Costume :Shanoa
Source :Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Ayacon 2011

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Costume Information

Decided to make this because I was going to run the Beginner's Armour Making panel at Ayacon and thought I should wear armour for it, but something that wasn't very bulky.

It mostly went well - the costume looked pretty okay. There are a few things I'd like to change before wearing it again though.

Photos soon!


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Ooooo! Awesome. Can't wait to see progress on this.

by Sephirayne on Friday, 17 June, 2011 - 01:51
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DAT HAIR is gorgeous! This is going to look so pretty!!!

by Freyarule on Friday, 17 June, 2011 - 11:34
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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

by Freyarule on Monday, 20 June, 2011 - 15:59
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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

by Pez on Tuesday, 21 June, 2011 - 10:55
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Looking forward to seeing this Pez! I've not played Order of Ecclesia yet, but it's on my "to play" list.

by SlimDefinition on Sunday, 10 July, 2011 - 19:51
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The breatplate looks gorgeous.

by Nomes on Monday, 11 July, 2011 - 18:13
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Looks brilliant so far! I feel inspired to finish playing OoE now, I got completely stuck ages ago and totally forgot about it! :P

by Eloraborealis on Monday, 11 July, 2011 - 18:14
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The breastplate is looking awesome :) Can't wait to see this at aya ^_^

by Manjou on Monday, 11 July, 2011 - 18:48
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that breastplate looks smashing, cant wait to see the rest

by Leolarua on Monday, 11 July, 2011 - 23:26
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The breastplate just blew me away! Stunning work!

by tripletriad on Tuesday, 12 July, 2011 - 04:51
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Thanks guys! 8D

by Pez on Wednesday, 13 July, 2011 - 17:20
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Once again, jealous of your armour making skills! This is great work!

by Sammykins on Wednesday, 13 July, 2011 - 18:58
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Man, that looks so professional! I admire your skills so much.

by tripletriad on Saturday, 16 July, 2011 - 18:20
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As per usual sweets you have done an amazing job!! Perfect!! <3

by Alyx on Saturday, 16 July, 2011 - 18:23
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This is so amazing. Love how smooth the armour is looking. Might to investigate this foam you've mentioned.

by Sephirayne on Saturday, 16 July, 2011 - 19:52
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Congrats on this so far - looks really nice, esp love your breastplate.

by Ranma1-2 on Saturday, 16 July, 2011 - 22:00
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Thanks guys. ^^ Making the armour was really fun! Still got the boot armour to do though.

by Pez on Tuesday, 19 July, 2011 - 22:06
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It looks so pretty! <3

by Storme on Tuesday, 19 July, 2011 - 22:21
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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.

by Amy-Lou on Thursday, 21 July, 2011 - 15:08
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OMG! This looks amazing hun!

You never fail to impress! <3

by Bambi. on Wednesday, 27 July, 2011 - 12:44

Always brilliant!

by - on Wednesday, 27 July, 2011 - 16:20
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*bows to you*

you are.. amazing! <3

by Alyx on Saturday, 30 July, 2011 - 16:02
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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!

by Pez on Thursday, 18 August, 2011 - 13:40
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You make an awesome Shanoa, Pez.

by SlimDefinition on Wednesday, 24 August, 2011 - 19:18
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Gorgeous costume, and fantastic armour! Glad you wore this for your armour tutorial, it was a fantastic example of your work to show off ^_^

by ElegantAura on Wednesday, 24 August, 2011 - 19:58
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So beautiful <3

by eternal_aranel on Wednesday, 24 August, 2011 - 22:08
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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!)

by Natsumi on Wednesday, 24 August, 2011 - 22:08
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Final result is stuuuuning!!

Amazing work, you're such a beaut!

by Alyx on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 01:10
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This is incredible, both you and the costume look amazing.

by j_mercuryuk on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 09:35
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The photos look fantastic! I love that flash of red lining, what a cool design.

by Amy-Lou on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 11:01
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Damn, this is amazing! Massive well done on the finished product! You look fantastic.

by tripletriad on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 16:44
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This looked awesome. I'm really gutted I missed seeing this on the Sunday :/ Are you planning to wear it again sometimes?

by Manjou on Friday, 26 August, 2011 - 22:12
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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;;;

by Pez on Monday, 29 August, 2011 - 22:54

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Leg armour 4 (Posted 29th July 2011)

Do not underestimate the power of split pins.

Leg armour 3 (Posted 29th July 2011)


Boots (Posted 28th July 2011)


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

Leg armour 2 (Posted 19th July 2011)

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.

Gloves (Posted 19th July 2011)

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.

Leg armour 1 (Posted 19th July 2011)

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. =/

Breastplate 4 (Posted 16th July 2011)

Top armour done! :Db

Connections (Posted 16th July 2011)

Buckles from eBay and leather straps left over from previous costumes.

Armour 2 (Posted 12th July 2011)

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.

Breastplate 3 (Posted 11th July 2011)

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!)