Final Fantasy VIII

Cosplayer: M.Kesaiyn

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

AyaCon 2013

14th August 2013: Finished! Costume now complete! This picture of the shirt is as it was this morning before I put the velcro on. It's finished now though.

12th August 2013: Boots! And Finished Chakram I knew I had some boots somewhere that would be suitable for Fujin, and I found them in the shed this evening - see picture.

I also finished the chakram. It looks no different to the picture already up really, so there's no point adding another picture until the photoshoot results come through after Ayacon.

Other than that, just the velcro and the fake pockets to do on the shirt and she's done.

8th August 2013: Chakram Near Completion Well, tonight I finally discovered the proper word for Fujin's weapon - chakram. I knew there was a name for it but it eluded me, till now. I wasn't thinking.

I just need to put the spokes together for the other side and tidy up the other side of the wheel part, and then it'll be finished. The final challenge will be sorting the shirt out.

7th August 2013: More Wheel Progress I have added the velcro spots on to the wheel and spokes on one side now, and I am currently putting the final six spokes together.

The plan seems to have worked pretty well. I can remove the spokes for easier transport in the suitcase. I just need to paint the spokes I've made, and finish the others, then the weapon will be complete.

Then I'll need to work on the shirt. That's more of the fiddly job requiring attention on bias binding and sew-on velcro.

6th August 2013: Finished Pauldron & Wheel Worries The pauldron is finished save for a lobster clasp on the back to clip on to the shirt. That's another thing down. Just the wheel and the shirt to go!

The wheel has now caused a bit of a problem. Well, I say the wheel caused it, but actually varnish did. I sprayed one side of it with the varnish and it's gone very yellow. This means I'll have to paint that side again.

5th August 2013: Pauldron progress - Symbol I finished painting the kanji? symbol on the pauldron today. It was a bit of a pain to do with a paintbrush, but I sorted it eventually. I had to wipe some of it off at one point, but it was easily amended. :-)

3rd August 2013: Wheel progress The spokes aren't ready to be added on yet, but the velcro spots have arrived for them. Hurray!
I've been putting the spokes together today. I've only done six so far. I need to do the other six for the other side. Then I need to cut out craft foam versions of them and add the swirling details before I paper mache them.

The painting of the main wheel is almost finished though. Getting there!

31st July 2013: Wig, Eye-patch and Shirt I've not managed to get a great deal done in the last few days, but tonight I discovered that I really don't think I need to lengthen the shirt. There was a slight difference in shade with the additional fabric I'd bought, and I thought it might end up looking silly.

So, tonight I decided I'd put the wig and eye-patch on with the shirt for a little progress picture or two. I also stumbled upon a much better pair of trousers in a drawer than the ones I was going to wear. Score!

29th July 2013: Shirt progress I'd thought that the shirt I had bought was a little dark in shade (it was advertised a bit lighter -_-'). However, I put the pictures against the shirt and actually the colours seem to match quite well. It depends on how the light and camera catches it.

Today I've just done the yellow strip on the collar. There's also some extra material pinned on to it for it to be lengthened.

27th July 2013: Wheel progress Here's the current progress on Fujin's weapon. Right now, its resemblance of a hubcap is quite uncanny.

It's been coated with paper mache both sides (and that was a bit of a pain in the backside), and then sprayed with a grey primer. Next, I need to finish making the blue, snail-shaped spokes for it and get some velcro spots for them. If I make them detachable, the wheel will fit comfortably in my suitcase. ;-)

26th July 2013: Pauldron I can say that the wheel really is a pain in the arse!
So this time I am going to mainly talk about the pauldron.

I've cut some slits at the sides so I can slide some elastic into them, and now that it's been paper mached on the top side, I thought it would be a good idea to primer it. I'll paper mache the other side shortly. then will set to work painting it. I can't attach anything for the connection on to the shirt until I've actually amended said shirt. This is due to be sorted shortly.

24th July 2013: Wheel and Pauldron I've done a bit more work to the wheel and the pauldron today. The pauldron is about 1/3 coated in paper mache, and the wheel has some of the design work added. I have yet to do all the spokes on the wheel though, and that's going to be the most tedious job as far as these bits are concerned.

Additionally I need to lengthen the shirt, add the yellow bias binding, and the blue bias binding for the fake pokets.

12th July 2013: Wig and Eye-patch I got my wig from Coscraft, and I must say I am thoroughly impressed with the dispatch and arrival time and the quality of it. I don't really need to do much with it apart from fiddle with it a little when I have it on.

I also made my eye-patch for it today. When the wig arrived I wanted to take a picture, and I thought it was going to be better to do it wearing the eye-patch as well. Besides cutting out the shapes, it must have taken me around an hour to make.

10th July 2013: Hopeful for Ayacon I hope to have this done for the Friday of Ayacon. I know I'm late starting but I just didn't know who I wanted to cosplay on the Friday, and I couldn't decide on any of my completed costumes.

So, let's see what we can do. If I can make the wheel she uses as a weapon, I will. First though, I need the wig, shirt and trousers to arrive. I HOPE the shirt and trousers will be ok. The wig will need styling anyway.

The pauldron shouldn't be much of an issue at all, and neither should the eye-patch. However, even if I do get the wheel made and finished, I'm trying to think on how I'll transport it. >_<'

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NightmareWings - 4th October 2010
I cannot wait for this! She needs more love. FF8 group!!!!! Must be done.

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FairyPorchQueen - 18th October 2010
I love fujin! she DOES need more love!! WIN!

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M.Kesaiyn - 18th October 2010
This might only be for meets. It's such an easy costume though.

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FairyPorchQueen - 18th October 2010
really makes me want to do Ellone *ponders* another under cosplayed ff girl

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M.Kesaiyn - 19th October 2010
Yeah that'd be great!

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Sephirayne - 19th October 2010
Looking forward to seeing this.

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Manticore Arts - 20th September 2011
Same here. I have Rai in the works for May and I would be so glad to see your Fuu if you get a chance to do it!

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M.Kesaiyn - 20th September 2011
She's a fairly easy one to do, so I'll see if I get time depending on what my big project for May is...I still don't know!
I'm sure it's possible, maybe on the Friday?

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BabemRoze - 21st September 2011
YAY! This will look great!

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DuskatNight - 31st May 2012
You'll suit her quite well!

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M.Kesaiyn - 2nd June 2012
Thanks. :-)
Not sure when I'll get around to it though. Fortunately the costume is simple enough, it's just the weapon that would be a pain.

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BabemRoze - 26th July 2013
Really amazed at the likeness here! :D Cant wait to see it all together

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M.Kesaiyn - 26th July 2013
Thanks. :-) Fingers crossed I can get her done for Aya to wear her with J-Ney.

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SamanthaKaiba - 29th July 2013
Loving the progress

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M.Kesaiyn - 29th July 2013
Thanks. :-)

I really hope the blue isn't too dark though. Maybe it's just the camera and the way the light catches it sometimes.

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Manticore Arts - 8th August 2013
Looking great so far Slim! Really Great!

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M.Kesaiyn - 8th August 2013
Thanks. I'm confident I can finish her for Aya now that the chakram is almost done. :-)

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Kata-san - 22nd October 2013
Awesome cosplay, probably the first time I've seen anyone do Fujin!