22nd May 2012: wig here is my wig all styled with hairspray! the colour looks weird in the photo but trust me its definatly pink!
22nd May 2012: sword close up on detail a closer photo of the tiny details
22nd May 2012: sword 90% complete!! yay Here is my sword!! i still have to paint the opposite side but its basically finished! to get to this stage i spray painted chrome on the blade and then sat down with a tiny paintbrush and some acrylic paint and went cross eyed painting all those tiny details!! once its dried ill paint the other side and then attach the hand guard and that little round piece on the sword with hot glue!
20th May 2012: sword progress i painted all the foam bits on the sword with black hammerite paint for metal as its a solid paint that wont chip!! only thing is that it takes a while to dry, so i will have to wait till tomorrow to paint the rest of it.
20th May 2012: sword progress i finished spray painting the hand guard and glued the gold decoration on to it, its now ready to attach to the sword when im ready
20th May 2012: sword progress i stayed up till midnight last night building up layers of plastazote on the sword, then this morning i moulded polymorth beads to make those nice swirly bits around the handle/trigger bits
20th May 2012: sheild progress finally i used an instant contact adhesive to glue it all together, it was the scariest part!! but luck again it turned out great!! i used hotglue for the gold details and the rivets. All thats left to do is screw some straps onto the back, im probably going to use velcro. But its basically finished!!
20th May 2012: sheild progress For the centre dome part i wanted to gradient it from green to black, so i painted the whole thing in green acrylic paint and then masked the center lightly with a piece of newspaper folded into a rough circle, i then used blach spray paint and carefully sprayed the outside of the shield. I am so please with out it turned out!!!
20th May 2012: sheild progress im exhausted this weekend! been working hard to finish before friday. So my shield, once i finished cutting all the shapes out i put down a primer using black arylic paint
18th May 2012: sheild progress here is progress on the shield, i covered the ball in plastazote and made the outside ring and gold pieces out of plastazote aswell, next i will spray paint all the parts and then glue it all together
18th May 2012: Sword progress 3 here is the progress on that top part of the sword, the hand shield thing. ive made it from plastazote and craft foam, the patterned bit is not glues down yet as it needs to be sprayed a different colour.
14th May 2012: sheild progress i cut out a piece of wood in a circle and sanded the edges down, I am going to glue this salad bowl on top and cover the whole thing in craft foam for a smooth surface
14th May 2012: router close up close up of the router work
14th May 2012: gun blade progress here is the gunblade routered and primered not sure its thats the correct way to spell it lol next job is to build the shape up then paint!!!
4th May 2012: Sword progress 2 next i cut it out using a jigsaw with a bit of help from my dad
4th May 2012: Sword progress 1 yay started my sword!!! i drew it out on a bit of wood first
29th April 2012: corset complete!!! i made a plain black corset and then hand sewed the purple parts on, im very please with how it turned out!!
29th April 2012: waist strap here is the waist strap complete with the gold studs
29th April 2012: corset straps here is part of the strap that goes around the waist, i used brown suede on top
29th April 2012: belts here are my buckles so far, have painted them with gold acrylic to start but i have started to spray paint them with metallic gold paint, when they are dry i will post more pics
29th April 2012: belt buckels i wanted to make th buckels out of sheet brass, although they looked quite good when i made them they were extremely sharp!!! so i decieded it was not a good idea and have now started to make them out of plastazote
29th April 2012: Belts /straps its been a while since ive made some progress as i just could not find the right fabric for the straps, i originally bought some buffalo brown suede thinking that that was the colour of her straps, but then i realised that it was actually a purple colour!! ive looked everywhere for the right colour until i found this gorgeous deep purple suede on ebay!! it was expensive though £10 per meter!!!!! i started by making the skirt belts...
9th April 2012: nearly there! pic of the costume with the skirt, just need to add all those belts!
9th April 2012: piccy skirt other angle of skirt
9th April 2012: forgot to add the piccys of the skirt piccys
9th April 2012: feather skirt i havent done anything for a while as i have just moved house! but now that we are settled in i havemade some more progress on lightning. i decided to go ahead and make the gorgeous feather skirt that she has, i bought all of the feathers that were on sale in hobby craft and made this! at the moment it is attached to some elastic but i am going to change it and maybe put it on a thin black belt so that it can take the weight better.
4th March 2012: armor set everything so far!
4th March 2012: armor thighs here is the thighs
4th March 2012: armor front nearly finished front
4th March 2012: back of the armor back of the armor so far
4th March 2012: belt i need to add the hanging belts and the feather skirt
4th March 2012: gloves completed finished these!
4th March 2012: gauntlets just need to add the straps
4th March 2012: sooo tired!!! ok so ive spent the last week working my arse off making this cosplay and now its nearly finished!!! i just need to add the straps and make the feather skirt, here is some piccys - boots
29th February 2012: finished making the armor pieces i just finished making the armor pieces out of the plastazote, i need to paint them all now, will post piccys when im done. :)
26th February 2012: gauntlet progress finished!! :D ready for painting!
26th February 2012: gauntlet progress its so hard to bend them into the correct shape!! i just need to add the spikes and other details
23rd February 2012: boots progress Chrome!!!! to finish them off i just need to add the gold details
23rd February 2012: Boots progress the boots with the primer coat, next step - Chrome!!
23rd February 2012: Boots progress finished!! they are ready to be sprayed silver now
20th February 2012: Pauldrons i need to add the rivets and put them on the body armor
20th February 2012: boots 2 ive started adding the detail to the toe and heel of the boots, next i need to make the knee spike
20th February 2012: boots started the boots, i bought some cheap white ankle boots for the base and wrapped plastazote 3mm round them to fit my leg
10th February 2012: breast plate 99% complete!!
10th February 2012: mock up mock up pic
5th February 2012: completed the breast plate out of the styrene i completed the styrene breast plate, but im not happy with the edges, ive had 3 attempts at making the edges sharpe, 1st was with hot glue, 2nd was with polymorph and 3rd was with poly filler (rookie mistake!) it cracks with the flexability of the styrene, last attempt will hopefully be successful, im gonna tray latex.
17th January 2012: mock up breast plate i decided to start by making the breast plate as it seems to be the most akward piece of the costume, the 1st step was to make a pattern out of craft foam. its taken two days to do and i think it still needs a little bit of adjusting.
17th January 2012: armor been doing tons of research on making armor, i like the idea for fibreglass but it seems too messy, and you need to make moulds from silacone which is expensive... so ive opted for the styrene technique.
Siouxsie James - 23rd May 2012
This looks so good!!!! Well done :D Best version as well!! xD
Ranma1-2 - 28th May 2012
Great to see this irl. Amazing work with that foam stuff. I really want to try armour. It was really nice talking backstage with you too. ^^ ok didnt win awards this time, but did you hear the crowd?? they realy gave it up for your cosplays. Well done. I love that you were creative with your on stage presentation. More of this please. ^^
oh yeah if you to see that vid I was telling you about its called Starcraft.. if this ink doesnt work go on youTube and search Starcraft 2 betrayal
link - http://youtu.be/DBR3doYRick
ElegantAura - 28th May 2012
Absolutely Fantastic, Great detail and Armour work! Can't get over how amazing you and your Serah look!
Freyarule - 28th May 2012
This looked so amazing! Your performance was brilliant too! I loved the armour and the props :D
CrystalNeko - 28th May 2012
How amazing do you look!?!? You seriously rock Lightning! Really impressed with this cosplay, all that hard work and effort certainly paid off!
TheStarlightFairy - 28th May 2012
You look amazing! Like you just jumped out of the screen!
Pandora-Chi - 29th May 2012
The progress of this was just jaw dropping but to see this in real life was 0_O Words couldn't describe how amazing u looked - all that armory work is so impressive <3
Lady Bahamut - 31st May 2012
Yikes, that is seriously impressive! I think I may have seen you during the day and admired it from a distance ^^;
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