Costume :Balthier
Source :Final Fantasy XII
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2010

Costume Photos

Cosplay Fever

Shoot to Kill

Epic Shot!

Balthier and Fran again

Sideburns of Epicness


Bathier and Fran

Expo 4

Expo 3

Expo 2

Expo 1

Balthier and Fran


Costume Information

Cost : £40 (original, more with updates)
Awards : First place Kitacon 09 masquerade (along with Misstetra as my Fran)
Time Taken : 3 months (plus several updates over the years)

Ok, going a bit more detailed than my last costumes. something to really push my own abilities. this is the first time i have ever made an actual vestement from scratch, mostly i just buy and heavily modify. this really tested my abilities, and i dont think it turned out bad. still some minor things to finish (detail on trousers and shoes), but i am very happy with the way this turned out. whole costume took me about 3 or 4 months to make, on and off, probably about 6 weeks work.

Update: this cosplay has now been updated, to add the leg detail and other small details i missed off on the original version. this updated version was first debuted at Kitacon 09, along with Missytetra, who cosplayed as Fran alongside me, and together we placed first in the cosplay masquerade!

Update 2: Balthier rides again. another year, another update! Balthier will be making an appearence on the sunday at May Expo 2010, in the FFXII group in the masquerade. for the occasion, i decided a good spruce up was the way to go. so i stripped of all the godaweful greyey brown cord fabric i used for the border the first time round. it was rubbish fabric to begin with, and had become very scruffy and faded over years of con use. ive replaced it all with a really nice light gold suadey material which goes really well! ive also updated the gun. no more crappy litte rifle from pound shop! this new gun is larger, heavier, and looks far more realistic. it even has the swirly detil on it! all in all, im very happy with the results!


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the details are amazing, very impressive! how did you make the gold pattern so detailed and bold?

by Holbert on Tuesday, 19 August, 2008 - 18:33
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This is amazing. Its so detailed and really, really stands out!

by BlusterSquall on Tuesday, 19 August, 2008 - 18:35

Every time I look at your Balthier costume I'm amazed that you painted and stitched it all by hand! That must have taken quite the careful hand ^^' I can't wait to have Balthier-Fran photographs with you- roll on KitaCon!

by Missytetra on Sunday, 1 February, 2009 - 16:14
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Awesome cosplay. I love the detailing you've put in and can't believe its done by hand. amazing

by Sephirayne on Monday, 2 March, 2009 - 02:01
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Lol if i dident know that was a cosplay i would say Square Enix hired you! lol really awesome!

by Mothfox on Monday, 9 March, 2009 - 13:23
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You look... Absolutely... Amazing! What a heart throb Balthier! *winks* Hee hee!

by PKNIVES on Thursday, 2 April, 2009 - 21:08

Hey, MY BALTHIER!! *sigh* I don't know if I'm ever going to get away from the possessiveness of cosplaying the Fran to your Balthier, but one of these days I might just share you ^^ My big brother is such a great Balthier, and everyone is 100% correct, it's amazing, awesome, impressive, and well deserves a wink or two! (That and I couldn't help but comment again, I really do love this costume and can't wait to see your updated version which is going to blow my mind even more!)

by Missytetra on Friday, 10 April, 2009 - 14:24
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i cant wait to see this at kitacon

by Kannacchi on Wednesday, 15 April, 2009 - 21:38
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congrats on winnign kitacon masquerade the costumes totally deserved also thanks for the interview you gave us!

by Digi on Monday, 20 April, 2009 - 22:30
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Wow, looks Fab. Very neat detail work - congrats on your award. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Tuesday, 21 April, 2009 - 10:52

Commenting AGAIN!!! Just wanted to say, rather publicly, a huge thank you for being my Balthier!! Without you I wouldn't have been half the Fran I was and it was very special for me to cosplay with you ^^ Roll on AlCon?

by Missytetra on Tuesday, 21 April, 2009 - 17:16
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Your Balthier was awesome! ^_^ You have the perfect face for him! O.O Well done for winning the masquerade ~

by MoonLily on Tuesday, 21 April, 2009 - 17:56
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Massive well done for winning the Masqurade and big thanks for posing with your fran for one of my pictures of kitacon you guys were awesome and if you at ALcon in september i hope to see you there ^.^

by Mothfox on Saturday, 2 May, 2009 - 02:21
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One of my favourite cosplays from Kitacon. Beautiful work!

by Lozzie on Monday, 29 June, 2009 - 08:38
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If only you were going to Expo I would of love you to join the Final Fantasy XII group I got going :) great job on the costume *thumbs up*

by Limegreenjelly on Sunday, 5 July, 2009 - 22:26
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Best Balthier ever!! *o* I was really pleased I got to see this in person, kudos for all the details, it turned out amazingly!

by Charlie-Bear on Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 - 12:42
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"I play the leading, who else?" hehe your balthier was so well done =]

by Zelda on Wednesday, 25 November, 2009 - 21:05
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You are the best Balthier I've ever seen; think I might have told you that at Fuyu but it never hurts to say it again! XD

by tteugeo on Sunday, 10 January, 2010 - 20:02
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great job it's great to see a balthier even though I didn't use him much in the game and you look really cool as him

by leumas on Monday, 1 February, 2010 - 19:41
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your balthier is amazing =D I'm loving the attention to detail

by FusionRose on Monday, 1 February, 2010 - 22:10
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Best Balthier ever!

by FairyPorchQueen on Tuesday, 16 February, 2010 - 18:24
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Now playing through FFXII again actually.

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 16 February, 2010 - 19:42

Fantastic Balthier :D!

by on Monday, 19 April, 2010 - 23:25
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Woah, nice one! You really look the part!

by ChibiandthePenguin on Thursday, 27 May, 2010 - 23:21
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Agh adam you should have splashed out on that metal flint lock :P

by Captain_Marvelous on Thursday, 27 May, 2010 - 23:23
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Eeee pictures! Looks fantastic, Fishy, bet you can't wait to show it off.

by Tomecko on Saturday, 29 May, 2010 - 06:16

Bad picture, but here you go:

by on Monday, 31 May, 2010 - 00:43
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Love the gold design, all your detail looks amazing!

by Angelphie on Monday, 31 May, 2010 - 13:05
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Still the best balthier i have ever seen in my opinion =] im so glad i finally got to see it in person, well done =D!!!!!

by Zelda on Monday, 31 May, 2010 - 13:10
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Such an awesome costume ^^ thankyou for being in the group :)

by Limegreenjelly on Tuesday, 1 June, 2010 - 00:09
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Is that new gun by any chance the gun from our favorite toyshop? :P

by Fables on Tuesday, 1 June, 2010 - 00:41
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Spot on bro!

by Captain_Marvelous on Tuesday, 1 June, 2010 - 00:56
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You are just simply the best Balthier around, there's no two ways about it. Wish I could see this in person!

by Tomecko on Tuesday, 1 June, 2010 - 05:55
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made of win

by Defrain on Tuesday, 1 June, 2010 - 08:22
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You looked great on stage, really nice costume!

by White Leviathan on Tuesday, 1 June, 2010 - 10:11
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I can't believe I missed this D8 You look amazing! Best Balthier ever!

by PapercutPerfect on Tuesday, 1 June, 2010 - 11:11
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Fantastic work! Absolutely amazing :D

Im so glad we met at Kita 09.

by White Tigress on Tuesday, 1 June, 2010 - 12:59
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Such and amazing Balthier, was great to be Fran with you for the weekend ^__^

by ElegantAura on Tuesday, 1 June, 2010 - 14:51
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hey man ace job on balthier!

by lastordersuk on Tuesday, 1 June, 2010 - 23:33

This suits you really well, great job!

by Alias Cosplay on Wednesday, 2 June, 2010 - 17:23
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Best Balthier i've ever seen!!! Really suited you down to the ground ^_~

by Feather-to-Earth on Wednesday, 2 June, 2010 - 19:42
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Nice job with the detailing dude! Costume looked sick :D

by GAINAX on Thursday, 17 June, 2010 - 20:44
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three words: LOVE YOUR BALTHIER!

by FuriePhoenix on Friday, 18 June, 2010 - 19:55
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Hey! Saw you at MCM and then spoke you briefly on sunday at LFCC when I was dressed as Selphie. You spoke to my friend dressed as Penelo on Saturday too. Fabulous Balthier! You have him to a T. Best of all in the english version he's even a Brit!

by Nomes on Monday, 19 July, 2010 - 23:20
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Heya. Your balthier cosplay is amazing. You can't see the details on your top in my photos and it's great to see it up close. Must have taken ages.

by Aks100 on Monday, 19 July, 2010 - 23:34
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Hey ¬_¬ you nicked my photo.... naahhhh you can have it... can't quite believe that it got a photo web exclusive lol XD

by Limegreenjelly on Sunday, 6 March, 2011 - 22:12
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This is such a fabulous Balthier!

by Storme on Monday, 7 March, 2011 - 14:02

*nosebleed* so good... T>T

by Adamoluna on Monday, 2 May, 2011 - 20:09
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SQUEE!!! Congrats on the showcase!!! OMG CONGRATSCONGRATSCONGRATS!!!! Well deserved and for the billionth time FANTASTIC work! :D

by White Tigress on Sunday, 18 December, 2011 - 18:17
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I keep forgetting to write down how awesome you are because you inspire me so much as Balthier. Well done dude! You've done the leading man a brilliant job!

by Manticore on Sunday, 18 December, 2011 - 22:09
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Brilliant costume and likeness. Congrats on the showcase :D

by Sephirayne on Monday, 19 December, 2011 - 15:08
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Absolutely amazing attention to detail! It looks incredible, congrats on the showcase :)

by D2SCosplay on Tuesday, 20 December, 2011 - 00:54
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Awesome showcase, great costume, nice ass ;)

by Wyrdsister on Tuesday, 20 December, 2011 - 04:44

Grats on the showcase!

by No thanks on Tuesday, 20 December, 2011 - 20:18
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Love your Balthier! X3 He was my favourite character in FFXII and you look just like him! :D

by Lady Bahamut on Tuesday, 20 December, 2011 - 21:23
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One word.



by sarmander on Tuesday, 20 December, 2011 - 23:04
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I dont often comment on my own costumes, but i think this warrants it. thanks a lot for the kind comments everyone. i really enjoy wearing this costume, and im glad people like it :)

by Fishyfins on Tuesday, 20 December, 2011 - 23:33
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Congratulations on the showcase hun! This is such a brilliant cosplay, it really deserves it! WELL DONE <3

by Littlegeeky on Wednesday, 21 December, 2011 - 11:59

Wow, this looks so amazing! As a FFXII cosplayer myself, this is astounding! I'm so amazed!

by Thearah on Friday, 24 February, 2012 - 02:20
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I love this cosplay and the details are awesome.

by RebaSephiroth2 on Thursday, 12 April, 2012 - 17:39
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Hey man do you still have this costume knocking about? If so d'you fancy digging it out for Aya2013? I should have my Ashe costume done by then so I might be able to get together a really pro looking FF12 group :D

by UnaSpi on Friday, 21 September, 2012 - 03:31


Kitacon (Posted 29th March 2009)

am going to reevaluate this cosplay for Kitacon, and add the details i missed before. hopefully perfect it ready. so updates will be forthcoming in Balthier mrk 2!