Costume :Kain Highwind
Variant :FFIV DS remake
Source :Final Fantasy IV
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2010

Costume Photos

Outside II


Rosa, Rydia, Kain

Kain vs Keyblade warriors

Solo pic 2

Single shot 1

Kain Highwind


Costume Information

Cost : £60+
Awards : Best costume - ALCL June 2010, Best Adult - Brighton Japan Festival June 2011
Time Taken : 100+ hours

Oh ho ho! Kain! Another under appreciated FF character =D

And now completed. This was a lot of fun to wear at Expo, though I have to say, so many people thought I was from Yu-Gi-Oh... If someone could tell me what exactley from Yu-Gi-Oh I looked like, I would appreciated it. It left me in much confusion...! (All those people that said 'Dragoon!' as I walked past. ILU.)

The costume itself was really light weight and not as insanely hot as I thought it would be. Lipstick was a pain in the ass (Kain is such a woman, right? :P) and I need to consider a new harnessing system for the leg armour (apparently elastic & velcro is *not* the best combination in the world ever for thigh armour) but other then that I am very pleased with the outcome!

Many thanks to the lovely Rydias on Saturday and Sunday (3 of you! All with beautiful costumes!) and the wonderful Rosa (you're a star, for both your costume and photoshoot organising skills!).

Also many thanks to Shamasus for realising I couldn't carry my bag. Thank you. <3

So.... difficult...

So far:

27 sheets of A3 foam
5 sheets of A4 foam
Lots of 2mm wire
Some 1.5mm wire
Black fabric x 3m
Purple fabric x 2m
Orange fabric x 1m
Dylon 3d paint x 2 bottles
Blonde ponytail hair extension


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Wooo Kain, he's badass!
Good luck with thiss

by FusionRose on Tuesday, 24 November, 2009 - 10:48
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gunna be awesome =]


by Zelda on Tuesday, 15 December, 2009 - 22:51
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i think ill question joo on msn asking "how?"

by JakeX on Wednesday, 16 December, 2009 - 03:50
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This was so awesome to see, you pulled Kain off perfectly. I was the Refia who suggested the macho man pose at Sunday's photoshoot 8D and I probably came off as stupidly hyper. Kain is just too awesome and you did it too well. Have some love! <3

by Sorceress-Eiva on Monday, 31 May, 2010 - 11:22
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Awesome! It's nice to see people cosplaying as characters from the earlier FF games, especially IV. I'm kicking myself for missing this!

Very cool indeed! :D

by ChibiandthePenguin on Monday, 31 May, 2010 - 15:30
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This is such an awesome cosplay. I'm glad to have seen this in person!!

by k4tt on Monday, 31 May, 2010 - 17:50
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This was brilliant! Well done!

by sjbonnar on Monday, 31 May, 2010 - 18:03
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Excellent work, such a fabulous Costume!

by ElegantAura on Monday, 31 May, 2010 - 20:00
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Oh lordy, finally a Kain cosplayer :D Very cool!

by AmethystEyes on Monday, 31 May, 2010 - 20:24
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this was awesome

by Defrain on Monday, 31 May, 2010 - 21:08
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saw this and loved it! well done.

by alexandraheaven on Tuesday, 1 June, 2010 - 12:17
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Hey, I saw you in this. We spoke briefly as armoured cosplayers. I was the Hrist Valkyrie. I loved your take on Kain. Just brilliant!

by SlimDefinition on Friday, 25 June, 2010 - 22:05
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i didn't see you at expo but this is awesome! :)

by visiting_wizard on Saturday, 26 June, 2010 - 13:24
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heya it was soo awesome to meet you yesterday the costume is soo much more impressive up close well done :D

by Holli on Sunday, 27 June, 2010 - 10:17
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So much win you make an awesome Kain! <:

by KamikazePenguin on Sunday, 27 June, 2010 - 18:58
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I was amongst the FF Photo shoots both days and do recall you in this epic Cosplay. Very well done ^.^

by GoldieNeko on Sunday, 27 June, 2010 - 19:45
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heya sorry that comment by holli is actually be me XD i was on the wrong account :D awesome costume

by flames-of-monki on Sunday, 27 June, 2010 - 19:58
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Thank you all so much for your kind comments >.<

by JupiterLight on Sunday, 27 June, 2010 - 23:12
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hay its your Rosa again i will be doing another ff4 group in May 2011 just wondering if you would like to bring kain back again i have a thread on here if your interested xx

yet again loved your Kain xx

by Sasashie on Monday, 12 July, 2010 - 00:02
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Ooooh, I would love to join you for that. O: Gives me a chance to fix up all the bits I don't much like about the armour.

Only problem I can see is transporting both Kain and the Emperor up to london but I shall see how it goes. :D I would be honoured to join you again, just to stare at your pretty rosa costume ^^

by JupiterLight on Saturday, 24 July, 2010 - 23:33
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This costume was awesome Katie! Was glad we managed to get some shots together :D

by GAINAX on Sunday, 25 July, 2010 - 00:17
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You know I want you back to puppeteer YOU!

by Manticore on Thursday, 29 September, 2011 - 23:10

To-Do List

Order MOAR foam - DO THIS NOW DAMN YOU JUPITER. D&lt;HighPlanned


And so it begins. (Posted 2nd November 2009)

What have I done? Why did I chose this? Seven months is not enough. I need longer to create this. It must be perfect. PERFECT. I bet it ends up costing an arm and a leg too.

But won't it totally be worth it? Then again... I'm either gonna look good or totally rubbish. I'm thinking the latter! I think a good place to start is black trousers and a black shirt... normal, managable things...