Rufus Falken
Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland

Cosplayer: M.Kesaiyn

Variant: Royal Butler

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

Kitacon 2014

1st April 2014: Finished! So I got to wear Rufus at Kitacon after all, and a few times at that!
Sadly I couldn't wear him for very long as the trousers were far too tight and made my thighs cramp, but I've asked the seller to remake them.

It still looks good though, I think! :-)

24th March 2014: Almost Sorted Well, Rufus is actually almost sorted now. I can hardly believe that I've done this in just a few days. I need to get started with my Open University assignment due on April 3rd this week, but just a bit more purple paint to go on, a bit of gold to paint on as well, followed by the gold details on some boots to sort, one detail to attach on the back and a gold button to sew on and we're there.

22nd March 2014: Purplefied Costume! My efforts to turn the grey costume that should have been purple...PURPLE.
The purple has bled into the white on the underside of the cuffs, BUT as long as it stays on the underside, we're good. It's not actually this bold a purple in reality. The iPod camera seems to accentuate it. It's still looking pretty good though.

The trousers I ordered as possible replacements for the tight pair that make me walk like a penguin haven't arrived yet, so, I may have to paint-dye the tight ones purple and just pray to the powers above that they don't split.

There are a few other odds and ends to do on the costume: adding gold to the top of the boots, adding a gold band to the back of the coat, and replacing buttons on the cuffs. Chances of sorting this out for Kitacon has increased from 10%, to 40%, to about 60-70% now.

20th March 2014: Problems Problems Problems The costume arrived, and it was done in grey rather than a smoky-lavender purple colour. Drastic measures were taken in endeavouring to get enough purple fabric paint in time to paint the entire thing. It cannot be immersed in dye because of the gold and white detailing, so painting it on was the only option.

Not only that, but the trousers are too small, even though I'd said to use the same measurements as the ones made for the Kratos costume. The trousers for the Kratos costume are very roomy and they actually had to be taken in around the waist. The ones for Rufus are taught around my groin, and my thighs barely fit into them. I can wear them, just, but I walk stiffly and sit down like I'm made of rigid metal. Additionally one of the buttons was broken off the cuffs, and it was definitely not in the packaging when the costume arrived.

Despite this, it is VERY well made. It looks awesome.

Can I save this in time for Kita? Not sure, but I'll try.

14th March 2014: Lash Completed The lash is finished!

I wound purple cotton webbing around the riding crop, and then wound yellow-gold cord around the bottom of the detailed area. The yellow-gold cord and the end of the crop were spray painted a lighter, more metallic gold.

My dad drilled a hole in the end so I could add a screw in eyelet, which I tied the ribbon to.

23rd February 2014: Weapon Reference I bought a riding crop to turn into Rufus' weapon. All I need to do is find a way to put the details on the handle. Then it'll be done!

6th February 2014: Wig Bought / Costume On Order / Additional Work I ordered the costume a short while back. Again, this is a costume that would be impossible for me to put together myself. I knew from just looking at it that the style of coat would be impossible to find anywhere. If it did exist, trust me I'd have bought it and done the amendments myself.

I recently bought the wig, and it's arrived. It just needs styling.

Other than that, I need to do some work on the horse-riding crop that I bought (Rufus uses a lash as a weapon... :-/), and a pair of white boots. I have some white boots somewhere that might be suitable, but I need to find them first. If not, I'll have to get another pair. I'll then need to add the gold band at the top of the boots. There's not a great deal that'll need doing for him. Initially, he's a formal costume intended for cosplay balls, but casual enough otherwise to be an easy wear.

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TheStarlightFairy - 10th January 2014
I really hope you do this, you'll look amazing
(can we get photos together if/when you do?)

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M.Kesaiyn - 10th January 2014
Yeah sure! I'd like to do him at least for the ball for Kitacon, but I'm not aure yet.

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InfiniteJester - 10th January 2014
Think you'll really suit this! (I have still yet to delve into the Atelier franchise myself but it looks awesome!)

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M.Kesaiyn - 13th January 2014
The original RPGs are pretty good. I don't have the third one yet though.
The ones that focus entirely on the alchemy on the PS3, I have the first set for.

Glad you think I will. I can't wait to do him now!

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WhiteWraith - 14th March 2014
This is a really nice design, looking forward to seeing it complete :)

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M.Kesaiyn - 14th March 2014
He is a pretty awesome character too. Quite the looker!
I only like long hair on guys after all! XD

It's a shame that you have to purchase him as DLC if you want to be able to recruit him though (I did it because I really liked him of course, and he's pretty damn useful).

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InfiniteJester - 23rd March 2014
That coat looks gorgeous!

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M.Kesaiyn - 23rd March 2014
It's even more gorgeous now it's the right colour! XD
It's a shame the purple bled into the cuffs on the underside, but that's something I can sort at a later date. So long as it doesn't show on the good side, it's fine!

Glad you like it! ^_^'

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KiraraYumi - 1st April 2014
ooooh my goodness, you look AMAZING!! *o* Dammit I'm so miffed I missed you in this! You fixed the color perfectly too aaah, incredible! Seriously amazing, I love it ;w; (and I don't even know the character haha!)

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TheStarlightFairy - 1st April 2014
Utterly gorgeous <3 So happy I got to have photos with you, and I hope we can Atelier it up again in the future!

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M.Kesaiyn - 1st April 2014
Thanks guys. ^_^'

And of course we can Atelier it up again! October was a possibility yeah?
It was great to have photos with you as well. Hopefully Pouncy will get them up as soon as he can.

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TheStarlightFairy - 1st April 2014
October sounds great! Maybe we can round up some more people for even more alchemy goodness c:

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M.Kesaiyn - 15th April 2014
Sounds like a plan!