Zidane Tribal - Dissidia


Ayacon 2011

Showcased 12th February 2012 What is this?




KYA I've been wanting to cosplay Zidane for years, anyway, and I think that finally, 2010 is the year! *fingers crossed* I just hope that, after all this time, I'm able to do him justice.

EDIT; Okaaaay, it's now 2011....THIS will be the year for Zidane! XD;; For certain, this time! In progress, in progress~ *cough cough* ORZ

DOUBLE EDIT; Groupage shall commence for Ayacon, and I am THIS Excited! *spreads arms wide*

TRIPLE EDIT; THANKYOU SO MUCH for the showcase! I'm utterly chuffed but humbled by all the others that have come before. So much talent that I couldn't possibly live up to!


Demented Kid posted on 29 December, 2009 - 00:51
Seriously looking forward to this~ You shall do awesomely!

Anonymous posted on 29 December, 2009 - 00:56
lookin forward to zidane as kuja i shall hav to hug and glomp u

Sephirayne posted on 28 March, 2010 - 13:52
Woot! This will be awesome. Can't wait to see.

KuroStylr posted on 3 May, 2010 - 22:44
huzzah for in progress my dear brother!

J-Po posted on 22 April, 2011 - 20:52

J-Po posted on 25 April, 2011 - 22:10
wow that detail :D

Ino posted on 25 April, 2011 - 22:43
HOLY COW *___*

- posted on 25 April, 2011 - 23:06
This is looking amazing so far. Looove the detail

FusionRose posted on 25 April, 2011 - 23:17
This is pretty damn epic! Can't wait to see it complete x.

Demented Kid posted on 26 April, 2011 - 01:34
Aaah, looking so amazing! @___@ <3

PapercutPerfect posted on 26 April, 2011 - 01:46
This is looking beautiful! Can't wait to see more!

Numta posted on 26 April, 2011 - 11:20
top looks amazing! Can't wait to see the rest!

FuriePhoenix posted on 26 April, 2011 - 19:05
top looks incredible!!

CrystalNeko posted on 26 April, 2011 - 21:51
Oh man that top looks perfect!! Fantastic progress :)

sarmander posted on 28 April, 2011 - 23:29
Gosh, thanks so much everyone~! =O_O= I just hope I'll be able to pull it all off in the end.

NixieThePixie posted on 11 June, 2011 - 21:30
It's looking amazing so far!!!!

SlimDefinition posted on 7 July, 2011 - 21:32
This is looking really good. Even though this is the Dissida version (which is much the same costume), finding you as Beatrix might be fun depending on what day(s) you're wearing him. It'll be the Saturday for Beatrix providing I get her finished in time. Great work!

sarmander posted on 15 July, 2011 - 00:04
Ah, thanks so much! Ooh, as luck would have it I'll be wearing him on Saturday, too. Yay! I really hope we run into eachother~

j_mercuryuk posted on 17 July, 2011 - 13:56
Amazing progress on this

CrystalNeko posted on 17 July, 2011 - 14:29
Have to say I love that manbag :'D Progress is looking awesome! Hope to snap up lots of pictures of you~

LittleRecordGirl posted on 17 July, 2011 - 22:58
Your progress shots are freakin' fantastic!

Natsumi posted on 25 July, 2011 - 22:34
Awesome dudette awesome. *__* The tail looks so cool, it's like an actual PART of you. :o

Natsumi posted on 1 August, 2011 - 22:31
Whoa the weapons rock! What kind of paint did you use? :o awesomes

sarmander posted on 1 August, 2011 - 22:47
Hehe thankyou me dearie! =3 It's just plain ol' acrylic for the most part. Just have to hope it doesn't rain. Well, I guess we'd be praying for that, anyway. XD;;

Ino posted on 1 August, 2011 - 22:55
Ahh yaaaaaaay completo~! :D :D

Eloraborealis posted on 1 August, 2011 - 23:33
Looks absolutely amazing, the weapons are incredible!

Chibi posted on 9 August, 2011 - 02:10
Looks pure awesome as always! You really suit the character too, spot on!

Lady Bahamut posted on 24 August, 2011 - 19:09
Oh you cheeky monkey boy ;D You look really great as Zidane! Awesome job :D

Natsumi posted on 24 August, 2011 - 21:33
Squee. You were awesome as Zidane. <3 This was so much fun ; u ; I want to do it all over again!!

sarmander posted on 24 August, 2011 - 21:50
Natsumi, you were the prettiest Terra EVER! (Which really contributes to getting in character as Zidane XD) We are SO doing this again. For sure!

birds-hate-flying posted on 5 September, 2011 - 17:04
I think you nailed this character design, both visually and in communicating his mannerisms(-the latter particularly in the 'airship' picture with Natsumi/Terra). Construction of the, well, everything is very impressive. I particularly like the waistcoat and the colour gradient on the daggers.

Raye-chan posted on 5 November, 2011 - 13:10
I loved your Zidane :) your pictures suit him so well!

Lady Bahamut posted on 16 November, 2011 - 20:43
You suit Zidane so well it's just stupid XD Love the new photos! <3

Shenny posted on 12 February, 2012 - 18:00
Congrats on the showcase hun! ♥

Sephirayne posted on 12 February, 2012 - 18:48
Brilliant Zidane and congrats on the showcase

SamanthaKaiba posted on 12 February, 2012 - 23:55
congrats on the showcase...you look amazing

Manticore posted on 14 February, 2012 - 00:33
Oh Wow! Congratulations! and yes well done to your Zidane

sarmander posted on 15 February, 2012 - 01:15
T_T Thanks so much, guys!

Leolarua posted on 15 February, 2012 - 15:12
congratz on the showcase! lovely costum

KiraraYumi posted on 15 February, 2012 - 19:46
Amazingly perfect, everything looks awesome and I love the photos! 8D Congrats!

sarmander posted on 23 February, 2012 - 21:16
Thankyou so much~!!

HarryKurt posted on 6 March, 2013 - 22:49
This is flawless! You're a perfect Zidane! Love the details and the tail looks great. :)

Captain_Marvelous posted on 6 March, 2013 - 23:50
How did I not see this!? its perfect! love love love it!

Chibi posted on 26 May, 2013 - 23:26
I still love this so much, you make an amazing Zidane! <3 also I would KILL for the amount of awesome facial expressions you can do in all your photos (I have 2: smile or no smile XD)

Progress Journal

1st August 2011

Garnets. I mean, DAGGERS

Everything is now finished! WHOOP! I'm going to go and change the stutus to 'complete' as soon as I finish this wee journal entry on the daggers/short swords/flamboyant stabby thingies.
The blade and hilt was cut as one piece out of mounting board which I then built upon using paper mache for the guard and to make the hilt chunkier. Gradiating the colours on the blade was a b*tch and pretty hit-and-miss. Spent many hours waiting for layers to dry. The designs were painted on with puffy 3D pearlescant paint....which had to be done right first time or it'd be buggered up entirely. No pressure, then. >_>;
Finished with fimo bits, beads, wire....stuff and stuff. I like how they came out! Just....please don't inspect them too closely T^T

25th July 2011

90% DONE

So, hair is finally styled..although due to its' choppy nature it hangs differently each time I wear it, so it's going to take me a long time to get it set correctly actually on the day. =/ Still!

Tail also complete! I've sewn a piece of plastic into the inner backside of my trousers so that when the tail is stitched onto it, it stays rigid and doesn't pull the trousers down! The tail is also wired so it is poseable AS WELL as swingy! I'm gonna have fun shakin' my butt around....Zidane approves also! X3

All that's left is the daggers, and I'm on it!

19th July 2011

Mop (photo is darker than irl)

Wig in progress. Had to cut off a load of the length around the sides then made them into wefts to then sew back In to the wig around the face where it was too short. XD;; Gah.
Copious amounts of pva used for spiking and texture.
Shame it looks better on the wig head than it does on me, though....T^T

16th July 2011

Tales of....tails

Tail is finished. Here you can see several rejects, also.
See, I'm fussy. Since I couldn't find the exact fur that I really wanted, I bought some bog-standard cream 'fun fur' fabric, cut it into lengths and took to each of them with a spray bottle full of ink mixes and a sponge. XD

Took many atempts to get the colour that I wanted and the gradiation but found it in the end. I'm pretty pleased with the finished effect, although it doesn't show very well in the photo. It actually looks like I've butchered a lion. o_0

7th July 2011


I've finally hit upon a wig that I actually like. X_X Ugh. Blonde shades are the HARDEST colours to get right, don't you think? I've ended up spending a fair bit of cash on wigs that aren't suitable, dammit. Anyway, this mop is actually GORGEOUS; so thick and silky and HEAT STYLABLE WHOOT, I'm almost dreading cutting it. XD BUT IT MUST BE DONE!

30th June 2011

Getting there gradually

Well, I say gradually but I'm suprised at myself how prolificly (is that a word? XD; ) I've been working recently. o_0 Stress from work seems to do funny things to me; makes me want to go and get stressed over other things instead, it seems. Anyway, in the limited time I have between jobs and sleep I've gotten all the beltage finished. Whoot~

I have discovered a problem, though. Zidane will not easilly be able to sit, crouch, or generally move around in any stealthy thief-like way. *shakes fist*

11th June 2011

Main body of outfit complete~

Waistcoat done, just needs fastenings to hold the front togethor. Cravat and clasp; done. Beads. LOTS of beads. Done and done. Cuffs, done. Gloves, complete. Trousers, complete-o.
Starting on the boots (Building up from a pair of shoes) and the many belts (working with a mix of pleather and vinyl), then onto...well. Everything else. o_0
Please excuse my fat, derpy face in this picture.

26th April 2011


Cuffs complete, not quite the shade of blue I had hoped but I'll work with it. Now working on the armourment on the gloves. Armourment...is that a word? The uh...gauntlet things...metal plates...stuff. o_0;;
PSSH like Zidane knows what he's wearing. It just LOOKS cool, okay? X3

(oh and little dangly winged-egg thingy to attach to...lord knows where, I'll have to check back on the ref. pictures XD;; )

22nd April 2011

Waistcoat complete~

And about bloody time, too. I had a feeling that it would be the trickiest part of the outfit from the outset. Just sewing the edging on took me a whole day! And why? Because I'm a rubbish seamstress but I still push myself to try to recreate semi-decent items of clothing. I R glutton for punishment.

Anway, it looks a bit squiffy and mishapen on the manequin, but that's because the manequin is squiffy and mishapen. XD Or, rather, I am squiffy and mishapen and the manequin won't adjust to my exact measurements, so....ahem. Anyway. it fits well on me, at least! ^_^;;

Working on the leatherwork stuff now. Much more fun!

16th April 2011

Never again will I use this crap

Okay, I knew there was a reason why I&#039;ve always avoided working with this kind of fabric, other than for the fact that I just hate the way it looks.

CRUSHED VELVET IS A BITCH TO WORK WITH. REALLY. I&#039;ve torn out so much hair I&#039;ll need to wear wigs when I&#039;m NOT in cosplay. &gt;__&lt;
Unfortunately i HAD to pick this fabric because it was the only way I could get the exact colour I need for the waistcoat.
After much gnashing of teeth I had a sudden brainwave; use the reverse side of the fabric instead! (Duuuur X_X) This cured a lot of problems AND means I don&#039;t have to have a horrible veloooooour-looking waistcoat.
*shakes head* Go me.

(On a plus note, I have super sexy lining. X3 It's LURVELY material, shines like Magpie feathers! Shame no-one will see it....)

16th April 2011


Okay, so I felt like I was getting close to finishing the waistcoat when *insert dramatic DUN DUN DUUUUN here* I realised I'd ballsed up big-time. XD;; Really, embarrasingly so.
See picture for reference.
Now I'm a lazy sod, so instead of starting again from scratch (because I'd have to go right back to square one by re-drawing a new pattern then start work again on that aaaaaaawful fabric)I'm going to bodge it. You'll never know there was ever a problem by the time I'll have it finished!! ^___^
....Except I just told you.


*whistles* >3>