Ward Zabac (Combat/Galbadian Military) - Final Fantasy VIII




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Well I chose to make this costume because I luuuuurve Final Fantasy VIII!

I was going to do Laguna originally but I've always been a fan of creating costumes/ideas based on someone I look like. Comapred to Laguna, I look MUCH more like Ward so I though I'd go with him as my target.

With patience, cardboard boxes, fly wire mesh (used to keep flies out of your room), newspapers, pva glue, water, craft foam, masking tape and gaffer tape I was finally able to ceate something fairly good for my first ever realy cosplay. HOWEVER I will say that I'll never create something using the same method again.

I didn't want to use craft foam only because I've always used basic materials that you can find around your house to create things and I didn't exactly know how the whole 'heat and shape' technique worked XD Of course, I will be learning how to do that and most likely how to use plastazote over the summer holiday before I begin my Masters degree in September so I can remake the armour into something a lot better.

The hardest part of thie were the Pauldrons. I made a cardboard mould, maché'd it, put mesh over it, maché'd it again, stuck craft foam to it, then put mesh over it again then paper maché'd it a few more times! It was VERY durable but very stiff and inflexible which was a right P-I-T-A when it came to try fastening them to the armour using velcro. I will definitely be creating a far better attachment system for the pauldrons next time around as velcro worked fairly well but was not 100% reliable.

The easiest part and the most enjoyable part by far was making the Bracers which still remain my fave part of the armour due to the simple effectiveness of them. Sturdy, lightweight and extremely durable. Made from two pringles tubes and two cheese sauce tubs along with other bits of cardboard, maché and mesh they were the easiest part to make and the easiest to wear although they made my arms leak like nothing else! Plus I had to take the left one off every time I needed entry into the Expo hall XD

I learnt that my techniques were FLAWED FLAWED FLAWED and I needed to use better materials for the armour. The major problem for me was attaching everything to each other so if anyone has any advice on this lemme know it please =) Take a look at the development photos to see how things were done (these will be up soon if they aren't there right now).

When I wore it it felt SO COOL! Not as in cold but kind of good since I'd spent ages making it. However flexibility was an issue as my arms had limited movement which was both impractical and unrealistic. A soldier (especially a Galbadian soldier) would need all the flexibility and manouverability as possible. This armour did not provide any of that since if I moved mya rms too much the pauldrons would most likely fall off.. INFACT when I finally got to wear it on Sunday (I didn't wear it on Sat because I lost a piece of the chest plate) at the end of the day the right pauldron did fall off.

Anyways, any advice on armour making and plastazote, fastening and shaping would be greatly appreciated. All other feedback welcome =)

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nanahara posted on 2 June, 2010 - 10:20
nicely done man ^^

ChibiandthePenguin posted on 2 June, 2010 - 11:40
Ah, I think I ran into you at the expo! I meant to get your picture but forgot to ask. (doh) Ward is an awesome character and you pulled it off really well. I love the weapon/harpoon! Chibi

TSLoire posted on 2 June, 2010 - 11:44
Thanks Nanahara, ChibithePenguin, I had one or two people come up to me and say 'hey there's Ward' or 'that's Ward, you never see a Ward!' so that was cool and one of those people could very well have been you =) I'm thinking on doing my own take on the Galbadian armour for next time, maybe a 'Ward the early years' kind of thing when Kiros Laguna and Ward were all still in training for the Galbadian military. Not sure yet!

FusionRose posted on 2 June, 2010 - 13:42
i loved your ward =D Always wanted to see this version of ward and now i have i can die happy xD ^_^

Numta posted on 2 June, 2010 - 13:50
Awesome ward dude! I was gutted i had to get go the Lady Gaga gig! I wanted to s tay and be part of the FFVIII photo shoot!

GoldieNeko posted on 2 June, 2010 - 14:04
Your Ward ALWAYS looks Epic! XD I think I spotted you in Oct 09 as I was wandering about in my Moogle, this version rox my sox off just as much as ya did when I forst saw ya Ward back in 2009!

TSLoire posted on 2 June, 2010 - 20:35
@FusionRose Noooo don't dieee! That'd be sad, how would we have another cosplay shoot?! @Numta3 Ah a Seifer! I don't think I saw you at the Expo, were you hiding? I saw a guy last year who was dressed like Seifer but apparently claimed to simply dress like that XD Maybe in October? @GoldieNeko Daaaw thanks for that, I'll be beginning my next Ward cosplay soon.. I was thinking of his Esthar clothes but then no one would recognise me XD Unless I carried the anchor bwahaha!

FusionRose posted on 12 June, 2010 - 20:44
that is very true, i must survive so we have lots more epic shoots ^_^

Taldur posted on 22 July, 2011 - 14:49
This is Epic, he's so under-rated Great Job :D