Fina (Game) - Skies of Arcadia


Kitacon IV (2012)

Featured in NEO Magazine 2011


Fina is a Silvite and is one of the main protagonists of Skies of Arcadia. I made Fina for the London MCM Expo in October 2010 to wear Friday and Saturday.

My picture and details were featured in Neo Magazine ^_^

I am going to wear Fina again at Kitacon IV!

The hardest part was probably the tiara falling off and the silver coming off the armbands and Cupil!

Everything was 100% hand made, Cupil was made like a plush toy and he was really popular! I have recently gave him a lick of silver paint!

The dress was made out of stretchy material, I hand painted the gold using fabric paint.

The arm cuffs were stuffed giving the right effect as well as the choker.

I made the tiara from an alice band and the veil was decorated with gold glitter.

The white boots are cowboy boots and I made the boot covers using craft foam and painted it with the same gold fabric paint.

Fina has pale skin, green eyes and blonde hair. She wears an ankle-length sleeveless white dress slit up each side to nearly halfway up the thigh for mobility, white tights and boots with gold cuffs, sleeves which stay at mid-arm despite no visible means of support, and a gold headband from which depends a gauzy cream veil that covers her collar-length hair. There is a triangular cutout in her dress on her chest. Fina has arcane markings on her forehead and shoulders.

About the character......

Fina had a profoundly lonely childhood. The only humans in the Great Silver Shrine other than her were Ramirez and the Elders, the latter of whom were all well over a thousand years old and preserved in crystals. For all of her adolescence and half of her pre-adolescent years, Ramirez was gone on a secret mission for the Elders, so Fina was virtually alone and isolated from human contact in a very sterile environment.

Given the circumstances of her youth, Fina is a surprisingly well-adjusted young woman. The polar opposite of Aika, Fina is demure and introverted, allowing the more extroverted Vyse and Aika to deal with strangers. Once Fina's friendship was won, she will go literally to the ends of the earth and beyond for said friends, even when they would be deemed beyond reasonable hope by most. She is very naive about Arcadian customs, given her cloistered upbringing, but she is a very quick study, and generally only needs a given concept to be explained to her once before she understands it. However, her education includes some very curious gaps, like pets, such as the dog-like Arcadian huskra, Pow, and the use and acquisition of money. Nevertheless, the simple honesty and conviction Fina displays allows her to quickly win Captain Dyne's trust, despite her odd Silvite origins. Fina quickly picks up Aika's habit of gently teasing her close friends, aided by her quick wits.

Since Fina herself is physically weak, her floating artificial companion, Cupil, does her physical attacks for her. By eating "chams", Cupil becomes more and more powerful, eventually becoming the most powerful weapon in the game. Fina's magic strength, is the highest of all of the fighters, allowing her to deal punishing damage to the enemy with her magic spells. Her S-moves can heal and add beneficial effects and remove the enemy's beneficial effects.

In the game, Vyse and Aika quickly take Fina into their close-knit partnership, hardly skipping a beat. Fina is the quietest member of the trio, and she prefers to be the voice of support rather than a leader. However, she earns the respect and love of everybody around her with her beauty and quiet empathy. Fina's relationship with Vyse and Aika grows very close by the end of the game, which allows the three to act as one. In the very last scene of the game's ending cinema before the credits roll, Fina appears with Vyse and Aika wearing a much skimpier, pirate-themed version of her costume. Cupil is also featured with a mustache and eyepatch. In the Japanese language sound bites, Fina is played by Yui Horie. In the English version Fina is played by Julissa Aguirre.

Unlike Ramirez, Fina was never briefed by the Silvite Elders on the full extent of her mission. This suggests that Fina lacks Ramirez's ruthless streak, and explains why she is quick to rebel against her handlers once she learns that her true mission is to bring apocalypse to Arcadia.

DefineImagineMJ posted on 16 June, 2010 - 19:56
Yes! This will be AWESOME Raye!

NightmareWings posted on 16 June, 2010 - 19:58
Yay!!!!!!! Cant wait.

Anonymous posted on 16 June, 2010 - 20:14
YAY!!! Fina :3

sjbonnar posted on 16 June, 2010 - 23:05
I have love for anyone who cosplays from this legend of a game!

Raye-chan posted on 18 June, 2010 - 21:45
Thank you very much - shoppping for materials tomorrow - more updates to my journal soon! ^.^

Raye-chan posted on 25 June, 2010 - 17:52
Got all my material - so much to put together now >.<

DefineImagineMJ posted on 27 June, 2010 - 22:12
Get those pictures up Raye! ^_^

Raye-chan posted on 20 August, 2010 - 17:25
I've added my Cupil material - going to look at the overall cutting tonight! Exciting times ^_^

ryaoki posted on 26 August, 2010 - 09:13
THIS IS AWSOME RAYE THIS ONE will definatly suit you well!

Raye-chan posted on 26 August, 2010 - 18:03
Aw thank you ryaoki ^_^ heh - I hope to do my best - I am part of a Skies of Arcadia Trio at expo - who are you going as this time?

yami-no-neko posted on 29 August, 2010 - 13:29
looking really good so far. SOA is my ultimate fav game it really should get cosplayed more. Can't wait to see this finished

Ranma1-2 posted on 29 August, 2010 - 13:39
Another great choice. ^_^ I can see this is going to look very pretty. Lovely drapes in the dress progress. :)

Raye-chan posted on 29 August, 2010 - 14:25
@yami-no-neko - thanks so much I love the game too ^_^ Moons give me strength! It will be finished ready for the London MCM Expo in October - Im part of a SOA group with SlimDefinition and NightmareWings! @Ranma1-2 - aww thank you! I'm love cosplaying quite a few of my choices are kick ass girls, Fina is an exception but i secretly think that you wouldnt mess with her hehe. Yeah the drapes are really pretty ^_^ Im loving the fact i got white tight leggings for 99p! Just need one more pair so there pretty white

Ranma1-2 posted on 29 August, 2010 - 15:51
Yeah 99p for leggins is unbeatable vfm! I love bargains like that too. ^_^

Raye-chan posted on 3 September, 2010 - 18:28
@ Ranma1-2 - Got another pair now so my legs dont look as naked heh! I love bargains ;) too - think i might buy a £10 pair of boots and spray paint them white heh!

Ranma1-2 posted on 4 September, 2010 - 10:21
Progess is looking really pretty. ^_^ Love that triangle cut out and the tailoring around the bust is very flattering. ..What size bust are you btw? ;)

Raye-chan posted on 4 September, 2010 - 10:56
@Ranma1-2 - Heh that would be telling.. Oh well I dont mind saying that I am a B but as you can see from my pics I'm quite tall and curvaceous ^^ Need to work with my goods heh! I hope to make the dress a bit tighter by linding the bodice and adding inside ribbon to stop it from stretching out everywhere ^_^

KhaosKreator posted on 4 September, 2010 - 11:41
The triangle on the dress is beautifully done! Great sewing skills there!

Raye-chan posted on 4 September, 2010 - 13:50
@KhaosKreator thank you ^_^ its very tricky my mum is making Fina with me as shes amazing - she was a dress maker way back when ^_^

nanahara posted on 4 September, 2010 - 15:12
the dress is looking great ^^

DefineImagineMJ posted on 4 September, 2010 - 16:08
Awesome Raye! Must get joint progress photos next weekend! Cupil is already looking cute, even in two parts.

Raye-chan posted on 4 September, 2010 - 18:31
@nanahara - Thank you so much ^_^ lots of effort this one! @SlimDefinition - Thank you! Yeah defo ;) Belleza and Fina pose!

Ranma1-2 posted on 14 September, 2010 - 22:16
Nice work on the earings, and also I noticed ..your finger nails are looking beautifull. Everything about your Fina cosplay is looking good. ^_^

Raye-chan posted on 28 September, 2010 - 22:26
Aw thank you Ranma1-2 ^_^ Oh and i have done more Fina (on my facebook Raye Springall) but i hope to get painting underway in a week so loads to do!!!

DefineImagineMJ posted on 13 October, 2010 - 19:19
Looking very awesome Raye! Can't wait to throw Cupil at Kara.

Raye-chan posted on 16 October, 2010 - 10:33
Tehe Thanks ;) Getting there, going to work on Fina in a second for the remainder of the day!

Zelda posted on 17 October, 2010 - 12:16
The progress on this is looking lovely ^^

Raye-chan posted on 17 October, 2010 - 17:01
@Tif9123 - Thank you ^_^ I have done sooooo much painting this weekend, just uploaded progress pics ;) front of dress finished!!

DefineImagineMJ posted on 18 October, 2010 - 17:32
Flipping awesome Raye! I can't wait to debut Belleza with you in this, and I know Mandy will be looking forward to debuting Aika too.

Raye-chan posted on 18 October, 2010 - 17:38
Awwww ^_^ thanks so much *big grins* and I can not wait to debut with you too ;) and Mandy too - so excited..... SOA Trio!!! We need a giant group hug picture with Cupil squished in the middle! I hope to get the dress finished soon I only have the middle of the back to finish. Going to buy some more gold fabric paint tonight so I'm ready to get the sleeves sorted by the weekend! ^_^ Oh and.... 30th comment - horrah!

Dark_Angel_15 posted on 23 October, 2010 - 18:32
Looking Awesome raye

Ranma1-2 posted on 5 November, 2010 - 13:47
Expo pics - Beautifull! ^_^ Really turned out well. You didn't pose with your leg out the sexy slit! ..Next time... ;)

Solarista posted on 5 November, 2010 - 21:26
I think this might be my favorite of your cosplays, you look so pretty ^^.

Raye-chan posted on 6 November, 2010 - 22:24
@Ranma1-2 :) thanks so much for the lovely comment! You wanted leg slit pose? So i have just added a picture! Let me know what you think :) she was so much fun to wear and i felt very pretty and elegant :)

Raye-chan posted on 6 November, 2010 - 22:30
@Solarista :) Aw thanks for the compliment! Fina was my first cosplay that took over most of my life to finish. There was so much detail to do using 7 pots of gold paint! I would definitely wear her again as the costume means so much to me. So much time and effort went into her and i love the finished article!

Ranma1-2 posted on 7 November, 2010 - 00:16
Ah that's better ^_^ The leg slits are such a nice feature of the dress and you made it with them, plus the progress shot looks so good. I'm glad you did do the pose :P cuz It's also in the art ref pic. Definitely shows off the dress well, and the white tights look nice quality too. And I agree ..you look very pretty and elegant. ^_^

Raye-chan posted on 8 November, 2010 - 22:12
@Ranma1-2 - Thank you so so much! I am so pleased with the finished article. Fina was so much hard work. I love the way i made the outfit fit my figure, the leg slits are higher than they should be and it just looks so much better that way. The dress flowed so eligantly in the breeze i felt very silvete like! The white tights really looked the part and they were under £2! I loved posing in this! The friday and saturday expo went by so quickly. This costume has also been shortlisted ooooo i hope i can win something!

Raye-chan posted on 8 November, 2010 - 23:06
@Dark_Angel_15 - Thank you ^_^ i'm glad you liked this costume on progress and in person

FairyPorchQueen posted on 9 November, 2010 - 00:09
Stunning!!! And i totally want a cupil!!

Raye-chan posted on 13 November, 2010 - 11:19
@FairyPorchQueen - Awww I know Cupil is so cute, he needs a coat of silver now as he got held by so many people and had so many hugs that its wearing off! He was so hard to make but really worth it as i have seen alot of Cupil's done differently. He needed to be very squishy! ^_^ And thank you for the 'stunning' comment *blush* ^^

DefineImagineMJ posted on 13 November, 2010 - 19:21
Love how this turned out. Skies of Arcadia FTW!

Raye-chan posted on 17 November, 2010 - 23:11
Thank you! I was so pleased too!! SOA group - ROCKED! ^_^ Can't wait to wear again and next time we will have to film some skits :)

Raye-chan posted on 10 December, 2010 - 23:44
I've decided i will re-wear Fina, probably in the dry season, but in the meantime i shall see if i can get the gold paint to set so not to run if there is any bad weather.... summer meet is likely ;) Cupil will obviously be making an appearance too.

Raye-chan posted on 20 April, 2011 - 17:47
Just found out I am the feature in NEO Magazine as Fina! ^_^ Wow!

Do markings on dress - BACK
Make gold ankle boot rings
Make gold cuffs for sleves
Make tiara
Make and do markings on veil
Finish adding veil to tiara
Do markings on dress - FRONT
Buy dress material
Buy gold fabric paint
Design Cupil :)
Find shoes
Find blue dangly earings
Gold facepaint for markings
Get Veil material
Buy White Long Leggings
Get Veil material
Buy gold fabric paint
Find blue dangly earings
Buy White Long Leggings
Make dress tight fitted
Make gold cuffs for sleves
Make sleeves
Make up dress and pin for sewing
Finish Cupil
Buy Wig
Make sleeves
Do markings on dress - BACK
Finish adding veil to tiara

Total cost: £0.00

7th April 2012

Fixes done

Made some fixes to Fina today so she is ready for Kitacon! :D

22nd February 2012


Going to wear her for the masquerade at Kitacon with my lovely friend Mel aka SlimDefinition as Belleza

20th June 2011

NEO Mag - letters section - 2011

I'm in Neo magazine again! XD page 58 letters section. Thanks so much to Freya Le Helloco for the lovely comments on SOA and my Fina cosplay! It's great to be appreciated and see that others love the game too!

20th April 2011

Me in a feature! Neo Magazine!

Its been months since the MCM Expo but I have just found out I am used in this months feature of the NEO Magazine! ^_^ I'm greatly honoured! Please comment on my cosplay if you have seen me ^^

31st March 2011

How time flies

Just added a couple of new pictures today ^_^ I hope to re-wear Fina at some point in the near future!

25th October 2010


My Fina progress is going on well i only have the sleeves to finish so i should be done by Wednesday :)

23rd October 2010

Dress finished!

Last night i finally finished painting the dress! :) so just the sleeves to get finished!

20th October 2010

Veil and tiara finished

Just finished veil and tiara ^_^ yay!

20th October 2010


The sleeve cuffs are now painted gold! I have used over 6 pots of gold paint so far! The dress is almost there too ^^ I will get the sleeves sewn up tomorrow - almost there!

18th October 2010

Back of the dress almost there...

I spent 12 hours painting yesterday ^_^ lovely pictures of the dress up now. I have almost finished the back, just the middle to do then the dress is finished! So currently i am stitching the veil onto the tiara, then later this week i need to make the sleeves.

17th October 2010

Dress front finished!

I have been painting the dress all weekend, so far the front of the dress is completely finished ^_^ so just the back to do then the sleeves!

13th October 2010

Loads of progress now!

Ok lots of progress, will list ^_^ Cupil - finished! Boot Covers - finished! Tiara - finised! Silver arm bands - finished! Veil - 90% finished Dress - need to paint Sleeves - mock up a success - will make shortly And i already have the gold face paint for the marking, so just the dress, sleeves and a bit of veil til i'm done ^^

4th October 2010

Cupil progress

Last night i finished making the arms for Cupil, they just need sewing onto his body now :) He now has eyes so just a smile then he is finished! I have also been working on my head piece and the dress is being fitted with velco and darts to keep from falling down. I got white shoe polish for my boots to go over any scuffs and I am working on the veil with gold glitter ^_^ Lots more progress pictures to follow in the next few days as i push to get alot of the painting done

28th September 2010


Ok i have been working on this, just slack in updating CI!! I have finished the dress, going to start painting next week, the arms need doing, boots finishing, and cupil finishing and just a bit of detail with the gold - then done!

10th September 2010

Wig arrived

My wig arrived ^_^ very pleased with it :) uploaded a photo now

8th September 2010

Gold painting is fun...

I have tested the gold fabric paint on the main fabric this week, it works! Just need a big tub now :) Need to get some foam this week and spray paint to sort the gold peices on the ankles...

4th September 2010


Just got my boots on ebay ^_^ only £8.20 - cant wait til they arrive

4th September 2010

More progress

The dress now has the triangle chest area ready. I have decided to line the dress around the bodice and i have also got a second pair of white tights ^_^ I need to get on and work on Cupil while my mum takes my dress apart for me and lines it!

29th August 2010

Wig ordered

Just ordered my wig ^_^ I think its perfect for fina, a bit more pricy than others but i want to get this right ^_^

29th August 2010

Amazing progress

Massive progress yesterday - Cupil is coming to life and i have a full pinned dress for Fina (yay!) The triangle needs cutting and i need to buy another pair of white legging style tights (which only cost 99p!) I still need to sort out all the gold and jewelry but i have a cunning plan for the tiara to use two alice bands! I mainly need to purchase the wig and boots, then i have most of the materials I will need.

24th August 2010

Tiara and Cupil...

Ok so last night I finished the base coat for the Tiara (need pc fixed to get pictures up on here!!) - Firstly I covered the alice band with gold fabric paint. Then I covered this with Gold acrylic paint - shiny shiny ^_^ Just need to get another piece to make it a full tiara then draw in the detailed lines. I also started Cupil the plush toy, it is HARDER than I thought it would be >_< Need to work out how to make it a bit better - so far I have used cushion stuffing and make a round ball the size of my head, then I covered it and stitched it up using some lining. Now I put the silver over the stiched ball and try and stretch it around - however I keep getting folds and lines.... I will put some time aside tonight and look at some of my already made up plush toys and try to work something out... after I figure this out I can add Cupils tail, hands, eyes and mouth. I may need to cut out two circles and stitch them together then place around the ball to get the right effect for the body... Wish me luck!

20th August 2010


I got an alice band yesterday so I can use this to start making the tiara and veil :) I hope to look at the overall cutting out of the dress tonight :)

15th August 2010

Cupil on his way

I got my material to make Cupil yesterday - all very exited, Rinoa is now done so Fina can start very soon!!

27th July 2010

Main outfit to be started shortly :)

I have my halter neck pattern at the ready and all my material so i will be cutting and sewing like crazy the next few weekends, im just about finished with Riona so once i have - its Fina time! :) I have painted the earings blue and will give them a pearl simmer ^_^ I need to scout out some gold spray paint and start making the jewelry peices and .... as always... Find the shoes! And buy the wig... And make Cupil *dashes away to work on plans*

1st July 2010


Hmmm having problems getting the fabric paint to go on the veil O.o may need to find something stronger that will show up... or undercoat ... hmm

25th June 2010


I got my leggings for this yesterday - £7 at H&M although they may need taking in a little on the legs as i could not get skin tight full length white leggings!

23rd June 2010

Pictures uploaded

Just uploaded some pictures of the facepaint i got as well as the fabric paint and the random markings i made on some spare fabric. Also the little earings that cost £1 that i need to paint blue :)

21st June 2010


Had a great day saturday, i have purchased ALL of the fabric for Fina's outfit.I also found the earings for her too for £1!! The only other bits i need to buy is stuff for Cupil and the foam for the jewelry and arm bands. Still looking for white boots/shoes and i need to locate some white long leggings or thick white tights.. Oh and i have got my gold fabric paint too! Yay! More images to come - although i forget to take pictures of the stuff i bought becuase i have been making my Rinoa costume!

18th June 2010


Today I have again been looking on ebay for boots - and yep.... still looking. However I have just purchased the Gold Facepaint for £2.99 that I will need for Fina's markings (head, shoulders etc) so progress! Off shopping tomorrow for materials so watch this space ;)

17th June 2010

Boots Boots Boots!

Today i have mostly been looking through ebay for white boots - thanks to SlimDefinition i think i have a few contenders :) Although Fina has heals and the best ones i have found dont have any.... hmmmm.... oh and i just realised they are out of stock on a size out..... booooo! Apart from that i have been doodling how to go about starting off the costume, i think i will look at making the jewelry pieces out of foam... so roll on saturday for my material purchasing - hope i can find a good pattern for the dress!

16th June 2010

Day one...

Ok so i have EVERYTHING still to do ^.^ I need to get my materials on saturday, so far all i have done is looked online for wigs and i only really now noticed how short and smart Finas hair is O.O will have to use Manga hair putty for the job for sure ;) I plan on wearing this for the Saturday london october expo and Friday as i am off to there then!! I am doing Vampire Rinoa for Sunday. At the moment the thing i cant wait for most to do is... the Veil!!

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