Costume :Ginchiyo Tachibana
Source :Samurai Warriors 2
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2011

Costume Photos



At expo with my friend niccypippy mk2 as Sif


Body Armor!



Costume Information

Cost : about £40
Time Taken : too much but not enough

I have only just realized I haven't got a single photo of the back! :(

I'm happy with how this turned out since I had to make a lot of it very last minute (the armor attachments were fixed using duc tape and staples on Thursday night and the sword was made from scratch in an hour and a half on Friday morning.)
I think I will re-wear this in October with armor plating and leg and arm bracers made again from scratch as I think I can do much better with different materials.


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I look forward to seeing this! Ginchiyo is such an underrated character, good luck!!

btw if you want a better look at the costume (the back image is pretty small that you have there) this may be pretty useful

by Kacela on Sunday, 12 December, 2010 - 22:18
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Thanks! Those pics will be really useful for the detail on the armor too. I hadn't realized there was a pattern on the back of the little cape thing either and it's clearly not bright red like it is in the pic I had. :)

by visiting_wizard on Monday, 13 December, 2010 - 20:12
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Ginchiyo is an excellent choice!Progress is looking fabulous, really loving the shoes. Good luck with this, can't wait to see it finished ^_^

by ElegantAura on Thursday, 20 January, 2011 - 20:24

did u finnish the leg pieces?

by Know on Sunday, 27 March, 2011 - 00:22
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Yes I did! Though I need to alter the straps a little. I also have knee pads and breast plate but no way to attach either at the moment!

by visiting_wizard on Monday, 4 April, 2011 - 23:55
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This is coming along very well! I hope I get to see it at Expo ^^

by Kacela on Thursday, 26 May, 2011 - 09:33
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Final product looks amazing, great job ^^

by Kacela on Monday, 30 May, 2011 - 14:09
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Thanks! :)

by visiting_wizard on Monday, 30 May, 2011 - 16:32
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Looks fantastic! Great work ^_^ Unfortunately i missed expo, would've loved to see it in person!

by ElegantAura on Monday, 30 May, 2011 - 20:51
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Good to see you last weekend! :) Glad that the armour has worked out, you looked fantastic!

by Pez on Tuesday, 31 May, 2011 - 10:12
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Thanks so much! Was good to meet you! Hope to see you again in October!

by visiting_wizard on Tuesday, 31 May, 2011 - 15:10

To-Do List

Make Chest PlateHighComplete
Make body armorHighComplete
find way to attach chest plate, shoulder plates and knee guards!HighIn Progress
Make mini-cape-thingHighPlanned
Make shoulder platesHighPlanned
Make Arm BracersMediumComplete
Make Leg BracersMediumComplete
Make knee guardsMediumComplete
Make headdressMediumPlanned
Buy Net TopLowComplete
Make ShoesLowIn Progress
Hand guardsLowPlanned
Make swordLowPlanned

Shopping List

net top£4.00Bought
Camping Mat for Craft Foam£4.00Bought
Black fabric for under-sleeves£0.00Bought
Wig (using same one from Suki cosplay)£0.00Bought
silver spray paint£0.00Bought
balsa wood for sword£1.20Bought
black gloves£3.98Bought
Silver Ribbon£5.00Bought
shoes as base£0.00Bought
gold ribbon£1.20Bought
gold embossing foil£7.00Bought
purple fake leather£10.00Bought
Black flat elastic£1.80Bought
Belt!£0.00To Buy


ARGHHH!! (Posted 22nd May 2011)

I'm running so behind and am so busy with other stuff I don't know how I'm going to get this finished to any decent standard by Friday! :(

...well this is going to take me a while! (Posted 14th May 2011)

Making the armor with sewn pattern is turning out to be pretty time-consuming and I think maybe I should have found a quicker way.
Mild panic in progress on realizing how much I have left to do and how little time. Unfortunately deadlines were taking priority and now I'm both job and house hunting! Am determined I'll find some time to do this though.

Chest plate (Posted 12th March 2011)

According to some advice I had, camping mats work pretty well as craft foam. This is an awesome tip! I spent today working on my chest plate and knee pads using a cheap camping mat. It seems to be working pretty well! (Even though cutting the pattern bits is a pain - it would be regardless of what material I was using.)
As you can see, I've sewn the pieces together to create a curved shape. It probably would have looked better with glue but I don't have anything good enough.

Shoes! (Posted 20th January 2011)

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours working on the shoes. They need a gold border which I haven't quite figured out how I'm going to do but I think they're looking pretty good. :)

Pattern (Posted 14th December 2010)

I experimented with some scraps of the faux leather and some black and grey thread to see if I could imitate the paneled pattern in the armor. I think this works quite well but it's going to take a long time to replicate the sewn pattern over the whole of the body-armor!

Bracers (Posted 12th December 2010)

bracers are nearly finished. Taking a stupidly long time though; I think I've probably worked at least 6 hours on them. Just need to glue the gold embossing foil to them now.

Fabric excessive! (Posted 26th November 2010)

The fake leather I ordered for this arrived this morning. I ordered 2 meters as I needed about 1 and a 1/2 for Suki. However, this roll is HUGE! I have about twice as much fabric as I need! Guess I'll have to think of something else I'll want to make out of purple leatherette?! O_o