Siegfried (Eurocosplay) - Soul Calibur IV


Best Armour at Amecon 2010

Showcased 28th August 2011 What is this?




This was my improved version of Crystal Siegfried for the Eurocosplay competition and Amecon.

You can read about how the crystal armour was made in the original costume here:

Here are the improvements I made to the costume:

Under armour- The new under armour was made using PVC foam board. It's a good material but it can be very tricky to get right. I used the old armour as a pattern. There were a few adjustments made as the armour was going from soft foam to solid state. I included welding lines in the front of the amour to make it look more authentic. I could have made the front completely crisp and clean, but then it would have been like cartoon armour.

Under suit- I made a new tunic to go under the armour in linen. This made it cool to wear and also gave me something to wear around the con while not in armour

Chain mail- I attached the waist chain mail directly to the chest so it would fall properly.

Sword- I redid the electronics inside the sword and added another fibreglass rod to strengthen it.

Embroidery- I embroidered the bottom of the cape and the front of the tunic using the design on the front of the chest armour.


RebaSephiroth2 posted on 2 June, 2010 - 20:37
It is a great choice to use this one. ^_^

Ragepotato posted on 2 June, 2010 - 21:23
Good luck on this one hun, I really hope you get it <3

k4tt posted on 2 June, 2010 - 21:26
i would really love to see this in October since I never got to see the original last year, and I'm not going to be able to make it to Amecon. :( Excellent Choice though as I'm sure it will turn out even better than the awesome pictures I've seen of it!!

kiichan posted on 3 June, 2010 - 00:24

Sasashie posted on 22 July, 2010 - 22:03
beautifull embroidery work xx

Zaiburst posted on 22 July, 2010 - 22:06
Awesome. It already looked fantastic, so with your extra modifications I'm sure it'll be a winner. Good luck

Limegreenjelly posted on 22 July, 2010 - 23:39
Love it already :) Good luck with the rest

Defrain posted on 23 July, 2010 - 08:25
ace lol ive lost

Ranma1-2 posted on 24 July, 2010 - 20:22
Oh my gosh, could this costume have even more work invested in it!? I really wish you good luck Tab, you really deserve a shot at Euro.

Adamoluna posted on 24 July, 2010 - 23:44
omg yay! 8D Pictures with my Hilde, pretty please? Also, good luck with the eurocosplay qualifier! As Ranma said, you really do deserve to compete in the finals. I consider my own chances lost now, but seeing your Siegfried IRL is well worth it! :D

KhaosKreator posted on 24 July, 2010 - 23:54
I'm really looking forward to seeing your Hilde Ada! I have a photoshoot at 13.30 on saturday in Siegfried- would you like to join in and make it a group thing? -Tab

Adamoluna posted on 25 July, 2010 - 00:11
would love to! ^^ Just give me a location and I trust I'll be able to find my way there XD I dont think Ive ever done a photoshoot with someone else before.. should be a fun experience! :3

Sephirayne posted on 29 July, 2010 - 15:53
Ooooo! Looking forward to seeing the new upgrade. I loved your Siegfred to began with and always thought it as epic. What is the new matrieal your using for the armour?

KhaosKreator posted on 29 July, 2010 - 16:02
The gloves are the same stuff as the clear plastic (forget the name, it's a bunch of letters) and I think the thicker stuff is actually the same plastic you use. -Tab

Sephirayne posted on 29 July, 2010 - 16:23
Ah the PETG plastic you mentioned a while back. Looks awesome. Defo want to have a play with it a some point. Cintra/foamex is my friend :D. Love it. What you've done looks awesome. Even more awesome than what you have done with Siegfred. Just when I thought you couldn't get more epic you go and do just that. Nice one ;) Thankies for answering XX

KhaosKreator posted on 29 July, 2010 - 16:44
I say there's always room for improvement with everything you do! It's not about how good something is, but how you personally feel it could be improved. There's always *something* on a costume that I think I could have done better so next time I make something similar I'll try not to do it again. I'm never going to be perfect, but I can always try be better than I was yesterday. -Tab

Chibi posted on 1 August, 2010 - 13:04
^This.^ I completely agree! You have to learn from your mistakes in order to advance, with anything really. I'm never completely satisfied with my stuff either but tbh that's a good thing, keeps you going and working harder to better yourself ^^ Also, progress is looking very shiney and purdy :D nice one~

Adamoluna posted on 1 August, 2010 - 19:42
your armour will look twice as good as is used to with a brighter coloured under-armour. It will be an improvement well worth the work, no doubt! Can't wait to take pictures with you, it's really fueling my work on Hilde now. ^^

KhaosKreator posted on 1 August, 2010 - 20:00
I've hit a bit of a flum for the day now as heat moulding hasn't gone as well as it could. The main issue is that the glues I normally use either don't work or come undone when heat is applied. I have to heat things to glue them in place, but to heat them into shape I need to glue them... I'll get past it, but it's really hitting into productivity! -Tab

Pez posted on 2 August, 2010 - 09:03
Really loving reading your journal about this. The progress looks so interesting (and a lot of hard work!) Can't wait to see the finished costume - it's going to be quite a challenge to wear, isn't it. XD

- posted on 3 August, 2010 - 23:09
Oh my dear god this is amazing...woah! i really can't wait to see this finished. Progress is ace dude <3

sjbonnar posted on 4 August, 2010 - 11:41
This is looking fantastic!

Anonymous posted on 4 August, 2010 - 23:00
Considering the amount of costumes and props you pump out so quickly, the quality never suffers, this is mindblowing! Amazing work.

Tak posted on 5 August, 2010 - 20:45
Really enjoyed reading the journal so far - keep going Tab!

Sephirayne posted on 5 August, 2010 - 20:49
Nicely put. I never am happy with my costumes. There is always something I can improve apon. Love the under armour.

ryaoki posted on 7 August, 2010 - 16:53
love it, so fabulous

Alyx posted on 17 August, 2010 - 23:34
O_O This is simply stunning... I am in complete Awe of you!!

Uni posted on 19 August, 2010 - 17:27
This is so amazing! Great work~

Limegreenjelly posted on 19 August, 2010 - 17:33
O.o WOW! O.o

Sephirayne posted on 19 August, 2010 - 17:36
This was so epic to see in person. Great work.

DarkElf posted on 19 August, 2010 - 19:33
Amazing costume and craftmanship. I wish I could have seen it in person. Brilliant.

Lozzie posted on 19 August, 2010 - 20:13
this is outstanding! you never fail to impress me <3

MasterJh117 posted on 20 August, 2010 - 14:36
Oh lordy lord...I saw that you'd posted an update and thought "Oh, i wonder how far they've come since i last checked it out. Maybe they've done another little bit"...Then i check it out and see you're done and that it looks AMAZING and was all like "OMFGROFLCOPTERBBQ! EPIC!" In human speak: That is an amazing costume. You've managed to pull off Siegfried perfectly. 10/10

Defrain posted on 23 August, 2010 - 14:04
dude you already know what I think lets just leave it at that

Amy-Lou posted on 23 August, 2010 - 14:39
The new shinier armor looks so much better, fantastic! You've got some wonderful photos of it too, really do you justice :)

Ayame posted on 23 August, 2010 - 15:56
Wow those photos are so epic! I love them. I'm so glad I got to see this up close. It is a truely amazing costume. <3

ryaoki posted on 23 August, 2010 - 16:22
This looks so epic, its so epic it just looks delicious, like i want to eat the bluey armour lol

Sweeturk posted on 23 August, 2010 - 16:55
WOW just EPIC!!!! such an amazing costume!!!!!!!

MangaChild posted on 23 August, 2010 - 23:16
without a shadow of doubt the best Siegfried cosplayEVER!!

Jenivere posted on 11 February, 2011 - 09:31
Has to be said, this is amazing! Mindblowingly awesome costume :) have to ask too, were some of those photos taken at Stourhead? I have a feeling I recognise those stoney walls :P

HatsuneHawke posted on 23 February, 2011 - 23:56
this was amazing to see in person, was really detailed great work =D

KhaosKreator posted on 21 March, 2011 - 22:26
@ Jenivere- all the photos were taken in the middle of the road towards the Hall at Amecon 09. I rarely do location shoots unless it's at a convention and I happen to know a place nearby.

tripletriad posted on 28 August, 2011 - 20:33
So happy this got a showcase! Fantastic work as always *¬*

Wyrdsister posted on 28 August, 2011 - 23:57
Nice to see on the Showcase! Such a deserving spot for this :)

eternal_aranel posted on 29 August, 2011 - 09:45
I was wondering when this would get a showcase! Absolutely amazing work!

Pandora-Chi posted on 29 August, 2011 - 18:12
I knew I was gonna see as a showcase feature sooner or later! 8D This is absolutely incredible!!

KiraraYumi posted on 29 August, 2011 - 18:51
I remember seeing this and being completely blown away by how awesome everything looked! Congrats on the showcase!

Sephirayne posted on 31 August, 2011 - 13:33
Congrats on the showcase. Very much deserved ;)

timmyhere posted on 1 September, 2011 - 15:05
This is SUPER AMAZING!!!!!!!!

theKillingDoll posted on 2 September, 2011 - 12:31
Can't believe I haven't commented on this already. Congrats on the showcase, a fantastic costume

XxSylentiumxX posted on 7 September, 2011 - 19:53
simply amazing *o* and craftmanship on the sword is fantastic !!

Tsupo posted on 20 January, 2012 - 18:24
Such a beautiful cosplay! You look amazing. ^^

To-Do List

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Progress Journal

7th August 2010

Painting and weathering finished!

I'm finished with the painting now! I'm happy with the results and now the armour is ready to be bolted together with the crystal.

3rd August 2010

Under armour built

Finished all the basic construction today. ONWARD TO PAINTING!

1st August 2010

Popper/Snaps Test

To make this version look more like armour I'm using snaps/poppers instead of zips. This was my test piece to see if the fastening would be strong enough and how much of an allowance I would need to add to compensate for the bulk in between the plastic pieces.

1st August 2010

Arm Test

Each bit of armour has to be tested to see if it will fit under the crystal armour before it can be painted.

1st August 2010

Finished cutting out all the under armour

Here's the cut off bits and all the old bits of armour I used as a template for the new ones. Rest in pieces little dudes.

1st August 2010

Ready for heat moulding

All these parts need to be heat moulded into shape. I may be putting this off slighty...

1st August 2010

Chest plate

I started on the heat moulding today which involved the chest plate. I was going to resin cast the front plate but it wasn't completely flat so it wouldn't have worked.

29th July 2010

New armour paint test

Not as shiny as I'd hoped and the weathering is a lot harder to do, but this is much better than the last armour

29th July 2010


The old under armour compared with the new armour.

29th July 2010


Here's one of the new gloves riveted together. Now to make the other one!

26th July 2010

De-constructing the armour

Took the two sets of armour apart today so I could work on the under armour. Here's what the crystal armour looks like without the under armour.

26th July 2010

The under armour

Yeah, it's kinda fucked so I'm remaking it.

26th July 2010

New under armour

Here's the two test pieces in the new material I'm using.

22nd July 2010

Embroidery finished

This is the final full design for the embroidery.

22nd July 2010

Embroidery swirls

The swirls are made using thick Chinese silk thread which has been put in place using a technique called couching.

15th June 2010

Embroidery close up

Here's a close up of the stitches. It's a long satin stitch and something called stem stitch for the edges.

15th June 2010

More embroidery

This is about 10 hours work on the embroidery so far.

8th June 2010


I'm learning how to embroider to put some patterns on Siegfried's capes. This is 1 hour worth of work using stem stitch which makes a much thicker line than back stitch.