Lu Bu
dynasty warriors 6

Cosplayer: hakuloveszabuza

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

Second Place (Groups?) Japan Expo Paris

5th February 2009: More progress Since my last entry things have been progressing slower than I would have liked but at least I have managed some progress. Once all the detailing and paper Mache were completely dry I set about spraying the undercoat with black paint. While I waited for this to dry I made a start on the plumes. After much research regarding feathers and thinking about cost and practicalities I decided to create the red plumes from fun fur. I know that this might seem like a crazy but I am hoping that my plan will work as feathers are just so expensive and will be awkward to work with. So I have purchased half a metre of long red fun fur which I cut into four strips of about four inches wide. I machine sewed the strips together (two strips together) across the width to form two very long strips. Next I brought the two edges of the strips (length ways) together (right side facing outwards) and sewed all the way down the length of the strips. Once I had sewn the fur strips into a tube I started the long task of over sewing the edge to create the ‘spine’ of the plume with embroidery thread. After I had sewn the ‘spine’ I threaded a length of 2mm garden wire into the fur tube and then sewed it into place along the edge of the plume. I used duct tape to fix three thinner strips of garden wire at the end of the main length of wire to help secure the plume to the headdress. To finish off the plume I wrapped duct tape to the base of the wire at the bottom of the fur and allowed the thinner strips to stick out of the plume.
Next I sectioned off what would become the black stripes that appear on the bottom part of the plume with duct tape and then used black fabric paint to colour in the gaps between each section of duct tape. Once the fabric paint was dry I pulled off the duct tape and brushed out the black stripes to soften them slightly.

20th November 2008: Start of detailing on headdress After applying several layers of paper Mache (I like to use small, torn sections of newspaper with a mixture of PVA glue and water) which I allowed to dry completely in the airing cupboard I was ready to start adding the gold detailing. I decided to build up the details by layering up cardboard which I will then cover in a layer of paper Mache (with tissue paper) to seal the design before painting. I did that method for the designs on my shamisen and it seemed to work pretty well. The first thing I did was cut out a diamond shape for the detailing at the front of the headdress. Once I had made the base diamond I drew out the inner pattern so that I could get the proportions right and when I was happy with that I used greaseproof paper to trace the pattern. Next I traced the pattern several times onto another piece of cardboard and then cut them out. I stuck each piece of the pattern that I wanted to stand out onto the base diamond until I had achieved a slightly raised effected which I would later cover with paper Mache.
Next I cut out several thin strips of cardboard that I stuck using a hot glue gun to the front of each antenna. This was to give each one a smooth even base on to which I would later add the ridged detailing. I also made eight cardboard templates of the antenna so that I could create the gold lines that decorate the side of each one. I measured about half an inch around each template on the inner edge drawing a line all the way around so that when I cut the inner section away I was left with a thin strip in the shape of the antenna that I could stick to the side edge. Two strips for each side of the antenna seemed to be enough to give a nicely raised edge which I hope will be easy enough to colour gold and weather with dry brushing with black paint.

16th November 2008: Base of headdress
After about a week mucking about with wire mesh I have finally made the base for the headdress…I seem to have an antenna theme going on with my costumes at the moment what with Pang Tong and now Lu Bu. The base of the headdress is made from wire mesh, garden wire and cardboard. I started by making a crown piece, secured by a thin craft wire and was made slightly larger than my head so I could line it later as I don’t fancy going all day without some kind of padding in the thing. Next I cut an oval shape from card and once happy with the size I used this as a template for the wire mesh. I attached the oval to the front of the crown by threading the craft wire through the holes. I repeated the progress with the two gold wing details at the side of the headdress, keeping a cardboard template of each detail so I would be able to define the gold patterns after the base had been applied with several layers of paper Mache. Once the wire mesh was in place I had added a section to the back of the headdress between the top of the oval and three inches down which I hope will be a good enough support for when I add the feather plumes. Then I used more cardboard templates to define the shape if the headdress at the bottom, sides and around the oval.
The antenna I made by drawing out a cardboard template which I used too cut the shape from wire mesh. This I added to the front of the headdress with garden wire and small sections of wire mesh. I ran some lengths of garden wire up through the mesh to give more support before adding templates of cardboard with more cardboard sandwiched between them and covered in masking tape. Finally I covered the whole base of the headdress in masking tape ready to apply the paper Mache.

9th November 2008: Started on Lu Bu! Oh no…it’s Lu Bu.
I am so nervous but extremely excited about starting this monster of a project. I know starting a week after I returned form Oct Expo may seem a little too keen but considering the work involve I thought it was wise to allow myself plenty of time for experimentation, failures and actually completing the costume. And if making one of the most awesome armoured costumes in the Dynasty Warriors 6 game wasn’t enough of a challenge I had also decided that I would like to try out some new craft techniques on this project.
After asking SANDS for advice regarding the creation of Lu Bu’s headdress (if you need advice on making headdress then ask SANDS as she is the queen on that subject) I decided to make mine from a sheet of metal mesh that I had found in the shed (AND RECOMMENDED BY RYAOKI)as my first attempt with chicken wire wasn’t very successful. I have never worked with chicken wire before so I guess in time I would become more skilled with manipulating it and once covered with the details it would have improved but everything looked far too untidy and flimsy for me. The wire mesh was harder still to handle and manipulate but I feel happier with the result so far. I have made the necessary base for the headdress and hope to start the details that need to be added pretty soon.
I have also decided to try my hand at embroidery as to be honest I wanted to do more with this as it is my dream costume than simply hand paint all the details. I thought it would be an interesting if slow project and add a little more texture to the costume. I made a cardboard template of the details I wanted to embroider from a reference picture, traced it onto a black cotton panel and I am currently and very slowly embroidering the design on the front of the tasselled skirt piece. Metallic thread is evil…I guess I must have picked one of the hardest threads to work with especially as I am a novice when it comes to embroidery but I am not going to let it beat me and find it quite relaxing. Fifteen centimetres over a few hours for three evenings is painfully slow but not too bad considering it is my first time at embroidery so with luck I will get it finished by the New Year!


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ryaoki - 3rd June 2008
WAHAHAAHAAHHAHAA OUR GROUP IS OUTTT HAHA IM GLAD i asked you to do this hun, greatest decision ever good luck

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hakuloveszabuza - 3rd June 2008
LOL it isn't exactlly a secret anymore...plus I was going to do him at some point cause he is just sooooooooo bad ass!

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ryaoki - 3rd June 2008
zhao yun kicks his ass and you no it, good luck majin oops i mean lu bu wahahhhah

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Anonymous - 3rd June 2008
ooo i cant wait to see this! >_< your gonna look so awesome!

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Anonymous - 3rd June 2008
i can see this being very heavey rach ^^
hope it goes well for u
*hugs*

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Bunni - 3rd June 2008
Yay epic costume ^6 Can't wait to see this hun!

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stripey_dani - 3rd June 2008
Woot woot ^^ LU BU IS TEH SMEX <3

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Anonymous - 7th June 2008
Let's kick Zhao Yun's ass!

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1000014 - 31st July 2008
:D lu bu

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ryaoki - 29th October 2008
hmm not sure if i wana do zhao anymore hun i think its a bit optimistic of me doig him, well see

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Cosplex - 3rd November 2008
Ohh ^_^ Looking forward to this!

Shall have to hunt you down for some piccys, when diao chan is finished!

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hakuloveszabuza - 3rd November 2008
I can't wait to see you as Diao Chan cause you will look so beautiful and it is a must that we get some pics together ^^

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sjbonnar - 4th November 2008
This is going to look so great Rach! I can't wait to see it!

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hakuloveszabuza - 4th November 2008
Thanks...I just hope I can pull this off as it is my DREAM KOEI costume ^^
Someone just better warn Joe there will be another HUGE weapon heading his way...the masquerade is going to be a nightmare for me but awesome fun too...just wished I had some peons to charge through...now that would be epic!

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sjbonnar - 4th November 2008
LMAO Peons FTW! And yeah, there'll be some interesting weapons in this masquerade queue in May I think LOL

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stripey_dani - 4th November 2008
AHHH STARTED! *spasms* xD

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ryaoki - 5th November 2008
epic cany wait to see this sorry i cant join you as zhao but i wil have an awsome costumes to join you with " aghhh...IT..ITS LUU BUU !!!"

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Defrain - 9th November 2008
go on rach go on rach your our man if you cant do it no one can lol the embroidery is looking mint rach i know youll pull of an awesome cosplay

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ryaoki - 16th November 2008
looking great hun keep it up

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Anonymous - 16th November 2008
OMG this is looking awesome!!!!!! really wish i was doing Diao Chan now lol

damn that is so cooooooool!

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Odd-One-Out - 19th November 2008
Flails haha

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ryaoki - 19th November 2008
epic

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Ikkaku-kun - 19th November 2008
looking sweet ^^

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stripey_dani - 19th November 2008
Ahhhh Im excited!

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Kacela - 24th November 2008
wow, this is already lookin insanely awsome, teehee i cant wait!

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Defrain - 26th November 2008
rach i said once ill say it again your the queen of killer cosplay looking good so far

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1000014 - 16th December 2008
wow....thats lookin amazing

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Anonymous - 16th December 2008
Rach this is amazing so far!!!! ^^

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Haynes84 - 16th December 2008
looking awesome huni ^__^

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sjbonnar - 16th December 2008
I'm loving this so much!

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stripey_dani - 17th December 2008
SO EXCITED! It will be the highlight of my expo!

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Defrain - 17th December 2008
comming along nicely

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Anonymous - 18th December 2008
NICE PROGRESS I LOVE THE HEAD GEAR!!!!

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kitty - 20th January 2009
WOAH!
amazing progress, your headress looks awesome!
cant wait to see this <3

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Sephirayne - 20th January 2009
This going to be so epic. Your headress is coming along so well. I can't wait to see what the weapons are going to look like.

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nanahara - 20th January 2009
progress is looking AWSOME ^^

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GunstarVixen - 20th January 2009
wow looking great!

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Defrain - 20th January 2009
looking mint rach also yes we can meet up sat phones dead so youll have to email me

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Yuka - 2nd February 2009
wow, that looks sick :O can't wait to see it done!

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ryaoki - 16th March 2009
very nice progress

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hakuloveszabuza - 16th March 2009
Thanks Reiss it is coming along slowly but surely ^^

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Defrain - 16th March 2009
looking awesome rach great seeing you this week end xxx

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Sephirayne - 16th March 2009
Wow! Loving the glove and the boot armour. Looking so epic. I'm really boucing right now in anticipation of seeing this. *bouncy*

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Ikkaku-kun - 4th April 2009
Looking schweeeeeet!

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GraceyDarling - 4th April 2009
This is looking amazing! ^^

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Bunni - 4th April 2009
Great progress hun this is looking fantastic. Can't wait to see it in real life!

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nanahara - 4th April 2009
the progress you've done on this is awsome

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Defrain - 19th April 2009
looking awesome rach

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Anonymous - 25th April 2009
Wow... I see some crazy craftmanship here! Awesome work!

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nanahara - 25th April 2009
so damn awsome

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ryaoki - 26th April 2009
you HAVE to show me how you did the skirt armour on msn hun

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Anonymous - 26th April 2009
Holy... This is looking more and more awesome with every passing minute! I can't wait to see this one when it's complete! Awesome work! O_O

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Bunni - 26th April 2009
This costume truly is the mutts nutts! So impressive hun, all your hard work is really paying off! Can't wait to see it in person and take loads of pics ^_^

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hakuloveszabuza - 26th April 2009
Thanks for the lovely comments guys it is really helping me crack on with this monster of a costume ^^
I was ill on my week off from work which meant I haven't got as much done as I would have liked but with about a month to go with alot of hard work it WILL be done on time.

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Ikkaku-kun - 11th May 2009
now THATS sexy >8P lol

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stripey_dani - 16th May 2009
Simply incredible hun. You amaze me!

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RanmaSyaoran - 25th May 2009
This looked amazing on stage... But I honestly thought that the skirt armour was a painted door mat O_O

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Kacela - 26th May 2009
You were awsome! Had such a good weekend!! hope all goes well in paris, can't wait to c your finished weapon ^^

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Defrain - 28th May 2009
awesome costume rach

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Anonymous - 28th May 2009
this was awesome hun! you looked so mighty!

it was so fun cosplaying with you 83

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Sephirayne - 3rd June 2009
OMG! So epic. I bow down to your awesomeness. I love the end result. The armour and the headress are so epic. Excellent work.

I so can't wait to cosplay with you in Oct as part of Shu.

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Kacela - 1st July 2009
Epic!!!! XD Completed to perfection!

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Bunni - 6th July 2009
Congrats on the 2nd Place! You look great in the photo of you on stage very ominous. The weapon completes the costume perfectly an amazing feat of craftsmanship!

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sjbonnar - 6th July 2009
That's amazing! SO well done honey!

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FairyPorchQueen - 6th January 2010
This is incredable!! I cant beelive i didnt see it at expo!

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Amy-Lou - 28th January 2010
Oh no, LU BU! You look fantastic, this is a really inspiring costume and you put so much work into it :D

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xWestie - 1st May 2010
Lu Bu =D Awesome cosply x3

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Pez - 18th May 2010
Wow. This is /unbelievable/. Too amazing!

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JustPeachy - 15th September 2011
This is absolutely stunning, the attention to detail is remarkable and it all looks so well made! Excellant job!!

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Clockwork Dandy Noodles - 24th February 2014
0___0 oh my.. that is sooo cool