Jill Valentine
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

Cosplayer: Leonie Heartilly

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

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22nd May 2013: Shotgun modifications- Part 2 Picked this up again so I can rewear Jill to Expo with something new to pose with.

After asking for some advice on spray paint that turns out a suitable gun metal colour I bought a can of Plasti-Kote fast dry enamel spray in Pewter, a colour I looked at but didn't consider using before to be honest. The can is a lot smaller than the main Matt, Satin or Metallic range though so ran out before I could complete my 3rd coat on one side (the other had 4 coats). So some of the red is faintly showing through on this side. I haven't got time to get another can before Expo so will have to touch it up another time, I'm hoping this will do until then though, I can ask to be photographed from one side if need be.

(Oh and that wrinkly mark before the barrel starts is where the gun got stuck on a plastic bag during the first paint job back in February. I tried to sand it off but it didn't do much sadly)

13th February 2013: Shotgun modifications- Part 1 I accidentally deleted the first batch of progress photos I took >_<

Parts of the barrel were sawn off and reattached to gain a closer match to my reference. I removed the cover with all the holes from the barrel completely.
I did a coat of paint using Plastikote Metallic spray paint in silver but it was too bright and shiny so I need to source a gun metal colour.

12th February 2013: Base shotgun Bought this at the last Expo, managed to get a good deal on it as they were clearing stock. The guy on the stall checked that it was a similar model to one Jill uses for me (as I couldn't recall from memory and had no internet on my phone at that time).

It's going to need a few modifications, most obviously a paint job of course, but a pretty good base gun to start with.

12th February 2013: Shotgun ref Here's a reference of the shotgun used by Jill in Resi 3, it is found early in the game in the wine cellar where Brad Vickers sprints away from. This weapon is also used by Mikhail Victor in Operation: Mad Jackal minigame.

Game description:
"Benelli M3S. An easy to carry sawed-off shotgun. It uses 12 gauge shot shells."

12th April 2012: Top repairs I wanted a new top and bought about 3-4 different boob tubes but didn't like any of them due to colour or how clingy the fabric was so ended up repairing my old one ^^' I un-picked the hand sewing on the seams (which was coming apart in places)and put it through my machine as well as overlocking them. I also added a fake seam along the top of the bustline because Jill has one. I hoped this would prevent the top "rolling" over also which was one of the reasons I wanted a new one.

Edit- The top still rolled. Bah. I might just find fabric I like and make my own using this one as a pattern, that way I can get the seams correct (they're not meant to go right to the top) and add the buttons on the back too.

First photo shows the seam work I had finished on the left and seam still to be re-done on the right. The second photo is the top once repairs and top seam detail were finished.

12th April 2012: New skirt I got an iron burn on my old skirt (doh!) but I really liked it so was happy to be able to get exactly the same one again. I also had plenty of the grey ribbon I used before left over however this time I sewed it on with my machine instead of by hand and it's left a neater finish.

Photo shows old skirt on the left and new on the right. The iron burn is more visible when photographed with flash.

12th April 2012: Boots completed Added the belts and cut off the excess strap. They're not glued in place currently but might do that in the future. Still don't like them that much as think they're too baggy around the calfs. One day I might find a pair I like!

The flash makes the buckles look white in the photos but they are silver.

11th April 2012: Boot alterations- Part 3 In the process of painting the heels and edges of the boots black with Ronseal metal paint.

11th April 2012: Belt completed The painting came out well so I decided to use that buckle instead of the silver one I had bought before.

Photo to come.

10th April 2012: Wig trimmed Mum trimmed the longer side of the wig for me so I no longer have that annoying bit flicking under my chin. It's a more accurate length now.

10th April 2012: Boot alterations- Part 2 Painted the buckles of the new belts silver with Hammerite metal paint. The buckles are more square than my old ones but other than that they're the same.

10th April 2012: Belt alterations- Part 4 In the process of painting the buckle with Hammerite metal paint.

Sorry the photo isn't very good.

3rd March 2012: Belt alterations- Part 3 I finished painting all the eyelets which came out rather well. I removed the buckle and replaced it with one I had bought a few years back with the intention of removing the plastic quick release buckle on my old belt. However I don't really like the look of this one, the buckle I removed is the correct style. I am going to try painting it with silver metal paint too and if it doesn't come out very well I'll stick to the new one I fitted.

29th February 2012: Belt alterations- Part 2 Started painting the eyelets silver using Hammerite metal paint. Top row is finished.

29th February 2012: Belt alterations- Part 1 Jill's belt doesn't have the additional clips/slides that help keep the belt flat when it's been adjusted so I removed these with a pair of pliars.

29th February 2012: Suspenders alterations Removed some additional webbing and rings that aren't on the references. I didn't think about doing this with my last pair, my pickiness continues to grow it seems! The excess webbing on the adjustable straps was also cut off and sealed with a lighter once they were fitted to the correct length.

29th February 2012: New back mag pouch test Again the small velcro strap made attaching this to the belt awkward, I wonder if I should consider adding my own strap or an extension somehow.
I haven't altered the suspenders yet so ignore how they look.

Note: Photo taken in a mirror so pouch is on the other side.

29th February 2012: New front mag pouch test According to references the front pouch sits on Jill's belt just in front of the suspender strap (closer to the belt buckle) however I think it looks better on me just behind the strap. Also I'm the only one who worries about these tiny details anyway I'm sure >.>
The new pouch has got a very short velcro strap compared to my old one so I only just managed to get it to reach around the belt.

Note: Photo taken in a mirror so pouch is on the other side.

28th February 2012: Boot alterations- Part 1 I removed the straps and buckles and cut off some of the tops of the boots before turning them in and gluing them down with super glue. Now the knee high socks are visible.

23rd February 2012: Reasons for suspender choice According to in game graphics and the cut scenes Jill's suspender straps cross over at the back with no middle horizontal support. Suspenders aren't designed like this (Capcom like to alter their tactical gear to make it impossible to match in reality) so like Quinzel I considered getting H-type LC1 suspenders and removing the horizontal part. However then I came accross the concept art in which Jill is clearly wearing Y-Type LC-1 Suspenders. Now I usually prefer to stick to how things look in cut scenes than what is more realistic but in this case I think it makes more sense to go with realism as it's possible there was an error in the final design or the graphic designer doesn't understand military gear etc. My old set of suspenders were Y-Type too, I'm just going to make a few adjustments to the new ones.

23rd February 2012: New belt & suspenders I finally found an accurate pistol belt from Galaxy Army Navy, a US surplus store. I decided to get new suspenders as well to make sure everything matched and because my current ones were second hand and worn. They were both cheap to buy and when they arrived it was clear this is because they are cheaply made in China (the suspenders actually have a white tag sticking out stating "made in China" lol) whereas my old set had US stamps on and were obviously genuine military issue. You can feel the quality difference but as my new set looks the part and I need to modify bits anyway I don't mind, I also like the fact they are lighter therefore more comfortable than my genuine ones.

12th February 2012: New base boots I really hate looking for Jill's boots... Matching the style and the colour is so hard. I finally came accross these on ebay, due to the way they're made they still aren't very fitted to my calves but they aren't as baggy as my old boots. I need to remove the straps and buckles, paint the heels and sides of the sole black and also turn down or trim down the tops somehow as they end right at the knee meaning the black socks won't be visible.

6th February 2012: New pouches Single and double pistol magazine pouches made by Guarder. I bought these from Wolf Armouries.co.uk
I find it odd that the single pouch is longer than the double considering they're the same make =/
I might see if the magazine from my Claire gun will fit into the single pouch as it feels odd having them all empty.

18th January 2012: 2012 update Currently planning updating most of the costume, this is something I have wanted to do for a while as I'm not happy with the accuracy of it yet and I enjoy wearing it!

I finally found a belt that has the correct amount of eyelets as well as the right buckle. I shall be ordering that soon and probably a new harness as my current one was second hand and a bit worn. They're quite cheap as well.

I'm currently bidding on exactly the same skirt that I have now. But I got an iron burn on mine... Oops. I might be able to make the grey trim neater this time as I didn't own a sewing machine before.

I might be getting a new top as my current one doesn't sit right along the bust line even when I try and keep it in place with sock glue. I want to add the button detailing on the back this time too.

I didn't have a close-up back reference of Jill before as I only used the fully animated clips and now that I'm checking the in-game art (and from actually playing the game myself finally!) I can see that she does have a double pouch on the back. I though it was one, the distance ref I had must have merged them together. Darn. Plus I can see they do have button closures. New pouches needed then!

Since I first wore this costume I wanted better boots. The search continues.

I want to re-straighten the wig using the hot water method again and trim the longer side so it's not below my chin.

So basically the only thing I'm not changing is the jumper XD

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Haynes84 - 7th March 2009
Your Jill is looking awesome ^_^

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sjbonnar - 8th March 2009
I think it looks awesome so far!

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Manga Girl - 8th March 2009
You look fantastic as Jill! :D

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Leonie Heartilly - 8th March 2009
Thanks guys and it's only meant to be a roughly put together costume for a laugh lol

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Defrain - 8th March 2009
sweet gotta get some more pictures up for us :)

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Moonchild - 12th March 2009
Both look awesome ^_^ tho in reference to the picture i'd say the darker one XD Your call, tho as i said both look awesome XD

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CosplayChris-San - 13th March 2009
the 2nd one looks almost perfect, really well put together!! , i pre ordered resident evil 5 so should have it on release xD
cant wait!

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Ranma1-2 - 13th March 2009
Looks good on you.
Aprt from the wig I agree looks poor quality. I would like to recommend to you this place on e-bay I found, their wigs are beautiful (Realistic) qualty and prices as cheap as what you paid for the nasty one, and posted in this country arrive within a week. Have look, link - http://stores.ebay.co.uk/SILU-INTERNATIONAL-WIGS-STORE

Hope it helps.
Enjoy your cosplay fun.. cosplaying at work - lucky gal. ^^

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Leonie Heartilly - 13th March 2009
Thanks for that but I already have a nice collection of wig stores I shop from online, I simply didn't have time to get one delivered in week and so a cheap one would do for work although I HATE it! I wouldn't be seen dead in it at an expo or con lol I shall be buying a nice new one if I wear it again =)

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Limegreenjelly - 13th March 2009
looking really good thumbs up

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caylithe - 13th March 2009
great costume! especially in the limited time! Did you get to do a midnight launch?

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Leonie Heartilly - 13th March 2009
We were asked to do one but opened at 8am this morning instead. We did a midnight launch for Halo 3 & GTA 4 however. I live far away so I get outta doing those lol

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Ranma1-2 - 14th March 2009
Oh yes new pics, ^^ Great.
Was it difficult being the only one in cosplay though?

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Leonie Heartilly - 14th March 2009
Nahh not really. I'm used to being the "weird" one at work haha I enjoyed it =)

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Sephirayne - 14th March 2009
Fab cosplay. I used to work at Game but never got the chance to cosplay for any game lauches. I was working when Soulcalibur came out on the Dreamcast so a while ago. Lol!

I love that you've done a great job for a quick put together. It would be great to see it at an event.

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Defrain - 14th March 2009
she plays resident evil she must be racist lol na great cos

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Leonie Heartilly - 14th March 2009
I actually haven't played it... haha got the first Resi Evil on the gamecube but I die when I come across the first zombie.. I'm rubbish XD

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Anonymous - 28th April 2009
Oh that is totally fabulous. You look stunning!

I bet the customers got the TREAT OF THEIR LIVES! I'm going to wager a LOT of Gamecare was sold that day! You look utterly fantastic!

Big up the GAME massive!


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Leonie Heartilly - 29th April 2009
I can't remember if I sold any that day XD But again thakies for the comment, you can see an improved version of this soon ^-^

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Anonymous - 30th April 2009
thats awesome!

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Manga Girl - 6th May 2009
Yay! I can't wait to see your Jill at Expo :D

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Wildeth - 8th May 2009
Wow! ^__^ This is fabulous!

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Moonchild - 10th May 2009
Looking awesome ^^ I'd say version 3 for the top looks good ^^

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Ranma1-2 - 18th May 2009
Yep, new top looks FAB. :)

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Anonymous - 21st May 2009
Oh WOW! awesome Jill cosplay.. I should be doin Leon from RE2 soon =]

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Captain_Marvelous - 5th June 2009
Lol I love the game over sign :) looks like the one from RPGmaker :) this is a great cosplay!!!

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LittleMissChikorita - 5th June 2009
I absoloutley love all the pictures for this outfit!! xx

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nanahara - 6th June 2009
very well done, and love the game over photo ^^

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Leadmill - 17th June 2009
You make a great Jill, awesome job!

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Leonie Heartilly - 17th June 2009
Thanks ^^

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Ragepotato - 17th June 2009
Le awesome! Will you be wearing this in October? ;.;!

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Leonie Heartilly - 17th June 2009
Nope, sorry!

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thoetmosis - 16th January 2010
omg :O your Jill cosplay is sooooooooooo good ^^
Amazing cosplay !!!

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Leonie Heartilly - 16th January 2010
Thanks a lot ^-^ I still want to make some adjustments to it

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Anonymous - 21st January 2010
You're such a fantastic jill!!! :D It's so sweet and romantic how your boyfriend cosplays Chris.

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sjbonnar - 5th April 2010
I absolutely adore this costume on you ^_^

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Leonie Heartilly - 6th April 2010
Thanks everyone =)

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perfectly_purple - 1st May 2010
I've never played the Resident Evil games but I have to say this is pretty cool! (As the rest of them) You look an awful lot like her, which is an added bonus I guess! ^_^

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Leonie Heartilly - 1st May 2010
Thank you ^^

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Mangamad - 23rd May 2010
Manga love it...and I wouldn't love it if I did that dead shot edit too. XD

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Anonymous - 3rd July 2011
Amazing pictures! ;)

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Leonie Heartilly - 4th July 2011
Glad you like them =)

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sjbonnar - 9th May 2012
Not commented on this in a while but love the new pictures. Definitely a costume that looks awesome on you!

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Leonie Heartilly - 9th May 2012
Thank you sweetie ^^ I want to sort out the annoying flick on my wig and make a new top before having another shoot =)