Leolarua
 


Costume :Hope Estheim
Source :Final Fantasy XIII
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Hyper Japan Spring 2012


Costume Photos

Airwing

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Reference

 


Costume Information

General
Awards : Hyper Japan ECG Prelims 2012

Description
i loved Hope simply for his growth as a character throughout final fantasy xiii, he was one of the more human characters and easy to relate to. I originally picked Hope to cosplay because SOMEONE told me they were going to do Snow, but that didnt work out so im a loner now!
I'm far too tall for Hope but i dont really care, i like him too much not to cosplay him. and ffxiii quickly became my second favourite final fantasy when i was playing it.

EDIT 25-08-11
since i didnt get it done for ayacon thanks to stupid fabric not arriving, im gunna finish it for the eurogamer expo :)

EDIT 22-09-11
its like some higher power doesnt want me to finish or wear this costume. cant afford the eurogamer and im not longer free on the sunday, so looks like ill be wearing this for october expo.

EDIT 27-02-12
Fixed everything up for the WCS and ECG prelims at Hyper Japan, i entered with Yuka's Vanille and we won! Was so surprising. Thank you for all the support from everyone, cant wait to represent the UK later this year.

Comments

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Looking forward to seeing progress, are you making his weapon as well? x.

by FusionRose on Thursday, 21 April, 2011 - 22:08
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You'll make an awesome hope!

by Numta on Thursday, 21 April, 2011 - 22:40
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yeah im making his default boomerang :D
not getting started on hope untill after expo
and thank you both :)

by Leolarua on Friday, 22 April, 2011 - 12:35
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love the work you put into his scarf! Looking forward to seeing the progress!

by FuriePhoenix on Sunday, 8 May, 2011 - 14:00
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The scarf and bag look great so far!
Can't wait to see you at Aya~

by Nachtangel on Thursday, 9 June, 2011 - 17:46
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thank you :) im currently remaking the scarf though cus i didnt like how it turned out haha

by Leolarua on Thursday, 9 June, 2011 - 19:33

looking great ^^

by RazzleDazzle on Friday, 10 June, 2011 - 21:41

Looks great! Keep up the good work! :D

by Sora-Kun on Monday, 27 June, 2011 - 14:59
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thanks person who has bailed doing snow with me >_>

by Leolarua on Sunday, 3 July, 2011 - 05:59
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D8 Please let me find you at night time when I am lightning I beg chu D8

by Darkiekun on Sunday, 24 July, 2011 - 17:49
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haha sure! although i will probably be in the bar :d

by Leolarua on Sunday, 24 July, 2011 - 17:55
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Lovely wig.

by Nomes on Sunday, 24 July, 2011 - 20:43
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Perfect wig is perfect!

by tripletriad on Monday, 25 July, 2011 - 00:19
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thank you both :)

by Leolarua on Monday, 25 July, 2011 - 13:13
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This is looking just amazing. And what do you mean you don't suit Hope? You certainly do in that picture!

by Nomes on Friday, 29 July, 2011 - 20:18
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aww well thank you :3 i just think i have too much of an angled face haha.

by Leolarua on Friday, 29 July, 2011 - 21:08
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Okay, gonna need a picture of you on this day too. I'll be looking out for you at Aya. Awesome.

by Angel_of_Algebra on Sunday, 31 July, 2011 - 14:00
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haha awesome! ill be about saturday with a group of people who arent cosplaying :d

by Leolarua on Sunday, 31 July, 2011 - 16:35
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You make such a cute Hope! Can't wait to see it finished <3

by Illulyn on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 19:35
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I will be hunting you down at Eurogamer!

by tripletriad on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 20:49
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thank you haha, i dont think i look very cute though. im too tall and fat.
hunt me down i dont mind :D are you going in costume?

by Leolarua on Friday, 26 August, 2011 - 02:26
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Pah, fat?! Lady, just no.
Sadly I won't be in costume, it's a trip with my college and they don't exactly appreciate cosplay! ;__;

by tripletriad on Friday, 26 August, 2011 - 15:48
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ahhh thats a shame :( college trip though, wish id gone on college trips to gaming expos, all we got was lectures and crap :/

by Leolarua on Friday, 26 August, 2011 - 18:13
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Ah see, I'm on a games development course, I get all the good trips =P
Last year was a trip to expo as well!

by tripletriad on Friday, 26 August, 2011 - 18:43
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ahh your progress is looking epic, Hopefully i will see you at eurogamer and get a picture as i'll be rewearing my serah :)

by Zelda on Saturday, 27 August, 2011 - 23:48
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thank you. awesome! what day are you going? :)

by Leolarua on Sunday, 28 August, 2011 - 12:59
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Saturday and sunday, how about you? :)

by Zelda on Monday, 29 August, 2011 - 13:15
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probably sunday because saturday sold out before i got some money :(

by Leolarua on Monday, 29 August, 2011 - 15:29
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woah, if only i was still going Eurogamer, i would get pics with you as Lightning ^^
Your Hope is awesome!

by KawaiiKira on Sunday, 18 September, 2011 - 13:45
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thank you :D
i dont think i can go either now though :<

by Leolarua on Sunday, 18 September, 2011 - 14:05
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October Expo now!
Would really love to get some photos done with you at Expo, I'll be Lightning on one of the days ^^

by KawaiiKira on Thursday, 22 September, 2011 - 17:03
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yeah sure :) ill be there on saturday i think.
this costume has been put off for long enough haha

by Leolarua on Thursday, 22 September, 2011 - 17:49
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OMG! The jacket looks amazing and the test shot of you with the wig is just wow!! You really do suit Hope and you definitely will pull him off!! ^^

by Pandora-Chi on Wednesday, 12 October, 2011 - 21:18
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See you at Oct expo, awesome costume!!!!

by Tally_Zahlen on Wednesday, 12 October, 2011 - 21:19
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thank you pandora! im too tall but hopefully it will be ok haha
yes see you at expo tally, thank you

by Leolarua on Wednesday, 12 October, 2011 - 21:21
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Holy crap. Its kinda creepy how you look so like him with the wig on. It seems like its going to be epic when the outfit is all together. :D

by KuroOkaeshi on Wednesday, 12 October, 2011 - 21:42
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woah, that looks insanely impressive, cannot wait to see this at the expo! Awesome!

by Plasticsharkattack on Wednesday, 12 October, 2011 - 22:17
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wow you suit him very well. You should someday cosplay grown up Hope from FFXIII-2 - you'll be an exact double

by WarriorTeddy on Wednesday, 12 October, 2011 - 22:37
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thank you all
warriorteddy - i was actually considering it, because at least then i would be the right height and his age, but the outfit is ugly and ive been dying to cosplay lightning XD

by Leolarua on Wednesday, 12 October, 2011 - 23:07
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I was wondering if you would tell me the secret to making collars stand up, look stiff. Like your hope collar as I’m cosplaying as lightning and my boyfriend is cosplaying snow. Both characters have stiff collars, how is this achieved?

p.s- Your Hope is AMAZING!! :3

by Puppykitten14 on Thursday, 13 October, 2011 - 09:20
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looks really cool. can't wait to see your final photos XD

by yami-no-neko on Thursday, 13 October, 2011 - 10:40
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thank you both! sent you a pm puppykitten so i dont spam my comments much further!

by Leolarua on Thursday, 13 October, 2011 - 13:54
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Beautiful work as always =]

by tripletriad on Thursday, 13 October, 2011 - 14:47
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looks fantastic!

by FuriePhoenix on Thursday, 13 October, 2011 - 16:28
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I think that's what modern science refer to when they say mind blowingly awesome!!

by youngy638 on Thursday, 13 October, 2011 - 17:13
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Very well done!
I especially love the jacket and your wig!

by ToroSonyCat on Thursday, 13 October, 2011 - 17:15
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aww thank you all so much :)

by Leolarua on Thursday, 13 October, 2011 - 21:40
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You make an epic Hope!

Kudos to you indeed!

by Numta on Tuesday, 6 December, 2011 - 14:59
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Now you only need a Hawkeye =D Good Job love you did Amazing!

by Manticore on Tuesday, 6 December, 2011 - 15:11
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thank you :D
@manticore im never wearing it again so ill be a hope without a boomerang forever

by Leolarua on Tuesday, 6 December, 2011 - 15:24
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Fantastic Hope.

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 6 December, 2011 - 15:38
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Looking awesome :)

by CharlotteLuna on Tuesday, 6 December, 2011 - 20:09
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thank you both :D

by Leolarua on Wednesday, 7 December, 2011 - 00:53
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Such a pretty Hope!

by Tsupo on Friday, 6 January, 2012 - 00:40
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haha i dont know if that works but thank you XD

by Leolarua on Friday, 6 January, 2012 - 00:52
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Wait, what? I didn't comment on the finished piece? Why;sdfSLKJF;KN

You make such a wonderful/handsome/cute Hope! <3

by tripletriad on Saturday, 7 January, 2012 - 06:21
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thank youuuu <3 i will ofc never forgive you for not commenting sooner pfft :p

by Leolarua on Saturday, 7 January, 2012 - 18:24
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Was that you at Hyper Japan? If so, you won the ECG right? (in which congrats are in order!)

by Speckles on Sunday, 26 February, 2012 - 01:24
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yes that was me! still reeling from shock haha.

by Leolarua on Monday, 27 February, 2012 - 04:35
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Aww I wouldn't be surprised, from the pictures, your costume looks wonderfully constructed, A+ from me! Congratulations~

by Speckles on Monday, 27 February, 2012 - 16:49
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Congratulations on the ECG place! Perfect Hope costume and the weapon was very cool, I like that it folded too.

Have to admit I didn't recognise you in person, sorry! (I'm going to blame it on the costume being too damn good).

by Amy-Lou on Monday, 27 February, 2012 - 18:32
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Again well done and congratulation!!! Well done!

by Manticore on Monday, 27 February, 2012 - 21:11
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thank you all :D
@amy-lou thank you very much, that prop was a pain to make but it was so fun folding it in and out XD and its fine, hardly anyone recognises me when im in or out of costumes, i should wear a neon name badge so everyone knows who i am haha.

by Leolarua on Monday, 27 February, 2012 - 22:58
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Congratulations on the win and I look forward to hanging out with you in Paris!!! Yuka and your cosplays are fabulously accurate. You look like you've walked off the screen.

by Nomes on Tuesday, 28 February, 2012 - 23:21
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ahh yes its going to be so awesome!! you are too kind! but thank you. all the late nights were worth it haha.

by Leolarua on Wednesday, 29 February, 2012 - 01:28
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Congratulations!! This is gorgeous, all that stress really paid off! n_n

by Alyx on Wednesday, 29 February, 2012 - 11:59
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haha yes it did! now time for more stress!!

by Leolarua on Wednesday, 29 February, 2012 - 14:38
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Ah awesome hope! (:

by Stripeycow on Wednesday, 29 February, 2012 - 14:44
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Congrats on the ECG 2012 Team win. Brilliant Hope.

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 29 February, 2012 - 16:28
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Congrats on winning! =D

by rocksanie on Thursday, 1 March, 2012 - 01:28
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Fantastic news about your win! Very well done, you deserve it :D You make an insanely good Hope~

by Ino on Thursday, 1 March, 2012 - 23:40
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thank you guys!!! :D

by Leolarua on Friday, 2 March, 2012 - 01:27
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Hey nice wig and makeup yourself ^_^ Looks spot on to the artwork!! Congrats as well on your win at Hyper. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 2 March, 2012 - 23:29
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Adding to the many congratulation messages you've already received, and rightly so. You and Yuka looked awesome up on stage. Gambatte, Hope!

by sarmander on Monday, 5 March, 2012 - 15:55
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How is it you have the perfect face for so many different characters? What's you're secret! :o

Anyway, more importantly.. Congratulations on your win! :)
Would of loved to have seen this in person. The boomerang looks so awesome, looks like you've made it so it open and closes?

by Natsumi on Tuesday, 6 March, 2012 - 01:00
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thank you guys!! really means a lot.
@sarmander thank you so much! i really loved your Hope too!
@natsumi i really dont have the perfect face haha. i wish i could just make a costume and make the perfect person wear it. then i dont have to see pictures of my face everywhere D:
also yes it opens and closes! i just dont have any really great pictures of it.

by Leolarua on Tuesday, 6 March, 2012 - 15:15
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Superbly flawless - well done on the win :D deserved!!!

by Plasticsharkattack on Friday, 9 March, 2012 - 21:07
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This is seriously the best Hope cosplay I have ever seen. It's so accurate!
Congrats on winning, you deserve it.

by Teal Sky on Saturday, 10 March, 2012 - 18:12
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thank you very much guys! :)

by Leolarua on Saturday, 10 March, 2012 - 18:26
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You both looked so amazing, I think we all knew you guys would get ECG! The costume is spot on and you suit him so well!

by CrystalNeko on Wednesday, 21 March, 2012 - 23:18
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thank you so much!

by Leolarua on Friday, 30 March, 2012 - 13:37
 

To-Do List

PouchHighComplete
Scarf re-doneHighComplete
ShoesHighComplete
TrousersHighComplete
JacketHighComplete
VestHighComplete
GlovesHighComplete
WigHighComplete
BeltHighComplete
Boomerang :DMediumIn Progress

Journal

one day left...kinda (Posted 23rd February 2012)

one bit done...im gunna have to pull another 6am job. boots have been repainted, gloves still need doing. and the back pockets on the trousers...

everything went wrong and it set me back 2 days....fuuuu (Posted 21st February 2012)

here is how its looking atm. i had to forgo the paper maché, it somehow managed to fuck up. so i had to just go straight with paper clay. i didnt want to use paper clay because it would take me longer to get to the panting stage. but yeah, almost there now...and only 3 days left.

week to go (Posted 17th February 2012)

boomerang is paper machéd atm, back pockets have been added, need to fix the side poclkets on the trousers, repaint my shoes, and i need to make new gloves D:

BOOOOOOOOOMerang (Posted 10th February 2012)

not bad for a couple of hours work. also folds back and forth :)

And (Posted 9th February 2012)

the progress begins again to get this fixed up for Hyper Japan. also currently working on the boomerang too

Progress pictures (Posted 6th December 2011)

moved from gallery

how it looks so far (Posted 12th October 2011)

the zip and collar at the front are just pinned. cape is ready to be sewn. then im done to be honest.

jacket is goooooo (Posted 8th October 2011)

i finally started the pattern for the jacket today. i love my mannequin. made it twenty times as fast :D
ive cut out the cape thing i just need to sew it. so annoying trying to get the lines of the cord running horizontal.
gunna sew stuff together tomorrow. almost finished :D :D

trousers are done (Posted 6th October 2011)

thank god. only been like a month in the making haha. im so lazy with sewing.
now the jacket. :<

Just the jacket left...and belt loops :< (Posted 29th September 2011)

well heres a shot of everything so far on my shiny new mannequin. my mannequin actually looks kinda mannish to be honest.
i need to start the jacket soon, yellow fabric must be obtained before though.

erm (Posted 22nd September 2011)

i just realised. how the hell am i going to attach the side pockets on o_0
the combats are almost done apart from belt loops and side pockets. im dreading starting on the jacket.
also i cant go to eurogamer because i am poor, so i think i may wear this for october expo. it would be way more comfy then fenris.

damn (Posted 29th August 2011)

i tried to dye the rib knit thingies for the bottom of hopes trousers and they ended up the totally wrong shade of green :( time to find an olive green hoody to steal the knitted things off.

postponed (Posted 13th August 2011)

so i figured instead of stressing out trying to get this done in 3 days, im just gunna pick it up again after the convention. i dont want to rush it and make it look poop.

D: (Posted 10th August 2011)

i love the fact that my fabric hasnt arrived,so im basically gunna have to make this entire costume in 3 days

slow progress is slow (Posted 26th June 2011)

well i did one boot, 2 weeks later and im still doing the other boot. finding it hard to motivate myself with cosplay since my friends arent making a move to do theirs. not long till ayacon now and im starting to worry i wont finish any of my costumes :/