Kratos Aurion
Tales of Symphonia

Cosplayer: M.Kesaiyn

Variant: Default Costume

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

Kitacon 2014

24th March 2014: Exsphere stage 2 complete I've now finished the exsphere with spray paint, acrylic varnish, clear enamel spray paint, and blue humbrol enamel model paint. It has just been fixed to the left glove with upholstery spray glue.

24th March 2014: Scabbard and Exsphere Progress The scabbard is 3/4 finished. It just needs belt loops and the silver at the top and bottom, and it'll be done.

The exsphere is all painted except for the gem - which I will do tomorrow hopefully. I'm considering just sticking it directly on to the glove as I'm not sure that velcro will hold it.

20th March 2014: Finished Sword! Now that the sword is finished, I need to work on the scabbard. Hopefully that won't take too long.

I've painted the jewel on the top with Humbrol model paint (gloss), and wound light blue cotton webbing around the handle.

I know this isn't the best looking sword out there; it was actually my first time making one from scratch as my dad has helped me with swords by making them out of wood in the past. This time, I needed to do this at short notice and I needed practice in doing it myself as my dad isn't a well man and doesn't always have the time to spare to do woodwork with me.

20th March 2014: Exsphere stage 1 I started making the exsphere today, and it's being made out of Worbla for ease of construction and painting. Generally I've found Worbla very fiddly to work with, but with smaller bits and pieces like this, it's taken a matter of about 20 minutes. I just need to add a bit more of the border around the edges and then I can put the gesso on it.

19th March 2014: Boots! The boots are finished now as well.

In the photo, the white boot covers look a little slack around the bottom where the stirrups are. I discovered after taking the photo that they actually fit better and look better with the seam sitting at the front - odd, but it works.
Seems they made the boot covers arse about face. Anyway! They're done now.

19th March 2014: Sleeves and Gloves! The sleeves and the gloves are done, though I still need to make and attach the exsphere to the left glove.

The sleeves have has the seams taken in a long way so they'll actually fit and not fall down, and the light blue riding gloves had the fingers chopped off and the gold cabochons glued on this evening.

16th March 2014: Yellow Patches and Red Buttons Added The teardrop-shaped patches and red buttons have now been added to the cape, so it's all coming together bit by bit!
The half oblong shaped patches and red buttons still need to be added to the top, as does the bias binding.

There are also two gold buttons to go on to the collar of the cape as well.

Following that, the two belts have to be sewn together and painted. Then, I think, the main outfit will be finished.

15th March 2014: Sword Painting Progress I must admit, the sword IS a bit wonky. My answer; it's been in battle a lot!
Anyway, I think that if I had more time on this then the result would have been a lot better (smoother anyway). The blade is a bit on the skew. Not much I can do about that now though.

The paintwork seems to be going ok, but it looks a bit...knobbly?
Perhaps I should have sanded the gesso down before painting over it, but it a.) looked smooth enough, and b.) it would have taken up quite a bit of time.

14th March 2014: Further Sword Progress 1 The sword has been primed with white acrylic gesso now, and is in the process of being decorated. The work on this isn't as good as what my dad could have made out of wood, but I still think it's looking pretty good.

In other news, many other bits on the costume are still being sorted out.
It's mainly all fiddly-faffy little details.

Oh yeah, and I need to make the exsphere somehow...

12th March 2014: More Sword Progress 2 After putting the blade together on to the base, I began covering it with Worbla.
I must admit, Worbla is awesome stuff, but I've found it to be incredibly fiddly.
I've only done one side of it today though. Covering the blade seems to take a good while.

12th March 2014: More Sword Progress 1 The blade's "muscle" is made from card, corrugated card, and craft foam. It's stuck together with silver gaffer tape. The support was taped down to one side first as well.

10th March 2014: Sword Progress The blade of Kratos' sword has been marked and cut out of both card and corrugated card. I intend to cover both sides with bits of craft foam, and finally a coating of Worbla to make it strong.

There's a little more chance of me being able to do this for Kitacon now.
It's still uncertain, but there's now a 40% chance rather than a 10% chance (or less). That's a significant improvement.

4th March 2014: Sword Skeleton So, I had to go with making it from scratch. There are no swords of the medieval kind of design that I can find that are large enough. They're pretty much all children's toys.

Usually with swords, my dad has helped me construct them out of wood. I've drawn the details out, he's cut them out of wood and put them together, and I've painted them. However, I want to try to avoid asking him whenever possible because of his permanently painful spinal condition. He's generally not well, but he's said he'll help when he can.

I've never actually made a sword from scratch on my own before, and I'm no carpenter. So, I'm going with the support structure method.

The support structure (the skeleton as shown here) is made from thin bamboo cane. The hilt is two lengths tightly bound together. I've already covered the hilt and handle with craft foam (twice for the handle), and wrapped it in gaffer tape. The cross section in the middle still needs a little more binding to stop it waggling about though.

4th March 2014: Shoes Painted! I bought these thick-soled canvas boots/trainers/shoes - whatever they are - from eBay. They were under £10 if I recall correctly. I've painted the rubber soles with acrylic (which seems to work, although it remains slightly tacky), and then painted the rest of the shoes by mixing black and white Dylon fabric paint, followed by the same black Dylon paint mixed with a silver Pebeo Setacolour Opaque paint in silver.

This is the result!
I have some grey shoelaces for them as well.

23rd February 2014: Light Blue Painting 2 The light blue paintwork on the main costume for Kratos is almost finished now. Next I need to do the belts and sew those belts together (the ankle ones as well as the waist belt).

This is what the back looks like now.

6th February 2014: Light Blue Painting Before the costume arrived, I knew the areas that are supposed to be light blue were not going to be light blue. I didn't mind of course, because some inaccuracies with these commissioned costumes allows me to tinker with them to put my own stamp on them.

I've recently begun adding the light blue (baby blue) paint on to the relevant parts, and it's already starting to look good.


Other update: the sword I'd bought to paint and add detail to turned out to be about half the size it ought to be, so I currently don't have a sword for Kratos for Kitacon. Hopefully I'll get something sorted. If not, I suppose I'll just have to wear him without the prop and try to get it sorted for May Expo.

7th January 2014: Trying Things On So, I couldn't resist trying the main parts of the costume on with the double wigs - just to see how I looked.
I'm pretty pleased with the result. :-)

7th January 2014: Other Bits for Modification Everything that should be light blue on this costume is either white or silver. So, yeah, I need to make them light blue with fabric paint. As aforementioned, I wanted to do this little job myself anyhow.

Other than that, the seams on the arm warmers need taking in, elastic needs to be added to the top so they'll sit on my arms without falling down (or off), and the belts for my waist and ankles will need sewing together.

7th January 2014: Costume Arrived Well, the costume has arrived and most of it is fine. Where the colours ought to be light blue, they're currently silver or white, but I wanted to have to sort that out myself anyway. It allows me to make the costume more my own and I get to have more involvement with it.

I now need to find a pair of gloves and a pair of shoes to modify.

Everything fits fine apart from the arm warmers. An arm and a half will fit into them right now, so the seam needs to be taken in, and then I'll need some elastic to make them sit on my arms.

4th January 2014: Costume Dispatched, Sword on Bid The seller has now dispatched the costume. They agreed to make it navy as per the picture references I gave them as their display of the costume was black.
I damn well hope this is going to be alright!

I have also bid on a sword that I can paint. I don't have the time to make one what with trying to sort Gaius' armour and sword as well, my Open Uni studies, writing my book and doing other bits of writing for a new writing academy that's starting up. I'll be making the scabbard though.

26th November 2013: Base Commission 2 So, Coseyes don't seem to be fond of replying. I've had to press them for messages for about a week before I normally get a reply from them when trying to make enquiries. This leads me on to base commission no.2 -

I am aware that this is the eBay seller who I bought the parts for Richard from. And I noticed that the fabric seemed a So I made an enquiry. It IS black! However they are willing to make it in the navy as requested, and this one actually looks to be of better quality than the other one I posted. I hope to buy soon.

As for the rest of the costume components, I'll be making those myself.

25th November 2013: Wig Fail Ok, so the wig I was styling has somewhat failed in that it looks fairly good on the polystyrene head but does not look at all right on my head. Why? Because it was far too thin for trying to transform into a spiky style.

I have bought this one instead, which should work a damn sight better -

18th November 2013: Wig Progress After cutting an old wig shorter and adding layers, I've started to try to add some spikes in with hair spray and spritz spray. This is only stage 2 of at least 3 or 4 though. Right now the back is looking better than the front with those nice layers in there.

12th November 2013: Base Commission I'm looking at getting this as a base commission -, though I will need to paint the grey the appropriate pastel blue. I've seen some inaccuracies on other seller's listings, such as black rather than navy blue for the main colour. I will also likely remake the belt as well.

Hopefully soon I'll be able to purchase a suitable wig too!

1st November 2013: Options For Kratos, I WILL have to get a base commission of some kind. I want to do everything I possible can on him myself though, so I'll do things like the wig styling, belt, boot covers (if I can), and the sword and scabbard. It's clothing I have a big problem with. I can modify things, but making them from scratch...? .....No.

I've already been searching for wigs of the right length and colour. That's proving to be a pain in the arse.

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Raye-chan - 15th August 2011
OMG YES! You can be my Kratos and I will be your Sheena ^_^ tehehe x Manly voice!!!

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M.Kesaiyn - 15th August 2011
Because I'm just able to be manly anyway? XD

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Raye-chan - 15th August 2011
Hell yeah! *glomps as Sheena* ;) You are going to look awesome!

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Dark_Angel_15 - 14th September 2011
Oh your being Kratos too. I'm currently making mine.

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M.Kesaiyn - 16th September 2011
I'm not doing him just yet. Me and a few other people are going to do a Tales of Symphonia group some time. Not sure when yet. It's their fault! They were at mine one night after the last AniMedia East meet, I walked into the room and they said "we want you to do Kratos" and I was like...."hmm, ok" so I added him. :-)

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Raye-chan - 4th October 2013
Yes!! KITACON!! XD You can be my Kratos and we must spar! I've asked others if there is a possibility for a ToS group on Friday of Kita ;) *crosses fingers*

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WhiteWraith - 9th October 2013
Looking forward to seeing this :)

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InfiniteJester - 10th October 2013
Would love to see this!

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M.Kesaiyn - 15th October 2013
With Tales of Symphonia Chronicles coming out in the near future, it's probably a good time to be doing this. ^_^'

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Raye-chan - 8th February 2014
The commission you got it very good :D defo needs the colour alterations - looks great so far ^^

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M.Kesaiyn - 9th February 2014
Thanks. :-)

I knew I was going to have to do it before I bought it, but despite the problems I had with Richard, I liked still having a hand in making the costume accurate.

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InfiniteJester - 23rd February 2014
This is looking great so far!

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WhiteWraith - 24th February 2014
This looks great, wig really suits you :)
Do you know what day you're doing this to Kita? I'm hoping to get Zelos done and would be cool to meet up with other people cosplaying from Tales :)

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M.Kesaiyn - 24th February 2014
Thanks guys! Much appreciated.
Sent you a PM White Wraith!

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Zelvyne - 14th March 2014
Wow, this looks great. I hope to see it in person.

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M.Kesaiyn - 14th March 2014
Thanks. :-)
The good thing with slightly inaccurate commissions is that you can make it right and put your own stamp on it still.

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Manjou - 16th March 2014
This is looking amazing :D Hope to see this at Kita, Kratos is the king of awesome :)

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M.Kesaiyn - 16th March 2014
It'll be on the Sunday of Kita until late afternoon. ^^'
I have a small Symphonia group.
Glad you're liking it (even though the costume is a modified commission).

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BladeyCakes - 10th June 2014
Fabulous!! <3

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M.Kesaiyn - 10th June 2014
Thanks. ^_^

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InfiniteJester - 10th June 2014
The new photos look so great!

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M.Kesaiyn - 10th June 2014
Many thanks! It took a while for Pouncy to get them up, but they were worth the wait. :-)