Siegfried (Crystal) - Soul Calibur IV


London MCM Expo Oct 2009

Judges Award for Innovation London Expo October 2009 Saturday




Made using plastazote and latex for the under armour and a thermoplastic for the outer armour which was heat moulded to shape.

The chain mail was made by me from steel rings using european 4 in 1 pattern.

The wig is a lace front wig, hence why the hairline looks so good.

The sword is made of plastazote and reinforced with a fibreglass core. It contains LED's which run on 6AA batteries which can be changed easily.

The longest amount of time spent on this costume was researching materials and sketching each part of the armour in detail before making it. Actual construction began with the chain mail which I worked on and off on for a month, and the main armour was constructed in 4 weeks. I was making nightmare at the same time though so it was probably less hours than people expect.

This costume is very hard to wear and takes a lot of stamina. It was the most uncomfortable costume I've ever made, thought it was mainly due to the heat as well as the weight of the sword combined with people knocking into me during the day.

I am very please with this, but now I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do next. I've made my dream costume now XD.



Sephirayne posted on 1 June, 2009 - 22:39
AWESOMEAGE!!!!! Seeing what you can do with armour I most certainally can't wait to see this.

Ninodog posted on 1 June, 2009 - 22:49
It's so easy to tempt you out of costume making rest! I look forward to seeing this particular win

Cat_Cat posted on 1 June, 2009 - 23:05
<--- Siegfried fangirl since Soul Edge ... Must... see.... and harass for photos!!!!

Berserk667 posted on 1 June, 2009 - 23:23
wow. how will you go about making the armour o_o

Sephirayne posted on 3 June, 2009 - 18:36
Cool plans there. I have to admit I'm not sure how I'm going to make the cystral armour 'float' as you say. Looks like you've figured out a great way for the underarmour.

Adamoluna posted on 6 June, 2009 - 12:29
Awesomesauce, can't wait to see this! :D I'm sure you'll make this look fantastic. As for the crystal armour issues; you could make plugs from plastic to attach the crystal armour to the underarmour. Of course then you will have to fashion strategically placed holes in the underside of the crystal armour, and do the same to the underarmour. I would consider the crystal and the underarmour to be permanently attached after you've plugged the pieces together, otherwise things would get very complicated. You could also use broad and slightly thick strips of see-through plastic to attatch the crystal armour as one normally would attatch armour pieces on top of an undergarment, i.e straps on the inside of the limbs, adjustable to size etc. I doubt they would be very noticable, you don't have to make them big either, just long enough to allow some slip-in slip-out space on the crystal armour pieces.

KhaosKreator posted on 6 June, 2009 - 13:17
The issue with attaching the two armours together is mainly because it under armour would be made with plastazote. This is great stuff, but after you've painted it and finished it (which I need to do before attaching the crystal) it's impossible to glue onto. All that happens is that the latex pulls away from the foam. I'll be using a bolting system. I've got some metal spikes which screw into flat bases which will be used to bolt panels together. These would go through a large washer (to avoid them ripping through the plastazote) then the plastazote, then the crystal, then have the spike tip screwed on top. Fashionable and practical! I've figured out ways to get most of the things on, and a couple of places like the forearm bracers will actually be able to have hidden zips put in them. Everything else will slide on, and have a bit of help from gravity with velcro (Ie, vecro on my thighs to keep the thigh armour stationary.) The hardest bits to get on will actually be the torso and the calf armour as the crystal is seamless around it. They'll have to be bolted on each time, which isn't so bad, my nightmare SC3 was actually fully dismantable and put together with bolts, which took about 1 hour to do for a full suit. I'm going to need buddies for the day though. Man, I love comments like these. I love rambling about costume solutions!

Adamoluna posted on 10 June, 2009 - 10:16
that sounds smart, kinda like the "plugging"-thing I suggested, only I had no idea what I was actually talking about >.>' :D But yeah, I totally forgot about the latex coating, I understand now. Looking greatly forward to seeing progress! Especially on the crystal material. I'm sure this will be the most epic costume ever to traverse the expo floor! X3 I've got to do my absolute best on Cassandra in order to not look like a complete idiot beside you >.>' Even though that scares me a little, it sure is a helluvalot inspiring! Your wig test looks awesome! :D The scar looks very nice.

KhaosKreator posted on 10 June, 2009 - 10:31
Is that a yes to doing the skit with us then :D? Me and Xae are both like "OH God will she do it with us?!". It's going to be epic working with you. I think all of us trying our best will make this the most epic thing to happen to expo thus far. I feel all proud and inpired and stuffs.

ryaoki posted on 16 June, 2009 - 23:43
simply amazing tab its just like WOAH JAW DROP ITS SIEGFRIED IN A TOP AND TIE

Berserk667 posted on 17 June, 2009 - 04:13
awesome scar effect

Sephirayne posted on 22 June, 2009 - 00:38
Loving the Scar and the wig. Looking awesome already. Great work on the chain mail.

Sands posted on 24 June, 2009 - 12:50
YESSSSS - cant wait to see it so can I join you at october expo then as Tira?

Kaka Extreme posted on 24 June, 2009 - 14:44
man loving the scare and chain mail! your gonna be sooo... EPIC!!!

KhaosKreator posted on 24 June, 2009 - 14:56
Thanks everyone! Tab

ryaoki posted on 24 June, 2009 - 16:23
where can you buy the chainmail rings from?

timpey posted on 28 June, 2009 - 01:19
wow awesome! ^^ very cool i jave no idea how your makin the armour

Sephirayne posted on 2 July, 2009 - 21:40
Body suit looking great there. Really can't wait to see the armour. Its going to be majorly epic. *hugs*

Eatmethoubean posted on 23 August, 2009 - 14:19
can't wait to see this...!! it's going to be AWESOME

Anggul posted on 3 September, 2009 - 10:31
This'll be awesome as usual, there's lot of question about the armour, but I'm more interested in the sword, how are you gonna make each crystal of soul calibur and fit them together?

kiichan posted on 9 September, 2009 - 19:30
Looking excellent! Can't wait to see it complete! That sword is rather hypnotising.

FairyPorchQueen posted on 9 September, 2009 - 19:36
WOW! i want pictures of this for sure!

KamikazePenguin posted on 9 September, 2009 - 20:24
That sword is amazing, I can tell this is gonna be such a great costume! Can't wait to see it finished.

Ranma1-2 posted on 10 September, 2009 - 00:46
Progress on the sword...Incredible! I think you could make anything! :)

Defrain posted on 10 September, 2009 - 08:53
loving the sword so far

timpey posted on 24 September, 2009 - 21:26
wow looking amazing so far, gonna be awesome

kiichan posted on 24 September, 2009 - 22:03
Still looking awesomesauce Tab! I love getting your updates :)

Anggul posted on 25 September, 2009 - 08:11
Nice work on the under armour. Styrene?

KhaosKreator posted on 25 September, 2009 - 09:34
Nope, plastazote. I've got more info in the journal section if you're interested. Tab

Anggul posted on 25 September, 2009 - 15:59
The white is plastazote? Hmm, I'll look into that stuff. I like styrene for the more spread-out pieces, but it looks good for parts that bend around a lot?

KhaosKreator posted on 25 September, 2009 - 18:26
All of it is plastazote. It comes in many colours. I like it because it's really flexible. Making armour in ridgid materials can be very painful for the wearer because as you move it shifts and cuts into you. Plastazote is nice and soft so you can do things like roll about in it. Tab

Anggul posted on 26 September, 2009 - 12:41
Interesting. I wouldn't know that much, my costumes only have sections of armour, none of them are full suits. Usually just pauldrons. Aaron's automail arm on the other hand, came out great by making it out of styrene, and stretching silver vinyl tight across it. Looks just like metal. But for full body stuff, the plastazote looks great. Look forward to seeing you there. (:

Smallfry0 posted on 2 October, 2009 - 20:50
this looks great can't wait to see this **

sjbonnar posted on 2 October, 2009 - 21:07
Looking fantastic so far!

Timber The Table Slayer posted on 2 October, 2009 - 22:16
BEHOLD, Tabfried the Cosplay Knight of Just-Ice!

Ranma1-2 posted on 2 October, 2009 - 23:24
'Crystal armour' - Tab, you keep astounding me with your construction skills! :D

Sephirayne posted on 3 October, 2009 - 10:16
The epiciness has landed. Love it hun. Can't wait to see it in person. XX

Eatmethoubean posted on 26 October, 2009 - 00:53
can't believe i couldn't make expo to see this... :(

Zaiburst posted on 26 October, 2009 - 17:23
very awesome. glad I got to see your SC costumes.

Ranma1-2 posted on 27 October, 2009 - 17:10
Oh my gosh. What can I say? Awesome win of the judges award. Pics of the transparent armour plating simply do not compare to seeing it in real life. Looks amazing! And like I said for Nightmare, (not wishing to upset anyone, but) I enjoyed your on stage routine more than some actual 'performances'. Well done. So nice to meet you guys and chat this time as well. :)

Neko-Chan posted on 27 October, 2009 - 17:21
This was so amazing <3 I havent fangirled like that in a long time when you walked on stage. 8D soo epic.

RebaSephiroth2 posted on 27 October, 2009 - 23:37
You are so amazing with your Siegfried cosplay when I saw you and you are so cool. ^_^

Amy-Lou posted on 28 October, 2009 - 15:26
I'm so sad I missed this! The photos of the day look amazing, but I'm sure it was even better in person. It's really interesting how you got the crystal effect.

MangaChild posted on 31 October, 2009 - 20:55
IM in AWE!!!! Certainly one of the best costumes of the Year!!!! I was so impressed by the legnth of detail youve included :D even the stuff game designers added to foil cosplayers :) LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVEIT!!!!! check my flickr steal all the photos you want :D

HelloKitty posted on 1 November, 2009 - 10:47
<3 speechless...too awesome for words

Anime_Angel posted on 2 November, 2009 - 16:36
excelent cosplay there, I didn't know it was you lol

Sephirayne posted on 2 November, 2009 - 17:41
Wow! So great to see this in person. Really so epic to see. Congrats on the award you really deserved it. You really can make awesome costumes. Loved it. XX

Holli posted on 24 November, 2009 - 16:47
AHHH yes indeed i do remeber you hehe =D thanks for the glueing =D what was that glue called agein? been on my mind for a while hehe =D thanks for the lovley comment, i love cosplaying nuala she has this unearthly feel about her hehe =D Great cosplay by the way !! was amazed ! .. and i think i minded your sord sheild thingy hehe =D sure of it =3

Holli posted on 24 November, 2009 - 16:47
AHHH yes indeed i do remeber you hehe =D thanks for the glueing =D what was that glue called agein? been on my mind for a while hehe =D thanks for the lovley comment, i love cosplaying nuala she has this unearthly feel about her hehe =D Great cosplay by the way !! was amazed ! .. and i think i minded your sord sheild thingy hehe =D sure of it =3

KhaosKreator posted on 24 November, 2009 - 20:25
Hiya! The glue is evo-stick impact adheasive. I use it on my foam armour all the time, and it held together most of nightmare. You did mind my sword, to which I'm very grateful! -Tab

Defrain posted on 6 January, 2010 - 22:46
just a simply amazing costume

Bambi. posted on 3 June, 2010 - 12:26
Too epic for words man! xD Amazing!

Clood posted on 12 July, 2010 - 21:04
I get excited merely by thinking about having seen this <3

KhaosKreator posted on 13 July, 2010 - 09:40
I'll be wearing him again at Ame this year. Going to be fun especially with how painful wearing solid state armour is. -Tab

sonia_leong posted on 19 August, 2010 - 10:02
Glad I got to see this at Ame - EPIC is the only way to describe this! Loved it

Progress Journal

24th September 2009

Under armor

Here you can see all the front detail.

24th September 2009

Under armor

Made the base armor out of plastazote like I normally do.

9th September 2009

Finished Sword

Then I kinda went nuts with making and forgot to take pictures. Enjoy the shiny sword light!

9th September 2009

Adding Rod to the Sword

So with the basic shape of the sword I decided to add the fibreglass rod to it. This was done using isoflex and some scrap fabric. The fabric makes the pole a lot more secure inside there.

9th September 2009

The Sword with support layer

This is the support layer to give me an idea of what bits of crystal needed the gaps closed off. Glued together with Iso Flex impact adheasive, like always. The bottom layer is 3mm plastazote which I buy in bulk.

9th September 2009

The cut out sword

This is the sword I cut out. As you can see, it's slightly impossible, so needed a support layer

9th September 2009

Sword Beginnings

This is me drawing out the sword on the sheet of 8mm Plastazote foam. It took many hours to draw and get as accurate as possible, but I'm very pleased with the results.

6th September 2009


Got some LED's for the sword. I know the flower arrangement looks easy with LED's, but it's really hard working that close and making sure things don't cross. Especially working at double the needed voltage so having to keep track of the led's in each circuit.

4th September 2009

Crystal armour test

I did a test piece for the crystal armour today. AND IT WORKED!

2nd July 2009

Body suit

Body suit done. It's a T-shirt cotton which will be a lot cooler than spandex to wear. There's a super sexy pair of breeches and a top with a zip down the back. In this pic I'm just testing the arm chain mail as that will be put on using super cosplay techniques later. However the stomach mail is now on the body suit. It zips on and off so I can wash it.

28th June 2009


The first chainmail arm is now done, as is the waist. The other arm is about 1/3 done. Now I just have to do the neck and finish the arm. This thing was utter hell. Not only is is just a 4 in 1 pattern but I also had to do a join at a 45 degree angle.

This is normally hard, but even harder when you're connecting a loop.

16th June 2009


About 1/3 done.

9th June 2009


Chain mail arrived today. So I started on it. Man, this is going to take ages, but it's so addictive!

4th June 2009


Bought fabric for the DUAL CAPES. It's a beautiful deep blue linen for that extra authentic knight edge. Drapes beautifully, though I know I'm going to be in the Ibis hotel ironing it because it creases like a bitch. Now I just have to figure out if I want to hem it neatly or go for that rough and raggid edge. Matt thinks neat because he's like the SPOTLESS KNIGHT, but I *love* battle damage.

4th June 2009

On Chainmail

I'm making chainmail for this thing. I've ordered like 5000+ silver rings for the arms, but I also thought it would be cool to add some blue ones into the mix to add a bit of the ice effect. The blue ones arrived before the silver, and I just couldn't help myself.

3rd June 2009


Figured out how much of the under armour needs to be made seperately and how much can be made together as one layer. The under armour is going to be super easy. You know, compared to the rest of the HATE.

3rd June 2009

The Beginning

When I make a costume that's like this (Ie, fucking impossible) the first thing I always do is figure out how I'm going to get in and out of it. Then I draw it a lot to get a feel for how the entire thing is put together. The hardest part with this costume will be making the clear armour float over the underarmour correctly. Crystal hides no flaws!