LittleBlondeGoth
 


Costume :Fran
Source :Final Fantasy XII
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2012


Costume Photos

Fran

Fran

Fran

Fran

Fran

Fran

Fran

Fran

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : Not that much, actually. Probably something in the region of £50 for most of it, and another £30 for the wig.
Awards : Winner, Eurogamer Expo 2013 Cosplay Masquerade
Time Taken : About 30 hours, majority of which was spent sealing craft foam...

Description
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.

** EDIT 27th September 2013 **
I am stunned once more. Yesterday, I won the Cosplay Masquerade at Eurogamer Expo. Their first competition, and mine! So totally made up about this, it's untrue.

Comments

Avatar Image

I can't wait to see! ^^

by KawaiiKira on Tuesday, 31 January, 2012 - 17:53
Avatar Image

Should be awesome to see.

by TheSnake on Friday, 23 March, 2012 - 13:59
Avatar Image

Wow! The progress on the leg armour looks amazing.

by Sephirayne on Sunday, 25 March, 2012 - 19:40
Avatar Image

Great progress :D

by Manjou on Sunday, 25 March, 2012 - 19:46
Avatar Image

Looks great so far :)

by ValkyrieLight on Sunday, 25 March, 2012 - 19:53
Avatar Image

progress looks amazing! you gonna make a great Fran ^^

by KawaiiKira on Sunday, 25 March, 2012 - 19:56
Avatar Image

Oooh!!! this looks Brilliant so far!!!

I would LOVE to see this at Expo!!! ^0^

by Karakulz on Sunday, 25 March, 2012 - 20:05
Avatar Image

The detailing on your leg armour is beautifully intricate! - well done.

by Ranma1-2 on Sunday, 25 March, 2012 - 21:54
Avatar Image

This is so nice!
That leg armour is soo pretty and accurate!

by SachikoYumi on Sunday, 25 March, 2012 - 23:59
Avatar Image

Jyhgfvf those leg pieces look amazing!
I'm actually blown away - this is your first attempt at armour?
It's brilliant - I can't wait to see the rest *_*

by Emzone on Monday, 26 March, 2012 - 01:08
Avatar Image

Oh my gosh, I'm speechless! That leg armour is just fabulous, and for a first attempt! Can't wait to see everything else.

by tripletriad on Tuesday, 27 March, 2012 - 18:40
Avatar Image

i cant wait to see this! you are going to look amazing

by Leolarua on Friday, 30 March, 2012 - 13:16
Avatar Image

holy. crap. mad skills. I can't wait to see more of this! *watches*

by Yuka on Friday, 30 March, 2012 - 15:33
Avatar Image

The detailing on the armour is incredible, I can't wait to see it all come together! :D

by Eloraborealis on Monday, 14 May, 2012 - 17:50
Avatar Image

Beautiful! <3

by Yes-My-Lord on Saturday, 26 May, 2012 - 20:40
Avatar Image

Yes! is all i need to say :)

by Fishyfins on Saturday, 26 May, 2012 - 23:13
Avatar Image

That armour is incredible!

by Nomes on Sunday, 27 May, 2012 - 06:36
Avatar Image

So happy to see it all together! You look fabulous, well done!

by tripletriad on Monday, 28 May, 2012 - 12:54
Avatar Image

Really impressive :O

by SilentDragonfly on Monday, 28 May, 2012 - 15:08
Avatar Image

you look AMAZING, the cosplay is top notch. Wish I could have seen this in person

by nanahara on Monday, 28 May, 2012 - 16:10
Avatar Image

awesome Fran =]

by Numta on Tuesday, 29 May, 2012 - 15:39
Avatar Image

Amazing Fran! Really great work. I'm glad I got to see it in person.

by Kata-san on Wednesday, 13 June, 2012 - 23:20
Avatar Image

Ahh! Congratz on the showcase!

Very well deserved, You look Amazing! ;3

by Karakulz on Sunday, 2 September, 2012 - 16:53
Avatar Image

Well deserved showcase! The armour is gorgeously detailed, you really suit Fran!

by Freyarule on Sunday, 2 September, 2012 - 19:24
Avatar Image

Congratulations on the showcase! I adore your fran cosplay

by Kitticus on Sunday, 2 September, 2012 - 20:27
Avatar Image

Oh well done my dear Well done! Congratulations again!

by Manticore on Sunday, 2 September, 2012 - 23:33
Avatar Image

This is amazing and had so much detail...congrats on the showcase

by SamanthaKaiba on Monday, 3 September, 2012 - 00:34
Avatar Image

This is gorgeous<3 Well done on the showcase too!

by XxSylentiumxX on Monday, 3 September, 2012 - 09:27
Avatar Image

Love this! Congrats on the showcase!

by alytheluvly on Monday, 3 September, 2012 - 10:00
Avatar Image

WOW I love the work you've done one those arms pieces, leg pieces and helmet :D gratz on the SC!!

by Afireinsidegirl on Monday, 3 September, 2012 - 11:47
Avatar Image

congratulations on the showcase! well deserved!

by Leolarua on Monday, 3 September, 2012 - 11:57
Avatar Image

Ahh I'm so pleased this got the showcase! Well done!

by tripletriad on Monday, 3 September, 2012 - 13:43
Avatar Image

I adore the detailing in the armour, looks perfect! Congrats on the showcase!

by CrystalNeko on Monday, 3 September, 2012 - 14:55
Avatar Image

Fantastic Fran costume. The detail is amazing. Well done on the showcase.

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 4 September, 2012 - 15:36
Avatar Image

The detail in this costume makes it absolutely stunning! You look fantastic!

by MiniPlum on Monday, 15 April, 2013 - 13:10
Avatar Image

So pleased I got to see this incredible costume at LFCC! You looked stunning! (I was the creepy lady in the Wonder Woman t-shirt btw lol)

by ElegantAura on Thursday, 11 July, 2013 - 21:11
Avatar Image

This is stunning. The amount of detail is amazing!

by WhiteWraith on Saturday, 13 July, 2013 - 09:17
Avatar Image

Really excellent work. Your armour detailing is so careful!

by Mighty Odango on Tuesday, 17 September, 2013 - 14:34
Avatar Image

Wow, amazing! *_*

by ToroSonyCat on Wednesday, 18 September, 2013 - 19:44
Avatar Image

Can't get over how awesome this looks <3

by Yuka on Friday, 20 September, 2013 - 19:33
Avatar Image

Brilliant rendition of Fran! The photo's are equally as spectacular <3

by Frederica la Noir on Monday, 23 September, 2013 - 18:40
Avatar Image

Congrats on winning yesterday, you looked absolutely incredible! I hope I wasn't short with you when I was putting everyone in order, it was pretty stressful D:

by Heorot on Friday, 27 September, 2013 - 11:19
Avatar Image

Oh my gosh! You look so amazing! X33 Fantstic job! :D

by Zedela on Friday, 27 September, 2013 - 16:18
Avatar Image

Simply wow!

by NuFenix on Thursday, 3 October, 2013 - 00:14
Avatar Image

Beautiful work. It's like you walked straight out of the game. :)

by Nesabi on Tuesday, 28 January, 2014 - 08:27
Avatar Image

Amazing work on this, you look incredible!!

by MissColzyChan on Friday, 31 January, 2014 - 09:51
 

Journal

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...