I managed to find grunties! Definitely wish I had more time, I ended up having to completely re-make the spear the morning of the convention but all in all i think it turned out pretty well! I plan on continuing to upgrade this costume for the next convention I go to as well, I eventually want to have a really high quality spear of wotan.
If anyone will be at Youmacon this year, my boyfriend and I will be there walking around one day as Tsukasa and Albireo, it'd be rad to see anyone else there in .hack// gear so if you'll be there please say hello. I'll also post pics in this thread of our cosplays once they're done.