Leonie Heartilly
 


Costume :Rinoa Heartilly
Variant :Original bikini design
Source :Final Fantasy VIII
Progress :Complete
Worn At :None


Costume Photos

Summer Smiles

Fun in the Sun

Balamb Beach

Rinoa

Balamb Harbour

Dance with the Balamb Fish

Rinoa

Rinoa

Rinoa

Rinoa Derp

Breezy

Rinoa

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : £25.54
Time Taken : 2 hours

Description
Well everyone was planning cosplays to use by the hotel pool at Kitacon (2010) and as I haven't got a set costume for the Friday thought this would be fun to do. And of course it had to be Rinoa XD
The inspiration for this came from a cosplayer who did her own Rinoa bikini design. I saw the photos over a year ago and always thought about doing something similar.

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I wanted the main colour of the bikini to be black to match her strappy top and shorts. I found a black bikini from New Look which has little blue beads on the straps and also comes with a blue bikini with black beads- mix and match!

To add more blue in I painted my toe nails with a blue nail varnish XD

I will wear Rinoa's usual necklace and ribbon on her left arm as well as the bracelet she wears when in her dress.

Another idea from my inspiration was to paint white wings (she did one silver one) onto a blue rubber swimming ring. And I had the idea to have Rinoa reading a Pet Pals magazine by the pool.

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Sadly when I went to wear this at the hotel pool at Kita some butch hotel staff member banned us from entering the pool area with a camera so I haven't got any photos T_T But I shall hopefully do a shoot in the summer, maybe by a beach.
I might add a blue sarong next time also.


October 2011- Had a private shoot at Clacton beach with aeb which was a lot of fun even though the beach was packed and eveyone stared lol Looking forward to sharing the photos but I had my fringe parted the wrong way ><

Comments

^_~ can't wait to see you in this hun, you will look nice xx

by Urotsukidoji on Saturday, 6 March, 2010 - 23:29
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awww your idea sounds so cute! ^___^ cant wait to see!

by FairyPorchQueen on Saturday, 13 March, 2010 - 13:39
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This cosplay will be so epic it is untrue! Can't wait to see it!

by Alinthea on Friday, 19 March, 2010 - 00:26
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That Pet Pals magazine is adorable XD

by Mungojerrie on Friday, 26 March, 2010 - 14:33
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Thanks guys, shame I couldn't actually get to the hotel pool in it >_<

by Leonie Heartilly on Monday, 29 March, 2010 - 21:22
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These photos are so cute :) Really like this :D

by gaming_goddess on Wednesday, 26 September, 2012 - 23:22
 

To-Do List

WigHighComplete
BikiniHighComplete
Paint wings onto rubber ringMediumComplete
Make a Pet Pals magazineMediumComplete
Black arm ribbonLowComplete
Rinoa's braceletLowComplete
ContactsLowComplete
Rinoa & Squall's rings on chainLowComplete

Shopping List

Black and blue bikini set£20.00Bought
Blue rubber swimming ring£1.99Bought
Barry M (cyan) blue nail polish£2.95Bought
Dog magazine£0.60Bought
Total£25.54

Journal

Wig, contacts and make up (Posted 15th March 2010)

I'm using the same wig, contacts and make-up as my original and SeeD Ball Rinoa to make the character recognizable still.

The highlights were hand-sewn into the wig myself and I trimmed the fringe and front feathering slightly.
My natural eye colour is blue so here I'm wearing brown Freshlook Colourblends contact lenses.
Make-up includes false eyelashes and making my eyebrows look thicker.

The only thing I did different was paint my toenails blue as obviously Rinoa wouldn't wear her boots to the pool/ beach lol

Pet Pals magazine (Posted 10th March 2010)

I quite liked the idea of Rinoa reading a Pet Pals magazine by the pool so I bought a general dog magazine from the market and covered the title with plain white paper. Then using basic markers and felt tip pens I added the new title, mentioned Timber (the Timber pet shop is where Rinoa bought Angelo and it's also where you can buy some of the issues of Pet Pals) and also threw in a mention of one of the limit breaks you can teach Angelo in the game "Wishing Star".

It doesn't look all that professional but I thought it was a fun touch.

Rubber ring complete (Posted 3rd March 2010)

Painting finished.

Rubber ring (Posted 3rd March 2010)

I bought a blue rubber swimming ring from ebay and hand painted on wings in the style of those on the back of Rinoa's duster. I used basic acrylic paint which worked well but if you blow-up and deflate the ring a few times it starts to crack and come off.

Photo shows the outline before I filled it in.

Bikini (Posted 1st March 2010)

I wanted the main colour of the bikini to be black to match her strappy top and shorts. I found a black bikini from New Look which has little blue beads on the straps and also comes with a blue bikini with black beads- mix and match!
The blue bikini has actually given me ideas to do a Jill Valentine bikini version, oh dear XD Maybe one day.

I might add a blue sarong for when she's not in the pool/ sea.

Inspiration (Posted 1st March 2010)

The inspiration for this came from a cosplayer who did her own Rinoa bikini design. I saw the photos over a year ago and always thought about doing something similar.