Nightingale Dovahkiin (Nightingale Armor) - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


Debuted at London MCM May 2013

Costume self made from black leatherette with craft foam and 3D fabric paint for all the detailing. Please see my journals for info!

My Dad was a massive help with this costume, he made all my templates for me which without those the costume would have been impossible to make!! He also made my beautiful Nightingale Bow which I love =)

Sweeturk posted on 26 January, 2013 - 17:44
YEAH!!!!!!! gonna look good!!!!

GraceyDarling posted on 12 February, 2013 - 22:57
Gooood Goood :)

... posted on 12 May, 2013 - 21:23

Zelvyne posted on 19 May, 2013 - 11:48
Wow, that bow looks fantastic, and I love how you've done the facemask. Best of luck with the rest of the costume.

Starbucks dad posted on 19 May, 2013 - 18:14
Oh my word - just read the journal - totally impressed on how you're putting this one together.

Ichigo-Chan posted on 2 June, 2013 - 19:02
Absolutely stunning!

sjbonnar posted on 28 June, 2013 - 15:34
I seriously love this Colzy!

KhaosKreator posted on 28 June, 2013 - 15:53
Love the pattern work in your journal!

Leadmill posted on 28 June, 2013 - 21:39
Looks great!

carsec posted on 30 June, 2013 - 17:27
looking great, what a nice group! it looks like so much fun. Love the costume and bow.

ArcaneArchery posted on 12 October, 2013 - 19:36
Awesome cosplay. The amount of detail that you have put on the armour is very impressive

No thanks posted on 11 November, 2013 - 22:45
YES! Awesome!

Re-make Cape
Sew all parts together!
Add Detailing
Torso Armor
Skirt Armor
Hooded Cape
Face Mask
Nightingale Bow
Black Leatherette 3mts (including shipping)
Metallic Black 3D Fabric Paint
Face Mask
Black Cotton 3mts
Black Fingerless Gloves
Pack of A3 White Card
Wet Look Leggings (2 pairs)
Black Top
Black Craft Foam

Total cost: £0.00

19th May 2013


Really wanted the ebony arrows but went with the daedric ones...though the feathers are black not brown lol. Made from a garden cane, spray painted black. The arrow head is made from craft foam & the feathers were glued on with hot glue. Twisted thread covers the visible glue. I should hopefully have a small quiver with some more arrows as well.

19th May 2013

Nightingale Bow WIP 4

Almost finished now! Just need to add the 'string' and touch up some of the paint. Really pleased with this!! Again credit to my amazing Dad =)

19th May 2013

Nightingale Bow- Detailing

These are the detailed pieces for my bow. Made from craft foam, sealed with PVA and painted silver. Credit to my Dad =)

18th May 2013

Belt WIP

Template for belt (its since been cut out, this is just to show what it will look like!) The 'buckle' is made from EVA foam =)

18th May 2013

Nightingale Bow WIP 3

Painted the bow using black spray paint =)

18th May 2013


Just to show how the mask will look. I have since covered the base mask in leatherette with the detailing on top so the material won't show. Please ignore my face xD I bought the base mask on eBay and used craft foam for the detailing.

12th May 2013

Nightingale Bow WIP 2

Just another update on my bow! My dad sanded most of the foam down using my trusty dremel. It actually gave a pretty cool effect but would have been way too annoying to paint and add the rest of the detailing. So its since had a couple of layers of paper mache so we have a smoother surface to work on. I need to coat it with some PVA just so the paper won't show through the paint but other than that its now ready for painting =)

10th May 2013

Nightingale Bow WIP

Progressssss =) The base is made from a light weight pine wood and its been covered with some EVA foam. Most of the foam will be sanded down and going to use paper mache on top to shape it. Credit of course to my Father =)

6th May 2013

Nightingale Symbol

Made from Craft foam covered in the leatherette I will be using. Need to paint the edges! Credit to my Dad

6th May 2013

Progress 1- Templates

Using in game references as well as Beebichu's amazing Nightingale costume progress, made all the templates for the armour from white card, taped together on my mannequin (Yes i finally have one!) Not pictured here but have also made templates for the pauldrons, bracers and boot armour. I may need to make the skirt pieces slightly longer in the front. My dad's also altered the skirt pieces in the side so they will be shorter than what they're meant to be...reason being I have big hips -_- meaning if i have anything too long it will just stick out and look awful. Decided to make it all out of leatherette instead of just craft foam but I may still back everything with foam to give it more shape. Hopefully the fabric will arrive tomorrow! Credit for all the templates to my awesome Dad =)

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