Rinoa Heartilly - Dead Fantasy II




This is my dream cosplay and what Rinoa fan would I be if I didn't add this to my collection? XD
I love the way Dead Fantasy shows Rinoa's power to her full potential, I mean she's a Sorceress after all! A lot of people complained Rinoa was weak in FFVIII but in DF she really gets to kick ass! Her own personal gunblade was a great touch and I just adore her wings x3

"Rinoa Heartilly is a rebellious teenager from Final Fantasy VIII who made her debut to the Dead Fantasy series in the second episode.
Rinoa's intentions are mysteriously un-revealed though it seems that she was responsible for Tifa's arrival at the tower and is revealed to have been watching the ensuing battle, saving the match's combatants from a fiery fate by solidifying the environment in ice before she herself enters the fray along with Kairi. She gracefully duels against Rachel primarily, and also protects her team members on various occasions. After demonstrating telekinetic powers and spells such as Tornado and Holy as well as a variation of her own Limit Break, Wishing Star, she utilizes the power of the Lunar Cry to conjure portals from the moon and separate the girls for a series of one-on-one brawls.
She also wields two fan-made weapons: a Gunblade named "Vanishing Star", and a Blaster Edge named "Silenced Tear". In both terms of fighting skill and magical ability, Rinoa is by far the most powerful Final Fantasy character in this series."


~Please see my journals for more details on the construction of this costume as well as progress photos~

The duster and arm warmers were made by FairyPorchQueen. They're hand-knitted and are gorgeous so I was happy to hear she was selling them. I altered the clasp at the front and unpicked the wings on the back.

The vest top, shorts, skirt and boots were bought then modified/altered.

The belt was made using parts of old belts covered in leatherette with the details painted on.

I straightened the wig, trimmed the fringe and added the auburn highlights.

I brought Squall's gunblade from Uniquities which I modified by spray painting black, adding the feather and engraving "Vanishing Star" on each side.

The pinwheel was made from scratch using foamboard. It rests on a small computer fan so spins when pushed. I want to buy a bigger fan with the power to spin it using a battery pack.

The wings are made of PVC pipes with feathers made from insulation foam. They are attached to a harness on my back underneath the duster.

The necklace and ring were re-used from my other Rinoa cosplays.



sjbonnar posted on 24 March, 2009 - 21:54
This will be completely epic!

Leonie Heartilly posted on 24 March, 2009 - 22:21
If it's done right!

KamikazePenguin posted on 25 April, 2009 - 15:03
Wahh I love this costume design, it's so cool. I think you'll do an amazing job your costumes are always spot on! I wish you best of luck on the wings they look like they could be a pain. =P

Leonie Heartilly posted on 26 April, 2009 - 12:57
Aww thank you so much! ^-^ And yes the wings scare me 0_o But I shall be getting help with those =)

nert posted on 28 May, 2009 - 19:51
I've been toying with the idea of begging people to put a Dead Fantasy group together! I know enough people have done the relevant costumes it's just getting everyone together and encouraging the rampant destruction of scenery.. Epic.

Leonie Heartilly posted on 28 May, 2009 - 20:04
Well you're in luck Nert as me buying a gunblade at expo officially put this costume in progress ;)

Odd-One-Out posted on 31 May, 2009 - 17:46
Gunblade was only £20?! Where?!

Leonie Heartilly posted on 31 May, 2009 - 19:00
Uniquities- the main weapon stand at expo. Was £29.99 but reduced it late on the Sunday as "End of Show" price

Zaiburst posted on 31 May, 2009 - 19:24
I'm not aware of what dead fantasy is, but this looks like it'll be great. Rinoa will be a force to be reckoned with. Especially if you factor in her sorceress powers and that crazy mutt of hers :D

Leonie Heartilly posted on 31 May, 2009 - 22:39
The "mutt" would be Angelo lol but he doesn't make an appearance in DF, too dangerous for the poor thing methinks! You should search youtube for "Dead Fantasy II" and all will be revealed ;)

Ragepotato posted on 17 June, 2009 - 10:21
Eeee love dead fantasy! Monty Oum is a genius OWo Cannot WAIT to see this!

Captain_Marvelous posted on 12 July, 2009 - 15:55
Very attractive sword, the site is amazing that sells them and your cosplay is awesome tooz I to got a little vexed at Rinoa in 8 but after watching DF have a little more respect ^.^

Leonie Heartilly posted on 12 July, 2009 - 16:41
Yeah that's what I love about DF, it really shows Rinoa to her full potential, she is a sorceress after all! The game didn't quite highlight her powers but in DF she kicks ass!

Shenny posted on 12 July, 2009 - 23:12
*squee* Other than being generally impressed by this wonderful costume I'm going to be increadibly scared of you XD

Ranma1-2 posted on 13 July, 2009 - 10:28
You are a true Rinoa fan! ^_^ I can't wait to see your wings.

Leonie Heartilly posted on 13 July, 2009 - 16:01
Shenny- Aww no don't be scared XD Ranma 1-2: I'm so worried about making them >_<

PKNIVES posted on 13 July, 2009 - 21:24
Oh my goodness. Gunblade is HEART MELTING... I need it to live... Curse your talent! (tee hee! I'm just kidding) But it does look spectacular!

Leonie Heartilly posted on 13 July, 2009 - 22:32
Aww thank you so much! But I haven't even finished it yet! Haha. Having brought a ready-made gunblade to alter really helped.

Kaka Extreme posted on 20 July, 2009 - 15:38
Man thats some epic prop work! im looking forward to seeing this finished 83

Leonie Heartilly posted on 20 July, 2009 - 21:25
Thanks ^-^ I can't take credit for the base of the gunblade though, that was brought. I just painted it.

perfectly_purple posted on 10 May, 2010 - 21:44
How did I miss you were doing this???? You're going to look EPIC! Can I wear my Ayane with you when you do this?

Leonie Heartilly posted on 10 May, 2010 - 22:03
Of course hun ^^ Not sure when I will have it done though

Zelda posted on 7 December, 2010 - 20:28
Ohhh im loving the duster, the progress looks lovely ^^

SamanthaKaiba posted on 7 December, 2010 - 22:03
progress looks lovely ^_^

FuriePhoenix posted on 8 December, 2010 - 11:30
ooh this is looking great! I love the gunblade

BabemRoze posted on 8 December, 2010 - 11:56
I love your duster and arm bands =D they're beautiful! Can't wait to see this finished ^^

Leonie Heartilly posted on 11 December, 2010 - 13:29
Thanks guys but credit for the duster goes to FairyPorchQueen as she made it =) I'm just doing some alterations.

Mangamad posted on 11 December, 2010 - 15:44
Nice progress on your Dead Fantasy Rinoa. ^^b ...Oh...love that gunblade much... O,O<

FairyPorchQueen posted on 17 December, 2010 - 14:57
Cant wait to see more progress on this, and the wings of dooooooom!!

Quinzel posted on 2 June, 2011 - 23:35
Can't wait to see this ^_^. Shame I'm doing the wrong version of Tifa for October, else I'd have loved to get photos :(

LittleRecordGirl posted on 2 June, 2011 - 23:50
The progress is fantastic! Cannot wait to see it finished! x

Leonie Heartilly posted on 3 June, 2011 - 21:50
Quinzel- we can get photos anyway!

Anonymous posted on 24 October, 2011 - 20:09
I'm being Squall at expo, and i have no gunblade so i'm gonna blame you for taking mine ;D hope i get to see you in this ^^

Leonie Heartilly posted on 28 October, 2011 - 15:31
Sadly I haven't finished it in time =(

Pandora-Chi posted on 24 May, 2012 - 09:28
I'm loving the progress of this and I'm hoping to see it 8D

Viola posted on 24 May, 2012 - 20:48
I´m sure you´ll make a great Rinoa (:

gaming_goddess posted on 31 May, 2012 - 04:30
the wings came out really well - and they look a lot lighter than I was expecting :) Perfect cosplay :D

Leonie Heartilly posted on 1 June, 2012 - 19:54
Thanks sweetie =) Not perfect though as the wings aren't finished >< Need to get a bigger fan to spin my pinwheel too. They are quite light! The weight's mainly in the pipe which isn't much.

Kata-san posted on 17 July, 2012 - 22:24
Those wings look great! Very wing-y(?) great use of the foam. The gunblade and duster look great as well.

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Progress Journal

23rd May 2012

Main outfit minus belt

Complete- Duster and arm-warmers, top, skirt, shorts, boots, ring and chain, wig.
(Wig and necklace not in the photo)

The main outfit is now finished apart from the belt and I'm really pleased with how it's looking so far =)

23rd May 2012

Shorts, skirt & top- Complete

How the finished items look together.

23rd May 2012

Skirt alterations

I un-picked the yellow thread in the seam near the top of the waistline before shortening the hem with wonderweb. The top seam was still visible without the stitching and this bugged me so I folded it over and hid it inside the skirt. I allowed for this before raising the hem.
Rather than fuss about making the wrap skirt functional (it has a zip at the back hidden by the duster) I just folded over a bit of the fabric at the front and stitched it down using my machine to create a wrap effect. I purposely made the fold over-hang a bit at the end by not sewing it completly straight to help with this illusion. The buttons were hand sewn on, the DF version has brass ones not silver.

23rd May 2012

Base skirt

I tried making a mini-skirt once and failed miserably. I didn't want that issue again so bought a base skirt to modify. I should be able to shorten it but keep the waistline intact so I know it will fit me properly.
The DF version of Rinoa does not have a marble effect skirt and the shade of blue is darker.

23rd May 2012


I tried once again to sew the zips into the shorts themselves to make them fuctional, this time I had hoped using my machine with a low tension setting might help but during my efforts decided I hate lycra lol I tested it out on my old shorts so didn't ruin these thankfully. So I went back to the popular method of sewing them direcly on top of the shorts to minimise bunching, this was done by hand whilst I was wearing them.
Checking the references later on I noticed on a zoomed in shot that her zips have a slight dark border around them as if hers had been placed on top also so hey it works!

23rd May 2012

Top progress

Lace detailing being added to the vest top. I hand stitched it in place first then went over it with my machine to strengthen it.
I use a lycra vest top with my original Rinoa as the fabric seems similar to the shorts and it does in Dead Fantasy too but I didn't think the lace would look right against lycra somehow so I opted for cotton instead.

22nd May 2012

Boot alterations- Part 3

Eyelets and laces added to one boot. Glad they came out how I wanted! Now to do the other.

22nd May 2012

Boot alterations- Part 2

Started adding eyelets to the cuffs.

22nd May 2012

Boot alterations- Part 1-2

Both cuffs have now been re-attached in the correct position with the zips removed.

22nd May 2012

Wings progress 6

Spray painted the black gutter mesh white. This shall be used to help shape the wing and for the feathers to attach to. I didn't want the black showing through as the insulation foam I am using for the feathers is quite thin. I shall prob cover this with plain white fabric also.

22nd May 2012

Wig styling- part two

The wig was labled as heat resistant so I straightened it with my mum's straighteners but the condition felt crap after. Tch. Used the hot water method after to try and smooth it out a bit but didn't do much tbh.
Anyway I went ahead and trimmed the fringe and sewed the brown highlights into the netting. I used a bit of wax to separate the fringe a bit but I'm not keen on how it looks so brushed it out after this photo was taken.
I'm not that happy with how the wig looks overall but it'll do for now.

22nd May 2012

Wig styling- part one

As I did with my last wig I cut up some auburn clip in extensions ready to be sewn onto the wefts of the wig.

18th May 2012

Boot alterations- Part 1

Removed the zips from the cuffs and cut them off so I could twist them round making the split face the front. They were glued back onto the boot using super glue. The join won't be seen once the laces are in.

12th May 2012

Wings progress 5

After round 2 we got a height and shape I was happy with and which is similar to one of the references I have.

12th May 2012

Wings progress 4

This is what we had after the first round of heating and bending the PVC pipes. However I felt it was way too tall for my liking (in how it looked and for myself being able to support it) so the ends of the pipes were cut down a bit and we started round 2 of shaping...

12th May 2012

Wings progress 3

sjbonnar heated the PVC pipes for me because I'm too much of a wimp to use my own heat gun... Although 2 people were needed anyway as I had to hold the ends of the pipe to stop them bending too far whilst hot and snapping.

12th May 2012

Wings progress 2

My lovely bf sjbonnar was on hand today to help me test the harness. He noticed the pipes were leaning forward and trying to snap out of the clips. He thinks adding another support bar of plastic over the backplate and attaching a V shaped pipe connector for the ends of the pipe to sit in will make it a lot more stable.
I am also going to add another webbing strap to go under my bust to help keep the harness flat against my back.

12th May 2012

Wings progress 1

This is how the PVC pipes looked in the harness without them being shaped or cut. I felt like a weird bug with giant antenna...

9th May 2012

Wig- to be styled

My Rinoa wig has seen better days so figured it was about time I got a new one. Unfortunately this hasn't got a side skin-top parting which seems impossible to find but it'll do. I'll find a better wig for my regular version when I update her one day. I do like the framing around the face on this though.

25th October 2011

Wings removed from duster

I easily spent between 10 and 15 hours un-picking those... Had no idea it would take that long ><
This was done over the last month whilst watching anime/ a film or on lunch breaks at work.

22nd October 2011

Wing harness complete

Added duct tape for extra support lol It also smooths off edges to be fair.
The shoulder straps close and can be adjusted via D-rings.

22nd October 2011

Wing harness progress

The pipe clamps were bolted to the plastic plate but it wasn't enough to keep them from swivilling so I ended up adding tons of hot glue ^^' They don't move now but I don't know if they will hold up once the weight of the wings are added. I made 4 shoulder straps from nylon webbing and heated the cut ends with a lighter to stop them from fraying. These were hot glued to the back of the plate and then I covered this with part of a laptop sleeve so it will be cushioned against my back (this should also prevent the shoulder straps from coming off completely if the glue becomes loose).

22nd October 2011

Wing supplies!

A week to go and I only just finished getting everything I need... No pressure right? Not to mention I haven't finished the outfit yet either...

Here we have:

10 metre roll of insulation foam (hiding at the back)- for the main feathers
Bag of Turkey flats and fluffier feathers- for possible detailing
Plastic rectangle wall plate- base of harness
2 x PVC overflow pipes- "bones" of the wings
Overflow pipe clips- so the wings can be snapped in and out of the harness
Pack of knuts and bolts- for attaching pipe clamps to wall plate
Heat gun- to bend the pipes into shape with
Webbing of various widths- shoulder straps
Slides and D-rings- for tightening shoulder straps
Neoprene laptop sleeve (I couldn't get a camping mat or mouse mat)- to cushion the side of the plate that will rest against my back.
Gutter guard mesh- to make the basic shape of the wings, feathers will attach to this.
Glue gun and duct tape- to help keep everything together!

31st August 2011

Base boots bought

I spent ages looking for a pair of black ankle boots with a small heel and large cuff. All I could find was some with a weird heel but finally came across these. I need to remove the zips, add eyelets and laces in their place and twist the cuff around so the laces are front facing.

1st August 2011


Although I plan to mainly make my wings out of craft foam due the un-natural size of the larger feathers I bought a load of white turkey flats and the fluffier feathers (forgotten the name) from Speckles as figured they could be used along the top of the wings for added detailing. If not then I'm sure I can find some other use for them in the future.

7th December 2010

Duster closure

I had to alter the way the duster closes at the front. What is a little annoying is FairyPorchQueen originally made it as it is in DF where it ties but then she changed it to match the button closure of the game. I've had to remove the buttons and unpick her stitching to get the original ties back although they're a little short as she must of cut them before sewing it up.

3rd November 2010

Duster and arm warmers

The duster and arm warmers were bought from FairyPorchQueen (I do not know who made them). They're hand-knitted and are gorgeous as well as being that slightly darker shade of blue so I was happy to hear she was selling them. The wing pattern on the back is a little off but it can be picked out as it was done once the main duster was knitted. I may end up cutting into the back a little anyway depending on how I do my massive wings of doom!

22nd June 2010

Vanishing Star- attempt at details

Tried sketching out the feather and lettering on the gunblade ready for painting but I wasn't happy with how they turned out so have left it for now.

23rd July 2009

Silenced Tear- first attempt

This is how far I got with my pinwheel before my mum threw it out thinking it was for recycling -_- It was made with foamboard and painted with a metallic acrylic paint.
I shall have to buy more foamboard at some point and start again.

12th July 2009

Vanishing Star- main paintwork done

Spray-painted the gunblade black, I taped up the blade edge to keep it silver as shown in some references.

31st May 2009

Vanishing Star- base gunblade bought

I brought Squall's gunblade from the Uniquities stand at Expo and as I grabbed it late on Sunday they had put it on sale so saved myself some money whoop! It's solid wood and has quite a bit of weight to it.
I plan to modify this to look more like Rinoa's gunblade.

Excuse my squinting face, the sun was shining on it.