Tales of Xillia

Cosplayer: M.Kesaiyn

Variant: King of Auj Oule

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

28th October 2014: Gaius Finished! With a lot of thanks to Pouncy, I managed to get Gaius finished for MCM Comic Con (London Expo) for October 2014! The costume held up really well, but it does need numerous repairs now, and it's almost all paintwork.

Photo by Pouncy at MCM London Comic Con (Expo), October 2014.

22nd October 2014: Struggles I've been struggling to get Gaius finished, even with Pouncy's help. We're still working on him as I type this. We're not giving up! Even if we have to take bits to the hotel to finish him off, we will. We just need as much painting done and dried as possible before lunchtime tomorrow - Thursday 23rd October.

14th October 2014: Lower pauldron progress PAINTING This is tricky! BUT, with Plasti-Kote Fast Dry Enamel paint (water-based), it's easier than with acrylics. They're not 100% the right shape but I did the best I could. The pattern-work is a bit difficult in terms of fitting it in though. I think I put the yellow stripes a bit too close to the edges. Oops! I'm working with it though.

14th October 2014: Arm diamond armour progress I'm not sure how these will be attached so I can actually bend my arms yet, but I'm working on it! These need another coat or two of paint. The other set for the other arm are in progress. They need the strips going on and then painting.

I can't paint the underside of any armour until all attachments are on.

10th October 2014: Sword Progress 3 The sword is very nearly ready for painting now. There's just a bit more detail to go on to the hilt design, and a bit more priming. It looks like the sword may be finished before the main costume. There's still a fair bit of fabric painting to do, and armour-painting is in progress.

30th September 2014: Headpiece finished (apart from attachments) This is the finished headpiece (save for the attachments). I still don't know exactly how it will be attached, but I'm working on that.

* Craft foam shape
* Worbla covered on top and bottom
* Painted with Plasti-kote fast dry enamel
* Sealed with clear Plasti-kote fast dry enamel.

30th September 2014: Armour Progress 3 I've pretty much got the headpiece sorted, the first of the lower pauldrons now has detail going on it, but I still need to paint the silver on the top pauldron.

Today I began work making the diamond shapes for the arms. I've made 4 out of 10 so far. Using Worbla with craft foam cuts down armour-making time considerably, though it does still involve quite a fair amount of shape-cutting. I still need to put the second top and lower pauldrons together though.

18th September 2014: PAINT! I've recently bought rather a lot of paint for both the armour and fabric parts of this costume. Who knows if it's enough until I use though!
I still need to make the rest of the armour but that won't take too long to do.
The paint I've bought consists of posts of Plasti-Kote Fast Dry Enamel and Dylon Fabric.

In any case I hope it'll at least cover the majority of what's left to do.

5th September 2014: Sword Progress 2 The blade is about 40 inches long, excluding the handle, so it's a pretty good length for Gaius' sword. It's made from PVC foam board. The handle part was made smaller so the handle could be built around it.

The handle itself is being built up of layers of craft foam and gaffer tape to begin with, and will be finished and decorated with Worbla. I intend to coat the blade with paper mache before painting it.

5th September 2014: Armour Progress 2 From Left to Right: top pauldron, headpiece, bottom pauldron.

I still need to make the two for the other side, and all 10 of the arrow shapes that follow down the arms. Each piece has taken me about an hour to put together. They've been coated with car body filler spray, and black gesso so far.
They're made from craft foam and Worbla.

28th August 2014: Sword 1 I bought a couple of sheets of PVC foam board at about 1500mm x 500mm. A little pricy on the p&p but it was understandable - the stuff came in a freight lorry!
Anyway, me and my dad traced around a wooden bokken, and then cut the blade shape out three times, with enough room for the handle. It just needs to be altered on the handle part and both filed and sanded into shape.

Again, sorry, no pictures yet.

28th August 2014: Armour 1 I have begun work on the armour, though so far I've only done one upper and one lower pauldron and the headpiece. I need to get some car body filler to coat the Worbla before I cover it with gesso though. So far, each part has taken me about an hour to construct just with craft foam and Worbla, so if I keep doing this it shouldn't take all that long to get all the pieces made.

No pictures yet, sorry. Bear with me.

15th April 2014: Progress on Boots I've started the flame detailing on the boots now, and I'm working with 3D paint for them. I'm starting with the strip of yellow down the middle, and then doing the orange flames either side one side at a time. I'm doing this in stages as I go up the boots as it's a bit too tedious and cumbersome trying to do it all at once, and I don't want to mess them up while I'm working on them.

10th April 2014: Painting the Sleeves I painted one of the sleeves black today, and it was quite a nightmare. I tried my best to keep it off the rest of the waistcoat, but no, paint still found its way on to it. I can't take the sleeves off because they're joined with the same seam as the two other parts of the waistcoat.

It's taken two pots of black Dylon fabric paint, and now I need two more pots for the other sleeve.

With the armour still to make, the boots to paint details on, the rest of the paint detailing to finish, and the sword to sort out, will I get this done for expo? No idea, but I'm going to give it a go.

14th March 2014: Paintwork on Gaius - stage 2 The paintwork is going "ok" on this. It's going to take a bit of time though.
The flame details needed extending and darkening, and that's a bit of a pain.
Another issue is the fact I need to paint the sleeves black, as removing them would make the whole waistcoat fall apart (they joined everything together with one seam).

I've also now bought some boots to paint flame details on to. I'll be using 3D paint for this.

23rd February 2014: Paintwork on Gaius - stage 1 This is the first stages of the paintwork I am doing on Gaius to increase the accuracy. The flame details are supposed to come up a bit higher, and they're meant to be a rather dark orange or even red colour. So this is only stage one on that front.

I also need to get a few pots of black fabric paint to paint the sleeves with. I would remove them, but if I do, the whole waistcoat will fall apart. It's all to do with the way they made it.

6th February 2014: Amendments There are several amendments that need to be sorted for Gaius' costume aside from making the armour:

* The flame details need sprucing up

* The GREY sleeves need to be painted BLACK

* The piece that's supposed to be a drape at the front was attached to the top, so it's basically a dress - I'll need mum's assistance on that one!

* The back of the "dress" shows between the split at the back of the coat. There is nothing seen there. That needs covering somehow.

* I need some black harem pants. I was expecting to buy some anyway, but I was interested to discover they made me a pair of trousers anyway. Gaius sits with his legs crossed. I cannot do this with the trousers they made, nor with the way they made the "dress".

I commend them on their efforts. It's a very difficult costume. However, as difficult as it is, I'm still amending it so it's a lot more accurate.

16th January 2014: Wearing costume and wig The wig still needs a bit more styling done to it, but I think this is going pretty well so far. The extra work that needs doing on the costume will mean that he probably won't be finished for Kitacon, but May Expo is almost a certainty.

16th January 2014: Costume Arrived - Needs some work! The costume needs some work done on it to make it more accurate.
It's about 85-90% accurate, which I am very happy with, but yeah...I need to do a few things to it:

* Make the sleeves black
* Make the front a drape (it was made as a dress pretty much)
* Make my own armour and adjust the coat to suit it
* Paint in better flame details.

9th January 2014: Costume Dispatched My main outfit for Gaius has now been dispatched.
After 30 working days and about 43 days in total, I hope this is going to look good.

I am considering Worbla for the armour, but I'll need Coscraft to get more stock in before I can consider that further. If not, I'll just have to go with my usual card, corrugated card, craft foam and paper mache method.

4th January 2014: Sword and Armour The armour will begin construction when the main costume arrives. I can't really start on it until I know where and how it's going to attach. I intend on using my usual methods for this, but if I am able to get a sample of something like worbla, I might give that a go if it's satisfactory.

As for the sword, my dad will be helping me to construct this. I can't find a base sword long enough to modify. There is one option I might try though. I just need to figure out if it's going to work though.

24th November 2013: Base Commission As I don't have the skills necessary to put this sort of costume together, I searched around for sellers who'd be willing to take it on. I eventually found someone willing to help, because Cosplay-One on eBay were unwilling to make amendments to the way they make this costume in order to make it accurate. They have since removed their listing for it from eBay. It goes without saying really doesn't it?

The setback is that I don't have a sample costume to look at from this seller. I can see the other costumes they've made and the quality of them. I'll be paying enough for this so I'm just hoping it'll be good.

21st November 2013: Wig progress begins! So, I started working on the wig this evening after I discovered I may have found someone to commission the main parts of the outfit for me. Yes, it's going to cost a bit, but I want to try to do him for Kitacon so I'm having to dig a bit.

I have a lot more work to do on this wig of course, but this is what it looks like now. Another 3-4 sessions on it and it should be more or less sorted.

1st November 2013: Searching For Options So far I've been continually searching for options on how to do this costume. I can do the armour, that's not a problem. I can also do the head piece, and although the attachments for that will be tricky, it's still do-able. I have the wig ready for styling, and I need to look for boots to modify. I am stumped on how to do the sword for the time being though, but that's nothing compared to the rest of the damn costume.

The base commission I was looking at getting and editing is very inaccurate in some places, and so it wouldn't be worth the £155-60 getting it for those reasons. I also don't want the abominable FABRIC armour they've put with it. It's armour! It's not meant to be fabric!

So, at the very least I could work on the wig, armour, headpiece and boots. However, I'd like to try to find an option for the rest of the costume so I know what I'm doing with all of it.

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InfiniteJester - 26th June 2013
Can't wait to see this! The design looks amazing!

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nanahara - 26th June 2013
this cosplay looks AMAZING I love the design

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M.Kesaiyn - 26th June 2013
The design is awesome but bloody insane! XD
I need a super long samurai-style sword as well.

I'm really looking forward to playing the game, and I just know I'll like this guy a lot.

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KiraraYumi - 27th June 2013
Whoa Gaius' outfit is more intricate than I thought! Seriously looking forward to seeing this! 8D

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Lady Bahamut - 4th October 2013
Oh man Gauis! When I first saw him in Xillia I instantly thought "This NEEDS to be cosplayed!" Good luck! <3

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M.Kesaiyn - 8th October 2013
Thanks! And yeah I'll need the luck I think. Me and fabric don't go together and both commissions I've seen are horribly inaccurate (one more so than the other though). Even if I did have a commission done I'd be heavily modifying it anyway.

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TheStarlightFairy - 16th October 2013
Aaah I like your ideas for how you plan to edit a base commission! I've yet to meet this guy in the game but his design is gorgeous, and you'll do a great job!

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M.Kesaiyn - 16th October 2013
I don't know if I'll use a base commission yet. The back of the one I've shown in the picture is completely wrong, and it's rather expensive. I'm mulling over my options at the moment.

He is downright awesome though, and voiced by Travis Willingham!
Bear in mind though, that Xillia is a short game by RPG standards, but only because they're bringing out the second half of the story as a separate game. I was disappointed when I got to the end at less than 30 hours. Still, Gaius = AWESOME.

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nanahara - 17th January 2014
the progress on this is AMAZING XD, brilliantly done. Hopefully I'll make it to MCM to see it

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M.Kesaiyn - 18th January 2014
I just wish I could have made the main outfit myself.
The armour and sword and boot detailing will be mine, and I'll be doing some editing on it as well. Glad you like it Nana!
Hope to see you at Expo as well. :-)

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InfiniteJester - 14th March 2014
This is looking great!

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M.Kesaiyn - 14th March 2014
Thanks. ^^'
I'm a bit worried about him being ready by May Expo, but I'm going to try!

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xblackravenx - 4th October 2014
Omg I have to find you in this !

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M.Kesaiyn - 7th October 2014
The plan is for Sunday, but possibly Saturday as well. Not sure yet. ^_^'
I just hope I can sort myself out so I can finish him in time!

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InfiniteJester - 11th October 2014
Sad I won't be able to see this is in person but it's looking great! Good work with all the props :)

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M.Kesaiyn - 22nd October 2014
Thanks. ^_^' I hope it works out alright and looks good.

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WhiteWraith - 28th October 2014
Wow you look amazing! You really suit him :)

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TheStarlightFairy - 29th October 2014
You look amazing as Gaius!