Aigis (Aegis)
Persona 3

Cosplayer: Nesproxy

Variant: Regular

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

Kitacon 2014

10th March 2014: Amendments for Kitacon *tighten leather jaw strap
*Bring the 'crotch' plates up slightly and extend them to the back
*Restitch sleeve components if time
*Find some better leather adhesive for attaching resistors to corset

15th February 2014: Shoot with Ace Everything's pretty much done now! I just need to secure a few bits better as during the shoot with Ace on Friday a few pieces didn't survive much in the way of movement! However, I'm really happy with how the photos have come out. Going to need to get someone to help tie the corset next time though as I didn't tighten it at all really so it was quite loose, particularly around the top! Still, I liked how everything worked together, even if it wasn't as stable as I'd have liked! That will be sorted in time for Minamicon!

8th February 2014: Contact lenses Something I've been meaning to do for a while is test out some contact lenses that I haven't been able to find much information on - at least in terms of use with blue eyes. My aim with this cosplay is to give Aigis' eyes a more unnatural look, and I've been wondering how to do that for a while. If you look at the concept art, her irises look large with a distinctive dark ring around them. I use corrective contact lenses so my options are a little more limited, but I've been considering trying FreshLook Illuminate for a while. These lenses are meant for darker coloured eyes and consist simply of a dark ring which blends slightly towards the centre of the eye. When researching the lenses, I thought they looked really striking on brown eyes. I couldn't find anything about them being used on blue eyes though (totally understandable, of course - they're not really made to accentuate lighter coloured eyes). Anyway, long story short! I really like the effect, now to test them for comfort for a few hours - hopefully all right given the measurements are fine for the shape of my eyes! What I really like about them is that that they don't hide the natural colour of my eyes, but they do change their look enough to make them look slightly unnatural. I consider that Aigis is a reasonably accurate rendition of a human being, but that elements give her away (not least the armour plating, but that aside!). Therefore I wanted her eyes to reflect that because they are something that separates her look from the other characters in the game.

5th February 2014: Panel detailing OK, this bit is a pain but it's coming along well. For the small gold detailing on Aigis' sides I'm using rows of resistors. These will be sealed and trimmed down before attaching to the main corset and neck plates. You'll probably notice that some have been painted - I wanted to give some a more worn/burnt out look. I like making my armour more battle damaged, and I think it's consistent with the character when you meet her in the game. :)

28th January 2014: Legs and feet I need to start working on the legs and feet this week. The front panels for the feet are complete, but I want to get some Worbla to the shoes to distort their look. I also need to finish sewing the arms and finalise the positioning of the upper arms before I make the whole thing look a bit more worn and then - the end is in sight! :)

25th January 2014: Neck woes I'm not a big fan of sewing, mainly because I'm not particularly skilled at it (obviously I love seeing things that have been stitched, that's different!), so when I decided to embark on the mammoth task of finishing the neckpiece today (something that really shouldn't have taken me this long to finish!) I didn't anticipate coming up with a far easier way than the method I had planned.

In short, I did it in two pieces - this prevents weird wrinkling/creasing in the fabric and allows for natural movement without being restrictive or irritating.

I'm extremely happy with the final result! Time to get the arms together and then I'll do a whole upper body test shot to ensure it all works as one. :)

19th January 2014: Arms I've almost finished with the painting and weathering process for the upper arms ('screw' detailing pictured). Now to stitch and glue it together! I need to add the black lycra to the base of the screw detailing, then from there the other bits should attach reasonably well. Hopefully. It sounds easier than it's going to be, I think! :)

11th January 2014: Neck plate and general progress One of the most challenging things in the design process for Aigis was getting the neck detail to work. Ideally I wanted some sort of fabric that wouldn't wrinkle too much during movement, but with the shape, this would prove impossible. My latest decision has been to use a Worbla underlay at the front shaped to my neck/chin, with faux leather over the top. I've done a basic mock-up of this and will be trialling how it works over the next few days. My concern now, of course, is that it won't be breathable enough, so I'll have to find a way to work around that, depending on the success of the front plate.

I'm currently working on the armour for the shoulders, which is coming along well (picture of part of the upper arm included, more soon). As for the main body, I've gone for a basic lycra leotard for the base layer. It's my intention to wear a corset with this as I don't really like how the leotard will crease during movement, and also to accentuate the status of the character as non-human (I'm thinking that giving her a slightly unnatural shape might express her status as an android better).

Anyway, enough progress stuff for now. I'll be updating this reasonably often with more pictures and journal entries. :)

29th September 2013: Planning stages commence! I'm currently making notes and assessing which materials are going to be best for this at the moment (and how much of them I'm going to need!). As per the description, I'll be working on Aegis' main design, so her base 'armoured' form. Progress pictures should start appearing in November, when I move from the planning stage into something a little more concrete as I'm still working on amendments to Raiden at the moment. :)

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Drutt - 31st May 2012
You'd make a good Aigis! It's nice to see more Persona cosplayers- Aigis is one of my favourite characters from 3!

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Nesproxy - 1st June 2012
Aww thank you. :) Persona 3 is my absolute favourite game, and I've wanted to cosplay Aigis for a while. I just hope it turns out OK. :)

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Mighty Odango - 16th September 2013
Cool, looking forward to seeing this! Aigis doesn't get cosplayed that much so it's nice to see her being done :)

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Nesproxy - 16th September 2013
Thanks, I'm really looking forward to cosplaying her. I keep putting this cosplay back and back and I've finally decided that this must happen by Kitacon! ^_^

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Darkiekun - 10th October 2013
Awesome an Aigis! Hope to see you when I do my Chidori cosplay at Kita too! ^^

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Nesproxy - 10th October 2013
Definitely! ^_^ Not sure which day I'll be cosplaying Aegis but we can discuss closer to the time. :) Looking forward to seeing your Chidori!

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Coulvre - 15th October 2013
Shame I'm not going to Kita but I'd love to see photos of this! :D Aigis is one of my favourite characters ever and I also want to get round to cosplaying her eventually...

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Nesproxy - 15th October 2013
You should - you would make a wonderful Aegis. :) I might cosplay her for May MCM as well, by the way, depends on how distracted I get by other cosplays! I'm really looking forward to seeing your Raidou, it's looking fantastic. :D

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Coulvre - 17th October 2013
Awww thank you! XD Here's to our future SMT-related cosplays~

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madmazda86 - 21st October 2013
Yay Aigis! Her outfit is awesome but the mechanical bits have always put me off having a go at cosplaying her (I did Fuuka instead). You have the skills to pull off stuff like that so it'll look super. Have fun with the project over the winter!

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Nesproxy - 29th October 2013
Thank you! ^_^ I'm flattered you said that. I've been planning the movement of the jointed pieces and I think I've come up with something that works without losing the detailing. Well, I hope so anyway! ;D

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madmazda86 - 11th January 2014
Shoulder bits are looking good, as are the bracers!

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TheStarlightFairy - 12th January 2014
This look amazing so far, I can't wait to see this done! I love Aegis <3

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Nesproxy - 14th January 2014
Thank you! I hope I can do a job worthy of your praise. :D

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InfiniteJester - 14th January 2014
Can't wait to see this! Looking great so far!

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Darkiekun - 25th January 2014
looking awesome!! Im Chidori on the Friday! hope to see youuuu

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Nesproxy - 25th January 2014
Thank you! I'm really looking forward to seeing your Chidori too, it looks amazing. :) I'm bringing Aigis to both Minami and Kita - we'll definitely need to get some photos together. :D

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Storme - 26th January 2014
Hooray, this is looking fabulous!

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TheStarlightFairy - 26th January 2014
This looks incredible!

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InfiniteJester - 26th January 2014
Oh wow, this looks perfect!

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Leolarua - 28th January 2014
this looks fantastic! hopefully maybe catch you for pictures at minami?

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Nesproxy - 28th January 2014
Thanks for the nice comments! I'd better get on with finishing the costume! :)

Leolarua - definitely, that would be great. I can't wait to see your Akihiko. :)

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madmazda86 - 15th February 2014
Photos look fab, especially love the quasi-desaturated one, really atmospheric! Love what you've done with the shoulder joints, they look great! The wig looks a little long still at the back - are you planning to trim it some more?

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Nesproxy - 15th February 2014
Thanks! Yep, still a few changes to make. I wasn't wearing a couple of the straps on the headpiece - one of them pulls the hair up more like Aigis' sits around the back. It'll probably get a trim too though. :)

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Littlegeeky - 16th February 2014
I'm not familiar with the character but you look amazing! Such fantastic work!

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Nesproxy - 16th February 2014
Thank you so much! <3

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ChibiMatsu - 28th February 2014
OH WOW, JUST WOW (fanboy screams ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh) I'm really looking forward to seeing this at Kita. I'm going there on a Friday with my Persona 4 group, we have Yosuke, Yu, Rise, Chie, Yukiko, Teddy, Kanji and Naoto. We gotta get a pic with you. Look out for a 5ft 1 Yosuke, that's me.

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Nesproxy - 28th February 2014
That sounds amazing, looking forward to seeing you all. :) I can't remember which day(s) I've got planned for Aigis, but I'll try and bring her out for a bit on the Friday! :D

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Coulvre - 6th March 2014
This is looking incredible, I'm so impressed! :D Maybe I'll see you at Minami!

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Nesproxy - 6th March 2014
Thank you so much! This will be her first convention outing so fingers crossed everything works together as planned! I guess we'll see on Saturday! I'll keep an eye out for you! ^_^

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Tsuchinoko - 11th March 2014
You're so good at these armour-style cosplays.
Well done! ^^

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Nesproxy - 11th March 2014
Aww thank you lovely. Still a few bits to improve before Kita, though! It was so good to hang out properly (and Liquid was super fun and fluffy - I expect to see both of you soon!) <3

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Violet Kestral - 11th March 2014
I really love how awesome this looks, and I think you really suit it =)

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Angelphie - 12th March 2014
Fantastic work, I especially like the gold leg armour bits!

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blissfulbanana - 14th March 2014
Awesome meeting you at minami,this looked so incredible in person x3

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Nesproxy - 15th March 2014
Thanks guys! <3 And Blissfulbanana, lovely to meet you too!

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DonnyDonowitz - 15th March 2014
So awesome!

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Coulvre - 15th March 2014
I saw you and your friend in the masquerade and you looked fantastic!

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Nesproxy - 16th March 2014
Thank you! :D Just working on a few improvements as we speak so she should be as I want her for Kita. Hopefully!

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Getti - 2nd April 2014
You were so amazing oh my goodness. Thank you for the photos and little Persona chat. What a gorgeous cosplay!

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Nesproxy - 3rd April 2014
Thank you so much - lovely to chat to you too! I've just given your page a good liking. Love the shot you put on there of Aigis, it's gorgeous. :)

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Manjou - 5th April 2014
You looked awesome at Kita :D I was really surprised you could actually use your fingers though XD

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Nesproxy - 6th April 2014
Same to you, obviously! I have no idea how you managed to navigate the masquerade but you were amazing. :D As for the fingers - they material's pretty solid so you sort of get used to where the movement should be! :) Also, they make a fantastic musical instrument when tapped against one another. :D

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nanahara - 10th April 2014
epic cosplay is epic, very nicely done. It really does show the amount of work you obviously put into this

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Nesproxy - 12th April 2014
Thank you! :) There are still a few bits that I'm not 100% happy with but I think I'll leave them until I upgrade her to the P4A version. :)

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gaming_goddess - 15th April 2014
This is so perfect :D It has inspired me sit down and think about doing a Persona 3 cosplay at some point. I love everything about this cosplay. You look so amazing. I hope I can see this in person someday :)

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Nesproxy - 15th April 2014
Thank you so much! :3 I'd love to see you do a P3 cosplay! I might bring her to Expo in May, but it really depends on how much I have to carry! <3