Dilandau - The Vision of Escaflowne




EDITEDIT: I rewore Dilandau at October Expo 2012, and also entered the ECG solo qualifying round at Hyper Japan in November 2012. For ECG, I decided to improve things that I wasn't incredibly happy with. I ended up weathering the sword, and the armour pieces, just for a more authentic look. I might have overdone it, I'm not sure. ehhehehehehe
I restyled the wig as well so it had more of the upflick his bangs have, and reworked the boot covers, so they were tighter and less likely to wrinkle. The tops, I took out the foam and added craft foam pieces to create more of the moulded look.

Also for my performance I created a prop - a communicator based on one in the anime with Folken's face, made from cardboard, paper mache and little bits of wooden dowel. The base was a music stand covered in a black sheet, with bits of duct tape "wiring" sticking out and all over the place (that was fun but the fumes made me sick haha) and also I stuck some battery LEDs through the front for pretties. yaaay
I may not have won anything, but from the feedback I was given by the judges my performance was the best it could be, so I'm pleased about that!

EDIT: Dilandau had a great reception at Ame, although some things will need to be touched up and sorted out for Expo when neko_riddles will be my Van (which means more variety of photos taken!)



I adore Escaflowne, and Dilandau is delightfully insane!


All the black and red bits are made from stretch pleather. This made it horrible to wear in summer and I mock myself.
The pants and jacket were made using bought patterns, the jacket fashioned from a military style pattern. The jacket is fixed together with hooks and eyes (and I wear a black tshirt underneath to prevent skin showing lol) and the red arm armour is sewn on (it was originally glued on buuut that kinda failed)
The butt cape is lined with black polycotton, and I used scrap gold crepe-back satin to create the pointy ends (and used craft foam for the dots) The straps seen all over were attached via velcro (and the butt cape is attached via safety pins) and the gold buttons are made from craft foam painted.
The jacket, straps and butt cape were all lined with gold bias binding!

The boot covers were the first time I'd made something like that. It was a case of making a pattern by drawing round the shoe, to create a sole and the spats, which were sewn together. The long bit of the boot is seperately sewn onto the spats. The top of the boots, originally had rolled up bits of upholstery foam, but I improved it later to have craft foam to make it more moulded.

The gloves were normal stretch gloves, and the red bits were craft foam covered in red pleather - they were originally glued on but they fell off constantly and I spent a good portion in the repair area of Amecon Saturday sewing the hand bits on XDD the finger pieces, I ended up just using normal pleather and sewed them on properly. Basically after Amecon I just sewed everything down that was originally glued LMAO!

The shoulder armour was a bitccch. I originally tried using cardboard and expanding foam, buut that idea went out the window. In the end I used layers of upholstery foam, with wire sandwiched in between for shaping, glued together and then covered with red pleather on top (and on the bottom as well later on) and then added the pointy bits using craft foam glued into a cone and covered, while the black channels were fabric paint (which miraculously didn't come off straight away) They were originally attached to my shoulders via velcro, but then I was able to edit it upon feedback from fellow cosplayers, to incorporate magnets! They held it together along with the odd sneaky safety pin :) Hooray!

My headband thingy! This was also a bitccch. I made it from thick EVA foam, sealed with PVA and painted, then stuck the purple gem on. Because I'm a bit thick, I thought just using spirit gum and liquid latex would keep it on my forehead at Amecon. ahahahahahaahahhahah
The sweat from wearing the costume made it keep slipping and I ended up with some photos pushing my wig back too far from pushing the headband up too much. XDDDD;;;
After Amecon I promptly put elastic round it and it stayed perfectly fine and I have no idea why I didn't just think of that in the first place. I'm An Idiot.

The sword was a bought base katana from an Expo stall, it's from Bleach originally. I took off the hilt and crafted my own from thick EVA foam, and added all the details to the handle and scabbard using thin craft foam. It was all sealed and any bits of glue sanded down, and then I started the painting. I also sawed off the original link for the belt, and filled that with airdry dough and created a new one further up for accuracy.
I then sprayed it all with primer and then painted it with brown and gold enamel (oh yes and the handle details were added via hot glue - not the best method but it worked well enough)
I added red paint to the blade, just for a fun effect. Hehehe bloodstains.
I used red pleather for the belt, and then sandwiched it in craft foam for the gold ends. I created links by covering wire in hot glue, then adding air dry clay and letting that dry, and then sanding them and painting them. Unfortunately due to some errors I had to cut open some of the links and then stick them together with hot glue. I also had to create a support using some bias binding between the scabbard and the belt, becauuuse moving the link loop further up the scabbard meant there were issues of weighting, and it didn't sit properly unless I had the support. Curses!


Captain_Marvelous posted on 26 November, 2011 - 17:02

Amy-Lou posted on 27 November, 2011 - 13:51
Fantastic choice, will be great to see some Escaflowne again :D

SlimDefinition posted on 27 November, 2011 - 19:19
Can't wait for this! Brilliant. I'm hoping you can put on the maniac act! XD

Freyarule posted on 28 November, 2011 - 16:28
Thanks everyone! I hope I do a good job! @SlimDefinition: I will be practising the manic laughter very hard in preparation ;)

HatsuneHawke posted on 18 January, 2012 - 22:01
ha ha! you crazy bean =D Love you for wanting to do this <3

Freyarule posted on 21 January, 2012 - 20:16
Bwaahahah! I'm gonna have so much fun it'll be criminal XD

LittleRecordGirl posted on 20 February, 2012 - 17:29
Cannot wait to see photos!~

WhiteWraith posted on 2 May, 2012 - 17:13
Can't wait to see this!

Freyarule posted on 3 May, 2012 - 17:24
Thanks guys :D

k4tt posted on 1 August, 2012 - 20:58
Awesome work on the shoulders! ^__^

neko_riddles posted on 12 August, 2012 - 17:17
I'm just upset I never go to see this in action T_T

gaming_goddess posted on 27 August, 2012 - 00:56
This is so amazing - must of taken forever to make :)

Freyarule posted on 27 August, 2012 - 09:30
Surprisingly it took me about 3 weeks to get everything done :) It was pretty tough and there were times I wanted to give up and try again later but I didn't want to let everyone down XD

Amy-Lou posted on 27 August, 2012 - 13:42
Aaah, Dilandau! The photos look great, well done for sticking with it. Will keep an eye out at Expo :)

Lady Bahamut posted on 27 August, 2012 - 18:38
This looks amazing! See? You need not have worried like you did after all! I'm proud of you! :D

Freyarule posted on 27 August, 2012 - 21:18
Amy: Thank you! I'm glad you like it :D Gemma: OH STAHP IT YOOOU <3

HatsuneHawke posted on 28 August, 2012 - 09:09
definitely one of your best cosplays by far =) cant wait to see it myself, oh and you know what, fabric choices were spot on in the end <3

Freyarule posted on 31 August, 2012 - 10:59
Aww you think so >w< yeah I agree, one of my favourites definitely. Glad you like the fabric choices! Pleather made a lovely effect but it is tricky to work and a sauna to wear lmao!!

CrystalNeko posted on 3 September, 2012 - 15:56
All that stress and being cooked in the costume was well worth it! You looked great as DillyDallyShillyShally :D We forgot to have a Melzi for dinner when you were well cooked though, damn! ;P

Freyarule posted on 3 September, 2012 - 20:58
Pahaha sorry, I would have been a bit too much on the fatty side XDDDD

Monkey posted on 16 November, 2012 - 17:51
Love this outfit sooo much <3

Freyarule posted on 16 November, 2012 - 20:28
<3 thank you my dear :)

Charlie-Bear posted on 26 November, 2012 - 12:13
Mel this is so badass! You look wicked! :D

Freyarule posted on 26 November, 2012 - 15:03
>///< thank you my dearie!

Kei Lin Sama posted on 10 February, 2013 - 22:00
Saw you on stage at Hyper Japan. You were awesome!

Freyarule posted on 11 February, 2013 - 11:29
Thank you! :D It was nice talking to you <3

Siouxsie James posted on 22 June, 2013 - 23:14
Oh I remember this! Great costume!

Freyarule posted on 23 June, 2013 - 11:21
Thank you! ^///^

InfiniteJester posted on 20 December, 2014 - 17:37
You make a great Dilandau!

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Progress Journal

8th August 2012


Thank fuck

4th August 2012


Made from stretch leather, and the red parts are craft foam covered in red stretch leather. They are hard as hell to put on and move my fingers in but they look good and I can still hold a sword, so yaaaaaay

19th July 2012


I've started the headband thingy, moulded it in shape just need to attach some wire into it (EVA foam) so it will keep it's shape definitely when PVAing and painting it! Got the purple gem for it all ready!

19th July 2012

Start of shoulder armour as of yesterday

This was the beginning, cardboard base stuck over saucepans the right width to keep in shape as I added expanding foam over them. They are currently still covered in foam curing and the next time I'm free for cosplay I will be attacking them with a craft knife and sandpaper!

If for some reason it does pearshaped my back up plan is to use upholstery foam to build up the layers.