Costume :Angeal Hewley
Variant :Wings and Buster Sword
Source :Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2009

Costume Photos

Angeal vs Genesis

Watching Over You

One Winged Angel

Ever Vigilant

Angeal, Zack and Cloud

Genesis, Sephiroth and Angeal

Buster Sword Updated 2

SOLDIER Sword Finished



Costume Information

Cost : £145 Thus Far
Time Taken : 6 weeks on costume, another week of pure 4-6 hours a day work for the Buster Sword

Basically, I have been wanting to do a Final Fantasy character FOREVER but never found anyone that I liked and even slightly resembled LOL

You couldn't see me doing Sephiroth could you!? LOL

Angeal is one of my favourite characters of all time and, when I have my long hair and goatee, my face somewhat resembles him...albeit with bad eating habits LOL

Part of this costume will hopefully be PHYSICAL improvement as well as testing my sewing and prop-making abilities!

EDIT: Need to get into training now! LOL

EDIT: Might well need to bring this out again...


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Proove your honour to me. I know you will do us justice mate

by Defrain on Monday, 4 August, 2008 - 10:57
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Thanks dude! I was originally planning on doing this for May, but you already had an Angeal so I backed away! But I will be making both of his wings and the Buster Sword as well! I'm looking forward to it!

by sjbonnar on Tuesday, 5 August, 2008 - 00:16
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lookin good big bro

by ryaoki on Friday, 19 September, 2008 - 11:45
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*spazzes out*
Angeal is made of pure win! Do you know when you're wearing this for?

by AmethystEyes on Friday, 19 September, 2008 - 16:35
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Thanks Little Bro ^_^

Sophie, not yet ^_^' Which is embarrassing since I'm already working so hard on it!

by sjbonnar on Friday, 19 September, 2008 - 18:28
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Angeal FTW! I can't wait to see this completed. The sword is seriously amazing - you're making me want to do Genesis' OWA form now. Well, whenever you get this ready for, it's going to be some serious win! :D

by Skyla on Saturday, 20 September, 2008 - 21:25
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hey bonnar after seing this uve putt me back in the spirits of doing zack, thats offcourse if you still want me as your little soldier trainee still

by ryaoki on Wednesday, 24 September, 2008 - 00:09
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LOL I'm gonna have quite a few Zacks it seems! Of course I still want you little Bro ^_^ Elsa's thinking of trying to Crossplay Zack as well o_O

by sjbonnar on Wednesday, 24 September, 2008 - 00:11
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oh dear ermm nevermind then ill leave zack then ^_^

by ryaoki on Wednesday, 24 September, 2008 - 00:15
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Epic costume choice. The Buster sword is looking awesome already. I so want to have my photo with you when I do my OWA version of Sephiroth next year.

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 24 September, 2008 - 02:13
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Buster sword is looking great! :D

by Mungojerrie on Wednesday, 24 September, 2008 - 09:18
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Ryaoki: You'd better not leave it ¬_¬ I'll kill you otherwise!
Sephirayne: Thanks so much ^_^' I'd love to have a photo with you! ^_^ That'd be great!
FreyaCrescent: Thank you ^_^ I hope the costume turns out ok now o_O

by sjbonnar on Wednesday, 24 September, 2008 - 17:09
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LOL OK OK I WONT LEAVE IT LMAO, isnt elsa being your zack tho(its just like i thought jo was bein ur genesis and i was gona be your bitch i mean zack lol) or thats how i thought thigns were lol

by ryaoki on Wednesday, 24 September, 2008 - 17:24
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Ok, may have messed this up now :-\

by sjbonnar on Wednesday, 29 October, 2008 - 22:22
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Oh wow, that leatherwork is so neat! Tiny stitching :D

Looking forward to seeing the finished thing!

by Amy-Lou on Thursday, 30 October, 2008 - 15:23
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It's not me, it's the settings on the sewing machine LMAO And I might have to do it all again as apparently the belt isn't brown :-\

by sjbonnar on Thursday, 30 October, 2008 - 21:10
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Loving the work your putting into this sean, even the hair is good dude xDD
Cant wait to see it finished.
Btw love the buster ;)

by JakeX on Saturday, 29 November, 2008 - 22:50
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Going great! And is that a digimon duvet cover I spy in the background of the last picture? xD

by HystericalDame on Sunday, 30 November, 2008 - 01:03
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Jake, the hair isn't for Angeal LMAO But thanks dude ^_^

Diphenhydramine: LOL I've now cut it out. Explained this on DA's from my dog's bed. It's an old torn-up duvet cover of my brother's that we gave to the dog when it began too tatty LOL And thank you :-p

by sjbonnar on Sunday, 30 November, 2008 - 01:26
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Looks Awesome Sean ^^ will be awesome to see this at expo!! when I will be Tifa...god lol xD

by Moonchild on Sunday, 30 November, 2008 - 12:47
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Thanks hun ^_^ I hope it's as good when it's finished LOL

by sjbonnar on Sunday, 30 November, 2008 - 13:11
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Wow! awsome progress, the belt thing-a-majig is looking epic! ^^
i cant wait to see it done!

by Neko-Chan on Sunday, 30 November, 2008 - 22:55
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Thanks Neko-chan ^_^

by sjbonnar on Sunday, 30 November, 2008 - 23:26
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Some great progress pics there SJ

Im really liking the pouldron keep up the good work

by MangaChild on Monday, 1 December, 2008 - 22:34
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Cheers dude!

by sjbonnar on Monday, 1 December, 2008 - 23:22
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How come your cosplay-building method means you get to hit things? Where did I go wrong? D:

by HystericalDame on Tuesday, 2 December, 2008 - 22:02
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LOL It was a lot of fun, but REALLY stressful too O_O

by sjbonnar on Tuesday, 2 December, 2008 - 23:55
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Looking awesome man!!! loving the progress!!! and buster sword :p hehehe

the poldrons look like a pain to make though XD good luck! sure be looking forward to seeing this!

by Kaka Extreme on Saturday, 6 December, 2008 - 10:39
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Thanks Kaka ^_^

by sjbonnar on Saturday, 6 December, 2008 - 13:51

looks really good so far.
I think it's fantastic that you're working with proper leather, and no half-arsed solution like I prolly wouldve done ^^'

by Adamoluna on Saturday, 6 December, 2008 - 19:37
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Aww, that meas a lot to me!

And...I'm not using proper leather LOL I'm using Pleather for the black bits and leatherette for the brown bits ^_^'

by sjbonnar on Saturday, 6 December, 2008 - 20:03
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Progress is looking great hun. I can't want to see this in the flesh ^^

by hakuloveszabuza on Monday, 8 December, 2008 - 08:36
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Looking even more awesome everytime i see it sean xD I LOVE THE SOLDIER SWORD xD

by Moonchild on Monday, 8 December, 2008 - 18:05
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Hehe ^_^' Thanks guys! I really appreciate it! I was feeling down about this costume but I'm cheering up now!

by sjbonnar on Monday, 8 December, 2008 - 20:38
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I am LOVING the progress on this! You make such an epic Angeal, and I really can't wait to see it all finished ^__^.

P.S. I'm SO stealing you for photos and fights XD we can kidnap a Sephiroth too XD

by Skyla on Wednesday, 10 December, 2008 - 21:41
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Aww thank you so much ^_^' Hopefully I'll pull him off ok when it's all done ^_^'

And I'd love to do some photos with you *PMs* LOL

by sjbonnar on Wednesday, 10 December, 2008 - 22:38
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I know you'll pull him off amazingly ^_~ *steals* My Angeal now =P

(Sorry about the MEGA PM ^//^ lol I tend to rant a little).

by Skyla on Sunday, 14 December, 2008 - 12:15
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LOL Thanks Skyla ^_^'

(I thought I'd replied! *goes to do so*)

by sjbonnar on Sunday, 14 December, 2008 - 13:15
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tbh :P make angeal badass and wear that T-shirt in your 'snap fastenings' photo :P it works lol!!!

by Ikkaku-kun on Thursday, 25 December, 2008 - 20:30
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¬_¬ No Wayne LOL

by sjbonnar on Sunday, 28 December, 2008 - 20:25

wow, sword looks fantastic now.
This costume looks great on you, and the contacts are epic! :D <3

by Adamoluna on Sunday, 18 January, 2009 - 03:29

Was a pity we couldn't get any more shots with the three of us! I've commented all over DA already so I'll comment here.

You rocked!

by neverbeamemory on Tuesday, 26 May, 2009 - 14:45
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Thank you hun ^_^ Your Sephiroth was amazing and I hope to get more shots someday!

by sjbonnar on Tuesday, 26 May, 2009 - 19:14
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The picture with you and Genesis crossing swords is EPIC! Looks like you've both just come out of the game. XD Fantastic

by Demented Kid on Monday, 1 June, 2009 - 17:51
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Awesome wing. You really look the part now. Gutted that I couldn't be there in person to see it probarly. One day I will.

by Sephirayne on Monday, 1 June, 2009 - 19:13
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DK: Wait and see what else is to come *grins*

Em: Thank you so much ^_^

by sjbonnar on Monday, 1 June, 2009 - 22:01
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Why did i miss this :O i didnt see it anywhere, amazing :)

by FairyPorchQueen on Thursday, 11 June, 2009 - 13:49
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Thank you very much!

by sjbonnar on Thursday, 11 June, 2009 - 17:17
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Awesome Love the photos! ^^ Hope to see you in this sometime ^^

by Darkiekun on Monday, 25 January, 2010 - 23:53
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... well I'm one of your many Sephiroth's really, but hey XD;
I love your Angeal, I hope you wear it again someday soon <3

by ladywhitetiger on Saturday, 19 June, 2010 - 22:06
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ZACKY! *cough* I mean... Remember, you're still a puppy...
*pets and grins*
I'd like to do it again! GROUP NEEDED METHINKS! ^_^

by sjbonnar on Monday, 21 June, 2010 - 01:07
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Am not, I'm a big dog now! 8D
Definitely! It'd be so awesome X3

by ladywhitetiger on Monday, 21 June, 2010 - 01:17
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*pets* Sure you are Zack...sure you are... :-p

Yeah it would!

by sjbonnar on Monday, 21 June, 2010 - 11:12
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by NakedSalad on Thursday, 26 May, 2011 - 16:58
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Hehe I hope that's good...

by sjbonnar on Thursday, 26 May, 2011 - 21:42
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I'd love to see your Angeal in person, especially with the wing as it looks awsome!
you planning on possibly wearing it for any of the London MCM Expo's at some point? :)

by Sketch McDraw on Tuesday, 5 July, 2011 - 18:54
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I might bring it to the London MCM Expo in October. To be honest, I've missed being Angeal!

by sjbonnar on Wednesday, 6 July, 2011 - 08:10

To-Do List

Make JumperHighComplete
Make TrousersHighComplete
Create Buster SwordHighComplete
Create HarnessMediumComplete
Make PauldronsMediumComplete
Make Buster Sword stick to back but be removableMediumPlanned
Make More Solid PaudronsMediumPlanned
Make WingsLowPlanned


Buster Sword woes (Posted 13th January 2009)

Ok, I finish my pauldrons, I get them to attach to my jumper, my contact lenses come and I think "Awesome! Just need a wig and I can sort wings later! This is looking great!"

Then my Buster Sword miraculously started peeling ¬_¬ I don't know what happened, because it has been rained on and it's been perfectly fine because it was varnished to hell and back...but suddenly the papier mache just decides it doesn't want to work anymore.

Ok, fine. But that means I'm now redoing the Buster Sword >_<

Pauldrons (Posted 6th December 2008)

Ok, made my first pauldron out of Modroc last night. Failed pretty badly but it was mostly to see if it was possible to do it and it worked pretty well. I will remake them over the weekend if my new modroc comes in time but I really liked it.

The shape was wrong, the lip was too curved and they weren't long enough but...that can all be remedied!

Yay for modroc!

Woot! (Posted 2nd December 2008)

Added Snap-Fastenings ^_^' That was fun with my hammer LOL *pound* there's a hole! *switch tools. Pound* Ooh, stud is in! *switch tools. Pound* And there's the button...and they click into place and stay! HAPPY SEAN!

So yeah, that's sorted. All that needs done now is stronger, larger pauldrons and wings!

So much work... (Posted 29th November 2008)

Ok, basically, I started working on my harness straps a couple of days ago while I was off work sick. Did that for a couple of hours. Today, I decided to go full pelt and finish the damn harness off...

Ok, so today and yesterday I;
Sewed my Harness straps together,
Made a pattern for the waist-cinching belt,
Sorted out the patterning for the SOLDIER symbol,
Pinned and sewed the Belt, hot-glued the SOLIDER symbol on (sewed it last time, but I want this done and am feeling ill so couldn't be bothered this time!),
Sewed velcro to the belt,
Sewed in the two loops on the front and one on the back for the harness,
Sorted out the harness and pinned it in place through the loops.

As it stands, all I have left to do on the harness and the belt is to add the pop-fastenings...damn, didn't think of this so I should now go buy a pop-fastening gun ¬_¬

Anyway, about to upload some pictures!

Pauldron and Harness (Posted 29th October 2008)

Damn...what can you do when you realise you've made the main SOLDIER belt in the wrong colour? From the pictures I was looking at, it appeared brown, but I've just been told it was black...

I may have to redo it :-\

Pauldrons are made of leather right now (not pleather like the rest of the harness and belt) and are holding up well, but I might still go wonderflex in the end. We'll see when it's all done.

Weather Halts Buster Sword (Posted 24th September 2008)

Damn! Ok, so to finish my Buster Sword all I have to do is add another coat of paint and then gloss it. After a lot of hard work, it's almost finished and then...

The sky opens and begins to pour ¬_¬ So no more painting until it clears up. A whole day wasted...this is getting annoying FAST!