Costume :Lightning
Source :Final Fantasy XIII-2
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2012

Costume Photos

close up

photo by pouncy

photo by pouncy

on stage


photo by blasteh

photo by blasteh

nert cam

light and serah

on stage

serah and lightning



Costume Information

i fell in love with this as soon as i saw it.


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Looking awesome!! =D

by Stubbled Grapes on Friday, 10 February, 2012 - 18:22
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Progress is looking good! Keep it up!

by Speckles on Friday, 10 February, 2012 - 22:38
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wow this is amazing keep up the great work I can't wait to see it finished

by L4dyPaiNe_X on Friday, 10 February, 2012 - 23:12
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You were very wise to leave Fiberglass well alone for this piece,especially as you did such a damn good job on the breastplate without it ^^

by Silantre on Friday, 10 February, 2012 - 23:22
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Your progress looks awesome, cant wait to see this finished :D

by Puppykitten14 on Monday, 20 February, 2012 - 22:20
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Looking great so far ^_^ good luck with the rest of it ^_^

by Zelvyne on Monday, 20 February, 2012 - 22:44
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Progress is looking awesome!

by KawaiiKira on Monday, 20 February, 2012 - 22:54
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God I hope to see this I person at expo! Can the FFRound-Up nab you in the big shoot on Saturday or Sunday?

by Manticore on Friday, 24 February, 2012 - 20:45
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this is looking great

by SamanthaKaiba on Friday, 24 February, 2012 - 20:47
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OMG!! This looks amazing!!! :D

by Pandora-Chi on Friday, 24 February, 2012 - 21:48
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Looks so good! Can't wait to see it finished :)

by Relion on Friday, 24 February, 2012 - 22:07
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holy crap this is looking insane!!! Cant wait to see it finished!

by FuriePhoenix on Sunday, 26 February, 2012 - 14:41
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Nice job on the breast plate.

by Alias Cosplay on Sunday, 26 February, 2012 - 17:05
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Oh my god, it look so fine! *O*

by Warpy on Sunday, 26 February, 2012 - 21:29
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looks great :D

by lycaneyes on Sunday, 4 March, 2012 - 19:59
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oh my goodness! This is incredible keep it up!

by cowiee on Sunday, 4 March, 2012 - 20:00
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Looks AMAZING - so jealous!

by Relion on Monday, 5 March, 2012 - 01:49
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This is insane!! good job!!!

by shinrajunkie on Monday, 5 March, 2012 - 07:35
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Holy crap this looks amazing

by Yuka on Tuesday, 6 March, 2012 - 14:38
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This looks amazing!! Great job!

by Moonchild on Monday, 9 April, 2012 - 16:22
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This is just epic!! Can't wait to see it in May =D

by Stubbled Grapes on Monday, 9 April, 2012 - 16:52
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Looks incredible! Can't wait to see it all officially finished and put on!

by RevenantPunk on Monday, 9 April, 2012 - 19:14
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This is amazing!!
I cant wait to see it at Expo! :D

by Sketch McDraw on Tuesday, 10 April, 2012 - 15:42
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First things first: wow!!! You have done so much in so little time, and it is amazing to boot!

Secondly: thank you! I plan to make this myself and this has been a big help!!

Looking forward to seeing the rest of it all together! :D

by Sammykins on Thursday, 19 April, 2012 - 21:25
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Eeek! This looks AMAZING! *O*
I SOOOOO Wanna see this at expo! ^^

by Karakulz on Sunday, 6 May, 2012 - 09:48
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Progress is looking great!

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 14 May, 2012 - 20:39
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/blown away
That armour looks amazing!

by Emzone on Friday, 18 May, 2012 - 01:01
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holy moly!!! This is looking insane!!! Hope to see it in person!

by FuriePhoenix on Friday, 18 May, 2012 - 10:13
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Wow, this is honestly incredible. All of it looks amazing, escpecially the armour.

by Cattrocious on Friday, 18 May, 2012 - 10:52
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This is looking awesome! Love the details on the armour, especially the chest plate. Looking forward to seeing photos of it complete :)

by Castelia on Sunday, 20 May, 2012 - 20:15
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The level of attention to detail on this costume and particularly the props (im a prop man lol) is astounding, seriously well done!:)

by Sketch McDraw on Sunday, 20 May, 2012 - 22:08
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Epic ! That is all

by Tedward on Tuesday, 22 May, 2012 - 21:06
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This looks so good!!!! Well done :D Best version as well!! xD

by Siouxsie James on Wednesday, 23 May, 2012 - 13:20
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Great to see this irl. Amazing work with that foam stuff. I really want to try armour. It was really nice talking backstage with you too. ^^ ok didnt win awards this time, but did you hear the crowd?? they realy gave it up for your cosplays. Well done. I love that you were creative with your on stage presentation. More of this please. ^^

oh yeah if you to see that vid I was telling you about its called Starcraft.. if this ink doesnt work go on youTube and search Starcraft 2 betrayal
link -

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 28 May, 2012 - 17:07
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Absolutely Fantastic, Great detail and Armour work! Can't get over how amazing you and your Serah look!

by ElegantAura on Monday, 28 May, 2012 - 18:25
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This looked so amazing! Your performance was brilliant too! I loved the armour and the props :D

by Freyarule on Monday, 28 May, 2012 - 19:13
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How amazing do you look!?!? You seriously rock Lightning! Really impressed with this cosplay, all that hard work and effort certainly paid off!

by CrystalNeko on Monday, 28 May, 2012 - 19:17
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You look amazing! Like you just jumped out of the screen!

by TheStarlightFairy on Monday, 28 May, 2012 - 20:28
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The progress of this was just jaw dropping but to see this in real life was 0_O Words couldn't describe how amazing u looked - all that armory work is so impressive <3

by Pandora-Chi on Tuesday, 29 May, 2012 - 09:48
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Yikes, that is seriously impressive! I think I may have seen you during the day and admired it from a distance ^^;

by Lady Bahamut on Thursday, 31 May, 2012 - 12:42
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by CharlotteLuna on Thursday, 31 May, 2012 - 17:57
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This looks stunning!

by DuskatNight on Thursday, 31 May, 2012 - 18:06
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I saw this in person and my god my jaw was on the floor! No Kidding! I couldn't shut up to my friends how amazing this was!

by FuriePhoenix on Thursday, 31 May, 2012 - 18:08
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Holy mother of God, this is FAN-TASTIC D: <3

by Plasticsharkattack on Monday, 4 June, 2012 - 15:47
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This is AMAZING. Well done on all that detail, it really paid off!

by MoonLily on Monday, 4 June, 2012 - 18:18
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That Armour is Amazing!! I'm disappointed I didn't get to see it at Expo. Great work!

by Kata-san on Saturday, 9 June, 2012 - 13:45
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This is Superb!

by Captain_Marvelous on Sunday, 17 March, 2013 - 21:55
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Really cool, I love the feather skirt

by Varia on Monday, 18 March, 2013 - 21:49
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Loved this! Was lovely meeting you backstage at Expo and seeing it in person. You really make a great Lightning!

by TheEmoEmu on Wednesday, 10 April, 2013 - 12:59
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Grats on the showcase, well deserved!! Amazing costume :)

by Siouxsie James on Monday, 11 November, 2013 - 18:55
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Congratulations on the showcase. This is well deserved ^_^

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 12 November, 2013 - 00:22
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ahhhhh this is so awesome and so accurate :D

by dan-dan on Tuesday, 4 March, 2014 - 21:35

To-Do List

thigh high socksLowComplete
skirt belts x 6LowComplete
Corset details/ strapsLowComplete
center claspsLowComplete
arm strapsLowComplete
breast plate strapsLowComplete
feather skirtLowComplete
breast plateLowComplete
waist beltLowComplete
thigh armorLowComplete

Shopping List

feathers lots of!£30.00Bought
Spray paint gold x1£8.00Bought
brass sheet£8.00Bought
Spray paint Chrome x3 cans£25.00Bought
Spray paint primer x3 cans£25.00Bought
brown thin belts x 2£3.00Bought
purple/grey suede fabric 2m£20.00Bought
ankle boots£0.00Bought
craft foam£10.00Bought
silver studs£15.00Bought
Fimo clay£5.00Bought
black lycra£20.00Bought
pink wig£15.00Bought
blue contact lenses£10.00Bought
plastazote 3mm£20.00Bought
plastazote 6mm£30.00Bought
MDF 6mm £10.00Bought


wig (Posted 22nd May 2012)

here is my wig all styled with hairspray! the colour looks weird in the photo but trust me its definatly pink!

sword close up on detail (Posted 22nd May 2012)

a closer photo of the tiny details

sword 90% complete!! yay (Posted 22nd May 2012)

Here is my sword!! i still have to paint the opposite side but its basically finished! to get to this stage i spray painted chrome on the blade and then sat down with a tiny paintbrush and some acrylic paint and went cross eyed painting all those tiny details!! once its dried ill paint the other side and then attach the hand guard and that little round piece on the sword with hot glue!

sword progress (Posted 20th May 2012)

i painted all the foam bits on the sword with black hammerite paint for metal as its a solid paint that wont chip!! only thing is that it takes a while to dry, so i will have to wait till tomorrow to paint the rest of it.

sword progress (Posted 20th May 2012)

i finished spray painting the hand guard and glued the gold decoration on to it, its now ready to attach to the sword when im ready

sword progress (Posted 20th May 2012)

i stayed up till midnight last night building up layers of plastazote on the sword, then this morning i moulded polymorth beads to make those nice swirly bits around the handle/trigger bits

sheild progress (Posted 20th May 2012)

finally i used an instant contact adhesive to glue it all together, it was the scariest part!! but luck again it turned out great!! i used hotglue for the gold details and the rivets. All thats left to do is screw some straps onto the back, im probably going to use velcro. But its basically finished!!

sheild progress (Posted 20th May 2012)

For the centre dome part i wanted to gradient it from green to black, so i painted the whole thing in green acrylic paint and then masked the center lightly with a piece of newspaper folded into a rough circle, i then used blach spray paint and carefully sprayed the outside of the shield. I am so please with out it turned out!!!

sheild progress (Posted 20th May 2012)

im exhausted this weekend! been working hard to finish before friday. So my shield, once i finished cutting all the shapes out i put down a primer using black arylic paint

sheild progress (Posted 17th May 2012)

here is progress on the shield, i covered the ball in plastazote and made the outside ring and gold pieces out of plastazote aswell, next i will spray paint all the parts and then glue it all together

Sword progress 3 (Posted 17th May 2012)

here is the progress on that top part of the sword, the hand shield thing. ive made it from plastazote and craft foam, the patterned bit is not glues down yet as it needs to be sprayed a different colour.

sheild progress (Posted 14th May 2012)

i cut out a piece of wood in a circle and sanded the edges down, I am going to glue this salad bowl on top and cover the whole thing in craft foam for a smooth surface

router close up (Posted 14th May 2012)

close up of the router work

gun blade progress (Posted 14th May 2012)

here is the gunblade routered and primered not sure its thats the correct way to spell it lol next job is to build the shape up then paint!!!

Sword progress 2 (Posted 4th May 2012)

next i cut it out using a jigsaw with a bit of help from my dad

Sword progress 1 (Posted 4th May 2012)

yay started my sword!!! i drew it out on a bit of wood first

corset complete!!! (Posted 29th April 2012)

i made a plain black corset and then hand sewed the purple parts on, im very please with how it turned out!!

waist strap (Posted 29th April 2012)

here is the waist strap complete with the gold studs

corset straps (Posted 29th April 2012)

here is part of the strap that goes around the waist, i used brown suede on top

belts (Posted 29th April 2012)

here are my buckles so far, have painted them with gold acrylic to start but i have started to spray paint them with metallic gold paint, when they are dry i will post more pics

belt buckels (Posted 29th April 2012)

i wanted to make th buckels out of sheet brass, although they looked quite good when i made them they were extremely sharp!!! so i decieded it was not a good idea and have now started to make them out of plastazote

Belts /straps (Posted 29th April 2012)

its been a while since ive made some progress as i just could not find the right fabric for the straps, i originally bought some buffalo brown suede thinking that that was the colour of her straps, but then i realised that it was actually a purple colour!! ive looked everywhere for the right colour until i found this gorgeous deep purple suede on ebay!! it was expensive though £10 per meter!!!!! i started by making the skirt belts...

nearly there! (Posted 9th April 2012)

pic of the costume with the skirt, just need to add all those belts!

piccy skirt (Posted 9th April 2012)

other angle of skirt

forgot to add the piccys of the skirt (Posted 9th April 2012)


feather skirt (Posted 9th April 2012)

i havent done anything for a while as i have just moved house! but now that we are settled in i havemade some more progress on lightning. i decided to go ahead and make the gorgeous feather skirt that she has, i bought all of the feathers that were on sale in hobby craft and made this! at the moment it is attached to some elastic but i am going to change it and maybe put it on a thin black belt so that it can take the weight better.

armor set (Posted 4th March 2012)

everything so far!

armor thighs (Posted 4th March 2012)

here is the thighs

armor front (Posted 4th March 2012)

nearly finished front

back of the armor (Posted 4th March 2012)

back of the armor so far

belt (Posted 4th March 2012)

i need to add the hanging belts and the feather skirt

gloves completed (Posted 4th March 2012)

finished these!

gauntlets (Posted 4th March 2012)

just need to add the straps

sooo tired!!! (Posted 4th March 2012)

ok so ive spent the last week working my arse off making this cosplay and now its nearly finished!!! i just need to add the straps and make the feather skirt, here is some piccys - boots

finished making the armor pieces (Posted 29th February 2012)

i just finished making the armor pieces out of the plastazote, i need to paint them all now, will post piccys when im done. :)

gauntlet progress (Posted 26th February 2012)

finished!! :D ready for painting!

gauntlet progress (Posted 26th February 2012)

its so hard to bend them into the correct shape!! i just need to add the spikes and other details

boots progress (Posted 23rd February 2012)

Chrome!!!! to finish them off i just need to add the gold details

Boots progress (Posted 23rd February 2012)

the boots with the primer coat, next step - Chrome!!

Boots progress (Posted 23rd February 2012)

finished!! they are ready to be sprayed silver now

Pauldrons (Posted 20th February 2012)

i need to add the rivets and put them on the body armor

boots 2 (Posted 20th February 2012)

ive started adding the detail to the toe and heel of the boots, next i need to make the knee spike

boots (Posted 20th February 2012)

started the boots, i bought some cheap white ankle boots for the base and wrapped plastazote 3mm round them to fit my leg

breast plate (Posted 10th February 2012)

99% complete!!

mock up (Posted 10th February 2012)

mock up pic

completed the breast plate out of the styrene (Posted 5th February 2012)

i completed the styrene breast plate, but im not happy with the edges, ive had 3 attempts at making the edges sharpe, 1st was with hot glue, 2nd was with polymorph and 3rd was with poly filler (rookie mistake!) it cracks with the flexability of the styrene, last attempt will hopefully be successful, im gonna tray latex.

mock up breast plate (Posted 17th January 2012)

i decided to start by making the breast plate as it seems to be the most akward piece of the costume, the 1st step was to make a pattern out of craft foam. its taken two days to do and i think it still needs a little bit of adjusting.

armor (Posted 17th January 2012)

been doing tons of research on making armor, i like the idea for fibreglass but it seems too messy, and you need to make moulds from silacone which is expensive... so ive opted for the styrene technique.