Costume :Zagato
Variant :High Priest (Manga/Artwork)
Source :Magic knight Rayearth
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo Comic Con October 2013

Costume Photos

Zagato & Emeraude 7

Zagato 1

Zagato and Emeraude 6

Zagato and Emeraude 5

Zagato and Emeraude 4

Zagato and Emeraude 3

Zagato and Emeraude 2

Zagato and Emeraude 1

Manga Ref 5

Long beautiful hair manga ref

Ref 1


Costume Information

The manga/artwork versions of Zagato's armour as much nicer looking than in the anime, so I decided to lean much more heavily on those designs.

To learn more about the series, look here -

The anime (season 1) follows the manga fairly closely, though there are a few differences in the timeline and the introduction of one or two characters in the anime that weren't in the manga.

This series is not to be confused with the terrible OVA which has nothing to do with the original story.


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And I shall be your Emeraude ^_^

by Raye-chan on Wednesday, 22 February, 2012 - 22:20
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It will be awesome! When Amano Faris is finished, I hope to start the proper work on Zagato! ^_^'

by SlimDefinition on Wednesday, 22 February, 2012 - 22:28
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Oh wow! Epic!! I've actually just finished reading both parts of MKR, so I'll be looking forward to this! :D

by Lady Bahamut on Saturday, 3 November, 2012 - 17:05
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^_^' I'll be sure to make a great effort for him. Hair to the ankles! FWOARH!

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 6 November, 2012 - 22:34
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Really looking forward to seeing this :D

by Galadrella2012 on Wednesday, 6 February, 2013 - 20:18
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Thanks. :-)
I hope I can get him done for May Expo. Fingers crossed.

by SlimDefinition on Wednesday, 6 February, 2013 - 21:20
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Wig looks amazing! I can't wait to be your Emeraude :3 more fabric shopping next week so I can get the dress finished :3

by Raye-chan on Saturday, 16 February, 2013 - 13:12
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Thank you!

And fabric shopping for me too! I have to make the drape things (two down the front, one down the back), and get fabric for Richard too.

I also need get a lot of card for Zagato's armour!

by SlimDefinition on Saturday, 16 February, 2013 - 19:30

looks complex. your doing great! can't wait to see the rest :D

by Kyuipo on Saturday, 23 February, 2013 - 21:04
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oh u is legendary

by otakugirl on Sunday, 24 February, 2013 - 15:41
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Thanks guys! I'm going to suffer a lot in this I think, but it'll be worth it I think. ^_^' I'm looking forward to having Raye-chan as my Emeraude.

by SlimDefinition on Sunday, 24 February, 2013 - 19:26
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this looks great so far, really hope I get to see at expo~

by Neverforever on Monday, 11 March, 2013 - 10:11
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Thanks! It's strange that I've made more complex looking armour that's easier to make, and this one's a complete sod. XD

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 12 March, 2013 - 22:38
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Looks amazing, I wish I was doing Hikaru for May now xD

by Koiice on Wednesday, 10 April, 2013 - 13:36
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Thank you!

Well, May Expo is the plan for this, but I've been pressed for time lately so it's still a fingers-crossed maybe. If he can't be done for May, the next slot is likely to be October.

by SlimDefinition on Wednesday, 10 April, 2013 - 15:56
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Looks awesome so far!

by ToroSonyCat on Sunday, 22 September, 2013 - 17:06
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Thank you! ^_^
There's still a lot to do, but it's getting there now.

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 23 September, 2013 - 15:17
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So much love x ^^ My Zagaaatooooo!!!

by Raye-chan on Monday, 23 September, 2013 - 16:00
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^_^ So looking forward to this! I'm not looking forward to suffering, but it'll be worth it in the end.

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 23 September, 2013 - 16:16
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Progress on this is looking amazing! I can't wait to see the whole costume finished :)

by JustPeachy on Tuesday, 24 September, 2013 - 12:44
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Thank you! Hopefully I'll be done very soon.

by SlimDefinition on Wednesday, 25 September, 2013 - 17:05
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Progress looks awesome!

by Mercury is a troll on Friday, 27 September, 2013 - 17:10
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Love the progress!

by Psychoelle on Friday, 27 September, 2013 - 23:45
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Many thanks. :-)

I just hope the attachments will work when they're put on!
It's a pain due to the cloaks being in the way, so they have to be done differently.

by SlimDefinition on Saturday, 28 September, 2013 - 21:10
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as per usual this is looking awesome with the progress and I'm sure it'll be epic seeing it at Expo

by nanahara on Monday, 30 September, 2013 - 10:47
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Thanks Nana!
Hopefully I'll see you at Expo. We usually end up missing each other.

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 30 September, 2013 - 19:42
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This is looking amazing ohmygod *__*

Satisfying my CLAMP love right here <3

by x-Blade-x on Wednesday, 2 October, 2013 - 21:22
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Wow this is looking amazing !

by blackorcid on Wednesday, 2 October, 2013 - 21:26
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Thanks. ^_^'
I've been working on this on and off for almost a year now.

by SlimDefinition on Thursday, 3 October, 2013 - 15:22
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This cosplay is looking amazing so far *_* I just started Magic Knight Rayearth so I'm really into ATM.

by Jewels on Thursday, 3 October, 2013 - 17:19
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Progress looks great! Looking forward to seeing how it all turns out. :)

by Nesabi on Tuesday, 8 October, 2013 - 19:13
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Thank you for the positive comments everyone! ^_^

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 8 October, 2013 - 19:17
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Wow, the progress is looking so good! Hope I get to see it at Expo.

by Carmina on Wednesday, 9 October, 2013 - 10:06
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The attention to detail on this is stunning, would love to see it in person! :)

by Alouette on Monday, 14 October, 2013 - 22:30
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Thanks guys. If you do see me definitely come say hi. I shouldn't be hard to miss!

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 15 October, 2013 - 14:12
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the progress is looking AWSOME XD

by nanahara on Tuesday, 15 October, 2013 - 16:18
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Thanks Nana! Almost there now. :-)

by SlimDefinition on Friday, 18 October, 2013 - 22:01
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Oh wow the progress looks incredible! You always do such amazing work!

by TheStarlightFairy on Saturday, 19 October, 2013 - 00:27
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OMG I can not wait to see this at the expo :D Looks fantastic

by flamewizo on Monday, 21 October, 2013 - 18:51
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You all have my sincere appreciation!

We hope to be at the CLAMP meets on Saturday and/or Sunday around 11am by the grassy slope. On Saturday we will be mostly outside or in the ExCel boulevard (if I can fit!)

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 21 October, 2013 - 19:40
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Hope I bump into you, this looks awesome :)

by Mercury is a troll on Monday, 21 October, 2013 - 20:03
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This looked so amazing!

by InfiniteJester on Tuesday, 29 October, 2013 - 19:32
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This was so beautiful in person I can't even <3 was lovely to chat to you and fangirl over your cosplay~ (this is the Watanuki from the CLAMP meet btw x'D)

by x-Blade-x on Tuesday, 29 October, 2013 - 23:48
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Thanks. ^_^ I'm glad it came together as well as it did. Nothing failed apart from the stitching on one of the gloves.

Yeah I remember meeting you x-Blade-x.
Heh, I have a fetish for long-haired men. I am only turned on by handsome long-haired guys, so Zagato was one of those "must do!" cosplays. :-D

by SlimDefinition on Wednesday, 30 October, 2013 - 15:43
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This was amazing~ so glad I got to see in person ^^

by Neverforever on Friday, 1 November, 2013 - 18:24
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Wow that is so AMAZING! *_*

by Jenangel on Monday, 4 November, 2013 - 13:13
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Many thanks! ^_^

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 4 November, 2013 - 20:27
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It was great to finally meet you and you guys looked AMAZIIING! <3

by Lady Bahamut on Monday, 4 November, 2013 - 20:43

To-Do List

Make, and paper mache armourHighComplete
Paint and seal armourHighComplete
Make bracelets, brooch and orbs for drapesHighComplete
Make talons (finger armour)HighComplete
Buy wigHighComplete
Add attachments to armourHighComplete
Add attachments to crownHighComplete
Amend drapes and add attachmentsHighComplete
Add extra details to drapes (not essential)HighPlanned
Buy 5 inch wedge platform bootsMediumComplete
Buy tassels for armourMediumComplete
Make additional velvet attachments for collar MediumComplete
By cloaksMediumComplete
Add attachment loops on to cloakLowComplete
Make tassel attachments for pauldronsLowComplete
Add safety pins to broochLowComplete


Finished! (Posted 21st October 2013)

Zagato is now complete!
I 'could' add some details to the drapes but it's not really essential.

See everyone at London Expo - MCM Comic Con.

Drapes Progress (Posted 20th October 2013)

This is how the drapes are looking now. They're done in theory, but I'm tempted to do the extra squiggle details on them as shown in some of the pictures.

Armour from the back (Posted 18th October 2013)

This is what the armour looks like from the back. You won't see the back panel really because of the hood, but it's there in case of movement (as aforementioned in an earlier journal post) because it might show occasionally as I move.

Breastplate "Finished" (Posted 17th October 2013)

The breastplate is now finished besides a little painting that needs doing on the underside after the remaining attachments have been done. I'll only paint the sections of the underside that might show (like the inside of the collar).

Back Panel (Posted 17th October 2013)

This is the back panel that holds the two pauldrons together. It'll be mostly covered by the hood, but I did a random design on it as a.) you can't see the details of it on any pictures, and b.) if there's movement (ie. the wind) then there's at least a design to look at.

Finished talons and bracelet (wearing bracer) (Posted 16th October 2013)

I decided I would try on one of the bracers I wore for Zio along with the talons/gloves and one of the bracelets. I think this adds to the look pretty well, so I'll do things this way.

Finished Talons! (Posted 15th October 2013)

The talons for Zagato's gloves are now finished!
It's easy getting one glove on, but the It's hard getting the first glove off too, but the second is easy. And! Picking objects up is a lot like this! -

Test Run For Breastplate and Pauldrons (Posted 14th October 2013)

The breastplate and the pauldrons can now be put together. There was a little tweaking that was needed to make this work, but I'm pleased that it can now be put together and that it does not slip about on my shoulders!

There's still more work to be done on them though. I need to add the attachments for the drapes, hanging tassels, and possibly additional attachments for hanging the cape from the pauldrons.

Talons (Posted 9th October 2013)

I'm making progress with the talons now. Five of them are ready for paper mache, but the other five still need to be done. The craft foam doesn't take long to stick on them. They take about 15 minutes to do, including both sticking and trimming.

Once they've been coated with paper, they can then be painted. I'm thinking of sticking these on to the gloves so it'll be easier to remove them and put them back on again. I can't hold anything easily with them on, so putting on and taking off will be quite the repetitive process.

SILVER detailing in 3D! (Posted 8th October 2013)

I decided that it would look a lot nicer if I added some 3D paint embellishments on to the armour. In looking at the detailing from Zagato's armour in the manga, there seemed to be quite a bit of it, although seeing clearly was practically impossible. So, I've used some artistic licensing to make it look just that little bit more awesome.

Armour Attachments (Posted 2nd October 2013)

I've begun adding the attachments to the main pieces of armour (the breastplate and pauldrons). I got one side done this evening - for the left pauldron - and it sits fine apart from the back sliding downward because a.) the other side isn't done yet, and b.) the brace panel holding the two together doesn't have all the velcro on yet either. What I have done tonight seems to work though.

Aside from the pauldron attachments I need to make attachments for: the additional velvet drape around the neck, the three drapes (two at the front and one at the back), and the curtain tie-back type drapes that hang from the pauldrons. I THINK that's it for the 'main' armour.

Following that I need to make attachments for the crown and buy long black crococdile hairclips so the damn thing will stay on my head...hopefully.

Crown Progress (Posted 1st October 2013)

I've almost finished the silver detailing on the crown (and on most other bits of the armour as well actually), and have started painting in the purple gems. I have some cabochons on order for some of them, but the larger ones need to be painted. I've begun by filling them in with acrylic paints, and will then coat them with Humbrol purple enamel when I'm done. This goes for all other large purple gems on the rest of the armour as well.

Fiddly Bits (Posted 29th September 2013)

Today the following has been accomplished:
* Bracelets almost ready for painting
* Brooch almost ready for painting
* Orbs almost fully coated with paper mache for the drapes
* Talons (finger armour) started.

I need to buy: gloves, tassels for the armour, more silver enamel paint, and some purple Humbrol enamel paint.

Armour Progress Silver & Purple Gem Detailing (Posted 27th September 2013)

Well aside from the layers upon layers upon layers of silver enamel paint going on to the armour, it's looking pretty good now. I decided to start adding a bit of the purple on to make it look a bit more like Zagato (the manga and artwork designs are so much nicer than the anime version, so I worked with those).

I need to buy some purple enamel to go over the top of those gems to make them look more...well...gem-like.

Further to all this detailing, the attachments will need to be done. They shouldn't take too long once I know what works.

Armour Paintwork (Posted 22nd September 2013)

I have spray painted most of the armour now, but it needs another coat or two on a couple of pieces. I have also now started to paint the silver on to the crown. Progress is still gradual but it's starting to look a lot more like Zagato now. This project is now leaning a lot more heavily on the artwork/manga. It's much nicer looking than the anime version.

Brooch and Bracelets (Posted 16th September 2013)

Today Mark and I started work on the brooch and the bracelets. The finger armour (they aren't gauntlets as it's JUST the fingers) is going to be more fiddly, so we settled for getting the brooch and bracelets on the go. So far it's just the gems that we've made the skeletons of.

Armour Progress (Posted 12th September 2013)

Today Mark has helped me finish off most of the paper mache work on the armour and I have begun painting it with black enamel. We think the black is going to look better in the long run (the artwork and manga version).

We have also started making the armour for the fingers as well.

More Crown Progress! (Posted 10th July 2013)

It's taking a bit of time, but some of the detailing is now on the crown!
I'd say just under half of it is done. However, I need to figure out how it will attach to my head on the wig without it falling off.
It looks a fair bit like a Gnome's hat right now, but that should be rectified in due course. I am NOT looking forward to doing the paper mache on this! XD

Breastplate Paper Mache and Paint Testing (Posted 9th July 2013)

I've started to paper mache the breastplate now, and will also need to tidy it up and do the underside and collar as well. I also did some spray paint testing on it (one a grey primer, and the other a silver). Even though they're the same brand of spray paint, the silver crackled on top of the primer. Yeah, that makes a damn lot of sense doesn't it? So it means I might need to coat it with glue or an acrylic varnish before spraying it. I'll also do brush paint work on it as well.

Pauldron 1 of 2 detailing! (Posted 9th July 2013)

I finally got the detailing added to the first of the two rather large pointy pauldrons. That was quite the tedious task, and now I have to do another one as well! Still, one down and ready for paper mache.

Postponed Until October 2013 (Posted 12th April 2013)

Due to time constraints, Zagato is pushed back to London MCM Expo (October 2013). With my studies and going away, I just don't have the time to complete him within four weeks (away for a week in a couple of week's time).

However, I will still be working on him regularly.

Breastplate Ready For Papermache (Posted 8th April 2013)

The breastplate is now ready for the papermache. However, I won't be doing that until the other pieces of armour are fully made and have all of their details attached as well.

I will tackle the pauldrons next with regards to detail I think. Mark and I are still working on the construction of the crown but should be finished with that soon.

When all parts are made and have the details on, the lot will be coated with papermache. Some time during all that, the spiked fingers will be made, along with the brooch and bracelets.

More Breastplate Progress! (Posted 7th April 2013)

The details on the breastplate are going well. I just need to finish the collar and the right hand wing shapes, and then I'll move on to the windy details of the pauldrons. >_<' That'll be fun!

Crown Progress (Posted 4th April 2013)

This is the progress Mark and I have made on the crown. We still need to make the front part to stick on before all the detail can go on though. I have sat it on top of the wig and head to give more of an idea of the appearance. I still need to do some more trimming on the wig though I think. It also rests on there better rather than just laying around elsewhere.

Details On Breastplate 1 (Posted 30th March 2013)

I have added some of the details on the breastplate today. What I have done there has taken me a good hour. I'm going to try to do more of this on this piece of armour as well as the pauldrons to save some time for when Mark is next over to give me a hand (which also gives him experience in cosplay-making).

I'll try to finish the details on this piece in another two to three sittings, and then tackle the detail on the pauldrons.

More Pattern Drawing (Posted 29th March 2013)

I've done some more pattern drawing on the armour ready for the detailing to go on. Unfortunately I can't do this with the coronet yet as it's still far from being finished. Mark and I should be working on this very soon though.

I will get some more pictures up very soon, and in the next couple of weeks I hope to also start on the brooch, bracelets and spiked gauntlet fingers.

More wig progress with me wearing it! (Posted 28th March 2013)

I thought I'd wear the wig to show what it looks like on me. Hopefully when the crown is done I'll look a lot more like Zagato. I'm pleased with how it looks on me for now though. It was just for a little sneak peak really.

Pattern Drawing (Posted 26th March 2013)

I've started to draw the patterns on to the spike pauldrons of the armour.
This way I'll know what patterns I am going to put on and where.

The crown still needs to be build up with Mark the next time he's over, but it will save time to add at least the drawn details on the rest of what we've made before that time. I also need to make two bracelets, a brooch, and the spiked finger armour on top of all that as well as putting Richard (and his sword) together as well.

Crown Progress (Posted 17th March 2013)

Some progress has been made on the crown, but it is the biggest pain in the arse piece to figure out and put together. I knew this was going to be the case from the start, but it's already been a fiddly one to make the frame for.

The details will go on the rest of the armour shortly as well. Once everything is covered with paper mache, we can work out the attachments and paint it all. It doesn't end there though. A brooch, spiked finger armour, and bracelets need to be made as well. Oh yes, and I also need to buy the shirt with the mandarin collar.

Pauldrons progress - SPIKES! (Posted 10th March 2013)

Me and Mark got the spikes on the pauldrons today. That was a pain in the backside, but at least it's done. It was mainly getting the angles as correct and matched up as possible. We'll be adding the detailing to most of the armour soon.

Our next moves will be on creating a back panel for the pauldrons to attach to, and making the frame for the crown.

Wig styling, continued - the fringe (Posted 7th March 2013)

As Zagato has bits of his fringe showing across his face from underneath the crown, I have tried to group sections of it together as shown in the picture. I had to do this, or it would have remained too fluffy and wouldn't have done what I wanted it to do.

The moment of truth will be seen when the crown is made.

Crown plans (Posted 7th March 2013)

I have drawn up plans for how the crown should be able to work and sit in place without interfering too much with the wig. I think this might be the most pain in the arse piece to be made.

It needs a brace to sit on top of my head, and a back brace to secure it around the back of my head under the wig.

Pauldrons (Posted 27th February 2013)

Mark and I have made some more good progress on this today. We've made the main part of the pauldrons, and next time we'll be making the spikes that jut up from them. We did have a couple of mishaps, but those have been sorted out and will be touched up on next time as well.

Further to this, we'll be making a start on the base of the coronet.

Breastplate (Posted 24th February 2013)

The main breastplate is made. At least the construction of it is done now. The details will need to go on soon, and the spike pauldrons will be made as well.

This is going to be damn uncomfortable to wear, and I might need to have the pauldrons attached outside the hotel room at this rate. It's going to be big, and if I try to walk through the hotel with the entire lot on, I'll probably end up feeling very claustrophobic. My wig will be heavy and I'll have a large coronet/crown on as well.

Armour Plans Of Action! (Posted 20th February 2013)

My friend Zanzibar07 is helping me with this as it needs to be fitted together a certain way, and the method of doing this requires two people to get the proportions right.

We had some great ideas when he came over last, and now that we have plans of action for each piece of armour now, we're going to crack on a lot more shortly (hopefully at the weekend).

It's still going to be intense getting this done, but it's do-able.

Wig Styling in progress! (Posted 15th February 2013)

I have now started to style the front of the wig for Zagato. I hate brushing this damned thing!

I need to get the fringe to taper from the foreheard down the sides so it will be visible when I make and wear the coronet.

Such length! 60 inches!

Armour Plans B - Back (Posted 6th February 2013)

As I will be covered from shoulders to feet in cloaks, the armour cannot work the same way it did for Zio. In-fact, the method for Zio didn't work brilliantly either.

I intend to make a main breastplate with a section cut out around the back under the collar so that I can feed the hood of the back cloak through along with the ties. The ties will then come around the front, where another hole will be made either side for them to slip back under and be tied.

Wig and further preparations (Posted 14th January 2013)

Well, the wig arrived recently, and I'm rather pleased with it despite it being a complete and utter bitch to brush. The length is very accurate, but I need to style the front when possible. Perhaps I should make the coronet before I do this though.

I'm considering buying velvet cloaks, though this is still in debate. However, as I have minor sewing skills, making full capes myself would mean more cost and probably MANY mistakes that I cannot afford.

The preparations for the armour are slowly coming together.

Armour Plans - A (Posted 27th December 2012)

I have started to draw out some more in-depth armour plans for Zagato now. This is only the first set (plans A), as I need to consider how the cloaks will attach over the top and bottom (which will be in plans B and potentially C as well).

In other news, I have bought the wig and it's on its way!

Designs (Posted 3rd November 2012)

Before I can make this, I need to think about how I'm going to put it together.
I can make the main frame much like I did Zio's one, but I need to be sure that I can get the damned thing in the suitcase along with the other armoured parts, and potentially a spare costume too. That might fail and I may end up having to take an extra suitcase...FUN! Not.

The other problem besides the armour is making or finding suitable cloaks. They need to make me look rather imposing, so this is going to take a lot more thinking to figure it out so it will work effectively and not fall apart.

Preparations (Posted 20th August 2012)

I set myself this challenge to see if I could take it up. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!
I have come to the conclusion that the large spikes of the pauldrons here aught to be about a foot and a half in length and rise up at somewhat of a 45 degree angle...
No, I'm alright, I can do this. Once Amano Faris is complete, I'm getting down on this. The deadline is May Expo 2013.