Hope Estheim
Final Fantasy XIII

Cosplayer: Leolarua

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

Hyper Japan ECG Prelims 2012

23rd February 2012: one day left...kinda one bit done...im gunna have to pull another 6am job. boots have been repainted, gloves still need doing. and the back pockets on the trousers...

21st February 2012: everything went wrong and it set me back 2 days....fuuuu here is how its looking atm. i had to forgo the paper maché, it somehow managed to fuck up. so i had to just go straight with paper clay. i didnt want to use paper clay because it would take me longer to get to the panting stage. but yeah, almost there now...and only 3 days left.

17th February 2012: week to go boomerang is paper machéd atm, back pockets have been added, need to fix the side poclkets on the trousers, repaint my shoes, and i need to make new gloves D:

10th February 2012: BOOOOOOOOOMerang not bad for a couple of hours work. also folds back and forth :)

9th February 2012: And the progress begins again to get this fixed up for Hyper Japan. also currently working on the boomerang too

6th December 2011: Progress pictures moved from gallery

12th October 2011: how it looks so far the zip and collar at the front are just pinned. cape is ready to be sewn. then im done to be honest.

9th October 2011: jacket is goooooo i finally started the pattern for the jacket today. i love my mannequin. made it twenty times as fast :D
ive cut out the cape thing i just need to sew it. so annoying trying to get the lines of the cord running horizontal.
gunna sew stuff together tomorrow. almost finished :D :D

6th October 2011: trousers are done thank god. only been like a month in the making haha. im so lazy with sewing.
now the jacket. :<

29th September 2011: Just the jacket left...and belt loops :< well heres a shot of everything so far on my shiny new mannequin. my mannequin actually looks kinda mannish to be honest.
i need to start the jacket soon, yellow fabric must be obtained before though.

22nd September 2011: erm i just realised. how the hell am i going to attach the side pockets on o_0
the combats are almost done apart from belt loops and side pockets. im dreading starting on the jacket.
also i cant go to eurogamer because i am poor, so i think i may wear this for october expo. it would be way more comfy then fenris.

29th August 2011: damn i tried to dye the rib knit thingies for the bottom of hopes trousers and they ended up the totally wrong shade of green :( time to find an olive green hoody to steal the knitted things off.

14th August 2011: postponed so i figured instead of stressing out trying to get this done in 3 days, im just gunna pick it up again after the convention. i dont want to rush it and make it look poop.

10th August 2011: D: i love the fact that my fabric hasnt arrived,so im basically gunna have to make this entire costume in 3 days

26th June 2011: slow progress is slow well i did one boot, 2 weeks later and im still doing the other boot. finding it hard to motivate myself with cosplay since my friends arent making a move to do theirs. not long till ayacon now and im starting to worry i wont finish any of my costumes :/


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FusionRose - 21st April 2011
Looking forward to seeing progress, are you making his weapon as well? x.

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Numta - 21st April 2011
You'll make an awesome hope!

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Leolarua - 22nd April 2011
yeah im making his default boomerang :D
not getting started on hope untill after expo
and thank you both :)

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FuriePhoenix - 8th May 2011
love the work you put into his scarf! Looking forward to seeing the progress!

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Nachtangel - 9th June 2011
The scarf and bag look great so far!
Can't wait to see you at Aya~

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Leolarua - 9th June 2011
thank you :) im currently remaking the scarf though cus i didnt like how it turned out haha

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Creative-Stitches - 10th June 2011
looking great ^^

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Anonymous - 27th June 2011
Looks great! Keep up the good work! :D

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Leolarua - 3rd July 2011
thanks person who has bailed doing snow with me >_>

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Darkiekun - 24th July 2011
D8 Please let me find you at night time when I am lightning I beg chu D8

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Leolarua - 24th July 2011
haha sure! although i will probably be in the bar :d

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Nomes - 24th July 2011
Lovely wig.

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Anonymous - 25th July 2011
Perfect wig is perfect!

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Leolarua - 25th July 2011
thank you both :)

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Nomes - 29th July 2011
This is looking just amazing. And what do you mean you don't suit Hope? You certainly do in that picture!

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Leolarua - 29th July 2011
aww well thank you :3 i just think i have too much of an angled face haha.

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Angel_of_Algebra - 31st July 2011
Okay, gonna need a picture of you on this day too. I'll be looking out for you at Aya. Awesome.

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Leolarua - 31st July 2011
haha awesome! ill be about saturday with a group of people who arent cosplaying :d

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Illulyn - 25th August 2011
You make such a cute Hope! Can't wait to see it finished <3

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Anonymous - 25th August 2011
I will be hunting you down at Eurogamer!

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Leolarua - 26th August 2011
thank you haha, i dont think i look very cute though. im too tall and fat.
hunt me down i dont mind :D are you going in costume?

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Anonymous - 26th August 2011
Pah, fat?! Lady, just no.
Sadly I won't be in costume, it's a trip with my college and they don't exactly appreciate cosplay! ;__;

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Leolarua - 26th August 2011
ahhh thats a shame :( college trip though, wish id gone on college trips to gaming expos, all we got was lectures and crap :/

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Anonymous - 26th August 2011
Ah see, I'm on a games development course, I get all the good trips =P
Last year was a trip to expo as well!

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Zelda - 28th August 2011
ahh your progress is looking epic, Hopefully i will see you at eurogamer and get a picture as i'll be rewearing my serah :)

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Leolarua - 28th August 2011
thank you. awesome! what day are you going? :)

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Zelda - 29th August 2011
Saturday and sunday, how about you? :)

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Leolarua - 29th August 2011
probably sunday because saturday sold out before i got some money :(

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KawaiiKira - 18th September 2011
woah, if only i was still going Eurogamer, i would get pics with you as Lightning ^^
Your Hope is awesome!

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Leolarua - 18th September 2011
thank you :D
i dont think i can go either now though :<

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KawaiiKira - 22nd September 2011
October Expo now!
Would really love to get some photos done with you at Expo, I'll be Lightning on one of the days ^^

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Leolarua - 22nd September 2011
yeah sure :) ill be there on saturday i think.
this costume has been put off for long enough haha

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Pandora-Chi - 12th October 2011
OMG! The jacket looks amazing and the test shot of you with the wig is just wow!! You really do suit Hope and you definitely will pull him off!! ^^

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Tally_Zahlen - 12th October 2011
See you at Oct expo, awesome costume!!!!

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Leolarua - 12th October 2011
thank you pandora! im too tall but hopefully it will be ok haha
yes see you at expo tally, thank you

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KuroOkaeshi - 12th October 2011
Holy crap. Its kinda creepy how you look so like him with the wig on. It seems like its going to be epic when the outfit is all together. :D

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Plasticsharkattack - 12th October 2011
woah, that looks insanely impressive, cannot wait to see this at the expo! Awesome!

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WarriorTeddy - 12th October 2011
wow you suit him very well. You should someday cosplay grown up Hope from FFXIII-2 - you'll be an exact double

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Leolarua - 13th October 2011
thank you all
warriorteddy - i was actually considering it, because at least then i would be the right height and his age, but the outfit is ugly and ive been dying to cosplay lightning XD

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BluePanda - 13th October 2011
I was wondering if you would tell me the secret to making collars stand up, look stiff. Like your hope collar as I’m cosplaying as lightning and my boyfriend is cosplaying snow. Both characters have stiff collars, how is this achieved?

p.s- Your Hope is AMAZING!! :3

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yami-no-neko - 13th October 2011
looks really cool. can't wait to see your final photos XD

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Leolarua - 13th October 2011
thank you both! sent you a pm puppykitten so i dont spam my comments much further!

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Anonymous - 13th October 2011
Beautiful work as always =]

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FuriePhoenix - 13th October 2011
looks fantastic!

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Anonymous - 13th October 2011
I think that's what modern science refer to when they say mind blowingly awesome!!

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ToroSonyCat - 13th October 2011
Very well done!
I especially love the jacket and your wig!

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Leolarua - 13th October 2011
aww thank you all so much :)

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Numta - 6th December 2011
You make an epic Hope!

Kudos to you indeed!

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Manticore Arts - 6th December 2011
Now you only need a Hawkeye =D Good Job love you did Amazing!

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Leolarua - 6th December 2011
thank you :D
@manticore im never wearing it again so ill be a hope without a boomerang forever

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Sephirayne - 6th December 2011
Fantastic Hope.

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No thanks - 6th December 2011
Looking awesome :)

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Leolarua - 7th December 2011
thank you both :D

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Tsupo - 6th January 2012
Such a pretty Hope!

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Leolarua - 6th January 2012
haha i dont know if that works but thank you XD

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Anonymous - 7th January 2012
Wait, what? I didn't comment on the finished piece? Why;sdfSLKJF;KN

You make such a wonderful/handsome/cute Hope! <3

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Leolarua - 7th January 2012
thank youuuu <3 i will ofc never forgive you for not commenting sooner pfft :p

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Speckles - 26th February 2012
Was that you at Hyper Japan? If so, you won the ECG right? (in which congrats are in order!)

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Leolarua - 27th February 2012
yes that was me! still reeling from shock haha.

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Speckles - 27th February 2012
Aww I wouldn't be surprised, from the pictures, your costume looks wonderfully constructed, A+ from me! Congratulations~

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Amy-Lou - 27th February 2012
Congratulations on the ECG place! Perfect Hope costume and the weapon was very cool, I like that it folded too.

Have to admit I didn't recognise you in person, sorry! (I'm going to blame it on the costume being too damn good).

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Manticore Arts - 27th February 2012
Again well done and congratulation!!! Well done!

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Leolarua - 27th February 2012
thank you all :D
@amy-lou thank you very much, that prop was a pain to make but it was so fun folding it in and out XD and its fine, hardly anyone recognises me when im in or out of costumes, i should wear a neon name badge so everyone knows who i am haha.

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Nomes - 28th February 2012
Congratulations on the win and I look forward to hanging out with you in Paris!!! Yuka and your cosplays are fabulously accurate. You look like you've walked off the screen.

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Leolarua - 29th February 2012
ahh yes its going to be so awesome!! you are too kind! but thank you. all the late nights were worth it haha.

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Alyx - 29th February 2012
Congratulations!! This is gorgeous, all that stress really paid off! n_n

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Leolarua - 29th February 2012
haha yes it did! now time for more stress!!

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cowiee - 29th February 2012
Ah awesome hope! (:

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Sephirayne - 29th February 2012
Congrats on the ECG 2012 Team win. Brilliant Hope.

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rocksanie - 1st March 2012
Congrats on winning! =D

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Ino - 1st March 2012
Fantastic news about your win! Very well done, you deserve it :D You make an insanely good Hope~

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Leolarua - 2nd March 2012
thank you guys!!! :D

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Ranma1-2 - 2nd March 2012
Hey nice wig and makeup yourself ^_^ Looks spot on to the artwork!! Congrats as well on your win at Hyper. :)

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sarmander - 5th March 2012
Adding to the many congratulation messages you've already received, and rightly so. You and Yuka looked awesome up on stage. Gambatte, Hope!

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Natsumi - 6th March 2012
How is it you have the perfect face for so many different characters? What's you're secret! :o

Anyway, more importantly.. Congratulations on your win! :)
Would of loved to have seen this in person. The boomerang looks so awesome, looks like you've made it so it open and closes?

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Leolarua - 6th March 2012
thank you guys!! really means a lot.
@sarmander thank you so much! i really loved your Hope too!
@natsumi i really dont have the perfect face haha. i wish i could just make a costume and make the perfect person wear it. then i dont have to see pictures of my face everywhere D:
also yes it opens and closes! i just dont have any really great pictures of it.

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Plasticsharkattack - 9th March 2012
Superbly flawless - well done on the win :D deserved!!!

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Cattrocious - 10th March 2012
This is seriously the best Hope cosplay I have ever seen. It's so accurate!
Congrats on winning, you deserve it.

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Leolarua - 10th March 2012
thank you very much guys! :)

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CrystalNeko - 21st March 2012
You both looked so amazing, I think we all knew you guys would get ECG! The costume is spot on and you suit him so well!

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Leolarua - 30th March 2012
thank you so much!