Balthier - Final Fantasy XII


London MCM Expo May 2010

First place Kitacon 09 masquerade (along with Misstetra as my Fran)

Showcased 18th December 2011 What is this?


Ok, going a bit more detailed than my last costumes. something to really push my own abilities. this is the first time i have ever made an actual vestement from scratch, mostly i just buy and heavily modify. this really tested my abilities, and i dont think it turned out bad. still some minor things to finish (detail on trousers and shoes), but i am very happy with the way this turned out. whole costume took me about 3 or 4 months to make, on and off, probably about 6 weeks work.

Update: this cosplay has now been updated, to add the leg detail and other small details i missed off on the original version. this updated version was first debuted at Kitacon 09, along with Missytetra, who cosplayed as Fran alongside me, and together we placed first in the cosplay masquerade!

Update 2: Balthier rides again. another year, another update! Balthier will be making an appearence on the sunday at May Expo 2010, in the FFXII group in the masquerade. for the occasion, i decided a good spruce up was the way to go. so i stripped of all the godaweful greyey brown cord fabric i used for the border the first time round. it was rubbish fabric to begin with, and had become very scruffy and faded over years of con use. ive replaced it all with a really nice light gold suadey material which goes really well! ive also updated the gun. no more crappy litte rifle from pound shop! this new gun is larger, heavier, and looks far more realistic. it even has the swirly detil on it! all in all, im very happy with the results!

Anonymous posted on 19 August, 2008 - 18:33
the details are amazing, very impressive! how did you make the gold pattern so detailed and bold?

BlusterSquall posted on 19 August, 2008 - 18:35
This is amazing. Its so detailed and really, really stands out!

Missytetra posted on 1 February, 2009 - 16:14
Every time I look at your Balthier costume I'm amazed that you painted and stitched it all by hand! That must have taken quite the careful hand ^^' I can't wait to have Balthier-Fran photographs with you- roll on KitaCon!

Sephirayne posted on 2 March, 2009 - 02:01
Awesome cosplay. I love the detailing you've put in and can't believe its done by hand. amazing

Mothfox posted on 9 March, 2009 - 13:23
Lol if i dident know that was a cosplay i would say Square Enix hired you! lol really awesome!

Anonymous posted on 2 April, 2009 - 21:08
You look... Absolutely... Amazing! What a heart throb Balthier! *winks* Hee hee!

Missytetra posted on 10 April, 2009 - 14:24
Hey, MY BALTHIER!! *sigh* I don't know if I'm ever going to get away from the possessiveness of cosplaying the Fran to your Balthier, but one of these days I might just share you ^^ My big brother is such a great Balthier, and everyone is 100% correct, it's amazing, awesome, impressive, and well deserves a wink or two! (That and I couldn't help but comment again, I really do love this costume and can't wait to see your updated version which is going to blow my mind even more!)

Kannacchi posted on 15 April, 2009 - 21:38
wow! i cant wait to see this at kitacon

Digi posted on 20 April, 2009 - 22:30
congrats on winnign kitacon masquerade the costumes totally deserved also thanks for the interview you gave us!

Ranma1-2 posted on 21 April, 2009 - 10:52
Wow, looks Fab. Very neat detail work - congrats on your award. :)

Missytetra posted on 21 April, 2009 - 17:16
Commenting AGAIN!!! Just wanted to say, rather publicly, a huge thank you for being my Balthier!! Without you I wouldn't have been half the Fran I was and it was very special for me to cosplay with you ^^ Roll on AlCon?

MoonLily posted on 21 April, 2009 - 17:56
Your Balthier was awesome! ^_^ You have the perfect face for him! O.O Well done for winning the masquerade ~

Mothfox posted on 2 May, 2009 - 02:21
Massive well done for winning the Masqurade and big thanks for posing with your fran for one of my pictures of kitacon you guys were awesome and if you at ALcon in september i hope to see you there ^.^

Lozzie posted on 29 June, 2009 - 08:38
One of my favourite cosplays from Kitacon. Beautiful work!

Limegreenjelly posted on 5 July, 2009 - 22:26
If only you were going to Expo I would of love you to join the Final Fantasy XII group I got going :) great job on the costume *thumbs up*

PinkCharlieBear posted on 27 October, 2009 - 12:42
Best Balthier ever!! *o* I was really pleased I got to see this in person, kudos for all the details, it turned out amazingly!

Zelda posted on 25 November, 2009 - 21:05
"I play the leading, who else?" hehe your balthier was so well done =]

tteugeo posted on 10 January, 2010 - 20:02
You are the best Balthier I've ever seen; think I might have told you that at Fuyu but it never hurts to say it again! XD

leumas posted on 1 February, 2010 - 19:41
great job it's great to see a balthier even though I didn't use him much in the game and you look really cool as him

FusionRose posted on 1 February, 2010 - 22:10
your balthier is amazing =D I'm loving the attention to detail

FairyPorchQueen posted on 16 February, 2010 - 18:24
Best Balthier ever!

DefineImagineMJ posted on 16 February, 2010 - 19:42
Awesome! Now playing through FFXII again actually.

Anonymous posted on 19 April, 2010 - 23:25
Fantastic Balthier :D!

ChibiandthePenguin posted on 27 May, 2010 - 23:21
Woah, nice one! You really look the part!

Captain_Marvelous posted on 27 May, 2010 - 23:23
Agh adam you should have splashed out on that metal flint lock :P

Tomecko posted on 29 May, 2010 - 06:16
Eeee pictures! Looks fantastic, Fishy, bet you can't wait to show it off.

Anonymous posted on 31 May, 2010 - 00:43
Bad picture, but here you go: http://img10.imageshack.us/i/018rt.jpg/

Angelphie posted on 31 May, 2010 - 13:05
Love the gold design, all your detail looks amazing!

Zelda posted on 31 May, 2010 - 13:10
Still the best balthier i have ever seen in my opinion =] im so glad i finally got to see it in person, well done =D!!!!!

Limegreenjelly posted on 1 June, 2010 - 00:09
Such an awesome costume ^^ thankyou for being in the group :)

Fables posted on 1 June, 2010 - 00:41
Is that new gun by any chance the gun from our favorite toyshop? :P

Captain_Marvelous posted on 1 June, 2010 - 00:56
Spot on bro!

Tomecko posted on 1 June, 2010 - 05:55
You are just simply the best Balthier around, there's no two ways about it. Wish I could see this in person!

Defrain posted on 1 June, 2010 - 08:22
made of win

White Leviathan posted on 1 June, 2010 - 10:11
You looked great on stage, really nice costume!

PapercutPerfect posted on 1 June, 2010 - 11:11
I can't believe I missed this D8 You look amazing! Best Balthier ever!

White Tigress posted on 1 June, 2010 - 12:59
Fantastic work! Absolutely amazing :D Im so glad we met at Kita 09.

ElegantAura posted on 1 June, 2010 - 14:51
Such and amazing Balthier, was great to be Fran with you for the weekend ^__^

lastordersuk posted on 1 June, 2010 - 23:33
hey man ace job on balthier!

Alias Cosplay posted on 2 June, 2010 - 17:23
This suits you really well, great job!

Feather-to-Earth posted on 2 June, 2010 - 19:42
Best Balthier i've ever seen!!! Really suited you down to the ground ^_~

GAINAX posted on 17 June, 2010 - 20:44
Nice job with the detailing dude! Costume looked sick :D

FuriePhoenix posted on 18 June, 2010 - 19:55
three words: LOVE YOUR BALTHIER!

Nomes posted on 19 July, 2010 - 23:20
Hey! Saw you at MCM and then spoke you briefly on sunday at LFCC when I was dressed as Selphie. You spoke to my friend dressed as Penelo on Saturday too. Fabulous Balthier! You have him to a T. Best of all in the english version he's even a Brit!

Aks100 posted on 19 July, 2010 - 23:34
Heya. Your balthier cosplay is amazing. You can't see the details on your top in my photos and it's great to see it up close. Must have taken ages.

Limegreenjelly posted on 6 March, 2011 - 22:12
Hey ¬_¬ you nicked my photo.... naahhhh you can have it... can't quite believe that it got a photo web exclusive lol XD

Storme posted on 7 March, 2011 - 14:02
This is such a fabulous Balthier!

Adamoluna posted on 2 May, 2011 - 20:09
*nosebleed* so good... T>T

White Tigress posted on 18 December, 2011 - 18:17
SQUEE!!! Congrats on the showcase!!! OMG CONGRATSCONGRATSCONGRATS!!!! Well deserved and for the billionth time FANTASTIC work! :D

Manticore Arts posted on 18 December, 2011 - 22:09
I keep forgetting to write down how awesome you are because you inspire me so much as Balthier. Well done dude! You've done the leading man a brilliant job!

Sephirayne posted on 19 December, 2011 - 15:08
Brilliant costume and likeness. Congrats on the showcase :D

D2SCosplay posted on 20 December, 2011 - 00:54
Absolutely amazing attention to detail! It looks incredible, congrats on the showcase :)

Wyrdsister posted on 20 December, 2011 - 04:44
Awesome showcase, great costume, nice ass ;)

No thanks posted on 20 December, 2011 - 20:18
Grats on the showcase!

Lady Bahamut posted on 20 December, 2011 - 21:23
Love your Balthier! X3 He was my favourite character in FFXII and you look just like him! :D

sarmander posted on 20 December, 2011 - 23:04
One word. UNF. X3

Fishyfins posted on 20 December, 2011 - 23:33
I dont often comment on my own costumes, but i think this warrants it. thanks a lot for the kind comments everyone. i really enjoy wearing this costume, and im glad people like it :)

Littlegeeky posted on 21 December, 2011 - 11:59
Congratulations on the showcase hun! This is such a brilliant cosplay, it really deserves it! WELL DONE <3

Thearah posted on 24 February, 2012 - 02:20
Wow, this looks so amazing! As a FFXII cosplayer myself, this is astounding! I'm so amazed!

RebaSephiroth2 posted on 12 April, 2012 - 17:39
I love this cosplay and the details are awesome.

UnaSpi posted on 21 September, 2012 - 03:31
Hey man do you still have this costume knocking about? If so d'you fancy digging it out for Aya2013? I should have my Ashe costume done by then so I might be able to get together a really pro looking FF12 group :D

29th March 2009


am going to reevaluate this cosplay for Kitacon, and add the details i missed before. hopefully perfect it ready. so updates will be forthcoming in Balthier mrk 2!

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