Shanoa
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia

Cosplayer: Pez

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

Ayacon 2011

29th July 2011: Leg armour 4 Do not underestimate the power of split pins.

29th July 2011: Leg armour 3 ^_^v

28th July 2011: Boots YAAAAAAAAAAAY!

So pornographic-looking. XD It's okay, they'll be covered in armour.

19th July 2011: Leg armour 2 The greaves, as shown, are going to be wider than my leg. In an ideal world these would have hinges and open up etc etc, but because I'm making them as tubes, they need to be big enough for my foot (and the boot!) to fit through.
Also, because they're going to move with the knee piece, they're going to go up and down my shins a bit, so they have to be bigger to make sure they can move rather than self destruct.

19th July 2011: Gloves I was going to buy some gloves but it turned out stretchy gloves (fingerless or not) in dark blue are really really hard to find! My only purchase option was sellers from China and with just one month to Aya I didn't want to risk, so I bought some 4-way stretch fabric and made my own.

They turned out to be much, much easier to make than I thought. The colour should be the same as the dress but I couldn't find the same colour, so these are a slightly brighter blue. Ah well.

19th July 2011: Leg armour 1 Just like the other bit of armour, the boots change from picture to picture as well. I'm picking whatever is going to work best construction-wise.

(Shanoa's armour is soooo much more sensible than Sigmund's, it's such a relief. The greaves can be connected to the kneecap (?) with a moving hinge! MOVING HINGE! /o/)

The base boots are proving to be a huge problem. They need to be up to mid-thigh, and so far the affordable boots I can find are only just not high enough at the thigh. =/

16th July 2011: Breastplate 4 Top armour done! :Db

16th July 2011: Connections Buckles from eBay and leather straps left over from previous costumes.

12th July 2011: Armour 2 The gesso worked! *massive sigh of relief* I painted them using the same acrylic as the breastplate.

The one on the left has two layers of acrylic varnish sprays, the one on the right hasn't got any yet, this is just to show the difference. I think overall they might need three or four layers to be shiny enough.

11th July 2011: Breastplate 3 A bit of painting, gluing etc later... ta da!

This isn't finished yet. I still need to paint all the joint to make them look seamless, and make the whole thing glossy. In the end I painted it with just acrylic, so I'm going to use acrylic varnish.

(btw, test result of car wax over acrylic: it doesn't work. The car wax reactivates acrylic so I ended up wiping the paint off when I tried to wax it!)

11th July 2011: Breastplate 2 I drafted the breastplate design on paper then cut it out on 1mm thick EVA craft foam.

11th July 2011: Armour Did things in the wrong order. Forgot that the edge of these things are gold and should've been painted/sprayed before I glued them on. So I sprayed painted them anyway, which means the middle parts, which are supposed to be brown, got gold spray on them. I though, eh whatever, it'll get covered by acrylic anyway...

WRONG.

Acrylic can't cover the gold paint, it kind of just separates like an oil spill. I tried covering it with layers of PVA first but it still didn't work, so I've finally resorted to gesso. If I still can't paint over this then I'll have to remake these things. =/

10th July 2011: Dress 3 Crappy photo!

Gone fabric shopping and found something much more suitable for the dress, so I remade it. Luckily the dress consists of just a front piece, a back piece and two straps at the top. But it still felt like too much work!

It's worth it though - not that you can tell from this photo but the fabric is /gorgeous/ and it's light and drapes so well. I've no idea what it is, it was £10 for 2.5m of it from the remnants pile.

For the gloves, because they seem very fitted, I think I'll need something spandex-y and this fabric sadly won't do. To save trouble I might buy a pair rather than make them myself.

5th July 2011: Breastplate This was made using EVA foam, heated and then pulled over a mannequin. It took quite a while to get the right shape.

4th July 2011: Dress 1 I draped some old bedding over the mannequin and pinned and chopped until I got a pattern, then I used that the cut on the fabric.

3rd July 2011: Dress 2 The end result is this.

The orange crepe is really really nice. The blue duchess satin is gorgeous too, though I wish I could've found something much less heavy so that it flows better. But I couldn't find anything the right colour (well I found some, but it was silk crepe @ £26/m) so duchess satin it is. At least it looks pretty.

Thinking about it now, should I have gone for the right fabric in a shade that's slightly different from the source? I don't know. For Shanoa I suppose both the colour AND the flow are important. ._.

Not happy with the lower hem, so I'll make some changes later on.

23rd June 2011: Weapon This is the rapier I'm planning on making. Wanted to make the lance initially but that might be a bit beyond my current skill levels and would end up looking tacky...

I've got a few ideas on how to do it, but it's all pretty experimental so I'll post about it only if it's successful. XD

20th June 2011: More on armour It'd be great if I make it look like it's lacquered or shiny like... a car, for example, but things like enamel paints would just crack as soon as the foam bends, right? So I'm thinking... wax? Car wax maybe? Floor wax? Not sure if those are actually waxes or if they're just called waxes though, need to investigate. There is something called acrylic wax as well but that seems to be US-only. It doesn't seem to give a high-gloss result anyway.

So I'm looking at things along the lines of:
- sealant sprays
- car wax
- acrylic nail polish type stuff but in large quantities
- acrylic floor wax

Will probably need to do a few tests.

19th June 2011: General Looking closely at the art available, it turns out that the design is not consistent throughout. Which isn't unusual, this happens with almost every costume I've made... I just need to make some decisions as to which design to follow.

The "hip shields", for example, sometimes they are more elongated than others. Sometimes they have two connections at the very top, sometimes one. Also, depending on which picture you're looking at, there may or may not be a connection piece between the top and the middle piece. The top piece might also be a different shape completely.

I might got for the double connection option since that seems to be more common in the artwork.


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Sephirayne - 17th June 2011
Ooooo! Awesome. Can't wait to see progress on this.

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Freyarule - 17th June 2011
DAT HAIR is gorgeous! This is going to look so pretty!!!

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Freyarule - 20th June 2011
Just thinking for the armour, surely high-gloss varnish you'd buy for normal props would work? I know wilko's do a glossy varnish. Or are you aiming for uber-car finish? XD

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Pez - 21st June 2011
I'm worried that varnish might crack if the foam gets bent! Just got a bottle of car wax though, I'm gonna give it some tests. >D

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DefineImagineMJ - 10th July 2011
Looking forward to seeing this Pez! I've not played Order of Ecclesia yet, but it's on my "to play" list.

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Nomes - 11th July 2011
The breatplate looks gorgeous.

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Eloraborealis - 11th July 2011
Looks brilliant so far! I feel inspired to finish playing OoE now, I got completely stuck ages ago and totally forgot about it! :P

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Manjou - 11th July 2011
The breastplate is looking awesome :) Can't wait to see this at aya ^_^

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Leolarua - 12th July 2011
that breastplate looks smashing, cant wait to see the rest

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Anonymous - 12th July 2011
The breastplate just blew me away! Stunning work!

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Pez - 13th July 2011
Thanks guys! 8D

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Sammykins - 13th July 2011
Once again, jealous of your armour making skills! This is great work!

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Anonymous - 16th July 2011
Man, that looks so professional! I admire your skills so much.

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Alyx - 16th July 2011
As per usual sweets you have done an amazing job!! Perfect!! <3

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Sephirayne - 16th July 2011
This is so amazing. Love how smooth the armour is looking. Might to investigate this foam you've mentioned.

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Ranma1-2 - 16th July 2011
Congrats on this so far - looks really nice, esp love your breastplate.

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Pez - 19th July 2011
Thanks guys. ^^ Making the armour was really fun! Still got the boot armour to do though.

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Storme - 19th July 2011
It looks so pretty! <3

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Amy-Lou - 21st July 2011
Looking great!

Good call replacing the dress fabric, the new one looks so much better. Well worth it even if it does feel rubbish remaking bits.

Also impressed with the smooth armour, that's a really nice finish.

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Bambi. - 27th July 2011
OMG! This looks amazing hun!

You never fail to impress! <3

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Always brilliant!

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Alyx - 30th July 2011
*bows to you*

you are.. amazing! <3

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Pez - 18th August 2011
Thanks guys! I hope this works out - had a wig test last night and I looked quite silly with such a short fringe, but hopefully with the whole outfit on I'll look okay!

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DefineImagineMJ - 24th August 2011
You make an awesome Shanoa, Pez.

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ElegantAura - 24th August 2011
Gorgeous costume, and fantastic armour! Glad you wore this for your armour tutorial, it was a fantastic example of your work to show off ^_^

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eternal_aranel - 24th August 2011
So beautiful <3

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Natsumi - 24th August 2011
Aaaaaah You're costume and you are sooo beautiful! *__* I came up to your stall and asked you about armour making at the con and totally forgot to spazz over how awesome you looked sorry! ~ n ~ (Also thankyou for the sagely advice!)

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Alyx - 25th August 2011
Final result is stuuuuning!!

Amazing work, you're such a beaut!

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j_mercuryuk - 25th August 2011
This is incredible, both you and the costume look amazing.

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Amy-Lou - 25th August 2011
The photos look fantastic! I love that flash of red lining, what a cool design.

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Anonymous - 25th August 2011
Damn, this is amazing! Massive well done on the finished product! You look fantastic.

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Manjou - 26th August 2011
This looked awesome. I'm really gutted I missed seeing this on the Sunday :/ Are you planning to wear it again sometimes?

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Pez - 29th August 2011
Thanks so much guys! Storme took some fab photos for me. :) I'm hoping to rewear it at some point after a few adjustments. Right now it's a bit... risky. I need to find better tape to keep the dress fixed to my skin, and a way to keep the chest armour on me better without making it too inaccurate! At the moment it keeps threatening to fall forward. XD;;;