Zack Fair (SOLDIER 1st class uniform) - Final Fantasy VII - Crisis Core


Ayacon 2011


I wanted to do a Final Fantasy cosplay and with Final Fantasy 7 being my favourite it was an obvious choice. As I naturally have dark hair etc then I thought the perfect choice would be Zack Fair!

I'm doing Zack as a SOLDIER 1st class from the Crisis Core games and (officially) this is really my first ever cosplay.

My Buster Sword is going to have to fit in a suitcase for Aya as I need to take it on the plane so I'm going to have to be quite creative in doing that. I really don't make things easy on myself ^_^

Zelda posted on 10 February, 2011 - 22:30
I look forward to seeing this ^^, i hope i can grab a picture as i have crisis core tifa planned for ayacon ^^

Kata-san posted on 16 February, 2011 - 00:15
That would be great! Yeah I'd love to get a photo together. We definitely need to sort out a meet for all the FF people ^_^

cowiee posted on 12 June, 2011 - 02:22
Journal is looking good, can't wait to see more progress :D

Kata-san posted on 12 June, 2011 - 21:15
Thanks very much. It's really slow going but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel ;)

Sketch McDraw posted on 27 June, 2011 - 23:15
Here's some of the pics i used for refrence: http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.deviantart.com/download/193264516/ffvii___buster_sword_by_xenobladez-d372bus.jpg&imgrefurl=http://xenobladez.deviantart.com/art/FFVII-Buster-Sword-193264516&usg=__aU1yKuG21i6L_r4jq4g3KRYCaIc=&h=1050&w=1680&sz=405&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=Wa1OcmYeMAZAxM:&tbnh=108&tbnw=173&ei=sf8ITr-KGtGSswbPmIGjDg&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dffvii%2Bbuster%2Bsword%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1280%26bih%3D572%26gbv%3D2%26tbm%3Disch&itbs=1&iact=rc&dur=125&page=1&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0&tx=144&ty=75 http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://images.toywizard.net/0001/ff-crisis-core-zack.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.toywizard.net/final-fantasy-vii-crisis-core-figures-cloud-strife-aerith-gainsborough-zack-fair/&usg=__A7JX29jLW2elUUBxYI1kIhvSr0s=&h=700&w=290&sz=61&hl=en&start=124&zoom=1&tbnid=1Im71cOyhvorFM:&tbnh=136&tbnw=54&ei=MAAJTteqGcf0sgb_0oHGDg&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dffvii%2Bzack%2Bfair%2Bplay%2Barts%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1280%26bih%3D572%26gbv%3D2%26tbm%3Disch&itbs=1&iact=rc&dur=93&page=6&ndsp=25&ved=1t:429,r:15,s:124&tx=33&ty=57 I mainly used these for the Bustersword as it shows the detail and shows the hight comparision so you can make it into perportion to yourself. Hope these help :) If you have any questions or want any tips feel free to ask.

Kata-san posted on 1 July, 2011 - 22:54
Thanks very much for the links. Funnily enough that's the reference pictures I've been using for the sword.

Numta posted on 4 July, 2011 - 09:29
Look forward to seeing this dude! You'll make an epic Zack!

Anonymous posted on 25 July, 2011 - 00:37
Zack! whaaa~ <3

Kata-san posted on 31 July, 2011 - 20:49
Thanks again Numta! Hopefully now I'm back from 'olidays I'll get him finished for Aya in just over 2 weeks fuuuuuuuuu!

Sketch McDraw posted on 16 August, 2011 - 00:06
I cant wait to see your Zack Costume when its done, also liking the look of your Buster Sword so far :)

Kata-san posted on 16 August, 2011 - 02:27
Thanks! I think it's maybe a bit too small (that's what she said...wait, no...) It's all done now, just in time for leaving for Aya on Thursday so hopefully get a lot of photos taken there.

Manticore Arts posted on 24 August, 2011 - 03:11
Saw this and went! DUDE! AWESOME! Thanks for keeping my Sephiroth company!

WarriorTeddy posted on 24 August, 2011 - 15:32
nice! - wish I was there to this in-person - your buster sword looks epic!

Ino posted on 25 August, 2011 - 23:41
Yay Zack is awesome! I saw you guys in the Masquerade - you were both awesome! That sword of yours is fantastic too~ Great job :D

Kata-san posted on 27 August, 2011 - 16:41
Thanks everyone for the great comments!

DefineImagineMJ posted on 31 August, 2011 - 22:14
Thanks for the comment. I LOVE that Buster Sword of yours!!! This guy is a friend of someone I used to know, and he's done "The Real Buster Sword" as he's a smith and, well...he's done two versions... The Real Buster Sword - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un1M7xbCCIs The REALer Buster Sword - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNc7kHADtUw

Numta posted on 1 September, 2011 - 09:45
Saw you at Aya and you looked epic! Kept meaning to come over and introduce myself but other stuff got in the way xD Seriously good work fella!

birds-hate-flying posted on 6 September, 2011 - 21:15
...it looks like you could actually kill someone with that sword. That is a very well made sword, o yes it is. Also you say that this was your first cosplay? Good grief, that's awesome.

DuskatNight posted on 27 December, 2011 - 00:50
Great work! The Sword looks amazing!

Base paint sword
do gold detailing on sword
Create leather/PVC covers for boots and add zips
Make the "girdle"
Create the buster sword
Buy Zack wig
Finish making braces
Paint pauldrons
Make the pauldrons
Style the Zack wig!!!!!!!!

Total cost: £0.00

3rd July 2011

Wigs arrived

My wig finally arrived, I had to go with a Sasuke wig as I couldn't find any suitable for Zack. I think it's going to be long enough (I'm hoping at least) but it's going to need a lot of styling!!! I'm panicking a bit as I've never styled a wig before, I'm mega busy with work stuff, I'm on holiday soon and Aya is looming!!!!!!!!!!! At least I've gotten my girdle finished. All I need to do now is to style the wig, finish painting my buster sword (it's taking ages), get some scar stuff for his face, his two belts (don't ask me why he needs two belts) and a couple of zips for the boots, all in all not a ton of stuff but enough :P

1st July 2011

Mako eyes!

Been along to spec savers today and got some cool contact lenses. As I need glasses/prescription lenses (-4.50 infact) I had to get some prescription coloured contacts so I ended up with Ciba Freshlook ColorBlends Colors which are made for dark eyes and I think they really work! The colour I got was Sapphire Blue. I've completed the "girdle" using a mix of plether/PVC and craft foam. I think it's looking quite good if I do say so myself. My braces are also complete and the wig has arrived, YAY! I've never styled a wig before so this is going to be interesting...

4th June 2011

Damn impatient fingers

Finally got the buster sword all base coloured after having to respray it because I picked up when it wasn't 100% dry and left a nice greasy imprint of my hand on the blade. I must say I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. I planned to use a metallic black but it was impossible to find and now the matt black actually doesn't look that bad. The pauldrons have just had their last gesso coat so just waiting for it to all dry then time to go mad with the sandpaper and get it nice and smooth again. Then I've got to break out spray paint and get painting again!!

28th May 2011

Stored watered down PVA isnt always good

So started rePVAing my sword today and there must've been more solid PVA sitting at the bottom that had dried out as now the swords covered in lots of little lumps of PVA, which isnt good. I've taken the worst of it off but I think once its dry Ill sand down the lumpy bits and start the PVAing again. Bought some Leatherette as well to make shoe covers but having a bit of difficulty finding a suitably sized and coloured zip for Zacks shoes. Went over the pauldrons with gesso as well to get rid of the papermache lines as much as I can.

13th April 2011

Creating the braces

I made the braces that go over my shoulders using fat belts from Ebay glued to smaller belts but once I'd glued it all I hit a problem. At the front of them the belt folds up and the back of the belts was all rough leather that looked crap. So I ended up cutting the belts and regluing them turned around near where they bend around and I'm pretty chuffed with how it turned out. I was punching the holes manually using a hammer and the little punch tool for the poppers and I wasn't paying attention and *WHACK* smacked my thumb. After a few choice expletives I finally got it completed. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out but I accidently stuck some duct tape to my belt and managed to take off a bit of the leather pattern *d'oh* so I'll maybe get some leather polish and clean it up a bit. I need to buy some rivets to finish off the detailing and then hopefully that's the braces pretty much complete WOO HOO!

1st April 2011


Created my pauldrons by paper mache'ing a balloon. The top image is said balloon. You might be wondering why it's a funny design but I found printer paper makes a great papermache paper and to make sure I covered it all with each layer I alternated between white and "patterned" paper. I managed to get both pauldrons out of the same balloon which I was pretty happy about. I added a bit of craft foam to do the "extra" bits with some tin cans glued underneath to try and get it to keep it's shape. I was actually quite pleased with how the pauldrons have come out. I did an extra layer of paper mache over the craftfoam after those pictures were taken with a layer of printer paper and then I did another layer of newspaper to even out the seams a bit more. I think I'll try spray painting it and if it's not smooth enough I might put some gesso over the top to even it out.

28th March 2011

Modular buster sword

It turns out I'll be flying down to Aya so I'll need to get my buster sword on a plane so I had thoughts of making a modular buster sword that separates into smaller sections so it fits into a suitcase. So I tried and failed to make a modular one out of plastazote and cardboard but that failed miserably, it was miles heavier than the balsa one I'd already made and the sections just flopped about so I might just pay the extra baggage fee and get it put on as oversized luggage. So this is pretty much a non post, I just wanted to expel my frustrations.

24th March 2011

Creation of the Buster Sword

I thought I might as well start a journal for progress. I've created my buster sword. I wasn't able to find large pieces of balsa wood so I had to glue lots of littler bits together. Balsa cement is perfect for, as you could probably guess, gluing all the balsa together. I think I made the central holes a bit too big but I think they're not too bad. I made a couple of mistakes drawing out the shapes but luckily I'll be painting over the pen so no big deal. I also bought an acrylic tube to use as a handle that I hashed in place thanks to a lot of hot glue but I don't have a picture of this bit yet.

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