As you may or may not know, I adore playing D&D. I’ve been in a group since my late high school years and I am predominantly a magic user. I’ve played my fair share of wizards, sorcerers and paladins, but I’ve always loved the cleric class. Beyond the functions of a bandaid box, the cleric has so much versatility in load-out and play style. So, when I met another cleric-loving D&D player who was willing to cosplay with me, we had to jump on it! Click Continue Reading to read about the progress!
The first thing we ran into is that we play two very different styles of cleric, which means we’ll be designing two matching, but differently kitted clerics to account for this, the second was choosing our god. Due to the fact that we have actually never played clerics that worshiped the same god (His favored Pelor, Corellon Larethian, and Fharlanghn, where mine have generally worshiped Boccob, Garl Glittergold and Hextor) we decided to select the one that was not only the most recognizable, but also the one that most Humans worship considering our currently rolled status (and my dislike for prosthetic elf ears since Link).
Once we’d settled on Pelor and talked (loudly and opinionatedly) for hours about our play styles, we started to sketch out how our clerics would work. I favor a Cloistered Cleric, one who wears vestments, stands at the back, rains down magical hurt and stays away from the pointy parts of fighting, and he plays a very active battle cleric, complete with full plate and war hammer or mace. Keeping this in mind, my sketches made up for both possibilities. (note: these are personal design sketches and reflect more on my ability as an artist than the final appearance of the costumes!)
With that design developed, we started searching for the proper sun symbol for the chest of the tabard, and started from there. Moving on we’ve made some loose and breathable linen pants designed for movement, which will have some padding, lacing and attachment points for armor added, and the padded armor shirt. The costume as a whole, with so many layers as well as adding armor on top is going to be very warm, so the shirt itself was designed to be as moisture-wicking and breathable as possible while still looking proper. The shirt was designed after a modern combat shirt, with a knit around the body and under the arms, but with a more sturdy material for the chest, yoke, and raglan sleeves. For my cloistered cleric, the shirt only comes down over the hip, and is tight around the bottom edge, but the battle cleric we altered the design to function more like a gamebeson, dropping the hem down to knee-level, and adding padding and possibly lacing down the sides and a central slit to aid in movement.
There’s always more to be done, and the battle cleric’s gambeson needs some love before I can post pictures, but progress is certainly being made!