Abel Nightroad (Thores Artbook version) - Trinity Blood


Minamicon 15 (2009)

2nd place winner - Sunday Masquerade at London Film and Comic Con 2009. Cosplayisland Showcase 9th December 2012

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Having done the anime version I've decided to go for the artbook/manga version. Got to have the TB bling!

Have now started. Yay!

Done the shoulder pauldron. just needs to be painted and sanded. It was made from wonderflex and crafter foam.

Completed the gloves with four hours of hand embrodairy. I now remebered why I hate embrodairy!

Hand painted the scarf crosses with fabric paint and pens.

Cassock. This was made from black cotton suiting. Is fully lined from the waist up. The edges were trimed with sliver bias binding. The cassock was then finished with 64 gold eyeletts.

*Will be Debuted at Minamicon 15*

Update 2011. This costume is now retired until it can be repaired (and remade in some of the parts cases).

† Cosplayisland Showcase 9th December †
Thank you everyone :D Really over the moon.

Uni posted on 11 July, 2008 - 10:03
O that is looking very cool! You did an amazing job with that wonderflex, it looks perfect to me : D Keep up with the good work! i know you will~

Sephirayne posted on 13 July, 2008 - 08:13
Thank you. Not sure if I'll have it ready for Amecon as I've just been asked to do a corset commission. I'll see how it goes.

Defrain posted on 22 September, 2008 - 09:45
abel is awesome sarah will glomp you to death when you wear this epic cant wait to see xx

Anonymous posted on 24 September, 2008 - 12:49
wow that's looking pritty cool =)

Uni posted on 20 October, 2008 - 22:30
HOMG the armour is looking fantastic!!! so smooth and shiny!!! : O

Nocturnal Blossom posted on 20 October, 2008 - 22:33
Looking RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME! Can't wait for this!

sonia_leong posted on 30 October, 2008 - 21:46
I am totally in awe of your armour making skills *bows*

sonia_leong posted on 6 November, 2008 - 11:48
LOL, OMG, my artbook version *shakes head* I hammered my thumb TWICE whilst putting in those blasted eyelets!! Aw, I can't wait to see your finished version!! :3

Sephirayne posted on 8 November, 2008 - 03:08
@ Soina, yes, the Grommets/eyeletts are a pain. i work my way around them by owning the eyelett plyars and exercise gloves. It makes them so easy. I've near done all mine

K posted on 17 December, 2008 - 00:38
This is looking fabulous hunny. I can't wait to see the finished costume!

ryaoki posted on 21 December, 2008 - 11:45
thanks for the lovely comment on noctis on, i cant wait to se this

Sands posted on 21 December, 2008 - 16:13
woweeeee this is looking so impressive, you have the patience of a saint for this! my hat off to you. cant wait to see it at minami =D

AmethystEyes posted on 23 February, 2009 - 10:39

Uni posted on 23 February, 2009 - 20:15

Manjou posted on 24 February, 2009 - 00:06
That wig it NUTS O__O!!

Sephirayne posted on 25 February, 2009 - 00:05
Thanks guys. Manjou. The hair isn't a wig. Its my own styled with TRESemme extra hold salon finish hair spray.

Mtani posted on 28 February, 2009 - 01:16
This looks fantastic! Can't wait to see it in real life! =D

Anonymous posted on 28 February, 2009 - 10:48
I love your hair. It looks so effortlessly held up. Tab

Manjou posted on 28 February, 2009 - 11:02
That's NOT a wig!?!?! wow! that's slightly insane 0.0 Did you go down to the shops with your hair like that afterwards? XD

Sephirayne posted on 28 February, 2009 - 18:32
Thanks for your feedback, Mtani, Uber-Nerd and Manjou. Manjou, Lol! Was tempted to but it was quite late at night. I did however, kept smacking my brother in the face with the hair as I kept forget how tall it actuallyw was.

Anonymous posted on 2 March, 2009 - 16:25
That bling is looking fabulous! Tab

Ranma1-2 posted on 2 March, 2009 - 17:30
Wow this costume is gonna kick so much a$$ when it is finished. It's looking really impressive already, especially love that collar bling shot.

GunstarVixen posted on 2 March, 2009 - 18:33
looking awesome!!!!! I cannot wait to see this done!

Anonymous posted on 2 March, 2009 - 19:02
I'm loving your bling! Super fly! I can see how much effort you put into it, woww!

MangaChild posted on 2 March, 2009 - 19:11
Loving the shading and detail :D OMG your hair!!! didnt know able was SSJ :P

Sillabub posted on 4 March, 2009 - 13:18
I love your hair! It's fabulous! XD Thanks for the recent comments on my costumes, too :)

Uni posted on 5 March, 2009 - 10:02
Looking adourable Abelsama! : D

Wildeth posted on 9 March, 2009 - 09:07
WOW is all I can say! FANTASTIC! <3

Ranma1-2 posted on 15 March, 2009 - 17:50
Cor this just keeps getting better and better. ..Looking really Pro there, Sephy. ;)

sonia_leong posted on 30 March, 2009 - 18:29
YOU ROCKED AT MINAMI!!! This was absolutely amazing, your skills are so l33t, can't wait to see your mega-finished scythe :3

Anonymous posted on 31 March, 2009 - 21:37
So unbelievably amazing! Such a beautiful and detailed costume X3 <3 Best Abel ever! I seriously want those boots. XD

SephNoir posted on 31 March, 2009 - 22:21
Absolutely beautiful! I wish we'd taken our camera with us, I so wanted to grab a photo of this!

Ranma1-2 posted on 31 March, 2009 - 22:31
Oh my gosh! 80 ..You must have won with this!? ..tell me you won.. Congrats Sephy this looks outstanding!

Anonymous posted on 31 March, 2009 - 22:54
Completely inspirational!

Sephirayne posted on 31 March, 2009 - 23:03
Thanks for the comments everyone. Ranma1-2, no I didn't win anything. I didn't mind that I didn't. I had great fun posing with my other self, Sonia_Leong and being all fangy and grrrrrr! As soon as I can find piccies I will pose the Crusnik version.

sonia_leong posted on 1 April, 2009 - 00:41
Fangy and Clawey GRRR!!!! XD Oh please please please post the Crusnik version when you can!! (♥_♥)

Sillabub posted on 1 April, 2009 - 01:13
This was so damn impressive in the flesh - loved it! Thanks for the nice comment on Chun Li, too :)

nanahara posted on 4 April, 2009 - 00:12
awsome isn't good enough a word, hell epic isn't ether lol. This cosplay is just beyond words on how great it is

KhaosKreator posted on 5 April, 2009 - 11:00
I love the detail in all these Trinity blood costumes. But they do make me totally not want to do one myself. Yikes. Tab

Sephirayne posted on 3 June, 2009 - 16:09
Thanks for the comments. I have nearly finished this cosplay (yeap it wasn't actually complete) so look out for an up to date photo session soon. Tab, you would so rock some of the more armoured costumes from TB. Check out the character Sister Paula (shes like an armour clad Ivy).

Ranma1-2 posted on 20 July, 2009 - 19:49
Congrats on your award Sephy. It was really nice meeting you at the show (finally!) Thanks for the big hug ^__^ You're a really nice person to meet. It was great to see your Abel cosplay live. Looks great even close up ..pro quality costuming and finishing skills there. See you again in Oct. :)

Uni posted on 20 July, 2009 - 21:19

Sephirayne posted on 21 July, 2009 - 15:03

BladeyCakes posted on 21 July, 2009 - 18:34
You look awesome~ 8D You're such a great Abel!

Anonymous posted on 22 December, 2009 - 23:19
Seph the able is looking fantastico!, Amazing detail and craftmanship. I keep seeing you at expo, i will need to stop and say hi one time :) Regards Matt

Anonymous posted on 24 December, 2009 - 00:03
This is amazing i love the weapon how did you make it *worships cosplay*

Sephirayne posted on 29 March, 2010 - 21:04
Thankies Cornish Pasty. The scythe was made from cardboard, clear plastic tubing and a shed load of craft foam XD. The plastic tubing was for the centre piece which had two soft drinks tops on either end. The tube was then covered with craft foam pieces that I individually cut out by hand and glued on. The scythe heads are temporaries. I'll be replacing them at a later date with ones that match more with the centre. They were made out of cardboard. The whole thing was painted in acrylic paint and spray varished. Its light as a feather but quite fragile.

fistfighter_tifa posted on 14 April, 2010 - 17:26
>o< I died when I met Troy at Expo - << I cosplayed as Astha and he hugged me because he used to have a ' crush on her ' xD! Digressing from that....your Abel cosplay is perfection to the very last detail !!

Sephirayne posted on 14 April, 2010 - 18:45
Lol! Hes a great guy. Got chatting to him on myspaces a couple of years back and it was great to finally meet hi in person. His jaw did drop when he saw my Abel. I'm so happy with that. Thank you XX

ProbablyHeather posted on 14 April, 2010 - 19:36
You look amazing as Abel~ Beautiful costume, its so detailed! I love it *3*

Sephirayne posted on 14 April, 2010 - 19:55
Awww thankies Cheetos. I hope to finally have it finished soon. Its been a labour of love XD

Captain_Marvelous posted on 15 May, 2011 - 14:25
Best fuckin costume evar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sephirayne posted on 17 May, 2011 - 22:29
*hugs* Thank you ever so much ;)

Minxie posted on 29 June, 2011 - 22:33
You are amazingly stunning in this <3

Monkey posted on 9 December, 2012 - 17:47
Yay showcase! I always love this outfit! <3 So fabulous.

Freyarule posted on 9 December, 2012 - 18:14
Congrats on the showcase Hun! I love this costume tons, you make such an amazing Abel <3

Emzone posted on 9 December, 2012 - 19:00
snfuiesg congrats! The details on this costume have always amazed me <3

Littlegeeky posted on 9 December, 2012 - 20:23
Such an amazing cosplay hun! You really deserve the showcase, congratulations!!!

Augmented Queen posted on 9 December, 2012 - 20:25
Congrats on the showcase! Much deserved! <3

Pandora-Chi posted on 9 December, 2012 - 20:40
Congratulations on the showcase! This is a stunning costume! The detail is amazing!

Clood posted on 9 December, 2012 - 21:04
Completely deserved showcase, this costume is incredible <3

Plasticsharkattack posted on 9 December, 2012 - 21:43
This is amazing, purely amazing! You can see how much time and effort has been put into this - such a deserved showcase.

Leolarua posted on 10 December, 2012 - 03:50
gratz on the showcase!

Kinreal posted on 10 December, 2012 - 11:03
Nice job on the show case! :D

Anonymous posted on 10 December, 2012 - 20:23
Congrats on getting showcase, you deserve it. :D

Manticore Arts posted on 11 December, 2012 - 18:23
About time! Congratulations Em! lol I love your Abel <3

Sephirayne posted on 12 December, 2012 - 10:08
Thank you ever so much everyone. This means a lot xxx ♥

Finish armour
Make cassock
Make Lilith's cross
Make bling and boot armour
Make capelette
The arrows of doom
Sort out the correct gun and holster
Gloves (embrodary crosses)
Belts and belt decoration
Scarf (four hand painted red crosses)
Ear communitcator
Replace gloves
Repair capelette and cassock

Total cost: £0.00

31st August 2011

Retiring and remaking

I have loved building this costume and have worn it more times than I thought I would. Its now time to retire it as it currently is. It needs so much repair work that I have decided to do a revamp instead. Some pieces are being remade for a new version that will hopefully benefit from more armour making experience (this was my second only set of armour, first working with Wonderflex). I'm happy how this turned out and have had some great memories with this version of Abel. This isn't the end of this costume. More a break and refresh. I'm looking forward to working on him again soon.

22nd December 2009

GAHHHH!! Gloves

I don't believe it!!! I lost one of my gloves at Expo. Didn't notice until i unpacked Abel's box the other day. I'll have to make some new ones. I'll probarly won't go as detailed like I did with the last ones. I spent four hours per cross only to loose one :( Oh well, its very Abel. Lol!

17th March 2009

Collar Armour and accessories.

These parts turned out to be quite tricky as they were some of the smallest pieces to the costume. The plates were built in the same way as the armour pieces while the cross was built out of Wonderflex. All where painted using the dry brushing technique. Photo is of the finished pieces on the unfinished costume.

16th March 2009


Yeap, just about to cut out 64 arrowheads for Abel. Will do the base out of left over Wonderflex (easy to shape small pieces) and then detail with funny foam sheets. I must be insane. Mind you, I did kinda guess that this costume might make me a bit bonkers. Lol!

14th March 2009

Woot! for my childhood creativity

Finished two more pieces of bling today. One particular piece I've absolutely adore. The AX shoulder badge. To create this piece I thought back to my Games Workshop nerd past (when I used to paint and convert 35mm roleplay figures). So with a steady hand and lots of coffee I managed to build it with out too much mishap. I also managed to keep to the theme of recyling crap in my house. The main dome part was created using an Easter egg carton. Yay!! cosplay-gasum!

26th February 2009

Completed robe.

I have finsihed the robe. It took some time to get all the eyeletts in (there are 64). I ended up re-doing the collar as the first one just didn't sit right. All I will need to do is put on all the velcro ready for all the TB bling. The only thing I didn't like is that I ran out of gold eyeletts part way through. I got some more to complete the robe but the make I used to get isn't being produced any more. As eyeletts are impossible to remove without destroying the fabric I'm going have to okay with half the eyeletts not matching. Luckily with Abel I can get away with it. I have no shots of the robe completed. I did complete the armour cuffs in pretty much the same way that I had done the arm piece so I have a test shot here.

22nd February 2009

Armour repaint

Completed some more of the armour pieces. Decided that what I had done so far wasn't looking worn enough (too shiny and new) so I tried a different paint job. My many years as a table top role play gamer has become useful. Since 1989 I've collected Games Workshop figures and learnt to paint and build the 35mm range. So I used the dry brushing method I learnt from that. The result is much better.

10th November 2008

Pauldron progress

This was the piece that I was dreading the most. I decided to go with a piece that would attach to a baseball helmet that then would attach to my robe/cassock. The plate itself was made from two sheets of Wonderflex which I cut and shaped myself. I then added the raised detail. The lower piece was cut from a baseball helmet using a Dremel multi-tool. I then shaped it with a heat gun and then sanded it. I added the detail using craft foam. Both pieces were then finished with dry brushing and spray varnish.

22nd October 2008

Argh! No sliver trim left and Main cross embroidery

Ran out of sliver trim at the weekend. Went out looking for it. No where has anything close. I had brought out the last of the stock in my local fabric shop. They have got more on order but it won't get here until after Expo so my Artbook Abel won't unfortunately make it to Oct Expo. I'll be wearing anime Abel instead with some of the Artbook bling. I did manage to work on the large cross embroidery that was for the capelette. This was done completely by hand and took roughly six hours. Sadly, the photo isn't great but its the only one I have.

20th October 2008

Keeping it cheap.

After the spiraling costs of my Sephiroth costume I've decided to go back to my cosplay roots by making this costume on a shoestring budget. So I'll be doing the whole 'making it from crap around my house' plan. I've managed to find most of it from stock. So far the only cost was the sliver trim. I feel that this is also in keeping with the character as Abel is a poor traveling priest. My best 'Blue Peter' moment has to be Lilith's cross from Abel's rosary. Managed to make that from left over wonderflex and various parts from my Games Workshop minitures. I'm so pleased on how it came out. It was one of the pieces of Abel's costume that I was worried about due to its detail.

5th October 2008

First piece of armour built.

Using the same method I had learnt for my Sephiroth armour I began working on Abel's armour. I used Sintra (trade name for Foamlux PVC plastic sheeting). Once drawing out the design I cut out the piece with a Dremel multi-tool. I then shaped around a round tin using a heat gun. I then cut out the cross in the centre. I then added the raised edge detail using some Wonderflex. I then primed it ready for painting. I used a black base paint and then sprayed over with a gold acrylic paint. The whole piece was then sealed with a clear varnish. I then built the arm band for the piece to sit on using red leather. I hand sewing on the straps that the buckles could be attached to. On one of the straps I added a piece of velvet ribbon. A small cross cut in Wonderflex was glued on, painted and finished with a small charm. Really pleased how this turned on which encouraged me with the rest of the armour. (sorry for the quality of photo)

23rd September 2008

Scarf mishap

ARGHHHH! Had a completely dumb blond moment. Completed the scarf and was ironing it. I forgot to turn it down thus completely melting the scarf fabric. So I've now had build another one again from scratch. Luckily, I had enough fabric left. The best thing is that I was able to make the crosses much better. Yay! The picture is showing the replacement scarf (sorry for pic quality. Old photo is now Old!! XD )

21st September 2008

How many crosses dose an AX priest need?

After spending four hours on embroidering red crosses onto the gloves I then move onto making the scarf. There's four more crosses to do. One for each side. Luckily these are being hand painted in fabric paint so won't be as annoying as hand embroidery. There's still more crosses to come. *whimpers*

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