Costume :Cervantes de Leon
Variant :P1 costume
Source :Soul Calibur 3
Progress :Complete
Worn At :AmeCon 2008

Costume Photos

back detail

Captain Birdseye!

ahhh, give us yer soul

Cervantes from the front

The finished swords

Reference picture


Costume Information

Cost : £120+

Undead Pirates FTW!!!

I love the SC games, especially the character designs and Cervantes is not only cool but has a really striking detail filled design.

I also get to make two desticntly different swords, one mechanical and one organic which I'm really looking forward to. Good practice for making a full Soul Edge!

Update 25/03/08

Aha me jimlads! I have bought lots of extreamly purple fabric, so Cervantes is now underway

Tasks:- Boots, Hat, Jacket, Armour, Trousers, Pistol Sword & Female Souledge

Update 03/06/08

I've started making the swords, simple foam sheet and plastic tube core construction but it's going to get interesting with the addition of the pistol hilt and the organic/fleshy look of souledge!

Update 20/06/08

My Pirate boots have arrived, which are cool and err piratey :D

The swords are almost done now. Nirvanas pistol has been made with Foamboard and Soul Edges organicy bits have been built up witha combination of paper mache, craft foam and sealant for the veins. Now it's time for some latex and paint.

Update 24/06/08

Armour, Belt Buckle and swords are all latexed and ready to be painted

Update 20/07/08

Running out of time now but my swords are fully painted, as is my armour. Started making his giant purple hat of doom using felt and material, just the gold triim and details to go on that now.

His trousers are also over half sewn, man thats a long job >_<

Update 23/07/08

I have a hat, with feathers in it. On to the next job >_<

Update 28/07/08

Gloves, Boots ad Epulets all finished. Base of the coat made, now it just needs edging (about 8 meters worth) and vast amounts of gold detailing painted on.

Update 06/08/08

Well I had to get him 95% finished a week early but I've now finished off the final bits of fabric painting and he's ready to go plundering!!

Update Aug 09

Reworn at Aya 09, in fact the first time he's really been properly worn at a con.
Dissapointed that I managed to reglue his boot trim all wrong and forgot to tuck my hair into his hat properly so it's a little spoiled. will have to sort out a salty seadog photoshoot!


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what happened to our team rocket group lol

Cervantes Does kick some hiney

by MangaChild on Tuesday, 4 March, 2008 - 17:45
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by Odd-One-Out on Tuesday, 4 March, 2008 - 19:00
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Epic Pirate!

by Taffeta_Rose on Wednesday, 5 March, 2008 - 18:25
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Ah ha!!

Its a costume that doesnt challenge your beardyness...

Mrs James will be pleased

by MangaChild on Monday, 7 April, 2008 - 14:21
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Yep, Mrs James is indeed pleased about that! :-D

by Lunar_Kitten on Monday, 7 April, 2008 - 22:29
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And if you boys DID do the team rocket group - there's nothing stopping this Lunar_Kitten from also doing Meowth (James?!) seeing as a cat costume is another thing on my 'want to do at some point' list ... ?
Just a thought.

by Lunar_Kitten on Monday, 7 April, 2008 - 22:41
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Looking forward to seeing this. SC cosplay rocks.

Sephy x

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 30 April, 2008 - 04:06
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oww weapons lookin awesome im def gonna have to spend a whole year doing a detailed soul cailbur cos

by timpey on Monday, 16 June, 2008 - 14:54
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awsome progress james its looking fantastic, ahh you always come up with new awsome ideas on how to do things, (i should learn from this notes down)

by ryaoki on Tuesday, 24 June, 2008 - 10:48
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wow james thats looking fantastic, how did you get the basic shape of te hat, its looking awsome

by ryaoki on Wednesday, 23 July, 2008 - 10:18
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It's basicaly 4 large felt pieces arranged and stuck together so that they support each other and fall outwards. The felt is then simply cut to shape and covered.

by Ilpala on Wednesday, 23 July, 2008 - 10:57
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i dont no what beard i prefer you with james, your or your new one lmao, this is lookin fan fabbo james well done

by ryaoki on Wednesday, 6 August, 2008 - 10:29
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Aha! It seems Cervantes is sneakily checking out the Seung Mina next to him - who is very cleverly hiding just out of shot :-p

by Lunar_Kitten on Wednesday, 6 August, 2008 - 11:13
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Too epic for words, man.

by Odd-One-Out on Wednesday, 6 August, 2008 - 11:27
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Cant wait to see this

by 1000014 on Wednesday, 6 August, 2008 - 11:41
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Oh wow James! This is looking epic!

by Mocara on Wednesday, 6 August, 2008 - 13:19
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Looking AWESOME! I can't wait to see this finished! :D
If you love to sail the seas you ARE A PIRATE!!

by YamiNoAeris on Wednesday, 6 August, 2008 - 14:17
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i loved this cosplay so much james, post more piccies ^^

by ryaoki on Thursday, 14 August, 2008 - 11:03
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Once this is finished I will be tempted to say that pirates are better than ninjas.

Up to thus far, I've always felt that ninjas > pirates.

by Odd-One-Out on Thursday, 14 August, 2008 - 11:41
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the best Soul Calibur cosplay i have ever seen!!!! i was amazing anyone could make this that could pull it off!!!!

i've very happy i got to see this and that i got a chance to hold the blades XD awesome work! i hope to see this again sometime!!!!

by Kaka Extreme on Monday, 18 August, 2008 - 12:21
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this cosplay is awsome man, you have done one of the best SC3 cosplays I've ever seen

by nanahara on Friday, 22 August, 2008 - 10:53
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Fantastic Work as always Mr James

Awesome propage thats lightewight consafe and looks too Damn Cool

And the costume its self i know how closly you followed the refrences and picked out every last pixel of detail short of painting your self purple as you had events to run...

a truely terrifying costume in person

by MangaChild on Friday, 22 August, 2008 - 11:18
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This costume is pure Awesome!!! : O

by Uni on Tuesday, 9 September, 2008 - 10:59

incredibly well done.
and kudos for picking such cool character! :D

by Adamoluna on Saturday, 14 February, 2009 - 00:30
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Cervantes is an awesome choice and not enough people cosplay him!!. This is a brlliant cosplay!, great attention to detail, i especially like the weapons ^^

by Kitticus on Friday, 7 January, 2011 - 16:40
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You made a brilliant Cervantes

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 6 December, 2011 - 12:19
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Excellent cosplay, well done

by Misty95 on Saturday, 21 September, 2013 - 22:56