Costume :Nightingale Dovahkiin
Variant :Nightingale Armor
Source :Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2013

Costume Photos






Skyrim Group

Thieves Guild


Costume Information

Cost : £80
Time Taken : 1 month

Debuted at London MCM May 2013

Costume self made from black leatherette with craft foam and 3D fabric paint for all the detailing. Please see my journals for info!

My Dad was a massive help with this costume, he made all my templates for me which without those the costume would have been impossible to make!! He also made my beautiful Nightingale Bow which I love =)


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YEAH!!!!!!! gonna look good!!!!

by Sweeturk on Saturday, 26 January, 2013 - 16:44
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Gooood Goood :)

by GraceyDarling on Tuesday, 12 February, 2013 - 21:57
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by Tsukiko on Sunday, 12 May, 2013 - 20:23
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Wow, that bow looks fantastic, and I love how you've done the facemask. Best of luck with the rest of the costume.

by Zelvyne on Sunday, 19 May, 2013 - 10:48
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Oh my word - just read the journal - totally impressed on how you're putting this one together.

by Starbucks dad on Sunday, 19 May, 2013 - 17:14
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Absolutely stunning!

by Ichigo-Chan on Sunday, 2 June, 2013 - 18:02
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I seriously love this Colzy!

by sjbonnar on Friday, 28 June, 2013 - 14:34
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Love the pattern work in your journal!

by KhaosKreator on Friday, 28 June, 2013 - 14:53
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Looks great!

by Leadmill on Friday, 28 June, 2013 - 20:39
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looking great, what a nice group! it looks like so much fun. Love the costume and bow.

by carsec on Sunday, 30 June, 2013 - 16:27
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Awesome cosplay. The amount of detail that you have put on the armour is very impressive

by ArcaneArchery on Saturday, 12 October, 2013 - 18:36

YES! Awesome!

by No thanks on Monday, 11 November, 2013 - 21:45

To-Do List

Skirt ArmorHighComplete
Sew all parts together!HighComplete
Add DetailingHighComplete
Torso ArmorHighComplete
Re-make CapeHighPlanned
Hooded CapeMediumComplete
Face MaskMediumComplete
Nightingale BowMediumComplete
BootsLowIn Progress

Shopping List

Black Leatherette 3mts (including shipping)£32.96Bought
Metallic Black 3D Fabric Paint£3.80Bought
Face Mask£2.49Bought
Black Cotton 3mts£11.97Bought
Black Fingerless Gloves£3.89Bought
Pack of A3 White Card£2.99Bought
Wet Look Leggings (2 pairs)£11.08Bought
Black Top£3.00Bought
Black Craft Foam £4.00Bought


Arrow (Posted 19th May 2013)

Really wanted the ebony arrows but went with the daedric ones...though the feathers are black not brown lol. Made from a garden cane, spray painted black. The arrow head is made from craft foam & the feathers were glued on with hot glue. Twisted thread covers the visible glue.

I should hopefully have a small quiver with some more arrows as well.

Nightingale Bow WIP 4 (Posted 19th May 2013)

Almost finished now! Just need to add the 'string' and touch up some of the paint.
Really pleased with this!! Again credit to my amazing Dad =)

Nightingale Bow- Detailing (Posted 19th May 2013)

These are the detailed pieces for my bow. Made from craft foam, sealed with PVA and painted silver.
Credit to my Dad =)

Belt WIP (Posted 18th May 2013)

Template for belt (its since been cut out, this is just to show what it will look like!)
The 'buckle' is made from EVA foam =)

Nightingale Bow WIP 3 (Posted 18th May 2013)

Painted the bow using black spray paint =)

Mask (Posted 18th May 2013)

Just to show how the mask will look. I have since covered the base mask in leatherette with the detailing on top so the material won't show. Please ignore my face xD

I bought the base mask on eBay and used craft foam for the detailing.

Nightingale Bow WIP 2 (Posted 12th May 2013)

Just another update on my bow!

My dad sanded most of the foam down using my trusty dremel. It actually gave a pretty cool effect but would have been way too annoying to paint and add the rest of the detailing. So its since had a couple of layers of paper mache so we have a smoother surface to work on. I need to coat it with some PVA just so the paper won't show through the paint but other than that its now ready for painting =)

Nightingale Bow WIP (Posted 10th May 2013)

Progressssss =)

The base is made from a light weight pine wood and its been covered with some EVA foam. Most of the foam will be sanded down and going to use paper mache on top to shape it. Credit of course to my Father =)

Nightingale Symbol (Posted 6th May 2013)

Made from Craft foam covered in the leatherette I will be using. Need to paint the edges!
Credit to my Dad

Progress 1- Templates (Posted 6th May 2013)

Using in game references as well as Beebichu's amazing Nightingale costume progress, made all the templates for the armour from white card, taped together on my mannequin (Yes i finally have one!)

Not pictured here but have also made templates for the pauldrons, bracers and boot armour. I may need to make the skirt pieces slightly longer in the front. My dad's also altered the skirt pieces in the side so they will be shorter than what they're meant to be...reason being I have big hips -_- meaning if i have anything too long it will just stick out and look awful.

Decided to make it all out of leatherette instead of just craft foam but I may still back everything with foam to give it more shape. Hopefully the fabric will arrive tomorrow! Credit for all the templates to my awesome Dad =)