|Cost :||Not that much, actually. Probably something in the region of £50 for most of it, and another £30 for the wig.|
|Time Taken :||About 30 hours, majority of which was spent sealing craft foam...|
|So in defiance of my ever advancing age, I decided to attempt Fran from Final Fantasy XII. I always liked the viera back when they were in Tactics, and when I saw Fran in XII I just thought she was awesome. Not to mention the sheer coolness of her outfit.|
So I thought I'd have a go.
In retrospect, I could have chosen a slightly easier costume to start making armour on, but if you're going to do something, you might as well jump in at the deep end...
All the armour is made from craft foam, which is cut, heated to shape and sealed with PVA / water mix. The pieces are then spray painted in black acrylic, and finished off with a coat of ebony Rub'n'Buff to make them look more like leather. Her top is a modified corset and marvel of structural engineering; I found something roughly the right shape and structure on eBay, then replaced the front panel with white organza. I made chainmail to go round the sides and added more craft foam armour to finish off.
It's a lot of fun to wear (and certainly attention grabbing), though the killer shoes do get to you after a while...
Thanks to all the lovely people that have commented on this, it's much appreciated!
** EDIT 3rd September 2012 **
I am stunned to see my Fran has made it as the Showcase costume this week. I really am at a loss for words. I don't know who put it forward / voted for it, but whoever you are, thank you SO much. It means a lot to a noob like me.
How Hard Can It Be? (Posted 25th March 2012)
Turns out, very.
So far, I've made the leg armour pieces for my Fran costume, and invented a couple of colourful new swear words along the way. Deconstructing the design to make a workable pattern has proved... interesting. And let's not even mention cutting out all the fiddly little pieces this thing requires. The thigh sections might have taken a year or so off my life.
But they're starting to look halfway decent now, so I'm pretty pleased. Next job is the arm pieces, and figuring out how to do that bell shape at the end...