banned?

Cosplay.com page for my MGS1 Solid Snake cosplay:
http://www.cosplay.com/costume/379314/ (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/379314/)

Images of Solid Snake for reference:
http://images.wikia.com/metalgear/images/c/c8/Mgs-solid-snake.jpg (http://images.wikia.com/metalgear/images/c/c8/Mgs-solid-snake.jpg)

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zZIaBJHxl2M/Tan2jbH2vmI/AAAAAAAAAmI/Dh0VIs7wqTM/s1600/Solid_Snake_The_Twin_Snakes.jpg (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zZIaBJHxl2M/Tan2jbH2vmI/AAAAAAAAAmI/Dh0VIs7wqTM/s1600/Solid_Snake_The_Twin_Snakes.jpg)


http://riddlerreviews.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/wallpaper_metal_gear_solid_the_twin_snakes_01_1600.jpg (http://riddlerreviews.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/wallpaper_metal_gear_solid_the_twin_snakes_01_1600.jpg)
(Guy on the right)

I've also got a Socom pistol prop (non-functioning, not airsoft) with a removable suppressor (PVC pipe with threaded connectors). Both the gun and suppressor have orange tips. Socom pistol will also stay holstered except for photos. I'm also working on a cardboard/pvc PSG1 sniper rifle, which will also have a painted orange tip. If Solid Snake is acceptable, are these good to go as well?

Sorry to bump, but if anyone on staff past or present could help me out, that would be cool. I just wanna know so if I need to make or bring something else to Fanime, I can know ahead of time....
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Rodney_Pheonix on December 20, 2011, 10:15:27 AM
Unless they decide tuld be aco blanket ban all militaristic cosplays that depict current military/paramilitary/spec-ops etc the MGS cosplay should be acceptable.

The Soccom pistol should be allright as well, however the only iffy bit might be the suppressor, so a second opinion from someone on rovers would be a good idea.

The PSG1 should be fine as long as it is discernible as a prop at a distance.. Honestly I'd love to see that one at Con and I'd love to compare construction techniques as I'm working on another Anti-material rifle. PM me if you have the time.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Dagger-6 on December 23, 2011, 12:42:50 PM
I have a couple of questions about the costume weapon policy.  First, would one be allowed to carry an airsoft gun if the trigger mechanism was removed, rendering it non-functional?  And second, are metal props allowed if they cannot be sharpened to an edge? (e.g. a hook.)


I am very experienced with your first question quite well, allow me to elaborate as I have been explained to by Rovers Staff at Con-ops two/3 years ish.


Airsoft guns are not allowed, no ifs ands or buts, even if the entire mechanism is removed, and the hollow shell filled with expanding foam rendering it inoperable until the end of time. the Fact remains that you are carrying around something that is a realistic representation of a firearm, and was made originally with that intent.

Which is, if you ask me, somewhat hypocritical because I could swear I saw a WWII soldier running around with a very authentic looking M-1 last year.




I'm going to go out on a limb and say that it's probably No on your second question, though Eric or some other member of the staff might cut that limb out from under me.

The old policy was no airsoft, but if I am reading and remembering the new policy correctly, the policy one focuses more on functionality and being able to identify it as a non threatening prop (eg more focus on not pointing toy rifles at anyone than on simply appearance).  Erin is the final word on these things, not me, but as a shift lead my concern was always more about people behaving responsibly with their props.

As far as seeing someone with a realistic M1 prop, I have no doubt you've seen something along those lines.  I've seen people walking around with replica rifles, never mind airsoft replicas.  But before accusations of hypocritical behavior are tossed out there, keep in mind the possibility that people with those types of props are often told to take their props back to their room.  Some people listen, some people don't, and there's a window of time before they get spotted.  I know for my shift and personal behavior, I try to give attendees the benefit of the doubt and let them play with big boy rules.  If I spot a violation and tell them to take the prop to their room, they will do so in a timely manner on their own.  Some people take advantage of this, so you may see them violating rules a bit longer.  However, most attendees don't need to be escorted and hand held in order to comply with policies.

This is probably a little bit more ranty than needed, and as always these are perks al opinions, not fanima or rover official policy.  Still, as a convention that's "for fans, by fans" I wanted to make sure you folks know your input is being noted and appreciated and we will work to address community concerns.

Hopefully Erin will get back with info on the military policy soon enough.  I was a bit of a gear nut myself back in the day, so I understand many folks are eager to share their latest kit, but if SJCC has a policy, we'll have to simply do our best to compromise.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Aelia on December 23, 2011, 01:01:41 PM
Well... crap. Apparently my notifications of new replies were getting sent to my spam box. Apologies for the delay, guys.

So I just recently added another cosplay to my list, I didn't think about it until afterwords but this costume requires a whip as shown in this picture:
http://i47.tinypic.com/2n6hq2t.png

I know the rule with
- Real Weapons, Projectile Weapons (such as airsoft, or bb guns), Live Steel, Metal/Wooden Baseball Bats, Metal Kunai, Incendiary Devices, Solicitous Signs, Lasers, Laser Pointers, Paddles, Whips, Floggers, Brass Knuckles, Butterfly Knives, Concealed Blades, Throwing Stars, Tonfa, Saps, Clubs, Nunchaku, Sai, Metal or Glass props, to name a few.
But I was wondering if there is any such way to where a whip would be acceptable whether it be having to peace bond/attach it to the costume or if even a homemade version would be allowed if it were made with a different material or fake leather. Also asking for another friend who will need something like a riding crop for their costume, we weren't sure if that fell into the category of a whip or not.

Thanks~
We've allowed cloth "whips" in the past. It was made of fleece.

We've also taken the "whip" part and coiled it back along the handle so there were loops (I think that's what Wolftale's reply suggested...

We'll work with you on that one at-con, provided we can make it so it doesn't actually... whip.

I have a question~

So, if I complete all or the majority of my 2012 cosplays, I have considered cosplaying as Lust from Fullmetal Alchemist. One of her abilities is to grow her fingers out into slashing/stabbing weapons, sort of like a blade, but with her fingers.

http://www.zerochan.net/766276

There's a picture of her, if I do in fact cosplay her, I'll be making her claws (or whatever I should call it) a shorter length. How would I go about making these while keeping them appropriate for the con? Of course, I'll make sure they can't harm anyone and I certainly won't go jabbing at people, but I'd like to hear a staff member's opinion. Also, would I need to any sort of peace bonding, even though it'll be attached to my costume?

Thanks!

We've had hers before, made of paper mache, I believe. We stuck a tag on one of her "fingers", to make sure people knew she'd been talked to.

Any updates on the military/ tactical/ police cosplay?

I know of a large group of people who were looking forward to doing a Modern Warfare 3 group.
One of my bosses was editing it. He's got the final version. I'll get it posted as soon as I get it from him.

Agreed. Is there a ban on MGS cosplays? None of my gear is actual tactical stuff, all of it has been made custom from stuff like cell phone pouches and luggage straps. Also, my clothing won't be any type of actual tactical clothing, my vest is a modified t-shirt. Will it still be banned?

I've also got a Socom pistol prop (non-functioning, not airsoft) with a removable suppressor (PVC pipe with threaded connectors). Both the gun and suppressor have orange tips. Socom pistol will also stay holstered except for photos. I'm also working on a cardboard/pvc PSG1 sniper rifle, which will also have a painted orange tip. If Solid Snake is acceptable, are these good to go as well?
I think Solid Snake is ok. I believe we're against tactical and full uniforms. I can't recall at the moment, but S.S. should be OK.

Your guns sound reasonable, but I can't be sure from the description. Do you have a picture?

I'm planning to cosplay Yukio Okumura from Ao no Exorcist and I was wondering for his guns. I was just planning to simply use a wii pistol and paint it in black except for the orange tip, would that be alright? Also how should the holster for the gun look? like, do I need to show that the gun has an orange tip from the holster or can I have a solid holster that covers the section of the gun?
That sounds alright as long as the tip stays orange, and either holster option should be fine, though I'd prefer the first. The second wouldn't disqualify you.

I have a question involving a toy gun as a prop. I am planning on making an Assassin's Creed modern-times cosplay, and I would have this as part of my costume:

http://www.amazon.com/Combat-Force-Automatic-Pistol-Action/dp/B004VNC960/ref=pd_sim_sg_3 (http://www.amazon.com/Combat-Force-Automatic-Pistol-Action/dp/B004VNC960/ref=pd_sim_sg_3)

My question is, would this be allowed? It's made of plastic and doesn't fire any projectiles, but when the trigger is pulled it makes noise and the slide moves back and fourth. It has an orange tip on the barrel, but it's hard to see from the side. I'd be planning on keeping it in a holster for the entire con.
It can't make noise or function, and it has to have an orange tip. If it stays in a holster, I'm alright with it, at least in theory. Final review would have to happen in person, but I don't see major issues.

We still don't allow airsoft, so please don't plan on carrying that.

I want to say that the new military cosplay rules involve not having full uniforms of current military gear, but I can't remember the specifics.

Again, sorry for the delay in the response. My notification emails went awry. Hopefully I can be back to my normal promptness.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Dagger-6 on December 25, 2011, 09:40:39 AM
I think getting some specific examples of what island isn't allowed in regards to military costumes, as well as why it's okay/not okay, would be great for some members to get a better idea of what they can plan for.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Aelia on December 25, 2011, 03:11:39 PM
I think getting some specific examples of what island isn't allowed in regards to military costumes, as well as why it's okay/not okay, would be great for some members to get a better idea of what they can plan for.
We have some, but not in my possession at the moment.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on December 27, 2011, 09:47:54 AM
I got on question. I have a plastic airsoft gun. Is that allowed and if it isn't is there any way to make it so I can bring it? Thanks.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Aelia on December 27, 2011, 11:27:27 AM
I got on question. I have a plastic airsoft gun. Is that allowed and if it isn't is there any way to make it so I can bring it? Thanks.
Airsoft guns are not allowed at all, regardless of functionality, so I'm sorry but no, you won't be able to bring it.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on December 27, 2011, 04:56:11 PM
Thank you. What types of plastic guns can I bring?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Aelia on December 27, 2011, 10:51:49 PM
Thank you. What types of plastic guns can I bring?
Generally we allow most which are not gun replicas, and which have orange tips. I've had people bring NERF guns which don't function, and I've had a few wooden ones. What sort of gun does your cosplay need?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on December 28, 2011, 12:07:55 PM
I just need a gun that looks like it could belong to a mafia head or something. The one I had hads an organge tip but I was worried because airsoft was not allowed last year.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: effektdmentality on December 28, 2011, 12:51:38 PM

Agreed. Is there a ban on MGS cosplays? None of my gear is actual tactical stuff, all of it has been made custom from stuff like cell phone pouches and luggage straps. Also, my clothing won't be any type of actual tactical clothing, my vest is a modified t-shirt. Will it still be banned?

I've also got a Socom pistol prop (non-functioning, not airsoft) with a removable suppressor (PVC pipe with threaded connectors). Both the gun and suppressor have orange tips. Socom pistol will also stay holstered except for photos. I'm also working on a cardboard/pvc PSG1 sniper rifle, which will also have a painted orange tip. If Solid Snake is acceptable, are these good to go as well?
I think Solid Snake is ok. I believe we're against tactical and full uniforms. I can't recall at the moment, but S.S. should be OK.

Your guns sound reasonable, but I can't be sure from the description. Do you have a picture?


Here are some WIPs on my deviantart account:

SOCOM Pistol (http://effektdmentality.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4gfg2p)

PSG1 (http://effektdmentality.deviantart.com/#/d4i60ng)

Both will have 1in painted orange tips; the Socom will have both the gun and the suppressor tipped, so that I can go suppressed or not and still have the orange show.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on January 01, 2012, 12:59:53 PM
No costumes may be realistic depictions of American Law Enforcement or current American Military uniforms, or have the words POLICE, POLICIA, SWAT, FBI, DEA, CIA or any other official Government Agency names or initials on them.

To make sure everyone sees it...

I just need a gun that looks like it could belong to a mafia head or something. The one I had hads an organge tip but I was worried because airsoft was not allowed last year.
Airsoft hasn't been allowed at all in the last six years. It's still not allowed, so you're going to have to find an alternative. We've had people have some success with squirt guns, or nerf guns. (I mentioned those, right?)

Here are some WIPs on my deviantart account:

SOCOM Pistol (http://"http://effektdmentality.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4gfg2p")

PSG1 (http://"http://effektdmentality.deviantart.com/#/d4i60ng")

Both will have 1in painted orange tips; the Socom will have both the gun and the suppressor tipped, so that I can go suppressed or not and still have the orange show.
Your links are broken.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Dagger-6 on January 01, 2012, 04:06:08 PM
Looks acceptable from my pov

http://effektdmentality.deviantart.com/#/d4i60ng
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Akane-chan on January 01, 2012, 09:29:40 PM
I was wondering, when you mean 'no bows' do you mean both functional and nonfunctional? Or just functional? I was planning as going as a Ranger from the MMO 'Aion' but... that rule changes quite a few things...
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on January 01, 2012, 10:16:06 PM
Looks acceptable from my pov

http://effektdmentality.deviantart.com/#/d4i60ng
Thanks. I'm gonna agree with you on that.

I was wondering, when you mean 'no bows' do you mean both functional and nonfunctional? Or just functional? I was planning as going as a Ranger from the MMO 'Aion' but... that rule changes quite a few things...
We've allowed "bows" which are designed to look like a legit bow, but which are strung with something which does not possess the tension necessary to actually shoot something. So like, one girl used yarn which was not only too short to actually string it tight, but which was... yarn.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on January 02, 2012, 07:50:41 PM
Thank you I will try looking into those.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: effektdmentality on January 05, 2012, 11:12:21 AM
Looks acceptable from my pov

http://effektdmentality.deviantart.com/#/d4i60ng
Thanks. I'm gonna agree with you on that.

Awesome! Thanks much! It's a load off my mind. I'll have other cosplays for the weekend, but this is good to know.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Dagger-6 on January 08, 2012, 02:15:21 AM
Make sure to stick a safety color (bright orange, etc) on the tip though!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: pinkraintoday on January 08, 2012, 01:37:30 PM
So ... Wooden katana. I am doing a Roronoa Zoro cosplay and I am now in distress. D: Would I be able to get my *wooden* swords peace-bonded? Argh, but that would look silly ...

Anywho, can I bring my katana? And if so, is that something that needs to be peace bonded? They're rounded at the tips.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on January 08, 2012, 01:47:08 PM
So ... Wooden katana. I am doing a Roronoa Zoro cosplay and I am now in distress. D: Would I be able to get my *wooden* swords peace-bonded? Argh, but that would look silly ...

Anywho, can I bring my katana? And if so, is that something that needs to be peace bonded? They're rounded at the tips.
Any and all props should be reviewed by Rovers. If it's based off a weapon, it needs to be peace bonded. It means that you've agreed to abide by the rules, and are allowed to carry your prop.

When you say wooden katana, do you mean a bokken? Or do you mean a katana replica with a sheath and a wooden blade?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: pinkraintoday on January 08, 2012, 01:49:37 PM
So ... Wooden katana. I am doing a Roronoa Zoro cosplay and I am now in distress. D: Would I be able to get my *wooden* swords peace-bonded? Argh, but that would look silly ...

Anywho, can I bring my katana? And if so, is that something that needs to be peace bonded? They're rounded at the tips.
Any and all props should be reviewed by Rovers. If it's based off a weapon, it needs to be peace bonded. It means that you've agreed to abide by the rules, and are allowed to carry your prop.

When you say wooden katana, do you mean a bokken? Or do you mean a katana replica with a sheath and a wooden blade?

Of course I will bring them to a Rover. They are wholly wooden. They're super cheap bokken, yes. Flimsy and all that. Would it have to be sheathed the whole time if I had it peace bonded? [And thank you for helping me.]
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on January 08, 2012, 02:03:33 PM
So ... Wooden katana. I am doing a Roronoa Zoro cosplay and I am now in distress. D: Would I be able to get my *wooden* swords peace-bonded? Argh, but that would look silly ...

Anywho, can I bring my katana? And if so, is that something that needs to be peace bonded? They're rounded at the tips.
Any and all props should be reviewed by Rovers. If it's based off a weapon, it needs to be peace bonded. It means that you've agreed to abide by the rules, and are allowed to carry your prop.

When you say wooden katana, do you mean a bokken? Or do you mean a katana replica with a sheath and a wooden blade?

Of course I will bring them to a Rover. They are wholly wooden. They're super cheap bokken, yes. Flimsy and all that. Would it have to be sheathed the whole time if I had it peace bonded? [And thank you for helping me.]
Bokken don't have sheathes. Though I guess if you were to make one, we'd ask that you carry it there, but it wouldn't be peacebonded into the sheath. But if you're really wondering if we have to attach it? We weren't as of last year. However, you're also not free to swing it around. Doing so will result in losing your prop privileges.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: pinkraintoday on January 08, 2012, 02:07:48 PM
So ... Wooden katana. I am doing a Roronoa Zoro cosplay and I am now in distress. D: Would I be able to get my *wooden* swords peace-bonded? Argh, but that would look silly ...

Anywho, can I bring my katana? And if so, is that something that needs to be peace bonded? They're rounded at the tips.
Any and all props should be reviewed by Rovers. If it's based off a weapon, it needs to be peace bonded. It means that you've agreed to abide by the rules, and are allowed to carry your prop.

When you say wooden katana, do you mean a bokken? Or do you mean a katana replica with a sheath and a wooden blade?

Of course I will bring them to a Rover. They are wholly wooden. They're super cheap bokken, yes. Flimsy and all that. Would it have to be sheathed the whole time if I had it peace bonded? [And thank you for helping me.]
Bokken don't have sheathes. Though I guess if you were to make one, we'd ask that you carry it there, but it wouldn't be peacebonded into the sheath. But if you're really wondering if we have to attach it? We weren't as of last year. However, you're also not free to swing it around. Doing so will result in losing your prop privileges.

Maybe I'm wrong, then. Either or, the entirety of the prop is wooden and rounded. Yeah, no fooling around with it, just need it for my cosplay. (:
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Nyanko on January 08, 2012, 02:26:47 PM
hey so im cosplaying as my in game character from Aion, and my character (a magic weilder person) uses an orb as her 'weapon' and i finally found a solid glass orb to use, but as i was reading i saw a rule with glass included in it. i just wanted to know if the rule was particular to certian kinds of glass props and if mine would be acceptable. here is a picture of it, it fits into my hand perfectly.
http://s1176.photobucket.com/albums/x326/Nyan_Nyanko/general/?action=view&current=DSCN4574.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/albums/x326/Nyan_Nyanko/general/?action=view&current=DSCN4574.jpg)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: azreale on January 08, 2012, 05:54:43 PM
one of my costumes this year is very cumbersome and slow, so I was wondering if it would be alreight to have a small wagon that I could sit in and have my friends pull me around in it so I don't block or slow down con traffic. Would this be alright? the costume is small, but I have to crawl to get around in it (hence the desire for a wagon.)

Thanks for any help!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: kage on January 08, 2012, 07:44:47 PM
Regarding the military issue, i want to know if BDUs(http://www.specopstactical.com/shop/catalog/images/7815_UF_SWAT_CLOTH_WOODLAND_BDU.jpg) are listed as "modern" as ACUs(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8e/Army_Combat_Uniform.jpg) are currently the "modern" military uniform. i have been wearing one since i started attending at '09 and then again in '10, but at '11 i was told to remove it,but had no spare clothes with me so the rover asked me to just remove the hat and jacket and i should be fine. so im just asking to make sure for '12 if i can wear it or not, its the only cosplay i wear. also the uniform i own does not contain any wording, heres sort of a image of me wearing it (not full body)from '09: http://s206.photobucket.com/albums/bb143/KageNinja75/?action=view&current=DSC02619.jpg if you want me to take a photo of the entire outfit to see if its a pass or not, ill get one.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on January 08, 2012, 10:48:52 PM
hey so im cosplaying as my in game character from Aion, and my character (a magic weilder person) uses an orb as her 'weapon' and i finally found a solid glass orb to use, but as i was reading i saw a rule with glass included in it. i just wanted to know if the rule was particular to certian kinds of glass props and if mine would be acceptable. here is a picture of it, it fits into my hand perfectly.
http://s1176.photobucket.com/albums/x326/Nyan_Nyanko/general/?action=view&current=DSCN4574.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/albums/x326/Nyan_Nyanko/general/?action=view&current=DSCN4574.jpg)
Our trouble with glass props is the breaking hazard they pose, and the danger that broken glass poses. I can't officially say "OK" to that. If you were to pose outdoors, near the fountain area, it would be much less of a hazard, however.

one of my costumes this year is very cumbersome and slow, so I was wondering if it would be alreight to have a small wagon that I could sit in and have my friends pull me around in it so I don't block or slow down con traffic. Would this be alright? the costume is small, but I have to crawl to get around in it (hence the desire for a wagon.)

Thanks for any help!
To the best of my knowledge, the San Jose Convention Center has asked us to keep wheeled things off the second floor. So... no, it wouldn't be completely alright. You could use it outdoors, or (probably) on the first floor provided you were careful about not going too fast or being wild.

Regarding the military issue, i want to know if BDUs(http://www.specopstactical.com/shop/catalog/images/7815_UF_SWAT_CLOTH_WOODLAND_BDU.jpg) are listed as "modern" as ACUs(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8e/Army_Combat_Uniform.jpg) are currently the "modern" military uniform. i have been wearing one since i started attending at '09 and then again in '10, but at '11 i was told to remove it,but had no spare clothes with me so the rover asked me to just remove the hat and jacket and i should be fine. so im just asking to make sure for '12 if i can wear it or not, its the only cosplay i wear. also the uniform i own does not contain any wording, heres sort of a image of me wearing it (not full body)from '09: http://s206.photobucket.com/albums/bb143/KageNinja75/?action=view&current=DSC02619.jpg if you want me to take a photo of the entire outfit to see if its a pass or not, ill get one.
I don't see an issue with a BDU jacket/hat provided that they do not have any patches or insignia to indicate that they belong to a military group. However, I'm going to run that by my bosses to be sure. Please email rovers@fanime.com and I'll get an answer to you via email ASAP.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Dany on January 09, 2012, 08:47:14 AM
hey so im cosplaying as my in game character from Aion, and my character (a magic weilder person) uses an orb as her 'weapon' and i finally found a solid glass orb to use, but as i was reading i saw a rule with glass included in it. i just wanted to know if the rule was particular to certian kinds of glass props and if mine would be acceptable. here is a picture of it, it fits into my hand perfectly.
http://s1176.photobucket.com/albums/x326/Nyan_Nyanko/general/?action=view&current=DSCN4574.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/albums/x326/Nyan_Nyanko/general/?action=view&current=DSCN4574.jpg)

All else fails, I have seen glass-like Christmas tree ornaments that might work out for that. Check Michael's or eBay for them. Michael's may still have some on super-clearance to boot.

If you want them to be solid, you could easily fill them with clear resin :)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Hot Pickled Pepper on January 10, 2012, 07:58:39 PM
Would altering a water pistol be alright? Such would be clogging the tank or the bit where the water comes out, so that it doesn't discharge any longer. they will mainly be used as a base for the Cosmo Dragoon for Captain Harlock.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Nyanko on January 10, 2012, 08:44:23 PM
hey so im cosplaying as my in game character from Aion, and my character (a magic weilder person) uses an orb as her 'weapon' and i finally found a solid glass orb to use, but as i was reading i saw a rule with glass included in it. i just wanted to know if the rule was particular to certian kinds of glass props and if mine would be acceptable. here is a picture of it, it fits into my hand perfectly.
http://s1176.photobucket.com/albums/x326/Nyan_Nyanko/general/?action=view&current=DSCN4574.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/albums/x326/Nyan_Nyanko/general/?action=view&current=DSCN4574.jpg)
Our trouble with glass props is the breaking hazard they pose, and the danger that broken glass poses. I can't officially say "OK" to that. If you were to pose outdoors, near the fountain area, it would be much less of a hazard, however.




  Ok, well thats fine, i think ill probably just go to Michaels and get a plastic ornament so that i don't have to worry about the glass, ill just use it for personal shoots.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on January 11, 2012, 10:10:18 PM
Would altering a water pistol be alright? Such would be clogging the tank or the bit where the water comes out, so that it doesn't discharge any longer. they will mainly be used as a base for the Cosmo Dragoon for Captain Harlock.
We've allowed non-functional water guns. It has to be something significant, like what you suggested.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Lunarmatique on January 12, 2012, 08:41:30 PM
So I am planning on cosplaying Hibari Kyoya from Hitman Reborn, but I noticed that tonfas are banned. Does this ban include foam padded plastic tonfas? I found this pair on ebay and I was wondering if they would be okay to carry around.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-New-Foam-Padded-Practice-Training-Tonfa-Tong-Fa-Tuifa-/290656227806?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43ac7611de#ht_1069wt_1163

And here's a reference to Hibari just in case:
http://images.wikia.com/reborn/images/9/9b/Hibari_Vongola_Gear.PNG
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on January 12, 2012, 09:06:57 PM
So I am planning on cosplaying Hibari Kyoya from Hitman Reborn, but I noticed that tonfas are banned. Does this ban include foam padded plastic tonfas? I found this pair on ebay and I was wondering if they would be okay to carry around.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-New-Foam-Padded-Practice-Training-Tonfa-Tong-Fa-Tuifa-/290656227806?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43ac7611de#ht_1069wt_1163

And here's a reference to Hibari just in case:
http://images.wikia.com/reborn/images/9/9b/Hibari_Vongola_Gear.PNG
They're actually illegal in the State of California... even when padded. So no, unfortunately they can't be peace-bonded.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Lunarmatique on January 12, 2012, 11:14:31 PM
So I am planning on cosplaying Hibari Kyoya from Hitman Reborn, but I noticed that tonfas are banned. Does this ban include foam padded plastic tonfas? I found this pair on ebay and I was wondering if they would be okay to carry around.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-New-Foam-Padded-Practice-Training-Tonfa-Tong-Fa-Tuifa-/290656227806?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43ac7611de#ht_1069wt_1163

And here's a reference to Hibari just in case:
http://images.wikia.com/reborn/images/9/9b/Hibari_Vongola_Gear.PNG
They're actually illegal in the State of California... even when padded. So no, unfortunately they can't be peace-bonded.

So what if I hand make a replica of the tonfas out of wood or pvc or any type of hollow tubing? Would this still fall under the ban? If this does fall under the ban, is there any way to make a replica that is okay to be peace bonded? Thanks and sorry for all the questions.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: sugarpunch18 on January 13, 2012, 11:07:37 PM
So, I'm planning on cosplaying as Fem!Shizuo from Durarara!! but have one issue: Shizu-chan's sign.

(http://i1109.photobucket.com/albums/h423/Sugarpunch18/446898-1.jpg)

According to the prop rules the sign itself can't be made of aluminum can it?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on January 13, 2012, 11:40:24 PM
So, I'm planning on cosplaying as Fem!Shizuo from Durarara!! but have one issue: Shizu-chan's sign.

(http://i1109.photobucket.com/albums/h423/Sugarpunch18/446898-1.jpg)

According to the prop rules the sign itself can't be made of aluminum can it?

The sign itself could be provided it was lightweight and had no sharp edges. The pole would have to be something else.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: sugarpunch18 on January 14, 2012, 09:39:25 AM
So, I'm planning on cosplaying as Fem!Shizuo from Durarara!! but have one issue: Shizu-chan's sign.

(http://i1109.photobucket.com/albums/h423/Sugarpunch18/446898-1.jpg)

According to the prop rules the sign itself can't be made of aluminum can it?

The sign itself could be provided it was lightweight and had no sharp edges. The pole would have to be something else.

YESSSSSSSS!!! *does victory dance*

I really thought I wouldn't be able to use the sign I already have, but I can! ;D

As for the pole I was planning to use PVC pipe anyway so no worries! I'm not trying to carry around a real metal pipe all day with these feeble little arms of mine... >.>
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: AriChii on January 15, 2012, 02:44:27 AM
Hello!
I'm planning on cosplaying Len from Vocaloid (Karakuri Burst ver.)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ouMf-UP_eo4/TpkyPcnWuVI/AAAAAAAAA-E/jUS9GYJDRo4/s1600/karakuri+burst+len+-+Copy.PNG)

Would it be appropriate to have that Nazi symbol on the arm band? I feel iffy myself about it and was thinking of drawing on an "X" instead, but on the other hand, I'm not too sure about sacrificing the accuracy of the costume... It's a conflicting decision D:
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on January 15, 2012, 09:56:52 AM
Hello!
I'm planning on cosplaying Len from Vocaloid (Karakuri Burst ver.)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ouMf-UP_eo4/TpkyPcnWuVI/AAAAAAAAA-E/jUS9GYJDRo4/s1600/karakuri+burst+len+-+Copy.PNG)

Would it be appropriate to have that Nazi symbol on the arm band? I feel iffy myself about it and was thinking of drawing on an "X" instead, but on the other hand, I'm not too sure about sacrificing the accuracy of the costume... It's a conflicting decision D:

Hm.

What if you make a double-sided armband? You could have the X side out 99% of the time, but flip it for any serious/major photoshoots?

I think we've been asked before, and while we don't really like nazi armbands, we don't outright ban them, either. I'm going to check and see if I can find what we've said in the past, and I'll post with a final decision ASAP. (Thanks for taking the time to check.)

EDIT:
Here is our final opinion on the matter:

You may wear a swastika if you so choose, but please remember that it has become a negative symbol associated with terrible things. People associate these terrible things with anyone who wears the symbol. This may lead to you being resented/harassed. If you choose to wear it, be careful, and don't wear it off premises, for your own safety.

We would be happiest if you were to do the double-sided thing I suggested above, or just remove it outright except when posing for pictures.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: AriChii on January 15, 2012, 01:43:25 PM
Hello!
I'm planning on cosplaying Len from Vocaloid (Karakuri Burst ver.)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ouMf-UP_eo4/TpkyPcnWuVI/AAAAAAAAA-E/jUS9GYJDRo4/s1600/karakuri+burst+len+-+Copy.PNG)

Would it be appropriate to have that Nazi symbol on the arm band? I feel iffy myself about it and was thinking of drawing on an "X" instead, but on the other hand, I'm not too sure about sacrificing the accuracy of the costume... It's a conflicting decision D:

Hm.

What if you make a double-sided armband? You could have the X side out 99% of the time, but flip it for any serious/major photoshoots?

I think we've been asked before, and while we don't really like nazi armbands, we don't outright ban them, either. I'm going to check and see if I can find what we've said in the past, and I'll post with a final decision ASAP. (Thanks for taking the time to check.)

EDIT:
Here is our final opinion on the matter:

You may wear a swastika if you so choose, but please remember that it has become a negative symbol associated with terrible things. People associate these terrible things with anyone who wears the symbol. This may lead to you being resented/harassed. If you choose to wear it, be careful, and don't wear it off premises, for your own safety.

We would be happiest if you were to do the double-sided thing I suggested above, or just remove it outright except when posing for pictures.

Yeah, I understand the negatives associated with the symbol. That's why I was hesitant on having it on.
The double-sided thing is a great idea though! Thanks a lot :]
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: RobotBastard on January 15, 2012, 10:32:29 PM
I am planning to construct a Getter Robo costume made of posterboard segments worn or strapped over my clothes.  I will have a mask/helmet to represent the head.  The whole thing will probably end up looking like Tora's costume on this page (http://www.gamespot.com/news/6235547.html), although with slightly larger shoulders (not extending beyond my own shoulders, though.)

*Would this costume be considered "limited visibility and/or movement" requiring a handler due to the construction?

*Would this costume be considered "limited visibility and/or movement" requiring a handler due to the mask?

*If the mask makes me need a handler, can I avoid that requirement by not wearing the mask unless being photographed?

*Actually, what about facemasks in general?  If a costume includes a facemask, is that inherently "limited visibility and/or movement"
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: RobotBastard on January 15, 2012, 10:35:38 PM
Also:  For the "no visible skin" rule, would wearing flesh-colored tights/bodysuit be an acceptable solution?  Dancers and similar performers often wear these to give the appearance of bare skin without actually exposing anything.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on January 15, 2012, 10:47:28 PM
I am planning to construct a Getter Robo costume made of posterboard segments worn or strapped over my clothes.  I will have a mask/helmet to represent the head.  The whole thing will probably end up looking like Tora's costume on this page (http://www.gamespot.com/news/6235547.html), although with slightly larger shoulders (not extending beyond my own shoulders, though.)

*Would this costume be considered "limited visibility and/or movement" requiring a handler due to the construction?

*Would this costume be considered "limited visibility and/or movement" requiring a handler due to the mask?

*If the mask makes me need a handler, can I avoid that requirement by not wearing the mask unless being photographed?

*Actually, what about facemasks in general?  If a costume includes a facemask, is that inherently "limited visibility and/or movement"

Flesh colored tights would be perfect.

Yes it would be considered limited visibility/movement. Yes you could work around that by keeping the mask off while wandering, and by keeping the size of it close to your body size instead of it being so far out from your body. If you can move at normal walking speed, have nothing which sticks out from your body more than eh... 4-5", and can still fit through normal doors... you could probably avoid a handler. However, a "handler" by our definition really just means a friend who's watching your back and making sure nobody walks into you, and you don't walk into anyone.

Not all facemasks impair visibility enough to count, but most do.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: RobotBastard on January 20, 2012, 12:41:35 PM
Thanks for the replies!  

I have some questions about "brandishing" props.  (I know this seems kind of picky, but I want to make sure we don't spend lots of time and effort on a costume and get kicked out for violating some convention-center policy.)

If a character costume includes a weapon (i.e. the Getta Tomahauk), what would I be permitted to do with it?  I'll present some scenarios and you can tell me whether they would or wouldn't be allowed.

*I am posing for a photograph.  I hold the axe up over my head or pose with it in some other way beyond merely holding it.

*I am posing for a photograph.  With the photographer's consent, I point the axe toward the photographer in an aggressive posture, as though I were about to strike them with the axe.

*I am posing for a photograph with another cosplayer.  With their consent, I hold the axe toward them as though I were trying to strike them, and they hold up their own prop weapon to counter (or mimic blocking the attack in some other means, including dodging.)

*I am posing for a photograph with another cosplayer.  With their consent, I hold the axe against them as though I'd just struck them with it, and they pose so as to indicate that they've been hit.

*I am on the convention floor and another cosplayer asks me to pretend to fight them so their friend can take a video.

*I am in the cosplay contest with another cosplayer, and as part of our performance we pretend to fight.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on January 20, 2012, 02:45:12 PM
Thanks for the replies! 

I have some questions about "brandishing" props.  (I know this seems kind of picky, but I want to make sure we don't spend lots of time and effort on a costume and get kicked out for violating some convention-center policy.)

If a character costume includes a weapon (i.e. the Getta Tomahauk), what would I be permitted to do with it?  I'll present some scenarios and you can tell me whether they would or wouldn't be allowed.

*I am posing for a photograph.  I hold the axe up over my head or pose with it in some other way beyond merely holding it.

*I am posing for a photograph.  With the photographer's consent, I point the axe toward the photographer in an aggressive posture, as though I were about to strike them with the axe.

*I am posing for a photograph with another cosplayer.  With their consent, I hold the axe toward them as though I were trying to strike them, and they hold up their own prop weapon to counter (or mimic blocking the attack in some other means, including dodging.)

*I am posing for a photograph with another cosplayer.  With their consent, I hold the axe against them as though I'd just struck them with it, and they pose so as to indicate that they've been hit.

*I am in the cosplay contest with another cosplayer, and as part of our performance we pretend to fight.
All acceptable, provided you ensure that you are aware of your surroundings and all poses are taken at a reasonable speed to make it clear that you are indeed posing. The exception to this being the cosplay contest, because you are on stage. At that point, you should be in the midst of your skit, and it is clear to all that it is a skit and there are no bystanders to worry about. If you are in Masquerade, feel free to do what needs to be done provided it does not violate any rules laid out by the Masquerade staff.

In general, we ask that you step off main pathways whenever possible to avoid blocking traffic. We ask that you remain aware of your surroundings, and that you don't do anything which could be perceived as an attack by someone unaware of what was going on. If you are careful about getting into your pose, and everyone is aware of what you are doing-- especially the person you're aiming your axe at-- then we don't have any issues.

Were you to have something like a fake gun, we ask that you not go beyond 45 degrees from the floor or ceiling. Pointing one of those at someone--- except when they are incredibly fake looking from a distance of 20 feet-- is considerably more threatening.

*I am on the convention floor and another cosplayer asks me to pretend to fight them so their friend can take a video.
This is the only thing on your list which we would not allow. The reason being that play-fighting for a video on the concourse (convention floor) would be considerably more dangerous than simply posing for a photo. Were you to go somewhere off convention property-- like to one of the nearby parks-- or to a non-crowded outdoor space and do the same thing, it would be acceptable provided you were aware of your surroundings and were not blocking major traffic pathways.

I hope this clarified things for you.  If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask them and I'll do my best to answer.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: sael on January 20, 2012, 06:53:57 PM
Well... crap. Apparently my notifications of new replies were getting sent to my spam box. Apologies for the delay, guys.

So I just recently added another cosplay to my list, I didn't think about it until afterwords but this costume requires a whip as shown in this picture:
http://i47.tinypic.com/2n6hq2t.png

I know the rule with
- Real Weapons, Projectile Weapons (such as airsoft, or bb guns), Live Steel, Metal/Wooden Baseball Bats, Metal Kunai, Incendiary Devices, Solicitous Signs, Lasers, Laser Pointers, Paddles, Whips, Floggers, Brass Knuckles, Butterfly Knives, Concealed Blades, Throwing Stars, Tonfa, Saps, Clubs, Nunchaku, Sai, Metal or Glass props, to name a few.
But I was wondering if there is any such way to where a whip would be acceptable whether it be having to peace bond/attach it to the costume or if even a homemade version would be allowed if it were made with a different material or fake leather. Also asking for another friend who will need something like a riding crop for their costume, we weren't sure if that fell into the category of a whip or not.

Thanks~
We've allowed cloth "whips" in the past. It was made of fleece.

We've also taken the "whip" part and coiled it back along the handle so there were loops (I think that's what Wolftale's reply suggested...

We'll work with you on that one at-con, provided we can make it so it doesn't actually... whip.

Sorry to reawaken an old topic. Would braid ribbons be permitted?

Also, I heard that there was some confusion about coiled flail weapons being permitted or not. If I let you peacebond a "whip" into a coil so that it is looped through o-rings in my belt, is it permitted? Technically I would have to take off my entire belt just to use the "whip" against someone.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Aelia on January 20, 2012, 07:05:55 PM
Well... crap. Apparently my notifications of new replies were getting sent to my spam box. Apologies for the delay, guys.

So I just recently added another cosplay to my list, I didn't think about it until afterwords but this costume requires a whip as shown in this picture:
http://i47.tinypic.com/2n6hq2t.png

I know the rule with
- Real Weapons, Projectile Weapons (such as airsoft, or bb guns), Live Steel, Metal/Wooden Baseball Bats, Metal Kunai, Incendiary Devices, Solicitous Signs, Lasers, Laser Pointers, Paddles, Whips, Floggers, Brass Knuckles, Butterfly Knives, Concealed Blades, Throwing Stars, Tonfa, Saps, Clubs, Nunchaku, Sai, Metal or Glass props, to name a few.
But I was wondering if there is any such way to where a whip would be acceptable whether it be having to peace bond/attach it to the costume or if even a homemade version would be allowed if it were made with a different material or fake leather. Also asking for another friend who will need something like a riding crop for their costume, we weren't sure if that fell into the category of a whip or not.

Thanks~
We've allowed cloth "whips" in the past. It was made of fleece.

We've also taken the "whip" part and coiled it back along the handle so there were loops (I think that's what Wolftale's reply suggested...

We'll work with you on that one at-con, provided we can make it so it doesn't actually... whip.

Sorry to reawaken an old topic. Would braid ribbons be permitted?

Also, I heard that there was some confusion about coiled flail weapons being permitted or not. If I let you peacebond a "whip" into a coil so that it is looped through o-rings in my belt, is it permitted? Technically I would have to take off my entire belt just to use the "whip" against someone.
Braid Ribbons? I'm guessing this isn't the kind that goes into hair?

We've allowed some whips to be carried if they're the sort that can be coiled and made ineffective.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: amaya_JDB on January 21, 2012, 10:24:32 AM
I'm planning to make a couple of pvc pipes to look like florescent light sticks. I'm wondering if I still need it to get peace bonded. Thank you!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on January 21, 2012, 10:43:28 AM
I'm planning to make a couple of pvc pipes to look like florescent light sticks. I'm wondering if I still need it to get peace bonded. Thank you!
So, when you say florescent light sticks, you mean the long bulbs that go into industrial light fixtures? That should be OK.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: amaya_JDB on January 21, 2012, 10:48:20 AM
I'm planning to make a couple of pvc pipes to look like florescent light sticks. I'm wondering if I still need it to get peace bonded. Thank you!
So, when you say florescent light sticks, you mean the long bulbs that go into industrial light fixtures? That should be OK.
Yes. I wasn't sure what they're called but that's what I'm trying to go for. Does it need to get peace bonded?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: RobotBastard on January 21, 2012, 11:01:39 AM
Aelia, thanks for the replies!  It was pretty much in line with what I thought but it's nice to have some confirmation.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on January 21, 2012, 11:17:32 AM
I'm planning to make a couple of pvc pipes to look like florescent light sticks. I'm wondering if I still need it to get peace bonded. Thank you!
So, when you say florescent light sticks, you mean the long bulbs that go into industrial light fixtures? That should be OK.
Yes. I wasn't sure what they're called but that's what I'm trying to go for. Does it need to get peace bonded?
Yep.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Rebeccakh on January 23, 2012, 12:12:10 AM
So i'm making kite's daggers from .hack and the base of the blades will be cardboard then a thin layer of expanding insulation foam to give them shape. I was considering covering them with turned inside out soda cans to give them a metallic look and feel. I would of course dull the edges and they wouldn't be able to be sharpened and dull the tips and coat all the edges with a couple layers of modge podge so it'd be plastic on the edges. Would these be safe to bring?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on January 23, 2012, 12:26:25 AM
So i'm making kite's daggers from .hack and the base of the blades will be cardboard then a thin layer of expanding insulation foam to give them shape. I was considering covering them with turned inside out soda cans to give them a metallic look and feel. I would of course dull the edges and they wouldn't be able to be sharpened and dull the tips and coat all the edges with a couple layers of modge podge so it'd be plastic on the edges. Would these be safe to bring?
While I understand that you want them to look as realistic as possible, our policy does state that metal props are not allowed. These would have enough structural metal that they would not be allowed. However, you do have options. You could use aluminum foil, or a metallic paint to get the same visual effect for cosplay purposes.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Rebeccakh on January 23, 2012, 01:00:29 AM
So i'm making kite's daggers from .hack and the base of the blades will be cardboard then a thin layer of expanding insulation foam to give them shape. I was considering covering them with turned inside out soda cans to give them a metallic look and feel. I would of course dull the edges and they wouldn't be able to be sharpened and dull the tips and coat all the edges with a couple layers of modge podge so it'd be plastic on the edges. Would these be safe to bring?
While I understand that you want them to look as realistic as possible, our policy does state that metal props are not allowed. These would have enough structural metal that they would not be allowed. However, you do have options. You could use aluminum foil, or a metallic paint to get the same visual effect for cosplay purposes.
Ah alright thanks ^ ^
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: AriChii on January 23, 2012, 09:20:56 PM
Hey, so I just realized that the 'swastika' on my Len cosplay is actually a Manji symbol.
They're practically the same except the Manji points to the left where as the Swastika points to the right.
Should I still do it double-sided or would it be fine as it is?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on January 23, 2012, 10:19:41 PM
Hey, so I just realized that the 'swastika' on my Len cosplay is actually a Manji symbol.
They're practically the same except the Manji points to the left where as the Swastika points to the right.
Should I still do it double-sided or would it be fine as it is?
Considering that you didn't notice it wasn't a swastika (and I didn't either) at first glance, it's still probably safer to do double-sided or removable. As with before, it's your call, but we wouldn't advise wearing it around outside the convention center.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Foxberry on January 27, 2012, 01:14:21 AM
Bokken don't have sheathes. Though I guess if you were to make one, we'd ask that you carry it there, but it wouldn't be peacebonded into the sheath. But if you're really wondering if we have to attach it? We weren't as of last year. However, you're also not free to swing it around. Doing so will result in losing your prop privileges.

Hi, I know this is sort of an old quote but I wanted to address this.
Last year I know they said they were /not/ attaching props to people
However I saw this all over and my friend even had something attached to her and the peace bond thing sliced into her wrist because the prop was attached to her hip.
This concerns me because this is a new year and I really don't want people hurt again because of peace binding TO a person. Its a danger to people to have props attached to their body.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on January 27, 2012, 01:25:36 AM
Bokken don't have sheathes. Though I guess if you were to make one, we'd ask that you carry it there, but it wouldn't be peacebonded into the sheath. But if you're really wondering if we have to attach it? We weren't as of last year. However, you're also not free to swing it around. Doing so will result in losing your prop privileges.

Hi, I know this is sort of an old quote but I wanted to address this.
Last year I know they said they were /not/ attaching props to people
However I saw this all over and my friend even had something attached to her and the peace bond thing sliced into her wrist because the prop was attached to her hip.
This concerns me because this is a new year and I really don't want people hurt again because of peace binding TO a person. Its a danger to people to have props attached to their body.
It seems like I always hear about this way too late to do anything about it. What was your friend's prop? Because with only a couple exceptions, things should not have been attached.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Foxberry on January 27, 2012, 01:31:36 AM
Aelia; Don't worry- after it injured her- we had her sent back to peace binding. Apparently there was someone there who cut the prop off of her saying it shouldn't have been bound to her in the first place and apologized to her. I believe it was handled in any case. It was a crop.

I'm just concerned about if things are going to be bound to people again this year. Which not only puts a danger risk to individuals for having props attached to them and creates an inconvience of being able to even sit down, or get caught on something.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on January 27, 2012, 09:19:37 AM
Aelia; Don't worry- after it injured her- we had her sent back to peace binding. Apparently there was someone there who cut the prop off of her saying it shouldn't have been bound to her in the first place and apologized to her. I believe it was handled in any case. It was a crop.

I'm just concerned about if things are going to be bound to people again this year. Which not only puts a danger risk to individuals for having props attached to them and creates an inconvience of being able to even sit down, or get caught on something.
If it was a crop, it might actually have been me cutting it off. Hmm.

It wasn't supposed to get attached, and it's not supposed to get attached this year, and I'll just make sure we put more emphasis on it this year.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: CommandantCat on January 27, 2012, 04:58:32 PM
Curious about a couple props I am planning on attending with!

One is a pole arm of sorts, well, actually a hedge clipper. I can take the actual measurement if needed but it did just barely make it last year when I removed it's base. Just wondering if any sort of changed protocol would somehow make it so my still rather tall prop would be acceptable.

Also, I am not sure if this is your specific department but I have a pair of moving (with a pulley system) angel wings planned out. While laying unused I will be able to do anything almost as normal and they were not there, but while extended they can be rather large, is there any specific conditioning for this? Not exactly a prop as much as costume but I am assuming the system is generally the same.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on January 27, 2012, 10:08:25 PM
Curious about a couple props I am planning on attending with!

One is a pole arm of sorts, well, actually a hedge clipper. I can take the actual measurement if needed but it did just barely make it last year when I removed it's base. Just wondering if any sort of changed protocol would somehow make it so my still rather tall prop would be acceptable.

Also, I am not sure if this is your specific department but I have a pair of moving (with a pulley system) angel wings planned out. While laying unused I will be able to do anything almost as normal and they were not there, but while extended they can be rather large, is there any specific conditioning for this? Not exactly a prop as much as costume but I am assuming the system is generally the same.

A hedge clipper... which actually has a saw on the end? If it's got the saw on it, it wouldn't be allowed. I need some clarification on this.

The costume question is actually this department, and your answer is in the first post:
FanimeCon Costume Rules & Limitations
There are only a few rules, and most of them are common sense.
  • All costumes worn within the convention center must fit through a standard doorway.
  • All costumes with limited visibility and/or movement must have a "handler" to assist with crowd navigation and safety. This also applies to costumes with large "wings" or other over sized elements.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Foxberry on January 28, 2012, 04:29:53 AM
If it was a crop, it might actually have been me cutting it off. Hmm.

It wasn't supposed to get attached, and it's not supposed to get attached this year, and I'll just make sure we put more emphasis on it this year.

Small world if that is indeed the case. :)

Anyway, glad to hear that this will be looked more into this year. ^^
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: CommandantCat on January 29, 2012, 09:09:30 PM
Curious about a couple props I am planning on attending with!

One is a pole arm of sorts, well, actually a hedge clipper. I can take the actual measurement if needed but it did just barely make it last year when I removed it's base. Just wondering if any sort of changed protocol would somehow make it so my still rather tall prop would be acceptable.

Also, I am not sure if this is your specific department but I have a pair of moving (with a pulley system) angel wings planned out. While laying unused I will be able to do anything almost as normal and they were not there, but while extended they can be rather large, is there any specific conditioning for this? Not exactly a prop as much as costume but I am assuming the system is generally the same.

A hedge clipper... which actually has a saw on the end? If it's got the saw on it, it wouldn't be allowed. I need some clarification on this.


Oh, only the pole of the real hedge clipper is used. I then remove the actual more dangerous part in replace of a light wooden cutout of the proper shape described for the prop I should have, so not dangerous in the slightest.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on January 29, 2012, 10:06:03 PM
Curious about a couple props I am planning on attending with!

One is a pole arm of sorts, well, actually a hedge clipper. I can take the actual measurement if needed but it did just barely make it last year when I removed it's base. Just wondering if any sort of changed protocol would somehow make it so my still rather tall prop would be acceptable.

Also, I am not sure if this is your specific department but I have a pair of moving (with a pulley system) angel wings planned out. While laying unused I will be able to do anything almost as normal and they were not there, but while extended they can be rather large, is there any specific conditioning for this? Not exactly a prop as much as costume but I am assuming the system is generally the same.

A hedge clipper... which actually has a saw on the end? If it's got the saw on it, it wouldn't be allowed. I need some clarification on this.


Oh, only the pole of the real hedge clipper is used. I then remove the actual more dangerous part in replace of a light wooden cutout of the proper shape described for the prop I should have, so not dangerous in the slightest.
Ah. Well, if you can fit it through a standard door, preferably vertically, you can carry it. This rule is largely due to traffic flow through doorways, so horizontally or angled front-back wouldn't work. If it fit through the door last year, then it's fine size-wise.
Title: I need some clarification on two items...
Post by: egrrr on January 31, 2012, 10:39:01 PM
I'm building a octopus gun from Professor Genki's DLC pack from Saints Row The Third.  It's made out of 4" pvc piping, LED lights and a trigger from an old paintball marker I have.  With that said, the prop requires a small tank attached to the prop, I was going to use a small non working co2 tank (the gauge is still in tact and reads empty).   Should I continue to build or stop because I haven't read anything that indicates that the paintball marker parts are going to make my octopus gun illegal to attend to the con.

http://saintsrow.wikia.com/wiki/File:GenkiGUN_FINAL.jpg (http://saintsrow.wikia.com/wiki/File:GenkiGUN_FINAL.jpg)


No costumes may be realistic depictions of American Law Enforcement or current American Military uniforms, or have the words POLICE, POLICIA, SWAT, FBI, DEA, CIA or any other official Government Agency names or initials on them.

With that in mind, I'm in a group that wants to go as Alice in Wonderland as a theme.  Four of us are going to be wearing NcSTAR Tactical Vest in black, no lettering other than patches with the symbols of a deck of cards, representing the queen's guards in a less Disney approach.  Would the costume fall under "realistic depictions of American Law Enforcement or current American Military uniforms"?
Title: Re: I need some clarification on two items...
Post by: Aelia on January 31, 2012, 11:21:56 PM
I'm building a octopus gun from Professor Genki's DLC pack from Saints Row The Third.  It's made out of 4" pvc piping, LED lights and a trigger from an old paintball marker I have.  With that said, the prop requires a small tank attached to the prop, I was going to use a small non working co2 tank (the gauge is still in tact and reads empty).   Should I continue to build or stop because I haven't read anything that indicates that the paintball marker parts are going to make my octopus gun illegal to attend to the con.

http://saintsrow.wikia.com/wiki/File:GenkiGUN_FINAL.jpg (http://saintsrow.wikia.com/wiki/File:GenkiGUN_FINAL.jpg)
If that is the gun you are making, and the only part you're using from the paintball marker is the trigger... uhh... I actually don't see any major issues. It should be alright.

No costumes may be realistic depictions of American Law Enforcement or current American Military uniforms, or have the words POLICE, POLICIA, SWAT, FBI, DEA, CIA or any other official Government Agency names or initials on them.

With that in mind, I'm in a group that wants to go as Alice in Wonderland as a theme.  Four of us are going to be wearing NcSTAR Tactical Vest in black, no lettering other than patches with the symbols of a deck of cards, representing the queen's guards in a less Disney approach.  Would the costume fall under "realistic depictions of American Law Enforcement or current American Military uniforms"?
If the only military-esque gear you're wearing is the vest, then I don't see an issue with it.
Title: Re: I need some clarification on two items...
Post by: egrrr on February 01, 2012, 01:07:19 AM
I'm building a octopus gun from Professor Genki's DLC pack from Saints Row The Third.  It's made out of 4" pvc piping, LED lights and a trigger from an old paintball marker I have.  With that said, the prop requires a small tank attached to the prop, I was going to use a small non working co2 tank (the gauge is still in tact and reads empty).   Should I continue to build or stop because I haven't read anything that indicates that the paintball marker parts are going to make my octopus gun illegal to attend to the con.

http://saintsrow.wikia.com/wiki/File:GenkiGUN_FINAL.jpg (http://saintsrow.wikia.com/wiki/File:GenkiGUN_FINAL.jpg)
If that is the gun you are making, and the only part you're using from the paintball marker is the trigger... uhh... I actually don't see any major issues. It should be alright.

Thus the Co2 tank is invalid I take it.  Would it matter if it's not attached onto the trigger and just held onto the gun with some plumber's tape and a hose?

No costumes may be realistic depictions of American Law Enforcement or current American Military uniforms, or have the words POLICE, POLICIA, SWAT, FBI, DEA, CIA or any other official Government Agency names or initials on them.

With that in mind, I'm in a group that wants to go as Alice in Wonderland as a theme.  Four of us are going to be wearing NcSTAR Tactical Vest in black, no lettering other than patches with the symbols of a deck of cards, representing the queen's guards in a less Disney approach.  Would the costume fall under "realistic depictions of American Law Enforcement or current American Military uniforms"?
If the only military-esque gear you're wearing is the vest, then I don't see an issue with it.

Yes, the only thing would be the vest with maybe an adequate prop gun that follows the rules.  Would black cargo pants be too much of an addition to make it illegible as a costume?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: AriChii on February 05, 2012, 04:18:54 PM
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We do not allow props with actual blades, or which could be sharpened to have a blade.

i just bought a toy sword with a sheath for my cosplay at a chinese new year festival. it's made out of wood, but it isn't sharp at all. would it be counted as "could be sharpened" o_o?
also, if it were to be peace bonded, where/how would the wire be placed?
Title: Is this okay?
Post by: chaosord on February 05, 2012, 09:43:45 PM
Making the Great Knife for a cosplay. I'm using a large 2x4 as a core and planning on using foam to make the blade. Just wondering if that is okay, for peace bounding. 
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Rodney_Pheonix on February 06, 2012, 09:45:55 AM
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We do not allow props with actual blades, or which could be sharpened to have a blade.

i just bought a toy sword with a sheath for my cosplay at a chinese new year festival. it's made out of wood, but it isn't sharp at all. would it be counted as "could be sharpened" o_o?
also, if it were to be peace bonded, where/how would the wire be placed?

You're good. That only has to do with metal.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on February 07, 2012, 09:02:18 AM
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We do not allow props with actual blades, or which could be sharpened to have a blade.

i just bought a toy sword with a sheath for my cosplay at a chinese new year festival. it's made out of wood, but it isn't sharp at all. would it be counted as "could be sharpened" o_o?
also, if it were to be peace bonded, where/how would the wire be placed?

You're good. That only has to do with metal.
This.

Though the intent of the rule includes wood that's actually been hardened enough that an edge matters... I really doubt your sword would be a problem. Most wood swords are dull enough that it's a non-issue.
Title: Re: I need some clarification on two items...
Post by: Aelia on February 07, 2012, 09:08:07 AM
Weird. I thought I'd already replied to this one.

I'm building a octopus gun from Professor Genki's DLC pack from Saints Row The Third.  It's made out of 4" pvc piping, LED lights and a trigger from an old paintball marker I have.  With that said, the prop requires a small tank attached to the prop, I was going to use a small non working co2 tank (the gauge is still in tact and reads empty).   Should I continue to build or stop because I haven't read anything that indicates that the paintball marker parts are going to make my octopus gun illegal to attend to the con.

http://saintsrow.wikia.com/wiki/File:GenkiGUN_FINAL.jpg (http://saintsrow.wikia.com/wiki/File:GenkiGUN_FINAL.jpg)
If that is the gun you are making, and the only part you're using from the paintball marker is the trigger... uhh... I actually don't see any major issues. It should be alright.

Thus the Co2 tank is invalid I take it.  Would it matter if it's not attached onto the trigger and just held onto the gun with some plumber's tape and a hose?
While I'd rather you use something like the tank from a super-soaker, I don't believe there's anything in the rules (intended or otherwise) against attaching an empty CO2 tank to your prop.

No costumes may be realistic depictions of American Law Enforcement or current American Military uniforms, or have the words POLICE, POLICIA, SWAT, FBI, DEA, CIA or any other official Government Agency names or initials on them.

With that in mind, I'm in a group that wants to go as Alice in Wonderland as a theme.  Four of us are going to be wearing NcSTAR Tactical Vest in black, no lettering other than patches with the symbols of a deck of cards, representing the queen's guards in a less Disney approach.  Would the costume fall under "realistic depictions of American Law Enforcement or current American Military uniforms"?
If the only military-esque gear you're wearing is the vest, then I don't see an issue with it.
Yes, the only thing would be the vest with maybe an adequate prop gun that follows the rules.  Would black cargo pants be too much of an addition to make it illegible as a costume?
I don't think there will be an issue with that.
Title: Re: Is this okay?
Post by: Aelia on February 08, 2012, 04:27:32 PM
Making the Great Knife for a cosplay. I'm using a large 2x4 as a core and planning on using foam to make the blade. Just wondering if that is okay, for peace bounding. 
I'd love a picture of the "Great Knife" so I know what you're referring to.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: BSaphire on February 08, 2012, 04:29:57 PM
Aelia:
Look for a PM coming in a minute.. need to rap before meeting Sunday.
Thanks
B


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Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on February 10, 2012, 09:41:40 AM
Got a question about a prop I am making. Is using a stick or skinny branch off a tree not allowed? I am doing only few modifcations to it, bigger end and string. Its going to be a fishing pole. Thank you.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on February 10, 2012, 01:21:06 PM
Got a question about a prop I am making. Is using a stick or skinny branch off a tree not allowed? I am doing only few modifcations to it, bigger end and string. Its going to be a fishing pole. Thank you.
If you have a costume which it would be appropriate for, then it should not be an issue so long as you don't sharpen it.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on February 10, 2012, 04:40:58 PM
Thank you! I am not sharpeing it, the most I am doing is make it so its not so rough around the edges. The end will not be touched.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: tsukichu☆ on February 15, 2012, 04:06:59 PM
Are megaphones allowed in the con? I'm planning to use a megaphone as a prop for my Matryoshka Vocaloid Gumi cosplay, but I'm not sure if I'm allowed to bring it.. I'll of course take out the batteries so it won't be in use, but is there anything else I need to do to get it peace bonded..?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on February 15, 2012, 04:14:05 PM
Are megaphones allowed in the con? I'm planning to use a megaphone as a prop for my Matryoshka Vocaloid Gumi cosplay, but I'm not sure if I'm allowed to bring it.. I'll of course take out the batteries so it won't be in use, but is there anything else I need to do to get it peace bonded..?
No. They're not allowed at all, sorry.

EDITED:
I just want to clarify a little; that's a convention center policy as a whole, rather than a props only policy. Noise-amplification devices are not allowed except for those built into the convention center, and those used by specific FanimeCon events/staff.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: tsukichu☆ on February 15, 2012, 05:30:53 PM
Are megaphones allowed in the con? I'm planning to use a megaphone as a prop for my Matryoshka Vocaloid Gumi cosplay, but I'm not sure if I'm allowed to bring it.. I'll of course take out the batteries so it won't be in use, but is there anything else I need to do to get it peace bonded..?
No. They're not allowed at all, sorry.

EDITED:
I just want to clarify a little; that's a convention center policy as a whole, rather than a props only policy. Noise-amplification devices are not allowed except for those built into the convention center, and those used by specific FanimeCon events/staff.

Okay, thank you for clarifying!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Chesid on February 22, 2012, 02:28:21 AM
I have an inquiry in regards to food props. It's probably a no-brainer "NO", but I just want to be sure.

A couple of my group's members are cosplaying characters with an affinity to certain foods (cupcakes & muffins). I was planning on making a few large muffins for one member to have for our cosplay gathering, and to carry around at the con. The other friend would have a small, paper plate with a few (non-frosted) cupcakes that we're going to buy.

I'm asking this because in the past, I've seen cosplays of (example) Mrs. Lovett from Sweeney Todd, carrying around a platter of (actual) mince meat pies.

Would this be allowed at Fanime so long as the food is not being eaten, and is wrapped?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on February 22, 2012, 09:20:59 AM
I have an inquiry in regards to food props. It's probably a no-brainer "NO", but I just want to be sure.

A couple of my group's members are cosplaying characters with an affinity to certain foods (cupcakes & muffins). I was planning on making a few large muffins for one member to have for our cosplay gathering, and to carry around at the con. The other friend would have a small, paper plate with a few (non-frosted) cupcakes that we're going to buy.

I'm asking this because in the past, I've seen cosplays of (example) Mrs. Lovett from Sweeney Todd, carrying around a platter of (actual) mince meat pies.

Would this be allowed at Fanime so long as the food is not being eaten, and is wrapped?
Honestly, if you want to carry around-- and eat-- food, that's fine. What we can't allow is the distribution of food except by licensed vendors.  Which really means that you can't give it away or sell it. Just be conscientious about crowds, please.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: nymphadora on February 22, 2012, 10:49:35 PM
This will be my first time attending a con that requires peace-bonding, so my understanding of it is kind of shaky. I apologise in advance for any silly roll-your-eyes questions!

If I buy a water pistol (~ six inches long) and paint it bright pink, does that count as a "bright safety-colour"? Does it still need the orange tip? If yes, where can I get one?

Thank you!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on February 22, 2012, 11:05:42 PM
This will be my first time attending a con that requires peace-bonding, so my understanding of it is kind of shaky. I apologise in advance for any silly roll-your-eyes questions!

If I buy a water pistol (~ six inches long) and paint it bright pink, does that count as a "bright safety-colour"? Does it still need the orange tip? If yes, where can I get one?

Thank you!

To carry a water pistol, you would need to somehow make it non-functional. Removing the trigger, or putting a hole in it would qualify. Painting it bright pink would count as a "safety color."
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Freeden on February 23, 2012, 12:29:41 AM
Quick question: For my cosplay, I have a flintlock that I plan to bring. It's made of metal but completely non-functioning as it is not only a replica and incapable of firing but missing necessary parts that would allow it to fire anyway. It does have a functioning trigger, but beyond that it's completely useless as a firearm. Because of the nature of the gun, it being a flintlock, I am curious to know what the policy would be. Do I just need to get it peacebonded? Or will it be completely prohibited? I can't imagine anyone would possibly mistake it for a working gun, considering how it looks, but I am just not sure. Thanks.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on February 23, 2012, 08:42:07 AM
Quick question: For my cosplay, I have a flintlock that I plan to bring. It's made of metal but completely non-functioning as it is not only a replica and incapable of firing but missing necessary parts that would allow it to fire anyway. It does have a functioning trigger, but beyond that it's completely useless as a firearm. Because of the nature of the gun, it being a flintlock, I am curious to know what the policy would be. Do I just need to get it peacebonded? Or will it be completely prohibited? I can't imagine anyone would possibly mistake it for a working gun, considering how it looks, but I am just not sure. Thanks.
I would need to see a picture to be able to establish how realistic it is when missing key pieces, but my gut reaction is "no" because it is a replica-- which means it is designed to be realistic-- and it utilizes significant parts of a "real" gun. If you could get me a picture, I would appreciate it, because it would help me determine if there is some way we could allow it (perhaps holstered, for example) or if it is completely against the rules.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: heidipak on February 23, 2012, 10:29:52 AM
Read through every prior post, and just wanted a quick clarification/confirmation.

Suou, from Darker than Black, uses a rifle kind of similar in design to Yoko's but a bit less bulky (and a little more realistic to historically used rifles).  Just under the assumptions that:
1. I am an absolute beginner at prop making, so this will most likely turn out quite fake looking.
2. Will be utilizing plastic pieces, PVC pipes, no moving/working anything, and of course the orange tip.

Hypothetically, would her rifle prop be allowed, like Yoko's?

Thank you.
Reference picture below, Suou has red hair.

http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=MiJ&sa=X&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1114&bih=625&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=Pb2tv3hd9y8ecM:&imgrefurl=http://www.capsulecomputers.com.au/2011/11/darker-than-black-gemini-of-the-meteor-review/&docid=zI8cYG32xyZ7PM&imgurl=http://www.capsulecomputers.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/darker-than-black-screenshot-03.jpg&w=600&h=338&ei=S4NGT_TfI-qkiQK0wuzaDQ&zoom=1 (http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=MiJ&sa=X&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1114&bih=625&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=Pb2tv3hd9y8ecM:&imgrefurl=http://www.capsulecomputers.com.au/2011/11/darker-than-black-gemini-of-the-meteor-review/&docid=zI8cYG32xyZ7PM&imgurl=http://www.capsulecomputers.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/darker-than-black-screenshot-03.jpg&w=600&h=338&ei=S4NGT_TfI-qkiQK0wuzaDQ&zoom=1)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: 1tactician on February 23, 2012, 01:04:44 PM
I attended Fanime last year as a Resident Evil based Umbrella Biohazard Containment Section agent.  Here are some pics of my costume:

http://flic.kr/p/a9wHUM (http://flic.kr/p/a9wHUM)
http://flic.kr/p/a9zsyy (http://flic.kr/p/a9zsyy)

It doesnt have the words 'security' or 'police' anywhere on it.  Would it be allowed this year?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: azreale on February 23, 2012, 01:21:10 PM
one of my cosplays is a mermaid, i won't be able to walk, so it a wheelchair that has been decked-out to look like I'm siting on a pile of netting, or in a giant fish bowl be alright? I know things with wheels are kind of a no-no but with out the wheelchair I will not be able to use the cosplay. I know little wagons are a no, (which I would have preferred to use) so I'm asking about a wheelchair, even though I'm not handicapped.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: javits on February 26, 2012, 01:23:54 PM
I know that most baseball bats are out of the question (as per the top post's bit about clubs), but what's the official word about other sports equipment, given this year's theme?  In particular I'd like to make sure soccer balls are OK -- I'd hate to pack one in my luggage and then not be able to carry it around!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: theophenes on February 27, 2012, 01:05:44 AM
As far as visbility goes, that means my visibility and not other people's? My costume has a veil that obscures my face form a distance, but I see through it fine. I assume that wouldn't require a handler?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: egrrr on February 28, 2012, 12:32:54 AM
i have a costume that has DA (Dumbledore's Army) in sticker form and a shirt.  Since it has the word "ARMY" does that make my costume ineligible for the con?

here's a few pics:

http://www.redbubble.com/people/stevephoenix/works/7496649-dumbledores-army?p=t-shirt (http://www.redbubble.com/people/stevephoenix/works/7496649-dumbledores-army?p=t-shirt)

http://www.redbubble.com/people/loveaj/works/7424089-dumbledores-army-still-recruiting?p=sticker (http://www.redbubble.com/people/loveaj/works/7424089-dumbledores-army-still-recruiting?p=sticker)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: sugarcure on February 28, 2012, 12:46:20 AM
I have a question about my sign. Sorry if someone has asked this before but I'm too lazy to scroll through everything xD My sign will be made of an 8 and a half by 11 inch piece of paper. Nothing fancy, one is a fake contract and the other just says "CONTRACT?". Is this something that needs to be peace bonded? 
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on February 28, 2012, 11:59:49 AM
Apologies to everyone for the delay. I try to be prompt, but it's been a busy week at work and this was my first opportunity to check in. Your answers are below:



Read through every prior post, and just wanted a quick clarification/confirmation.

Suou, from Darker than Black, uses a rifle kind of similar in design to Yoko's but a bit less bulky (and a little more realistic to historically used rifles).  Just under the assumptions that:
1. I am an absolute beginner at prop making, so this will most likely turn out quite fake looking.
2. Will be utilizing plastic pieces, PVC pipes, no moving/working anything, and of course the orange tip.

Hypothetically, would her rifle prop be allowed, like Yoko's?

Thank you.
Reference picture below, Suou has red hair.

http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=MiJ&sa=X&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1114&bih=625&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=Pb2tv3hd9y8ecM:&imgrefurl=http://www.capsulecomputers.com.au/2011/11/darker-than-black-gemini-of-the-meteor-review/&docid=zI8cYG32xyZ7PM&imgurl=http://www.capsulecomputers.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/darker-than-black-screenshot-03.jpg&w=600&h=338&ei=S4NGT_TfI-qkiQK0wuzaDQ&zoom=1 (http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=MiJ&sa=X&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1114&bih=625&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=Pb2tv3hd9y8ecM:&imgrefurl=http://www.capsulecomputers.com.au/2011/11/darker-than-black-gemini-of-the-meteor-review/&docid=zI8cYG32xyZ7PM&imgurl=http://www.capsulecomputers.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/darker-than-black-screenshot-03.jpg&w=600&h=338&ei=S4NGT_TfI-qkiQK0wuzaDQ&zoom=1)
Hm. I don't see any issues with it provided you maintain the orange tip and don't go for absolute realism. Of course, the final verdict would depend upon the completed prop, but I don't foresee issues.

I attended Fanime last year as a Resident Evil based Umbrella Biohazard Containment Section agent.  Here are some pics of my costume:

http://flic.kr/p/a9wHUM (http://flic.kr/p/a9wHUM)
http://flic.kr/p/a9zsyy (http://flic.kr/p/a9zsyy)

It doesnt have the words 'security' or 'police' anywhere on it.  Would it be allowed this year?
The revision of the rules with specifics about the words/patches is so people can wear costumes like this. I don't see any immediate issues, except for the guns. The pistol would need to be fake (and follow rules regarding prop-guns), and have a bright peace-bond on the outside securing it into the holster, or you would not be able to carry it, and without more of the rifle, I can't say for sure, but the bit I can see looks like something we would not be able to allow.

one of my cosplays is a mermaid, i won't be able to walk, so it a wheelchair that has been decked-out to look like I'm siting on a pile of netting, or in a giant fish bowl be alright? I know things with wheels are kind of a no-no but with out the wheelchair I will not be able to use the cosplay. I know little wagons are a no, (which I would have preferred to use) so I'm asking about a wheelchair, even though I'm not handicapped.
I have answered one previous question regarding wheelchairs, and I will tell you the same thing I told them:

Yes, you can use the wheelchair as a prop, but we've got a few restrictions for use. It must be tagged with a peace-bond because it is a prop and not a legitimate medical device. It may not be used to get handicap access to any events at the convention. Even if offered, please decline any special treatment, as it is intended for disabled people, rather than cosplays.

Do not misuse a wheelchair as a prop: make it clear that you are not using the wheelchair for any "perks" such as jumping lines or early seating.

If you go somewhere like MusicFest, we hope you will leave the wheelchair in your room, as it would take up valuable space inside an already crowded venue. The same goes for any of the other popular events (such as Masquerade or popular panels/autograph signings etc.)

Not to put pressure on you, but the behavior of your group with this wheelchair will determine future policy. If you behave responsibly, we can continue to allow it in the future.


I know that most baseball bats are out of the question (as per the top post's bit about clubs), but what's the official word about other sports equipment, given this year's theme?  In particular I'd like to make sure soccer balls are OK -- I'd hate to pack one in my luggage and then not be able to carry it around!
Carrying a soccer ball as a prop would be fine provided you were in a costume which it suited.

As far as visbility goes, that means my visibility and not other people's? My costume has a veil that obscures my face form a distance, but I see through it fine. I assume that wouldn't require a handler?
It's about your ability to use your peripheral vision and navigate a crowd without being a danger to yourself or others. Provided you could navigate a crowded room with the veil on and not run into anyone due to limited visibility, there should not be an issue.

i have a costume that has DA (Dumbledore's Army) in sticker form and a shirt.  Since it has the word "ARMY" does that make my costume ineligible for the con?

here's a few pics:

http://www.redbubble.com/people/stevephoenix/works/7496649-dumbledores-army?p=t-shirt (http://www.redbubble.com/people/stevephoenix/works/7496649-dumbledores-army?p=t-shirt)

http://www.redbubble.com/people/loveaj/works/7424089-dumbledores-army-still-recruiting?p=sticker (http://www.redbubble.com/people/loveaj/works/7424089-dumbledores-army-still-recruiting?p=sticker)
In this case, since it is a T-Shirt and not a Military-esque cosplay, it's fine. However, there are rules in the code-of-conduct about stickers. The San Jose Convention Center does not want people distributing them because they inevitably end up stuck on SJCC property.

I have a question about my sign. Sorry if someone has asked this before but I'm too lazy to scroll through everything xD My sign will be made of an 8 and a half by 11 inch piece of paper. Nothing fancy, one is a fake contract and the other just says "CONTRACT?". Is this something that needs to be peace bonded? 
Provided you don't run around and try to viciously papercut everyone you come across, I don't think we'll need to peace-bond it. (And really, if you were doing that, I think we would have issues besides your paper being peace-bonded.) However, to carry any sign you will need to be in a costume.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: sugarcure on February 28, 2012, 11:32:50 PM
I have a question about my sign. Sorry if someone has asked this before but I'm too lazy to scroll through everything xD My sign will be made of an 8 and a half by 11 inch piece of paper. Nothing fancy, one is a fake contract and the other just says "CONTRACT?". Is this something that needs to be peace bonded? 
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Provided you don't run around and try to viciously papercut everyone you come across, I don't think we'll need to peace-bond it. (And really, if you were doing that, I think we would have issues besides your paper being peace-bonded.) However, to carry any sign you will need to be in a costume.
Lol I'll try not to terrorize anyone with my paper assassination skills. Not to worry it goes along with my costume. Thank you for getting back to me (:
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: forever adel on March 01, 2012, 04:01:58 PM
I was planning on cosplay a nightelf from World of Warcraft...is this considered indecent exposure?

Here's a picture reference of her..

http://www.flickr.com/photos/10767591@N03/2120486362/
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 01, 2012, 04:05:43 PM
I was planning on cosplay a nightelf from World of Warcraft...is this considered indecent exposure?

Here's a picture reference of her..

http://www.flickr.com/photos/10767591@N03/2120486362/
Our rule of thumb on that one is whether it covers all "private areas" at least as well as a bathing suit would and does not allow details to be discerned through the fabric. It looks like it'd be fine provided you take measures to ensure you won't fall out or accidentally flash anyone.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: forever adel on March 01, 2012, 10:42:39 PM
I was planning on cosplay a nightelf from World of Warcraft...is this considered indecent exposure?

Here's a picture reference of her..

http://www.flickr.com/photos/10767591@N03/2120486362/
Our rule of thumb on that one is whether it covers all "private areas" at least as well as a bathing suit would and does not allow details to be discerned through the fabric. It looks like it'd be fine provided you take measures to ensure you won't fall out or accidentally flash anyone.

alrighty, thank you so much! i didn't want to finish the armor to find out I couldn't use it >.<;; I actually am using a bathing suit so it is for sure fully covered and lined! :D
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: amaya_JDB on March 02, 2012, 01:55:37 PM
I'm trying to understand this part of the policy:

Sword-like props may not be made of live steel (2) or have a hardened edge if of other materials (wood, plastic or laminates).


So, if I have a full wooden sword, would that be considered a "hardened edge?" Thank you!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: somegirlkatie on March 02, 2012, 11:38:03 PM
I feel awkward for asking, HEY GUYS CAN I BRING MY BROOM TO THE CONVENTION!? I PROMISE NOT TO SWEEP UP STUFF.

The prop needed for my cosplay is a broom... with a spear head.
Which I have yet to figure out what I'm going to make the spear head out of though. I'm thinking foam or something.
http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111019150125/leagueoflegends/images/0/03/Nidalee_BewitchingSkin.jpg
^ Is a picture of her weapon.

I bought my broom already, the actual broom part is made of corn. The handle is made of either really hard plastic or wood. I can't really tell. It's not splintery or anything its very smooth. ANYWAYS - I was wondering if this is all sounding acceptable for a peacebond.

I can take a picture of the broom in question if it's needed. x3



Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 08, 2012, 10:42:21 AM
I'm trying to understand this part of the policy:

Sword-like props may not be made of live steel (2) or have a hardened edge if of other materials (wood, plastic or laminates).


So, if I have a full wooden sword, would that be considered a "hardened edge?" Thank you!
A wooden sword which did not have an edge which was deliberately sharpened would be fine.

I feel awkward for asking, HEY GUYS CAN I BRING MY BROOM TO THE CONVENTION!? I PROMISE NOT TO SWEEP UP STUFF.

The prop needed for my cosplay is a broom... with a spear head.
Which I have yet to figure out what I'm going to make the spear head out of though. I'm thinking foam or something.
http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111019150125/leagueoflegends/images/0/03/Nidalee_BewitchingSkin.jpg
^ Is a picture of her weapon.

I bought my broom already, the actual broom part is made of corn. The handle is made of either really hard plastic or wood. I can't really tell. It's not splintery or anything its very smooth. ANYWAYS - I was wondering if this is all sounding acceptable for a peacebond.

I can take a picture of the broom in question if it's needed. x3

Thanks in advance!
The broom would be fine. The spear head would need to be made out of anything besides metal, and not sharpened, and as long as it still fit through a door, you'd be ok. (I've actually had stranger questions, so don't worry about it. :D)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: badass06 on March 10, 2012, 09:01:14 PM
i have 2 questions about props.  my first question is what is the policy on props for oc (original character) characters ? one of my cosplays is an oc anbu from one of my fanfics im working on and one of my oc's main weapons is a crossbow.the main reason i ask is because of the policy of weapons have to be what charcter usually carries. i have a airsoft crossbow that has the orange tip. if i dont bring any projectiles and have the trigger locked will it still be able to be brought?? i plan to just pose with the crossbow as its my oc's main weapon.  my second question is about my second cosplay. im also going as shawn "the clown" from SLIPKNOT. usually when shawn is on stage he has a black and red baseball bat with him. the bat i am bringing is one of those cheapass hollow plastick bats you can get at the dollar store, and i plan to paint it black and ducktape it with red tape.  will it be okay to bring?  hopefully you can get your anwers back soon, and to everyone have a kickass time at fanime 8)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 10, 2012, 09:20:31 PM
i have 2 questions about props.  my first question is what is the policy on props for oc (original character) characters ? one of my cosplays is an oc anbu from one of my fanfics im working on and one of my oc's main weapons is a crossbow.the main reason i ask is because of the policy of weapons have to be what charcter usually carries. i have a airsoft crossbow that has the orange tip. if i dont bring any projectiles and have the trigger locked will it still be able to be brought?? i plan to just pose with the crossbow as its my oc's main weapon. 
The short answer: No.

The longer answer: We do not allow airsoft, or crossbows, so an airsoft crossbow is a definite no. The issue is not with the fact that it is an original character, as we allow them when they suit the spirit of the convention and are clearly a costume. Rather, it is with the fact that it is an airsoft crossbow, which would not be allowed regardless of functionality.

my second question is about my second cosplay. im also going as shawn "the clown" from SLIPKNOT. usually when shawn is on stage he has a black and red baseball bat with him. the bat i am bringing is one of those cheapass hollow plastick bats you can get at the dollar store, and i plan to paint it black and ducktape it with red tape.  will it be okay to bring?  hopefully you can get your anwers back soon, and to everyone have a kickass time at fanime 8)
A hollow plastic bat would theoretically be alright, but it would need to be peace-bonded, and you would not be allowed to brandish it at all.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: octorok on March 12, 2012, 12:16:23 AM
Hello!

Are there any guidelines that handlers need to follow? Or do they just need to be able to see and guide their cosplayers around the con?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 12, 2012, 12:45:19 AM
Hello!

Are there any guidelines that handlers need to follow? Or do they just need to be able to see and guide their cosplayers around the con?
No specific guidelines, no. Their job is to help their cosplayers safely navigate crowds, and ensure that nobody gets injured and costumes are not damaged.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: AnimefanJJ on March 25, 2012, 11:58:19 PM
Hey,

First year with a prop gun and maybe a prop knife. I am light in a slight confusion over the gun-like rule. I will be a Russian spy oc character, jacket with gun hoslter. My gun will be in a hostler with the handle in view, nothing works on it except for the clip release. My question is should I mark my handle of my gun to show it is a prop? Also yes my gun will be on the out side of my jacket.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 26, 2012, 12:24:24 AM
Hey,

First year with a prop gun and maybe a prop knife. I am light in a slight confusion over the gun-like rule. I will be a Russian spy oc character, jacket with gun hoslter. My gun will be in a hostler with the handle in view, nothing works on it except for the clip release. My question is should I mark my handle of my gun to show it is a prop? Also yes my gun will be on the out side of my jacket.
Do you have a picture of the gun?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: AnimefanJJ on March 26, 2012, 01:30:00 AM
Hey,

First year with a prop gun and maybe a prop knife. I am light in a slight confusion over the gun-like rule. I will be a Russian spy oc character, jacket with gun hoslter. My gun will be in a hostler with the handle in view, nothing works on it except for the clip release. My question is should I mark my handle of my gun to show it is a prop? Also yes my gun will be on the out side of my jacket.
Do you have a picture of the gun?
Why yes I do. (http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y47/Sir_JJ/DSC00065.jpg) and (http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y47/Sir_JJ/DSC00066.jpg)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 26, 2012, 08:50:14 AM
Hey,

First year with a prop gun and maybe a prop knife. I am light in a slight confusion over the gun-like rule. I will be a Russian spy oc character, jacket with gun hoslter. My gun will be in a hostler with the handle in view, nothing works on it except for the clip release. My question is should I mark my handle of my gun to show it is a prop? Also yes my gun will be on the out side of my jacket.
Do you have a picture of the gun?
Why yes I do. (http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y47/Sir_JJ/DSC00065.jpg) and (http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y47/Sir_JJ/DSC00066.jpg)
So, looking at your gun, my gut says no. Especially if you just have the grip sticking out of the holster.

The issue is that the orange tip won't help anything at all if its in the holster.

However, I'm going to talk to my boss and see what he thinks, and what he wants to do with holstered guns this year. I hope to have a final verdict within a day or so.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: AnimefanJJ on March 26, 2012, 04:01:13 PM
So, looking at your gun, my gut says no. Especially if you just have the grip sticking out of the holster.
Well like I said I can mark the grip, but I will wait to see what your boss says.
The issue is that the orange tip won't help anything at all if its in the holster.

However, I'm going to talk to my boss and see what he thinks, and what he wants to do with holstered guns this year. I hope to have a final verdict within a day or so.
I shell wait then.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Cosplay Circus on March 26, 2012, 08:11:46 PM
Well... crap. Apparently my notifications of new replies were getting sent to my spam box. Apologies for the delay, guys.

So I just recently added another cosplay to my list, I didn't think about it until afterwords but this costume requires a whip as shown in this picture:
http://i47.tinypic.com/2n6hq2t.png

I know the rule with
- Real Weapons, Projectile Weapons (such as airsoft, or bb guns), Live Steel, Metal/Wooden Baseball Bats, Metal Kunai, Incendiary Devices, Solicitous Signs, Lasers, Laser Pointers, Paddles, Whips, Floggers, Brass Knuckles, Butterfly Knives, Concealed Blades, Throwing Stars, Tonfa, Saps, Clubs, Nunchaku, Sai, Metal or Glass props, to name a few.
But I was wondering if there is any such way to where a whip would be acceptable whether it be having to peace bond/attach it to the costume or if even a homemade version would be allowed if it were made with a different material or fake leather. Also asking for another friend who will need something like a riding crop for their costume, we weren't sure if that fell into the category of a whip or not.

Thanks~
We've allowed cloth "whips" in the past. It was made of fleece.

We've also taken the "whip" part and coiled it back along the handle so there were loops (I think that's what Wolftale's reply suggested...

We'll work with you on that one at-con, provided we can make it so it doesn't actually... whip.
Just returning to this for a moment; what about taking the end whip piece and taking electrical tape and folding just that piece back along the main part of the whip so that it could still be held looking like it was functional but the end part would be rendered unusable and possibly even peace bound to be sure that the tape cannot be taken off of it. Was just a thought that popped into my head so that I might be able to still pose holding it in pictures around the convention, I can explain or maybe provide a visual example if needed. Mainly just needed to ask about this since I'm probably going to be buying the whip soon and want to be sure I'll not be required to mutilate it at the con... I'd still like to actually use it as a whip after con season is over so permanent cutting off of the tip options wouldn't work well for me.

Thank you for taking the time to help me on this!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Admiral Donuts on March 27, 2012, 02:38:47 PM
I will be a Russian spy oc character, jacket with gun hoslter.

...correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm under the impression OCs aren't actual characters and therefore you can't carry weapons and get them peacebonded? Or is that just for non-weapons like signs and flags?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 27, 2012, 02:40:46 PM
I will be a Russian spy oc character, jacket with gun hoslter.

...correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm under the impression OCs aren't actual characters and therefore you can't carry weapons and get them peacebonded? Or is that just for non-weapons like signs and flags?
Actually, there are no rules that say it has to be an "actual character," just that it must clearly be a costume.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Aelia on March 27, 2012, 02:41:55 PM
Well... crap. Apparently my notifications of new replies were getting sent to my spam box. Apologies for the delay, guys.

So I just recently added another cosplay to my list, I didn't think about it until afterwords but this costume requires a whip as shown in this picture:
http://i47.tinypic.com/2n6hq2t.png

I know the rule with
- Real Weapons, Projectile Weapons (such as airsoft, or bb guns), Live Steel, Metal/Wooden Baseball Bats, Metal Kunai, Incendiary Devices, Solicitous Signs, Lasers, Laser Pointers, Paddles, Whips, Floggers, Brass Knuckles, Butterfly Knives, Concealed Blades, Throwing Stars, Tonfa, Saps, Clubs, Nunchaku, Sai, Metal or Glass props, to name a few.
But I was wondering if there is any such way to where a whip would be acceptable whether it be having to peace bond/attach it to the costume or if even a homemade version would be allowed if it were made with a different material or fake leather. Also asking for another friend who will need something like a riding crop for their costume, we weren't sure if that fell into the category of a whip or not.

Thanks~
We've allowed cloth "whips" in the past. It was made of fleece.

We've also taken the "whip" part and coiled it back along the handle so there were loops (I think that's what Wolftale's reply suggested...

We'll work with you on that one at-con, provided we can make it so it doesn't actually... whip.
Just returning to this for a moment; what about taking the end whip piece and taking electrical tape and folding just that piece back along the main part of the whip so that it could still be held looking like it was functional but the end part would be rendered unusable and possibly even peace bound to be sure that the tape cannot be taken off of it. Was just a thought that popped into my head so that I might be able to still pose holding it in pictures around the convention, I can explain or maybe provide a visual example if needed. Mainly just needed to ask about this since I'm probably going to be buying the whip soon and want to be sure I'll not be required to mutilate it at the con... I'd still like to actually use it as a whip after con season is over so permanent cutting off of the tip options wouldn't work well for me.

Thank you for taking the time to help me on this!

The issue with whips is not just the bit at the end, but the whip as a whole. The only way we've allowed them has been coiled, or when they were made of fleece.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: Cosplay Circus on March 27, 2012, 06:01:00 PM
Well... crap. Apparently my notifications of new replies were getting sent to my spam box. Apologies for the delay, guys.

So I just recently added another cosplay to my list, I didn't think about it until afterwords but this costume requires a whip as shown in this picture:
http://i47.tinypic.com/2n6hq2t.png

I know the rule with
- Real Weapons, Projectile Weapons (such as airsoft, or bb guns), Live Steel, Metal/Wooden Baseball Bats, Metal Kunai, Incendiary Devices, Solicitous Signs, Lasers, Laser Pointers, Paddles, Whips, Floggers, Brass Knuckles, Butterfly Knives, Concealed Blades, Throwing Stars, Tonfa, Saps, Clubs, Nunchaku, Sai, Metal or Glass props, to name a few.
But I was wondering if there is any such way to where a whip would be acceptable whether it be having to peace bond/attach it to the costume or if even a homemade version would be allowed if it were made with a different material or fake leather. Also asking for another friend who will need something like a riding crop for their costume, we weren't sure if that fell into the category of a whip or not.

Thanks~
We've allowed cloth "whips" in the past. It was made of fleece.

We've also taken the "whip" part and coiled it back along the handle so there were loops (I think that's what Wolftale's reply suggested...

We'll work with you on that one at-con, provided we can make it so it doesn't actually... whip.
Just returning to this for a moment; what about taking the end whip piece and taking electrical tape and folding just that piece back along the main part of the whip so that it could still be held looking like it was functional but the end part would be rendered unusable and possibly even peace bound to be sure that the tape cannot be taken off of it. Was just a thought that popped into my head so that I might be able to still pose holding it in pictures around the convention, I can explain or maybe provide a visual example if needed. Mainly just needed to ask about this since I'm probably going to be buying the whip soon and want to be sure I'll not be required to mutilate it at the con... I'd still like to actually use it as a whip after con season is over so permanent cutting off of the tip options wouldn't work well for me.

Thank you for taking the time to help me on this!

The issue with whips is not just the bit at the end, but the whip as a whole. The only way we've allowed them has been coiled, or when they were made of fleece.
I see, hm I'll figure something out to walk around with and just use the other for photo shoots.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Dawnshadow on March 27, 2012, 07:28:41 PM
When it means throwing stars, does it only apply to the real metal/plasic ones?

I made these origami ones out of foil from some candy and painted them black with nail polish. If I throw them they flop to the ground (since they are so light) and bend easily. If I were to throw them outside the wind would knock them down very quickly. (they also look pretty fake, two of the points are larger than the other two)

They look something like this but are shinier and thinner:
http://www.en.origami-club.com/fun/shuriken/shuriken/index.html
(you could try making some out of foil and see how they act for yourself. Mine have a diameter of 2 inches so they are pretty small)

I'm cosplaying as Itachi and thought that they'd be wonderful props for posing. D: (or should I see what the peace-bonders say at the convention?)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 27, 2012, 10:46:54 PM
When it means throwing stars, does it only apply to the real metal/plasic ones?

I made these origami ones out of foil from some candy and painted them black with nail polish. If I throw them they flop to the ground (since they are so light) and bend easily. If I were to throw them outside the wind would knock them down very quickly. (they also look pretty fake, two of the points are larger than the other two)

They look something like this but are shinier and thinner:
http://www.en.origami-club.com/fun/shuriken/shuriken/index.html
(you could try making some out of foil and see how they act for yourself. Mine have a diameter of 2 inches so they are pretty small)

I'm cosplaying as Itachi and thought that they'd be wonderful props for posing. D: (or should I see what the peace-bonders say at the convention?)
Paper should be fine.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Bsan89 on April 02, 2012, 01:53:18 AM
I moved to Seattle since last year (PAX PRIME! SAKURACON!) Coming back to San Jose in time for Fanime-con!
I'm bring back my Fanime2007 Pride costume Jin-Roh Panzer Cop.

I guess it look somthing like this,

(http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs24/i/2007/320/6/e/Jin_Roh_cosplay_by_black_tachikoma.jpg)

Its all non-firing of course, including my pistol & German grenade.
Just check in to have it safety band?

P.S: I also have a 100 fake ammo belt that goes on the gun.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on April 02, 2012, 08:27:05 AM
I moved to Seattle since last year (PAX PRIME! SAKURACON!) Coming back to San Jose in time for Fanime-con!
I'm bring back my Fanime2007 Pride costume Jin-Roh Panzer Cop.

I guess it look somthing like this,

(http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs24/i/2007/320/6/e/Jin_Roh_cosplay_by_black_tachikoma.jpg)

Its all non-firing of course, including my pistol & German grenade.
Just check in to have it safety band?

P.S: I also have a 100 fake ammo belt that goes on the gun.
I don't think I can OK that for a variety of reasons.
1) That gun is a little too realistic, and is lacking the orange tip required of that sort of weapon.
2) We do not allow fake explosives, so the grenades are out.
3) I can't see the pistol, so I can't give you a verdict on that, either.

The costume (minus gun) should be ok.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: mdarkpoet on April 02, 2012, 11:08:18 AM
(http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q19/mDarkPoet/image201204020003.jpg)

I have a general question regarding my toy handguns that I'm going to paint and use for a prop. I bought these for 6 bucks at Wal-Mart, when you hold them they're extremely light plastic and are made for kids essentially. They have no gun-like working parts and have that lovely safety orange tip.

HOWEVER I am going to be painting the gun silver with ivory handles. But leaving the bright orange tip of course haha.

The only issue is the toy does make noise, not extremely realistic, but it makes noise. Is the noise thing an issue or should I take the batteries out for extra measure?

I really want these peace bonded @_@ they're essential to my costume. T____T
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Rebeccakh on April 03, 2012, 07:00:39 PM
I'm wondering, would I have to get my hand peace bonded because I have these long (not too ridiculously long) thin wooden dowels taped to my fingers for claws.
at 0:36 you can see them.
http://youtu.be/DuZfCkav_eM
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Rhoswen on April 03, 2012, 07:28:21 PM
Hi, I'm not sure is a fan falls under "weapon", but the person I'm cosplaying as has a bladed fan as her weapon. To be more specific it's Fiora Cavazza. I made the fan from a paper one u can get at like a dollar store, and its painted black with a printed design on it. no real blades or anything on it. Does it still need to be peace-bond because it's a weapon for the cosplay? Or is it OK because its just a fan?
Here is a posted pic if u need to judge it.

 http://assassins-creed-girl.deviantart.com/gallery/32824485#/d4au9nw

Thanks.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Bsan89 on April 04, 2012, 02:06:41 AM
Hi, I'm not sure is a fan falls under "weapon", but the person I'm cosplaying as has a bladed fan as her weapon. To be more specific it's Fiora Cavazza. I made the fan from a paper one u can get at like a dollar store, and its painted black with a printed design on it. no real blades or anything on it. Does it still need to be peace-bond because it's a weapon for the cosplay? Or is it OK because its just a fan?
Here is a posted pic if u need to judge it.

 http://assassins-creed-girl.deviantart.com/gallery/32824485#/d4au9nw

Thanks.

I LIKEY Pologirl! +1
Guess I have another new target for my Assassin Creed Brotherhood Cosplay  :D
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Bsan89 on April 04, 2012, 02:10:24 AM
I moved to Seattle since last year (PAX PRIME! SAKURACON!) Coming back to San Jose in time for Fanime-con!
I'm bring back my Fanime2007 Pride costume Jin-Roh Panzer Cop.

I guess it look somthing like this,

(http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs24/i/2007/320/6/e/Jin_Roh_cosplay_by_black_tachikoma.jpg)

Its all non-firing of course, including my pistol & German grenade.
Just check in to have it safety band?

P.S: I also have a 100 fake ammo belt that goes on the gun.
I don't think I can OK that for a variety of reasons.
1) That gun is a little too realistic, and is lacking the orange tip required of that sort of weapon.
2) We do not allow fake explosives, so the grenades are out.
3) I can't see the pistol, so I can't give you a verdict on that, either.

The costume (minus gun) should be ok.

Thanks for replying Aelia,

I can always tape/paint my gun orange if need be.
I used to live in SJ so I know SJPD been more & more hardcore over the years.
I'll just bring everything in, and you guys can see for yourself.
There's quite a few equipment I carry but its all ww2 stuff so, ya.
As soon as I enter the con I'll go straight to you guys
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: loner on April 05, 2012, 11:13:33 AM
on a real bow that needs to look like its tensioned, what if i used knitting string you know the kind made for scarfs and beanies? i understand its a real weapon but i also understand it cant be made to be tension preventing it from firing right? using a wool or  cotton fabric to string the bow would mark it unfireable no? also what im trying to say is that if i used a real bow and its unstrung it wont look like a bow...
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: nightwingdragoness on April 05, 2012, 10:35:08 PM
Hello, I'm cosplaying Uryuu Ryuunosuke from Fate/Zero, and I have four questions:

I am wearing two chains attached to the front and back pockets of my pants.  They are sewn on well and I couldn't remove them if I wanted to.  They are light and thin; however, they are made of metal.  They do not catch on anything as I walk, and most of the chains themselves are hidden under my shirt, which is long.  Are these acceptable to wear? 
Second, I have a metal bangle bracelet.  It is light and the edges are round.  Is this acceptable?
Third (and this is probably a no-brainer), I have a prop scalpel made out of a pencil and plastic.  It is all silver.  It's very small, as props go, but this probably needs to be peace-bonded, right?
Last, I am going to be carrying around a plushie of Caster (also from Fate/Zero).  He is not part of my costume per se, but he relates to it somewhat and I'd probably be bringing him along even if I weren't cosplaying.  Does this count as a prop, or could it be just something I'm carrying around?  If it counts as a prop, do I need to get him peace-bonded?  I'm not sure there is any spot on the plushie where it could be peace-bonded well.

Thank you for your time.  This is my first convention and first cosplay, so sorry if the answers to these seem obvious.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Maniacal_Mutton on April 08, 2012, 12:32:33 PM
Hello, I have a few questions regarding the props for a costume I shall be wearing at the convention. I am going to be dressed as one of the survivors from the game Left 4 Dead 2. I've already made a prop cricket bat out of cardboard and a PVC pipe, but would also like to make a machine gun and/or pistol for some variety.

http://images.wikia.com/left4dead/images/c/c7/Smgw_2.png
http://images.wikia.com/left4dead/images/8/8c/Deaglew_2.png

The guns in question are a silenced machine gun and a magnum. Both will be made by hand from craft foam and cardboard and will have orange safety tips attached to them. I am concerned that they might be considered too realistic for the con since I am skilled enough to make them look almost exactly like the pictures. Also, in regards to the silenced machine gun, one of the details are zip-ties used to attach a flashlight to the barrel. I know Fanime uses zip-ties to show props are peace-bonded, but are they a special color to differentiate them from normal ones? I can always omit the ones off my prop so not to have them interfere with the bonding zip-tie.

The next few questions deal with carrying these props. In your prop rules section you said that "attendees are expected to carry their props carefully & in neutral positions" and that "sword-like and gun-like props should be holstered or otherwise secured". I've already made a harness that utilizes magnets to attach the cricket bat and machine gun securely to my back, however, I'd like to know if I have the option to carry them in my hands as well. Could I hold the cricket bat in one of my hands so it is rests against my shoulder in a neutral position as I walk around, or would this be an issue since it is not secured? The same question goes for the prop machine gun if it is deemed convention safe. Could I carry it in my hands as I walk around if it remains 45 degrees or lower to the floor? The pistol will be in a holster with an open bottom so the safety tip is visible and will remain there except for potential photos, if it is not bonded to the holster.

My last question involves a prop containing a liquid, since I don't think this has been addressed yet.

http://images.wikia.com/left4dead/images/f/f3/Bilebomb-bggrey.jpg

I have made a prop that looks like this item, created from a plastic bottle and cardboard. The liquid is water that has been dyed green with acrylic paint and sealed inside the bottle using a cork generously covered in wax and then hot glued to the cover, meaning it cannot be opened unless it were destroyed. Would such an item even be allowed, despite how it has been secured?

I'm sorry about the number of questions, but I want to be sure that these props are con safe before I get there.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on April 11, 2012, 12:08:50 AM
(http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q19/mDarkPoet/image201204020003.jpg)

I have a general question regarding my toy handguns that I'm going to paint and use for a prop. I bought these for 6 bucks at Wal-Mart, when you hold them they're extremely light plastic and are made for kids essentially. They have no gun-like working parts and have that lovely safety orange tip.

HOWEVER I am going to be painting the gun silver with ivory handles. But leaving the bright orange tip of course haha.

The only issue is the toy does make noise, not extremely realistic, but it makes noise. Is the noise thing an issue or should I take the batteries out for extra measure?

I really want these peace bonded @_@ they're essential to my costume. T____T
Definitely no batteries. The rest will depend on the paint job.

I'm wondering, would I have to get my hand peace bonded because I have these long (not too ridiculously long) thin wooden dowels taped to my fingers for claws.
at 0:36 you can see them.
http://youtu.be/DuZfCkav_eM
Yes. You would need to have that peace-bonded, as that would be more of a prop than a costume detail, despite it being taped to your hands.

**EDIT: to clarify; you will not be getting your hand peace-bonded, but we will try to find a way to tag one of the dowels.

Hi, I'm not sure is a fan falls under "weapon", but the person I'm cosplaying as has a bladed fan as her weapon. To be more specific it's Fiora Cavazza. I made the fan from a paper one u can get at like a dollar store, and its painted black with a printed design on it. no real blades or anything on it. Does it still need to be peace-bond because it's a weapon for the cosplay? Or is it OK because its just a fan?
Here is a posted pic if u need to judge it.

 http://assassins-creed-girl.deviantart.com/gallery/32824485#/d4au9nw

Thanks.
It wouldn't hurt to get it peacebonded, but I wouldn't say it would be required in this case.

I moved to Seattle since last year (PAX PRIME! SAKURACON!) Coming back to San Jose in time for Fanime-con!
I'm bring back my Fanime2007 Pride costume Jin-Roh Panzer Cop.

I guess it look somthing like this,

(http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs24/i/2007/320/6/e/Jin_Roh_cosplay_by_black_tachikoma.jpg)

Its all non-firing of course, including my pistol & German grenade.
Just check in to have it safety band?

P.S: I also have a 100 fake ammo belt that goes on the gun.
I don't think I can OK that for a variety of reasons.
1) That gun is a little too realistic, and is lacking the orange tip required of that sort of weapon.
2) We do not allow fake explosives, so the grenades are out.
3) I can't see the pistol, so I can't give you a verdict on that, either.

The costume (minus gun) should be ok.

Thanks for replying Aelia,

I can always tape/paint my gun orange if need be.
I used to live in SJ so I know SJPD been more & more hardcore over the years.
I'll just bring everything in, and you guys can see for yourself.
There's quite a few equipment I carry but its all ww2 stuff so, ya.
As soon as I enter the con I'll go straight to you guys
Bring it on to us. It's not just SJPD, although they're a large part. There are other factors including our agreements with the Facilities we use. We'll have peace-bonding on the first floor near the entrance halls while the Gatherings table is running, and inside one of the Willow Glen rooms in Second Floor Marriott.

on a real bow that needs to look like its tensioned, what if i used knitting string you know the kind made for scarfs and beanies? i understand its a real weapon but i also understand it cant be made to be tension preventing it from firing right? using a wool or  cotton fabric to string the bow would mark it unfireable no? also what im trying to say is that if i used a real bow and its unstrung it wont look like a bow...
Yarn? I'd have to see it in person to give an OK, but I can try to work with you if you come in with it.

Hello, I'm cosplaying Uryuu Ryuunosuke from Fate/Zero, and I have four questions:

I am wearing two chains attached to the front and back pockets of my pants.  They are sewn on well and I couldn't remove them if I wanted to.  They are light and thin; however, they are made of metal.  They do not catch on anything as I walk, and most of the chains themselves are hidden under my shirt, which is long.  Are these acceptable to wear?  
Second, I have a metal bangle bracelet.  It is light and the edges are round.  Is this acceptable?
Third (and this is probably a no-brainer), I have a prop scalpel made out of a pencil and plastic.  It is all silver.  It's very small, as props go, but this probably needs to be peace-bonded, right?
Last, I am going to be carrying around a plushie of Caster (also from Fate/Zero).  He is not part of my costume per se, but he relates to it somewhat and I'd probably be bringing him along even if I weren't cosplaying.  Does this count as a prop, or could it be just something I'm carrying around?  If it counts as a prop, do I need to get him peace-bonded?  I'm not sure there is any spot on the plushie where it could be peace-bonded well.

Thank you for your time.  This is my first convention and first cosplay, so sorry if the answers to these seem obvious.
The chains on your clothing/bracelet should be fine. Unless they're made of a heavy metal-- and it sounds like they aren't-- it shouldn't be a problem. The scalpel would need to be peace-bonded. The plushie would not. And really, I would rather answer your questions in advance when I can, since it makes everyone's lives easier.

Hello, I have a few questions regarding the props for a costume I shall be wearing at the convention. I am going to be dressed as one of the survivors from the game Left 4 Dead 2. I've already made a prop cricket bat out of cardboard and a PVC pipe, but would also like to make a machine gun and/or pistol for some variety.

http://images.wikia.com/left4dead/images/c/c7/Smgw_2.png
http://images.wikia.com/left4dead/images/8/8c/Deaglew_2.png

The guns in question are a silenced machine gun and a magnum. Both will be made by hand from craft foam and cardboard and will have orange safety tips attached to them. I am concerned that they might be considered too realistic for the con since I am skilled enough to make them look almost exactly like the pictures. Also, in regards to the silenced machine gun, one of the details are zip-ties used to attach a flashlight to the barrel. I know Fanime uses zip-ties to show props are peace-bonded, but are they a special color to differentiate them from normal ones? I can always omit the ones off my prop so not to have them interfere with the bonding zip-tie.

The next few questions deal with carrying these props. In your prop rules section you said that "attendees are expected to carry their props carefully & in neutral positions" and that "sword-like and gun-like props should be holstered or otherwise secured". I've already made a harness that utilizes magnets to attach the cricket bat and machine gun securely to my back, however, I'd like to know if I have the option to carry them in my hands as well. Could I hold the cricket bat in one of my hands so it is rests against my shoulder in a neutral position as I walk around, or would this be an issue since it is not secured? The same question goes for the prop machine gun if it is deemed convention safe. Could I carry it in my hands as I walk around if it remains 45 degrees or lower to the floor? The pistol will be in a holster with an open bottom so the safety tip is visible and will remain there except for potential photos, if it is not bonded to the holster.

My last question involves a prop containing a liquid, since I don't think this has been addressed yet.

http://images.wikia.com/left4dead/images/f/f3/Bilebomb-bggrey.jpg

I have made a prop that looks like this item, created from a plastic bottle and cardboard. The liquid is water that has been dyed green with acrylic paint and sealed inside the bottle using a cork generously covered in wax and then hot glued to the cover, meaning it cannot be opened unless it were destroyed. Would such an item even be allowed, despite how it has been secured?

I'm sorry about the number of questions, but I want to be sure that these props are con safe before I get there.
Again, rather answer them in advance.

The guns would be borderline, and I'd have to see the assembled version before I can say for sure. :/

As for carrying them; when we say "neutral" we mean vertically, so over your shoulder wouldn't be OK for walking around, as someone may walk into it. We've had more than one medical situation arise from people walking into or tripping over props which are dragged behind people or slung over shoulders. As for the magnets, that should be alright. 45 degrees is perfect, and would generally be fine as long as you maintain situational awareness.

We use specific colored peace-bonds, but I cannot tell you what color in advance, except that it will be a bright color, so if you use one and it is a white/black/gray or other "neutral" color peace-bond you are probably OK.

And uhh... liquid. That bottle would be OK, actually, as long as it's plastic and not glass. We had a TF2 sniper come through with a plastic "Jarate" bottle that was fine. Another came through with glass and was not.

Did I get all your questions? If I didn't speak up and I'll try to get to it.



Sorry about the delay in answering questions guys, there have been things going on with work and personal life that have prevented me being on here quite as much. If you ever have to wait more than a few days, feel free to email rovers@fanime.com with questions and I'll try to get back to you promptly.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: MidnightPrincess94 on April 11, 2012, 09:29:52 AM
i plan on going as Chibitalia and plan on bringing a push broom with me. would i have to get this peace bonded as well?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: powerfulknight on April 11, 2012, 12:39:37 PM
this is the resident evil costume iam going for.What do you think http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3013/3070006751_1e43167322.jpg
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on April 11, 2012, 04:35:09 PM
i plan on going as Chibitalia and plan on bringing a push broom with me. would i have to get this peace bonded as well?
It would be good to get it peace-bonded since it's such a large item. Not that I think you're going to run around beating people with it-- the people who do that don't generally get it peacebonded first ;) -- but it won't hurt anything to get tagged.

this is the resident evil costume iam going for.What do you think http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3013/3070006751_1e43167322.jpg
Looks fine by me. :)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: MidnightPrincess94 on April 11, 2012, 09:32:15 PM
ok thank you!  :D
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Roguemagus on April 19, 2012, 11:26:51 PM
As part of my costume I was planning on carrying a portable white board (something like this (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31udoaufVnL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)) and writing phrases during shoots. I would not be using the white board to solicit anything (or even write stuff on it outside of photos); is it still allowed?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [draft 8/17/2011]
Post by: aetherltd on April 22, 2012, 01:14:21 PM
No costumes may be realistic depictions of law enforcement, modern military, or paramilitary uniforms...
It avoids embarrassment if you encounter the real thing.

I once saw a young blonde woman wearing a naval officer's white uniform jacket for clubbing on Broadway in SF.  Unfortunately, she made the mistake of wearing this during Fleet Week.  She came face to face with a U.S. Navy captain in a similar jacket - a distinguished-looking man with four stripes and rows of ribbons, flanked by two junior officers. This was clearly the captain of a U.S. Navy combatant vessel. The look he gave her froze her in her tracks.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: xBLiTZxKRiEGx on April 24, 2012, 08:30:43 PM
Does this mean I can't be Rick Grimes?
The convention back home had no problem with this, neither the police on duty or the convention center staff.
Yes it's similar to a police uniform, but police don't actually dress like this.  I mean the cowboy hat is pretty ridiculous.
If it's not ok, can you give me suggestions on how to alter it? (for example, covering up the patches, or dirtying up my appearance by turning myself into a zombie and looking less like an potential officer?

http://lookpic.com/O/i2/1948/OjJzsZqJ.jpeg
http://lookpic.com/O/i2/1146/rXA1ScR.jpeg
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: bluebomber on April 25, 2012, 02:27:02 AM
Two questions:

1) What is your policy on airsoft guns with an orange tip that have been disassembled and had all the springs and such removed? I have a gun that is essential to my costume and I would like to carry it. I have no issue plugging the barrel or taking it apart to show that the gun is strictly a plastic shell and is incapable of firing anything, but would it be a problem to have an unloaded clip in the gun, since the clip makes up the bottom portion of the grip?

2) What is the policy on Nazi armbands? I understand there is a want to keep a costume as authentic as possible, but last year at Black & White, there was someone dressed as a Nazi SS officer with a red Nazi swastika on his arm. INCREDIBLY OFFENSIVE. I asked him to remove it and he would not do so. The rovers at that time said there was nothing they could do about it. Does this type of costume fall under the military ban?

I REALLY don't want to see Nazis at Fanime this year.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Pachar on April 26, 2012, 12:41:37 AM
I'm planning on cosplaying as Cid from FF4.  He caries wrenches around so I bought me some big ol wrenches.  I see from the policy that the short answer to carrying these is no.  I was thinking (since I do leatherworking as a hobby) of attaching two of them to my belt in a fairly permanent manner.  The way I was thinking would make it impossible to remove the belt, or remove the wrenches from the belt without either cutting the leather belt, or using Diagonal cutters to cut the solid rivets that I would be using to attach them.  Thanks for your time and patience.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: heidipak on April 26, 2012, 03:12:38 PM
Are fishing poles allowed?  (Anime = Tsuirtama)

I would not attach any hooked lures, but maybe a felt fish.


I thought I'd ask, because it does have the capability of being cast. 
Would it be "acceptable" if I somehow render that action inoperable?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Rodney_Pheonix on April 26, 2012, 08:33:34 PM
Two questions:

1) What is your policy on airsoft guns with an orange tip that have been disassembled and had all the springs and such removed? I have a gun that is essential to my costume and I would like to carry it. I have no issue plugging the barrel or taking it apart to show that the gun is strictly a plastic shell and is incapable of firing anything, but would it be a problem to have an unloaded clip in the gun, since the clip makes up the bottom portion of the grip?

2) What is the policy on Nazi armbands? I understand there is a want to keep a costume as authentic as possible, but last year at Black & White, there was someone dressed as a Nazi SS officer with a red Nazi swastika on his arm. INCREDIBLY OFFENSIVE. I asked him to remove it and he would not do so. The rovers at that time said there was nothing they could do about it. Does this type of costume fall under the military ban?

I REALLY don't want to see Nazis at Fanime this year.


It has been re-iterated multiple times, Airsoft weapons regardless of function or innards are not allowed.

Dunno about the Nazi armbands.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: orchestrafro on April 27, 2012, 03:43:14 PM
I see the rule about depictions of military uniforms, however i am actually in the US Army and was planning on wearing my uniform and/or some tactical gear (non weapons-related, of course).  Would this not be acceptable?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: orchestrafro on April 27, 2012, 03:48:28 PM
PS: I see the bit about the Class B, which I will be wearing at the ball, but my question is specifically directed at the ACU (camouflage duty uniform).
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: kjsbear on April 29, 2012, 03:01:47 PM
I have assembled two axe basses for a myself and a friend, both of which look like this http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l142/lollipop203/Untitled.jpg (http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l142/lollipop203/Untitled.jpg)
Assuming they would be approved by peace bonding, I was wondering if I could carry it like in the picture, or if I would need to attach straps like a guitar would have?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: AnimefanJJ on May 04, 2012, 02:09:54 AM
I am still waiting on if my gun is allowed or not. or is it one of those I have to bring it to the con to get turned down?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Pachar on May 04, 2012, 07:04:13 PM
my bad delete this please
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 08, 2012, 12:17:13 AM
As part of my costume I was planning on carrying a portable white board (something like this (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31udoaufVnL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)) and writing phrases during shoots. I would not be using the white board to solicit anything (or even write stuff on it outside of photos); is it still allowed?
That should be OK.

Does this mean I can't be Rick Grimes?
The convention back home had no problem with this, neither the police on duty or the convention center staff.
Yes it's similar to a police uniform, but police don't actually dress like this.  I mean the cowboy hat is pretty ridiculous.
If it's not ok, can you give me suggestions on how to alter it? (for example, covering up the patches, or dirtying up my appearance by turning myself into a zombie and looking less like an potential officer?
Your links are broken. Wearing a khaki outfit would be fine. Wearing a khaki outfit with police-type badges/patches less-so.

Two questions:

1) What is your policy on airsoft guns with an orange tip that have been disassembled and had all the springs and such removed? I have a gun that is essential to my costume and I would like to carry it. I have no issue plugging the barrel or taking it apart to show that the gun is strictly a plastic shell and is incapable of firing anything, but would it be a problem to have an unloaded clip in the gun, since the clip makes up the bottom portion of the grip?

2) What is the policy on Nazi armbands? I understand there is a want to keep a costume as authentic as possible, but last year at Black & White, there was someone dressed as a Nazi SS officer with a red Nazi swastika on his arm. INCREDIBLY OFFENSIVE. I asked him to remove it and he would not do so. The rovers at that time said there was nothing they could do about it. Does this type of costume fall under the military ban?

I REALLY don't want to see Nazis at Fanime this year.
I believe we've answered this via email.

I'm planning on cosplaying as Cid from FF4.  He caries wrenches around so I bought me some big ol wrenches.  I see from the policy that the short answer to carrying these is no.  I was thinking (since I do leatherworking as a hobby) of attaching two of them to my belt in a fairly permanent manner.  The way I was thinking would make it impossible to remove the belt, or remove the wrenches from the belt without either cutting the leather belt, or using Diagonal cutters to cut the solid rivets that I would be using to attach them.  Thanks for your time and patience.
As they would be made of metal... the answer would still have to be no. However, I'd be willing to work with you on this. Please email rovers@fanime.com and we can discuss some options.

Are fishing poles allowed?  (Anime = Tsuirtama)

I would not attach any hooked lures, but maybe a felt fish.

I thought I'd ask, because it does have the capability of being cast. 
Would it be "acceptable" if I somehow render that action inoperable?
I think a fishing pole sans-hooks would be fine as long as you don't like... bludgeon people with it and you follow the policies for "staff type" weapons (carried vertically etc.)

I see the rule about depictions of military uniforms, however i am actually in the US Army and was planning on wearing my uniform and/or some tactical gear (non weapons-related, of course).  Would this not be acceptable?

PS: I see the bit about the Class B, which I will be wearing at the ball, but my question is specifically directed at the ACU (camouflage duty uniform).
Would it be for some type of cosplay?

I have assembled two axe basses for a myself and a friend, both of which look like this http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l142/lollipop203/Untitled.jpg (http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l142/lollipop203/Untitled.jpg)
Assuming they would be approved by peace bonding, I was wondering if I could carry it like in the picture, or if I would need to attach straps like a guitar would have?
I can't tell what they're made out of, but as long as you are conscientious about your surroundings and don't swing them around or carry them slung over your shoulder (and they're not metal/glass) it should be ok.

I am still waiting on if my gun is allowed or not. or is it one of those I have to bring it to the con to get turned down?
Apologies for the delay. That was determined to be not-allowed.

Again, sorry for the delay. There has been some major stuff going on in my life, and it's taken up most of the time I would have been on here, so I would get halfway through a reply and then more bad things would happen. Your patience/understanding is appreciated.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Devi 1313 on May 09, 2012, 01:29:51 AM
So I've gotten about halfway through building my prop before even thinking of checking this year's rules. I'm building an ADAM syringe from Bioshock to carry as a Little Sister. We've made the "needle" part a metal rod, but it isn't sharpened at all. Will this be ok?

http://devi13.tumblr.com/post/22172790663/the-adam-syringe-is-coming-along-nicely-my
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 09, 2012, 11:46:38 AM
So I've gotten about halfway through building my prop before even thinking of checking this year's rules. I'm building an ADAM syringe from Bioshock to carry as a Little Sister. We've made the "needle" part a metal rod, but it isn't sharpened at all. Will this be ok?

http://devi13.tumblr.com/post/22172790663/the-adam-syringe-is-coming-along-nicely-my
Unfortunately, that would not be allowed. We do not allow props which are primarily made of metal, and we do not allow long metal rods... I wish I could say yes, because that looks really cool, but in the interest of fair enforcement I can't.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Devi 1313 on May 09, 2012, 02:19:08 PM
Unfortunately, that would not be allowed. We do not allow props which are primarily made of metal, and we do not allow long metal rods... I wish I could say yes, because that looks really cool, but in the interest of fair enforcement I can't.

Is there anything I can do (aside from removing the rod since it's epoxied) to make it ok? Like stick a cork on the end? Thanks for the compliment at least.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 09, 2012, 02:24:54 PM
Unfortunately, that would not be allowed. We do not allow props which are primarily made of metal, and we do not allow long metal rods... I wish I could say yes, because that looks really cool, but in the interest of fair enforcement I can't.

Is there anything I can do (aside from removing the rod since it's epoxied) to make it ok? Like stick a cork on the end? Thanks for the compliment at least.
Hm. I'm not sure about that. I'll talk to bosses etc. about it. If you could email rovers@fanime.com, I'd be glad to continue this discussion there.

It really is a great prop so far, and it would be allowed in masquerade, or at professional shoots and things, even if it's not metal, so that's worth considering.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: loserface on May 09, 2012, 07:24:40 PM
Hello!

I'm planning to cosplay as Chell from Portal 2, and I recently bought a portal gun that looks like this: (http://necaonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Portal_DevicePropReplica_Pkg-sml.jpg) to go along with my cosplay. I was wondering if I would be able to peace bond it. It has the option to change the color of the light from orange to blue. Would this violate the "no flashing lights" rule, or should it be okay to carry around?

Thank you!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: kjsbear on May 09, 2012, 10:48:37 PM
I can't tell what they're made out of, but as long as you are conscientious about your surroundings and don't swing them around or carry them slung over your shoulder (and they're not metal/glass) it should be ok.
Awesome, they're made out of cardboard & wood so no problems there. Thanks for the reply!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 10, 2012, 08:27:38 AM
Hello!

I'm planning to cosplay as Chell from Portal 2, and I recently bought a portal gun that looks like this: (http://necaonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Portal_DevicePropReplica_Pkg-sml.jpg) to go along with my cosplay. I was wondering if I would be able to peace bond it. It has the option to change the color of the light from orange to blue. Would this violate the "no flashing lights" rule, or should it be okay to carry around?

Thank you!
That should be OK.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: brookin413 on May 10, 2012, 12:20:41 PM
I'm planning a Jedi cosplay on one of the days and wish to bring an LED lightsaber prop with me. The hilt is constructed of a lightweight aircraft grade aluminium and has no sharp edges.  The blade is a thin-walled polycarbonate plastic with a rounded tip at the end.  Would this meet the prop standards to be peace-bonded?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: orchestrafro on May 11, 2012, 08:01:10 AM
nope, it would just be the regular uniform as is, no props or anything, no character depicted, just myself as 2LT Callahan
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: himitsu_ on May 14, 2012, 09:57:45 PM
hello!

Would a Gaara gourd need to be peacebonded?
ref pic:http://thumbs2.modthesims.info/img/6/4/3/3/1/8/MTS2_Sango_91_810920_Gaara.jpg

It fits the dimensions specified and is very lightweight/has rounded edges, but I wanted to check...
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 14, 2012, 10:07:51 PM
I'm planning a Jedi cosplay on one of the days and wish to bring an LED lightsaber prop with me. The hilt is constructed of a lightweight aircraft grade aluminium and has no sharp edges.  The blade is a thin-walled polycarbonate plastic with a rounded tip at the end.  Would this meet the prop standards to be peace-bonded?
"Lightweight" can be subjective, but in general it sounds like it's largely metal. I don't know that I can OK that one. Sorry.

nope, it would just be the regular uniform as is, no props or anything, no character depicted, just myself as 2LT Callahan
Please email rovers@fanime.com, I need to ask you some more questions for clarification of precisely what you are asking, because based on the information I have, and the understanding of the situation which my boss (an Army man himself) has, it would not be allowed due to Army uniform rules rather than FanimeCon rules.

hello!

Would a Gaara gourd need to be peacebonded?
ref pic:http://thumbs2.modthesims.info/img/6/4/3/3/1/8/MTS2_Sango_91_810920_Gaara.jpg

It fits the dimensions specified and is very lightweight/has rounded edges, but I wanted to check...
Due to the size of that prop, we do need to have you come in and get peace-bonded, just so we have a conversation about being conscientious about crowds and that you get marked as having had that conversation with one of our peacebonding team.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Yuu on May 14, 2012, 10:48:57 PM
get peace-bonded, just so we have a conversation about being conscientious about crowds and that you get marked as having had that conversation with one of our peacebonding team.

 I understand this reasoning very well and have no complaints. I will hear the conservation and get my weapon peace-bonded with no quarrel.

 But as this is a CONTRACT between myself and con staff I ask that once my part has been upheld-IE hearing the conversation, (several times) and  my weapon peace bonded- that the second party keep up thier end and not continue to harass me about it 12+ times over the weekend.

 If it happens again I will not be attending next year.Which is very sad since Fanime is my favorite con by a large margin.

Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 14, 2012, 10:51:37 PM
get peace-bonded, just so we have a conversation about being conscientious about crowds and that you get marked as having had that conversation with one of our peacebonding team.
I understand this reasoning very well and have no complaints. I will hear the conservation and get my weapon peace-bonded with no quarrel.

 But as this is a CONTRACT between myself and con staff I ask that once my part has been upheld-IE hearing the conversation, (several times) and  my weapon peace bonded- that the second party keep up thier end and not continue to harass me about it 12+ times over the weekend.

 If it happens again I will not be attending next year.Which is very sad since Fanime is my favorite con by a large margin.
Please explain in more detail as this use of "Harass" is not well defined.

Edit:
How do you feel you were harassed?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: himitsu_ on May 14, 2012, 11:08:18 PM
hello!

Would a Gaara gourd need to be peacebonded?
ref pic:http://thumbs2.modthesims.info/img/6/4/3/3/1/8/MTS2_Sango_91_810920_Gaara.jpg

It fits the dimensions specified and is very lightweight/has rounded edges, but I wanted to check...
Due to the size of that prop, we do need to have you come in and get peace-bonded, just so we have a conversation about being conscientious about crowds and that you get marked as having had that conversation with one of our peacebonding team.

haha okay. The gourd will prolly be tied to my back with string, and under a layer of cloth.  Would I need to undo this entire dressing process when I come in, or can I leave it on while it's judged.

Or, I guess another option would be to get it peacebonded earlier than when I am wearing it.  Are peacebondings valid for the whole weekend?  And if so, how early/late is the fanime peacebonding room usually open?

whoooop, sorry for all the questions, I just usually refrain from peacebond-worthy props.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 14, 2012, 11:24:46 PM
hello!

Would a Gaara gourd need to be peacebonded?
ref pic:http://thumbs2.modthesims.info/img/6/4/3/3/1/8/MTS2_Sango_91_810920_Gaara.jpg

It fits the dimensions specified and is very lightweight/has rounded edges, but I wanted to check...
Due to the size of that prop, we do need to have you come in and get peace-bonded, just so we have a conversation about being conscientious about crowds and that you get marked as having had that conversation with one of our peacebonding team.

haha okay. The gourd will prolly be tied to my back with string, and under a layer of cloth.  Would I need to undo this entire dressing process when I come in, or can I leave it on while it's judged.

Or, I guess another option would be to get it peacebonded earlier than when I am wearing it.  Are peacebondings valid for the whole weekend?  And if so, how early/late is the fanime peacebonding room usually open?

whoooop, sorry for all the questions, I just usually refrain from peacebond-worthy props.
You should be fine while wearing it. You do need to be in costume to get it peacebonded, and the peace-bond remains valid the entire weekend so long as you keep the prop with the costume it was peacebonded for. Our peacebonding locations hours vary, but Willow Glen III should be open starting Thursday around 6 until Monday around 4. There will be a second station in the entry-hall by the Gatherings Tables during the hours that Gatherings are happening.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Yuu on May 14, 2012, 11:34:32 PM


Please explain in more detail as this use of "Harass" is not well defined.

That's a reasonable request.

However it was a year ago and the details aren't so great. I did post what happened in great detail in an another thread immediately after the convention. But I can't recall exactly which thread. It would have been this forum version of ' Suggestions/complaints/feedback.

If I can find it I will link it to you.

For now suffice to say that once I had it Peace-bonded I was constantly asked and sometime demanded that I have it peace bonded. Several times a day.
On one occasion another attendee asked if it was Peace-bonded. He had his weapon taken away because the staff couldn't see the tie on it from far away.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 15, 2012, 12:10:04 AM


Please explain in more detail as this use of "Harass" is not well defined.

That's a reasonable request.

However it was a year ago and the details aren't so great. I did post what happened in great detail in an another thread immediately after the convention. But I can't recall exactly which thread. It would have been this forum version of ' Suggestions/complaints/feedback.

If I can find it I will link it to you.

For now suffice to say that once I had it Peace-bonded I was constantly asked and sometime demanded that I have it peace bonded. Several times a day.
On one occasion another attendee asked if it was Peace-bonded. He had his weapon taken away because the staff couldn't see the tie on it from far away.
That should not have happened, and if it was posted in one of those threads, then it would have been discussed by our leadership and used as a training exercise and/or thing to emphasize they should not do, as we are trying to bring Rovers back from "Security" and more toward "Customer Service." (By which I mean, though I don't remember the specific details of what you may have posted, I have addressed that sort of situation in training this year.)

What is acceptable for my staff to do is ask if your prop is peace-bonded at which point I would ask that you show them this year's peace bond. If it is not(after they ask) then they should ask you to get it peace-bonded. At that point, they should thank you for your time and let you continue enjoying the convention. Except in cases where they approach a member who responds in a very unreasonable manner, it should be resolved that simply.

Should anything else happen, or a Rover behave in a genuinely rude, or otherwise negative manner while interacting with you over a peace-bond or prop, then I would ask that you get their badge number-- staff or rovers-- and come to see me, personally, as I take this sort of thing very seriously and have reprimanded-- and will continue to reprimand-- any staff which I can positively identify as behaving in a manner not befitting Rovers as a Customer Service department.

I ask this every year, and post it in all of these feedback threads, but if you can help me identify the Staff who are behaving poorly during the convention, I can address it immediately. (This is for anyone who has issues, not just Yuu)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: AnimefanJJ on May 15, 2012, 01:12:13 AM
I am still waiting on if my gun is allowed or not. or is it one of those I have to bring it to the con to get turned down?
Apologies for the delay. That was determined to be not-allowed.

Again, sorry for the delay. There has been some major stuff going on in my life, and it's taken up most of the time I would have been on here, so I would get halfway through a reply and then more bad things would happen. Your patience/understanding is appreciated.
Why isn't allowed? There are no working parts and I said I can paint the handle a different color. Or I can get a holster to show off the orange tip. I can't be without a gun, my costume would be pointless without it.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 15, 2012, 09:20:30 PM
I am still waiting on if my gun is allowed or not. or is it one of those I have to bring it to the con to get turned down?
Apologies for the delay. That was determined to be not-allowed.

Again, sorry for the delay. There has been some major stuff going on in my life, and it's taken up most of the time I would have been on here, so I would get halfway through a reply and then more bad things would happen. Your patience/understanding is appreciated.
Why isn't allowed? There are no working parts and I said I can paint the handle a different color. Or I can get a holster to show off the orange tip. I can't be without a gun, my costume would be pointless without it.
Multiple moving/removable parts.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: AnimefanJJ on May 16, 2012, 09:46:32 PM
Multiple moving/removable parts.
So because of the clip is removable, the only thing that still works on the gun, it is getting rejected. That is very dumb no offense.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 16, 2012, 09:53:55 PM
Multiple moving/removable parts.
So because of the clip is removable, the only thing that still works on the gun, it is getting rejected. That is very dumb no offense.
Generally when people call things dumb, they do mean offense.

And yes. Because the clip is removable, and because the trigger appears movable, but also because overall, aside from the 'made in china' the whole thing is fairly realistic, and if it were holstered that would be covered, but also because when I discussed it with my boss, it was determined to not be acceptable. There are a lot more reasons than just the clip being removable, but that is the most major issue.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: sushisoap on May 17, 2012, 09:36:09 AM
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"FanimeCon Rovers define “Live Steel” as metal which has, or can take an edge."

I have a question about this relative to my cosplay.  I was pretty sure it would be fine, but just want to check and make sure I can bring it and even be peace bonded if needed.  :D

For one of my cosplays I've made armor out of sheet metal.  It doesn't have many edges, and the edges have been completely folded over and hammered down by at least 1/4 to 1 inch to create sides that are for sure not sharp or damaging to myself or others.  There's... no way it could be used as a weapon.  I can't think of anything. xD  It's very lightweight (like around 1-2 lbs), and just a breast plate/back plate.

I worked for hours and hours on this, I hope it's okay.. ^^;
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 17, 2012, 11:19:43 AM
Quote
"FanimeCon Rovers define “Live Steel” as metal which has, or can take an edge."

I have a question about this relative to my cosplay.  I was pretty sure it would be fine, but just want to check and make sure I can bring it and even be peace bonded if needed.  :D

For one of my cosplays I've made armor out of sheet metal.  It doesn't have many edges, and the edges have been completely folded over and hammered down by at least 1/4 to 1 inch to create sides that are for sure not sharp or damaging to myself or others.  There's... no way it could be used as a weapon.  I can't think of anything. xD  It's very lightweight (like around 1-2 lbs), and just a breast plate/back plate.

I worked for hours and hours on this, I hope it's okay.. ^^;
We do allow metal armor as long as it's not pointy or sharp, and it sounds like you've worked very hard to ensure it is not. Your costume should be fine.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: sushisoap on May 17, 2012, 02:29:13 PM
We do allow metal armor as long as it's not pointy or sharp, and it sounds like you've worked very hard to ensure it is not. Your costume should be fine.
Thank you!!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Armored-Heart on May 19, 2012, 09:26:19 AM
Hello~!

Probably a silly question, but I'll be bringing a Pinkie Pie cosplay, and was hoping to bring 3 balloons filled with helium so they, well, float! Is this allowed, and if so, do I need to get them peacebonded? I figured it would be okay to bring since they're not any sort of weapon and nobody would be ingesting the helium, but wanted to double check! c:
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 19, 2012, 09:36:29 AM
Hello~!

Probably a silly question, but I'll be bringing a Pinkie Pie cosplay, and was hoping to bring 3 balloons filled with helium so they, well, float! Is this allowed, and if so, do I need to get them peacebonded? I figured it would be okay to bring since they're not any sort of weapon and nobody would be ingesting the helium, but wanted to double check! c:
Err... unfortunately, the San Jose Convention Center does not allow balloons inside the building. At all. Because it is incredibly expensive to get them from the rafters. (It's in the code of conduct rather than the props/weapons policy because it is their rule, not ours.)

So while you are more than welcome (and encouraged) to have them outside by the area-which-was-a-fountain-once... they cannot come into the building.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: bopx on May 19, 2012, 11:06:49 PM
I see that bows are not allowed, and I'm wondering if that still applies even if I don't have any arrows? I'm assuming that they are but I just wanted to check. so If I can't bring a real bow, can I try to make a crappy fake one and bring crappy fake arrows?

edit: cosplay is Hawkeye from The Avengers btw, so not having a bow and arrows would kinda suck
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 19, 2012, 11:13:48 PM
I see that bows are not allowed, and I'm wondering if that still applies even if I don't have any arrows? I'm assuming that they are but I just wanted to check. so If I can't bring a real bow, can I try to make a crappy fake one and bring crappy fake arrows?

edit: cosplay is Hawkeye from The Avengers btw, so not having a bow and arrows would kinda suck
A real-bow peace-bonded in such a way that you could not string it, or peace-bonded strung with crap string would be possible. A fake bow + crappy fake "arrow" ends poking out of a quiver could be done.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: bopx on May 20, 2012, 12:29:52 AM
I see that bows are not allowed, and I'm wondering if that still applies even if I don't have any arrows? I'm assuming that they are but I just wanted to check. so If I can't bring a real bow, can I try to make a crappy fake one and bring crappy fake arrows?

edit: cosplay is Hawkeye from The Avengers btw, so not having a bow and arrows would kinda suck
A real-bow peace-bonded in such a way that you could not string it, or peace-bonded strung with crap string would be possible. A fake bow + crappy fake "arrow" ends poking out of a quiver could be done.
Thank you!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: ZombieShoe on May 20, 2012, 04:54:25 AM
I had a quick question. I am going as Masky from Marble Hornets and was wondering if a cinder block made of nothing but styrofoam be acceptable?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Armored-Heart on May 20, 2012, 10:01:37 AM
Hello~!

Probably a silly question, but I'll be bringing a Pinkie Pie cosplay, and was hoping to bring 3 balloons filled with helium so they, well, float! Is this allowed, and if so, do I need to get them peacebonded? I figured it would be okay to bring since they're not any sort of weapon and nobody would be ingesting the helium, but wanted to double check! c:
Err... unfortunately, the San Jose Convention Center does not allow balloons inside the building. At all. Because it is incredibly expensive to get them from the rafters. (It's in the code of conduct rather than the props/weapons policy because it is their rule, not ours.)

So while you are more than welcome (and encouraged) to have them outside by the area-which-was-a-fountain-once... they cannot come into the building.

Aw, bummer. Well, I can still use them for shoots at least! Thanks a bunch for answering. c:
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 20, 2012, 10:09:34 AM
I had a quick question. I am going as Masky from Marble Hornets and was wondering if a cinder block made of nothing but styrofoam be acceptable?
Yes.

Hello~!

Probably a silly question, but I'll be bringing a Pinkie Pie cosplay, and was hoping to bring 3 balloons filled with helium so they, well, float! Is this allowed, and if so, do I need to get them peacebonded? I figured it would be okay to bring since they're not any sort of weapon and nobody would be ingesting the helium, but wanted to double check! c:
Err... unfortunately, the San Jose Convention Center does not allow balloons inside the building. At all. Because it is incredibly expensive to get them from the rafters. (It's in the code of conduct rather than the props/weapons policy because it is their rule, not ours.)

So while you are more than welcome (and encouraged) to have them outside by the area-which-was-a-fountain-once... they cannot come into the building.

Aw, bummer. Well, I can still use them for shoots at least! Thanks a bunch for answering. c:
I don't know if you're familiar with Jerry, the super-awesome Russel cosplayer who goes to our Con (and works on my staff, actually) but he had super cool balloons and had to stand outside the whole time. It actually led to some really great photo ops.

Just remember that balloons must go straight from your car/hotel room to the exterior of the building and may not come inside! I hope you have fun anyway (and remember sunscreen/water.)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: kookiekween99 on May 20, 2012, 11:07:11 AM
I know it's not technically a "prop", but will there be issues if I have a hat that has an LED on top of it? It's not blinding, it just glows a soft blue. I can go take a picture if you need me to.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 20, 2012, 11:13:49 AM
I know it's not technically a "prop", but will there be issues if I have a hat that has an LED on top of it? It's not blinding, it just glows a soft blue. I can go take a picture if you need me to.
I'd need to see a picture, but I don't think a simple LED on a hat-- assuming it's not a bright one, and it doesn't flash or anything-- should be an issue. Most of our lights/fog issues relate to epilepsy, asthma, and things people have been dumb with in the past.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Ellis on May 21, 2012, 01:12:54 PM
So I read about the NERF guns and I'm super concerned that mine won't passed considering my cosplays consist of a character holding a firearm. It's painted, yes. And has the orange tip clearly shown. It also stated that it can't be functional, so I cut the string inside the gun but I'm still deadly worried that I won't be able to carry it because technically, it can still fire. Can I still bring this? Obviously, I ain't stupid and bring ammo for it.
I saw someone else bring one last year but I didn't get a chance to ask if there's was functional or not so. ... Yeah.
Pictures just in case: (x) (http://i1017.photobucket.com/albums/af291/Magskratia/62781a60.jpg) (x) (http://i1017.photobucket.com/albums/af291/Magskratia/d0b63cee.jpg)
If not, I'll have to get on my butt and buy a new one. Or can I glue it together? I mean, it only serves me for cosplaying. Like glue the part of the toy where you are suppose to reload the shells then stuff the barrels with something?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Gypia on May 21, 2012, 03:13:15 PM
Hi there!! I'm sorry if this has already been asked but could either a real cane (not medical) or a real umbrella be accepted? I'm a little nervous since last year my frying pan was almost turned away because it was real. Thank You!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: brookin413 on May 21, 2012, 10:03:50 PM
I'm planning a Jedi cosplay on one of the days and wish to bring an LED lightsaber prop with me. The hilt is constructed of a lightweight aircraft grade aluminium and has no sharp edges.  The blade is a thin-walled polycarbonate plastic with a rounded tip at the end.  Would this meet the prop standards to be peace-bonded?
"Lightweight" can be subjective, but in general it sounds like it's largely metal. I don't know that I can OK that one. Sorry.
I understand your concerns on there being too much metal on the prop but I would like to clarify with measurements and pictures if I may. :)
The hilt is 11 1/2" long and that's the only part of the prop that is metal. The plastic polycarbonate tube (i mistakenly called it a "blade", force of habit caused by the hobby ^\^;) is 36" long by itself and when inserted to the hilt the overall measurement is 45 1/2" long.  Out of 45 1/2" overall only 11 1/2' of it is metal and that leaves 34" of polycarbonate tube.

Pictures are clickable ;)
Here's a pic of the hilt by itself (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z297/Brookin__/Lightsaber%20Build%20-%20TCSS%20Stunt%20Saber/DSCN1413.jpg) (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z297/Brookin__/Lightsaber%20Build%20-%20TCSS%20Stunt%20Saber/DSCN1413.jpg) and here's another pic with the tube inserted and activated (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z297/Brookin__/Lightsaber%20Build%20-%20TCSS%20Stunt%20Saber/DSCN1422.jpg) (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z297/Brookin__/Lightsaber%20Build%20-%20TCSS%20Stunt%20Saber/DSCN1422.jpg)
(if you'd like a shot of the saber with the LED turned off I can post one as well if you'd like.

After viewing the pictures you can see there are no rough or sharp edges. This is a clean build that I constructed based on the listed safety regulations regarding metal props.  It would be a darn shame if i couldn't carry a Jedi's signature weapon with my Jedi costume. ^\^;
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Armored-Heart on May 21, 2012, 11:06:35 PM
Hello~!

Probably a silly question, but I'll be bringing a Pinkie Pie cosplay, and was hoping to bring 3 balloons filled with helium so they, well, float! Is this allowed, and if so, do I need to get them peacebonded? I figured it would be okay to bring since they're not any sort of weapon and nobody would be ingesting the helium, but wanted to double check! c:
Err... unfortunately, the San Jose Convention Center does not allow balloons inside the building. At all. Because it is incredibly expensive to get them from the rafters. (It's in the code of conduct rather than the props/weapons policy because it is their rule, not ours.)

So while you are more than welcome (and encouraged) to have them outside by the area-which-was-a-fountain-once... they cannot come into the building.

Aw, bummer. Well, I can still use them for shoots at least! Thanks a bunch for answering. c:
I don't know if you're familiar with Jerry, the super-awesome Russel cosplayer who goes to our Con (and works on my staff, actually) but he had super cool balloons and had to stand outside the whole time. It actually led to some really great photo ops.

Just remember that balloons must go straight from your car/hotel room to the exterior of the building and may not come inside! I hope you have fun anyway (and remember sunscreen/water.)

I have seen his Russel cosplay, actually! Very impressive. c:

Understood! Outside and only outside. Thanks very much for your time and patience; I apologize for neglecting to check the code of conduct before asking my question. <3
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: shiyamiro on May 22, 2012, 03:33:29 AM
I am cosplaying as Ladd Russo from Baccano, and his costume typically comes with a shotgun, which I do not have a holster for. The shotgun itself is black plastic, and has a bright orange starburst sticker on the side with an orange tip. I have not modified it at all yet, but I could easily remove the trigger, paint it, or plug the barrel. I was wondering if the "no-holster" part would be a dealbreaker before I do anything to it. I could just keep it in my backpack until I do photos.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Ashysaurous on May 23, 2012, 05:51:48 PM
Hello! I'm planning on Cosplaying Painwheel from Skullgirls, and her weapon/wheel may have to be peace bonded, though as big as it is, I plan to only wear it for pictures. Otherwise, I'll just hold it around near the floor, unless the area where I am has more than enough space.
Here's a picture of it, if it helps. [It's basically like a backpack. Also: I don't believe I know where to go for peace bonding oops]
(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4ghlvpbKq1r9qdyno1_500.png)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: abcbadcat on May 23, 2012, 06:04:33 PM
For the dance, I have a foam stick that has colors that pulsate. The light makes the foam glow but doesn't emit light itself and can't be pointed at or funneled towards a specific point. It's more dance gear and I don't /think/ it would need to be peace bonded but would I be able to use it at the dance?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 23, 2012, 06:32:14 PM
So I read about the NERF guns and I'm super concerned that mine won't passed considering my cosplays consist of a character holding a firearm. It's painted, yes. And has the orange tip clearly shown. It also stated that it can't be functional, so I cut the string inside the gun but I'm still deadly worried that I won't be able to carry it because technically, it can still fire. Can I still bring this? Obviously, I ain't stupid and bring ammo for it.
I saw someone else bring one last year but I didn't get a chance to ask if there's was functional or not so. ... Yeah.
Pictures just in case: (x) (http://i1017.photobucket.com/albums/af291/Magskratia/62781a60.jpg) (x) (http://i1017.photobucket.com/albums/af291/Magskratia/d0b63cee.jpg)
If not, I'll have to get on my butt and buy a new one. Or can I glue it together? I mean, it only serves me for cosplaying. Like glue the part of the toy where you are suppose to reload the shells then stuff the barrels with something?
That looks fairly toy-like and has the orange that we are looking for. If you go ahead and glue it, that would be fantastic, otherwise we can peace-bond the trigger.

Hi there!! I'm sorry if this has already been asked but could either a real cane (not medical) or a real umbrella be accepted? I'm a little nervous since last year my frying pan was almost turned away because it was real. Thank You!
A cane not made of metal would be ok. An umbrella would need to go with an actual cosplay, but yes. You would need those peace-bonded.

I'm planning a Jedi cosplay on one of the days and wish to bring an LED lightsaber prop with me. The hilt is constructed of a lightweight aircraft grade aluminium and has no sharp edges.  The blade is a thin-walled polycarbonate plastic with a rounded tip at the end.  Would this meet the prop standards to be peace-bonded?
"Lightweight" can be subjective, but in general it sounds like it's largely metal. I don't know that I can OK that one. Sorry.
I understand your concerns on there being too much metal on the prop but I would like to clarify with measurements and pictures if I may. :)
The hilt is 11 1/2" long and that's the only part of the prop that is metal. The plastic polycarbonate tube (i mistakenly called it a "blade", force of habit caused by the hobby ^\^;) is 36" long by itself and when inserted to the hilt the overall measurement is 45 1/2" long.  Out of 45 1/2" overall only 11 1/2' of it is metal and that leaves 34" of polycarbonate tube.

Pictures are clickable ;)
Here's a pic of the hilt by itself (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z297/Brookin__/Lightsaber%20Build%20-%20TCSS%20Stunt%20Saber/DSCN1413.jpg) (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z297/Brookin__/Lightsaber%20Build%20-%20TCSS%20Stunt%20Saber/DSCN1413.jpg) and here's another pic with the tube inserted and activated (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z297/Brookin__/Lightsaber%20Build%20-%20TCSS%20Stunt%20Saber/DSCN1422.jpg) (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z297/Brookin__/Lightsaber%20Build%20-%20TCSS%20Stunt%20Saber/DSCN1422.jpg)
(if you'd like a shot of the saber with the LED turned off I can post one as well if you'd like.

After viewing the pictures you can see there are no rough or sharp edges. This is a clean build that I constructed based on the listed safety regulations regarding metal props.  It would be a darn shame if i couldn't carry a Jedi's signature weapon with my Jedi costume. ^\^;
I think I really need to evaluate that one in person. I'm having a lot of trouble deciding based upon the pictures. Would you mind bringing it to a station after you arrive and asking for Erin?

Hello~!

Probably a silly question, but I'll be bringing a Pinkie Pie cosplay, and was hoping to bring 3 balloons filled with helium so they, well, float! Is this allowed, and if so, do I need to get them peacebonded? I figured it would be okay to bring since they're not any sort of weapon and nobody would be ingesting the helium, but wanted to double check! c:
Err... unfortunately, the San Jose Convention Center does not allow balloons inside the building. At all. Because it is incredibly expensive to get them from the rafters. (It's in the code of conduct rather than the props/weapons policy because it is their rule, not ours.)

So while you are more than welcome (and encouraged) to have them outside by the area-which-was-a-fountain-once... they cannot come into the building.

Aw, bummer. Well, I can still use them for shoots at least! Thanks a bunch for answering. c:
I don't know if you're familiar with Jerry, the super-awesome Russel cosplayer who goes to our Con (and works on my staff, actually) but he had super cool balloons and had to stand outside the whole time. It actually led to some really great photo ops.

Just remember that balloons must go straight from your car/hotel room to the exterior of the building and may not come inside! I hope you have fun anyway (and remember sunscreen/water.)

I have seen his Russel cosplay, actually! Very impressive. c:

Understood! Outside and only outside. Thanks very much for your time and patience; I apologize for neglecting to check the code of conduct before asking my question. <3
No worries. You're expected to know the code of conduct when you pick up your badge. People typically are not quizzed on it before. ;)

I am cosplaying as Ladd Russo from Baccano, and his costume typically comes with a shotgun, which I do not have a holster for. The shotgun itself is black plastic, and has a bright orange starburst sticker on the side with an orange tip. I have not modified it at all yet, but I could easily remove the trigger, paint it, or plug the barrel. I was wondering if the "no-holster" part would be a dealbreaker before I do anything to it. I could just keep it in my backpack until I do photos.
If it's in a bag or box until you stop for photos, it would be OK. It would need to be evaluated by a peace-bonder before a verdict could be made.

Hello! I'm planning on Cosplaying Painwheel from Skullgirls, and her weapon/wheel may have to be peace bonded, though as big as it is, I plan to only wear it for pictures. Otherwise, I'll just hold it around near the floor, unless the area where I am has more than enough space.
Here's a picture of it, if it helps. [It's basically like a backpack. Also: I don't believe I know where to go for peace bonding oops]
(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4ghlvpbKq1r9qdyno1_500.png)
That would need to be peace-bonded and while you are wearing it, you would have to have a handler. How wide is it? We do have size limitations on props and costumes (must fit through standard doorway without effort)

For the dance, I have a foam stick that has colors that pulsate. The light makes the foam glow but doesn't emit light itself and can't be pointed at or funneled towards a specific point. It's more dance gear and I don't /think/ it would need to be peace bonded but would I be able to use it at the dance?
How big is the stick? We do not allow large props into dance because of space restrictions.



I will be on-site at the convention starting at approximately noon tomorrow. Peace-Bonding will be open inside the Marriott, Willow Glen III Room (2nd floor, across from the elevators) from about 4pm Thursday through about 4pm Monday. While Gatherings is open, a second peace-bonding station will be staffed in the main entry hall, near the Gatherings tables.

I will try to monitor this thread while at the convention, but I cannot promise anything.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Ashysaurous on May 23, 2012, 06:59:23 PM

Quote
Hello! I'm planning on Cosplaying Painwheel from Skullgirls, and her weapon/wheel may have to be peace bonded, though as big as it is, I plan to only wear it for pictures. Otherwise, I'll just hold it around near the floor, unless the area where I am has more than enough space.
Here's a picture of it, if it helps. [It's basically like a backpack. Also: I don't believe I know where to go for peace bonding oops]
(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4ghlvpbKq1r9qdyno1_500.png)
That would need to be peace-bonded and while you are wearing it, you would have to have a handler. How wide is it? We do have size limitations on props and costumes (must fit through standard doorway without effort)

My grandfather says it's about 4 ft all around. Getting by [without wearing it], I'd only be able to hold it sideways and for it to be in front of me. I'm pretty sure it won't go through a door with ease.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: abcbadcat on May 23, 2012, 10:35:58 PM
How big is the stick? We do not allow large props into dance because of space restrictions.

It's short, like from your elbow to your wrist length.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 24, 2012, 08:41:16 AM

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Hello! I'm planning on Cosplaying Painwheel from Skullgirls, and her weapon/wheel may have to be peace bonded, though as big as it is, I plan to only wear it for pictures. Otherwise, I'll just hold it around near the floor, unless the area where I am has more than enough space.
Here's a picture of it, if it helps. [It's basically like a backpack. Also: I don't believe I know where to go for peace bonding oops]
(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4ghlvpbKq1r9qdyno1_500.png)
That would need to be peace-bonded and while you are wearing it, you would have to have a handler. How wide is it? We do have size limitations on props and costumes (must fit through standard doorway without effort)

My grandfather says it's about 4 ft all around. Getting by [without wearing it], I'd only be able to hold it sideways and for it to be in front of me. I'm pretty sure it won't go through a door with ease.

In that case, please do not wear it while inside. (Sounds like you weren't planning on it). You will still need it peace-bonded since you are planning on hand-carrying it part of the time.

How big is the stick? We do not allow large props into dance because of space restrictions.

It's short, like from your elbow to your wrist length.
Hm. Maybe? You'll need to talk to the person working our dance shift. They will evaluate whether it can come in. If you only use it for dance, a peace-bond is not needed.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Tabbychan on May 26, 2012, 12:46:05 PM
So Not a big complaint but a small one.

I went in to get my prop guns peace bond. I followed the rules for them(Leaving a LARGE orange tip, Hot gluing the triggers so they don't make noise, ect) and in the Weapons policy somewhere I remember it saying that although leaving a lot fo it orange the only restriction was one inch at the tip.


Now the ACTUAL complaint. I was turned away for a change in rules that happened over night. Personally I took care of the problems BUT It would have been nicer if you guys had posted here or on the fanime site or the twitter about the change so that us cosplayers know to change everything before hand to fit your rules. It was really depressing having to repaint my guns a bright color last minute after spending HOURS painting and sealing them to look great.

Sorry again for the negativity, I just wanted to shed light on the lack of communication between Fanimecon and it's cosplayers.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: MonadoLink on May 27, 2012, 04:32:36 AM
What if you have a steel weapon that:
1. Is over 4 feet long and on your back, thus, (due to its length) cannot possibly be removed from the sheath
2. Is covered in duct tape (or foam)
?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 28, 2012, 11:13:42 PM
So Not a big complaint but a small one.

I went in to get my prop guns peace bond. I followed the rules for them(Leaving a LARGE orange tip, Hot gluing the triggers so they don't make noise, ect) and in the Weapons policy somewhere I remember it saying that although leaving a lot fo it orange the only restriction was one inch at the tip.

Now the ACTUAL complaint. I was turned away for a change in rules that happened over night. Personally I took care of the problems BUT It would have been nicer if you guys had posted here or on the fanime site or the twitter about the change so that us cosplayers know to change everything before hand to fit your rules. It was really depressing having to repaint my guns a bright color last minute after spending HOURS painting and sealing them to look great.

Sorry again for the negativity, I just wanted to shed light on the lack of communication between Fanimecon and it's cosplayers.
Wait... what rule change?

What if you have a steel weapon that:
1. Is over 4 feet long and on your back, thus, (due to its length) cannot possibly be removed from the sheath
2. Is covered in duct tape (or foam)?
By the 2012 policy this is not allowed.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: clockworklark on May 29, 2012, 02:17:50 PM
This is in the weapons rules FAQ:

"Can I carry my bow & arrows?
If the bow has absolutely no tension to be able to fire something, and the arrows have no tips, then yes, we can let you carry it. Real bows have an ability to fire something, and are considered functional projectile weapons. To carry a “real” bow you’d have to string it with something which could not be tensioned to fire anything."

So, on Saturday, I was cosplaying as Merida from Brave. I went to go get me bow Peace-bonded. It's a real bow, but it was unstrung. I myself cannot string my bow, I usually have my husband do it for me(I actually practice archery) So at the peace bonding station, the guy immediately said no, because it's a real weapon, and I told him I had asked the day before if an unstrung bow would be okay, and I was told that it was fine. But the guy kept on saying no no no, Saying that once he Peace bonded it, I could go off and cut the ties and string my bow, and I told asked him why the HELL would I do that???  and I was getting really upset, so I asked to speak to his Supervisor. She came and immediately said YES to peace bonding my bow, and then he proceeded to argue with here and still refused to bond my bow! So she did herself, thankfully. 

Moral of this story??? MISCOMMUNICATION!!! Seriously people, try to fully communicate the rules and regulations to EVERYONE, including people who are idiots....like that guy at the peace bonding station/....
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 30, 2012, 12:45:58 AM
This is in the weapons rules FAQ:

"Can I carry my bow & arrows?
If the bow has absolutely no tension to be able to fire something, and the arrows have no tips, then yes, we can let you carry it. Real bows have an ability to fire something, and are considered functional projectile weapons. To carry a “real” bow you’d have to string it with something which could not be tensioned to fire anything."

So, on Saturday, I was cosplaying as Merida from Brave. I went to go get me bow Peace-bonded. It's a real bow, but it was unstrung. I myself cannot string my bow, I usually have my husband do it for me(I actually practice archery) So at the peace bonding station, the guy immediately said no, because it's a real weapon, and I told him I had asked the day before if an unstrung bow would be okay, and I was told that it was fine. But the guy kept on saying no no no, Saying that once he Peace bonded it, I could go off and cut the ties and string my bow, and I told asked him why the HELL would I do that???  and I was getting really upset, so I asked to speak to his Supervisor. She came and immediately said YES to peace bonding my bow, and then he proceeded to argue with here and still refused to bond my bow! So she did herself, thankfully. 

Moral of this story??? MISCOMMUNICATION!!! Seriously people, try to fully communicate the rules and regulations to EVERYONE, including people who are idiots....like that guy at the peace bonding station/....
His point was entirely valid; bows are a real weapon.

However, we have allowed them as an exception to the rule. (I was the supervisor who got called.)
Title: Costume Question
Post by: spycker on June 01, 2012, 03:53:16 PM
my costume uses camouflage color vest, pads and pants is this acceptable?  my costume is being built by me so I want to know if its fine
but it wont say " ARMY " or anything in that matter, just like skull patches and etc
Title: Re: Costume Question
Post by: Aelia on June 02, 2012, 09:39:25 AM
my costume uses camouflage color vest, pads and pants is this acceptable?  my costume is being built by me so I want to know if its fine
but it wont say " ARMY " or anything in that matter, just like skull patches and etc
I cannot tell you for sure at this point, because the 2013 policy is not established yet.

However, we can evaluate based on 2012 if you can answer a few questions.

1) What sort of camouflage?
2) Is it a costume of a specific character?
3) What sort of patches and where would they be?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: spycker on June 02, 2012, 07:09:59 PM
let me link an image and its part of a video game and itll have skull patches (http://ll.assets.ea.com/cem/u/f/GPO/eagames/armyoftwo/tfd/Assets/JPGS/ARMY%20OF%20TWO%2040TH%20-%20GAMES%20TM%20-%20ISSUE%2081%20-%20FEAT%201.jpg)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Dagger-6 on June 03, 2012, 09:13:50 PM
We've had a couple of Army of Two cosplayers before.

It should be acceptable, as it would not be mistaken for any official military uniform. 

Because no matter how many times I ask, official military policy will not allow us to wear flame and skull face masks.  Not even if I paint a smiley face on them.

Source: Fanime Grave Shift Lead 2012 ; Some guy that knows what military uniforms look like
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: amaya_JDB on June 03, 2012, 09:16:29 PM
Is this peace-bond friendly?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dicle-Movie-Replica-Prop-Gun-Case-EKOL-9mm-PA-Brand-New-Box-MUST-HAVE-/251033981692?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a72ca92fc#ht_2756wt_1037

It can't shoot any projectiles, barrel isn't drilled all the way, and it have an orange plug permanently inserted in the barrel.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on June 03, 2012, 09:17:48 PM
Is this peace-bond friendly?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dicle-Movie-Replica-Prop-Gun-Case-EKOL-9mm-PA-Brand-New-Box-MUST-HAVE-/251033981692?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a72ca92fc#ht_2756wt_1037

It can't shoot any projectiles, barrel isn't drilled all the way, and it have an orange plug permanently inserted in the barrel.
I cannot answer that based upon 2013 policy yet, but probably not.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: spycker on June 03, 2012, 10:37:29 PM
glad to hear on my cosplay set, but damn what will i do about prop weapons?? does anyone have any idea? ive seen people cosplaying with weapons, what if my mask has orange red colors but isnt flame style in the design, is that acceptable?

and what about this ichigo styled mask, is this fine? (http://www.evike.com/images/large/Mask-RLUX-Hollow-2.jpg)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Dagger-6 on June 15, 2012, 06:19:33 AM
Masks shouldn't be an issue.

For prop weapons, you can try modifying a toy gun that does not fire projectiles.  Kids toys or modded non-functioning nerf guns are popular methods. More elaborate ones can be made from foam, MDF, styrene, etc.  But honestly, the Army of Two guys are so outlandish,a painted Nerf gun wouldn't seem too out of place.

If you feel you must have 'airsoft' in order to be realistic, then you have to restrict yourself to taking photos outside.  I bring a rifle/duffle bag with me if I plan on posing with props I feel can't be peace bonded and simple bag them when not posing outdoors.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2012 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Dagger-6 on June 18, 2012, 10:45:13 AM
For those of you that want a realistic looking prop that fits the weapons policy, I just saw these at Wal Mart.  I can't find them online, but they fit our weapons policy fairly well (you can even repaint the body and leave just the safety bits on there).  While it's in the kids section, they are really well proportioned for adults, being probably just slightly under 1:1 scale.  I haven't seen them online (at least not the railed M4 one), so RE/military/etc.-style should pick one up if you see it on sale in stores!

(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/538192_10101376850043283_694032566_n.jpg)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Armored-Heart on February 11, 2013, 01:59:50 PM
So I have a bit of a question regarding wings! From what I already understand, they need to be able to fit through a standard doorway, which is about 6 feet tall. But what would the limit be on width? Also, how does width limit factor in if I were to enter through a doorway sideways? I plan on cosplaying Ultimate Madoka ( http://img.goodsmile.info/cgm/ecommerce/goodsmile/images/large/3d8a50a14769ee8200343b1ff9b63314.jpg ) and I'd like to make my wings as accurate as possible but still follow guidelines.

Apologies if something like this has been answered previously; I couldn't seem to find it.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Nina Star 9 on February 11, 2013, 11:19:18 PM
On a similar note, how tall exactly is a "standard doorway" for the purposes of, say, making a pair of rather large horns that will still fit through one?

Thanks~
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on February 11, 2013, 11:23:17 PM
We work with the dimensions of 72" x 36"

We ask that you be able to walk through without having to turn sideways, as it is due to concerns in case of evacuation, but also because there are many new "chokepoints" in the convention center this year which are exceptionally narrow.

(Construction will make this year fun.)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: arod1017 on February 14, 2013, 03:14:09 AM
So my question is related to the army of two question. I will also be cosplaying as one of them and you said that you cant wear the mask with flames or with a skull. My mask has neither but it is the same style just with a different design I would post a picture but its not working or maybe i just dont know how to do it.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: arod1017 on February 20, 2013, 10:34:04 PM
is anyone going to reply, i also need help on whether or not the gun im bringing is okay. Its a nerf longstrike, i took out the orange bolts on the sides making it impossible to cock the gun and shoot bullets. Plus im painting it gold and silver but leaving the long orange tip un-painted.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on February 20, 2013, 10:36:21 PM
Sorry, I thought I'd replied but apparently failed at it.

Masks are allowed.

The gun... if it's unuseable and painted as you've described should be okay, but we'll have to actually see it to give you an answer for sure.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: stitchez on February 21, 2013, 11:32:42 PM
Actual whips are listed as a no, but i was wondering if home made prop ones are okay?

I'm planning on using some vinyl to make the strips to braid and will not be adding a cracker to the end - a small fur tuft instead - but I have it designed so I need a three tail "whip" as my prop weapon for a pokemon gijinka (im doing Tauros). If not braided, can I just do tubes of the vinyl?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on February 21, 2013, 11:40:34 PM
Actual whips are listed as a no, but i was wondering if home made prop ones are okay?

I'm planning on using some vinyl to make the strips to braid and will not be adding a cracker to the end - a small fur tuft instead - but I have it designed so I need a three tail "whip" as my prop weapon for a pokemon gijinka (im doing Tauros). If not braided, can I just do tubes of the vinyl?
Hm. We don't really allow flail-type props, but I've worked with people in the past. Do you have any of the supplies yet? Could you show me some pictures at all?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: stitchez on February 21, 2013, 11:52:11 PM
Actual whips are listed as a no, but i was wondering if home made prop ones are okay?

I'm planning on using some vinyl to make the strips to braid and will not be adding a cracker to the end - a small fur tuft instead - but I have it designed so I need a three tail "whip" as my prop weapon for a pokemon gijinka (im doing Tauros). If not braided, can I just do tubes of the vinyl?
Hm. We don't really allow flail-type props, but I've worked with people in the past. Do you have any of the supplies yet? Could you show me some pictures at all?

I have the vinyl I'm going to use for the tail parts, a huge bolt i had inherited with no use for until this costume, i was planning on getting a dowel or some such for the handle and wrapping that in a different vinyl I have so theyre not the same colors. i can take pictures of the fabric im planning on using in the morning and post another reply but its just a standard thin non shiny vinyl with that fuzzy white "wrong side of the fabric".
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on February 22, 2013, 12:03:43 AM
Actual whips are listed as a no, but i was wondering if home made prop ones are okay?

I'm planning on using some vinyl to make the strips to braid and will not be adding a cracker to the end - a small fur tuft instead - but I have it designed so I need a three tail "whip" as my prop weapon for a pokemon gijinka (im doing Tauros). If not braided, can I just do tubes of the vinyl?
Hm. We don't really allow flail-type props, but I've worked with people in the past. Do you have any of the supplies yet? Could you show me some pictures at all?

I have the vinyl I'm going to use for the tail parts, a huge bolt i had inherited with no use for until this costume, i was planning on getting a dowel or some such for the handle and wrapping that in a different vinyl I have so theyre not the same colors. i can take pictures of the fabric im planning on using in the morning and post another reply but its just a standard thin non shiny vinyl with that fuzzy white "wrong side of the fabric".
That doesn't sound like it'll be a problem, braided or unbraided. Post when you can and I'll try to give you a more definite answer.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: stitchez on February 22, 2013, 12:05:10 AM
Actual whips are listed as a no, but i was wondering if home made prop ones are okay?

I'm planning on using some vinyl to make the strips to braid and will not be adding a cracker to the end - a small fur tuft instead - but I have it designed so I need a three tail "whip" as my prop weapon for a pokemon gijinka (im doing Tauros). If not braided, can I just do tubes of the vinyl?
Hm. We don't really allow flail-type props, but I've worked with people in the past. Do you have any of the supplies yet? Could you show me some pictures at all?

I have the vinyl I'm going to use for the tail parts, a huge bolt i had inherited with no use for until this costume, i was planning on getting a dowel or some such for the handle and wrapping that in a different vinyl I have so theyre not the same colors. i can take pictures of the fabric im planning on using in the morning and post another reply but its just a standard thin non shiny vinyl with that fuzzy white "wrong side of the fabric".
That doesn't sound like it'll be a problem, braided or unbraided. Post when you can and I'll try to give you a more definite answer.

Will do. I'll post material pictures tomorrow and when i'm working on it post wip pics here for approval?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: kage on February 24, 2013, 02:20:03 PM
Hello, I posted here last year about the BDU. This time I'm asking if the latest additions I added will be allowed.

But first, has there been any changes to the military policy as of now or anything that is being discussed for 2013?

Anyway so one of my friends helped me with adding some accessories to my BDU: a leg holster, a tactical vest(no insignia or wording and from my point of view not the type used in the military or law enforcement), and helmet(plastic)

I have images of each on how they look on the BDU:
Vest http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb143/KageNinja75/2013-02-16-124859_zps56e09b8e.jpg (http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb143/KageNinja75/2013-02-16-124859_zps56e09b8e.jpg)
Holster: http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb143/KageNinja75/2013-02-16-124756_zps2f08262f.jpg (http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb143/KageNinja75/2013-02-16-124756_zps2f08262f.jpg)
Helmet w/ cloth "half-mask": http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb143/KageNinja75/2013-01-22-154144_zpsa09f9557.jpg (http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb143/KageNinja75/2013-01-22-154144_zpsa09f9557.jpg)

I will not be using any props at all and just using them as accessories to get as close to the generic MGS enemy soldiers(reference image:http://metalgear.wikia.com/wiki/File:MIDDLEEASTREDZONE_3.jpg (http://metalgear.wikia.com/wiki/File:MIDDLEEASTREDZONE_3.jpg)). Also if you need a better quality picture on the vest or also the back side, I'll get a pic of that as well if requested.


Edit: I'm assuming the vest will be the main point to discuss here. With the recent gun-related events this year, I can understand the concern for such cosplays, as well as for the rovers, nearby police, and basically anyone just passing by the convention area.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: cherryteagirl on February 25, 2013, 12:34:56 PM
Question about the "no overly bright or flashing lights" rule: 

my group is planning to wear costumes with a chasing lights pattern as seen in this video:  http://youtu.be/_JaDJwm-JXg (http://youtu.be/_JaDJwm-JXg)

They are not overly bright with indoor lighting as seen in this video:  http://youtu.be/Nrhuw2pNXZ4 (http://youtu.be/Nrhuw2pNXZ4)

Will this be okay? 
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on February 25, 2013, 01:39:37 PM
Hello, I posted here last year about the BDU. This time I'm asking if the latest additions I added will be allowed.

But first, has there been any changes to the military policy as of now or anything that is being discussed for 2013?
There have not been any significant changes to the weapons or costume policy between 2012 and 2013.

-- I'm not certain about that costume at present. This computer is not great for images. Will review when I get home.

Question about the "no overly bright or flashing lights" rule: 

my group is planning to wear costumes with a chasing lights pattern as seen in this video:  http://youtu.be/_JaDJwm-JXg (http://youtu.be/_JaDJwm-JXg)

They are not overly bright with indoor lighting as seen in this video:  http://youtu.be/Nrhuw2pNXZ4 (http://youtu.be/Nrhuw2pNXZ4)

Will this be okay?
Looking at them... they are flashing so they do break the policy. Brightness is not an issue there.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: cherryteagirl on February 25, 2013, 05:15:09 PM

Question about the "no overly bright or flashing lights" rule: 

my group is planning to wear costumes with a chasing lights pattern as seen in this video:  http://youtu.be/_JaDJwm-JXg (http://youtu.be/_JaDJwm-JXg)

They are not overly bright with indoor lighting as seen in this video:  http://youtu.be/Nrhuw2pNXZ4 (http://youtu.be/Nrhuw2pNXZ4)

Will this be okay?
Looking at them... they are flashing so they do break the policy. Brightness is not an issue there.

So I take that as these costumes will not be okay to wear at Fanime Con. 
May I ask as to why there are no flashing lights as a rule?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on February 25, 2013, 05:34:12 PM

Question about the "no overly bright or flashing lights" rule: 

my group is planning to wear costumes with a chasing lights pattern as seen in this video:  http://youtu.be/_JaDJwm-JXg (http://youtu.be/_JaDJwm-JXg)

They are not overly bright with indoor lighting as seen in this video:  http://youtu.be/Nrhuw2pNXZ4 (http://youtu.be/Nrhuw2pNXZ4)

Will this be okay?
Looking at them... they are flashing so they do break the policy. Brightness is not an issue there.

So I take that as these costumes will not be okay to wear at Fanime Con. 
May I ask as to why there are no flashing lights as a rule?
You can wear the costumes as long as the lights are off except in controlled environments (ex: It would be alright in "Cosplay Spectacular" but not on the Concourse.)

We don't allow bright lights due to people misbehaving in the past. We don't allow flashing due to epilepsy and other visual issues it can cause certain people.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: kage on February 25, 2013, 08:08:15 PM
Hello, I posted here last year about the BDU. This time I'm asking if the latest additions I added will be allowed.

But first, has there been any changes to the military policy as of now or anything that is being discussed for 2013?
There have not been any significant changes to the weapons or costume policy between 2012 and 2013.

-- I'm not certain about that costume at present. This computer is not great for images. Will review when I get home.

Alright then, I'll wait for your review. If the vest doesn't make it, I understand completely.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on February 25, 2013, 09:35:56 PM
Hello, I posted here last year about the BDU. This time I'm asking if the latest additions I added will be allowed.

But first, has there been any changes to the military policy as of now or anything that is being discussed for 2013?
There have not been any significant changes to the weapons or costume policy between 2012 and 2013.

-- I'm not certain about that costume at present. This computer is not great for images. Will review when I get home.

Alright then, I'll wait for your review. If the vest doesn't make it, I understand completely.

Alright, so I've talked to someone about it and the verdict is that the vest and holster are okay as long as the following conditions are met:
- Nothing should go into the pockets, if there's anything in them then they will look too realistic.
- Nothing should go in the leg holsters, most especially anything with a handle like a knife or a gun.

Otherwise, the print looks different enough from any official camo that it should be fine.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: kage on February 25, 2013, 09:56:20 PM
Hello, I posted here last year about the BDU. This time I'm asking if the latest additions I added will be allowed.

But first, has there been any changes to the military policy as of now or anything that is being discussed for 2013?
There have not been any significant changes to the weapons or costume policy between 2012 and 2013.

-- I'm not certain about that costume at present. This computer is not great for images. Will review when I get home.

Alright then, I'll wait for your review. If the vest doesn't make it, I understand completely.

Alright, so I've talked to someone about it and the verdict is that the vest and holster are okay as long as the following conditions are met:
- Nothing should go into the pockets, if there's anything in them then they will look too realistic.
- Nothing should go in the leg holsters, most especially anything with a handle like a knife or a gun.

Otherwise, the print looks different enough from any official camo that it should be fine.
Alright, I plan to have nothing in them in the 1st place so thats good. Well, just one, on the top left is a pocket for a phone, is that allowed or absolutely nothing? That's all I have left. Other than that, awesome. Thanks for helping me for another year.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on February 25, 2013, 10:13:40 PM
Hello, I posted here last year about the BDU. This time I'm asking if the latest additions I added will be allowed.

But first, has there been any changes to the military policy as of now or anything that is being discussed for 2013?
There have not been any significant changes to the weapons or costume policy between 2012 and 2013.

-- I'm not certain about that costume at present. This computer is not great for images. Will review when I get home.

Alright then, I'll wait for your review. If the vest doesn't make it, I understand completely.

Alright, so I've talked to someone about it and the verdict is that the vest and holster are okay as long as the following conditions are met:
- Nothing should go into the pockets, if there's anything in them then they will look too realistic.
- Nothing should go in the leg holsters, most especially anything with a handle like a knife or a gun.

Otherwise, the print looks different enough from any official camo that it should be fine.
Alright, I plan to have nothing in them in the 1st place so thats good. Well, just one, on the top left is a pocket for a phone, is that allowed or absolutely nothing? That's all I have left. Other than that, awesome. Thanks for helping me for another year.
Your phone shouldn't be a problem.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Nina Star 9 on February 25, 2013, 10:31:26 PM
We work with the dimensions of 72" x 36"

We ask that you be able to walk through without having to turn sideways, as it is due to concerns in case of evacuation, but also because there are many new "chokepoints" in the convention center this year which are exceptionally narrow.

(Construction will make this year fun.)
Alright, thank you for providing dimensions.

Though, I have a small question about that. 72" seems reasonable for a prop that isn't part of your person (like a tall staff or such), but for something like horns attached to your head...I mean, some people are already taller than that -without- anything on their heads, so does the same measurement apply? In heels, I'd barely be able to wear the screws that are going to hold my horns on, let alone the horns themselves, if the measurement will be from the floor to the top of the tallest part of the costume, and I'd be able to get through doors no problem with much taller horns than that.

The width requirement makes sense either way, though, especially with the construction. I'm seriously considering swapping out my planned wide costume (Edea) for an even wider one (Ultimecia), so I'll just be sure to stay outside of the CC itself in that costume. That should still be okay, right? If I stayed outside? (I'm assuming the size restrictions are more for fire codes, evacuations, etc., than for the types of safety reasons that realistic firearms and such are not allowed?)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on February 25, 2013, 11:19:48 PM
We work with the dimensions of 72" x 36"

We ask that you be able to walk through without having to turn sideways, as it is due to concerns in case of evacuation, but also because there are many new "chokepoints" in the convention center this year which are exceptionally narrow.

(Construction will make this year fun.)
Alright, thank you for providing dimensions.

Though, I have a small question about that. 72" seems reasonable for a prop that isn't part of your person (like a tall staff or such), but for something like horns attached to your head...I mean, some people are already taller than that -without- anything on their heads, so does the same measurement apply? In heels, I'd barely be able to wear the screws that are going to hold my horns on, let alone the horns themselves, if the measurement will be from the floor to the top of the tallest part of the costume, and I'd be able to get through doors no problem with much taller horns than that.

The width requirement makes sense either way, though, especially with the construction. I'm seriously considering swapping out my planned wide costume (Edea) for an even wider one (Ultimecia), so I'll just be sure to stay outside of the CC itself in that costume. That should still be okay, right? If I stayed outside? (I'm assuming the size restrictions are more for fire codes, evacuations, etc., than for the types of safety reasons that realistic firearms and such are not allowed?)
You're pretty much spot on.

72" is the height of a door, and the goal is that we don't want people having to duck much to fit through a doorway in case of evacuation. If you can easily and safely get through a doorway with minimal effort, you are probably fine.

Outdoors is totally fine for bulky cosplays, and size restrictions don't apply out there, though we do still ask that you have a handler who can help you navigate crowds.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Nina Star 9 on February 25, 2013, 11:49:39 PM
Thank you for the prompt reply!

Are you sure about 72" being the height of a door? That's six feet. My sister is about that height. She doesn't have to duck to enter a normal door. I think I'm just confused about the measurement.

I'll be sure that I can get in doors safely with my horns. For my FF8 cosplay (whether I go for wide or doublewide on that one), I'll be sure to stay outside and have a handler. :)

Thanks again for your replies!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on February 25, 2013, 11:55:57 PM
Thank you for the prompt reply!

Are you sure about 72" being the height of a door? That's six feet. My sister is about that height. She doesn't have to duck to enter a normal door. I think I'm just confused about the measurement.

I'll be sure that I can get in doors safely with my horns. For my FF8 cosplay (whether I go for wide or doublewide on that one), I'll be sure to stay outside and have a handler. :)

Thanks again for your replies!

WELL. That explains it. No, I meant 7' or 84".
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: stitchez on February 28, 2013, 03:28:34 PM
http://oi49.tinypic.com/154fxnm.jpg (http://oi49.tinypic.com/154fxnm.jpg)
This is the fabric I intend on using, Aelia (sorry for taking so long i forgot my sister had a weekend birthday party so i was banned from the garage aka the place where all my materials are). Just a standard thin vinyl that i plan to cut into strips, fold over and braid and attach a tuft of fur onto the end to put the pokemons tail into the picture as my "weapon".

Putting as a link since i forgot to resize the picture.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on February 28, 2013, 03:31:37 PM
http://oi49.tinypic.com/154fxnm.jpg (http://oi49.tinypic.com/154fxnm.jpg)
This is the fabric I intend on using, Aelia (sorry for taking so long i forgot my sister had a weekend birthday party so i was banned from the garage aka the place where all my materials are). Just a standard thin vinyl that i plan to cut into strips, fold over and braid and attach a tuft of fur onto the end to put the pokemons tail into the picture as my "weapon".

Putting as a link since i forgot to resize the picture.
Just looking at it, I don't see any major issues.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: stitchez on February 28, 2013, 04:33:52 PM
http://oi49.tinypic.com/154fxnm.jpg (http://oi49.tinypic.com/154fxnm.jpg)
This is the fabric I intend on using, Aelia (sorry for taking so long i forgot my sister had a weekend birthday party so i was banned from the garage aka the place where all my materials are). Just a standard thin vinyl that i plan to cut into strips, fold over and braid and attach a tuft of fur onto the end to put the pokemons tail into the picture as my "weapon".

Putting as a link since i forgot to resize the picture.
Just looking at it, I don't see any major issues.

That's good :>
I'm actually considering just making tubs and stuffing them though at this point so its a bit hard to braid haha. They'll basically be tube tails like for regular costumes just fashioned into a whip.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: luluuxduplica1223 on March 04, 2013, 02:29:00 PM
Just curious, would a fake axe be alright? Is it not allowed, needs to be peace-bonded, or as long as I go with rules its alright?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Lucifargundam on March 04, 2013, 07:53:42 PM
Just curious, would a fake axe be alright? Is it not allowed, needs to be peace-bonded, or as long as I go with rules its alright?
Typically, all weaponry props have to be peacebonded.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 04, 2013, 08:30:30 PM
Just curious, would a fake axe be alright? Is it not allowed, needs to be peace-bonded, or as long as I go with rules its alright?
What is this "fake axe" made of?

It needs to get peace bonded for you to carry it around.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Chesid on March 08, 2013, 01:33:54 AM
I've got a question:

I'm thinking of making a small paper-mache "boulder" to carry around/use for pictures with my Toph cosplay (the theorized height & length is around 12-18", maximum). The majority of the pictures will be taken outside, but I'll likely be walking through the convention center with it on the way to/from getting pictures.

It's going to be hollow (unless I build it around one of those bouncy-balls), so it likely won't even weigh half a pound, and isn't going to be a danger to anyone.

Would it still be subject to peace-binding? And how would it be peace-bound? Or is it better to just nix the idea of the boulder altogether?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Nina Star 9 on March 08, 2013, 02:49:57 PM
I have a question about chains on costumes.

I'm doing a character that wears a -lot- of gold jewelry, and I was thinking of adding some lengths of thin jewelry-size chain connecting, say, my necklace and a bracelet or two, and maybe another length from one of those bracelets to a cuff around my thigh. In order to give a full range of motion, the chain(s) from my neck would likely have to be around 36", and the chain to my leg would have to be around 54". Neither of these would be long enough to drag on the ground from a standing position.

Since the chain will be thin and close to my body, I don't really forsee any problems with it (unless someone is stupid enough to walk under my outstretched arm...), but since it will be so long and because thicker chains can be considered a weapon, I'm asking anyway. I can always remove this element from my costume altogether or unhook it and store it in my bag when inside the CC, if it will be a problem.

Thank you!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Nandra on March 08, 2013, 03:50:32 PM
Quick question on the "sword-like and gun-like props should be holstered or otherwise secured" rule.  I'm cosplaying as Princess Zelda from Twilight Princess, and she carries a rapier. However, it doesn't have a sheath. Would carrying it around vertically like any other tall, cumbersome prop be acceptable?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 08, 2013, 04:11:59 PM
Would it still be subject to peace-binding? And how would it be peace-bound? Or is it better to just nix the idea of the boulder altogether?

The boulder sounds fine. Do you have anything else on that costume that we could tag a peacebond on? We could do that, perhaps, instead of the prop itself.

Since it will be so long and because thicker chains can be considered a weapon, I'm asking anyway. I can always remove this element from my costume altogether or unhook it and store it in my bag when inside the CC, if it will be a problem.

Thank you!
If you don't mind taking it off while not in use, go for it, but I don't think it'll be an issue due to it being lightweight. Use your best judgement and in this case just take care not to injure yourself.

Quick question on the "sword-like and gun-like props should be holstered or otherwise secured" rule.  I'm cosplaying as Princess Zelda from Twilight Princess, and she carries a rapier. However, it doesn't have a sheath. Would carrying it around vertically like any other tall, cumbersome prop be acceptable?
That would be fine. (Though a note on materials; not metal, and not a real rapier.)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Nina Star 9 on March 08, 2013, 04:34:50 PM
Perfect, thank you! You always reply so quickly. :)

I think that not injuring myself is the most important thing here, haha. I'll be careful.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: unpunpai on March 11, 2013, 10:34:09 AM
When you say Sword-like props made of wood cant have hardened edges, what exactly do you mean by that? Can you provide an example picture of right and wrong?

Also, when you say "Only props which are part of a cosplay and suit the costume will be peace-bonded." do you mean if a cosplayer cosplays as a sword anime character would be allowed to wear a sword prop; and a non-sword anime user wouldn't be able to wear a sword prop? Or does the sword have to exactly like the sword the anime character uses?

Thanks!



Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 12, 2013, 08:20:56 AM
When you say Sword-like props made of wood cant have hardened edges, what exactly do you mean by that? Can you provide an example picture of right and wrong?

Also, when you say "Only props which are part of a cosplay and suit the costume will be peace-bonded." do you mean if a cosplayer cosplays as a sword anime character would be allowed to wear a sword prop; and a non-sword anime user wouldn't be able to wear a sword prop? Or does the sword have to exactly like the sword the anime character uses?

Thanks!

 -- I don't have specific photos of "hardened edges" but the gist is that it shouldn't be made in such a way that it's specifically hardened/sharpened to make a wooden or plastic sword dangerous.

 -- Uh. I'm a little confused what you're asking. If you show up as a renaissance knight or a space marine and want to carry a katana, that would not be appropriate to the costume. (Regardless, an actual katana cannot be carried by anyone.) What it does not mean is that every prop you have must be an exact recplica. We are not critiquing costume quality, simply ensuring that people who are carrying props have a legitimate reason to do so.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: unpunpai on March 12, 2013, 01:42:08 PM
Sorry for the confusing question, but you still answered it spot-on  ;D.

I'm still a bit confused on the "hardened/sharpened" definition. It's probably too vague to answer in words. However, what if I went to the peace-bond station, but my wooden blade was deemed to be too "hardened/sharpened". Would the rovers be able to peace tie my sword to my sheath so I wouldn't be able to take it out?

Thanks!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Nandra on March 12, 2013, 11:13:43 PM
@Aelia: Whew, that's a relief! I would have been very sorry not to be able to bring my sword. And yes, it's made out of cardboard and paperclay, so I couldn't go shanking people with it. ^^ Thanks so much for the quick reply.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 12, 2013, 11:50:15 PM
Sorry for the confusing question, but you still answered it spot-on  ;D.

I'm still a bit confused on the "hardened/sharpened" definition. It's probably too vague to answer in words. However, what if I went to the peace-bond station, but my wooden blade was deemed to be too "hardened/sharpened". Would the rovers be able to peace tie my sword to my sheath so I wouldn't be able to take it out?

Thanks!

Something like that.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Melocity on March 20, 2013, 10:11:19 AM
Hello! I had a question about a prop: Would a foam bat be all right to bring with a peace bond? I'm going to be cosplaying as Reiko from Natsume Yuujinchou: http://www.zerochan.net/982250. I've been doing a little bit of online research about the bat when I found out a real wooden one would not be okay (Which is completely understandable!). On a different forum someone suggested a foam one, but also said it ought to be officially approved of beforehand. Thank you so much!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 20, 2013, 05:17:22 PM
Hello! I had a question about a prop: Would a foam bat be all right to bring with a peace bond? I'm going to be cosplaying as Reiko from Natsume Yuujinchou: http://www.zerochan.net/982250. I've been doing a little bit of online research about the bat when I found out a real wooden one would not be okay (Which is completely understandable!). On a different forum someone suggested a foam one, but also said it ought to be officially approved of beforehand. Thank you so much!
As long as it's entirely foam it should be fine. Hollow plastic is also acceptable.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Roguemagus on March 23, 2013, 08:57:20 PM
I was planning on making an Ishimaru (http://media.tumblr.com/6a693b25628c4aaf456dca43ade9a51a/tumblr_inline_mh0jjyNnBc1qededy.png) cosplay from Dangan Ronpa. Is the costume too close to a military uniform?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 23, 2013, 10:46:05 PM
I was planning on making an Ishimaru (http://media.tumblr.com/6a693b25628c4aaf456dca43ade9a51a/tumblr_inline_mh0jjyNnBc1qededy.png) cosplay from Dangan Ronpa. Is the costume too close to a military uniform?
At first glance, I would say no. You should be alright if you cosplay that.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Roguemagus on March 23, 2013, 10:46:51 PM
Great, thank you!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: TheMBear on March 23, 2013, 11:19:56 PM
So...

Regarding the policy on Nerf guns and their inoperable nature, there are several models of blasters that require batteries to operate a motor that fires the darts. No batteries, no motor...no motor, no firing. Is this sufficient to fulfill the requirement that they be incapable of firing, or is further surgery required?

I'm planning on cosplaying as the Gunserker from Borderlands 2, and I know about the requirements on not looking like a realistic firearm and at the very least having the florescent orange tip unpainted (pics to follow to make sure they will be ok), I mainly want to know if merely leaving the batteries out of the models I'm carrying that require them to fire darts is sufficient, or if I will have to further disable it.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Wizzle on March 25, 2013, 02:39:20 PM
Would something like https://www.cricmax.com/gray-nicolls-kwik-plastic-cricket-bat-5534 be okay? It's a plastic cricket bat.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 27, 2013, 09:18:23 PM
So...

Regarding the policy on Nerf guns and their inoperable nature, there are several models of blasters that require batteries to operate a motor that fires the darts. No batteries, no motor...no motor, no firing. Is this sufficient to fulfill the requirement that they be incapable of firing, or is further surgery required?

I'm planning on cosplaying as the Gunserker from Borderlands 2, and I know about the requirements on not looking like a realistic firearm and at the very least having the florescent orange tip unpainted (pics to follow to make sure they will be ok), I mainly want to know if merely leaving the batteries out of the models I'm carrying that require them to fire darts is sufficient, or if I will have to further disable it.

Because it is so simple to just put batteries in, our policy that they must be further disabled.

Would something like https://www.cricmax.com/gray-nicolls-kwik-plastic-cricket-bat-5534 be okay? It's a plastic cricket bat.
It looks like it should be OK. It would have to be reviewed in person for a certain answer.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: TheMBear on March 28, 2013, 01:12:37 AM
So...

Regarding the policy on Nerf guns and their inoperable nature, there are several models of blasters that require batteries to operate a motor that fires the darts. No batteries, no motor...no motor, no firing. Is this sufficient to fulfill the requirement that they be incapable of firing, or is further surgery required?

I'm planning on cosplaying as the Gunserker from Borderlands 2, and I know about the requirements on not looking like a realistic firearm and at the very least having the florescent orange tip unpainted (pics to follow to make sure they will be ok), I mainly want to know if merely leaving the batteries out of the models I'm carrying that require them to fire darts is sufficient, or if I will have to further disable it.

Because it is so simple to just put batteries in, our policy that they must be further disabled.

If I take out internal parts in order to preserve the outer appearance, still disabling it from ever firing, how do I demonstrate this to get peace-bonded? Do I have to test it in front of them, or do I have to remove triggers and cocking mechanisms to make it more outwardly apparent?

On a related note, your policy does not mention bandoleers, bullet belts, or other forms of prop munitions.

http://www.gameranx.com/img/12-Sep/bl2-gunzerker.jpg (http://www.gameranx.com/img/12-Sep/bl2-gunzerker.jpg)

Here is a picture showing off the Gunzerker's ammo harnesses, and my prop versions will be made of PVC and wood with paint and colored electrical tape covering. Is this allowed?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: casker on March 28, 2013, 01:30:32 PM
This is my first time going to a con in a long time and my first time cosplaying ever, so I'm sorry if I miss out on something obvious but -- where do we find Rovers to peace-bond our props?

To clarify, the prop I'm peace-bonding is a giant sewing needle (made out of wood) for an Arrietty costume.

thanks n_n
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 28, 2013, 08:35:53 PM
So...

Regarding the policy on Nerf guns and their inoperable nature, there are several models of blasters that require batteries to operate a motor that fires the darts. No batteries, no motor...no motor, no firing. Is this sufficient to fulfill the requirement that they be incapable of firing, or is further surgery required?

I'm planning on cosplaying as the Gunserker from Borderlands 2, and I know about the requirements on not looking like a realistic firearm and at the very least having the florescent orange tip unpainted (pics to follow to make sure they will be ok), I mainly want to know if merely leaving the batteries out of the models I'm carrying that require them to fire darts is sufficient, or if I will have to further disable it.

Because it is so simple to just put batteries in, our policy that they must be further disabled.

If I take out internal parts in order to preserve the outer appearance, still disabling it from ever firing, how do I demonstrate this to get peace-bonded? Do I have to test it in front of them, or do I have to remove triggers and cocking mechanisms to make it more outwardly apparent?

On a related note, your policy does not mention bandoleers, bullet belts, or other forms of prop munitions.

http://www.gameranx.com/img/12-Sep/bl2-gunzerker.jpg (http://www.gameranx.com/img/12-Sep/bl2-gunzerker.jpg)

Here is a picture showing off the Gunzerker's ammo harnesses, and my prop versions will be made of PVC and wood with paint and colored electrical tape covering. Is this allowed?

While it doesn't mention ammo-belts and bandoleers, they are generally frowned upon due to some issues we've had in the past.

Honestly, if it takes a battery to fire, just demonstrably disable that and you should be fine.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: TheMBear on March 29, 2013, 01:14:11 AM
While it doesn't mention ammo-belts and bandoleers, they are generally frowned upon due to some issues we've had in the past.

Honestly, if it takes a battery to fire, just demonstrably disable that and you should be fine.

Could you please define "frowned upon"? Frowned upon like "watch my step, don't do anything stupid, and I'll be fine" or frowned upon like I may be asked to take them off or leave? They'll be strapped to my torso in a harness fashion the whole time (not free floating in any way, shape, or form), so I'm not sure what damage I could even do. I just want to know what to expect since it's not expressly put forth in the policy.

Thank you for the help thus far; this is my first time putting together a costume so I'm trying to be as careful and specific as possible so I know that I will not be turned away, especially since it does involve prop weapons and such.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: nightwingdragoness on March 31, 2013, 02:00:59 AM
Hello!

I'm cosplaying Masaoka Tomomi from Psycho-Pass this year, and I was wondering a couple things about the Dominator gun I'm tentatively planning to build. (http://cosplayruinedmylife.tumblr.com/post/40942123668/basic-craft-foam-psycho-pass-dominator-tutorial (http://cosplayruinedmylife.tumblr.com/post/40942123668/basic-craft-foam-psycho-pass-dominator-tutorial), for a basic idea of what it'll be like)

First (kinda basic), is this gun too realistic?  It doesn't seem like it, especially if I paint the tip bright orange (would cyan work, though?  It'd clash less)...
And second... I think this is the more important one... the character doesn't actually use a holster, he either carries around the Dominator in his hand (that'd probably be classified as 'brandishing' it, even if it's pointed downwards, huh...) or else he just kinda... sticks it in the inside of his trenchcoat.  (I could probably do the outside pocket though, where the grip and part of the prop would definitely show, and that might be kind of like a holster, for the purposes of cosplay, right?) That's something that seems like it might be a real problem, though...  I haven't started making the Dominator yet and I don't want to if it looks like carrying it might not be allowed, or be a huge hassle to deal with in making it 'safe'.

Are there any other issues with it that you can foresee?

Anyway, thanks!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 31, 2013, 07:49:38 AM
While it doesn't mention ammo-belts and bandoleers, they are generally frowned upon due to some issues we've had in the past.

Honestly, if it takes a battery to fire, just demonstrably disable that and you should be fine.

Could you please define "frowned upon"? Frowned upon like "watch my step, don't do anything stupid, and I'll be fine" or frowned upon like I may be asked to take them off or leave? They'll be strapped to my torso in a harness fashion the whole time (not free floating in any way, shape, or form), so I'm not sure what damage I could even do. I just want to know what to expect since it's not expressly put forth in the policy.

Thank you for the help thus far; this is my first time putting together a costume so I'm trying to be as careful and specific as possible so I know that I will not be turned away, especially since it does involve prop weapons and such.
By frowned upon I mean we've asked people with bandoleers to take them off in the past, due to them being too realistic and making the convention center staff uncomfortable.

Hello!

I'm cosplaying Masaoka Tomomi from Psycho-Pass this year, and I was wondering a couple things about the Dominator gun I'm tentatively planning to build. (http://cosplayruinedmylife.tumblr.com/post/40942123668/basic-craft-foam-psycho-pass-dominator-tutorial (http://cosplayruinedmylife.tumblr.com/post/40942123668/basic-craft-foam-psycho-pass-dominator-tutorial), for a basic idea of what it'll be like)

First (kinda basic), is this gun too realistic?  It doesn't seem like it, especially if I paint the tip bright orange (would cyan work, though?  It'd clash less)...
And second... I think this is the more important one... the character doesn't actually use a holster, he either carries around the Dominator in his hand (that'd probably be classified as 'brandishing' it, even if it's pointed downwards, huh...) or else he just kinda... sticks it in the inside of his trenchcoat.  (I could probably do the outside pocket though, where the grip and part of the prop would definitely show, and that might be kind of like a holster, for the purposes of cosplay, right?) That's something that seems like it might be a real problem, though...  I haven't started making the Dominator yet and I don't want to if it looks like carrying it might not be allowed, or be a huge hassle to deal with in making it 'safe'.

Are there any other issues with it that you can foresee?

Anyway, thanks!
It doesn't look too realistic from that angle, but it's something I'd have to be able to see from more than one angle to give you a final/absolute answer. We would need orange on the tip (CA law about toys, etc.) though I understand your concerns about it clashing too much.

We don't require that you holster it as long as it's carried in a neutral (straight up, straight down, or less than 45 degrees from either the floor or the ceiling, never pointed at someone.)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: TheMBear on March 31, 2013, 11:28:30 AM
By frowned upon I mean we've asked people with bandoleers to take them off in the past, due to them being too realistic and making the convention center staff uncomfortable.
Ok, I will keep that in mind when building them.

Thank you very much for the clarification and help.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Admiral Donuts on March 31, 2013, 09:07:35 PM
If you want a really fake-looking bandolier, use the top half of those plastic Easter eggs and toilet paper tubes.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Xanreo on April 01, 2013, 07:38:11 PM
Two questions about props/weapons:

If a weapon/prop is an attachment to my arm eg. Megaman's buster or Samus' blaster and I'm basically wearing it on my arm during the entire convention, would I need to have it peacebonded?

Also, what's your policy on thin 'pointy' things?
I've read that metal rods aren't allowed but what if something were made of plastic or acrylic?
And what size dimensions would be suitable ie. what is too long and too thin?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on April 01, 2013, 08:32:59 PM
Two questions about props/weapons:

If a weapon/prop is an attachment to my arm eg. Megaman's buster or Samus' blaster and I'm basically wearing it on my arm during the entire convention, would I need to have it peacebonded?

Also, what's your policy on thin 'pointy' things?
I've read that metal rods aren't allowed but what if something were made of plastic or acrylic?
And what size dimensions would be suitable ie. what is too long and too thin?
If it's just "costume" no, but when it's a "weapon" (like a blaster) we ask that you get it peace bonded.

There's no rules as to how "thin" it could be, but we ask that it fit easily through a door, so generally less than 88".
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Xanreo on April 01, 2013, 10:39:07 PM
Understood. Thanks for the fast reply.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: infiniteFM on April 01, 2013, 10:41:43 PM
I have a question in regards to your prop weapon policy,

I will be cosplaying a character from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater this year, and wanted to double check the prop weapon rules.
I was planning on purchasing this prop gun, http://tinyurl.com/cykmgxg (http://tinyurl.com/cykmgxg)

And this prop knife, http://tinyurl.com/bp59fj3 (http://tinyurl.com/bp59fj3)

Both are made out of solid rubber, and have no moving parts or are capable of firing projectiles (in the prop gun's case), as well as the 1-inch blaze orange tip on the prop gun. That would mean that both of these are safe to be peace-bonded at the convention, right?

Thanks,
infiniteFM
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aishiri on April 03, 2013, 12:11:00 AM
Hey, I have a couple of questions about the weapons policy. I have a nerf/toy crossbow and if I paint the tip orange and remove the cable (so it wouldn't be able to fire anything and be useless essentially), would I be able to carry it around? It'll also be slung across my back when I'm not posing for pictures.

Also, would I be able to replace the cable with some string (that doesn't have any tension/stretch whatsoever)?

Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: katsumi on April 14, 2013, 01:01:25 AM
What's your opinion/guidelines on a toy water gun that is painted black?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: luluuxduplica1223 on April 14, 2013, 06:16:24 PM
I have made this knife as a prop for two characters. It is made pretty obviously out of cardboard, paper, paint, and glue. I was wondering if thats alright or not, and if I need to get it peacebonded, how do I do that with two costumes instead of one? They most likely won't be on the same day, i'm not sure yet.

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/555060_591441237540548_806955071_n.jpg

That is the picture of it.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on April 14, 2013, 08:12:50 PM
What's your opinion/guidelines on a toy water gun that is painted black?
It cannot be fillable. It must not look like a real gun. It must have an orange tip.

I have made this knife as a prop for two characters. It is made pretty obviously out of cardboard, paper, paint, and glue. I was wondering if thats alright or not, and if I need to get it peacebonded, how do I do that with two costumes instead of one? They most likely won't be on the same day, i'm not sure yet.

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/555060_591441237540548_806955071_n.jpg

That is the picture of it.
It looks fine to carry.

Come by in the first costume, get it peace-bonded. As long as it still looks appropriate for the second costume, you can change them and carry it still.

Hey, I have a couple of questions about the weapons policy. I have a nerf/toy crossbow and if I paint the tip orange and remove the cable (so it wouldn't be able to fire anything and be useless essentially), would I be able to carry it around? It'll also be slung across my back when I'm not posing for pictures.

Also, would I be able to replace the cable with some string (that doesn't have any tension/stretch whatsoever)?

Thanks in advance!
If you can make the bow non-functional, it does not look like an actual crossbow, and it is appropriate to a costume, I think that would be alright.

I have a question in regards to your prop weapon policy,

I will be cosplaying a character from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater this year, and wanted to double check the prop weapon rules.
I was planning on purchasing this prop gun, http://tinyurl.com/cykmgxg (http://tinyurl.com/cykmgxg)

And this prop knife, http://tinyurl.com/bp59fj3 (http://tinyurl.com/bp59fj3)

Both are made out of solid rubber, and have no moving parts or are capable of firing projectiles (in the prop gun's case), as well as the 1-inch blaze orange tip on the prop gun. That would mean that both of these are safe to be peace-bonded at the convention, right?

Thanks,
infiniteFM
Per a conversation with some other people from my division, we cannot OK that gun. The knife would be acceptable.

The gun is a replica and as such is far too realistic for usage as a prop at our convention.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: dankeykang on April 15, 2013, 01:48:40 AM
Okay, so this might seem like a dumb question but would I have to get a real guitar peace-bonded if I was using as a prop for a costume? I know it's not a weapon but it does fall under "all props", even though it's a real guitar. It's for my Canti costume from FLCL, in which the guitar IS his weapon.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Rhoswen on April 15, 2013, 07:11:32 AM
Hello. I was reading and I'm unsure if this is allowed...
I gutted my airsift gun a while ago for a friend who needed a part in it, so my gun Is now filled with tons of hot glue and nothing at all can move. I added a bit of silver paint to it and left the tip orange. Going by the "realisic" rule would I be able to use this? If a photo is needed I can give one.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: almp18Ai on April 15, 2013, 10:18:16 PM
Hello, this is my second year going to fanime (first year cosplaying). This year I decided to go as Ghost from the modern warfare video game franchise. For my cosplay, I was wondering if I can use my airsoft gun (Which has everything on the inside removed, there isn't even a trigger so it is impossible to shoot the gun). Here is a link, the lower left hand side is me in my cosplay, upper right is the actual character and bottom right is the nonfunctioning airsoft. Of course I will have the tip of the airsoft gun professionally painted orange, I just wanted to be sure if I could use it before actually having the gun painted. Thank you for your time and hope to hear a response. This is my first year cosplaying and I am looking forward to it :)

http://i867.photobucket.com/albums/ab240/almp18/Untitled-1.jpg
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Romano_WKYBSHIUC on April 19, 2013, 03:28:18 PM
I want to know if cap guns are allowed, I need them both for two different cosplays.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on April 19, 2013, 08:37:59 PM
Okay, so this might seem like a dumb question but would I have to get a real guitar peace-bonded if I was using as a prop for a costume? I know it's not a weapon but it does fall under "all props", even though it's a real guitar. It's for my Canti costume from FLCL, in which the guitar IS his weapon.
We'd want to tag it just to show that you've agreed to the prop policies.

Hello. I was reading and I'm unsure if this is allowed...
I gutted my airsift gun a while ago for a friend who needed a part in it, so my gun Is now filled with tons of hot glue and nothing at all can move. I added a bit of silver paint to it and left the tip orange. Going by the "realisic" rule would I be able to use this? If a photo is needed I can give one.
We don't allow airsoft at all.

Hello, this is my second year going to fanime (first year cosplaying). This year I decided to go as Ghost from the modern warfare video game franchise. For my cosplay, I was wondering if I can use my airsoft gun (Which has everything on the inside removed, there isn't even a trigger so it is impossible to shoot the gun). Here is a link, the lower left hand side is me in my cosplay, upper right is the actual character and bottom right is the nonfunctioning airsoft. Of course I will have the tip of the airsoft gun professionally painted orange, I just wanted to be sure if I could use it before actually having the gun painted. Thank you for your time and hope to hear a response. This is my first year cosplaying and I am looking forward to it :)

http://i867.photobucket.com/albums/ab240/almp18/Untitled-1.jpg
We do not allow airsoft at all.

I want to know if cap guns are allowed, I need them both for two different cosplays.
Cap guns are functional, and are not allowed.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Romano_WKYBSHIUC on April 20, 2013, 09:54:11 AM
I want to know if cap guns are allowed, I need them both for two different cosplays.
Cap guns are functional, and are not allowed.
Even if the cap gun is non-functional?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: RooBird on April 20, 2013, 10:11:53 PM
Hello,
So when it says no live steel, does that mean none at all, anywhere? Or that the majority of the prop cannot be metal? I am in the beginning stages of making this:
http://wiki.teamfortress.com/w/images/thumb/5/53/RED_Medigun.png/250px-RED_Medigun.png
Most of it will be made of PVC pipe, but I was going to use thin aluminum for the handle. Sorry if this is a silly question. Thanks!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on April 20, 2013, 10:50:51 PM
I want to know if cap guns are allowed, I need them both for two different cosplays.
Cap guns are functional, and are not allowed.
Even if the cap gun is non-functional?
The vast majority of cap guns are toys designed to look as close to the real thing as possible, so generally even non-functional cap guns aren't allowed.

Hello,
So when it says no live steel, does that mean none at all, anywhere? Or that the majority of the prop cannot be metal? I am in the beginning stages of making this:
http://wiki.teamfortress.com/w/images/thumb/5/53/RED_Medigun.png/250px-RED_Medigun.png
Most of it will be made of PVC pipe, but I was going to use thin aluminum for the handle. Sorry if this is a silly question. Thanks!
"Live Steel" is basically metal that can be sharpened to a cutting edge. While unfinished aluminum is also sharp, if it is just used as an accent or for a small part of the prop, it shouldn't be a problem.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Romano_WKYBSHIUC on April 21, 2013, 05:41:43 PM
I want to know if cap guns are allowed, I need them both for two different cosplays.
Cap guns are functional, and are not allowed.
Even if the cap gun is non-functional?
The vast majority of cap guns are toys designed to look as close to the real thing as possible, so generally even non-functional cap guns aren't allowed.
This is the cap gun I own and it doesn't function any more, so this won't even be allowed? (http://www.moretoyguns.com/images/superb.jpg)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: CYL Cosplay on April 28, 2013, 09:39:19 AM
Hi, I am planning to do Psycho Pass cosplay. They have this jacket (link below), and on one shoulder it has the initials "WPC." I know the costume policy is that you can't have initials of any government official names. I'm not too sure if WPC stands for any American law officials or agencies. Just wanted to double check if it's okay to have "WPC" on the shoulder before I permanently paint it on.

http://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/i/spire2/1912198296374006d6117397c75e317d1349037241_full.jpg

Thank you~
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: ChauMein29 on April 28, 2013, 08:15:25 PM
Hello there, this is going to be my first year cosplaying and I plan on going as something along the lines of an Engineer from Battlefield 3, a PMC, and an OGA character model from MoH Warfighter. Seeing that as an airsofter, my kit is tailored in such fashion that I think it's fitting. I do not plan (nor will I ever plan on) bring my airsoft guns along as props to the convention (I read the rules down to the letter, twice  ;) ). However, my main question arises from one of your policies.
Quote
No costumes may be realistic depictions of American Law Enforcement or current American Military uniforms, or have the words POLICE, POLICIA, SWAT, FBI, DEA, CIA or any other official Government Agency names or initials on them.
In MoH Warfighter, Task Force Blackbird is said to be a fictional representation of the CIA's division of special/paramilitary operatives. And in Battlefield 3, the Engineer wears an EOD patch, which signifies Explosives Ordnance Disposal, a specialized unit in almost every LEO or Military whose specilization is stated in its name. There are links to the two patches below, and I was wondering if patches fall under that category, and if the two patches are OK to wear. I know I might seem silly for asking a question about patches, but I just want to be sure. Tahnk you for your time!
EOD Patch: http://www.evike.com/product_info.php?products_id=38835
TF Blackbird Patch: http://lbxtactical.com/collections/patches/products/blackbird
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: AigooDantat on April 29, 2013, 01:21:42 AM
Hello there.

Concerning about the rule about sword prop:

"Sword-like props may not be made of live steel (metal which can take an edge) have a hardened edge if of other materials (wood, plastic or laminates)."

Would this consider to have a hardened edge since I'm planning to cosplay as Gintoki from Gintama.
http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs25/i/2009/247/a/0/Gintoki_Sword_WIP_by_exekillan.jpg

Thanks :)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: pokefan995 on May 02, 2013, 02:11:06 AM
im sure this have been talked about already, but ive either forgotten or never knew, for people like the vocaloid cosplayers, are you allowed to carry around a small speaker to play their songs?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: xenzii on May 04, 2013, 08:59:54 PM
Hi!
Me and my friend will be cosplaying as the Bankai versions of Hitsugaya and Ichigo from Bleach, and I'll be re-using my sword for a Kenshin cosplay as well..
Just to make sure, are these able to be peace-bonded and brought to fanime? Or are they not allowed?
We would just leave them in the sheaths anyways but I'm just double checking.

Ichigo's Bankai sword:
http://i44.tinypic.com/96vr54.jpg

Hitsugaya's Sword:
http://i41.tinypic.com/35jmiy9.jpg

Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 04, 2013, 09:51:33 PM
I want to know if cap guns are allowed, I need them both for two different cosplays.
Cap guns are functional, and are not allowed.
Even if the cap gun is non-functional?
The vast majority of cap guns are toys designed to look as close to the real thing as possible, so generally even non-functional cap guns aren't allowed.
This is the cap gun I own and it doesn't function any more, so this won't even be allowed? (http://www.moretoyguns.com/images/superb.jpg)
No, that wouldn't be allowed.

Hi, I am planning to do Psycho Pass cosplay. They have this jacket (link below), and on one shoulder it has the initials "WPC." I know the costume policy is that you can't have initials of any government official names. I'm not too sure if WPC stands for any American law officials or agencies. Just wanted to double check if it's okay to have "WPC" on the shoulder before I permanently paint it on.

http://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/i/spire2/1912198296374006d6117397c75e317d1349037241_full.jpg

Thank you~
I am not aware of any agencies which use WPC.

Hello there.

Concerning about the rule about sword prop:

"Sword-like props may not be made of live steel (metal which can take an edge) have a hardened edge if of other materials (wood, plastic or laminates)."

Would this consider to have a hardened edge since I'm planning to cosplay as Gintoki from Gintama.
http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs25/i/2009/247/a/0/Gintoki_Sword_WIP_by_exekillan.jpg

Thanks :)
That looks alright.

Hi!
Me and my friend will be cosplaying as the Bankai versions of Hitsugaya and Ichigo from Bleach, and I'll be re-using my sword for a Kenshin cosplay as well..
Just to make sure, are these able to be peace-bonded and brought to fanime? Or are they not allowed?
We would just leave them in the sheaths anyways but I'm just double checking.

Ichigo's Bankai sword:
http://i44.tinypic.com/96vr54.jpg

Hitsugaya's Sword:
http://i41.tinypic.com/35jmiy9.jpg

Thanks in advance!

Those appear to be metal which means they are not allowed at our convention.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: AigooDantat on May 05, 2013, 07:47:49 PM
Hello there.

Concerning about the rule about sword prop:

"Sword-like props may not be made of live steel (metal which can take an edge) have a hardened edge if of other materials (wood, plastic or laminates)."

Would this consider to have a hardened edge since I'm planning to cosplay as Gintoki from Gintama.
http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs25/i/2009/247/a/0/Gintoki_Sword_WIP_by_exekillan.jpg

Thanks :)
That looks alright.

So it would be fine for me to bring it to fanime? Thanks. Oh and do you know where I can get my weapon peace-bonded?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 05, 2013, 08:25:38 PM
Hello there.

Concerning about the rule about sword prop:

"Sword-like props may not be made of live steel (metal which can take an edge) have a hardened edge if of other materials (wood, plastic or laminates)."

Would this consider to have a hardened edge since I'm planning to cosplay as Gintoki from Gintama.
http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs25/i/2009/247/a/0/Gintoki_Sword_WIP_by_exekillan.jpg

Thanks :)
That looks alright.

So it would be fine for me to bring it to fanime? Thanks. Oh and do you know where I can get my weapon peace-bonded?
At a peace-bonding station. ;)

Rovers traditionally have a 24-hour peace-bonding station inside the Marriott Willow Glen rooms. I don't recall the number though it hasn't changed in the last five years.

When Gatherings is open, we have a secondary station there, as well, and if we manage to find the staff for it, we'll have a third station somewhere.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Dagger-6 on May 05, 2013, 08:57:18 PM
Hello there, this is going to be my first year cosplaying and I plan on going as something along the lines of an Engineer from Battlefield 3, a PMC, and an OGA character model from MoH Warfighter. Seeing that as an airsofter, my kit is tailored in such fashion that I think it's fitting. I do not plan (nor will I ever plan on) bring my airsoft guns along as props to the convention (I read the rules down to the letter, twice  ;) ). However, my main question arises from one of your policies.
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No costumes may be realistic depictions of American Law Enforcement or current American Military uniforms, or have the words POLICE, POLICIA, SWAT, FBI, DEA, CIA or any other official Government Agency names or initials on them.
In MoH Warfighter, Task Force Blackbird is said to be a fictional representation of the CIA's division of special/paramilitary operatives. And in Battlefield 3, the Engineer wears an EOD patch, which signifies Explosives Ordnance Disposal, a specialized unit in almost every LEO or Military whose specilization is stated in its name. There are links to the two patches below, and I was wondering if patches fall under that category, and if the two patches are OK to wear. I know I might seem silly for asking a question about patches, but I just want to be sure. Tahnk you for your time!
EOD Patch: http://www.evike.com/product_info.php?products_id=38835
TF Blackbird Patch: http://lbxtactical.com/collections/patches/products/blackbird

I'm not sure if Aelia responded to this question yet and I'm interested to see what the answer is.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 05, 2013, 09:46:00 PM
I'm not sure if Aelia responded to this question yet and I'm interested to see what the answer is.
Missed that one, clearly. I'll get an answer up as soon as I've determined what the answer is.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: ClavigerBS on May 06, 2013, 06:13:55 PM
So I have a few Training guns, which are solid molds made of polyurethane, and they come in a solid blue. Last year i was told that they need to be a brighter color.

http://www.amazon.com/Rings-Blue-Guns-Training-Ar15/dp/B007RJQS2G/ref=sr_1_59?ie=UTF8&qid=1367888822&sr=8-59&keywords=blue+training+gun
http://www.amazon.com/Rings-Blue-Training-Weighted-Glock/dp/B007RJRKXC/ref=sr_1_56?ie=UTF8&qid=1367888822&sr=8-56&keywords=blue+training+gun

These are a couple of them. They're gonna be used for Left 4 Dead Cosplays. Is just the Orange tip ok, or would they need to be one whole solid color?

Also, I have a Foam Fireman axe
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055BLD1E/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
would this be ok?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: bahamutknightzero on May 06, 2013, 06:32:28 PM
Ok, I have a bit of a question regarding footwear.

One of my costumes has some footwear that was made by altering two separate items (stockings and tabi) to replicate a ninja shoe/boot. It's a bit hard to see but I do ask if this can be allowed

(http://tinyurl.com/bwkfxop)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 06, 2013, 07:24:39 PM
Ok, I have a bit of a question regarding footwear.

One of my costumes has some footwear that was made by altering two separate items (stockings and tabi) to replicate a ninja shoe/boot. It's a bit hard to see but I do ask if this can be allowed

(http://tinyurl.com/bwkfxop)
Those appear to be... socks. Socks are not shoes and would not qualify as acceptable footwear under our standards.

So I have a few Training guns, which are solid molds made of polyurethane, and they come in a solid blue. Last year i was told that they need to be a brighter color.

http://www.amazon.com/Rings-Blue-Guns-Training-Ar15/dp/B007RJQS2G/ref=sr_1_59?ie=UTF8&qid=1367888822&sr=8-59&keywords=blue+training+gun
http://www.amazon.com/Rings-Blue-Training-Weighted-Glock/dp/B007RJRKXC/ref=sr_1_56?ie=UTF8&qid=1367888822&sr=8-56&keywords=blue+training+gun

These are a couple of them. They're gonna be used for Left 4 Dead Cosplays. Is just the Orange tip ok, or would they need to be one whole solid color?

Also, I have a Foam Fireman axe
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055BLD1E/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
would this be ok?
The axe should be alright.

I don't have an answer for the guns right this moment.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Nyanko on May 07, 2013, 12:49:15 AM
So my boyfriend is planning on cosplaying Kirito from SAO. And he bought these props for his cosplay. I didn't think to check to make sure these would be ok, i assumed they would be, but reading this forum im kinda nervous now. They are made out of pvc, and are super light and kinda fragile. Would they be ok? http://www.flickr.com/photos/64131224@N06/
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 07, 2013, 07:48:09 PM
So my boyfriend is planning on cosplaying Kirito from SAO. And he bought these props for his cosplay. I didn't think to check to make sure these would be ok, i assumed they would be, but reading this forum im kinda nervous now. They are made out of pvc, and are super light and kinda fragile. Would they be ok? http://www.flickr.com/photos/64131224@N06/
As long as they have not been sharpened to an edge, they should be alright.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: pokefan995 on May 07, 2013, 08:09:46 PM
:/ i feel like my question got ignored.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 07, 2013, 08:55:35 PM
:/ i feel like my question got ignored.
Not ignored, missed. I work at an incredibly demanding job and when I get home I'm exhausted. Sometimes I miss things. In the future, please ask if I missed it instead of making assumptions.

im sure this have been talked about already, but ive either forgotten or never knew, for people like the vocaloid cosplayers, are you allowed to carry around a small speaker to play their songs?
You can carry a speaker so long as you do not play loud music, or use it in a way which causes a disturbance.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Nyanko on May 07, 2013, 09:23:07 PM
So my boyfriend is planning on cosplaying Kirito from SAO. And he bought these props for his cosplay. I didn't think to check to make sure these would be ok, i assumed they would be, but reading this forum im kinda nervous now. They are made out of pvc, and are super light and kinda fragile. Would they be ok? http://www.flickr.com/photos/64131224@N06/
As long as they have not been sharpened to an edge, they should be alright.

Alright awesome! The edges arn't sharp at all, just dull and pointed. Thank you for such a fast reply as well.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: pokefan995 on May 07, 2013, 10:15:39 PM
:/ i feel like my question got ignored.
Not ignored, missed. I work at an incredibly demanding job and when I get home I'm exhausted. Sometimes I miss things. In the future, please ask if I missed it instead of making assumptions.

im sure this have been talked about already, but ive either forgotten or never knew, for people like the vocaloid cosplayers, are you allowed to carry around a small speaker to play their songs?
sorry, i kinda meant ignored in a joking way. and thank you.
You can carry a speaker so long as you do not play loud music, or use it in a way which causes a disturbance.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: used mattress on May 08, 2013, 12:51:16 PM
Hello! I have a question. I'm going to be cosplaying as the Batter from off and I read that you couldn't bring metal or wooden bats. That's pretty obvious but I'm also reading around that sometimes not all foam and/or plastic ones get accepted either. So I was curious. Will this work? (http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/09/22/11/02/0009221102983_500X500.jpg) The base is a hard plastic but the rest of it is foam. I plan to paint over it but if it doesn't get accepted, I'll find something else.

[EDIT] Would this one work instead if the other one isn't approved? (http://www.ustoy.com/foam-baseball-bat-2-pcs)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: KellBean on May 10, 2013, 02:58:35 AM
This may be a silly question considering the explanation of props kind of answers the question but just to be safe.  Is it any kind of props that has to be peace bonded(Like a teddy bear) or specific ones?  Also are beach balls okay?  In a post somewhere someone explained a rover took a beach ball away.

Thank you for your time.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: bahamutknightzero on May 10, 2013, 08:44:33 PM
Any word or feedback or info on my issue?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Taciturn on May 11, 2013, 12:37:32 PM
Hello, my prop is quite a large piece so I figured I'd check up on it before it is finished.  It is a large replica sniper rifle, completely built from wood, plastic, and fillers so there are no moving parts.  This album includes pictures of the build plus a few reference images to the cosplay in question: http://imgur.com/a/GPHeP#0   What counts as a non-removable orange tip [sorry, this is the first prop I've built!], does it have to be a plug or a paint job?  Or does a wrapping of bright orange tape work?  Or is it even necessary for this particular gun to begin with?  I'd like to at least preserve its original state for future personal use.

Thanks for taking the time to answer everyone's questions, it's much appreciated!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Avairrianna on May 12, 2013, 09:41:05 PM
Hello Aelia, I was wondering if these guns would work either painted or not painted?

(http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/02/24/99/15/0002249915010_500X500.jpg)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Bsan89 on May 13, 2013, 06:18:11 PM
Hello Aelia, I was wondering if these guns would work either painted or not painted?

(http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/02/24/99/15/0002249915010_500X500.jpg)

Not the mod, but it has to be non functional (no movable part), orange tip.
Painted, im 90% sure, NO.
Unpainted, yes. But I think it still has to be non movable. 

In the end, just bring it in. I bought my prop in that was a machingun but converted to a star war blast gun. And star war is Old school as it get, it was let through. (everyone know star war)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: TheMBear on May 14, 2013, 01:03:22 PM
Quick question on peace-bonding: if I am coming Thursday night to pick up badges for my party, but will not be appearing in full costume until Friday, is it still possible to get props peace-bonded while I'm there?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: TheMBear on May 16, 2013, 05:52:20 PM
Quick question on peace-bonding: if I am coming Thursday night to pick up badges for my party, but will not be appearing in full costume until Friday, is it still possible to get props peace-bonded while I'm there?

http://www.fanime.com/essentials/code-of-conduct/costumes-props-policy/

I have read the policy many times over, since this is my first time cosplaying and I don't want to screw things up for myself or be surprised. I am trying to follow the rules to the letter, but through a combination of inexperience on my part and an interpretable choice of words, some of the policies leave room for clarification. I assume that the line, "Props must remain with the costume which they were peace-bonded for," means that the relevant costume must be present to judge the context of the props at the time of peace-bonding, but that is not explicitly said, hence my prior question.

So, a simple "no" would have sufficed.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 16, 2013, 06:56:15 PM
Quick question on peace-bonding: if I am coming Thursday night to pick up badges for my party, but will not be appearing in full costume until Friday, is it still possible to get props peace-bonded while I'm there?

http://www.fanime.com/essentials/code-of-conduct/costumes-props-policy/
I don't know why you felt that this was an appropriate response to someone's question. You are not running this thread and it is quite rude to do something like that.

Quick question on peace-bonding: if I am coming Thursday night to pick up badges for my party, but will not be appearing in full costume until Friday, is it still possible to get props peace-bonded while I'm there?

http://www.fanime.com/essentials/code-of-conduct/costumes-props-policy/

I have read the policy many times over, since this is my first time cosplaying and I don't want to screw things up for myself or be surprised. I am trying to follow the rules to the letter, but through a combination of inexperience on my part and an interpretable choice of words, some of the policies leave room for clarification. I assume that the line, "Props must remain with the costume which they were peace-bonded for," means that the relevant costume must be present to judge the context of the props at the time of peace-bonding, but that is not explicitly said, hence my prior question.

So, a simple "no" would have sufficed.
If you are willing to change into the costume Thursday night, you can come down, get the prop tagged, and then go change. The tag remains valid throughout the weekend so long as you only carry the prop with an appropriate costume.

Hello! I have a question. I'm going to be cosplaying as the Batter from off and I read that you couldn't bring metal or wooden bats. That's pretty obvious but I'm also reading around that sometimes not all foam and/or plastic ones get accepted either. So I was curious. Will this work? (http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/09/22/11/02/0009221102983_500X500.jpg) The base is a hard plastic but the rest of it is foam. I plan to paint over it but if it doesn't get accepted, I'll find something else.

[EDIT] Would this one work instead if the other one isn't approved? (http://www.ustoy.com/foam-baseball-bat-2-pcs)
It's hard to say just from pictures, as it's as much about the weight of the thing as anything else, but they *look* like they should be alright.

This may be a silly question considering the explanation of props kind of answers the question but just to be safe.  Is it any kind of props that has to be peace bonded(Like a teddy bear) or specific ones?  Also are beach balls okay?  In a post somewhere someone explained a rover took a beach ball away.

Thank you for your time.
We prefer that all props come through us, but the only ones which are *required* to go through the props tagging process are the weapon-based ones.

We wouldn't take away a beach ball. We don't confiscate people's items. We *would* ask them to take it off property if it had become an issue though.

Any word or feedback or info on my issue?
I answered your question:
Ok, I have a bit of a question regarding footwear.

One of my costumes has some footwear that was made by altering two separate items (stockings and tabi) to replicate a ninja shoe/boot. It's a bit hard to see but I do ask if this can be allowed

(http://tinyurl.com/bwkfxop)
Those appear to be... socks. Socks are not shoes and would not qualify as acceptable footwear under our standards.


Hello Aelia, I was wondering if these guns would work either painted or not painted?
Those look like toys in those colors. I could not say for sure about painted. At the minimum, I would advise keeping the tips neon, though ideally you could/should leave more of it bare.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: BSaphire on May 16, 2013, 07:53:19 PM
Cospeeps:
I would like to remind everyone that though we are a few days out from con and feeling anxious PLEASE be patient and nice to each other and to the staff who have volunteered 100's of hours to do their job.

I can personally say that the Rovers department heads have tried very hard to accommodate as much as possible and sometimes maybe their answers could seem to short or unclear. They have probably answered a question similar to yours 100 times already and missed accurately answering yours in such a way to clarify your particular question. Remember to be patient and they (Especially Aelia) will help resolve your questions to the best of their ability before con.

Love & Peace
BSaphire
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: TheMBear on May 17, 2013, 01:18:55 PM
If you are willing to change into the costume Thursday night, you can come down, get the prop tagged, and then go change. The tag remains valid throughout the weekend so long as you only carry the prop with an appropriate costume.

Thank you, that is much more helpful.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: hakurei on May 17, 2013, 05:46:43 PM
Hello! :) I will be cosplaying as a character who carries around a shinai as a prop: http://24.media.tumblr.com/a438f58d95e26bc23a32d8f061064197/tumblr_mfzhe0zwSe1s28aezo2_r1_500.png and I was wondering if it violates the props policy in any way. It's made of bamboo and fairly lightweight and will probably be in a bag for the majority of the time besides photoshoots.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 17, 2013, 05:49:44 PM
Hello! :) I will be cosplaying as a character who carries around a shinai as a prop: http://24.media.tumblr.com/a438f58d95e26bc23a32d8f061064197/tumblr_mfzhe0zwSe1s28aezo2_r1_500.png and I was wondering if it violates the props policy in any way. It's made of bamboo and fairly lightweight and will probably be in a bag for the majority of the time besides photoshoots.
We allow Shinai. Just get it peacebonded. :)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Sirius140 on May 17, 2013, 05:58:43 PM
I'm not sure if this is the place for this question, but my cosplay doesn't have big pockets and I plan on bringing my 3DS, it's charger, iPhone, wallet, Pocky, and a copy of Gundam Extreme Vs. with me. Am I allowed to bring a tote or mail bag to haul my stuff?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 17, 2013, 08:05:44 PM
I'm not sure if this is the place for this question, but my cosplay doesn't have big pockets and I plan on bringing my 3DS, it's charger, iPhone, wallet, Pocky, and a copy of Gundam Extreme Vs. with me. Am I allowed to bring a tote or mail bag to haul my stuff?
Absolutely. We don't get involved in things like that.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Sirius140 on May 17, 2013, 09:01:15 PM
Thank you. (wondered if I double posted)?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Tabbychan on May 17, 2013, 11:13:12 PM
Hi! I was wondering if my large prop would need to be peace bonded. It wont be going through the actual convention center but it's a mix of a musical instrument and a weapon.  It's make of cardboard and the only piece that makes it a weapon are obviously fake and are removable with velcro(the blades on the side). Without the blades it can fit through doors but not with and as previously stated it will only be used for gathering photoshoot and for another photoshoot outside.  I can send an actual picture of it tomorrow to you if you need a better idea of the height and look of the actual prop.


Reference to the instrument: http://img3.leaguecraft.com/wallpapers/asset/sona_wallpaper_pentakill_sona_760px_429.jpg
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 18, 2013, 08:29:58 AM
Hi! I was wondering if my large prop would need to be peace bonded. It wont be going through the actual convention center but it's a mix of a musical instrument and a weapon.  It's make of cardboard and the only piece that makes it a weapon are obviously fake and are removable with velcro(the blades on the side). Without the blades it can fit through doors but not with and as previously stated it will only be used for gathering photoshoot and for another photoshoot outside.  I can send an actual picture of it tomorrow to you if you need a better idea of the height and look of the actual prop.


Reference to the instrument: http://img3.leaguecraft.com/wallpapers/asset/sona_wallpaper_pentakill_sona_760px_429.jpg
Yes, that would need to be peace-bonded. It looks like it should be fine to carry, so just bring it in.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: ClavigerBS on May 18, 2013, 06:40:12 PM


So I have a few Training guns, which are solid molds made of polyurethane, and they come in a solid blue. Last year i was told that they need to be a brighter color.

http://www.amazon.com/Rings-Blue-Guns-Training-Ar15/dp/B007RJQS2G/ref=sr_1_59?ie=UTF8&qid=1367888822&sr=8-59&keywords=blue+training+gun
http://www.amazon.com/Rings-Blue-Training-Weighted-Glock/dp/B007RJRKXC/ref=sr_1_56?ie=UTF8&qid=1367888822&sr=8-56&keywords=blue+training+gun

These are a couple of them. They're gonna be used for Left 4 Dead Cosplays. Is just the Orange tip ok, or would they need to be one whole solid color?

Also, I have a Foam Fireman axe
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055BLD1E/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
would this be ok?
The axe should be alright.

I don't have an answer for the guns right this moment.

Hi, i know your busy, just wanted to see where you stand on this. I'll be finishing them with a neon safety orange, just need to know if tips or whole piece. Thank you for your time.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 19, 2013, 10:11:39 AM


So I have a few Training guns, which are solid molds made of polyurethane, and they come in a solid blue. Last year i was told that they need to be a brighter color.

http://www.amazon.com/Rings-Blue-Guns-Training-Ar15/dp/B007RJQS2G/ref=sr_1_59?ie=UTF8&qid=1367888822&sr=8-59&keywords=blue+training+gun
http://www.amazon.com/Rings-Blue-Training-Weighted-Glock/dp/B007RJRKXC/ref=sr_1_56?ie=UTF8&qid=1367888822&sr=8-56&keywords=blue+training+gun

These are a couple of them. They're gonna be used for Left 4 Dead Cosplays. Is just the Orange tip ok, or would they need to be one whole solid color?

Also, I have a Foam Fireman axe
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055BLD1E/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
would this be ok?
The axe should be alright.

I don't have an answer for the guns right this moment.

Hi, i know your busy, just wanted to see where you stand on this. I'll be finishing them with a neon safety orange, just need to know if tips or whole piece. Thank you for your time.
Sorry for the delay, there was a bit of an extended conversation. The tips are the absolute minimum, the whole piece is preferred.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: ClavigerBS on May 19, 2013, 11:13:47 AM


So I have a few Training guns, which are solid molds made of polyurethane, and they come in a solid blue. Last year i was told that they need to be a brighter color.

http://www.amazon.com/Rings-Blue-Guns-Training-Ar15/dp/B007RJQS2G/ref=sr_1_59?ie=UTF8&qid=1367888822&sr=8-59&keywords=blue+training+gun
http://www.amazon.com/Rings-Blue-Training-Weighted-Glock/dp/B007RJRKXC/ref=sr_1_56?ie=UTF8&qid=1367888822&sr=8-56&keywords=blue+training+gun

These are a couple of them. They're gonna be used for Left 4 Dead Cosplays. Is just the Orange tip ok, or would they need to be one whole solid color?

Also, I have a Foam Fireman axe
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055BLD1E/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
would this be ok?
The axe should be alright.

I don't have an answer for the guns right this moment.

Hi, i know your busy, just wanted to see where you stand on this. I'll be finishing them with a neon safety orange, just need to know if tips or whole piece. Thank you for your time.
Sorry for the delay, there was a bit of an extended conversation. The tips are the absolute minimum, the whole piece is preferred.

Thank you, so that I may fully comply, I'll do an over all body paint.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Taciturn on May 19, 2013, 12:45:07 PM
Hello, my prop is quite a large piece so I figured I'd check up on it before it is finished.  It is a large replica sniper rifle, completely built from wood, plastic, and fillers so there are no moving parts.  This album includes pictures of the build plus a few reference images to the cosplay in question: http://imgur.com/a/GPHeP#0   What counts as a non-removable orange tip [sorry, this is the first prop I've built!], does it have to be a plug or a paint job?  Or does a wrapping of bright orange tape work?  Or is it even necessary for this particular gun to begin with?  I'd like to at least preserve its original state for future personal use.

Thanks for taking the time to answer everyone's questions, it's much appreciated!

Hello Aelia, I've added a few more updated images to my gallery above of more work I've done on the rifle.  I should be finishing it off soon, the trigger still needs to be attached and will be made of wood and is non-moveable.  Could you possibly take a look at it for the question I posed earlier?  Thanks!

[I also realize that in the pictures that is how it's held for display, but when moving I am able to keep it at a neutral vertical position lower on my body as to not hit anyone.  I am also able to handle it one-handed to open doors.]
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: InfinityThief on May 20, 2013, 02:21:28 PM
I just checked the Costumes and Props Policy, but it was unclear to me; Would I be permitted to carry a polypropylene bokken around? They have rounded edges where the blade would be, and definitely aren't flimsy or weak (if someone were to get hit with it purposefully it would hurt, but it's definitely just a carry around prop for my brother and I'd Homestuck cosplays).
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Kell-chan on May 20, 2013, 02:59:05 PM
I have a question regarding chains, since I didn't see them mentioned in the weapons/prop policy: are chains allowed as part of a costume? If so, is there a length limit? Mine are three feet long (as per another con's policy) and remain on my person (i.e., not loosely hanging).

Thank you in advance for your time!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Pheydra on May 20, 2013, 03:38:13 PM
So, I am assuming that these won't be allowed?  They are knitting needles made out of alumanim for Haku's (Naruto) needles.  I have put them in my hair to keep the wig in place.

http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Bates-Silvalume-Knitting-Package/dp/B001705J3A/ref=sr_1_159?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1369089089&sr=1-159

If not.. would metal colored (only paint) bamboo knitting needles be allowed?  They are not that sharp, you would have to put a LOT of force behind them to open up skin. 
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: InfinityThief on May 21, 2013, 01:44:53 PM
Another question about allowed props, would wands be allowed? They're made from resin, and don't come to even a dull point, they have rounded tips.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 21, 2013, 05:27:44 PM
Hello, my prop is quite a large piece so I figured I'd check up on it before it is finished.  It is a large replica sniper rifle, completely built from wood, plastic, and fillers so there are no moving parts.  This album includes pictures of the build plus a few reference images to the cosplay in question: http://imgur.com/a/GPHeP#0   What counts as a non-removable orange tip [sorry, this is the first prop I've built!], does it have to be a plug or a paint job?  Or does a wrapping of bright orange tape work?  Or is it even necessary for this particular gun to begin with?  I'd like to at least preserve its original state for future personal use.

Thanks for taking the time to answer everyone's questions, it's much appreciated!

Hello Aelia, I've added a few more updated images to my gallery above of more work I've done on the rifle.  I should be finishing it off soon, the trigger still needs to be attached and will be made of wood and is non-moveable.  Could you possibly take a look at it for the question I posed earlier?  Thanks!

[I also realize that in the pictures that is how it's held for display, but when moving I am able to keep it at a neutral vertical position lower on my body as to not hit anyone.  I am also able to handle it one-handed to open doors.]
The progress still looks fine to me.

As for carrying it, we go with the "45 degree rule" (no more than 45 degree variation from floor or ceiling) vertical would be the most "neutral" position possible with that prop, I think.

I just checked the Costumes and Props Policy, but it was unclear to me; Would I be permitted to carry a polypropylene bokken around? They have rounded edges where the blade would be, and definitely aren't flimsy or weak (if someone were to get hit with it purposefully it would hurt, but it's definitely just a carry around prop for my brother and I'd Homestuck cosplays).
We do allow bokken when they suit a costume.

I have a question regarding chains, since I didn't see them mentioned in the weapons/prop policy: are chains allowed as part of a costume? If so, is there a length limit? Mine are three feet long (as per another con's policy) and remain on my person (i.e., not loosely hanging).

Thank you in advance for your time!
We generally ask that they not be heavyweight. That sounds fine to me.

So, I am assuming that these won't be allowed?  They are knitting needles made out of alumanim for Haku's (Naruto) needles.  I have put them in my hair to keep the wig in place.

http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Bates-Silvalume-Knitting-Package/dp/B001705J3A/ref=sr_1_159?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1369089089&sr=1-159

If not.. would metal colored (only paint) bamboo knitting needles be allowed?  They are not that sharp, you would have to put a LOT of force behind them to open up skin. 
While metal knitting needles are against the letter of the rules, they are allowed within the spirit of them. Still, if you don't *mind* painting bamboo knitting needles that would be preferred.

Another question about allowed props, would wands be allowed? They're made from resin, and don't come to even a dull point, they have rounded tips.
Resin wands would be OK.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Taciturn on May 21, 2013, 10:57:58 PM
Hello, my prop is quite a large piece so I figured I'd check up on it before it is finished.  It is a large replica sniper rifle, completely built from wood, plastic, and fillers so there are no moving parts.  This album includes pictures of the build plus a few reference images to the cosplay in question: http://imgur.com/a/GPHeP#0   What counts as a non-removable orange tip [sorry, this is the first prop I've built!], does it have to be a plug or a paint job?  Or does a wrapping of bright orange tape work?  Or is it even necessary for this particular gun to begin with?  I'd like to at least preserve its original state for future personal use.

Thanks for taking the time to answer everyone's questions, it's much appreciated!

Hello Aelia, I've added a few more updated images to my gallery above of more work I've done on the rifle.  I should be finishing it off soon, the trigger still needs to be attached and will be made of wood and is non-moveable.  Could you possibly take a look at it for the question I posed earlier?  Thanks!

[I also realize that in the pictures that is how it's held for display, but when moving I am able to keep it at a neutral vertical position lower on my body as to not hit anyone.  I am also able to handle it one-handed to open doors.]
The progress still looks fine to me.

As for carrying it, we go with the "45 degree rule" (no more than 45 degree variation from floor or ceiling) vertical would be the most "neutral" position possible with that prop, I think.

Fantastic, so no safety tip is needed in this case?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: mryekcim on May 22, 2013, 01:18:39 AM
Sorry if this has already been answered but will there be someone to pace bond items on Thursday? if so at what times.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: myotishi on May 22, 2013, 06:28:53 PM
I'm working on a rifle prop for my Mami Tomoe costume, and I'm wondering if it will be okay to carry if I paint the tip orange? It's made of wood, paper mache and craft foam, and none of the pieces are movable. (Currently it looks like this http://i.imgur.com/WpInXV2.jpg (http://i.imgur.com/WpInXV2.jpg), and will be painted white and brown to look like one of her rifles here http://news.toyark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2011/09/Mami-Tomoe-4_1315680054.jpg (http://news.toyark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2011/09/Mami-Tomoe-4_1315680054.jpg))
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 22, 2013, 06:48:58 PM
Hello, my prop is quite a large piece so I figured I'd check up on it before it is finished.  It is a large replica sniper rifle, completely built from wood, plastic, and fillers so there are no moving parts.  This album includes pictures of the build plus a few reference images to the cosplay in question: http://imgur.com/a/GPHeP#0   What counts as a non-removable orange tip [sorry, this is the first prop I've built!], does it have to be a plug or a paint job?  Or does a wrapping of bright orange tape work?  Or is it even necessary for this particular gun to begin with?  I'd like to at least preserve its original state for future personal use.

Thanks for taking the time to answer everyone's questions, it's much appreciated!

Hello Aelia, I've added a few more updated images to my gallery above of more work I've done on the rifle.  I should be finishing it off soon, the trigger still needs to be attached and will be made of wood and is non-moveable.  Could you possibly take a look at it for the question I posed earlier?  Thanks!

[I also realize that in the pictures that is how it's held for display, but when moving I am able to keep it at a neutral vertical position lower on my body as to not hit anyone.  I am also able to handle it one-handed to open doors.]
The progress still looks fine to me.

As for carrying it, we go with the "45 degree rule" (no more than 45 degree variation from floor or ceiling) vertical would be the most "neutral" position possible with that prop, I think.

Fantastic, so no safety tip is needed in this case?
Please include the safety tip.

Sorry if this has already been answered but will there be someone to pace bond items on Thursday? if so at what times.
Times are... TBD. Probably starting around 6pm. Probably in the Marriott Willow Glen room where it usually is. I cannot promise this, however, as it depends entirely upon whether my staff is available and whether our room is set up.

I'm working on a rifle prop for my Mami Tomoe costume, and I'm wondering if it will be okay to carry if I paint the tip orange? It's made of wood, paper mache and craft foam, and none of the pieces are movable. (Currently it looks like this http://i.imgur.com/WpInXV2.jpg (http://i.imgur.com/WpInXV2.jpg), and will be painted white and brown to look like one of her rifles here http://news.toyark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2011/09/Mami-Tomoe-4_1315680054.jpg (http://news.toyark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2011/09/Mami-Tomoe-4_1315680054.jpg))
It looks OK to me.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 22, 2013, 09:17:13 PM
There will be no peace bonding at the convention until after 6:30pm Thursday.

After 6:30pm Thursday, peace bonding will be available in its customary place in Willow Glen.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Karuka-Ikashi on May 23, 2013, 11:41:09 AM
I have a rapier with an unsharpened metal blade. It's still peacebonded to its plastic sheath from the last convention I went to and can't be drawn out. Am I allowed to bring it?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: EvilBunnyKid on May 23, 2013, 12:28:28 PM
Will peace bonding be open Thursday? That is all.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 23, 2013, 12:33:52 PM
Will peace bonding be open Thursday? That is all.
Please look up two posts.

I have a rapier with an unsharpened metal blade. It's still peacebonded to its plastic sheath from the last convention I went to and can't be drawn out. Am I allowed to bring it?
We do not allow metal blades.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: aetherltd on July 04, 2013, 09:23:58 PM
(http://www.aetherltd.com/public/misc/gup/tankatanimexpo.jpg)
Cosplay prop for Girls und Panzer, currently at Anime Expo in Los Angeles

What's the peace-bonding policy on this?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on July 04, 2013, 09:52:32 PM
(http://www.aetherltd.com/public/misc/gup/tankatanimexpo.jpg)
Cosplay prop for Girls und Panzer, currently at Anime Expo in Los Angeles

What's the peace-bonding policy on this?
That it doesn't come onto convention property.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: aetherltd on July 06, 2013, 11:12:30 AM
(http://www.aetherltd.com/public/misc/gup/tankatanimexpo.jpg)
Cosplay prop for Girls und Panzer, currently at Anime Expo in Los Angeles

What's the peace-bonding policy on this?
That it doesn't come onto convention property.
I can understand that.
(http://distilleryimage5.s3.amazonaws.com/ae7a062ae66311e2931a22000aaa0ff5_7.jpg)
The Girls und Panzer tank at Anime Expo. Crewed by the LT3 cosplay team.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on July 06, 2013, 11:14:27 AM
If they got a Panzer and wanted to pose with it at our convention, they'd have to find a safe place to do so, and we actually don't have anything like that on our premises.  I can't think of anywhere near Downtown San Jose that would have the necessary space for the trailer to haul it in (except the parking lots, and those are generally full by Friday) and stage it that it would be off city streets.

Impressive dedication to the cosplay though.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: pokefan995 on August 28, 2013, 03:57:51 AM
So, I Wasnt Sure If Thisbwas Allowed Or Not, So I Thought Id Ask, My Sis Has An Injured Heartless Cosplay, And It Has A Sign That Says, "Im Injured... Hug Me!!!" With A Little Hurt Heartless In The Top Corner, It That Ok?
Title: Rule on resident evil cosplay
Post by: xifumouse on December 05, 2013, 02:33:17 PM
I have just recently started gathering stuff for my resident evil cosplay since the last time I was at Fanime 2012 it was really fun even though I didnt have a cosplay. The question I have today is that will Resident Evil cosplay be allow at Fanime 2014? Because I will be wearing pretty much all military gear "swat gear" with umbrella corp logo all over the cosplay. I read somewhere that military cosplay is not allowed at the convention is that true? Also the gear I have wearing include a prop gun and it is complete black but it does have a 2inch orange tip will that be allow as well at Fanime 2014?
I saw cosplay like this at Fanime 2012-2013 will this be allowed or did these people some how sneak in
(http://i807.photobucket.com/albums/yy360/opoonedploxo/hunk_from_resident_evil_by_elvampile-d5293bp.jpg) (http://s807.photobucket.com/user/opoonedploxo/media/hunk_from_resident_evil_by_elvampile-d5293bp.jpg.html)

(http://i807.photobucket.com/albums/yy360/opoonedploxo/015-fanime-con-2011-cosplay-resident-evil-devil.jpg) (http://s807.photobucket.com/user/opoonedploxo/media/015-fanime-con-2011-cosplay-resident-evil-devil.jpg.html)

(http://i807.photobucket.com/albums/yy360/opoonedploxo/umbrella_team_by_abelthekeeper-d4trede.jpg) (http://s807.photobucket.com/user/opoonedploxo/media/umbrella_team_by_abelthekeeper-d4trede.jpg.html)

(http://i807.photobucket.com/albums/yy360/opoonedploxo/181808_3824781145536_1987846433_n.jpg) (http://s807.photobucket.com/user/opoonedploxo/media/181808_3824781145536_1987846433_n.jpg.html)

(http://i807.photobucket.com/albums/yy360/opoonedploxo/310-fanime-con-2011-cosplay-resident-evil-hunk-rocket-launcher.jpg) (http://s807.photobucket.com/user/opoonedploxo/media/310-fanime-con-2011-cosplay-resident-evil-hunk-rocket-launcher.jpg.html)

(http://i807.photobucket.com/albums/yy360/opoonedploxo/010-fanime-con-2011-cosplay-storm-trooper-umbrella.jpg) (http://s807.photobucket.com/user/opoonedploxo/media/010-fanime-con-2011-cosplay-storm-trooper-umbrella.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Rule on resident evil cosplay
Post by: eralston on December 05, 2013, 06:38:12 PM
I don't believe the policy for 2014 has been published yet but you can look at last years policy on the website (http://2013.fanime.com/essentials/code-of-conduct/costumes-props-policy/). If you are just looking for a summary last years policy stated:

Quote
No costumes may be realistic depictions of American Law Enforcement or current American Military uniforms, or have the words POLICE, POLICIA, SWAT, FBI, DEA, CIA or any other official government agency names or initials on them.

If you still have questions it might be helpful if you posted images of what you intended on wearing so a rover could weigh in on whether it would violate the policy.
Title: Re: Rule on resident evil cosplay
Post by: BSaphire on December 19, 2013, 10:35:28 AM
I have just recently started gathering stuff for my resident evil cosplay since the last time I was at Fanime 2012 it was really fun even though I didnt have a cosplay. The question I have today is that will Resident Evil cosplay be allow at Fanime 2014? Because I will be wearing pretty much all military gear "swat gear" with umbrella corp logo all over the cosplay. I read somewhere that military cosplay is not allowed at the convention is that true? Also the gear I have wearing include a prop gun and it is complete black but it does have a 2inch orange tip will that be allow as well at Fanime 2014?
I saw cosplay like this at Fanime 2012-2013 will this be allowed or did these people some how sneak in

@ xifumouse: I merged this into the W & P policy thread. For future reference, please post links to pictures that are relevant instead of the photos so that other forum users do not have a page of photos load when they read your post. I would also suggest contacting Fanime Rovers with your questions concerning your RE cosplay since W & P falls in their department and they can address your questions with more accurate answers.

Thank you
BSaphire
Title: Question about prop guns/swords and peace-bonding
Post by: BonjourHoney on December 29, 2013, 09:44:34 PM
Hi there! I have a question about the prop weapons policy (and I know it might be changed by '14 but maybe people who have past experience with the policy can help me because I've never brought a prop to Fanime before).

I see that the rules for firearm props have lots of little nuances. I'm interested in having antique firearm props for my cosplay: a flintlock pistol and a flintlock rifle. I remember vaguely that laws are different for pre 1898 (or something like that) firearm ownership; does this apply at all to props as well? Will replicas of antique firearms be allowed as a prop weapon, as long as it has an orange tip and still follows all the other rules (don't point it at anyone, etc.)? These are, of course, display-only non-functional replicas, usually made of wood, but with little metal details (which I figured might be a dealbreaker).

I'm eyeballing stuff such as this:

http://www.medievalcollectibles.com/p-2130-19th-century-french-percussion-dueling-pistol-pewter.aspx
http://www.medievalcollectibles.com/p-2141-1806-napoleonic-period-french-carbine-rifle.aspx

The second part of my inquiry is: do prop swords HAVE to be peace-bonded into their scabbards? Are we not allowed to have them out for photograph posing (which seems to defeat the purpose of having a sword prop anyway, though again I'm unclear on this from reading '13's policy)?

Anyone who has advice to shed light on the matter would be most appreciated. Thanks so much! :) Looking forward to Fanime '14 !
Title: Re: Question about prop guns/swords and peace-bonding
Post by: Imperial on December 30, 2013, 12:41:01 AM
Wood, depending on what it is and what the weight of it is, is usually a no, metal also is on the same boat. I know its not the same, but you often got to get the plastic knock off of teh real thing, but do a little painting and it pretty dang close to looks the same.

on the matter of the sword, as long as you are only pulling it out of the scabbard at the gathering only, it should be fine, you may or may not be allowed to do it. the main concern about sword/sword-like is people whacking others, and its broad to be fair to all.

I say this from statements of others, but im not the book on this.
Title: Re: Question about prop guns/swords and peace-bonding
Post by: Gwydion on January 01, 2014, 10:27:49 PM
Wood, depending on what it is and what the weight of it is, is usually a no, metal also is on the same boat. I know its not the same, but you often got to get the plastic knock off of teh real thing, but do a little painting and it pretty dang close to looks the same.

on the matter of the sword, as long as you are only pulling it out of the scabbard at the gathering only, it should be fine, you may or may not be allowed to do it. the main concern about sword/sword-like is people whacking others, and its broad to be fair to all.

I say this from statements of others, but im not the book on this.

...and because it never fails that some moron decides he needs to have a sword fight in a crowded hallway.

But yeah, as they said, generally anything like that might just be out of scope for walking around with. When you have San Jose rules, convention center rules, and the experience of countless idiots ruining it for the rest of us that Fanime has it makes the prop rules very complicated. There's always a better idiot who thinks he's safe. Best thing for you to do is when the Prop Rules thread comes up for 2014 ask there and provide pictures and details, so the Cosplay staff can make a decision over it.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: KaitoYusa on January 11, 2014, 03:58:56 AM
"Sword-like props may not be made of live steel (metal which can take an edge) have a hardened edge if of other materials (wood, plastic or laminates)."

What is the general threshold on an edge's angle before it becomes of concern? I understand not having 45 degree edges, as those are fairly sharp, but I figure 135 degree edges pose less/no safety hazard.

My scythe is primarily styrofoam and balsa wood. Is there little need to worry about edges? Or should I still be going through and sanding the edges? There's about two dozen pieces of balsa wood, and a whole lot of angles ranging anywhere between 15 degrees and 170 degrees. It'd be a bit of a pain to sand each and every layer, but if I knew which edges were of concern, it would make it a whole lot more manageable.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss300/Ochibi7/CRprogress.jpg
As you can hopefully see in the picture, some of these pieces partially overlap with each other, meaning some of the "edges" are barely even exposed, too.

"All props must be small enough to fit through a standard doorway without effort."

I'm a little concerned about this one here. I know how to carry my own prop through a standard doorway "without effort", but that doesn't mean everyone can, and I don't know if those working peacebonding will take that into consideration or not. I know these rules are in place as a precaution to prevent "idiots" from causing trouble, but not all of the rules can be designed with the "worst case scenario in mind". Otherwise, any and every prop would be a potential danger in the hands of someone horribly irresponsible. I'd just like to know a little better where the lines are drawn, as I suspect my prop is dancing along numerous gray areas.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on January 11, 2014, 05:15:36 PM
"Sword-like props may not be made of live steel (metal which can take an edge) have a hardened edge if of other materials (wood, plastic or laminates)."

What is the general threshold on an edge's angle before it becomes of concern? I understand not having 45 degree edges, as those are fairly sharp, but I figure 135 degree edges pose less/no safety hazard.

My scythe is primarily styrofoam and balsa wood. Is there little need to worry about edges? Or should I still be going through and sanding the edges? There's about two dozen pieces of balsa wood, and a whole lot of angles ranging anywhere between 15 degrees and 170 degrees. It'd be a bit of a pain to sand each and every layer, but if I knew which edges were of concern, it would make it a whole lot more manageable.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss300/Ochibi7/CRprogress.jpg
As you can hopefully see in the picture, some of these pieces partially overlap with each other, meaning some of the "edges" are barely even exposed, too.

"All props must be small enough to fit through a standard doorway without effort."

I'm a little concerned about this one here. I know how to carry my own prop through a standard doorway "without effort", but that doesn't mean everyone can, and I don't know if those working peacebonding will take that into consideration or not. I know these rules are in place as a precaution to prevent "idiots" from causing trouble, but not all of the rules can be designed with the "worst case scenario in mind". Otherwise, any and every prop would be a potential danger in the hands of someone horribly irresponsible. I'd just like to know a little better where the lines are drawn, as I suspect my prop is dancing along numerous gray areas.

On balsa wood, edge is not a concern. We do not have defined angles.

How tall will your scythe be?
Title: Re: Rule on resident evil cosplay
Post by: Aelia on January 11, 2014, 05:21:43 PM
I have just recently started gathering stuff for my resident evil cosplay since the last time I was at Fanime 2012 it was really fun even though I didnt have a cosplay. The question I have today is that will Resident Evil cosplay be allow at Fanime 2014? Because I will be wearing pretty much all military gear "swat gear" with umbrella corp logo all over the cosplay. I read somewhere that military cosplay is not allowed at the convention is that true? Also the gear I have wearing include a prop gun and it is complete black but it does have a 2inch orange tip will that be allow as well at Fanime 2014?
I saw cosplay like this at Fanime 2012-2013 will this be allowed or did these people some how sneak in
[[images removed for people with slow internet]]

We do not allow cosplays which actually appear to be military, or which say PD or have other government/law enforcement names or acronyms on them.

Not all of those were, or should have been allowed. I cannot attest to "sneaking in." The majority of those were taken in public spaces.

I cannot say if your costume will or will not meet regulations because it actually depends on the specifics of your costume. If what you are wearing is indistinguishable from an actual SWAT outfit, or is, in fact, a real SWAT outfit, then we cannot allow you to wear it at the convention.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: KaitoYusa on January 12, 2014, 04:43:03 AM
"Sword-like props may not be made of live steel (metal which can take an edge) have a hardened edge if of other materials (wood, plastic or laminates)."

What is the general threshold on an edge's angle before it becomes of concern? I understand not having 45 degree edges, as those are fairly sharp, but I figure 135 degree edges pose less/no safety hazard.

My scythe is primarily styrofoam and balsa wood. Is there little need to worry about edges? Or should I still be going through and sanding the edges? There's about two dozen pieces of balsa wood, and a whole lot of angles ranging anywhere between 15 degrees and 170 degrees. It'd be a bit of a pain to sand each and every layer, but if I knew which edges were of concern, it would make it a whole lot more manageable.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss300/Ochibi7/CRprogress.jpg
As you can hopefully see in the picture, some of these pieces partially overlap with each other, meaning some of the "edges" are barely even exposed, too.

"All props must be small enough to fit through a standard doorway without effort."

I'm a little concerned about this one here. I know how to carry my own prop through a standard doorway "without effort", but that doesn't mean everyone can, and I don't know if those working peacebonding will take that into consideration or not. I know these rules are in place as a precaution to prevent "idiots" from causing trouble, but not all of the rules can be designed with the "worst case scenario in mind". Otherwise, any and every prop would be a potential danger in the hands of someone horribly irresponsible. I'd just like to know a little better where the lines are drawn, as I suspect my prop is dancing along numerous gray areas.

On balsa wood, edge is not a concern. We do not have defined angles.

How tall will your scythe be?
Its maximum span is around 8 feet, but holding the shaft at an angle so that the scythe blade can remain above the shaft instead of out in people's faces drops the height to around 7. I've been able to move the scythe between my garage and inside the house regularly without problems so far.

Would it be better to break down the scythe into two separate props and only hold them together, end to end, during photo time? I can easily hide the split behind my waist/cape.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on January 12, 2014, 09:53:17 AM
Its maximum span is around 8 feet, but holding the shaft at an angle so that the scythe blade can remain above the shaft instead of out in people's faces drops the height to around 7. I've been able to move the scythe between my garage and inside the house regularly without problems so far.

Would it be better to break down the scythe into two separate props and only hold them together, end to end, during photo time? I can easily hide the split behind my waist/cape.

It sounds like it would be fine as a single-piece prop. The big concern about "easily fits through doorways" has a lot to do with emergency evacuations (which you may be aware we had to do in the past when SJCC lost power) We do not want people getting injured by each other's props, and as such it is important to us that they fit through a doorway easily.

I'd say it sounds like your prop should be fine as a single-piece scythe.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: KaitoYusa on January 12, 2014, 11:39:48 AM
Alrighty, thank you very much Aelia!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: tvrtko on January 14, 2014, 06:44:10 AM
I'd like to use a BrickGun as a prop.   Here's what one looks like: http://www.brickgun.com/Desert_Eagle/Desert_Eagle.html

If I add a bright-orange barrel extension, there's still the matter of making it non-removable.  The trouble with LEGOs is that everything is removable.  So, if I bond the pieces together in a way that I can demonstrate to the props staff that it's no longer removable, should that make the pistol compliant?  Thanks!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: KaitoYusa on January 17, 2014, 12:29:02 PM
The trouble with LEGOs is that everything is removable.
I've heard that folks have done things such as supergluing lego pieces together, so I'm inclined to say yes, you can bond it. Don't take my word for it though; I don't work for peacebonding.


Should my scythe prop in fact be too large, would breaking it down into two separate pieces be sufficient to get it peacebonded? :-[


Additionally, what are the policies around fake bullets? As is, they will be:
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: abcbadcat on February 12, 2014, 10:11:54 AM
I am going to be painting and holstering a Playstation light gun as a prop and I have never used any gun props in previous costumes. I have briefly overheard something which may or may not be true and would like clarification... would the prop need the trigger taped down or removed to be marked as peacebonded? I would like to know if it WOULD need to be removed as I could do that during the prop making process and preserve the equipment. Thanks!
Title: Costume rules and Guidelines
Post by: Metriosity on February 22, 2014, 06:39:45 AM
Is there an updated costume and weapons policy for this year? It would be nice to know what we can and can't do, before the serious prop and costume making gets under way.
Title: Re: Costume rules and Guidelines
Post by: Admiral Donuts on February 22, 2014, 10:25:07 AM
2014 one hasn't been posted yet, but if you have a specific question you can e-mail rovers@fanime.com
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Metriosity on February 23, 2014, 08:25:29 PM
One of the reasons I asked, was that I was wondering if this sort of footwear was acceptable. I mean it's in essence a pair of flip flops, and I am guessing that even if they are ok, that Rovers will stop me (Which I'm ok with, they are doing their job.) I just wanted some confirmation either way as to whether they are ok. I don't want one Rover to say its cool, and another to say it's not. It gets confusing.

http://andsewingishalfthebattle.com/invisible-shoes (http://andsewingishalfthebattle.com/invisible-shoes)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Imperial on February 23, 2014, 11:15:08 PM
I don't believe Open toe shoes are smiled on at Fanime.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Anix on February 23, 2014, 11:25:14 PM
One of the reasons I asked, was that I was wondering if this sort of footwear was acceptable. I mean it's in essence a pair of flip flops, and I am guessing that even if they are ok, that Rovers will stop me (Which I'm ok with, they are doing their job.) I just wanted some confirmation either way as to whether they are ok. I don't want one Rover to say its cool, and another to say it's not. It gets confusing.

http://andsewingishalfthebattle.com/invisible-shoes (http://andsewingishalfthebattle.com/invisible-shoes)

Holy shitake those are both amazing and easy. So stealing this idea for a few costumes I had in mind.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on February 24, 2014, 06:05:50 AM
Let's see...

The Lego gun is something I need to talk to someone about, I'll try to have an answer up tonight. If you're willing to bond them together, or paint the bricks themselves this may be an option.

The fake bullets on the bandoleer sound fine.

No, the light gun trigger shouldn't have to be removed. That is one of the changes I'm making this year.

The 2014 policy is almost the same as 2013. Only small changes to what is banned. Plans are to ease not restrict which is why its not up.

We don't care about what sort of shoes you wear as long as you are, in fact, wearing shoes. If they're really stealthy shoes we may ask to make sure you're wearing some, but that should be the extent of it.

I think that answered everything pending. If not, I'll be checking tonight after work so expect more then.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Metriosity on February 24, 2014, 03:07:09 PM

We don't care about what sort of shoes you wear as long as you are, in fact, wearing shoes. If they're really stealthy shoes we may ask to make sure you're wearing some, but that should be the extent of it.


Thank you, much appreciated!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Jaggery on February 24, 2014, 03:35:53 PM
so, then a plastic ax is fine then and a plastic gun? if so, is there a location on where you have to have it peace  bonded at the con?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on February 24, 2014, 05:21:01 PM
so, then a plastic ax is fine then and a plastic gun? if so, is there a location on where you have to have it peace  bonded at the con?
A plastic axe would be fine. A plastic gun would depend upon how realistic it looked. We do not allow replicas, airsoft, etc.

Specific location is TBD. As of now, Rovers is in the middle of sorting out a move from the Marriott to the Hilton for FanimeCon 2014. I think the room name is the Santa Clara in the Hilton on the second floor. We also traditionally have another station next to the gatherings tables in the main foyer, but with the remodel, that may be changing, too.

So, when you arrive at con, approach someone with a "Rovers" badge on their arm and ask where peacebonding is. (And if they give you anything other than a courteous answer, ask for Erin when  you get to Rovers.)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: heeroyuy135 on February 24, 2014, 11:58:57 PM
We do not allow replicas, airsoft, etc.
So how did those Resident Evil cosplayers on the previous page get by the rules without getting caught?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: abcbadcat on February 25, 2014, 01:11:58 AM
No, the light gun trigger shouldn't have to be removed. That is one of the changes I'm making this year.

THANKS!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: archer1989 on February 26, 2014, 01:02:51 PM
I plan on cosplaying as kirito from sao and I ha e the wooden cosplay swords. Would these be fine?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Admiral Donuts on February 26, 2014, 04:28:59 PM
I plan on cosplaying as kirito from sao and I ha e the wooden cosplay swords. Would these be fine?

According to the FAQ it depends on if they have a hardened edge. You probably need to provide more details to get a ruling.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: archer1989 on February 26, 2014, 05:11:41 PM
http://www.lightinthebox.com/sword-art-online-kirito-black-sword-elucidator-cosplay-sword_p536103.html

this is the sword, the others are similar to it.  I don't know what they mean by hardened edge, if you were talking about metal then I would know but all I can tell you is that it does taper into a blade by the looks of it but it is not capable of cutting not to mention the blades would remain sheathed unless somebody wanted a picture.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Valcust on February 27, 2014, 07:32:02 PM
So how did those Resident Evil cosplayers on the previous page get by the rules without getting caught?

Short answer: we didn't >_>
Long Answer: I am the...Forth one down pictured, I believe? Sporting the nifty FAMAS, G17, & Beretta. The picture must've been taken my first day at the con in that H.U.N.K cosplay, needless to say I was stopped partway through the day and told I couldn't have the guns, so I traded them in for my hidden wrist blade prop. Which was really just a rubber fake knife stuffed into my sleeve, so that didn't ruffle any feathers :p
Anywho, don't assume just because others have gotten by a few hours or days without being ejected from the con that you can 'do any better'. In talking with the peace bonding staff, they were very clear and polite about causing as little public alarm as possible, and, unfortunately, realistic prop guns can cause a great deal of alarm :/
Though, if it means anything, not carrying the guns didn't take away from my cosplaying fun in the slightest~
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on February 27, 2014, 07:42:38 PM
We do not allow replicas, airsoft, etc.
So how did those Resident Evil cosplayers on the previous page get by the rules without getting caught?
I don't know what you expect me to say to this.

I plan on cosplaying as kirito from sao and I ha e the wooden cosplay swords. Would these be fine?
Looking at the link you shared, I see no issue. Very nice choice.

So how did those Resident Evil cosplayers on the previous page get by the rules without getting caught?

Short answer: we didn't >_>
Long Answer: I am the...Forth one down pictured, I believe? Sporting the nifty FAMAS, G17, & Beretta. The picture must've been taken my first day at the con in that H.U.N.K cosplay, needless to say I was stopped partway through the day and told I couldn't have the guns, so I traded them in for my hidden wrist blade prop. Which was really just a rubber fake knife stuffed into my sleeve, so that didn't ruffle any feathers :p
Anywho, don't assume just because others have gotten by a few hours or days without being ejected from the con that you can 'do any better'. In talking with the peace bonding staff, they were very clear and polite about causing as little public alarm as possible, and, unfortunately, realistic prop guns can cause a great deal of alarm :/
Though, if it means anything, not carrying the guns didn't take away from my cosplaying fun in the slightest~

Thank you.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: L0Lpants on March 01, 2014, 07:03:28 PM
so it's still frown upon to want to cosplay a policeman from Tokyo, despite it being visible on the badges of the uniform & such? The character is Goto Hidenori from Samurai Flamenco along w/ the title character. Not looking to impersonate an actual officer, but at the same time, don't want any heat from Rovers/ actual law enforcement/ etc. (http://otakurepublic.com/media/binary/000/726/842/cafereo_101633.jpg)
Title: Will my cosplay be allowed at Fanime 2014
Post by: xifumouse on March 02, 2014, 01:42:08 AM
First time cosplaying I will be going as member of the Umbrella Corp from Resident Evil. My gear is pretty much all tactical gear over black clothing and some Umbrella Logos, I know that airsoft guns are not allowed so I wont be bringing my prop weapon anymore. Here are some picture of my cosplay let me know if its allowed please because if not that would be pretty lame cuz i prepared all this since last year Fanime where i didnt get to do a cosplay.

(http://i807.photobucket.com/albums/yy360/opoonedploxo/Untitled.png) (http://s807.photobucket.com/user/opoonedploxo/media/Untitled.png.html)

(http://i807.photobucket.com/albums/yy360/opoonedploxo/IMG_0192.jpg) (http://s807.photobucket.com/user/opoonedploxo/media/IMG_0192.jpg.html)

Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 02, 2014, 11:24:26 AM
so it's still frown upon to want to cosplay a policeman from Tokyo, despite it being visible on the badges of the uniform & such? The character is Goto Hidenori from Samurai Flamenco along w/ the title character. Not looking to impersonate an actual officer, but at the same time, don't want any heat from Rovers/ actual law enforcement/ etc.
If it doesn't say "Police" in English, or in Romanji/Roman Alphabet in any similar languages. (That is "Policia" or similar.) It seems like it would be distinct enough.

That said, approval of this is conditional, because I am not seeing the actual costume.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: L0Lpants on March 02, 2014, 03:52:49 PM
so it's still frown upon to want to cosplay a policeman from Tokyo, despite it being visible on the badges of the uniform & such? The character is Goto Hidenori from Samurai Flamenco along w/ the title character. Not looking to impersonate an actual officer, but at the same time, don't want any heat from Rovers/ actual law enforcement/ etc.
If it doesn't say "Police" in English, or in Romanji/Roman Alphabet in any similar languages. (That is "Policia" or similar.) It seems like it would be distinct enough.

That said, approval of this is conditional, because I am not seeing the actual costume.

Ok, supposingly what if on the badges, I make with just a drawn-looking symbol on it & no readable wording? & hang around a weirdo decked out in red like i'm suppose to? Does that still make it distinguishable at all, or is it still a "grey-area" kind of issue?

(http://i0.wp.com/angryanimebitches.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Samurai-Flamenco-Ep-05-37.png?resize=620%2C349)
Title: Re: Will my cosplay be allowed at Fanime 2014
Post by: Admiral Donuts on March 02, 2014, 09:24:07 PM
You'll want to ask in the FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy thread (http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,16577.0.html)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: tvrtko on March 03, 2014, 11:10:10 AM
The Lego gun is something I need to talk to someone about, I'll try to have an answer up tonight. If you're willing to bond them together, or paint the bricks themselves this may be an option.

Any update on this?  I'm definitely willing to bond the bricks, and make sure that orange ones are used on the tip.  What else do you recommend?  Thanks.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: ShamblingUndead on March 09, 2014, 12:00:50 AM
I'm am going to be cosplaying as a Resident Evil character and I wanted to make a gun out of foam, and glaze it somehow to make it not fall apart, if it looks too realistic even with an orange tip, is it not allowed?  I'll be leaving out a trigger and painting the tip orange.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Pluvicorn on March 09, 2014, 11:26:08 AM
Hello! I have a question which I'm not sure if was ever asked, or had to be addressed but: My cosplay character is in a wheelchair. And I have purchased a wheelchair for the cosplay. I, myself, am not in need of one and can walk fine without one. Would this be an acceptable "prop" or portion of my cosplay? I do have a friend going with me, since the wheelchair does limit my mobility, and she will be able to be there to push and assist me if I run into any trouble.

I probably should have asked before purchasing it, but I do want to make sure I can use it before I begin to decorate it.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 09, 2014, 11:31:48 AM
so it's still frown upon to want to cosplay a policeman from Tokyo, despite it being visible on the badges of the uniform & such? The character is Goto Hidenori from Samurai Flamenco along w/ the title character. Not looking to impersonate an actual officer, but at the same time, don't want any heat from Rovers/ actual law enforcement/ etc.
If it doesn't say "Police" in English, or in Romanji/Roman Alphabet in any similar languages. (That is "Policia" or similar.) It seems like it would be distinct enough.

That said, approval of this is conditional, because I am not seeing the actual costume.

Ok, supposingly what if on the badges, I make with just a drawn-looking symbol on it & no readable wording? & hang around a weirdo decked out in red like i'm suppose to? Does that still make it distinguishable at all, or is it still a "grey-area" kind of issue?

(http://i0.wp.com/angryanimebitches.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Samurai-Flamenco-Ep-05-37.png?resize=620%2C349)
That should be okay?

The Lego gun is something I need to talk to someone about, I'll try to have an answer up tonight. If you're willing to bond them together, or paint the bricks themselves this may be an option.

Any update on this?  I'm definitely willing to bond the bricks, and make sure that orange ones are used on the tip.  What else do you recommend?  Thanks.
Our concern is the orange tip being nonremovable, so if you're willing to bond them, that would be best.

I'm am going to be cosplaying as a Resident Evil character and I wanted to make a gun out of foam, and glaze it somehow to make it not fall apart, if it looks too realistic even with an orange tip, is it not allowed?  I'll be leaving out a trigger and painting the tip orange.
If it looks enough like a real gun that we actually need to consult the orange tip to see if it is a prop, then it is too realistic and is not allowed. Regardless of materials or other factors.

Hello! I have a question which I'm not sure if was ever asked, or had to be addressed but: My cosplay character is in a wheelchair. And I have purchased a wheelchair for the cosplay. I, myself, am not in need of one and can walk fine without one. Would this be an acceptable "prop" or portion of my cosplay? I do have a friend going with me, since the wheelchair does limit my mobility, and she will be able to be there to push and assist me if I run into any trouble.

I probably should have asked before purchasing it, but I do want to make sure I can use it before I begin to decorate it.
This is one of those things that we don't have a rule explicitly against, but we do not like.

In the past, we have allowed people to use them as props CONDITIONALLY.
- You are NOT to use them to gain the preferred treatment given to handicapped persons. (Priority seating, etc.)
- You are NOT to use them in crowded venues/rooms. (Such as Dealer's, Music Fest, Dance, etc.)
- You are to give priority for elevators and the like to persons who are actually handicapped.
- If asked, you will be honest about your able-bodied-ness.
- You understand that this is conditional, and the policy may change at any time.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Pluvicorn on March 09, 2014, 11:43:59 AM
This is one of those things that we don't have a rule explicitly against, but we do not like.

In the past, we have allowed people to use them as props CONDITIONALLY.
- You are NOT to use them to gain the preferred treatment given to handicapped persons. (Priority seating, etc.)
- You are NOT to use them in crowded venues/rooms. (Such as Dealer's, Music Fest, Dance, etc.)
- You are to give priority for elevators and the like to persons who are actually handicapped.
- If asked, you will be honest about your able-bodied-ness.
- You understand that this is conditional, and the policy may change at any time.
I completely understand. I will not be using the wheelchair as anything other than a prop to my cosplay and will not be using it in any way that will give me benefits or any sort of special treatment. When I purchased the wheelchair, I made sure to let the seller know I was not IN NEED of a wheelchair. And did not want to be given discounts or special prices with that knowledge. And I do not plan on bringing it into areas where it would be a hindrance to anyone. And if it ends up being more of a hassle than it's worth, I will bring it back to the hotel and leave it there.

I would love to be able to use it, because I have a lot of ideas about decoration to it, but first and foremost I want to follow con rules. And if there is a rule against the use of it, I'd prefer to know before than at the con.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: ShamblingUndead on March 09, 2014, 04:41:18 PM
I'm am going to be cosplaying as a Resident Evil character and I wanted to make a gun out of foam, and glaze it somehow to make it not fall apart, if it looks too realistic even with an orange tip, is it not allowed?  I'll be leaving out a trigger and painting the tip orange.
If it looks enough like a real gun that we actually need to consult the orange tip to see if it is a prop, then it is too realistic and is not allowed. Regardless of materials or other factors.

Is there somewhere I can go to see some pictures or something of prop guns that are acceptable at fanime?  I would really like to make my own prop gun but I want to follow guidelines for it being acceptable for the con, is there anything specific I can do to make a prop gun look realistic enough for my cosplay but obvious enough that it is fake?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Ariel Ningyo on March 18, 2014, 11:37:00 PM
So I bought an expensive sao ‎Lambent Light sword that is part steel/carbon. I know i probably won't be able to bring it in the con because of the rules however, am I allowed to use it in a photoshoot? I remember last year their was a photographer outside of Fairmont and I wanted to know if it would be okay if bring I just bring it to take pictures away from the convention.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 19, 2014, 06:02:52 AM
So I bought an expensive sao ‎Lambent Light sword that is part steel/carbon. I know i probably won't be able to bring it in the con because of the rules however, am I allowed to use it in a photoshoot? I remember last year their was a photographer outside of Fairmont and I wanted to know if it would be okay if bring I just bring it to take pictures away from the convention.

It can't come onto our premises but an offsite photoshoot is fine.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 19, 2014, 06:05:04 AM
I'm am going to be cosplaying as a Resident Evil character and I wanted to make a gun out of foam, and glaze it somehow to make it not fall apart, if it looks too realistic even with an orange tip, is it not allowed?  I'll be leaving out a trigger and painting the tip orange.
If it looks enough like a real gun that we actually need to consult the orange tip to see if it is a prop, then it is too realistic and is not allowed. Regardless of materials or other factors.

Is there somewhere I can go to see some pictures or something of prop guns that are acceptable at fanime?  I would really like to make my own prop gun but I want to follow guidelines for it being acceptable for the con, is there anything specific I can do to make a prop gun look realistic enough for my cosplay but obvious enough that it is fake?

We do not have pictures. Our guideline has always been that it needs to be distinguishable at 20'.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: striderhiyru on March 19, 2014, 08:43:00 PM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/TSD-Sports-UHC-937S-magnum-4-inch-Airsoft-Revolvers-HandGun-m9-pistols-w-Shells-/261264852825?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cd4994759 What would I need to do to make this passable?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 19, 2014, 08:45:39 PM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/TSD-Sports-UHC-937S-magnum-4-inch-Airsoft-Revolvers-HandGun-m9-pistols-w-Shells-/261264852825?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cd4994759 What would I need to do to make this passable?
There is nothing you can do to make that meet our policy because it is an airsoft gun.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Nina Star 9 on March 22, 2014, 03:47:21 PM
I have a question about a cosplay that my sister is doing.
She is doing Robin Newman (http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131218090646/aceattorney/images/3/30/Chishio.jpeg) from the Ace Attorney series. As you can see, the character wears a sort of brace made of springs that fit closely to the arms. If my sister used metal springs on this (and made sure that the springs were sewn down well enough to prevent them from working loose during the con), would this be acceptable, or would she have to find another material to make fake springs out of?
Thank you. :]
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: bullseye117 on March 30, 2014, 11:01:13 AM
Can someone please post a link for the people that approve cosplays? I have a photo of my cosplay and want to make sure it doesn't resemble military wear.  Thank you
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Admiral Donuts on March 30, 2014, 11:44:39 AM
You found them. Post your pics here. You can also try e-mailing rovers@fanime.com
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 30, 2014, 12:31:08 PM
I have a question about a cosplay that my sister is doing.
She is doing Robin Newman (http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131218090646/aceattorney/images/3/30/Chishio.jpeg) from the Ace Attorney series. As you can see, the character wears a sort of brace made of springs that fit closely to the arms. If my sister used metal springs on this (and made sure that the springs were sewn down well enough to prevent them from working loose during the con), would this be acceptable, or would she have to find another material to make fake springs out of?
Thank you. :]

Metal springs would be allowed.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Nina Star 9 on March 30, 2014, 01:23:25 PM
Awesome, thank you. :]
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: bahamutknightzero on March 30, 2014, 05:53:17 PM
Bit of a question here. Was thinking about doing a Shield (WWE) costume, but the one grey area that I was unsure about if this will clear policy is the vests.

http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/35100000/The-Shield-wwe-35136214-1069-605.jpg (http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/35100000/The-Shield-wwe-35136214-1069-605.jpg)

Are these kind of vests acceptable by the costume policy?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: evas on March 30, 2014, 08:04:16 PM
Hello, I was wondering if this prop would be acceptable:
http://th02.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/i/2013/141/8/5/kill_la_kill_ryuko_matoi_render_by_mein_herzeleid-d662hwy.png

I'm making it out of wood and plan to make the edges quite dull. Is this acceptable? Is there anything specific I should do to ensure this prop will be acceptable?
Thank you in advance.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: bullseye117 on March 31, 2014, 08:54:38 AM
If I wanted to use this vest would it be okay? The vest is not military regulation and I would not be putting anything on it just it so I figured it would be okay but please correct me if I'm wrong.
http://www.ebairsoft.com/weekend-warrior-vest-p-5754.html

Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 31, 2014, 05:18:01 PM
Bit of a question here. Was thinking about doing a Shield (WWE) costume, but the one grey area that I was unsure about if this will clear policy is the vests.

http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/35100000/The-Shield-wwe-35136214-1069-605.jpg (http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/35100000/The-Shield-wwe-35136214-1069-605.jpg)

Are these kind of vests acceptable by the costume policy?

If I wanted to use this vest would it be okay? The vest is not military regulation and I would not be putting anything on it just it so I figured it would be okay but please correct me if I'm wrong.
http://www.ebairsoft.com/weekend-warrior-vest-p-5754.html

Tactical vests like both of those are absolutely a gray area, and the determination always depends on overall effect. If you could be mistaken by a "Muggle" as a SWAT member or other Law Enforcement Agent, then we ask that you not wear it.

Hello, I was wondering if this prop would be acceptable:
http://th02.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/i/2013/141/8/5/kill_la_kill_ryuko_matoi_render_by_mein_herzeleid-d662hwy.png

I'm making it out of wood and plan to make the edges quite dull. Is this acceptable? Is there anything specific I should do to ensure this prop will be acceptable?
Thank you in advance.
Made of wood it will be fine.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Valcust on March 31, 2014, 07:25:38 PM
Made of wood it will be fine.

Question: swords made of wood are fine, correct? What if their blades are covered in aluminum tape? It simply gives it the shine and metallic look of live steel, but without any of the sharpness or danger.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on March 31, 2014, 08:24:12 PM
Made of wood it will be fine.

Question: swords made of wood are fine, correct? What if their blades are covered in aluminum tape? It simply gives it the shine and metallic look of live steel, but without any of the sharpness or danger.

I do not see an issue with that.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Valcust on April 01, 2014, 02:06:00 AM
Awesome~ :3
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: InsaneDavid on April 03, 2014, 04:37:49 PM
This thread has been very helpful, thank you!

What about a really big drill?  All foam (with the exception of the hose which is thin plastic tubing) and everything is completely static as the hose can be magnetically attached or removed - it doesn't fire or anything like that.

http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2014/059/4/c/taizo_hori_s_p3_drill___complete__dig_dug__by_insanedavid-d78dbk5.jpg

And an ion cannon - ABS, PVC and foam, no triggers, grips are from handheld packing tape dispensers, everything is completely static.

http://th09.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/i/2014/091/9/5/masuyo_tobi_s_multi_function_ion_cannon__baraduke__by_insanedavid-d7co1dx.jpg
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Smile Bot on April 06, 2014, 01:19:37 PM
Are musical instruments allowed? Specifically this:

(https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/v/t34.0-12/10155707_842794082404644_7796554841407438707_n.jpg?oh=37ffe04b240a6ce9e3550d7d7e448333&oe=534395DD)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on April 06, 2014, 03:24:51 PM
This thread has been very helpful, thank you!

What about a really big drill?  All foam (with the exception of the hose which is thin plastic tubing) and everything is completely static as the hose can be magnetically attached or removed - it doesn't fire or anything like that.

http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2014/059/4/c/taizo_hori_s_p3_drill___complete__dig_dug__by_insanedavid-d78dbk5.jpg

And an ion cannon - ABS, PVC and foam, no triggers, grips are from handheld packing tape dispensers, everything is completely static.

http://th09.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/i/2014/091/9/5/masuyo_tobi_s_multi_function_ion_cannon__baraduke__by_insanedavid-d7co1dx.jpg
Both of those look fine. Not only are they clearly props, but they're well made. Just come by and get them peacebonded in costume, and be sure you behave while carrying them. ;)

Are musical instruments allowed? Specifically this:

(https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/v/t34.0-12/10155707_842794082404644_7796554841407438707_n.jpg?oh=37ffe04b240a6ce9e3550d7d7e448333&oe=534395DD)

A trumpet? Is there a costume you would need to carry it with?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Smile Bot on April 06, 2014, 03:55:49 PM
It's for the crash test dummies in Capital Cities - Safe & Sound

(http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/KX54fWP-os4/maxresdefault.jpg)

Specific part of the video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX54fWP-os4#t=00m33s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX54fWP-os4#t=00m33s)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on April 06, 2014, 04:05:14 PM
It's for the crash test dummies in Capital Cities - Safe & Sound

(http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/KX54fWP-os4/maxresdefault.jpg)

Specific part of the video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX54fWP-os4#t=00m33s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX54fWP-os4#t=00m33s)

Generally we say yes to those, on the condition that you do not play it. Or bludgeon anyone with it.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: InsaneDavid on April 06, 2014, 04:06:35 PM
This thread has been very helpful, thank you!

What about a really big drill?  All foam (with the exception of the hose which is thin plastic tubing) and everything is completely static as the hose can be magnetically attached or removed - it doesn't fire or anything like that.

http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2014/059/4/c/taizo_hori_s_p3_drill___complete__dig_dug__by_insanedavid-d78dbk5.jpg

And an ion cannon - ABS, PVC and foam, no triggers, grips are from handheld packing tape dispensers, everything is completely static.

http://th09.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/i/2014/091/9/5/masuyo_tobi_s_multi_function_ion_cannon__baraduke__by_insanedavid-d7co1dx.jpg
Both of those look fine. Not only are they clearly props, but they're well made. Just come by and get them peacebonded in costume, and be sure you behave while carrying them. ;)

Awesome! Thank you very much!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Smile Bot on April 06, 2014, 04:28:13 PM
It's for the crash test dummies in Capital Cities - Safe & Sound

(http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/KX54fWP-os4/maxresdefault.jpg)

Specific part of the video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX54fWP-os4#t=00m33s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX54fWP-os4#t=00m33s)

Generally we say yes to those, on the condition that you do not play it. Or bludgeon anyone with it.

Yeah, definitely not gonna be playing it since I'll be wearing some form of mask. And I don't plan on beating anyone with a musical instrument either o_o.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: BonjourHoney on April 09, 2014, 06:02:58 PM
Would something like this be allowed for a historical cosplay? If not, is there any way it can be modified to be allowed? It's non firing and made of wood with the permanent neon orange tip, but the little details are made of metal.

Clicky~ (http://www.ebay.com/itm/NAPOLEONIC-1807-BRASS-FINISH-ENGRAVED-STOCK-FRENCH-FLINTLOCK-NON-FIRING-REPLICA-/221290976409?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3385f85499)

Edit: Dunno if it matters, but since this prop's appearance is earlier than (the year) 1899, it would be defined as 'antique' and even a real gun of the same year (1807 in this prop's case) would be allowed to be open carried in California so long as it were unloaded, according to PC 16520(d)(5).
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: oh.heyy on April 10, 2014, 12:17:15 AM
I plan on cosplaying Kitsurubami from FLCL in the paintball fight episode where she has a sniper rifle and I'm making the gun out of styrofoam, clay, cardboard, and wood. I'm making it as flat and basic as I can but was wondering if it will still be classified as "realistic" and not allowed.  here's a reference picture of her and my prop: [It's not painted yet but the green binocular next to it is what color it will be.]
http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/files/costumes/3320/75753/CI_75753_1363013046.jpg (http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/files/costumes/3320/75753/CI_75753_1363013046.jpg)  http://oi62.tinypic.com/5v68uo.jpg (http://oi62.tinypic.com/5v68uo.jpg)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on April 19, 2014, 08:59:41 AM
Would something like this be allowed for a historical cosplay? If not, is there any way it can be modified to be allowed? It's non firing and made of wood with the permanent neon orange tip, but the little details are made of metal.

Clicky~ (http://www.ebay.com/itm/NAPOLEONIC-1807-BRASS-FINISH-ENGRAVED-STOCK-FRENCH-FLINTLOCK-NON-FIRING-REPLICA-/221290976409?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3385f85499)

Edit: Dunno if it matters, but since this prop's appearance is earlier than (the year) 1899, it would be defined as 'antique' and even a real gun of the same year (1807 in this prop's case) would be allowed to be open carried in California so long as it were unloaded, according to PC 16520(d)(5).
Honestly, I'd say it's okay, and I'd like to approve it so long as you understand that if any convention center staff object-- the people who actually work for the building-- we may h ave to ask you to put it away.

I plan on cosplaying Kitsurubami from FLCL in the paintball fight episode where she has a sniper rifle and I'm making the gun out of styrofoam, clay, cardboard, and wood. I'm making it as flat and basic as I can but was wondering if it will still be classified as "realistic" and not allowed.  here's a reference picture of her and my prop: [It's not painted yet but the green binocular next to it is what color it will be.]
http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/files/costumes/3320/75753/CI_75753_1363013046.jpg (http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/files/costumes/3320/75753/CI_75753_1363013046.jpg)  http://oi62.tinypic.com/5v68uo.jpg (http://oi62.tinypic.com/5v68uo.jpg)
You will need to find a way to tag it with neon orange somewhere near the tip.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: BonjourHoney on April 19, 2014, 04:59:23 PM
Works for me, thanks for the help :)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: somegirlkatie on April 19, 2014, 06:59:18 PM
Hello! I am making this bow: (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4hlanpwN2Wc/Uvt7b-V3NGI/AAAAAAAAD30/Md3uOXmpQmk/s1921/heartseeker-ashe-skin-splash-hd-wallpaper-1920x1080.jpg).


I don't intend to make it able to fire anything. I do not want that at all. I am going to make it out of expanding foam, with either worbla or fiberglass/bondo ontop of it.

Is this okay?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: kookiekween99 on April 19, 2014, 10:43:15 PM
Hello! I am making this bow:


I don't intend to make it able to fire anything. I do not want that at all. I am going to make it out of expanding foam, with either worbla or fiberglass/bondo ontop of it.

Is this okay?

If I remember correctly, the string can't be able to hold the tension necessary to fire.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: HaiChristie on April 21, 2014, 11:34:24 PM
I'm going to be doing this cosplay and was just curious how I go about getting it peace-bonded/where.
 http://lol.ucoz.org/tristana.jpg
I'm still in the processes of making it but as it is now it's almost 4 feet in length
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: heeroyuy135 on April 21, 2014, 11:46:36 PM
I've been told that if I gutted my airsoft (which I did, I took out all the internal parts and cement glued the barrel with a machine screw with the orange tip still intact) that I can get it approved by both SJPD and Fanime Rovers even though it's still black. Can someone guide me along with this?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: EJAY420 on April 21, 2014, 11:53:35 PM
Now i know why you cant post any pics in the forums.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on April 22, 2014, 06:11:22 AM
I've been told that if I gutted my airsoft (which I did, I took out all the internal parts and cement glued the barrel with a machine screw with the orange tip still intact) that I can get it approved by both SJPD and Fanime Rovers even though it's still black. Can someone guide me along with this?

I don't know who told you that, but they lied. We never allow airsoft regardless of functionality.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on April 22, 2014, 06:13:20 AM
Hello! I am making this bow: [].


I don't intend to make it able to fire anything. I do not want that at all. I am going to make it out of expanding foam, with either worbla or fiberglass/bondo ontop of it.

Is this okay?

As long as it is clearly a prop, you're good. (I'd say it qualifies.)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on April 22, 2014, 06:14:30 AM
I'm going to be doing this cosplay and was just curious how I go about getting it peace-bonded/where.
 http://lol.ucoz.org/tristana.jpg
I'm still in the processes of making it but as it is now it's almost 4 feet in length

You bring it to a peacebonding station.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: heeroyuy135 on April 22, 2014, 12:46:09 PM
I've been told that if I gutted my airsoft (which I did, I took out all the internal parts and cement glued the barrel with a machine screw with the orange tip still intact) that I can get it approved by both SJPD and Fanime Rovers even though it's still black. Can someone guide me along with this?
I don't know who told you that, but they lied. We never allow airsoft regardless of functionality.
Quote
Gun-like props must have a non-removable orange tip at the end of the barrel which is visible from the side and which extends at least one inch up the side of the barrel, or they must be painted all over in a bright safety-color. They cannot have any functional parts, and must not be usable.
So what's this then?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on April 22, 2014, 01:38:57 PM
I've been told that if I gutted my airsoft (which I did, I took out all the internal parts and cement glued the barrel with a machine screw with the orange tip still intact) that I can get it approved by both SJPD and Fanime Rovers even though it's still black. Can someone guide me along with this?
I don't know who told you that, but they lied. We never allow airsoft regardless of functionality.
Quote
Gun-like props must have a non-removable orange tip at the end of the barrel which is visible from the side and which extends at least one inch up the side of the barrel, or they must be painted all over in a bright safety-color. They cannot have any functional parts, and must not be usable.
So what's this then?

A segment that doesn't pertain to airsoft.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: kookiekween99 on April 23, 2014, 03:29:17 AM
I've been told that if I gutted my airsoft (which I did, I took out all the internal parts and cement glued the barrel with a machine screw with the orange tip still intact) that I can get it approved by both SJPD and Fanime Rovers even though it's still black. Can someone guide me along with this?
I don't know who told you that, but they lied. We never allow airsoft regardless of functionality.
Quote
Gun-like props must have a non-removable orange tip at the end of the barrel which is visible from the side and which extends at least one inch up the side of the barrel, or they must be painted all over in a bright safety-color. They cannot have any functional parts, and must not be usable.
So what's this then?

Quote
Certain weapons are banned no matter what:
     - Anything which is illegal in the City of San Jose, Santa Clara County, California or the United States in general.
     - Real weapons, projectile weapons (such as airsoft, or bb guns, bows, crossbows, and firearms), live steel, metal/wooden baseball bats, metal kunai, incendiary devices, solicitous signs, lasers, laser pointers, paddles, whips, floggers, brass knuckles, butterfly knives, concealed blades, throwing stars, tonfa, saps, clubs, nunchaku, sai, tessen, jitte, metal or glass props, to name a few.
     - Prop guns which are suitably realistic that they could be mistaken for a real gun, or which utilize significant parts of a real gun.

(emphasis added)
Also, the rule you cited above specifically says "Gun-like props", which does not apply to guns (even airsoft) that have been gutted.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: bullseye117 on April 23, 2014, 04:27:05 PM
What is the verdict on bullet belts? No weapon attached, just the belt itself?
Thanks!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: MomPacksMyLunch on April 25, 2014, 12:36:36 PM
I'm a little lost here on how bows are allowed.
Can I have a real bow, but strung with elastic string for the entire time? Or is unstrung required?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Admiral Donuts on April 25, 2014, 10:01:04 PM
Shouldn't this be the 2014 thread?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: raininshadows on May 02, 2014, 10:15:06 AM
I'm trying to cosplay Eridan from Homestuck. My question is, would this count as "painted all over in a bright safety-color", or will I need to add some orange?

 (http://www.mspaintadventures.com/storyfiles/hs2/02455_1.gif)

It's very bright blue, which might serve to indicate that it's not real, but I'm not that well acquainted with the protocol. Thanks!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Jingles on May 02, 2014, 12:01:40 PM
Hello. I have two cosplays in mind this year - one would involve a wooden wizard staff, and the other a briefcase. So I have two questions:

Would a wooden walking stick (like this http://www.ebay.com/itm/58-Natural-Spiral-Vine-Twisted-Hiking-Walking-Staff-Craft-Wood-Carving-Blank-30-/191156041349?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c81c9b685 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/58-Natural-Spiral-Vine-Twisted-Hiking-Walking-Staff-Craft-Wood-Carving-Blank-30-/191156041349?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c81c9b685)) be allowed for a person without a disability if it was part of a costume? Or maybe a shorter but similar staff? Is there a type of wood that would be more likely to get peacebonded?

Would a rolling briefcase be allowed, and would it need to be peacebonded?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 02, 2014, 12:08:29 PM
What is the verdict on bullet belts? No weapon attached, just the belt itself?
Thanks!

Neither real bullets nor realistic replicas are allowed.

I'm a little lost here on how bows are allowed.
Can I have a real bow, but strung with elastic string for the entire time? Or is unstrung required?

It would have to be strung with a fake string in such a way that it clearly cannot shoot, or peacebonded unstrung.

Shouldn't this be the 2014 thread?
At this point changing the date seems like a moot point. I've been answering based on 2014 rules since last year.

I'm trying to cosplay Eridan from Homestuck. My question is, would this count as "painted all over in a bright safety-color", or will I need to add some orange?

 (http://www.mspaintadventures.com/storyfiles/hs2/02455_1.gif)

It's very bright blue, which might serve to indicate that it's not real, but I'm not that well acquainted with the protocol. Thanks!
It depends entirely upon construction so in this case I cannot make a determination.

Hello. I have two cosplays in mind this year - one would involve a wooden wizard staff, and the other a briefcase. So I have two questions:

Would a wooden walking stick (like this http://www.ebay.com/itm/58-Natural-Spiral-Vine-Twisted-Hiking-Walking-Staff-Craft-Wood-Carving-Blank-30-/191156041349?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c81c9b685 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/58-Natural-Spiral-Vine-Twisted-Hiking-Walking-Staff-Craft-Wood-Carving-Blank-30-/191156041349?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c81c9b685)) be allowed for a person without a disability if it was part of a costume? Or maybe a shorter but similar staff? Is there a type of wood that would be more likely to get peacebonded?

Would a rolling briefcase be allowed, and would it need to be peacebonded?

A walking staff has nothing to do with disability. It would be treated as a staff prop. A rolling briefcase would not need to be peacebonded.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Silverlit on May 03, 2014, 02:42:29 PM
Hello! I was going to cosplay Russia from hetalia, and I was wondering if it would be alright if I could bring my faucet pipe that goes with the cosplay? It's 100% plastic, is only spray-painted to look like metal, and is about a foot and a half long. I can tape/paint one of the tips a fluorescent color if it looking like it's metal is a problem.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Metriosity on May 04, 2014, 09:45:17 AM
Hi there, I just have a quick question about whether I need to paint a bright orange tip on my ADAM syringe. It's the first time I have done this cosplay so I don't know the drill.

I know that "Gun like props" need the safety thingy, but as this isn't really a gun like anything I'm not sure. I thought I would ask so that I can make sure I am all good when I show up for peace bonding. The syringe looks like this (http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/340/e/2/bioshock_adam_syringe_by_ixbelongx2xl-d34du96.png)

But I don't have a metal needle, I have a plastic tube. Pretty flexible so couldn't do any damage to any people or cupcakes... Ok maybe it could damage a cupcake, but people will be ok.

If possible I'd prefer not to paint it orange or whatever as I spent ages painting the thing already. But I'll go with whatever rules you hand down. 
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 04, 2014, 12:38:12 PM
Hello! I was going to cosplay Russia from hetalia, and I was wondering if it would be alright if I could bring my faucet pipe that goes with the cosplay? It's 100% plastic, is only spray-painted to look like metal, and is about a foot and a half long. I can tape/paint one of the tips a fluorescent color if it looking like it's metal is a problem.
A faucet? I don't see why not? Just don't try to drown anyone with it or anything, k?

Hi there, I just have a quick question about whether I need to paint a bright orange tip on my ADAM syringe. It's the first time I have done this cosplay so I don't know the drill.

I know that "Gun like props" need the safety thingy, but as this isn't really a gun like anything I'm not sure. I thought I would ask so that I can make sure I am all good when I show up for peace bonding. The syringe looks like this (http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/340/e/2/bioshock_adam_syringe_by_ixbelongx2xl-d34du96.png)

But I don't have a metal needle, I have a plastic tube. Pretty flexible so couldn't do any damage to any people or cupcakes... Ok maybe it could damage a cupcake, but people will be ok.

If possible I'd prefer not to paint it orange or whatever as I spent ages painting the thing already. But I'll go with whatever rules you hand down. 
I'd say that's pretty clearly a prop and is'nt really "gun-like" in the sense that we mean, so it shouldn't need the orange.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Metriosity on May 04, 2014, 12:53:49 PM
I'd say that's pretty clearly a prop and is'nt really "gun-like" in the sense that we mean, so it shouldn't need the orange.

Thank you. I was just a little skittish this year as I've had props in the past that were in a grey area that no one quite knew what to do with. I want this year to be problem free.

Hope everyone has a great con this year!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: ChauMein29 on May 05, 2014, 07:06:32 PM
 
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In MoH Warfighter, Task Force Blackbird is said to be a fictional representation of the CIA's division of special/paramilitary operatives. And in Battlefield 3, the Engineer wears an EOD patch, which signifies Explosives Ordnance Disposal, a specialized unit in almost every LEO or Military whose specilization is stated in its name. There are links to the two patches below, and I was wondering if patches fall under that category, and if the two patches are OK to wear. I know I might seem silly for asking a question about patches, but I just want to be sure. Thank you for your time!
EOD Patch: http://www.evike.com/product_info.php?products_id=38835
TF Blackbird Patch: http://lbxtactical.com/collections/patches/products/blackbird

Hello again! I was the person last year that asked about the question regarding the patches. I didn't end up going last year BUT I do plan on going this year. I was wondering about the policy about them this year. Also one more very redundant question. I plan on purchasing a safety orange training gun for my cosplay (http://www.manventureoutpost.com/products/BlackHawk-Demonstrator-Sig-226-Demonstrator-Gun-Polymer-Orange-44DG226ROR.html?google=1&gclid=COHWq7Walr4CFYqFfgodM5cA0g). Are those peace-bondable? If not, I don't really mind. Get to save some money that way.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 05, 2014, 07:41:08 PM
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In MoH Warfighter, Task Force Blackbird is said to be a fictional representation of the CIA's division of special/paramilitary operatives. And in Battlefield 3, the Engineer wears an EOD patch, which signifies Explosives Ordnance Disposal, a specialized unit in almost every LEO or Military whose specilization is stated in its name. There are links to the two patches below, and I was wondering if patches fall under that category, and if the two patches are OK to wear. I know I might seem silly for asking a question about patches, but I just want to be sure. Thank you for your time!
EOD Patch: http://www.evike.com/product_info.php?products_id=38835
TF Blackbird Patch: http://lbxtactical.com/collections/patches/products/blackbird

Hello again! I was the person last year that asked about the question regarding the patches. I didn't end up going last year BUT I do plan on going this year. I was wondering about the policy about them this year. Also one more very redundant question. I plan on purchasing a safety orange training gun for my cosplay (http://www.manventureoutpost.com/products/BlackHawk-Demonstrator-Sig-226-Demonstrator-Gun-Polymer-Orange-44DG226ROR.html?google=1&gclid=COHWq7Walr4CFYqFfgodM5cA0g). Are those peace-bondable? If not, I don't really mind. Get to save some money that way.

The second patch isn't loading? I'd say they should be fine.

The prop weapon would have to be in a safety color (bright blue or bright orange) with absolutely no alterations from the factory "safety" colors. It would be a very tentative approval, and at the first issue, we would have to ask you to put it away for the weekend. (If you can cosplay without it, we would prefer that.)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: ChauMein29 on May 06, 2014, 06:32:39 PM
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The prop weapon would have to be in a safety color (bright blue or bright orange) with absolutely no alterations from the factory "safety" colors. It would be a very tentative approval, and at the first issue, we would have to ask you to put it away for the weekend. (If you can cosplay without it, we would prefer that.)

Alrighty then! Thanks for the approval on the patches. As for the training gun, I don't plan to modifying or altering the training gun upon purchase. However, I think it's better to avoid it altogether. It'll be a bit funky walking around without anything to fill in the holster, but I can live without it. Thank you!
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: oh.heyy on May 07, 2014, 01:40:40 PM
Would something like this be allowed for a historical cosplay? If not, is there any way it can be modified to be allowed? It's non firing and made of wood with the permanent neon orange tip, but the little details are made of metal.

Clicky~ (http://www.ebay.com/itm/NAPOLEONIC-1807-BRASS-FINISH-ENGRAVED-STOCK-FRENCH-FLINTLOCK-NON-FIRING-REPLICA-/221290976409?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3385f85499)

Edit: Dunno if it matters, but since this prop's appearance is earlier than (the year) 1899, it would be defined as 'antique' and even a real gun of the same year (1807 in this prop's case) would be allowed to be open carried in California so long as it were unloaded, according to PC 16520(d)(5).
Honestly, I'd say it's okay, and I'd like to approve it so long as you understand that if any convention center staff object-- the people who actually work for the building-- we may h ave to ask you to put it away.

I plan on cosplaying Kitsurubami from FLCL in the paintball fight episode where she has a sniper rifle and I'm making the gun out of styrofoam, clay, cardboard, and wood. I'm making it as flat and basic as I can but was wondering if it will still be classified as "realistic" and not allowed.  here's a reference picture of her and my prop: [It's not painted yet but the green binocular next to it is what color it will be.]
http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/files/costumes/3320/75753/CI_75753_1363013046.jpg (http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/files/costumes/3320/75753/CI_75753_1363013046.jpg)  http://oi62.tinypic.com/5v68uo.jpg (http://oi62.tinypic.com/5v68uo.jpg)
You will need to find a way to tag it with neon orange somewhere near the tip.

Ok, so I finally completed my prop and found some bright orange clay to put on the front. Is this alright? http://oi61.tinypic.com/27yfex.jpg (http://oi61.tinypic.com/27yfex.jpg)
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 07, 2014, 02:03:15 PM
Would something like this be allowed for a historical cosplay? If not, is there any way it can be modified to be allowed? It's non firing and made of wood with the permanent neon orange tip, but the little details are made of metal.

Clicky~ (http://www.ebay.com/itm/NAPOLEONIC-1807-BRASS-FINISH-ENGRAVED-STOCK-FRENCH-FLINTLOCK-NON-FIRING-REPLICA-/221290976409?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3385f85499)

Edit: Dunno if it matters, but since this prop's appearance is earlier than (the year) 1899, it would be defined as 'antique' and even a real gun of the same year (1807 in this prop's case) would be allowed to be open carried in California so long as it were unloaded, according to PC 16520(d)(5).
Honestly, I'd say it's okay, and I'd like to approve it so long as you understand that if any convention center staff object-- the people who actually work for the building-- we may h ave to ask you to put it away.

I plan on cosplaying Kitsurubami from FLCL in the paintball fight episode where she has a sniper rifle and I'm making the gun out of styrofoam, clay, cardboard, and wood. I'm making it as flat and basic as I can but was wondering if it will still be classified as "realistic" and not allowed.  here's a reference picture of her and my prop: [It's not painted yet but the green binocular next to it is what color it will be.]
http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/files/costumes/3320/75753/CI_75753_1363013046.jpg (http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/files/costumes/3320/75753/CI_75753_1363013046.jpg)  http://oi62.tinypic.com/5v68uo.jpg (http://oi62.tinypic.com/5v68uo.jpg)
You will need to find a way to tag it with neon orange somewhere near the tip.

Ok, so I finally completed my prop and found some bright orange clay to put on the front. Is this alright? http://oi61.tinypic.com/27yfex.jpg (http://oi61.tinypic.com/27yfex.jpg)

Looks good to me.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Pwnking on May 09, 2014, 03:18:01 AM
I have a nerf water gun and im not really sure how to make it not work (aside from not putting water in it. duh) Would removing the part that would usually makes sure the water doesn't  spill out and covering the nozzle where water would come out with another orange material be appropriate?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 09, 2014, 06:12:03 AM
I have a nerf water gun and im not really sure how to make it not work (aside from not putting water in it. duh) Would removing the part that would usually makes sure the water doesn't  spill out and covering the nozzle where water would come out with another orange material be appropriate?
Sounds okay. We could additionally peacebonded the trigger back so it couldn't be used.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Monokuru on May 14, 2014, 12:00:27 PM
I may be going as LAW from the game Tekken, I've read the rules where that costumes cannot expose the body in such ways. The character is shirtless and I also wanted to go shirtless for this cosplay. I was wondering if its ok or not to cosplay this shirtless character for the convention.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: azreale on May 14, 2014, 03:34:58 PM
I'm wondering if my prop "gundo" would be allowed?
(http://thefinestnoob.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/68a033cfbd683368c060fc8ccd3395ab1389989001_full.png)
it does look like a sniper rifle, but there is no trigger and its made of pvc
i've seen plenty of Yoko cosplayers with "guns" so i was wondering it its the same principle & ok to bring?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: phantomblackwings on May 15, 2014, 10:16:22 PM
I'm planning on making a Casey Jones from TMNT and his main 'weapon' is a hockey stick/ goalie hockey stick...so can that be peacebonded if i make a back strap for it ( its a wooden actual hockey stick)and the main part sticking out, or should i make one out of foam materials. or a wooden legit hockey stick with orange painted at the edge of it
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Zephyr40k on May 16, 2014, 08:47:06 PM

I'm a little lost here on how bows are allowed.
Can I have a real bow, but strung with elastic string for the entire time? Or is unstrung required?

It would have to be strung with a fake string in such a way that it clearly cannot shoot, or peacebonded unstrung.

Hi there, thanks for all your help.  I'm planning on cosplaying Green Arrow and need to figure out a way I can bring a bow without breaking your rules.  I've read this forum carefully and I wanted to know if I had a very low-poundage bow and strung it with dental floss, would that be acceptable, as in falling under your "strung with fake string" rule?  That would make it impossible to actually draw the bow, because if you did the floss would instantly break. 
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Ultima75000 on May 20, 2014, 08:24:03 PM
I'm using an hollow metal pipe as a staff. It has no edges, not rusty and both ends are covered however it is metal and it's heavier than a plastic pipe. (Though the wooden stick I bought originally is for some reason heavier) Would the pipe be counted as live steel or too heavy to be carried as a prop?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on May 21, 2014, 08:27:36 PM
I may be going as LAW from the game Tekken, I've read the rules where that costumes cannot expose the body in such ways. The character is shirtless and I also wanted to go shirtless for this cosplay. I was wondering if its ok or not to cosplay this shirtless character for the convention.
It should be fine? Unless we receive complaints (which we don't usually, as long as it's just bare torso) you can do that.

I'm wondering if my prop "gundo" would be allowed?
(http://thefinestnoob.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/68a033cfbd683368c060fc8ccd3395ab1389989001_full.png)
it does look like a sniper rifle, but there is no trigger and its made of pvc
i've seen plenty of Yoko cosplayers with "guns" so i was wondering it its the same principle & ok to bring?
The issue is always with the prop itself, and not usually what it's based off of. If it looks like a real gun, then no. If it looks like a prop, then it's fine.

I'm planning on making a Casey Jones from TMNT and his main 'weapon' is a hockey stick/ goalie hockey stick...so can that be peacebonded if i make a back strap for it ( its a wooden actual hockey stick)and the main part sticking out, or should i make one out of foam materials. or a wooden legit hockey stick with orange painted at the edge of it
Be aware of your surroundings, don't hit people with it. Carry it vertically, and abide by behavior expectations.


I'm a little lost here on how bows are allowed.
Can I have a real bow, but strung with elastic string for the entire time? Or is unstrung required?

It would have to be strung with a fake string in such a way that it clearly cannot shoot, or peacebonded unstrung.

Hi there, thanks for all your help.  I'm planning on cosplaying Green Arrow and need to figure out a way I can bring a bow without breaking your rules.  I've read this forum carefully and I wanted to know if I had a very low-poundage bow and strung it with dental floss, would that be acceptable, as in falling under your "strung with fake string" rule?  That would make it impossible to actually draw the bow, because if you did the floss would instantly break. 
Thgat should be fine?

I'm using an hollow metal pipe as a staff. It has no edges, not rusty and both ends are covered however it is metal and it's heavier than a plastic pipe. (Though the wooden stick I bought originally is for some reason heavier) Would the pipe be counted as live steel or too heavy to be carried as a prop?

A staff for... what?
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Imperial on June 14, 2014, 11:49:38 PM
(http://www.cyborgmatt.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Dota2_BrewmasterVisual01.jpg)
 So I know I am way in advance for next year, but I am constructing this cosplay right now, and I just want to know what limits I have. 

A: The weapon on the character's right, I am going to have chain connecting the main piece with the blue gem piece, but restrict its movements with Deer fencing wire to tightening the chain enough to make it barely moveable, but hidden to the average camera. My question is A:is this good, as I don't have a reading as to what your policy is on chain, and im just assuming to be safe its like AX's policy, and B:if it isn't, what would make it work?

B: I have a literal barrel, as on the character's left, but was formally used by a winery in my local area. weight is 13lbs, but again, I am most likely going to either carry it like the character, or set it down in a safe area, like Cosplay hangout. Would an image, and an item for scale help determine if it would be allowed at con? and no, It does not have any booze in it, it was made for vinegar.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: Aelia on October 29, 2014, 12:26:34 PM
In the interest of keeping those of you in this thread updated;

I have been promoted to a new position (Head of Operations Division) and will not be speaking on behalf of Rovers. I have advised the new Department Head and his Seconds that they should create and maintain a new thread with the 2015 policy as soon as possible.

In the meantime, should you have questions or concerns about cosplay props or policies, please email rovers@fanime.com

Thank you.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: pokefan995 on January 19, 2015, 06:06:54 PM
http://gaaralover995.deviantart.com/art/Star-Wand-508291328?ga_submit_new=10%253A1421719552
I'm wondering if something like this would be ok or need to be peace bonded.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: auxois on February 23, 2015, 10:52:16 PM
my question was answered, thank you.
Title: Re: FanimeCon 2013 Weapons, Props, Peace-bond & Costume Policy [Final 1/1/2012]
Post by: FinalStar02 on March 01, 2015, 12:24:32 PM
gary925: That wand is ok to bring, and all props need to be peace bonded. Please bring it to the 2nd floor of the Hilton, or the 1st floor of the convention center to have it looked over and peace bonded.





There is a new 2015 Props Policy post, please post all questions there