Fran - Final Fantasy XII


London MCM Expo May 2012

Winner, Eurogamer Expo 2013 Cosplay Masquerade

Showcased 2nd September 2012 What is this?




So in defiance of my ever advancing age, I decided to attempt Fran from Final Fantasy XII. I always liked the viera back when they were in Tactics, and when I saw Fran in XII I just thought she was awesome. Not to mention the sheer coolness of her outfit.

So I thought I'd have a go.

In retrospect, I could have chosen a slightly easier costume to start making armour on, but if you're going to do something, you might as well jump in at the deep end...

All the armour is made from craft foam, which is cut, heated to shape and sealed with PVA / water mix. The pieces are then spray painted in black acrylic, and finished off with a coat of ebony Rub'n'Buff to make them look more like leather. Her top is a modified corset and marvel of structural engineering; I found something roughly the right shape and structure on eBay, then replaced the front panel with white organza. I made chainmail to go round the sides and added more craft foam armour to finish off.

It's a lot of fun to wear (and certainly attention grabbing), though the killer shoes do get to you after a while...

Thanks to all the lovely people that have commented on this, it's much appreciated!

** EDIT 3rd September 2012 **
I am stunned to see my Fran has made it as the Showcase costume this week. I really am at a loss for words. I don't know who put it forward / voted for it, but whoever you are, thank you SO much. It means a lot to a noob like me.

** EDIT 27th September 2013 **
I am stunned once more. Yesterday, I won the Cosplay Masquerade at Eurogamer Expo. Their first competition, and mine! So totally made up about this, it's untrue.


KawaiiKira posted on 31 January, 2012 - 17:53
I can't wait to see! ^^

TheSnake posted on 23 March, 2012 - 13:59
Should be awesome to see.

Sephirayne posted on 25 March, 2012 - 19:40
Wow! The progress on the leg armour looks amazing.

Manjou posted on 25 March, 2012 - 19:46
Great progress :D

Cattrocious posted on 25 March, 2012 - 19:53
Looks great so far :)

KawaiiKira posted on 25 March, 2012 - 19:56
progress looks amazing! you gonna make a great Fran ^^

Karakulz posted on 25 March, 2012 - 20:05
Oooh!!! this looks Brilliant so far!!! I would LOVE to see this at Expo!!! ^0^

Ranma1-2 posted on 25 March, 2012 - 21:54
The detailing on your leg armour is beautifully intricate! - well done.

- posted on 25 March, 2012 - 23:59
This is so nice! That leg armour is soo pretty and accurate!

Emzone posted on 26 March, 2012 - 01:08
Jyhgfvf those leg pieces look amazing! I'm actually blown away - this is your first attempt at armour? It's brilliant - I can't wait to see the rest *_*

tripletriad posted on 27 March, 2012 - 18:40
Oh my gosh, I'm speechless! That leg armour is just fabulous, and for a first attempt! Can't wait to see everything else.

Leolarua posted on 30 March, 2012 - 13:16
i cant wait to see this! you are going to look amazing

Yuka posted on 30 March, 2012 - 15:33
holy. crap. mad skills. I can't wait to see more of this! *watches*

Eloraborealis posted on 14 May, 2012 - 17:50
The detailing on the armour is incredible, I can't wait to see it all come together! :D

Yes-My-Lord posted on 26 May, 2012 - 20:40
Beautiful! <3

Fishyfins posted on 26 May, 2012 - 23:13
Yes! is all i need to say :)

Nomes posted on 27 May, 2012 - 06:36
That armour is incredible!

tripletriad posted on 28 May, 2012 - 12:54
So happy to see it all together! You look fabulous, well done!

SilentDragonfly posted on 28 May, 2012 - 15:08
Really impressive :O

nanahara posted on 28 May, 2012 - 16:10
you look AMAZING, the cosplay is top notch. Wish I could have seen this in person

Numta posted on 29 May, 2012 - 15:39
awesome Fran =]

Kata-san posted on 13 June, 2012 - 23:20
Amazing Fran! Really great work. I'm glad I got to see it in person.

Karakulz posted on 2 September, 2012 - 16:53
Ahh! Congratz on the showcase! Very well deserved, You look Amazing! ;3

Freyarule posted on 2 September, 2012 - 19:24
Well deserved showcase! The armour is gorgeously detailed, you really suit Fran!

Kitticus posted on 2 September, 2012 - 20:27
Congratulations on the showcase! I adore your fran cosplay

Manticore posted on 2 September, 2012 - 23:33
Oh well done my dear Well done! Congratulations again!

SamanthaKaiba posted on 3 September, 2012 - 00:34
This is amazing and had so much detail...congrats on the showcase

XxSylentiumxX posted on 3 September, 2012 - 09:27
This is gorgeous<3 Well done on the showcase too!

alytheluvly posted on 3 September, 2012 - 10:00
Love this! Congrats on the showcase!

Siouxsie James posted on 3 September, 2012 - 11:47
WOW I love the work you've done one those arms pieces, leg pieces and helmet :D gratz on the SC!!

Leolarua posted on 3 September, 2012 - 11:57
congratulations on the showcase! well deserved!

tripletriad posted on 3 September, 2012 - 13:43
Ahh I'm so pleased this got the showcase! Well done!

CrystalNeko posted on 3 September, 2012 - 14:55
I adore the detailing in the armour, looks perfect! Congrats on the showcase!

Sephirayne posted on 4 September, 2012 - 15:36
Fantastic Fran costume. The detail is amazing. Well done on the showcase.

MiniPlum posted on 15 April, 2013 - 13:10
The detail in this costume makes it absolutely stunning! You look fantastic!

ElegantAura posted on 11 July, 2013 - 21:11
So pleased I got to see this incredible costume at LFCC! You looked stunning! (I was the creepy lady in the Wonder Woman t-shirt btw lol)

WhiteWraith posted on 13 July, 2013 - 09:17
This is stunning. The amount of detail is amazing!

Mighty Odango posted on 17 September, 2013 - 14:34
Really excellent work. Your armour detailing is so careful!

ToroSonyCat posted on 18 September, 2013 - 19:44
Wow, amazing! *_*

Yuka posted on 20 September, 2013 - 19:33
Can't get over how awesome this looks <3

Frederica la Noir posted on 23 September, 2013 - 18:40
Brilliant rendition of Fran! The photo's are equally as spectacular <3

Heorot posted on 27 September, 2013 - 11:19
Congrats on winning yesterday, you looked absolutely incredible! I hope I wasn't short with you when I was putting everyone in order, it was pretty stressful D:

Zedela posted on 27 September, 2013 - 16:18
Oh my gosh! You look so amazing! X33 Fantstic job! :D

NuFenix posted on 3 October, 2013 - 00:14
Simply wow!

Nesproxy posted on 28 January, 2014 - 08:27
Beautiful work. It's like you walked straight out of the game. :)

Moonchild posted on 31 January, 2014 - 09:51
Amazing work on this, you look incredible!!

Progress Journal

25th March 2012

How Hard Can It Be?

Turns out, very.

So far, I've made the leg armour pieces for my Fran costume, and invented a couple of colourful new swear words along the way. Deconstructing the design to make a workable pattern has proved... interesting. And let's not even mention cutting out all the fiddly little pieces this thing requires. The thigh sections might have taken a year or so off my life.

But they're starting to look halfway decent now, so I'm pretty pleased. Next job is the arm pieces, and figuring out how to do that bell shape at the end...