Leonie Heartilly

Costume :Rinoa Heartilly
Source :Dead Fantasy II
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2012

Costume Photos

Wings. Ran out of foam so pipes show at the end =(

Pinwheel/ Blaster edge finished


Vanishing Star

Gunblade finished

Main outfit minus belt

Wig. Heat resistant but straighteners killed it. Bah.

Silenced Tear


Better reference for the skirt



Costume Information

Cost : 203.64
Time Taken : 50+ hours

This is my dream cosplay and what Rinoa fan would I be if I didn't add this to my collection? XD
I love the way Dead Fantasy shows Rinoa's power to her full potential, I mean she's a Sorceress after all! A lot of people complained Rinoa was weak in FFVIII but in DF she really gets to kick ass! Her own personal gunblade was a great touch and I just adore her wings x3

"Rinoa Heartilly is a rebellious teenager from Final Fantasy VIII who made her debut to the Dead Fantasy series in the second episode.
Rinoa's intentions are mysteriously un-revealed though it seems that she was responsible for Tifa's arrival at the tower and is revealed to have been watching the ensuing battle, saving the match's combatants from a fiery fate by solidifying the environment in ice before she herself enters the fray along with Kairi. She gracefully duels against Rachel primarily, and also protects her team members on various occasions. After demonstrating telekinetic powers and spells such as Tornado and Holy as well as a variation of her own Limit Break, Wishing Star, she utilizes the power of the Lunar Cry to conjure portals from the moon and separate the girls for a series of one-on-one brawls.
She also wields two fan-made weapons: a Gunblade named "Vanishing Star", and a Blaster Edge named "Silenced Tear". In both terms of fighting skill and magical ability, Rinoa is by far the most powerful Final Fantasy character in this series."


~Please see my journals for more details on the construction of this costume as well as progress photos~

The duster and arm warmers were made by FairyPorchQueen. They're hand-knitted and are gorgeous so I was happy to hear she was selling them. I altered the clasp at the front and unpicked the wings on the back.

The vest top, shorts, skirt and boots were bought then modified/altered.

The belt was made using parts of old belts covered in leatherette with the details painted on.

I straightened the wig, trimmed the fringe and added the auburn highlights.

I brought Squall's gunblade from Uniquities which I modified by spray painting black, adding the feather and engraving "Vanishing Star" on each side.

The pinwheel was made from scratch using foamboard. It rests on a small computer fan so spins when pushed. I want to buy a bigger fan with the power to spin it using a battery pack.

The wings are made of PVC pipes with feathers made from insulation foam. They are attached to a harness on my back underneath the duster.

The necklace and ring were re-used from my other Rinoa cosplays.



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This will be completely epic!

by sjbonnar on Tuesday, 24 March, 2009 - 21:54
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If it's done right!

by Leonie Heartilly on Tuesday, 24 March, 2009 - 22:21
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Wahh I love this costume design, it's so cool.
I think you'll do an amazing job your costumes are always spot on!
I wish you best of luck on the wings they look like they could be a pain. =P

by KamikazePenguin on Saturday, 25 April, 2009 - 15:03
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Aww thank you so much! ^-^ And yes the wings scare me 0_o But I shall be getting help with those =)

by Leonie Heartilly on Sunday, 26 April, 2009 - 12:57
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I've been toying with the idea of begging people to put a Dead Fantasy group together!

I know enough people have done the relevant costumes it's just getting everyone together and encouraging the rampant destruction of scenery..


by nert on Thursday, 28 May, 2009 - 19:51
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Well you're in luck Nert as me buying a gunblade at expo officially put this costume in progress ;)

by Leonie Heartilly on Thursday, 28 May, 2009 - 20:04
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Gunblade was only £20?! Where?!

by Odd-One-Out on Sunday, 31 May, 2009 - 17:46
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Uniquities- the main weapon stand at expo. Was £29.99 but reduced it late on the Sunday as "End of Show" price

by Leonie Heartilly on Sunday, 31 May, 2009 - 19:00
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I'm not aware of what dead fantasy is, but this looks like it'll be great.
Rinoa will be a force to be reckoned with. Especially if you factor in her sorceress powers and that crazy mutt of hers :D

by Zaiburst on Sunday, 31 May, 2009 - 19:24
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The "mutt" would be Angelo lol but he doesn't make an appearance in DF, too dangerous for the poor thing methinks!
You should search youtube for "Dead Fantasy II" and all will be revealed ;)

by Leonie Heartilly on Sunday, 31 May, 2009 - 22:39
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Eeee love dead fantasy! Monty Oum is a genius OWo
Cannot WAIT to see this!

by Ragepotato on Wednesday, 17 June, 2009 - 10:21
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Very attractive sword, the site is amazing that sells them and your cosplay is awesome tooz I to got a little vexed at Rinoa in 8 but after watching DF have a little more respect ^.^

by Captain_Marvelous on Sunday, 12 July, 2009 - 15:55
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Yeah that's what I love about DF, it really shows Rinoa to her full potential, she is a sorceress after all! The game didn't quite highlight her powers but in DF she kicks ass!

by Leonie Heartilly on Sunday, 12 July, 2009 - 16:41
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*squee* Other than being generally impressed by this wonderful costume I'm going to be increadibly scared of you XD

by Shenny on Sunday, 12 July, 2009 - 23:12
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You are a true Rinoa fan! ^_^
I can't wait to see your wings.

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 13 July, 2009 - 10:28
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Shenny- Aww no don't be scared XD
Ranma 1-2: I'm so worried about making them >_<

by Leonie Heartilly on Monday, 13 July, 2009 - 16:01
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Oh my goodness. Gunblade is HEART MELTING... I need it to live... Curse your talent! (tee hee! I'm just kidding) But it does look spectacular!

by PKNIVES on Monday, 13 July, 2009 - 21:24
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Aww thank you so much! But I haven't even finished it yet! Haha. Having brought a ready-made gunblade to alter really helped.

by Leonie Heartilly on Monday, 13 July, 2009 - 22:32
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Man thats some epic prop work! im looking forward to seeing this finished 83

by Kaka Extreme on Monday, 20 July, 2009 - 15:38
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Thanks ^-^ I can't take credit for the base of the gunblade though, that was brought. I just painted it.

by Leonie Heartilly on Monday, 20 July, 2009 - 21:25
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How did I miss you were doing this???? You're going to look EPIC! Can I wear my Ayane with you when you do this?

by perfectly_purple on Monday, 10 May, 2010 - 21:44
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Of course hun ^^ Not sure when I will have it done though

by Leonie Heartilly on Monday, 10 May, 2010 - 22:03
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Ohhh im loving the duster, the progress looks lovely ^^

by Zelda on Tuesday, 7 December, 2010 - 20:28
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progress looks lovely ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Tuesday, 7 December, 2010 - 22:03
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ooh this is looking great! I love the gunblade

by FuriePhoenix on Wednesday, 8 December, 2010 - 11:30
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I love your duster and arm bands =D they're beautiful! Can't wait to see this finished ^^

by BabemRoze on Wednesday, 8 December, 2010 - 11:56
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Thanks guys but credit for the duster goes to FairyPorchQueen as she made it =) I'm just doing some alterations.

by Leonie Heartilly on Saturday, 11 December, 2010 - 13:29
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Nice progress on your Dead Fantasy Rinoa. ^^b

...Oh...love that gunblade much... O,O<

by Mangamad on Saturday, 11 December, 2010 - 15:44
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Cant wait to see more progress on this, and the wings of dooooooom!!

by FairyPorchQueen on Friday, 17 December, 2010 - 14:57
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Can't wait to see this ^_^. Shame I'm doing the wrong version of Tifa for October, else I'd have loved to get photos :(

by Quinzel on Thursday, 2 June, 2011 - 23:35
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The progress is fantastic!
Cannot wait to see it finished! x

by NakedSalad on Thursday, 2 June, 2011 - 23:50
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Quinzel- we can get photos anyway!

by Leonie Heartilly on Friday, 3 June, 2011 - 21:50

I'm being Squall at expo, and i have no gunblade so i'm gonna blame you for taking mine ;D

hope i get to see you in this ^^

by on Monday, 24 October, 2011 - 20:09
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Sadly I haven't finished it in time =(

by Leonie Heartilly on Friday, 28 October, 2011 - 15:31
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I'm loving the progress of this and I'm hoping to see it 8D

by Pandora-Chi on Thursday, 24 May, 2012 - 09:28
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I´m sure you´ll make a great Rinoa (:

by Viola on Thursday, 24 May, 2012 - 20:48
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the wings came out really well - and they look a lot lighter than I was expecting :) Perfect cosplay :D

by gaming_goddess on Thursday, 31 May, 2012 - 04:30
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Thanks sweetie =) Not perfect though as the wings aren't finished >< Need to get a bigger fan to spin my pinwheel too. They are quite light! The weight's mainly in the pipe which isn't much.

by Leonie Heartilly on Friday, 1 June, 2012 - 19:54
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Those wings look great! Very wing-y(?) great use of the foam. The gunblade and duster look great as well.

by Kata-san on Tuesday, 17 July, 2012 - 22:24

To-Do List

Duster and arm-warmersHighComplete
WINGS!HighIn Progress
Silenced Tear pinwheelMediumComplete
Vanishing Star gunbladeMediumComplete
Gunblade beltMediumComplete
Vest topLowComplete
Silver ring and chainLowComplete
Brown contactsLowComplete
Pinwheel strapsLowIn Progress

Shopping List

Base wooden gunblade£19.99Bought
Silver metal zips with black backing x 2£3.50Bought
Small packet of knuts and bolts£0.99Bought
Dark blue denim skirt£0.99Bought
Neoprene laptop sleeve£1.00Bought
Half metre of black lace£0.50Bought
22mm Pipe 90 degree elbow connector (pack of 2)£1.69Bought
9 volt battery box£1.99Bought
Straight black wig with fringe and layers£17.75Bought
Evercool computer fan 25x25x10mm 12 volt£4.99Bought
Duracell 9 volt PP3 batteries (pack of 4)£3.99Bought
Black lycra cycling shorts£9.95Bought
Brown Freshlook Colorblends contacts£14.00Bought
A1 sheet of black foamboard£11.78Bought
White plastic 2 gang blanking plate£1.29Bought
Black spray paint£5.98Bought
22mm Pipe connector (pack of 3)£1.89Bought
Duster and arm warmers- Made by FairyPorchQueen£65.00Bought
Black ankle boots with large folded cuff£16.55Bought
22mm white PVC pipe x 2£3.78Bought
White plastic rectangle wall plate£2.49Bought
22mm Pipe clips (pack of 5)£2.28Bought
Black eyelets 5mm (with washers & tool)£4.79Bought
10 metre roll of white foam underlay£5.49Bought
Black shoelaces£0.99Bought


Main outfit minus belt (Posted 23rd May 2012)

Complete- Duster and arm-warmers, top, skirt, shorts, boots, ring and chain, wig.
(Wig and necklace not in the photo)

The main outfit is now finished apart from the belt and I'm really pleased with how it's looking so far =)

Shorts, skirt & top- Complete (Posted 23rd May 2012)

How the finished items look together.

Skirt alterations (Posted 23rd May 2012)

I un-picked the yellow thread in the seam near the top of the waistline before shortening the hem with wonderweb. The top seam was still visible without the stitching and this bugged me so I folded it over and hid it inside the skirt. I allowed for this before raising the hem.
Rather than fuss about making the wrap skirt functional (it has a zip at the back hidden by the duster) I just folded over a bit of the fabric at the front and stitched it down using my machine to create a wrap effect. I purposely made the fold over-hang a bit at the end by not sewing it completly straight to help with this illusion. The buttons were hand sewn on, the DF version has brass ones not silver.

Base skirt (Posted 23rd May 2012)

I tried making a mini-skirt once and failed miserably. I didn't want that issue again so bought a base skirt to modify. I should be able to shorten it but keep the waistline intact so I know it will fit me properly.
The DF version of Rinoa does not have a marble effect skirt and the shade of blue is darker.

Shorts (Posted 23rd May 2012)

I tried once again to sew the zips into the shorts themselves to make them fuctional, this time I had hoped using my machine with a low tension setting might help but during my efforts decided I hate lycra lol I tested it out on my old shorts so didn't ruin these thankfully. So I went back to the popular method of sewing them direcly on top of the shorts to minimise bunching, this was done by hand whilst I was wearing them.
Checking the references later on I noticed on a zoomed in shot that her zips have a slight dark border around them as if hers had been placed on top also so hey it works!

Top progress (Posted 23rd May 2012)

Lace detailing being added to the vest top. I hand stitched it in place first then went over it with my machine to strengthen it.
I use a lycra vest top with my original Rinoa as the fabric seems similar to the shorts and it does in Dead Fantasy too but I didn't think the lace would look right against lycra somehow so I opted for cotton instead.

Boot alterations- Part 3 (Posted 22nd May 2012)

Eyelets and laces added to one boot. Glad they came out how I wanted! Now to do the other.

Boot alterations- Part 2 (Posted 22nd May 2012)

Started adding eyelets to the cuffs.

Boot alterations- Part 1-2 (Posted 22nd May 2012)

Both cuffs have now been re-attached in the correct position with the zips removed.

Wings progress 6 (Posted 22nd May 2012)

Spray painted the black gutter mesh white. This shall be used to help shape the wing and for the feathers to attach to. I didn't want the black showing through as the insulation foam I am using for the feathers is quite thin. I shall prob cover this with plain white fabric also.

Wig styling- part two (Posted 22nd May 2012)

The wig was labled as heat resistant so I straightened it with my mum's straighteners but the condition felt crap after. Tch. Used the hot water method after to try and smooth it out a bit but didn't do much tbh.
Anyway I went ahead and trimmed the fringe and sewed the brown highlights into the netting. I used a bit of wax to separate the fringe a bit but I'm not keen on how it looks so brushed it out after this photo was taken.
I'm not that happy with how the wig looks overall but it'll do for now.

Wig styling- part one (Posted 22nd May 2012)

As I did with my last wig I cut up some auburn clip in extensions ready to be sewn onto the wefts of the wig.

Boot alterations- Part 1 (Posted 18th May 2012)

Removed the zips from the cuffs and cut them off so I could twist them round making the split face the front. They were glued back onto the boot using super glue. The join won't be seen once the laces are in.

Wings progress 5 (Posted 12th May 2012)

After round 2 we got a height and shape I was happy with and which is similar to one of the references I have.

Wings progress 4 (Posted 12th May 2012)

This is what we had after the first round of heating and bending the PVC pipes. However I felt it was way too tall for my liking (in how it looked and for myself being able to support it) so the ends of the pipes were cut down a bit and we started round 2 of shaping...

Wings progress 3 (Posted 12th May 2012)

sjbonnar heated the PVC pipes for me because I'm too much of a wimp to use my own heat gun... Although 2 people were needed anyway as I had to hold the ends of the pipe to stop them bending too far whilst hot and snapping.

Wings progress 2 (Posted 12th May 2012)

My lovely bf sjbonnar was on hand today to help me test the harness. He noticed the pipes were leaning forward and trying to snap out of the clips. He thinks adding another support bar of plastic over the backplate and attaching a V shaped pipe connector for the ends of the pipe to sit in will make it a lot more stable.
I am also going to add another webbing strap to go under my bust to help keep the harness flat against my back.

Wings progress 1 (Posted 12th May 2012)

This is how the PVC pipes looked in the harness without them being shaped or cut. I felt like a weird bug with giant antenna...

Wig- to be styled (Posted 9th May 2012)

My Rinoa wig has seen better days so figured it was about time I got a new one. Unfortunately this hasn't got a side skin-top parting which seems impossible to find but it'll do. I'll find a better wig for my regular version when I update her one day. I do like the framing around the face on this though.

Wings removed from duster (Posted 25th October 2011)

I easily spent between 10 and 15 hours un-picking those... Had no idea it would take that long ><
This was done over the last month whilst watching anime/ a film or on lunch breaks at work.

Wing harness complete (Posted 22nd October 2011)

Added duct tape for extra support lol It also smooths off edges to be fair.
The shoulder straps close and can be adjusted via D-rings.

Wing harness progress (Posted 22nd October 2011)

The pipe clamps were bolted to the plastic plate but it wasn't enough to keep them from swivilling so I ended up adding tons of hot glue ^^' They don't move now but I don't know if they will hold up once the weight of the wings are added. I made 4 shoulder straps from nylon webbing and heated the cut ends with a lighter to stop them from fraying. These were hot glued to the back of the plate and then I covered this with part of a laptop sleeve so it will be cushioned against my back (this should also prevent the shoulder straps from coming off completely if the glue becomes loose).

Wing supplies! (Posted 22nd October 2011)

A week to go and I only just finished getting everything I need... No pressure right? Not to mention I haven't finished the outfit yet either...

Here we have:

10 metre roll of insulation foam (hiding at the back)- for the main feathers
Bag of Turkey flats and fluffier feathers- for possible detailing
Plastic rectangle wall plate- base of harness
2 x PVC overflow pipes- "bones" of the wings
Overflow pipe clips- so the wings can be snapped in and out of the harness
Pack of knuts and bolts- for attaching pipe clamps to wall plate
Heat gun- to bend the pipes into shape with
Webbing of various widths- shoulder straps
Slides and D-rings- for tightening shoulder straps
Neoprene laptop sleeve (I couldn't get a camping mat or mouse mat)- to cushion the side of the plate that will rest against my back.
Gutter guard mesh- to make the basic shape of the wings, feathers will attach to this.
Glue gun and duct tape- to help keep everything together!

Base boots bought (Posted 31st August 2011)

I spent ages looking for a pair of black ankle boots with a small heel and large cuff. All I could find was some with a weird heel but finally came across these. I need to remove the zips, add eyelets and laces in their place and twist the cuff around so the laces are front facing.

Feathers! (Posted 1st August 2011)

Although I plan to mainly make my wings out of craft foam due the un-natural size of the larger feathers I bought a load of white turkey flats and the fluffier feathers (forgotten the name) from Speckles as figured they could be used along the top of the wings for added detailing. If not then I'm sure I can find some other use for them in the future.

Duster closure (Posted 7th December 2010)

I had to alter the way the duster closes at the front. What is a little annoying is FairyPorchQueen originally made it as it is in DF where it ties but then she changed it to match the button closure of the game. I've had to remove the buttons and unpick her stitching to get the original ties back although they're a little short as she must of cut them before sewing it up.

Duster and arm warmers (Posted 3rd November 2010)

The duster and arm warmers were bought from FairyPorchQueen (I do not know who made them). They're hand-knitted and are gorgeous as well as being that slightly darker shade of blue so I was happy to hear she was selling them. The wing pattern on the back is a little off but it can be picked out as it was done once the main duster was knitted. I may end up cutting into the back a little anyway depending on how I do my massive wings of doom!

Vanishing Star- attempt at details (Posted 22nd June 2010)

Tried sketching out the feather and lettering on the gunblade ready for painting but I wasn't happy with how they turned out so have left it for now.

Silenced Tear- first attempt (Posted 23rd July 2009)

This is how far I got with my pinwheel before my mum threw it out thinking it was for recycling -_- It was made with foamboard and painted with a metallic acrylic paint.
I shall have to buy more foamboard at some point and start again.

Vanishing Star- main paintwork done (Posted 12th July 2009)

Spray-painted the gunblade black, I taped up the blade edge to keep it silver as shown in some references.

Vanishing Star- base gunblade bought (Posted 31st May 2009)

I brought Squall's gunblade from the Uniquities stand at Expo and as I grabbed it late on Sunday they had put it on sale so saved myself some money whoop! It's solid wood and has quite a bit of weight to it.
I plan to modify this to look more like Rinoa's gunblade.

Excuse my squinting face, the sun was shining on it.