Shanoa - Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia


Ayacon 2011


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!

Sephirayne posted on 17 June, 2011 - 01:51
Ooooo! Awesome. Can't wait to see progress on this.

Freyarule posted on 17 June, 2011 - 11:34
DAT HAIR is gorgeous! This is going to look so pretty!!!

Freyarule posted on 20 June, 2011 - 15:59
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

Pez posted on 21 June, 2011 - 10:55
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

DefineImagineMJ posted on 10 July, 2011 - 19:51
Looking forward to seeing this Pez! I've not played Order of Ecclesia yet, but it's on my "to play" list.

Nomes posted on 11 July, 2011 - 18:13
The breatplate looks gorgeous.

Eloraborealis posted on 11 July, 2011 - 18:14
Looks brilliant so far! I feel inspired to finish playing OoE now, I got completely stuck ages ago and totally forgot about it! :P

Manjou posted on 11 July, 2011 - 18:48
The breastplate is looking awesome :) Can't wait to see this at aya ^_^

Leolarua posted on 11 July, 2011 - 23:26
that breastplate looks smashing, cant wait to see the rest

Anonymous posted on 12 July, 2011 - 04:51
The breastplate just blew me away! Stunning work!

Pez posted on 13 July, 2011 - 17:20
Thanks guys! 8D

Sammykins posted on 13 July, 2011 - 18:58
Once again, jealous of your armour making skills! This is great work!

Anonymous posted on 16 July, 2011 - 18:20
Man, that looks so professional! I admire your skills so much.

Alyx posted on 16 July, 2011 - 18:23
As per usual sweets you have done an amazing job!! Perfect!! <3

Sephirayne posted on 16 July, 2011 - 19:52
This is so amazing. Love how smooth the armour is looking. Might to investigate this foam you've mentioned.

Ranma1-2 posted on 16 July, 2011 - 22:00
Congrats on this so far - looks really nice, esp love your breastplate.

Pez posted on 19 July, 2011 - 22:06
Thanks guys. ^^ Making the armour was really fun! Still got the boot armour to do though.

Storme posted on 19 July, 2011 - 22:21
It looks so pretty! <3

Amy-Lou posted on 21 July, 2011 - 15:08
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.

Bambi. posted on 27 July, 2011 - 12:44
OMG! This looks amazing hun! You never fail to impress! <3

- posted on 27 July, 2011 - 16:20
Always brilliant!

Alyx posted on 30 July, 2011 - 16:02
*bows to you* you are.. amazing! <3

Pez posted on 18 August, 2011 - 13:40
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!

DefineImagineMJ posted on 24 August, 2011 - 19:18
You make an awesome Shanoa, Pez.

ElegantAura posted on 24 August, 2011 - 19:58
Gorgeous costume, and fantastic armour! Glad you wore this for your armour tutorial, it was a fantastic example of your work to show off ^_^

eternal_aranel posted on 24 August, 2011 - 22:08
So beautiful <3

Natsumi posted on 24 August, 2011 - 22:08
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!)

Alyx posted on 25 August, 2011 - 01:10
Final result is stuuuuning!! Amazing work, you're such a beaut!

j_mercuryuk posted on 25 August, 2011 - 09:35
This is incredible, both you and the costume look amazing.

Amy-Lou posted on 25 August, 2011 - 11:01
The photos look fantastic! I love that flash of red lining, what a cool design.

Anonymous posted on 25 August, 2011 - 16:44
Damn, this is amazing! Massive well done on the finished product! You look fantastic.

Manjou posted on 26 August, 2011 - 22:12
This looked awesome. I'm really gutted I missed seeing this on the Sunday :/ Are you planning to wear it again sometimes?

Pez posted on 29 August, 2011 - 22:54
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;;;

Wig (from my own shop!)
Contact lenses
Foam (from my own shop, plus scraps)

Total cost: £0.00

29th July 2011

Leg armour 4

Do not underestimate the power of split pins.

29th July 2011

Leg armour 3


28th July 2011


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


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


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


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. =/

9th 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


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

3rd 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


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


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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