Costume :Fate Testarossa
Variant :Barrier Jacket
Source :Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's
Progress :Complete
Worn At :FushiCon 2011

Costume Photos

FushiCon group




Fate Reference


Costume Information

Cost : Erm, everything is from spare materials expect for belts and shoes costing £15 altogether
Time Taken : Almost 2 months

I did not think I am going to plan another Lyrical Nanoha cosplay for 2011 because I am currently making the props for Nanoha's Force costume which is a hell of a lot of hard work, so wanted to take a little break. However, one of my friends is planning to cosplay as Signum for FushiCon 2011 and asked if I wanted to cosplay as Fate and how can I refuse? Fate is my most favourite female character, actually Sakura (CCS/Tsubasa) is my favourite, but I almost love Fate just as much! and I am planning to make all of Fate's costume, so her A's barrier jacket will come next because it pretty much works well with Signum.


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progress on this is looking good

by nanahara on Sunday, 16 October, 2011 - 17:16
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is coming along nicely twins we shale b at fushi con lol

by angelic-cat15 on Monday, 17 October, 2011 - 00:55
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you did a great job on Bardiche

by Anime_Angel on Sunday, 23 October, 2011 - 16:29
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Another Fate cosplayer! Awesome. Love the Bardiche and the hair ties! x3

by stacey_anime_chick on Friday, 27 January, 2012 - 02:33

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95% complete (Posted 27th October 2011)

First picture of a sneak peak of my completed Fate cosplay for a little test run, so I never applied make up or put on the costume propely as I just wanted to test the whole thing.

The wig got tangled with my armour in the left pic, hence I'm posing abit funny, but thought it should be uploaded because it's a view of the front of costume. Sadly, my wig is not in the best condition anymore and it;s a little bit messy, so looking to buy another wig.

Condition all green get set (almost!) (Posted 23rd October 2011)

Costume is approx 80% complete and Bardiche assault is 97% complete. Whats left is the socks, gloves and to sew some parts of the skirt and top together.

Note that the costume is made to fit me perfectly, the mannequin hanger thing is smaller then me interms of bust & waist size, hence the costume does not look too good on the hanger, but you get the jist of it. Since I have a larger waist the skirt will sit higher when I'm wearing it.
Also, ignore the pins & safetly pins as I still need to glue/sew some parts together!

Cloak WIP (Posted 21st October 2011)

Cloak work in progress!

The fabrics are left over from Rachel Alucard cosplay! I'm so happy that I don't need to go fabric shopping for the cloak as I am already skint! Also, the colours are so perfect too! The colour of Fate's cloak from the outside is a very dark Navy blue and definitely NOT black
I will take some daylight pics for better colours to the eye, but for now you will have to do with night pics.

I still yet to make the clasp, hence I am holding the cloak in the photos, but you get the idea. Also, I need to sew the red and blue fabrics together.
Cloak was made by my own guess work and pattern because I can't be bothered to search for a proper pattern, so lets hope this will work out. And I swear the red cloak is exactly the same size as the navy cloak, but it looks longer, dunno if this is because the way I'm holding it!

Bardiche complete (Posted 16th October 2011)

BARDICHE COMPLETE after all the pain of burning myself with the glue gun and stabbing myself with a craft knife <.<" The worst thing is the waiting time for the glue and paint to dry which is why this took almost 3 weeks to make and now the waiting is all over ^^

I still yet to clean up the minor paint stains on the Bardiche and will do it if I have time, but for now it's 99% complete.

I am still not happy the fact I've made the axe too thick, but too late to change and will be hoping to upgrade this into either scythe form or hauken form.

Btw, I finally managed to get a good daylight picture of the Bardiche which shows the best colour to the eye.

Bardiche - almost there! (Posted 10th October 2011)

It's looks abit weird, maybe because of the angle and the axe head is not painted yet. I'm still not happy that I made the axe too thick, but too late to correct and if I remake, I want to upgrade into scythe or haken mode.

Bardiche handle is 95% painted (the other 5% is cleaning up the paint marks)The thing I like about my Bardiche so far is the bottom of the handle, just look at the shape

Approx half way (Posted 9th October 2011)

My progress is very slow, but somewhat getting there and costume is begining to look like Fate's. However I hate those socks as they keep on sliding down and the belt is too small, but will remake if I had the time.
The shoes are from my Fate sonic form, but will be re-making a more accurate pair... just wearing the sonic form shoes as a back up.

Bardiche base - 95% (Posted 2nd October 2011)

Base of Bardiche is 96% complete. It looks abit weird because of the colours, but will paint the correct colours it once base is 100%.

Bardiche should be approximately same height as Fate to scale, but I have purposely made the prop slightly smaller then me as I don't want to carry a oversized prop straight after a MASSIVE prop *coughnanohaforcecough*

Bardiche base WIP (Posted 25th September 2011)

Top left ~ Drawing out the shape of the axe (Fate figure is only for reference purposes)

Bottom left ~ axe head cutted out with a craft knife.

Right ~ Bardiche base so far! It looks weird at the moment because of the colours, but once I paint the correct colours onto the prop, it should look awesome (I hope!)
I have briefly stuck the cardbaord axe and polysytrene onto the handle with masking tape to check it looks okay before procceeding. I still yet to add more layers of card/foam and shape the axe, but you get the jist of it.

Progress so far (Posted 18th September 2011)

After a 3 weeks break from cosplay work because of my Wales holiday, friends birthday and having a load of sleep from being tired to DEATH from work, I thought it was about time to get my ass to work back on Fate's costume.

As well as hemming the skirt, I've started to make the base of top. Argh! I just realised the width of belt is NOT wide enough and I took fucking hours to make it... I swear despite the belt looking so easy to make, it took longer to make compared to the skirt and rest of costume 0.o I don't think I will correct this error until I complete the entire costume as time is running out too quick for me.

Photo shows the costume so far without the wig and hair ribbons because I'm too lazy to wear wig for progress shoots as it usually takes approx 10mins to fit my hair under a wig. The armour and left glove were from my Fate (sonic form) and Nanoha Force cosplay respectivelty and the right hand glove was brought from Poundland and the Bardiche assault was made out of foam & glued on the glove.

Ignore the shorts! For accuracy, I will be wearing a shorter & tigther pair when I actually complete the costume.

Belt and skirt WIP (Posted 29th August 2011)

Belt was something I found in my wardorbe and which I originally brought from Claires for appro £2-£3? (Can't remember the exact price) I thought the best option was to destroy the belt for my Fate cosplay since I had it for years and never ever worn once.

I used red fabric to cover up the belt such that the belt will be in the right tone of red. I had thoughts about painting the belt, but thought it will be a bad idea since paint can easily flake from a smooth plastic surface and I was abit worried that it might dye other parts of my cosplay into red.

The is my first time making a skirt with pleats and it was a bad idea to make a pleated skirt with satin as the pleats do not show very well.

btw, the skirt is made to be even when I wear this, hence the bottom of the skirt is cut into a curved shape. Also, I need to hem the skirt.