Kain Highwind (FFIV DS remake) - Final Fantasy IV


London MCM Expo May 2010

Best costume - ALCL June 2010, Best Adult - Brighton Japan Festival June 2011




Oh ho ho! Kain! Another under appreciated FF character =D

And now completed. This was a lot of fun to wear at Expo, though I have to say, so many people thought I was from Yu-Gi-Oh... If someone could tell me what exactley from Yu-Gi-Oh I looked like, I would appreciated it. It left me in much confusion...! (All those people that said 'Dragoon!' as I walked past. ILU.)

The costume itself was really light weight and not as insanely hot as I thought it would be. Lipstick was a pain in the ass (Kain is such a woman, right? :P) and I need to consider a new harnessing system for the leg armour (apparently elastic & velcro is *not* the best combination in the world ever for thigh armour) but other then that I am very pleased with the outcome!

Many thanks to the lovely Rydias on Saturday and Sunday (3 of you! All with beautiful costumes!) and the wonderful Rosa (you're a star, for both your costume and photoshoot organising skills!).

Also many thanks to Shamasus for realising I couldn't carry my bag. Thank you. <3

So.... difficult...

So far:

27 sheets of A3 foam
5 sheets of A4 foam
Lots of 2mm wire
Some 1.5mm wire
Black fabric x 3m
Purple fabric x 2m
Orange fabric x 1m
Dylon 3d paint x 2 bottles
Blonde ponytail hair extension


FusionRose posted on 24 November, 2009 - 10:48
Wooo Kain, he's badass! Good luck with thiss

Zelda posted on 15 December, 2009 - 22:51
gunna be awesome =] HAVE YOU ORDERED THE FOAM YET!

JakeX posted on 16 December, 2009 - 03:50
i think ill question joo on msn asking "how?"

Sorceress-Eiva posted on 31 May, 2010 - 11:22
This was so awesome to see, you pulled Kain off perfectly. I was the Refia who suggested the macho man pose at Sunday's photoshoot 8D and I probably came off as stupidly hyper. Kain is just too awesome and you did it too well. Have some love! <3

ChibiandthePenguin posted on 31 May, 2010 - 15:30
Awesome! It's nice to see people cosplaying as characters from the earlier FF games, especially IV. I'm kicking myself for missing this! Very cool indeed! :D

k4tt posted on 31 May, 2010 - 17:50
This is such an awesome cosplay. I'm glad to have seen this in person!!

sjbonnar posted on 31 May, 2010 - 18:03
This was brilliant! Well done!

ElegantAura posted on 31 May, 2010 - 20:00
Excellent work, such a fabulous Costume!

AmethystEyes posted on 31 May, 2010 - 20:24
Oh lordy, finally a Kain cosplayer :D Very cool!

Defrain posted on 31 May, 2010 - 21:08
this was awesome

alexandraheaven posted on 1 June, 2010 - 12:17
saw this and loved it! well done.

SlimDefinition posted on 25 June, 2010 - 22:05
Hey, I saw you in this. We spoke briefly as armoured cosplayers. I was the Hrist Valkyrie. I loved your take on Kain. Just brilliant!

visiting_wizard posted on 26 June, 2010 - 13:24
i didn't see you at expo but this is awesome! :)

Holli posted on 27 June, 2010 - 10:17
heya it was soo awesome to meet you yesterday the costume is soo much more impressive up close well done :D

KamikazePenguin posted on 27 June, 2010 - 18:58
So much win you make an awesome Kain! <:

GoldieNeko posted on 27 June, 2010 - 19:45
I was amongst the FF Photo shoots both days and do recall you in this epic Cosplay. Very well done ^.^

flames-of-monki posted on 27 June, 2010 - 19:58
heya sorry that comment by holli is actually be me XD i was on the wrong account :D awesome costume

JupiterLight posted on 27 June, 2010 - 23:12
Thank you all so much for your kind comments >.<

Sasashie posted on 12 July, 2010 - 00:02
hay its your Rosa again i will be doing another ff4 group in May 2011 just wondering if you would like to bring kain back again i have a thread on here if your interested xx yet again loved your Kain xx

JupiterLight posted on 24 July, 2010 - 23:33
Ooooh, I would love to join you for that. O: Gives me a chance to fix up all the bits I don't much like about the armour. Only problem I can see is transporting both Kain and the Emperor up to london but I shall see how it goes. :D I would be honoured to join you again, just to stare at your pretty rosa costume ^^

GAINAX posted on 25 July, 2010 - 00:17
This costume was awesome Katie! Was glad we managed to get some shots together :D

Manticore posted on 29 September, 2011 - 23:10
You know I want you back to puppeteer YOU!

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2nd November 2009

And so it begins.

What have I done? Why did I chose this? Seven months is not enough. I need longer to create this. It must be perfect. PERFECT. I bet it ends up costing an arm and a leg too.

But won't it totally be worth it? Then again... I'm either gonna look good or totally rubbish. I'm thinking the latter! I think a good place to start is black trousers and a black shirt... normal, managable things...