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Costume :Richard
Variant :Default Costume
Source :Tales of Graces f
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2013


Costume Photos

Ayacon 2013 Group

Ayacon 2013 6

Ayacon 2013 5

Ayacon 2013 4

Ayacon 2013 2

Ayacon 2013 1

ToGf Group 4

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Royal Crablettes

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Costume Information

General
Time Taken : 4-5 months

Description
Debuted: London MCM Expo, May 2013.
Also for: Ayacon 2013, Kitacon 2014.

Comments

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Richaaaaard!! <3 I love him so much, I'm so glad he's getting attention on the cosplay scene!
Cannot wait to see progress on this~!

by KiraraYumi on Wednesday, 26 December, 2012 - 19:17
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Hopefully very soon! When I get my next payment I intend to get leggings, a shirt, and the cropped jacket to modify. ^_^'
I can't wait to get started.

He will be constructed alongside Zagato and Yuri though.

by SlimDefinition on Wednesday, 26 December, 2012 - 21:40
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More Richard love! Whoooo-hoooo! *Spins around as Pascal*

by Raye-chan on Thursday, 27 December, 2012 - 17:32
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Yes!!! I can't wait to complete this!

by SlimDefinition on Thursday, 27 December, 2012 - 19:33
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wooo Richard! i loved Richard i thought he was a cool character i really look forward to see this :D

by jaks-kingdom-dwarf on Sunday, 13 January, 2013 - 01:44
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I've shackled myself to him and thrown away the key. ^_^ *Dreams.*

Thanks! I am very much looking forward to cosplaying him!

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 14 January, 2013 - 23:18
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I'll look out for you at Expo. I'm your Cheria for Ayacon :)

by Yasmia on Sunday, 20 January, 2013 - 16:57
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Awesome! This will be great. ^_^'

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 22 January, 2013 - 20:34
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We can love ourselves together <3

by Zelda on Friday, 8 February, 2013 - 21:46
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Kinky Richard and Sophie photos...oh yes!

by SlimDefinition on Saturday, 9 February, 2013 - 19:10
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Richard! You look so handsome!

by Zelda on Saturday, 16 February, 2013 - 21:15
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:-D
Why thank you my dear Sophie!

Seriously looking forward to doing him now!

by SlimDefinition on Saturday, 16 February, 2013 - 22:00
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Looks awesome so far!

by ToroSonyCat on Thursday, 21 February, 2013 - 20:01
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Thanks! I'm looking forward to this a lot!

by SlimDefinition on Friday, 22 February, 2013 - 17:25
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This is coming along so awesomely, I'm excited to see the end result! >w<

by KiraraYumi on Monday, 18 March, 2013 - 16:06
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Thanks. I'm really glad the remaining parts have now been sent to me.
I've just started painting the details that should be gold on the jacket.

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 18 March, 2013 - 21:53
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Progress looking really good! 8D

by Pez on Tuesday, 19 March, 2013 - 21:10
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Much appreciated Pez! ^_^'

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 19 March, 2013 - 21:45
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Wow at this progress!!! This is stunning work!

by FuriePhoenix on Thursday, 21 March, 2013 - 20:41
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The cosplay is looking awesome, despite all of the problems your having with that seller :)

by Lady Bahamut on Tuesday, 26 March, 2013 - 20:42
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Thanks you two. ^_^'

I suppose, that with the problems I'm able to make it more my own.
There are so many cosplays I want to do that I can't possibly make absolutely everything myself, but at least with making these amendments it becomes more my own work, in a way.

Still, I could have done without the problems because of the time constraints I have for when I want to have these costumes finished by.

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 26 March, 2013 - 21:11
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melissa this is loooking amazing cant wait for this group do believe this will be the first time we have cosplayed together looking forword to :)

by Darkheart on Sunday, 31 March, 2013 - 18:01
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Aww thank you! ^_^'
I'm looking forward to the group too!

by SlimDefinition on Sunday, 31 March, 2013 - 20:59
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Progress looks amazing :)

by WhiteWraith on Monday, 8 April, 2013 - 21:14
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Looking good as always. ^_____^

by RebaSephiroth2 on Sunday, 21 April, 2013 - 18:19
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Thank you! Working hard on this to get him done for Expo as well as Ayacon. ^_^

by SlimDefinition on Sunday, 21 April, 2013 - 19:16
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I've just started playing Tales of Graces F, so was most pleased to see this on recent costumes.

Will have to have a good look at AyaCon, as I can't make it to Expo :(

by NuFenix on Sunday, 21 April, 2013 - 19:32
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Great Progress! I can't wait to see you at Expo~

by Kittz on Sunday, 21 April, 2013 - 21:27
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Much appreciated guys! ^_^

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 22 April, 2013 - 13:50
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Looks awesome so far, I love all the details!

by ToroSonyCat on Tuesday, 23 April, 2013 - 20:06
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This looks amazing!

by InfiniteJester on Sunday, 28 April, 2013 - 00:04
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Thanks. Looking forward to the debut at May Expo! So close now.

by SlimDefinition on Sunday, 28 April, 2013 - 17:18
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This looks so good!

by TheStarlightFairy on Sunday, 12 May, 2013 - 20:01
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Much appreciated! It's been such a bugger to get right because of the seller getting rather a lot of it wrong, but I've turned it around successfully it seems. :-)

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 13 May, 2013 - 21:07
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Looking more epic by the day! Really I hope to get see you!

by Lady Bahamut on Saturday, 18 May, 2013 - 16:15
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Thank you. :-)

I'll be in a group with Raye-chan and Zelda on the Saturday.
I think we have a photoshoot arranged for 11am, though I don't know where right now.

by SlimDefinition on Saturday, 18 May, 2013 - 17:48
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Looking awesome so far! I can't wait to see you guys at Expo :)

by Exelia on Sunday, 19 May, 2013 - 16:48
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Many thanks! ^_^

by SlimDefinition on Sunday, 19 May, 2013 - 22:40
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Looking Fabulous!
(Thats got to be the best way to describe him)

by Ilpala on Tuesday, 21 May, 2013 - 23:19
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Thanks Ilpala! He is fabulous indeed! :-D

by SlimDefinition on Wednesday, 22 May, 2013 - 22:32
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This is so incredible! Glad I got to see this at the meet ^^

by TheStarlightFairy on Monday, 27 May, 2013 - 22:45
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Many thanks. :-)
Just waiting for the majority of photos to come through now.

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 28 May, 2013 - 17:02
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I didn't get to see you! Sad times D: However from the photos you look epic <3 All that hard work paid off!

by Lady Bahamut on Wednesday, 29 May, 2013 - 19:48
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Your Richard was so damn good! Was so happy I got to see you cosplay him in person, you do him so much justice!

by KiraraYumi on Saturday, 8 June, 2013 - 12:30
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Thanks guys! ^_^'

I have a few amendments to do on him because I didn't get to give him a proper costume run before expo, but he'll be ready again for Ayacon!

by SlimDefinition on Saturday, 8 June, 2013 - 18:58
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You make an awesome Richard! :)

by xxlilmisssakuraxx on Wednesday, 26 June, 2013 - 23:43
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Thanks. ^_^ Much appreciated!

by SlimDefinition on Thursday, 27 June, 2013 - 22:31
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RICHARD~! You looked royally epic! And thanks for being so awesome, too~

by sarmander on Tuesday, 27 August, 2013 - 00:40
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Aw thanks. ^_^'
And no problem.

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 27 August, 2013 - 17:30
 

To-Do List

Make and attach cape claspHighComplete
Make scabbardHighComplete
Varnish SwordHighComplete
Make swordHighComplete
Paint and decorate swordHighComplete
Paint orange on to gold foil fabric on jacket and capeHighComplete
Buy Jacket and CapeHighComplete
Buy wigHighComplete
Buy bootsMediumComplete
Buy buckles for boots and beltMediumComplete
Make cravat and sleeve ruffles (Raye-chan)MediumComplete
Make beltMediumComplete
Modify shirt (Raye-chan)MediumComplete
Modify boots.MediumComplete
Buy shirtMediumComplete

Journal

New Sword ALMOST Finished (Posted 13th August 2013)

The new sword (much lighter and easier to carry around) just needs a coat of gloss polyurethane varnish to make it weatherproof and then have the cabochons glued on.

Zip Added! (Posted 10th August 2013)

My parents have now assisted me in adding a zip to Richard's jacket. This means strangulation is minimised by about two thirds!

Lightweight Sword Progress (Posted 20th July 2013)

Here's the progress on the new lightweight version of Richard's sword. This will be so much easier to carry around and pose with, especially for on stage posing.

Amendments (Posted 17th July 2013)

Here's a picture of me with the new wig on with Richard's jacket.
The jacket itself needs a zip attached to it, and the ruffles need a loop attaching to them so they don't fall backwards revealing the underside as well as my arms whenever I raise them. Aside from this, my dad is still helping me by working on a smaller version of his sword. These amendments will be finished for Ayacon 2013.

New Wig! (Posted 17th July 2013)

I have bought and finished styling a brand new wig for Richard that suits him better than the first one. I needed to trim several inches off the bottom first and then worked on the fringe. The previous wig didn't have the fringe on it really, and I also used it for a cosplay of one of my own original characters.

Lightweight Sword Progress (Posted 1st July 2013)

So the big sword that dad put together before ended up SO big and VERY heavy around the hilt. He offered to help me make a more lightweight version of the same sword. Here's the progress so far, and hopefully it'll be done for Ayacon.

There are also a few amendments to make on the costume as well so it'll hopefully be easier to wear (like not choking me for example).

COMPLETE! (Posted 22nd May 2013)

Costume complete!

I did make a little bit of a mess up on the sword's blue jewel, but...I can touch that up fairly easily. It's the other side that's going to be seen more.

Finished Scabbard (Posted 22nd May 2013)

The scabbard was a right pain in the backside to get done, but it's DONE!
The eyelets are in the back, and there are even eyelets to help keep the sword in place as it likes to fall forwards.

Sword Progress 5 (Posted 21st May 2013)

The sword is almost finished now. I just need to do a bit more work on the detailing and then it can be varnished.

With regards to the scabbard, I just need to add the gold details on it and have dad help me put eyelets into it and the belt so it can sit on my hip.

Cape Clasp - almost finished (Posted 20th May 2013)

The clasp is pretty much finished, but I need to figure out how I'm going to attach it to the cape. I know how I'll hold the cape in place though. That will involve velcro.

Sword Progress 4 (Posted 19th May 2013)

The sword is fully constructed now, and the painting/details work has begun.
This is going to be a tedious pain in the arse, but it'll be worth it in the end methinks.

I had to nip out to The Range to get some paint markers as I couldn't find the other ones I had. I need to draw the details on this time.

Sword Progress 3 (Posted 18th May 2013)

The sword is HEAVY still, but the shape is much better now.
Everything is now glued in place, but there's still some more planing and rubbing down to do before the final details can be sorted and then the painting.

Belt Progress! Almost Finished (Posted 17th May 2013)

Well, here's the detail that looks a bit like a door hinge.
I made this with brass-gold coloured leatherette material (sewn on by hand), and then super-glued the buttons on (unused buttons that were bought for Yuri's boots).

The belt is almost finished now. It just needs poppers/velcro on it now really. However, I also may need to add eyelets for the scabbard to attach to the belt underneath.

Minor Setback With Sword (Posted 15th May 2013)

So, there's been a little bit of a fuck up with the sword, and it's my fault. I drew the additional details on too wide. It's also rather heavy on the hilt end, but that can't be helped.

I've been quite upset over it because dad has worked so hard on it already and my blunder means it needs to be adjusted. I need it for Expo, and it's going to be a pain to get it painted in time already on top of my Open Uni assignment. Fingers crossed all will be well.

Sword Progress 2 (Posted 14th May 2013)

Progress with the sword is now starting to pick up a bit. I'm still a bit concerned about it getting finished, but then I'm quite a worrier anyway.
The handle is on, and the main curved details have been cut out and are about to be stuck on.

3/4 costume run + sword update (Posted 12th May 2013)

I put most of the stuff I have on to see how everything looks. Raye-chan put the new ruffles together for me (she also did the cravat but once I had all of this on I couldn't move my arms enough to try to get it on). The elastic in the ruffles is a little tight, but I can at least get them on. Not sure if I'll need to adjust them yet. They should be alright...I think.

There have been a few snags with the sword, in that progress on it was delayed because of the workmen's tools and parts for the bathroom (parents are having the bathroom re-done) were all put in the shed so dad couldn't get to his tools, and then he got a chest infection. He's started working on it again, so hopefully it can be finished and painted in time.

Shirt, leggings, boots and belt (so far) (Posted 12th May 2013)

I thought I would show a picture of where we are right now without the jacket, cape and ruffles on first. The belt still needs to be finished, the jacket still needs another layer or two of paint, and the green clasp for the cape needs finishing and attaching.

The shirt was modified by the lovely Raye-chan.

Jacket, cape attached, and belt pinned on to mannequin (Posted 9th May 2013)

I thought I would pin the belt on to the mannequin to see what it would look like.
The buckle still needs to be stuck on and the rest of the gold detail, and the attachments at the back also need to go on.

I will also need to find a way of attaching the scabbard to it when it's made.

Cracking On + Issues (Posted 9th May 2013)

Now that I am back from my tall ship sailing voyage, I need to crack on with Richard for London MCM Expo in two weeks time. I have bought some purple tulip paint and purple pebeo setacolour fabric paint so that I can coat the scabbard of the sword (when I make it soon). The reason for this is that the indigo coloured leather fabric I bought for it turned out to be more of a burgundy kind of purple. How many times can something go wrong with the construction of this costume!?

Anyway, I have also bought some brass-gold leather fabric to do some bits on the belt with, and can also use it to do the gold detailing on the scabbard.

Unfortunately, something else went wrong as well. While I was away, dad was going to get on with making the sword. The workmen who gave been re-vamping our bathroom put all of their stuff in his shed, so he's not been able to get to anything. I have two weeks left, so I'm not happy about that. I'll do what I can though. The costume will be done at the very least.

Going Away (Posted 29th April 2013)

I am off for a week's tall ship sailing tomorrow. I come back on the 8th, and then I have two weeks until expo.
There will be no more progress shots until at least May 9th.

http://tallships.org
It's a wonderful experience, and I think everyone should at least give this a go once. I keep going back. However, this is the first time I'll have been in four years.

More Richard progress when I get back, and I'm looking forward to the Tales of Graces f group for both May Expo and Ayacon!

Cape 'clasp' detail progress 2 (Posted 28th April 2013)

I've started to sew the main part of it together. When this is done and sew on I will add a loop on the underside which the cape itself will slot through.
I need to see if I can add a pale edging around this though.

Sword Progress (Posted 27th April 2013)

This is currently how far my dad has got with the sword.
I drew it out on a large piece of paper, he cuts the parts out and attaches them, planes them and such, and I do the painting afterwards. I need to make a scabbard for this as well, but I need to find a way of painting the leatherette material as the purple they sent was more of a reddish purple rather than a bluish purple. Yet another cock-up from a seller. Frustrated about this! I'll sort something out though.

Belt Buckle (Posted 27th April 2013)

The buckle itself is solid brass, and the zig-zag triangle pattern is done with gold bendy wire. I used two different types of pliers as well as just my bare hands to do this. To squash down the "bends" I used some thin pliers, and to cut the ends off I used a thicker, sharper pair (both borrowed from dad).

Belt Progress! (Posted 26th April 2013)

Finally! I have some belt progress. I've just spent most of the afternoon and evening putting this together, and I suppose you could say it's about 2/3 complete, but I do need to find a way to add the scabbard when I make that. I'm away next week, so that leaves me with two weeks to make a scabbard, paint the sword (when dad's finished it) and do various bits and pieces for Yuri Lowell as well. Can I get them both done? No idea, but I'll try. However, Richard takes priority as I am part of a group.

Cape 'Clasp' Detail Progress (Posted 26th April 2013)

So I figured out the shape for the top of the cape which I believe to be a kind of clasp that holds it on. The seller didn't make the cape in the fashion shown on the costume, so yet again I have to be the one to sort this problem out. I DO have a plan. That plan involves cutting an identical shape to this, sewing them together, then adding a "loop" underneath to ensure the cape doesn't go all over the place. The main part of this detailing will be sewn on to the cape on the top side.

Sleeve details are ON! (Posted 21st April 2013)

Also today, Pouncy has helped me to get the sleeve details attached on to the jacket. The edges still need to be sewn down, but once this is done I can finish painting it all.

It's getting there!

Cape Sewn On To Jacket (Posted 21st April 2013)

Pouncy helped me to get the cape sewn on to the collar of the cape today. It was the only way that it could be worn without it strangling me in the process, and without having to cut parts of it off. Next, I need to make the green attachment at the top of it.

Cape Pattern Extensions Almost Sorted! (Posted 9th April 2013)

I have the cape pattern sorted now I think. Mum assisted by sewing around the edges after I had cut them out and glued them on. I've already put one coat of paint on them.

I also need to figure out how to do the green clasp on the back of the cape because of the shape of it being incorrect due to the seller not observing this part of the costume either. I also need to find a way of the damn thing not choking me when I tie it on. May need to figure out another attachment method before expo.

Cape Pattern Extensions are now SEWN! (Posted 8th April 2013)

Mum helped today by sewing down the edges of the glued on extensions for the cape.

However, there's also another bit that needs to be added on, and that's the green part at the top which is supposed to be holding the cape on. Unfortunately, this is another detail the seller overlooked. They made the cape so that it comes around my neck, when it should sit flat against my shoulders with that green shape with the red jewel in the middle. I'm sure I can figure something out though.

Hopefully we'll be able to sort the sleeve details out in the next couple of days so I can then get everything painted. I'm still working on the belt. I really need to get these bits finished if I want to test run him at the meet next week. I can but try.

Belt Started and Jacket Progress (Posted 7th April 2013)

I started the belt this evening. I have pinned together the first section of it. I had marked out 48 inches for some extra material to work with, but after I pinned it all together it ended up at 35 inches.......I'm not sure how that happened, but at least I can add the wider part on to it where the sword sits that way. It's not really a problem at all.

Mum unpicked the sleeves a bit as well. They just need hemming and then I can start to put the details on there (the bits the seller should have done!)
Once they're on, I can then finish painting the jacket!

Cape Pattern Extensions GLUED ON (Posted 4th April 2013)

The cape pattern extensions are now glued on. They need sewing down into place, and then they can be painted. After that, all that's left (besides the sword) are the sleeves that need to be opened and the details attached, and the belt.

Raye is still working on the sleeve ruffles, cravat and shirt, but they will be completed soon enough. ^_^

Cape Pattern Extension (Posted 31st March 2013)

The fabric that was used for the detailing (besides the blue) was a gold foil-like fabric. Obviously it was the WRONG colour, but I've been painting over that with fabric/3D paint in the RIGHT colour. So, I thought I'd buy some gold foil fabric to extend the pattern with, which would allow me to hopefully get it as close to the rest of it as possible, hence why I bought the gold. This foil fabric is more coarse than the one used by the eBay seller, but it's pretty much the same colour gold, and hopefully the painting of it will work well enough.

Finished Boots! (Posted 30th March 2013)

The boots are now finished. I added yellow leatherette for the gold arrows on either side of the buckles and then painted them with Tulip 3D paint. I then had to super-glue them on to the boots as sewing didn't work (it didn't hold them on securely enough). They're fastened tight now though!

Aside from the bits that Raye-chan is doing for me, I have the jacket sleeves to edit, the cape pattern to enlarge and add to, and the belt to make (save for the sword which dad is now going to help me with - we'll be buying some wood shortly and he'll hopefully be able to give me some woodworking lessons).

Boot buckle progress (Posted 29th March 2013)

I've started adding the gold arrows on to the boot buckles now, but I think I might need something like glass paint or 3D paint to go over them.
I've only done three so far, and they're stuck on with super glue to free up some time.

Cape Issues (Posted 26th March 2013)

The cape and sleeve details turned up, but the pattern on the back sits halfway down my back and is too damn small. This means I have had to purchase "hopefully" matching fabric to extend the top and bottom with. -_-'

I'm getting tired of this. I need to finish my other costume (Zagato - Magic Knight Rayearth) for May Expo (I hope) as well as finish Richard. Thankfully Raye-chan is helping me by putting new sleeve ruffles and cravat together along with adding the zip and stripes to the shirt, but because of the seller's screw ups, I need to: open the sleeves and add the details on, paint the gold the colour it should be (orange) - this is in progress, and now extend the pattern on the cape at the top and the bottom.

The quality is otherwise good and quite well-made despite being in some ways inaccurate.

Jacket with ORANGE and wig (Posted 20th March 2013)

I just thought I'd put the wig on with the jacket to see how much better it looks with the orange paint over what WAS the gold foil-like fabric.

It looks so much better, and much more accurate! I'm pleased. ^_^

Jacket ORANGE painting in progress! (2) (Posted 20th March 2013)

I think it's getting better and better the more layers I add on. The parts that are already painted are almost done. Then I'll focus on the bottom of it. The sleeve cuffs will still have to wait until the details have been added on (thanks to the seller not finishing it correctly in the first place - and the painting needing to be done because they did it in gold rather than orange). -_-'

Jacket ORANGE painting in progress! (Posted 18th March 2013)

I have started painting the gold foil fabric on the jacket the burnt orange colour that it should be. The quality of the jacket (and the cape too I assume)is good, it's just the fabric for the detail that should be orange is gold and shiny. It's going well at the moment.

The paints used are a burnt orange metallic fabric paint, and Tulip 3D coral paint. The 3D paint mix is needed because other types of paint do not adhere to that kind of shiny foil-like fabric.

The Missing Parts Are Finally Finished (Posted 17th March 2013)

The seller has finally finished the cape and sleeve details for me, and will be sending them off this week. I will wait until they arrive before I start painting the gold the burnt orange colour it should be.

The lovely Raye-chan is helping me with the cravat, sleeve ruffles and shirt.

I still need to make the belt, but all of the buckles are made for the boots and just need the gold trim on the pointed edges to be added before I sew them on.

Following all of that, I'll be moving on to tackle the sword somehow.

Boot buckles 5/10 (Posted 9th March 2013)

Laid over the boot.
I still need to add the gold on the points before sewing them on. I'll make the other five first though.

I think I know how I'll add the gold on. Most likely yellow faux leather that's been painted gold. It's easier to paint the stuff I already have instead of spending more money on buying straight gold faux leather.

Sword Plans (Posted 6th March 2013)

I've continued to have trouble with the seller who I bought the jacket and cape from, but I think that those things should be sorted out soon. I got a bit arsey with them, let's put it that way. They said they will finish next week and hopefully the cape and sleeve details should arrive by the beginning of April.

On the other hand, I've made sword plans. Again, no time to make anything from scratch, so I'll be buying another base sword (the first one was...pathetic) and dad said he'd try to help me get all the detailing on.

The plan for modification is as shown on the picture.

Gold-Bronze-Foil Fabric Issue May Be Sorted (Posted 24th February 2013)

An option might have been found to sort out the fabric problem with the material that's supposed to be a burnt orange colour on Richard's jacket (and cape/sleeve details when they arrive).

It seems the gold-bronze-foil fabric will take Tulip 3D slick paint mixed with Pebeo Setacolor Opaque paint.

Turquoise Boot-stripes! 2 + Additional Bits (Posted 20th February 2013)

I have finished sewing on the turquoise strips on to the boots now. Next on these, there's the buckle detailing to do. It wasn't too hard a job sewing down the boots, but sewing through the actual shoe part was quite a pain.

Left to do on the main costume:
* Wait for the cape and sleeve details (the seller didn't do it right).

* Paint the details that should be burnt orange on the jacket (and the cape and sleeve details when they arrive - the seller didn't do it right).

* Remake the sleeve ruffles and cravat (the sleeve ruffles that turned up were black and the cravat they're now making will probably be black too).

* Modify the shirt.

* Make the belt.

I'll move on to the sword once the main costume is finished.

Jacket and wig sneak peak + Minor setbacks (Posted 16th February 2013)

Firstly, minor setback no.1 is that the seller forgot to send the cape, and didn't finish the sleeves on the jacket properly. So, they are sending me the details so I can alter the sleeves, and are now making me the cape.

Minor setback no.2 is that I'm not sure whether I should paint over the "orange". It's very shiny and more bronze, so I may get some fabric paint to go over it. I'll get a few more opinions before I do this though.

Left to do on the costume myself:
* Boots to finish the turquoise on and then add the buckle details.
* Modify the shirt.
* Make the belt.
* Buy a base sword and build the rest of the sword around it (plus make a scabbard).

Jacket and Cape in Transit (Posted 3rd February 2013)

I went to leave feedback on a couple of items on eBay (one such item being the buckles for the boots). At the same time I noticed a message from the seller I am getting the jacket and cape from. They said it has been finished and is now on it's way. The package should arrive within 14-21 days. Fingers crossed that all is OK!

Turquoise Boot-stripes! (Posted 29th January 2013)

I have got one side of the turquoise strip on to one boot now. Trying to sew through the foot part is a pain in the backside though. It seemed to go fairly well, for me being an amateur at sewing still.

Boots and leggings! (Posted 26th January 2013)

The boots arrived this morning, and they're awesome!
I put them on with the leggings I'd bought a while back, and took a picture.

I need to find some buckles for them (the ones I have found so far have been expensive for 10 though - 5 on each boot). I have the turquoise bias binding, so that can go on when I have some time to do it.

Apparel 2 (Posted 5th January 2013)

Because I can't find a suitable cropped jacket of the same material as a cape lined with lilac fabric, I have to think of other options. I found a cape with lilac lining, but it was all made from satin. The velvet shirt I might have been able to modify would not have looked good against it (sating next to velvet? Only in lining I'm afraid). I lack the necessary skills to make these things from scratch, so it looks like I may have to go down the commission route. HOWEVER! The only things that will be commissioned (if I go down this route) will be the jacket and cape, and probably the scarf too, as it'd then match the ruffled fabric on the inside of the cuffs of the jacket sleeves.

This is the one I'm looking at, and I've already made enquiries - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251199264636?_trksid=p5197.c0.m619

I am going to be making or modifying everything else. Besides, the shirt on that link is incorrect, and both that and the belt, in my opinion, look tacky. It's the jacket and cloak that just look really good.

Apparel 1 (Posted 3rd January 2013)

Well, the wig arrived, and I must say I love it! In terms of suitability it's along the lines of "simply awesome".

However, the blazer I bought didn't live up to my expectations. For a size M/L it felt like a size S. I could get it on, but I have muscular arms and broad shoulders, and am a size 10 (or 12 in jackets, hence the M/L selection). This jacket was...about an 8. I couldn't have modified the collar anyway. However! I did find a velvet shirt that I've not worn for years that would be appropriate if it was shortened and the buttons removed. Plan B wins then!

The shirt I bought was a size 8, when I had thought I'd bought a medium/10-12 in that, but this time it was my mistake. However, I intended to cut up the front of it anyway (I had to in order to get the damn thing on when it arrived today) so I could add the stripes on. Plan B wins again!

The leggings are absolutely fine, they're great. I may end up getting another pair JUST IN CASE. I'm not sure about boots yet, but I'm saving for so many things at once that I'll just have to buy those in the not too distant future.

3 Base items bought (+ wig pic) (Posted 27th December 2012)

I have bought a jacket and long white top to modify, and a pair of teal-coloured leggings. I have also included a picture of the wig I have bought (as I have nothing else to show right now!)

As for the boots, I'm still thinking about what ones I should get.

Wig bought (Posted 26th December 2012)

I have bought this wig for Richard, so there shouldn't be much if anything to do with regards to styling (in theory) - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/160874417756?_trksid=p5197.c0.m619