The promised wind-down day finally arrived, and while some parts of this ‘con felt painfully grueling, Day 4 came and went nearly in the blink of an eye. All the halls close earlier and the crowds grow thinner, with less cosplayers and events sprinkled throughout the day.
We’ve finally gotten our groove down in terms of operational time, three days into the Expo. Day 2 was grueling for how early we arrived and how late we stayed, and we had no idea what we were doing as the armor fell apart during Day 1. Day 3 proved to be the most enjoyable so far probably because nothing actually went wrong, and we called it in before complete exhaustion set in.
I’ve had a grand total of about six hours of sleep since the night before Day One. It feels like the Expo has lasted years at this point, especially since we got to the convention today before the sun even had a chance to poke through the clouds.
Day 2 was long but satisfyingly productive. I can barely function by the end of it, but we got an entertaining Gunpla panel, a successful run with the armor, a cool world premiere anime screening, a live performance, and nothing but good ‘con vibes.
Day one was an adventure – moreso than most other day ones. Admittedly we didn’t do much at all; a test run of the suit and one panel was just about all we had the energy for, given that we literally didn’t finish the suit until 7am the morning of the Expo.
Home stretch – just under 48 hours remain before the big day. Unfortunately due to scheduling circumstances as of this post we really only have one work day left – the Friday before the Expo.
I can’t remember if we’ve ever actually gotten stressed in the past during the final few days of the build or if we always just carried on all the way to the bitter end with our usual gung-ho attitude. Unfortunately this time more things are breaking and we’re running into several roadblocks thanks in large part to the more complex nature of this suit, so it’s safe to say things are becoming more tense as the stakes go up and time runs out.