Costume :Abel Nightroad
Variant :Thores Artbook version
Source :Trinity Blood
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Minamicon 15 (2009)

Costume Photos

Abel Nightroad - Artbook Ref Image

Abel Nightroad - AX Artbook 8

Abel Nightroad - AX Artbook 7

Abel Nightroad - AX Artbook 6

Abel Nightroad - AX Artbook 5

Abel Nightroad - AX Artbook 4

Abel Nightroad - AX Artbook 3

Abel Nightroad - AX Artbook 2

Abel Nightroad - AX Artbook 1

Sitting in Stillness

A Change Meeting



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Costume Information

Cost : Currantly £15 (and recycling crap from my house. EXTREME BUDGET COSPLAY!!)
Awards : 2nd place winner - Sunday Masquerade at London Film and Comic Con 2009. Cosplayisland Showcase 9th December 2012
Time Taken : Over a year

Having done the anime version I've decided to go for the artbook/manga version. Got to have the TB bling!

Have now started. Yay!

Done the shoulder pauldron. just needs to be painted and sanded. It was made from wonderflex and crafter foam.

Completed the gloves with four hours of hand embrodairy. I now remebered why I hate embrodairy!

Hand painted the scarf crosses with fabric paint and pens.

Cassock. This was made from black cotton suiting. Is fully lined from the waist up. The edges were trimed with sliver bias binding. The cassock was then finished with 64 gold eyeletts.

*Will be Debuted at Minamicon 15*

Update 2011. This costume is now retired until it can be repaired (and remade in some of the parts cases).

† Cosplayisland Showcase 9th December †
Thank you everyone :D Really over the moon.


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O that is looking very cool! You did an amazing job with that wonderflex, it looks perfect to me : D Keep up with the good work! i know you will~

by Uni on Friday, 11 July, 2008 - 10:03
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Thank you. Not sure if I'll have it ready for Amecon as I've just been asked to do a corset commission. I'll see how it goes.

by Sephirayne on Sunday, 13 July, 2008 - 08:13
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abel is awesome sarah will glomp you to death when you wear this epic cant wait to see xx

by Defrain on Monday, 22 September, 2008 - 09:45
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wow that's looking pritty cool =)

by Xauriga on Wednesday, 24 September, 2008 - 12:49
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HOMG the armour is looking fantastic!!! so smooth and shiny!!! : O

by Uni on Monday, 20 October, 2008 - 22:30
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Looking RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME! Can't wait for this!

by Nocturnal Blossom on Monday, 20 October, 2008 - 22:33
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I am totally in awe of your armour making skills *bows*

by sonia_leong on Thursday, 30 October, 2008 - 21:46
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LOL, OMG, my artbook version *shakes head* I hammered my thumb TWICE whilst putting in those blasted eyelets!! Aw, I can't wait to see your finished version!! :3

by sonia_leong on Thursday, 6 November, 2008 - 11:48
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@ Soina, yes, the Grommets/eyeletts are a pain. i work my way around them by owning the eyelett plyars and exercise gloves. It makes them so easy. I've near done all mine

by Sephirayne on Saturday, 8 November, 2008 - 03:08

This is looking fabulous hunny. I can't wait to see the finished costume!

by K on Wednesday, 17 December, 2008 - 00:38
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thanks for the lovely comment on noctis on, i cant wait to se this

by ryaoki on Sunday, 21 December, 2008 - 11:45
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woweeeee this is looking so impressive, you have the patience of a saint for this! my hat off to you. cant wait to see it at minami =D

by Sands on Sunday, 21 December, 2008 - 16:13
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by AmethystEyes on Monday, 23 February, 2009 - 10:39
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by Uni on Monday, 23 February, 2009 - 20:15
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That wig it NUTS O__O!!

by Manjou on Tuesday, 24 February, 2009 - 00:06
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Thanks guys.

Manjou. The hair isn't a wig. Its my own styled with TRESemme extra hold salon finish hair spray.

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 25 February, 2009 - 00:05
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This looks fantastic! Can't wait to see it in real life! =D

by Mtani on Saturday, 28 February, 2009 - 01:16
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I love your hair. It looks so effortlessly held up.


by Uber-Nerd on Saturday, 28 February, 2009 - 10:48
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That's NOT a wig!?!?! wow! that's slightly insane 0.0 Did you go down to the shops with your hair like that afterwards? XD

by Manjou on Saturday, 28 February, 2009 - 11:02
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Thanks for your feedback, Mtani, Uber-Nerd and Manjou.

Manjou, Lol! Was tempted to but it was quite late at night. I did however, kept smacking my brother in the face with the hair as I kept forget how tall it actuallyw was.

by Sephirayne on Saturday, 28 February, 2009 - 18:32
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That bling is looking fabulous!


by Uber-Nerd on Monday, 2 March, 2009 - 16:25
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Wow this costume is gonna kick so much a$$ when it is finished. It's looking really impressive already, especially love that collar bling shot.

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 2 March, 2009 - 17:30
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looking awesome!!!!! I cannot wait to see this done!

by GunstarVixen on Monday, 2 March, 2009 - 18:33

I'm loving your bling! Super fly! I can see how much effort you put into it, woww!

by on Monday, 2 March, 2009 - 19:02
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Loving the shading and detail :D

OMG your hair!!! didnt know able was SSJ :P

by MangaChild on Monday, 2 March, 2009 - 19:11
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I love your hair! It's fabulous! XD

Thanks for the recent comments on my costumes, too :)

by Sillabub on Wednesday, 4 March, 2009 - 13:18
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Looking adourable Abelsama! : D

by Uni on Thursday, 5 March, 2009 - 10:02
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WOW is all I can say! FANTASTIC! <3

by Wildeth on Monday, 9 March, 2009 - 09:07
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Cor this just keeps getting better and better. ..Looking really Pro there, Sephy. ;)

by Ranma1-2 on Sunday, 15 March, 2009 - 17:50
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YOU ROCKED AT MINAMI!!! This was absolutely amazing, your skills are so l33t, can't wait to see your mega-finished scythe :3

by sonia_leong on Monday, 30 March, 2009 - 18:29
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So unbelievably amazing! Such a beautiful and detailed costume X3 <3 Best Abel ever!

I seriously want those boots. XD

by Demented Kid on Tuesday, 31 March, 2009 - 21:37
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Absolutely beautiful! I wish we'd taken our camera with us, I so wanted to grab a photo of this!

by SephNoir on Tuesday, 31 March, 2009 - 22:21
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Oh my gosh! 80 ..You must have won with this!? ..tell me you won..
Congrats Sephy this looks outstanding!

by Ranma1-2 on Tuesday, 31 March, 2009 - 22:31
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Completely inspirational!

by PKNIVES on Tuesday, 31 March, 2009 - 22:54
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Thanks for the comments everyone.

Ranma1-2, no I didn't win anything. I didn't mind that I didn't. I had great fun posing with my other self, Sonia_Leong and being all fangy and grrrrrr! As soon as I can find piccies I will pose the Crusnik version.

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 31 March, 2009 - 23:03
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Fangy and Clawey GRRR!!!! XD Oh please please please post the Crusnik version when you can!! (♥_♥)

by sonia_leong on Wednesday, 1 April, 2009 - 00:41
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This was so damn impressive in the flesh - loved it!

Thanks for the nice comment on Chun Li, too :)

by Sillabub on Wednesday, 1 April, 2009 - 01:13
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awsome isn't good enough a word, hell epic isn't ether lol. This cosplay is just beyond words on how great it is

by nanahara on Saturday, 4 April, 2009 - 00:12
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I love the detail in all these Trinity blood costumes. But they do make me totally not want to do one myself. Yikes.


by KhaosKreator on Sunday, 5 April, 2009 - 11:00
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Thanks for the comments. I have nearly finished this cosplay (yeap it wasn't actually complete) so look out for an up to date photo session soon.

Tab, you would so rock some of the more armoured costumes from TB. Check out the character Sister Paula (shes like an armour clad Ivy).

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 3 June, 2009 - 16:09
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Congrats on your award Sephy.
It was really nice meeting you at the show (finally!) Thanks for the big hug ^__^ You're a really nice person to meet.
It was great to see your Abel cosplay live. Looks great even close up quality costuming and finishing skills there.
See you again in Oct. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 20 July, 2009 - 19:49
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by Uni on Monday, 20 July, 2009 - 21:19
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by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 21 July, 2009 - 15:03
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You look awesome~ 8D You're such a great Abel!

by x-Blade-x on Tuesday, 21 July, 2009 - 18:34

Seph the able is looking fantastico!, Amazing detail and craftmanship. I keep seeing you at expo, i will need to stop and say hi one time :)


by on Tuesday, 22 December, 2009 - 23:19

This is amazing i love the weapon how did you make it *worships cosplay*

by cornish pasty on Thursday, 24 December, 2009 - 00:03
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Thankies Cornish Pasty.

The scythe was made from cardboard, clear plastic tubing and a shed load of craft foam XD. The plastic tubing was for the centre piece which had two soft drinks tops on either end. The tube was then covered with craft foam pieces that I individually cut out by hand and glued on. The scythe heads are temporaries. I'll be replacing them at a later date with ones that match more with the centre. They were made out of cardboard. The whole thing was painted in acrylic paint and spray varished. Its light as a feather but quite fragile.

by Sephirayne on Monday, 29 March, 2010 - 21:04

>o< I died when I met Troy at Expo - << I cosplayed as Astha and he hugged me because he used to have a ' crush on her ' xD! Digressing from that....your Abel cosplay is perfection to the very last detail !!

by fistfighter_tifa on Wednesday, 14 April, 2010 - 17:26
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Lol! Hes a great guy. Got chatting to him on myspaces a couple of years back and it was great to finally meet hi in person. His jaw did drop when he saw my Abel. I'm so happy with that.

Thank you XX

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 14 April, 2010 - 18:45
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You look amazing as Abel~ Beautiful costume, its so detailed! I love it *3*

by ProbablyHeather on Wednesday, 14 April, 2010 - 19:36
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Awww thankies Cheetos. I hope to finally have it finished soon. Its been a labour of love XD

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 14 April, 2010 - 19:55
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Best fuckin costume evar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by Captain_Marvelous on Sunday, 15 May, 2011 - 14:25
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*hugs* Thank you ever so much ;)

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 17 May, 2011 - 22:29
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You are amazingly stunning in this <3

by Minxie on Wednesday, 29 June, 2011 - 22:33
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Yay showcase! I always love this outfit! <3 So fabulous.

by Monkey on Sunday, 9 December, 2012 - 17:47
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Congrats on the showcase Hun! I love this costume tons, you make such an amazing Abel <3

by Freyarule on Sunday, 9 December, 2012 - 18:14
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snfuiesg congrats! The details on this costume have always amazed me <3

by Emzone on Sunday, 9 December, 2012 - 19:00
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Such an amazing cosplay hun! You really deserve the showcase, congratulations!!!

by Littlegeeky on Sunday, 9 December, 2012 - 20:23
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Congrats on the showcase! Much deserved! <3

by Augmented Queen on Sunday, 9 December, 2012 - 20:25
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Congratulations on the showcase! This is a stunning costume! The detail is amazing!

by Pandora-Chi on Sunday, 9 December, 2012 - 20:40
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Completely deserved showcase, this costume is incredible <3

by Clood on Sunday, 9 December, 2012 - 21:04
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This is amazing, purely amazing! You can see how much time and effort has been put into this - such a deserved showcase.

by Plasticsharkattack on Sunday, 9 December, 2012 - 21:43
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gratz on the showcase!

by Leolarua on Monday, 10 December, 2012 - 03:50
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Nice job on the show case! :D

by Kinreal on Monday, 10 December, 2012 - 11:03
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Congrats on getting showcase, you deserve it. :D

by Billie Blouse on Monday, 10 December, 2012 - 20:23
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About time! Congratulations Em! lol I love your Abel <3

by Manticore on Tuesday, 11 December, 2012 - 18:23
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Thank you ever so much everyone. This means a lot xxx ♥

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 12 December, 2012 - 10:08

To-Do List

Repair capelette and cassockMediumPlanned
Ear communitcatorMediumPlanned
Sort out the correct gun and holster MediumPlanned
Make bling and boot armourLowComplete
Replace gloves LowComplete
Make cassockLowComplete
Scarf (four hand painted red crosses) LowComplete
Belts and belt decorationLowComplete
Gloves (embrodary crosses)LowComplete
Make Lilith's crossLowComplete
The arrows of doomLowComplete
Make capeletteLowComplete
Finish armourLowComplete


Retiring and remaking (Posted 31st August 2011)

I have loved building this costume and have worn it more times than I thought I would.

Its now time to retire it as it currently is. It needs so much repair work that I have decided to do a revamp instead. Some pieces are being remade for a new version that will hopefully benefit from more armour making experience (this was my second only set of armour, first working with Wonderflex).

I'm happy how this turned out and have had some great memories with this version of Abel.

This isn't the end of this costume. More a break and refresh. I'm looking forward to working on him again soon.

GAHHHH!! Gloves (Posted 22nd December 2009)

I don't believe it!!! I lost one of my gloves at Expo. Didn't notice until i unpacked Abel's box the other day. I'll have to make some new ones.

I'll probarly won't go as detailed like I did with the last ones. I spent four hours per cross only to loose one :(

Oh well, its very Abel. Lol!

Collar Armour and accessories. (Posted 17th March 2009)

These parts turned out to be quite tricky as they were some of the smallest pieces to the costume. The plates were built in the same way as the armour pieces while the cross was built out of Wonderflex. All where painted using the dry brushing technique.

Photo is of the finished pieces on the unfinished costume.

ARRRROOOWWWWWSSSSS!!!! (Posted 16th March 2009)

Yeap, just about to cut out 64 arrowheads for Abel. Will do the base out of left over Wonderflex (easy to shape small pieces) and then detail with funny foam sheets. I must be insane. Mind you, I did kinda guess that this costume might make me a bit bonkers. Lol!

Woot! for my childhood creativity (Posted 14th March 2009)

Finished two more pieces of bling today. One particular piece I've absolutely adore. The AX shoulder badge. To create this piece I thought back to my Games Workshop nerd past (when I used to paint and convert 35mm roleplay figures).

So with a steady hand and lots of coffee I managed to build it with out too much mishap. I also managed to keep to the theme of recyling crap in my house. The main dome part was created using an Easter egg carton.

Yay!! cosplay-gasum!

Completed robe. (Posted 26th February 2009)

I have finsihed the robe. It took some time to get all the eyeletts in (there are 64). I ended up re-doing the collar as the first one just didn't sit right. All I will need to do is put on all the velcro ready for all the TB bling.

The only thing I didn't like is that I ran out of gold eyeletts part way through. I got some more to complete the robe but the make I used to get isn't being produced any more. As eyeletts are impossible to remove without destroying the fabric I'm going have to okay with half the eyeletts not matching. Luckily with Abel I can get away with it.

I have no shots of the robe completed.

I did complete the armour cuffs in pretty much the same way that I had done the arm piece so I have a test shot here.

Armour repaint (Posted 22nd February 2009)

Completed some more of the armour pieces. Decided that what I had done so far wasn't looking worn enough (too shiny and new) so I tried a different paint job. My many years as a table top role play gamer has become useful. Since 1989 I've collected Games Workshop figures and learnt to paint and build the 35mm range. So I used the dry brushing method I learnt from that. The result is much better.

Pauldron progress (Posted 10th November 2008)

This was the piece that I was dreading the most. I decided to go with a piece that would attach to a baseball helmet that then would attach to my robe/cassock.

The plate itself was made from two sheets of Wonderflex which I cut and shaped myself. I then added the raised detail.

The lower piece was cut from a baseball helmet using a Dremel multi-tool. I then shaped it with a heat gun and then sanded it. I added the detail using craft foam.

Both pieces were then finished with dry brushing and spray varnish.

Argh! No sliver trim left and Main cross embroidery (Posted 22nd October 2008)

Ran out of sliver trim at the weekend. Went out looking for it. No where has anything close. I had brought out the last of the stock in my local fabric shop. They have got more on order but it won't get here until after Expo so my Artbook Abel won't unfortunately make it to Oct Expo. I'll be wearing anime Abel instead with some of the Artbook bling.

I did manage to work on the large cross embroidery that was for the capelette. This was done completely by hand and took roughly six hours. Sadly, the photo isn't great but its the only one I have.

Keeping it cheap. (Posted 20th October 2008)

After the spiraling costs of my Sephiroth costume I've decided to go back to my cosplay roots by making this costume on a shoestring budget. So I'll be doing the whole 'making it from crap around my house' plan. I've managed to find most of it from stock. So far the only cost was the sliver trim. I feel that this is also in keeping with the character as Abel is a poor traveling priest.

My best 'Blue Peter' moment has to be Lilith's cross from Abel's rosary. Managed to make that from left over wonderflex and various parts from my Games Workshop minitures. I'm so pleased on how it came out. It was one of the pieces of Abel's costume that I was worried about due to its detail.

First piece of armour built. (Posted 5th October 2008)

Using the same method I had learnt for my Sephiroth armour I began working on Abel's armour. I used Sintra (trade name for Foamlux PVC plastic sheeting). Once drawing out the design I cut out the piece with a Dremel multi-tool. I then shaped around a round tin using a heat gun. I then cut out the cross in the centre. I then added the raised edge detail using some Wonderflex. I then primed it ready for painting. I used a black base paint and then sprayed over with a gold acrylic paint. The whole piece was then sealed with a clear varnish.

I then built the arm band for the piece to sit on using red leather. I hand sewing on the straps that the buckles could be attached to. On one of the straps I added a piece of velvet ribbon. A small cross cut in Wonderflex was glued on, painted and finished with a small charm.

Really pleased how this turned on which encouraged me with the rest of the armour.

(sorry for the quality of photo)

Scarf mishap (Posted 23rd September 2008)

ARGHHHH! Had a completely dumb blond moment. Completed the scarf and was ironing it. I forgot to turn it down thus completely melting the scarf fabric. So I've now had build another one again from scratch. Luckily, I had enough fabric left. The best thing is that I was able to make the crosses much better. Yay!

The picture is showing the replacement scarf (sorry for pic quality. Old photo is now Old!! XD )

How many crosses dose an AX priest need? (Posted 21st September 2008)

After spending four hours on embroidering red crosses onto the gloves I then move onto making the scarf. There's four more crosses to do. One for each side. Luckily these are being hand painted in fabric paint so won't be as annoying as hand embroidery. There's still more crosses to come. *whimpers*