Lightning - Final Fantasy XIII-2

Worn AtLondon MCM Expo May 2012
Showcased 10th November 2013 What is this?




i fell in love with this as soon as i saw it.


Stubbled Grapes posted on 10 February, 2012 - 19:22
Looking awesome!! =D

Speckles posted on 10 February, 2012 - 23:38
Progress is looking good! Keep it up!

L4dyPaiNe_X posted on 11 February, 2012 - 00:12
wow this is amazing keep up the great work I can't wait to see it finished

Silantre posted on 11 February, 2012 - 00:22
You were very wise to leave Fiberglass well alone for this piece,especially as you did such a damn good job on the breastplate without it ^^

Puppykitten14 posted on 20 February, 2012 - 23:20
Your progress looks awesome, cant wait to see this finished :D

Zelvyne posted on 20 February, 2012 - 23:44
Looking great so far ^_^ good luck with the rest of it ^_^

KawaiiKira posted on 20 February, 2012 - 23:54
Progress is looking awesome!

Manticore posted on 24 February, 2012 - 21:45
God I hope to see this I person at expo! Can the FFRound-Up nab you in the big shoot on Saturday or Sunday?

SamanthaKaiba posted on 24 February, 2012 - 21:47
this is looking great

Pandora-Chi posted on 24 February, 2012 - 22:48
OMG!! This looks amazing!!! :D

Relion posted on 24 February, 2012 - 23:07
Looks so good! Can't wait to see it finished :)

FuriePhoenix posted on 26 February, 2012 - 15:41
holy crap this is looking insane!!! Cant wait to see it finished!

Alias Cosplay posted on 26 February, 2012 - 18:05
Nice job on the breast plate.

WarpFly posted on 26 February, 2012 - 22:29
Oh my god, it look so fine! *O*

lycaneyes posted on 4 March, 2012 - 20:59
looks great :D

cowiee posted on 4 March, 2012 - 21:00
oh my goodness! This is incredible keep it up!

Relion posted on 5 March, 2012 - 02:49
Looks AMAZING - so jealous!

shinrajunkie posted on 5 March, 2012 - 08:35
This is insane!! good job!!!

Yuka posted on 6 March, 2012 - 15:38
Holy crap this looks amazing

Moonchild posted on 9 April, 2012 - 17:22
This looks amazing!! Great job!

Stubbled Grapes posted on 9 April, 2012 - 17:52
This is just epic!! Can't wait to see it in May =D

RevenantPunk posted on 9 April, 2012 - 20:14
Looks incredible! Can't wait to see it all officially finished and put on!

Sketch McDraw posted on 10 April, 2012 - 16:42
This is amazing!! I cant wait to see it at Expo! :D

Sammykins posted on 19 April, 2012 - 22:25
First things first: wow!!! You have done so much in so little time, and it is amazing to boot! Secondly: thank you! I plan to make this myself and this has been a big help!! Looking forward to seeing the rest of it all together! :D

Karakulz posted on 6 May, 2012 - 10:48
Eeek! This looks AMAZING! *O* I SOOOOO Wanna see this at expo! ^^

Ranma1-2 posted on 14 May, 2012 - 21:39
Progress is looking great!

Emzone posted on 18 May, 2012 - 02:01
/blown away That armour looks amazing!

FuriePhoenix posted on 18 May, 2012 - 11:13
holy moly!!! This is looking insane!!! Hope to see it in person!

Cattrocious posted on 18 May, 2012 - 11:52
Wow, this is honestly incredible. All of it looks amazing, escpecially the armour.

Castelia posted on 20 May, 2012 - 21:15
This is looking awesome! Love the details on the armour, especially the chest plate. Looking forward to seeing photos of it complete :)

Sketch McDraw posted on 20 May, 2012 - 23:08
The level of attention to detail on this costume and particularly the props (im a prop man lol) is astounding, seriously well done!:)

Tedward posted on 22 May, 2012 - 22:06
Epic ! That is all

Siouxsie James posted on 23 May, 2012 - 14:20
This looks so good!!!! Well done :D Best version as well!! xD

Ranma1-2 posted on 28 May, 2012 - 18:07
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 -

ElegantAura posted on 28 May, 2012 - 19:25
Absolutely Fantastic, Great detail and Armour work! Can't get over how amazing you and your Serah look!

Freyarule posted on 28 May, 2012 - 20:13
This looked so amazing! Your performance was brilliant too! I loved the armour and the props :D

CrystalNeko posted on 28 May, 2012 - 20:17
How amazing do you look!?!? You seriously rock Lightning! Really impressed with this cosplay, all that hard work and effort certainly paid off!

TheStarlightFairy posted on 28 May, 2012 - 21:28
You look amazing! Like you just jumped out of the screen!

Pandora-Chi posted on 29 May, 2012 - 10:48
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 posted on 31 May, 2012 - 13:42
Yikes, that is seriously impressive! I think I may have seen you during the day and admired it from a distance ^^;

No thanks posted on 31 May, 2012 - 18:57

DuskatNight posted on 31 May, 2012 - 19:06
This looks stunning!

FuriePhoenix posted on 31 May, 2012 - 19:08
I saw this in person and my god my jaw was on the floor! No Kidding! I couldn't shut up to my friends how amazing this was!

Plasticsharkattack posted on 4 June, 2012 - 16:47
Holy mother of God, this is FAN-TASTIC D: <3

MoonLily posted on 4 June, 2012 - 19:18
This is AMAZING. Well done on all that detail, it really paid off!

Kata-san posted on 9 June, 2012 - 14:45
That Armour is Amazing!! I'm disappointed I didn't get to see it at Expo. Great work!

Captain_Marvelous posted on 17 March, 2013 - 22:55
This is Superb!

Varia posted on 18 March, 2013 - 22:49
Really cool, I love the feather skirt

TheEmoEmu posted on 10 April, 2013 - 13:59
Loved this! Was lovely meeting you backstage at Expo and seeing it in person. You really make a great Lightning!

Siouxsie James posted on 11 November, 2013 - 19:55
Grats on the showcase, well deserved!! Amazing costume :)

Sephirayne posted on 12 November, 2013 - 01:22
Congratulations on the showcase. This is well deserved ^_^

dan-dan posted on 4 March, 2014 - 22:35
ahhhhh this is so awesome and so accurate :D

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Progress Journal

wig (Posted 22nd May 2012)

here is my wig all styled with hairspray! the colour looks weird in the photo but trust me its definatly pink!

sword close up on detail (Posted 22nd May 2012)

a closer photo of the tiny details

sword 90% complete!! yay (Posted 22nd May 2012)

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!

sword progress (Posted 20th May 2012)

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.

sword progress (Posted 20th May 2012)

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

sword progress (Posted 20th May 2012)

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

sheild progress (Posted 20th May 2012)

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!!

sheild progress (Posted 20th May 2012)

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!!!

sheild progress (Posted 20th May 2012)

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

sheild progress (Posted 17th May 2012)

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

Sword progress 3 (Posted 17th May 2012)

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.

sheild progress (Posted 14th May 2012)

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

router close up (Posted 14th May 2012)

close up of the router work

gun blade progress (Posted 14th May 2012)

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!!!

Sword progress 2 (Posted 4th May 2012)

next i cut it out using a jigsaw with a bit of help from my dad

Sword progress 1 (Posted 4th May 2012)

yay started my sword!!! i drew it out on a bit of wood first

corset complete!!! (Posted 29th April 2012)

i made a plain black corset and then hand sewed the purple parts on, im very please with how it turned out!!

waist strap (Posted 29th April 2012)

here is the waist strap complete with the gold studs

corset straps (Posted 29th April 2012)

here is part of the strap that goes around the waist, i used brown suede on top

belts (Posted 29th April 2012)

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

belt buckels (Posted 29th April 2012)

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

Belts /straps (Posted 29th April 2012)

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...

nearly there! (Posted 9th April 2012)

pic of the costume with the skirt, just need to add all those belts!

piccy skirt (Posted 9th April 2012)

other angle of skirt

forgot to add the piccys of the skirt (Posted 9th April 2012)


feather skirt (Posted 9th April 2012)

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.

armor set (Posted 4th March 2012)

everything so far!

armor thighs (Posted 4th March 2012)

here is the thighs

armor front (Posted 4th March 2012)

nearly finished front

back of the armor (Posted 4th March 2012)

back of the armor so far

belt (Posted 4th March 2012)

i need to add the hanging belts and the feather skirt

gloves completed (Posted 4th March 2012)

finished these!

gauntlets (Posted 4th March 2012)

just need to add the straps

sooo tired!!! (Posted 4th March 2012)

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

finished making the armor pieces (Posted 29th February 2012)

i just finished making the armor pieces out of the plastazote, i need to paint them all now, will post piccys when im done. :)

gauntlet progress (Posted 26th February 2012)

finished!! :D ready for painting!

gauntlet progress (Posted 26th February 2012)

its so hard to bend them into the correct shape!! i just need to add the spikes and other details

boots progress (Posted 23rd February 2012)

Chrome!!!! to finish them off i just need to add the gold details

Boots progress (Posted 23rd February 2012)

the boots with the primer coat, next step - Chrome!!

Boots progress (Posted 23rd February 2012)

finished!! they are ready to be sprayed silver now

Pauldrons (Posted 20th February 2012)

i need to add the rivets and put them on the body armor

boots 2 (Posted 20th February 2012)

ive started adding the detail to the toe and heel of the boots, next i need to make the knee spike

boots (Posted 20th February 2012)

started the boots, i bought some cheap white ankle boots for the base and wrapped plastazote 3mm round them to fit my leg

breast plate (Posted 10th February 2012)

99% complete!!

mock up (Posted 10th February 2012)

mock up pic

completed the breast plate out of the styrene (Posted 5th February 2012)

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.

mock up breast plate (Posted 17th January 2012)

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.

armor (Posted 17th January 2012)

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.