Hope Estheim - Final Fantasy XIII


Hyper Japan Spring 2012

Hyper Japan ECG Prelims 2012




i loved Hope simply for his growth as a character throughout final fantasy xiii, he was one of the more human characters and easy to relate to. I originally picked Hope to cosplay because SOMEONE told me they were going to do Snow, but that didnt work out so im a loner now!
I'm far too tall for Hope but i dont really care, i like him too much not to cosplay him. and ffxiii quickly became my second favourite final fantasy when i was playing it.

EDIT 25-08-11
since i didnt get it done for ayacon thanks to stupid fabric not arriving, im gunna finish it for the eurogamer expo :)

EDIT 22-09-11
its like some higher power doesnt want me to finish or wear this costume. cant afford the eurogamer and im not longer free on the sunday, so looks like ill be wearing this for october expo.

EDIT 27-02-12
Fixed everything up for the WCS and ECG prelims at Hyper Japan, i entered with Yuka's Vanille and we won! Was so surprising. Thank you for all the support from everyone, cant wait to represent the UK later this year.


FusionRose posted on 21 April, 2011 - 22:08
Looking forward to seeing progress, are you making his weapon as well? x.

Numta posted on 21 April, 2011 - 22:40
You'll make an awesome hope!

Leolarua posted on 22 April, 2011 - 12:35
yeah im making his default boomerang :D not getting started on hope untill after expo and thank you both :)

FuriePhoenix posted on 8 May, 2011 - 14:00
love the work you put into his scarf! Looking forward to seeing the progress!

Nachtangel posted on 9 June, 2011 - 17:46
The scarf and bag look great so far! Can't wait to see you at Aya~

Leolarua posted on 9 June, 2011 - 19:33
thank you :) im currently remaking the scarf though cus i didnt like how it turned out haha

Creative-Stitches posted on 10 June, 2011 - 21:41
looking great ^^

Sora-Kun posted on 27 June, 2011 - 14:59
Looks great! Keep up the good work! :D

Leolarua posted on 3 July, 2011 - 05:59
thanks person who has bailed doing snow with me >_>

Darkiekun posted on 24 July, 2011 - 17:49
D8 Please let me find you at night time when I am lightning I beg chu D8

Leolarua posted on 24 July, 2011 - 17:55
haha sure! although i will probably be in the bar :d

Nomes posted on 24 July, 2011 - 20:43
Lovely wig.

tripletriad posted on 25 July, 2011 - 00:19
Perfect wig is perfect!

Leolarua posted on 25 July, 2011 - 13:13
thank you both :)

Nomes posted on 29 July, 2011 - 20:18
This is looking just amazing. And what do you mean you don't suit Hope? You certainly do in that picture!

Leolarua posted on 29 July, 2011 - 21:08
aww well thank you :3 i just think i have too much of an angled face haha.

Angel_of_Algebra posted on 31 July, 2011 - 14:00
Okay, gonna need a picture of you on this day too. I'll be looking out for you at Aya. Awesome.

Leolarua posted on 31 July, 2011 - 16:35
haha awesome! ill be about saturday with a group of people who arent cosplaying :d

Illulyn posted on 25 August, 2011 - 19:35
You make such a cute Hope! Can't wait to see it finished <3

tripletriad posted on 25 August, 2011 - 20:49
I will be hunting you down at Eurogamer!

Leolarua posted on 26 August, 2011 - 02:26
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?

tripletriad posted on 26 August, 2011 - 15:48
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! ;__;

Leolarua posted on 26 August, 2011 - 18:13
ahhh thats a shame :( college trip though, wish id gone on college trips to gaming expos, all we got was lectures and crap :/

tripletriad posted on 26 August, 2011 - 18:43
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!

Zelda posted on 27 August, 2011 - 23:48
ahh your progress is looking epic, Hopefully i will see you at eurogamer and get a picture as i'll be rewearing my serah :)

Leolarua posted on 28 August, 2011 - 12:59
thank you. awesome! what day are you going? :)

Zelda posted on 29 August, 2011 - 13:15
Saturday and sunday, how about you? :)

Leolarua posted on 29 August, 2011 - 15:29
probably sunday because saturday sold out before i got some money :(

KawaiiKira posted on 18 September, 2011 - 13:45
woah, if only i was still going Eurogamer, i would get pics with you as Lightning ^^ Your Hope is awesome!

Leolarua posted on 18 September, 2011 - 14:05
thank you :D i dont think i can go either now though :<

KawaiiKira posted on 22 September, 2011 - 17:03
October Expo now! Would really love to get some photos done with you at Expo, I'll be Lightning on one of the days ^^

Leolarua posted on 22 September, 2011 - 17:49
yeah sure :) ill be there on saturday i think. this costume has been put off for long enough haha

Pandora-Chi posted on 12 October, 2011 - 21:18
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!! ^^

Tally_Zahlen posted on 12 October, 2011 - 21:19
See you at Oct expo, awesome costume!!!!

Leolarua posted on 12 October, 2011 - 21:21
thank you pandora! im too tall but hopefully it will be ok haha yes see you at expo tally, thank you

KuroOkaeshi posted on 12 October, 2011 - 21:42
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

Plasticsharkattack posted on 12 October, 2011 - 22:17
woah, that looks insanely impressive, cannot wait to see this at the expo! Awesome!

WarriorTeddy posted on 12 October, 2011 - 22:37
wow you suit him very well. You should someday cosplay grown up Hope from FFXIII-2 - you'll be an exact double

Leolarua posted on 12 October, 2011 - 23:07
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

Puppykitten14 posted on 13 October, 2011 - 09:20
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

yami-no-neko posted on 13 October, 2011 - 10:40
looks really cool. can't wait to see your final photos XD

Leolarua posted on 13 October, 2011 - 13:54
thank you both! sent you a pm puppykitten so i dont spam my comments much further!

tripletriad posted on 13 October, 2011 - 14:47
Beautiful work as always =]

FuriePhoenix posted on 13 October, 2011 - 16:28
looks fantastic!

Anonymous posted on 13 October, 2011 - 17:13
I think that's what modern science refer to when they say mind blowingly awesome!!

ToroSonyCat posted on 13 October, 2011 - 17:15
Very well done! I especially love the jacket and your wig!

Leolarua posted on 13 October, 2011 - 21:40
aww thank you all so much :)

Numta posted on 6 December, 2011 - 14:59
You make an epic Hope! Kudos to you indeed!

Manticore posted on 6 December, 2011 - 15:11
Now you only need a Hawkeye =D Good Job love you did Amazing!

Leolarua posted on 6 December, 2011 - 15:24
thank you :D @manticore im never wearing it again so ill be a hope without a boomerang forever

Sephirayne posted on 6 December, 2011 - 15:38
Fantastic Hope.

No thanks posted on 6 December, 2011 - 20:09
Looking awesome :)

Leolarua posted on 7 December, 2011 - 00:53
thank you both :D

Tsupo posted on 6 January, 2012 - 00:40
Such a pretty Hope!

Leolarua posted on 6 January, 2012 - 00:52
haha i dont know if that works but thank you XD

tripletriad posted on 7 January, 2012 - 06:21
Wait, what? I didn't comment on the finished piece? Why;sdfSLKJF;KN You make such a wonderful/handsome/cute Hope! <3

Leolarua posted on 7 January, 2012 - 18:24
thank youuuu <3 i will ofc never forgive you for not commenting sooner pfft :p

Speckles posted on 26 February, 2012 - 01:24
Was that you at Hyper Japan? If so, you won the ECG right? (in which congrats are in order!)

Leolarua posted on 27 February, 2012 - 04:35
yes that was me! still reeling from shock haha.

Speckles posted on 27 February, 2012 - 16:49
Aww I wouldn't be surprised, from the pictures, your costume looks wonderfully constructed, A+ from me! Congratulations~

Amy-Lou posted on 27 February, 2012 - 18:32
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).

Manticore posted on 27 February, 2012 - 21:11
Again well done and congratulation!!! Well done!

Leolarua posted on 27 February, 2012 - 22:58
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.

Nomes posted on 28 February, 2012 - 23:21
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.

Leolarua posted on 29 February, 2012 - 01:28
ahh yes its going to be so awesome!! you are too kind! but thank you. all the late nights were worth it haha.

Alyx posted on 29 February, 2012 - 11:59
Congratulations!! This is gorgeous, all that stress really paid off! n_n

Leolarua posted on 29 February, 2012 - 14:38
haha yes it did! now time for more stress!!

cowiee posted on 29 February, 2012 - 14:44
Ah awesome hope! (:

Sephirayne posted on 29 February, 2012 - 16:28
Congrats on the ECG 2012 Team win. Brilliant Hope.

rocksanie posted on 1 March, 2012 - 01:28
Congrats on winning! =D

Ino posted on 1 March, 2012 - 23:40
Fantastic news about your win! Very well done, you deserve it :D You make an insanely good Hope~

Leolarua posted on 2 March, 2012 - 01:27
thank you guys!!! :D

Ranma1-2 posted on 2 March, 2012 - 23:29
Hey nice wig and makeup yourself ^_^ Looks spot on to the artwork!! Congrats as well on your win at Hyper. :)

sarmander posted on 5 March, 2012 - 15:55
Adding to the many congratulation messages you've already received, and rightly so. You and Yuka looked awesome up on stage. Gambatte, Hope!

Natsumi posted on 6 March, 2012 - 01:00
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?

Leolarua posted on 6 March, 2012 - 15:15
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.

Plasticsharkattack posted on 9 March, 2012 - 21:07
Superbly flawless - well done on the win :D deserved!!!

Cattrocious posted on 10 March, 2012 - 18:12
This is seriously the best Hope cosplay I have ever seen. It's so accurate! Congrats on winning, you deserve it.

Leolarua posted on 10 March, 2012 - 18:26
thank you very much guys! :)

CrystalNeko posted on 21 March, 2012 - 23:18
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!

Leolarua posted on 30 March, 2012 - 13:37
thank you so much!

To-Do List

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Progress Journal

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


not bad for a couple of hours work. also folds back and forth :)

9th February 2012


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.

8th 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


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


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.

13th August 2011


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


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 :/