|Time Taken :||7 months|
|I love most of the characters from Blazblue. I did Taokaka and thought I would challenge myself and do the two version of NU. This one being the hardest of the two versions lol. This will hopefully give me a confidence boost and give me some techniques so I can progress and have more of a idea of how I'm doing my ulimate dream costume. |
I love the design of V13, and luckily being a Calamity Trigger Material Collection art book owner it gives me all the details I need to make a start on her and what materials to use for each part. Defrain has helped me with the electronics as I'm not good with that sort of area, and has helped me in the first few steps so I get the hang of what I'm suppose to be doing for the majority of the costume.
Going to slowly and steadily for this costume....naahhh...Scrap that, lets give ourselves 7 months to try and get her ready for May Expo 2011 for the Saturday for the massive Blazblue meet ups that are happening that day.
I have only her jacket and her boots to remind myself I did this huge endevour. I haven't got the funds to re-do this costume at the moment and she needs loads and loads done to her.
Perhaps in the future but for now, I'm going to leave her...
|Wings and Harness||Medium||Complete|
|Finishing up and Cleaning||Low||In Progress|
|Sky Blue PVC - 2 metres||£10.90||Bought|
|Lime Green PVC x 1 metre||£6.50||Bought|
|Grey PVC Leatherette 1 metre||£7.24||Bought|
|Bits and Pieces (thread, snaps,velcro) Etc etc||£15.00||Bought|
|Electronics and Adhesive||£20.00||Bought|
|Royal Blue PVC 1/2 metre||£4.33||Bought|
|White PVC x 4 Metres||£26.00||Bought|
|Silver/blue lycra x 3 Metres||£15.97||Bought|
Systems update 90% complete (Posted 24th May 2011)
Wings are all painted now, need to paint a white line on 2 and half wings then they can all be clear coated and mounted. Got a few small pieces on my jacket to do which won't take long at all as its most sticking things on or putting velcro on. It will should be finished either today or tomorrow night. An end of 7 months hard work and a lot of problems to sort out within that time.
She is the hardest thing I have ever started to construct and in all honesty will be my last that I construct. I'm not a very patience person as I have discovered and like to do things in fabric more as if you go wrong you un-do a stitch, with this if you go wrong you have to do the whole panel again from scratch....
Time so far: A day
Spray Paint Defeated (Posted 12th May 2011)
After a whole day worth of spray different colours and leaving things all to dry, the blades are finally finished :) Still got a few problems of trying to get it attached to the forearms.
3 blades are nearing completion and the others need to be filled in and then primed ready for the paint once again, then its assembly of the wings. Going to have to glue or tape my shoes into my boots that I have made, luckily I got a friend that got some stuff that is going to stick them and stick them well in the boots :3
Time so far: 1 day
*Final Countdown Commenses* (Posted 10th May 2011)
Another two weeks to get V-13 looking the part for Expo. The boots have been glued together, final touches have been done at the top of the mecha legs, these have been cleaned up and rubbed down so all the white parts look white again, this also happened on the jacket... Mask needs a final clean, so does the forearms, after the blades are attached.
As I had a complete disaster with the blades, I have to re-start the painting again and my dad explained how to spray paint properly. We sanded the blades down to remove the paint that I put on the blades, these are now primered and waiting for the proper paint once again. Hopefully this weekend we will see the blades done and some of the wings done.
Time so far: 2 hours
Final Part of Legs of doom (Posted 6th May 2011)
After some fail attempts at cutting some foam to shape and many burns to the hand I have managed to make the boots, there is some final touches to do, however these wont take more than a day to do. I'm happy the way they have come out, I'm proud of my mecha boots as they are my first. I can safely walk in them, which is also a plus. Also the last contact adhesive I'm not buying again as it has stunk the house completely out.
Purchased some hinges for the wings so hopefully on sunday these will get done as the attachment of the blades.
Legs of doom part 3 (Posted 1st May 2011)
Got one of my boots looking lovely, the other I think I may have to get extra blue PVC for :S I hope not...*fingers cross* Made the big parts of the lower legs and its now becoming a reality that I may have a completed V-13 by end of May :D Picture shows the two pieces together and how the back looks like
Lower Legs of Doom Part 2 (Posted 25th April 2011)
I wasn't feeling too great today, however I thought to myself I need to something to V-13 to keep her going as I have little time left and most will be used up on fixing her and doing her wings, so I did a bit of work on the boots. Dark blue material is glued to one boot and I made the light blue strips to glue on top of this, as I had one already made I stuck the white triangle to the middle of the boot.
All whats left on that one now is all the big white pieces. The other boot needs dark blue done, the white triangle to be made and everything needs to be glued on to the boot.
Time so far: 1 hour
I don't want to see another spray can ¬_¬ (Posted 23rd April 2011)
Brought a few more cans of spray paint to do the colouring of my wings and blades, light blue went on fine, royal blue started causing problems, sprayed little and often as I was told, the wind blew the paper onto the paint and it stuck, so it had to be done over again, then it stuck again...
After trouble with the blue I did the white on the blades and that stuck onto the paper. I walked away from the whole situation cause I have to do the light blue again on one blade and re-do the royal blue and white on the other.
Need to: re-spray blades and finish wings.
Lower Legs of Doooom!!! (Posted 18th April 2011)
I finally after much umming and erring started the lower boots... atm going alright, better than expected :) I got all the grey pieces on and painted. Need to still do a lot of work on them still...
Upper boots grey pieces are now painted plus the black have been done too. Waiting on the final piece of the puzzle which is the Lime green PVC which is currently being shipped. 8D really can't wait to do all those pieces hehehe...
Wings/Blades are still being painted as I need to fill some holes before primer and paint. Still working how to put the wings together...
Upper Boots Progress (Posted 14th April 2011)
I had to tear a few things off and rearrange, and basically restart the upper boots again...
Started to spray paint the blades, need to work on my technique and so will be re-spraying so they look less patchy. Brought some magnets to see if I can try another method to attaching the wings to myself. Still need to find clear persepex though ¬_¬ any ideas please let me know.
Time so far : 6 hours
Panic mode Activated (Posted 11th April 2011)
Right, I seriously got to get cracking on this now O.o eep its coming up to a month left and still nothing really been done. The body suit pieces are done except for the green PVC which I will get on thursday along with more buckrum and spray paints.
Going to do the little fixtures at some point during the week then its just boot parts and trying to fix all the wings together and making them float, hopefully *fingers cross* by next week upper legs, blades will be painted and attached to forearms, plus wings will be painted and ready for assembly.
Upper boots (Posted 28th March 2011)
FINALLLY got rounds to these, after having a brainwave when I couldn't get to sleep last night.
Blades/Wings Part 2 (Posted 15th March 2011)
YAY! something went right for a change and didn't give me any aggro ¬_¬
Started the Wings as well. I thought they would take up more craft foam than I thought so that was a plus side 4 to every 2 blades :D Woop! I got two of the basic shape done. I got to get some more to complete the others and the details on the blades. Put the zips in the back of the jumpsuit so I can work out a harness for the wings.
Not much else to say but :S BOOOOTTTSSSS Why must you be so evil looking... After Kitacon hopefully these will be underway...
Time so far: 5 Hours
Blades and Wings (Posted 12th March 2011)
I really should do the boots, however I still havent establish where to start yet O.o and its getting close to May with only 2 and half months to go... So I will be attempting the wings and blades as they are easy enough to do :3
It will be a layer of buckrum sandwiched inbetween two layers of foam and then details are added. I will be making all the componants, and then trying to work out a clear harness to fit everything on.
Mask Complete (Posted 21st February 2011)
All the pieces of the mask is now done, I need to neaten the mask up bit more before the big day. By using car tint, 4 layers went on a piece of an A3 clear plastic wallet. This made it dark enough to not see my face but I can still see out :D This was glued and sam then wired the electronics in (See completed mask picture) These will be alot more brighter when I purchase the right batteries for the LED we were just testing the connections in this photo.
Also got my base shoes for V13, still having to try and work out some problems before trying to start on the bottom half of V13. Did solve her wing problem though which was a plus ^^
Completed Jacket (Posted 7th February 2011)
Finally finished the jacket, the main top part of the costume *throws confetti* I need to clean it up and fix up a few tiny things, however main bulk done...
Going to do the Non version's coat rings tomorrow, and re-do the hair as I need to put in the proper hair bands and place the hair piece in...
Collar (Posted 1st February 2011)
My jacket now has blue straps and collar now *celebrates*
I have also found the shoes I'm going to use. Got to work out how I'm going to do what I want to do with them, not a bad day today, but still a lot to do ¬_¬
Time so far: 5 hours
Jacket (Posted 28th January 2011)
Had a few days off from V13 as she was irritating me plus I couldn't do much else as grey leatherette was needed... this arrived this morning and so I decided to do the back of the jacket ¬_¬ wasn't easy I assure you lol
First cutting things in card to make sure everything fitted still on the back of the jacket, then contact and PVC/Leatherette... Making paper patterns for the strap that goes round to the front was the easiest job, making it fit together in foam was a different matter (very fiddly)
The leatherette was really dark (see picture)nearly black so this was painted to a lighter colour. All the back needs some PVA glue painted over to give it a shiny mech look. Just got the top half of the jacket and the blue straps. Phew!
Time so far: 7 hours
Arm Pieces (Posted 25th January 2011)
I took a whilst trying to get all the pieces fit as cardboard first, then cut all the components out of foam. Did the usual method of contact and PVC. To glue it all together I used hot glue. A few mistakes happened on the first arm, and so bit of painting may have to be done, the second came out perfect. I will make the blades closer to may Expo, as I'm going to do them all at once...
Onto the legs next, I'm going to take some time out for a while to chill before doing them as I need to get grey leatherette and some leather dye to do the backs of legs and the back of the jacket with...
Time so far: 6 hours
Jacket Disaster + Gloves Galore (Posted 21st January 2011)
Started doing some of the basic stuff again today as the jacket is still staring me... tried sewing the middle part of the jacket and it wasn't going right what so ever. Back to the drawing board and managed to try the same technique for my mask and it worked beautifully. Disaster was evaded.
Next task of the day was the gloves to go under the forearm mecha gear. Drew around my arm, made 4 pieces and sewed 2 together and viola gloves (first pair in my lifetime) ^^ Then I stuck the small handplates onto the gloves. Just the white nails and knuckles to do when I get more craft foam...
Time so far: 6 hours
Styling of the Wig (Posted 19th January 2011)
When I was away, my wig arrived for this costume, today I started styling it with some hairspray and hair putty... The wig was giving me a few problems in the beginning as it is sooo long ¬_¬ after the back was tame it was the front O.o after much sticking and swear words I have managed this and victory was mine(see picture) a few things need to be tweaked and the hair triangle needs to be made and fixed on... Not bad for a afternoon of work... now onto the jacket again ^^'
Time taken: 1 1/2 hours
Mask (Posted 19th January 2011)
The one part I was looking forward to making about this costume :3
It was then Cut and contact adhesive was applied to both the craftfoam and PVC which covers the craft foam eventually. This was done with all the pieces and glued together. Sam is doing the electronics at the moment as we did buy a big LED to fit in the middle, however this bulb is not in our good books ¬_¬ (see picture)
First it was a 9 volt, then a 6 volt, then a 3 volt, and actually its a 1 volter which means we went through 3 bulbs for nothing.... so Sam is hooking up some smaller LEDs... A clear visor will be tinted and placed in the void. Elastic will be placed at the back to hold the mask onto my face.
Time so far: 2 days
Jacket WIP (Posted 10th January 2011)
The one of the things I wasn't looking forward to making O.o
Going to hopefully get the mask started in the next week also :)
Time Taken: 2 hours of planning and another 5 hours of sewing (PVC is not kind)
Base Jumpsuit Complete (Posted 7th January 2011)
Done the base jumpsuit for V13, it took a few thinking attempts before trying to sew it all up.
Wasn't as bad as I thought, I sewed the lines in and placed poppers to easily get out of the jumpsuit. It fits so well and I'm pleased with the progress :D