22nd May 2011: ARGHHH!! I'm running so behind and am so busy with other stuff I don't know how I'm going to get this finished to any decent standard by Friday! :(
14th May 2011: ...well this is going to take me a while! Making the armor with sewn pattern is turning out to be pretty time-consuming and I think maybe I should have found a quicker way.
Mild panic in progress on realizing how much I have left to do and how little time. Unfortunately deadlines were taking priority and now I'm both job and house hunting! Am determined I'll find some time to do this though.
12th March 2011: Chest plate According to some advice I had, camping mats work pretty well as craft foam. This is an awesome tip! I spent today working on my chest plate and knee pads using a cheap camping mat. It seems to be working pretty well! (Even though cutting the pattern bits is a pain - it would be regardless of what material I was using.)
As you can see, I've sewn the pieces together to create a curved shape. It probably would have looked better with glue but I don't have anything good enough.
20th January 2011: Shoes! Yesterday I spent a couple of hours working on the shoes. They need a gold border which I haven't quite figured out how I'm going to do but I think they're looking pretty good. :)
14th December 2010: Pattern I experimented with some scraps of the faux leather and some black and grey thread to see if I could imitate the paneled pattern in the armor. I think this works quite well but it's going to take a long time to replicate the sewn pattern over the whole of the body-armor!
12th December 2010: Bracers bracers are nearly finished. Taking a stupidly long time though; I think I've probably worked at least 6 hours on them. Just need to glue the gold embossing foil to them now.
26th November 2010: Fabric excessive! The fake leather I ordered for this arrived this morning. I ordered 2 meters as I needed about 1 and a 1/2 for Suki. However, this roll is HUGE! I have about twice as much fabric as I need! Guess I'll have to think of something else I'll want to make out of purple leatherette?! O_o
Kacela - 12th December 2010
I look forward to seeing this! Ginchiyo is such an underrated character, good luck!!
btw if you want a better look at the costume (the back image is pretty small that you have there) this may be pretty useful http://koeiwarriors.co.uk/sw2-databookscans.php
visiting_wizard - 13th December 2010
Thanks! Those pics will be really useful for the detail on the armor too. I hadn't realized there was a pattern on the back of the little cape thing either and it's clearly not bright red like it is in the pic I had. :)
ElegantAura - 20th January 2011
Ginchiyo is an excellent choice!Progress is looking fabulous, really loving the shoes. Good luck with this, can't wait to see it finished ^_^
Know - 27th March 2011
did u finnish the leg pieces?
visiting_wizard - 5th April 2011
Yes I did! Though I need to alter the straps a little. I also have knee pads and breast plate but no way to attach either at the moment!
Kacela - 26th May 2011
This is coming along very well! I hope I get to see it at Expo ^^
Kacela - 30th May 2011
Final product looks amazing, great job ^^
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