Costume :Zhen Ji
Source :Dynasty Warriors 7
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo October 2012

Costume Photos

Lady Zhen




Deadly Melody

Fighting Stance

Zhen Ji

Zhen Ji and Cao Pi

Zhen Ji

Zhen Ji and Cao Pi

Zhen Ji

Zhen Ji and Cao Pi


Costume Information

Putting her back up on here again, I want to at least try no matter how daunting all those little details are!

Zhen Ji is pretty much my favourite character from Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors and Warriors Orochi combined. I have loved her ever since I started playing then games when I was much younger. She's so wonderfully independent and smarmy XD She's also the first member of my preferred Warriors Orochi team :D

I wanted a challenge and I think this outfit will certainly give me that, whether or not I am ready to make something this intricate is yet to be foreseen!

For London MCM Expo October 2012

Expect to see numerous other characters (and outfits for Zhen Ji) coming from me in the future XD The characters and designs from this game series are so hard to resist!


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YAY! I can't wait to team up with you and yes team Wei ftw! XD

by L4dyPaiNe_X on Friday, 18 November, 2011 - 01:44
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Looking awesome! Wu has compeititon!

by Manticore on Thursday, 24 November, 2011 - 12:45
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This is looking great!
Really looking forward to see this finished <3

by isamiaella on Saturday, 26 November, 2011 - 16:28
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This looks stunning :)

by Bambi. on Tuesday, 29 November, 2011 - 15:07
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Progress looks excellent! This is going to be gorgeous when it's finished =D

by Kacela on Tuesday, 29 November, 2011 - 16:01
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progress is looking amazing, and its obvious you'll look stunning in this ^^

by nanahara on Tuesday, 29 November, 2011 - 18:20
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Look at you! you're on a roll girl I will be starting mine after xmas <3

by L4dyPaiNe_X on Wednesday, 30 November, 2011 - 18:55
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I have all this motivation to work on it right now!! I'm really looking forward to this :D

by JustPeachy on Wednesday, 30 November, 2011 - 19:03
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Awesome o3o~~Loving all the detailing and that fabic painting looks amazing >w<)/~!

by rocksanie on Sunday, 4 December, 2011 - 20:26
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loving this at the moment ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Saturday, 10 December, 2011 - 18:40
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This is looking great.

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 14 December, 2011 - 18:32
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This is gorgeous so far <3 keep up the good work x.

by FusionRose on Wednesday, 21 December, 2011 - 19:29
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Loving the progress on this <3

by Moonchild on Wednesday, 21 December, 2011 - 19:52
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Amazing progress. Love the detail :D

by Puppykitten14 on Wednesday, 21 December, 2011 - 20:10
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This just keeps getting better ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Wednesday, 21 December, 2011 - 20:41
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The progress is absolutely beautiful on this! :D

by Pandora-Chi on Wednesday, 21 December, 2011 - 21:16
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This is looking bad ass. detailing brilliant and you really suit her!

by isamiaella on Sunday, 15 January, 2012 - 11:44
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This is looking brilliant! Awesome work :D !!

by Plasticsharkattack on Wednesday, 25 January, 2012 - 11:04
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Amazing <3 I really can't wait to see this :)

by Ros3ify on Saturday, 4 August, 2012 - 08:53
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Progress is looking awesome! =D

Can't wait to see it finished =]

by Numta on Friday, 7 September, 2012 - 14:56
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You look amazing! :3 Can't wait to see it finished too~!

by rocksanie on Friday, 7 September, 2012 - 15:08
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This looks awesome love dynasty warriors! Your doing it well

by MiniPlum on Friday, 7 September, 2012 - 15:16
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I love all the fabric painting. Well done, this is looking lovely.

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 7 September, 2012 - 21:23
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Thank you very much!! :D

by JustPeachy on Saturday, 8 September, 2012 - 11:40
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this is looking amazing

by nanahara on Saturday, 8 September, 2012 - 17:38
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Sooo puuurdy, both you and the costume ^^

by Silantre on Friday, 5 October, 2012 - 00:41
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Another really well done and beautiful cosplay! <3 absolutely stunning!!

by Pandora-Chi on Friday, 2 November, 2012 - 15:23
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This looks beautiful! You make a stunning Zhen Ji =]

by Kacela on Friday, 2 November, 2012 - 16:17
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Yes, looks Beautifull.

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 2 November, 2012 - 17:20
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Perfect! x

by Moonchild on Saturday, 3 November, 2012 - 20:15
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It looks so awesome!

by eternal_aranel on Thursday, 8 November, 2012 - 11:16
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You looked AMAZING!!

by Manticore on Saturday, 10 November, 2012 - 11:48
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Thank you all so much!! :DDDD

by JustPeachy on Saturday, 10 November, 2012 - 14:19
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Beautiful cosplay! Well done :D

by BlueberryTale on Tuesday, 19 March, 2013 - 17:07
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The outcome of this is INSANE oh my GOD. Wow... just wow! Hannah your cosplays just get more epic and epic!!! <3

by Plasticsharkattack on Wednesday, 20 March, 2013 - 16:18
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by Kinreal on Wednesday, 20 March, 2013 - 19:26
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The detailing on this is amazing!

by Zelda on Monday, 25 March, 2013 - 16:13
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This really suits you! And the detailing is indeed incredible.

by Heorot on Thursday, 28 March, 2013 - 16:50
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You look amazing and I love the shoulder piece, very well done =3

by blissfulbanana on Wednesday, 3 April, 2013 - 23:18
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Awesome! Beautiful choice of colour shades and great detailing. :-)

by puzzledpenguin on Sunday, 7 April, 2013 - 16:03
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Wow, this is amazing! I love all the details *__*

by ToroSonyCat on Tuesday, 30 April, 2013 - 18:31

To-Do List

Front of Coat Clasp.HighComplete
Fabric Painting.HighComplete
Flute (by OrangeLightning.)HighComplete
Crown (by OrangeLightning) with Feathers and Gold Chain.HighComplete
Attach Sleeves, Tails and Collar to Coat.HighComplete
Style Wig.HighComplete
Shoulder Armor (by OrangeLightning.)HighComplete
Coat and Coat TailsHighComplete
Shoes and Shoe Pieces.MediumComplete
Fabric Paint Tights.MediumComplete
Fabric paint bra top.MediumComplete
3 x Brooches: Bust, Hip and Back.MediumComplete
Gold Netting: chest, sleeves, skirt, back.MediumComplete
Hip Chain and Pendants.LowComplete
Back Necklace and Pendant.LowComplete
Necklace and Pendants.LowComplete
Back Strap.LowComplete


Completion!! (Posted 1st November 2012)

Well I made it...it was one heck of a challenge but I managed to finish it XD There are a number of things I would change to improve it (gradient dyeing *shakes fist*) but for now I'm just happy that it somewhat resembles the reference art XD

In total in took me around 62 hours of working on it (82 if you count the bits I ended up throwing in the bin and remaking) and around 25 hours for OrangeLightning on the crown, shoulder armor and flute...was it worth it? Of course, I finally got to be my favourite DW character, something I have been wanting to do since I was around 14!!

Oh and what's this, the official site for Dynasty Warriors 8 just launched...I wonder what Zhen Ji's design will look like this time...praying for no peacock feathers XD

Update! (Posted 30th October 2012)

I didn't get another chance to update before Expo, since the end was a bit of a rush and I had to fabric paint and sew most of OrangeLightning's Cao Pi as she ran out of time XD

So...I finished painting the tails, sleeves and coat and attached everything together. Attached the back necklace and finished painting the front necklace and then added the pendants I'd already made. Styled the wig...which was a pain in the bum, this was done in a similar way to my Jun and Juri wigs, creating a base wig first and then creating a separate bun styled around an insert and finally sewing that onto the base wig. Attached the gold chains onto that...ummmmmmmm glueing the extra pieces onto my shoes. OrangeLightning helped me to re-paint the front of my tights, as well as finishing off my crown, shoulder armor and flute...

Time Taken: 17 hours.

Fabric Painting and more... (Posted 15th October 2012)

Today I fabric painted the front side of the tails and coat, hopefully finish the back off tomorrow. I can see the end XD Also OrangeLightning has finished all the detailing on my flute...my god, I love it! I can't wait to see it painted :D

As well as that over the last couple of days I have attached the brooches into their respective places, put together and attached the hip chain onto the "skirt", finished off all the gold netting and FINALLY got around to making the front strap for the coat XD

Time Taken: 7 hours.

More Progress... (Posted 10th October 2012)

So since my last update I have finished off all of the trimming (sleeves, tails and coat), fabric painted the insides of the sleeves and attached the tail ends onto the coat. Also Orangelightning has made a start on my crown, shoulder armour and flute :D

Time Taken: 10 hours.

Fabric Painted Collar... (Posted 4th October 2012)

I have finished fabric painting the pattern onto my collar. I used a card stencil and then thickened up the lines with Dylon fabric paint in Gold. A very long process but I'm much happier with how it has come out this time around, could be better but that's life XD

This picture also shows the finished brooches, these are just sculpted in clay and then painted with a gold acrylic :)

Time Taken: 4 and a half hours.

Gradient Dyeing... (Posted 22nd September 2012)

Well this didn't go exactly to plan, whilst the actual gradient dyeing was a success, the colour of the piece doesn't match as closely as I had hoped with my base coat. Since this was the closest purple dye I could find I think I am going to have to make new tail ends and suspend gradient dyeing this piece until I can research a better method of doing so. Sadly I don't think this will happen before October Expo, slightly disheartening. If nothing else I have learned in future to gradient dye first, buy matching fabric after XD

Working with clay... (Posted 20th September 2012)

...is not my strong point XD I've only used it once before this but at least this time turned into much less of a disaster! I used Fimo air-drying clay. Still waiting for it to completely dry so I can properly assess it. The pieces are the hip brooch, the bust brooch and all the pendants for the hip chain and necklace. Hopefully I won't have to remake, time will tell XD

Time Taken: 3 hours.

Trimming... (Posted 18th September 2012)

Today I trimmed the collar piece with gold, it took far longer than it should have with it being so fiddly! I got halfway through took it all off and started again XD

Time Taken: Around 1 and a 1/2 hours.

Stencil Making. (Posted 8th September 2012)

Today OrangeLightning helped me to make stencils for all the fabric painting that needs to be done on this :D

Time Taken: 2 and a 1/2 hours.

Progress... (Posted 7th September 2012)

Most of the details haven't been added yet but here is the base!

First time putting all the base parts together so most things are being held on with pins, please excuse any messyness XD The white parts are overly long and not hemed as I haven't gradient dyed them yet.

Since the last update I have covered the collar base in fabric as well as made bases for both the tail ends and sleeves and then covered those in fabric as well. I have also begun to style the base wig and made an insert to style the bun around!

Still need to add that clasp XD

Time Taken: Around 6 and a 1/2 hours.

Collar Base. (Posted 23rd August 2012)

This is the base for the collar, it's made from craft foam with cardboard for support, the next step will be to cover it in fabric ready to the fabric paint the details on.

Time Taken: 1/2 an hour.

Progress report! (Posted 20th August 2012)

Now that October Expo is getting closer and I have finished my course I am starting to work on this again. When I came back to look at it I was really unhappy with my original progress. The bra and skirt piece have had more layers of fabric paint now and the tights will be being re-painted. I have scrapped the original sleeves and tail ends as I want to do the gradient dye and paint them using a stencil to make everything more even. The purple base coat has had some sizing adjustments but I'm still not happy with it =/

Uni Work. (Posted 1st March 2012)

Due to a heavy workload for University now, I don't think I will be making much more progress on this until the summer :(

Collar. (Posted 12th January 2012)

So after a break over the Christmas period I have started working on Zhen Ji again. Today I made a pattern for the collar piece which turned out to be easier said than done XD Picture when I have actually cut the fabric for it!

Time Taken: 1 hour.

Tail Ends. (Posted 21st December 2011)

Today I attached the tail ends onto the coat and finished the trimming around the outside so now all thats left to do here is finish the fabric painting design on the coat.
Time Taken: 1 and a 1/2 hours.

Finished Tail Ends. (Posted 17th December 2011)

Finished fabric paintiing the last remaining side of the tail ends today. Once it has dried they'll be ready to attach onto my coat :D

Time Taken: 1 hour.

Coat Progress. (Posted 15th December 2011)

Today I attached the completed sleeve ends onto the coat and also the last of the gold netting onto the sleeves. Just from trying this part on I can tell its going to be horrible trying to move around much in this XD With approximately 25 hours racked up from working on this already, its nice to see it start to come together :D

Time Taken: 2 and a 1/2 hours.

Sleeves. (Posted 14th December 2011)

I painted the other side of sleeve one today :D The sleeve ends have now been fully painted, just need to let them dry and I can attach the gold netting and then sew them onto the coat.

Time Taken: 1 and a 1/2 hours.

More Fabric Painting. (Posted 12th December 2011)

I have painted both sides of the second sleeve! I have also painted the other side of tail end one. Still need to paint the reverse side of sleeve one and the other side of tail end two...and a lot of other things XD

Time Taken: 3 hours.

Tights. (Posted 10th December 2011)

I have finished fabric painting the tights today. Dylon Fabric paint was used for this as well.
Time Taken: 1 and a 1/2 hours.

Sleeve Number Two. (Posted 5th December 2011)

I made the second sleeve today, no picture as its the same as the first one XD I hope to fabric paint its first side along with the other side of both the first sleeve and the tail ends this weekend :D Also hoping to make a start on the collar piece fairly soon!
Time Taken: 2 hours.

Sleeve Number One. (Posted 3rd December 2011)

I fabric painted the first side on the first sleeve today. It came out ok I think, not quite as even as I would have liked but it won't be so noticable when the sleeve is connected up and attached onto the coat!
Time Taken: 2 hours.

Tail Ends. (Posted 3rd December 2011)

Halfway through fabric painting the tail ends now. One is by OrangeLightning and the other by myself, to save my sanity she is helping out as it just takes so long!! Obviously after the other sides have been painted the sides will be paired up, probably with mine on the back, as her's look better XD
Time Taken: 2 hours.

Sleeve Number One. (Posted 2nd December 2011)

Finished the first sleeve end today. It will be connected up and onto the coat once it has been fabric painted as it's obviously easier to paint it whilst its flat XD The material is the same as the Tail Ends: Duchess Satin.

Time Taken: 2 hours.

Tails Base. (Posted 30th November 2011)

I made the white bases for the end of the tails today. I'm not going to attach them until after they have been fabric painted since they should be easier to paint this way. The material is Duchess Satin.
Time Taken: About 1 and a 1/2 hours.

Gold Netting. (Posted 29th November 2011)

I've now added all of the gold netting, except for on the sleeves as I haven't actually made those yet XD
Time Taken: About 1 hour.

Trimmed Coat Base. (Posted 28th November 2011)

I have made and trimmed with gold the base for the coat now :) It doesn't look very good on the hanger, it would look much better on a dress form but alas I don't have one :( Anyway, now that I have the base I can start to build on the more complicated parts like the sleeves, collar and tails :D
Time Taken: About 1 hour.

Skirt and Top. (Posted 26th November 2011)

Fabric painted the skirt and top today :) It took quite a while since it needed a couple of coats. The fabric paint is by Dylon, the colour is gold.
Time Taken: Excluding the drying time inbetween layers 3 hours.

Coat. (Posted 24th November 2011)

Started work of the base for the coat today. Pain in the butt getting the tails even. The material is poly cotton (I think.) I'm terrible with fabric names I just tend to go by colour and then texture XD I couldn't find very much in the dark purple I wanted that wasn't satiny, very thin or fleece :(
Time Taken: Approximately 2 hours.

Skirt. (Posted 23rd November 2011)

A made a small start today and made the base for the skirt...I say skirt it's more like a belt XD I'm not exactly sure what the fabric is as I found it on the odds and ends table, it was the exact colour I was looking for though :D Bargin!
Time taken: About 1/2 an hour.