FF Tactics Advance 2

Cosplayer: Siouxsie James

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

This costume has not been worn at any events yet.

24th August 2015: Painting. Unhappy with the first bronze that I used I decided to go for gold. I primed with gesso.
Since then I've painted the first gold layer. Then I'll paint another. Then I'll paint bronze on top and add all further details.

21st August 2015: Yeh... Armour Started painting it. Whole thing is crap really. But I guess it's my costume and it doesn't have to be the best thing since sliced bread (why is slided bread such a great thing anyway, I like rolls and buns)?

The bronze paint is a bit too dark. I may try gold on top to lighten it a bit.
The type of paint is a NIGHTMARE. Enamel paint, sticky, gets everywhere and difficult to wash off (I think you need white spirit for it but I'm too lazy to leave the house to get any).

Also I didn't bother priming properly. I just put a couple of wood pva layers on it. And I didn't bother sanding it. So it's lumpy and warped.

I've also changed my 'attachment plans' a few times. First I was going to use buckles, then changed to elastic strips. Most recently I've decided to try felt. The reason I will try green felt is because the armour is very fitted (tight actually) so I don't think it needs support to stay on, I thought green Felt was less obvious than black or white elastics. Once it's painted I'll experiment and post what I decide on.

1st March 2015: Armoouuuuuuurs Previously all of my upper arm bits where seperate. Today I added the pieces all together. I then did the detailing on one arm piece (majority of it... Still a little detailing to go!)

Now I need to; Finish this detailing. Go and detail the other arm. Then put all the elastics/straps underneath to secure the armour. Then I'll seal it all. Maybe a tiny bit of sanding? And finally painting and sealing. If I'm lucky I may finish this year...?

29th August 2014: Armour development Used worbla for all upper arm armour (8 pieces). Bought from Coscraft.
Cut patterns into newspaper and when happy transferred to Worbla.
Used two sheets of worbla for each armour. Added 'trims' to edges of 6/8 pieces of armour. Trims are just extra bits of worbla securing edges (see in image gallery).
I used form board inbetween worbla for the largest of the upper arm armour.
Next step is to work on gauntlets.
Next step to finish creation of upper arm armour is to add detailing and then attach pieces together (currently still all seperate pieces, 4 for each arm).

18th August 2014: Amour one Using foam board with Worbla either side and 'trims' on the edges.

seawaterwitch avatar

seawaterwitch - 7th January 2013
Awesome! Ganbarimasu ^^/ Keep the spirit. Can't wait to see your next costumes :) :hug:

Siouxsie James avatar

Siouxsie James - 7th January 2013
Thanks seawaterwitch :)

madmazda86 avatar

madmazda86 - 11th March 2013
This is a gorgeous outfit, hope you have fun making it ^^

Siouxsie James avatar

Siouxsie James - 11th March 2013
Thanks, I agree it's such a cool design and I hope I have fun too!!

DizzieDee avatar

DizzieDee - 11th March 2013
Can't wait ^^!!!!!

gonna take a while though I guess P:

Cavahn avatar

Cavahn - 17th January 2014
Oh my gosh this is gonna be beautiful! Can't wait to see the progress on this! (:

InfiniteJester avatar

InfiniteJester - 18th August 2014
This is looking great so far!

Siouxsie James avatar

Siouxsie James - 20th August 2014
Thanks for watching this so far guys. I'm so worried about how this project turns out :/

WhiteWraith avatar

WhiteWraith - 28th December 2014
Progress is looking amazing! Love the armour :)

SmolStuff Cosplay avatar

SmolStuff Cosplay - 21st August 2015

ArcaneArchery avatar

ArcaneArchery - 21st August 2015
The armour looks really good - if you are not happy with the colour accuracy you can always repaint it. I'd recommend using a metallic acrylic spray paint as you will get a smoother finish, plus acrylic can be cleaned with soap and water rather than the white spirits that you need for enamel paint. With acrylics you can also use ink washes and dry brushing to further modify the colour and make it look less flat.

Siouxsie James avatar

Siouxsie James - 6th September 2015
Thanks guys. I like painting by hand and I'm not keen on spray (eventhough I know the finish is better). I've not used the enamel paint since. In the process of building the colour up atm. Will post when a bit more bronze is done:) thanks for the help!

loramarsden avatar

loramarsden - 6th January 2016
really impressed with this! i'm trying to get my head around armour at the moment and having some serious difficulties, you make it look easy!

Siouxsie James avatar

Siouxsie James - 7th January 2016
Honestly I hate this armour, it's 2years old now in terms of shape, but it taught me a lot to make it :) if I can help at all let me know. But good luck, you'll get it, and hopefully you'll love it :)