Zio (Black Magician) - Phantasy Star IV




I go for the tough nut warrior type female characters generally speaking, but in remembering this guy I was thinking "I love his outfit" and he's an outstanding villain. I wish he had more screen time, but it gives me room to work him out a bit more.

"Heh heh heh. Now, now. That's the expression I want to see!
A face filled with pain and anguish, begging fearfully for help, a face quivering with anger! Go, on! Get angry! Suffer! Be sad!
That would truly be the ultimate offering to me and my great god!"

"Total annihilation of life, what a fine thing! Death to all that lives! Destruction to all that has form! That is indeed my desire!"

"My god will not tolerate any life forms in Algo! Everything must be wiped out. And I, with these very hands, will do just that!"


NightmareWings posted on 22 June, 2010 - 21:32
Welcome to the side of the crossplayer. Hehehe you will look awesome as him though.

SlimDefinition posted on 22 June, 2010 - 21:33
Yeah, I'm not the crossplay type, but this guy is going to be one of the ONLY exceptions.

RebaSephiroth2 posted on 22 June, 2010 - 21:44
This is an amazing game and good luck. ^_^

SlimDefinition posted on 22 June, 2010 - 22:04
Thanks Reba. I cannot say when this will happen, but the rare old school stuff doesn't get enough love.

visiting_wizard posted on 23 June, 2010 - 00:20
Good luck! I'm sure it will look awesome. I'm not sure if I'll crossplay again though - i love the coat i wore as Zed but i felt kind of uncomfortable lol!

SlimDefinition posted on 23 June, 2010 - 15:13
Well, as mentioned, it's not really my kind of thing to crossplay anyway really. It's just that I can't find anyone who has done Zio before, he's a bishy, I really like his outfit, and he's a badass. I doubt I'll consider any others any time soon though.

Snap posted on 13 July, 2010 - 23:48
Zio? Hell yeah! I'm a massive Phantasy Star IV fan. Looking forward to seeing this one.

Raye-chan posted on 16 January, 2011 - 16:00
This would look amazing on you! ^_^

SlimDefinition posted on 16 January, 2011 - 17:55
Haha! Thanks. Yeah I can do the 'sour puss' face alright.

NightmareWings posted on 25 March, 2011 - 23:03
This is going to rock!

SlimDefinition posted on 25 March, 2011 - 23:16
Now that's what I want to see! Heh heh heh...

Raye-chan posted on 20 April, 2011 - 22:12
The progress is looking amazing! Can't wait to see this completed!

SlimDefinition posted on 20 April, 2011 - 22:27
It's coming along swiftly I think. ;-)

FusionRose posted on 26 April, 2011 - 15:24
The progress is looking really good ^_^ x.

SlimDefinition posted on 26 April, 2011 - 18:57
Thanks! Chest-binding though...so not comfy.

FuriePhoenix posted on 26 April, 2011 - 20:06
progress looks great!

SlimDefinition posted on 26 April, 2011 - 20:12
My thanks to you FuriePhoenix. ^^'

tripletriad posted on 28 April, 2011 - 00:29
You already look the part! Fantastic progress! 8D

SlimDefinition posted on 29 April, 2011 - 21:22
Thanks. I'm working hard to get him as close to 100% as I can.

FairyPorchQueen posted on 30 April, 2011 - 21:45

SlimDefinition posted on 30 April, 2011 - 21:52
Thank you. ^^' I really can't get the frame to gain any height over my shoulders though. I suppose all I can do is go with the realistic approach rather than trying to make it "float" as it were.

Nomes posted on 4 May, 2011 - 19:36
Could you not just add a patch of insulation foam under the pauldrons to gain the lift and then attach the foam to your shoulders? It's looking ace so far.

SlimDefinition posted on 4 May, 2011 - 20:09
I attached it for the first time today. If I try and do that it won't sit as forward as it does now. I have looked into additional padding, but it sits pretty comfortably as is right now. Adding any more underneath would make it move more than I'd like it to. Thanks for the suggestion, but realistically it isn't going to work for me and would interfere with the cloak. And thank you! ^^'

Illulyn posted on 15 May, 2011 - 19:54
Whoa this looks awesome! Love the armour!

Adamoluna posted on 15 May, 2011 - 20:02
wow, you really suit this character, great work on the costume! :D

SlimDefinition posted on 15 May, 2011 - 20:06
Thank you very much. ^_^' Just a little more painting to do on the armour frame and he's completed.

Snap posted on 19 May, 2011 - 20:10
Hell yeah, Zio!

SlimDefinition posted on 20 May, 2011 - 13:28
;-) Thank you Snap.

cowiee posted on 17 June, 2011 - 18:17
Love the edits!

SlimDefinition posted on 17 June, 2011 - 18:37
Thank you. ^^'

FuriePhoenix posted on 17 June, 2011 - 20:41
this was awesome!

SlimDefinition posted on 17 June, 2011 - 20:45
Thanks Furie!

gaming_goddess posted on 28 October, 2011 - 21:35
This cosplay is amazing :D Need to go play the game to fully appreciate it - love the photos :)

To-Do List

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Progress Journal

15th May 2011

Final Paintwork Stage

I am now in the midst of finishing of the paint work on the frame. Then I will varnish it, and then it will be 100% complete.

I have also done a couple of costume runs.

3rd May 2011

Coming up to the final furlong

Everything is really getting there now. I just hope the attachments will work to add weight on to the front to pull it down, because otherwise I need to think of another alternative to add weight.

I've started the painting on the main frame now though.

20th April 2011

Armour frame (main frame)

Well the main part of the frame is in swift progress now. Just need to build on to it a little more, and then I can begin work on the front attachment and then adding the papiermache.

29th March 2011

Only the frame to go!

Well, I still need a long-sleeved black polo neck top, but in essence all I have to do now is complete the frame and he's done.

20th March 2011

Frame Armour

I have begun work on the frame for Zio. This is another trial and error movement on my part, but I'll make it work. I'm not sure how, but that's why it's trial and error.

I really want the flashing LED light!

15th March 2011

Wig and Cape

Now that both have turned up I have taken my first progress shots. Now I need to get a grey belt, knee-high boots, and then make the frame for his shoulders.