Zagato
Magic knight Rayearth

Cosplayer: DefineImagineMJ

Variant: High Priest (Manga/Artwork)

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

21st October 2013: Finished! Zagato is now complete!
I 'could' add some details to the drapes but it's not really essential.

See everyone at London Expo - MCM Comic Con.

20th October 2013: Drapes Progress This is how the drapes are looking now. They're done in theory, but I'm tempted to do the extra squiggle details on them as shown in some of the pictures.

18th October 2013: Armour from the back This is what the armour looks like from the back. You won't see the back panel really because of the hood, but it's there in case of movement (as aforementioned in an earlier journal post) because it might show occasionally as I move.

17th October 2013: Breastplate "Finished" The breastplate is now finished besides a little painting that needs doing on the underside after the remaining attachments have been done. I'll only paint the sections of the underside that might show (like the inside of the collar).

17th October 2013: Back Panel This is the back panel that holds the two pauldrons together. It'll be mostly covered by the hood, but I did a random design on it as a.) you can't see the details of it on any pictures, and b.) if there's movement (ie. the wind) then there's at least a design to look at.

16th October 2013: Finished talons and bracelet (wearing bracer) I decided I would try on one of the bracers I wore for Zio along with the talons/gloves and one of the bracelets. I think this adds to the look pretty well, so I'll do things this way.

15th October 2013: Finished Talons! The talons for Zagato's gloves are now finished!
It's easy getting one glove on, but the other...no. It's hard getting the first glove off too, but the second is easy. And! Picking objects up is a lot like this! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8RyHrTjLns
>_<'

14th October 2013: Test Run For Breastplate and Pauldrons The breastplate and the pauldrons can now be put together. There was a little tweaking that was needed to make this work, but I'm pleased that it can now be put together and that it does not slip about on my shoulders!

There's still more work to be done on them though. I need to add the attachments for the drapes, hanging tassels, and possibly additional attachments for hanging the cape from the pauldrons.

9th October 2013: Talons I'm making progress with the talons now. Five of them are ready for paper mache, but the other five still need to be done. The craft foam doesn't take long to stick on them. They take about 15 minutes to do, including both sticking and trimming.

Once they've been coated with paper, they can then be painted. I'm thinking of sticking these on to the gloves so it'll be easier to remove them and put them back on again. I can't hold anything easily with them on, so putting on and taking off will be quite the repetitive process.

8th October 2013: SILVER detailing in 3D! I decided that it would look a lot nicer if I added some 3D paint embellishments on to the armour. In looking at the detailing from Zagato's armour in the manga, there seemed to be quite a bit of it, although seeing clearly was practically impossible. So, I've used some artistic licensing to make it look just that little bit more awesome.

2nd October 2013: Armour Attachments I've begun adding the attachments to the main pieces of armour (the breastplate and pauldrons). I got one side done this evening - for the left pauldron - and it sits fine apart from the back sliding downward because a.) the other side isn't done yet, and b.) the brace panel holding the two together doesn't have all the velcro on yet either. What I have done tonight seems to work though.

Aside from the pauldron attachments I need to make attachments for: the additional velvet drape around the neck, the three drapes (two at the front and one at the back), and the curtain tie-back type drapes that hang from the pauldrons. I THINK that's it for the 'main' armour.

Following that I need to make attachments for the crown and buy long black crococdile hairclips so the damn thing will stay on my head...hopefully.

1st October 2013: Crown Progress I've almost finished the silver detailing on the crown (and on most other bits of the armour as well actually), and have started painting in the purple gems. I have some cabochons on order for some of them, but the larger ones need to be painted. I've begun by filling them in with acrylic paints, and will then coat them with Humbrol purple enamel when I'm done. This goes for all other large purple gems on the rest of the armour as well.

29th September 2013: Fiddly Bits Today the following has been accomplished:
* Bracelets almost ready for painting
* Brooch almost ready for painting
* Orbs almost fully coated with paper mache for the drapes
* Talons (finger armour) started.

I need to buy: gloves, tassels for the armour, more silver enamel paint, and some purple Humbrol enamel paint.

27th September 2013: Armour Progress Silver & Purple Gem Detailing Well aside from the layers upon layers upon layers of silver enamel paint going on to the armour, it's looking pretty good now. I decided to start adding a bit of the purple on to make it look a bit more like Zagato (the manga and artwork designs are so much nicer than the anime version, so I worked with those).

I need to buy some purple enamel to go over the top of those gems to make them look more...well...gem-like.

Further to all this detailing, the attachments will need to be done. They shouldn't take too long once I know what works.

22nd September 2013: Armour Paintwork I have spray painted most of the armour now, but it needs another coat or two on a couple of pieces. I have also now started to paint the silver on to the crown. Progress is still gradual but it's starting to look a lot more like Zagato now. This project is now leaning a lot more heavily on the artwork/manga. It's much nicer looking than the anime version.

16th September 2013: Brooch and Bracelets Today Mark and I started work on the brooch and the bracelets. The finger armour (they aren't gauntlets as it's JUST the fingers) is going to be more fiddly, so we settled for getting the brooch and bracelets on the go. So far it's just the gems that we've made the skeletons of.

12th September 2013: Armour Progress Today Mark has helped me finish off most of the paper mache work on the armour and I have begun painting it with black enamel. We think the black is going to look better in the long run (the artwork and manga version).

We have also started making the armour for the fingers as well.

10th July 2013: More Crown Progress! It's taking a bit of time, but some of the detailing is now on the crown!
I'd say just under half of it is done. However, I need to figure out how it will attach to my head on the wig without it falling off.
It looks a fair bit like a Gnome's hat right now, but that should be rectified in due course. I am NOT looking forward to doing the paper mache on this! XD

9th July 2013: Breastplate Paper Mache and Paint Testing I've started to paper mache the breastplate now, and will also need to tidy it up and do the underside and collar as well. I also did some spray paint testing on it (one a grey primer, and the other a silver). Even though they're the same brand of spray paint, the silver crackled on top of the primer. Yeah, that makes a damn lot of sense doesn't it? So it means I might need to coat it with glue or an acrylic varnish before spraying it. I'll also do brush paint work on it as well.

9th July 2013: Pauldron 1 of 2 detailing! I finally got the detailing added to the first of the two rather large pointy pauldrons. That was quite the tedious task, and now I have to do another one as well! Still, one down and ready for paper mache.

12th April 2013: Postponed Until October 2013 Due to time constraints, Zagato is pushed back to London MCM Expo (October 2013). With my studies and going away, I just don't have the time to complete him within four weeks (away for a week in a couple of week's time).

However, I will still be working on him regularly.

8th April 2013: Breastplate Ready For Papermache The breastplate is now ready for the papermache. However, I won't be doing that until the other pieces of armour are fully made and have all of their details attached as well.

I will tackle the pauldrons next with regards to detail I think. Mark and I are still working on the construction of the crown but should be finished with that soon.

When all parts are made and have the details on, the lot will be coated with papermache. Some time during all that, the spiked fingers will be made, along with the brooch and bracelets.

7th April 2013: More Breastplate Progress! The details on the breastplate are going well. I just need to finish the collar and the right hand wing shapes, and then I'll move on to the windy details of the pauldrons. >_<' That'll be fun!

4th April 2013: Crown Progress This is the progress Mark and I have made on the crown. We still need to make the front part to stick on before all the detail can go on though. I have sat it on top of the wig and head to give more of an idea of the appearance. I still need to do some more trimming on the wig though I think. It also rests on there better rather than just laying around elsewhere.

30th March 2013: Details On Breastplate 1 I have added some of the details on the breastplate today. What I have done there has taken me a good hour. I'm going to try to do more of this on this piece of armour as well as the pauldrons to save some time for when Mark is next over to give me a hand (which also gives him experience in cosplay-making).

I'll try to finish the details on this piece in another two to three sittings, and then tackle the detail on the pauldrons.

29th March 2013: More Pattern Drawing I've done some more pattern drawing on the armour ready for the detailing to go on. Unfortunately I can't do this with the coronet yet as it's still far from being finished. Mark and I should be working on this very soon though.

I will get some more pictures up very soon, and in the next couple of weeks I hope to also start on the brooch, bracelets and spiked gauntlet fingers.

28th March 2013: More wig progress with me wearing it! I thought I'd wear the wig to show what it looks like on me. Hopefully when the crown is done I'll look a lot more like Zagato. I'm pleased with how it looks on me for now though. It was just for a little sneak peak really.

26th March 2013: Pattern Drawing I've started to draw the patterns on to the spike pauldrons of the armour.
This way I'll know what patterns I am going to put on and where.

The crown still needs to be build up with Mark the next time he's over, but it will save time to add at least the drawn details on the rest of what we've made before that time. I also need to make two bracelets, a brooch, and the spiked finger armour on top of all that as well as putting Richard (and his sword) together as well.

17th March 2013: Crown Progress Some progress has been made on the crown, but it is the biggest pain in the arse piece to figure out and put together. I knew this was going to be the case from the start, but it's already been a fiddly one to make the frame for.

The details will go on the rest of the armour shortly as well. Once everything is covered with paper mache, we can work out the attachments and paint it all. It doesn't end there though. A brooch, spiked finger armour, and bracelets need to be made as well. Oh yes, and I also need to buy the shirt with the mandarin collar.

10th March 2013: Pauldrons progress - SPIKES! Me and Mark got the spikes on the pauldrons today. That was a pain in the backside, but at least it's done. It was mainly getting the angles as correct and matched up as possible. We'll be adding the detailing to most of the armour soon.

Our next moves will be on creating a back panel for the pauldrons to attach to, and making the frame for the crown.

7th March 2013: Wig styling, continued - the fringe As Zagato has bits of his fringe showing across his face from underneath the crown, I have tried to group sections of it together as shown in the picture. I had to do this, or it would have remained too fluffy and wouldn't have done what I wanted it to do.

The moment of truth will be seen when the crown is made.

7th March 2013: Crown plans I have drawn up plans for how the crown should be able to work and sit in place without interfering too much with the wig. I think this might be the most pain in the arse piece to be made.

It needs a brace to sit on top of my head, and a back brace to secure it around the back of my head under the wig.

27th February 2013: Pauldrons Mark and I have made some more good progress on this today. We've made the main part of the pauldrons, and next time we'll be making the spikes that jut up from them. We did have a couple of mishaps, but those have been sorted out and will be touched up on next time as well.

Further to this, we'll be making a start on the base of the coronet.

24th February 2013: Breastplate The main breastplate is made. At least the construction of it is done now. The details will need to go on soon, and the spike pauldrons will be made as well.

This is going to be damn uncomfortable to wear, and I might need to have the pauldrons attached outside the hotel room at this rate. It's going to be big, and if I try to walk through the hotel with the entire lot on, I'll probably end up feeling very claustrophobic. My wig will be heavy and I'll have a large coronet/crown on as well.

21st February 2013: Armour Plans Of Action! My friend Zanzibar07 is helping me with this as it needs to be fitted together a certain way, and the method of doing this requires two people to get the proportions right.

We had some great ideas when he came over last, and now that we have plans of action for each piece of armour now, we're going to crack on a lot more shortly (hopefully at the weekend).

It's still going to be intense getting this done, but it's do-able.

15th February 2013: Wig Styling in progress! I have now started to style the front of the wig for Zagato. I hate brushing this damned thing!

I need to get the fringe to taper from the foreheard down the sides so it will be visible when I make and wear the coronet.

Such length! 60 inches!

6th February 2013: Armour Plans B - Back As I will be covered from shoulders to feet in cloaks, the armour cannot work the same way it did for Zio. In-fact, the method for Zio didn't work brilliantly either.

I intend to make a main breastplate with a section cut out around the back under the collar so that I can feed the hood of the back cloak through along with the ties. The ties will then come around the front, where another hole will be made either side for them to slip back under and be tied.

14th January 2013: Wig and further preparations Well, the wig arrived recently, and I'm rather pleased with it despite it being a complete and utter bitch to brush. The length is very accurate, but I need to style the front when possible. Perhaps I should make the coronet before I do this though.

I'm considering buying velvet cloaks, though this is still in debate. However, as I have minor sewing skills, making full capes myself would mean more cost and probably MANY mistakes that I cannot afford.

The preparations for the armour are slowly coming together.

27th December 2012: Armour Plans - A I have started to draw out some more in-depth armour plans for Zagato now. This is only the first set (plans A), as I need to consider how the cloaks will attach over the top and bottom (which will be in plans B and potentially C as well).

In other news, I have bought the wig and it's on its way!

3rd November 2012: Designs Before I can make this, I need to think about how I'm going to put it together.
I can make the main frame much like I did Zio's one, but I need to be sure that I can get the damned thing in the suitcase along with the other armoured parts, and potentially a spare costume too. That might fail and I may end up having to take an extra suitcase...FUN! Not.

The other problem besides the armour is making or finding suitable cloaks. They need to make me look rather imposing, so this is going to take a lot more thinking to figure it out so it will work effectively and not fall apart.

20th August 2012: Preparations I set myself this challenge to see if I could take it up. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!
I have come to the conclusion that the large spikes of the pauldrons here aught to be about a foot and a half in length and rise up at somewhat of a 45 degree angle...

Alright...help...
No, I'm alright, I can do this. Once Amano Faris is complete, I'm getting down on this. The deadline is May Expo 2013.


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Raye-chan - 22nd February 2012
And I shall be your Emeraude ^_^

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DefineImagineMJ - 22nd February 2012
It will be awesome! When Amano Faris is finished, I hope to start the proper work on Zagato! ^_^'

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Lady Bahamut - 3rd November 2012
Oh wow! Epic!! I've actually just finished reading both parts of MKR, so I'll be looking forward to this! :D

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DefineImagineMJ - 6th November 2012
^_^' I'll be sure to make a great effort for him. Hair to the ankles! FWOARH!

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Galadrella2012 - 6th February 2013
Really looking forward to seeing this :D

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DefineImagineMJ - 6th February 2013
Thanks. :-)
I hope I can get him done for May Expo. Fingers crossed.

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Raye-chan - 16th February 2013
Wig looks amazing! I can't wait to be your Emeraude :3 more fabric shopping next week so I can get the dress finished :3

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DefineImagineMJ - 16th February 2013
Thank you!

And fabric shopping for me too! I have to make the drape things (two down the front, one down the back), and get fabric for Richard too.

I also need get a lot of card for Zagato's armour!

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Kyuipo - 23rd February 2013
looks complex. your doing great! can't wait to see the rest :D

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otakugirl - 24th February 2013
oh u is legendary

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DefineImagineMJ - 24th February 2013
Thanks guys! I'm going to suffer a lot in this I think, but it'll be worth it I think. ^_^' I'm looking forward to having Raye-chan as my Emeraude.

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Neverforever - 11th March 2013
this looks great so far, really hope I get to see at expo~

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DefineImagineMJ - 12th March 2013
Thanks! It's strange that I've made more complex looking armour that's easier to make, and this one's a complete sod. XD

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Koiice - 10th April 2013
Looks amazing, I wish I was doing Hikaru for May now xD

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DefineImagineMJ - 10th April 2013
Thank you!

Well, May Expo is the plan for this, but I've been pressed for time lately so it's still a fingers-crossed maybe. If he can't be done for May, the next slot is likely to be October.

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ToroSonyCat - 22nd September 2013
Looks awesome so far!

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DefineImagineMJ - 23rd September 2013
Thank you! ^_^
There's still a lot to do, but it's getting there now.

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Raye-chan - 23rd September 2013
So much love x ^^ My Zagaaatooooo!!!

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DefineImagineMJ - 23rd September 2013
^_^ So looking forward to this! I'm not looking forward to suffering, but it'll be worth it in the end.

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JustPeachy - 24th September 2013
Progress on this is looking amazing! I can't wait to see the whole costume finished :)

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DefineImagineMJ - 25th September 2013
Thank you! Hopefully I'll be done very soon.

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Siouxsie James - 27th September 2013
Progress looks awesome!

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White Tigress - 28th September 2013
Love the progress!

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DefineImagineMJ - 28th September 2013
Many thanks. :-)

I just hope the attachments will work when they're put on!
It's a pain due to the cloaks being in the way, so they have to be done differently.

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nanahara - 30th September 2013
as per usual this is looking awesome with the progress and I'm sure it'll be epic seeing it at Expo

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DefineImagineMJ - 30th September 2013
Thanks Nana!
Hopefully I'll see you at Expo. We usually end up missing each other.

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BladeyCakes - 2nd October 2013
This is looking amazing ohmygod *__*

Satisfying my CLAMP love right here <3

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blackorcid - 2nd October 2013
Wow this is looking amazing !

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DefineImagineMJ - 3rd October 2013
Thanks. ^_^'
I've been working on this on and off for almost a year now.

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Jewels - 3rd October 2013
This cosplay is looking amazing so far *_* I just started Magic Knight Rayearth so I'm really into ATM.

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Nesproxy - 8th October 2013
Progress looks great! Looking forward to seeing how it all turns out. :)

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DefineImagineMJ - 8th October 2013
Thank you for the positive comments everyone! ^_^

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Carmina - 9th October 2013
Wow, the progress is looking so good! Hope I get to see it at Expo.

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Alouette - 15th October 2013
The attention to detail on this is stunning, would love to see it in person! :)

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DefineImagineMJ - 15th October 2013
Thanks guys. If you do see me definitely come say hi. I shouldn't be hard to miss!

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nanahara - 15th October 2013
the progress is looking AWSOME XD

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DefineImagineMJ - 19th October 2013
Thanks Nana! Almost there now. :-)

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TheStarlightFairy - 19th October 2013
Oh wow the progress looks incredible! You always do such amazing work!

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flamewizo - 21st October 2013
OMG I can not wait to see this at the expo :D Looks fantastic

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DefineImagineMJ - 21st October 2013
You all have my sincere appreciation!

We hope to be at the CLAMP meets on Saturday and/or Sunday around 11am by the grassy slope. On Saturday we will be mostly outside or in the ExCel boulevard (if I can fit!)

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Siouxsie James - 21st October 2013
Hope I bump into you, this looks awesome :)

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InfiniteJester - 29th October 2013
This looked so amazing!

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BladeyCakes - 30th October 2013
This was so beautiful in person I can't even <3 was lovely to chat to you and fangirl over your cosplay~ (this is the Watanuki from the CLAMP meet btw x'D)

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DefineImagineMJ - 30th October 2013
Thanks. ^_^ I'm glad it came together as well as it did. Nothing failed apart from the stitching on one of the gloves.

Yeah I remember meeting you x-Blade-x.
Heh, I have a fetish for long-haired men. I am only turned on by handsome long-haired guys, so Zagato was one of those "must do!" cosplays. :-D

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Neverforever - 1st November 2013
This was amazing~ so glad I got to see in person ^^

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Jenangel - 4th November 2013
Wow that is so AMAZING! *_*

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DefineImagineMJ - 4th November 2013
Many thanks! ^_^

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Lady Bahamut - 4th November 2013
It was great to finally meet you and you guys looked AMAZIIING! <3