Costume :Anti-spiral Nia
Variant :RETIRED
Source :Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Kitacon III (2011)

Costume Photos




Nia (back)







Costume Information

I was finally persuaded to watch TTGL, having previously been avoiding it because I thought it was overrated. However, I turned out to be very wrong and this series is MIND BLOWING.

This was actually quite an easy costume to make, but it was very time-consuming and MUCH harder to actually wear. This was my first time actually wearing a zentai suit and for the first hour of wearing it I felt ridiculous, but as the day went on I felt better about feeling naked!
Making: I wore a plain zentai suit and my friend drew the pattern on me in chalk. I painted the pattern on several layers thick (after testing about 3 different kinds of paint) and sewed the blue fabric onto the neck and shoulders. I couldn't fit the sewing machine around the leg so had to use double-sided tape on the day, which didn't work brilliantly and will be something I'll rectify next time I wear this.

Had to retire this because the paint chipped beyond repair. I got photos, so that's enough for me!


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simon is a possability for you considering your my old friend and all haha

by ryaoki on Tuesday, 31 August, 2010 - 23:54
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Eeee, I can't wait to see this! :D

by phalor on Sunday, 7 November, 2010 - 17:09
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Im definitely looking forward to seeing you in this.

by Silver Cohen on Friday, 3 December, 2010 - 18:24
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Ooooo looking awesome hun. Did you paint the red on? :)

by Bambi. on Friday, 10 December, 2010 - 12:58
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@Bambi- Thank you! Basically I wore the suit, my friend drew the pattern on in chalk and then I painted it myself over a couple of days!

by AmethystEyes on Friday, 10 December, 2010 - 13:30

This is epic. 8D

by Jeff_Kamiki_Jurai on Friday, 10 December, 2010 - 20:28
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This is looking great, can't wait to see you in it at Kita.

by Silver Cohen on Monday, 10 January, 2011 - 17:42
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Looks epic!

by Numta on Monday, 10 January, 2011 - 18:19
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by Defrain on Tuesday, 5 April, 2011 - 11:45
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You were a fantastic Nia. You're so brave doing this version <333

by phalor on Tuesday, 5 April, 2011 - 13:59
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Brave or mad? XD Anti-spiral Nia cosplayers are generally stick thin but I don't think that was actually a problem in the end! Either way I loved this so thank you!

by AmethystEyes on Saturday, 9 April, 2011 - 12:19
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I loved seeing this! Annoying how people thought you were from Tron but as soona s I saw you it was like "8D NIAAAAAA" XD

I love the detailing on the suit!

by Freyarule on Thursday, 28 April, 2011 - 09:01
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Awesome cosplay, well done.

by TheRandomFairy on Sunday, 14 August, 2011 - 19:13
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Love this and -damn- you have the right figure for it! :D
Well done ^_^

by Natsumi on Wednesday, 7 September, 2011 - 00:04

Shopping List

System 3 paint£4.99Bought
Black zentai suit£24.00Bought
Blue dylon paint£7.00Bought
Blue fabric (1/2 meter)£4.00Bought


Done! (Posted 14th January 2011)

So Nia's done but I won't have the chance to wear her until Midlands MCM expo now! Whilst the finished product isn't perfect, I'm happy with the overall result and now just need to watch my weight over the next few months.

One more time (Posted 31st December 2010)

After faffing about with the blue material over Christmas (you can probably guess I didn't have much free time with my course) I successfully sewed the neck and arm pieces. However, because I was unable to position the suit correctly over the sewing machine, I've attached velcro to the leg pieces which I will just have to tape on and off each time I put the suit on.
Secondly, I failed to spray the suit with hair spray so the paint has chipped in some areas during transportation. It will be dabbed over one more time when I'm back at uni with the paint, then sprayed to death.
Thirdly and finally, the shoes need a repaint and the black needs to be added on. Again, the paint is back at uni so it'll have another go-over.

THEN I should be done. I have a sinking feeling it won't look as perfect as I'd imagined in my head but this has been a good learning process for me. If I'm happy enough with it, I'll enter it in the Midlands masquerade.

Paint done (Posted 13th December 2010)

The base suit has been painted and I am moving on to sewing the fabric. So far so good but now that I'm back home for Christmas I need to do it sneakily when my mum is out of the house. I can actually imagine her trying to stop me from wearing this as it is rather... um... 'different' to cosplays I've done before!

Actually under way! (Posted 7th December 2010)

So after two botch-ups with paint that allegedly worked on black material but did not, I finally found some wonderful fluorescent pink system 3 paint which I highly recommend. The paintwork is intricate but not as difficult as I had expected, so it should be done by the end of the week, then I can start looking for the blue fabric that will need sewing on.
The pattern was mapped out with me wearing the suit and my friend drawing on me in chalk. Photos to follow once I am wearing the finished painted base.

Zentai suit arrived! (Posted 19th November 2010)

Damn, moving slower than I thought...
The zentai suit arrived and looks all correct and fits me a LOT better than I expected, so I am happy with that. The silk pens do not work however, so I have ordered some trusty Dylon fabric paint for both that and the shoes. I will get to work on the shoes first as they will be easy *touchwood*

It begins! (Posted 2nd November 2010)

After spending about a month researching materials and particular fabric paints, I've finally got round to buying things! Fun times!
I read a few horror stories about painting zentai suits and had advice from whether to wear them whilst painting to what kind of paint to use. In the end, I've gone with liquid silk paint as it was the best recommended by other anti-Spiral Nia cosplayers!
The suit is in the process of being ordered- I'm just waiting to get confirmation on whether I can commission it without the hood as I'd rather not risk cutting it myself.
So, all in all, this should be a-go-go within a fortnight depending on work (hence why I haven't started this earlier).