Hrist (Valkyrie ) - Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria

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London MCM Expo May 2010

2nd Place in the girls section - Digital Vizualisations



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Information

Hrist from Valkyrie Profile 1 and 2.
Cosplay Blog - http://hrist-valkyrie.blogspot.com/

Valkyrie Profile needed some love in cosplay in the UK really, so I was determined to get this done for May this year...and I did! Also, meeting Hrist's voice actress, Tara Platt, was fantastic. Aside from a bit of touching up and cleaning up, it can be worn again whenever really. Please note though, it's not comfy. Seriously, it really isn't...but I'd suffer it again for the right events any day.

Publications:
* 2nd in the girls section of the Digital Vizualisations and Manga photo competition (present in Neo Mag issue 74).

* Present in Cosplay Fever RED (launched in October 2010).

(I looked up the words Nibelung Valesti, and found myself pondering over the results. Nibelung is more German, and refers to a wealthy family or dwarves, whereas Valesti is a secondary form of Valere (Italian) meaning "of worth".
So, I'm not quite sure what to think there!)


Comments

sjbonnar posted on 13 May, 2009 - 19:31
Reminds me so much of Rose from Legend of Dragoon!

SlimDefinition posted on 13 May, 2009 - 20:28
Might be able to use the same wig. Hrist may not happen for a while depending on time and more importantly, money.

1000014 posted on 4 June, 2009 - 17:55
Very cool :D. Partner is currently playing Valkyrie Profile now xD

Sephirayne posted on 3 July, 2009 - 22:35
Awesome cosplay choice. Can't wait to see progress.

JakeX posted on 18 November, 2009 - 22:20
Well you know how i already feel about this :P I really really cant wait to see the finished product in May :D

Zelda posted on 23 November, 2009 - 21:21
Your progress is really looking great ^__^

SlimDefinition posted on 24 November, 2009 - 18:53
Thanks.

Sephirayne posted on 26 November, 2009 - 04:55
The progress is looking great

leumas posted on 19 December, 2009 - 23:23
you're realy talented at making armour :)

xblackravenx posted on 20 December, 2009 - 00:44
Looking great so far

SlimDefinition posted on 20 December, 2009 - 16:44
Thanks. I'm thinking about what to coat the Wonderflex in as a surface prep. I was going to use the Gesso, but I've read a couple of FAQs that say Gesso will crack under pressure.

FusionRose posted on 8 January, 2010 - 18:15
Your progress is looking amazing hun =]

JakeX posted on 8 January, 2010 - 18:35
omfgigjrigjrgrg Love the progress :P

Ilpala posted on 8 January, 2010 - 18:58
Looking good so far. I love the VP character and armour designs but they do not get enough love! Looking foreward to seeing the finished costume :)

nanahara posted on 8 January, 2010 - 19:19
the progress on this is looking great XD

SlimDefinition posted on 8 January, 2010 - 19:36
Many thanks people.

Dragon wings posted on 2 February, 2010 - 14:42
Looking great :) can't wait to see it finished.

motokokusanagi86 posted on 5 February, 2010 - 18:30
Wow! That is looking totally cool!

SlimDefinition posted on 5 February, 2010 - 22:14
Thanks to suggestions by you and Venom on the spear's axe head which gave me inspiration. ^_^

FairyPorchQueen posted on 16 February, 2010 - 19:02
looking very good! armor is wonderflex you say. Did u find it at a decent price anywhere???

SlimDefinition posted on 16 February, 2010 - 20:49
Thanks! The armour is Wonderflex yeah (the helmet isn't though). I got it from Flints. They're a UK stockist, but the big sheets are about £70. They do two sizes. The smallest size is about.......A2 sized (at a guess) and is about £11 including VAT.

FairyPorchQueen posted on 16 February, 2010 - 21:15
Wow thats really good! Good luck with the rest of your costume :)

Kacela posted on 9 March, 2010 - 16:35
Progress is looking really good, I really like the helmet so far! Good luck finishing it ^^

SlimDefinition posted on 14 March, 2010 - 19:50
Thanks Kacela. I'm just praying I get it done on time!

Lady Bahamut posted on 14 March, 2010 - 20:31
Progress is looking awesome :) You put such care into it! o.o

Sephirayne posted on 19 March, 2010 - 04:16
The progress is looking great. I can't wait to see it all finished.

SlimDefinition posted on 19 March, 2010 - 17:32
It better get finished for May! Thank you everyone for all the comments.

Sephirayne posted on 26 March, 2010 - 15:08
Wow! The breastplate is coming along nicely. Oh, for FairyPorchQueen. The small sheets of Wonderflex that Flints do are A3 size and are about £11 each. I can't remember the postage as I got four in one go.

SlimDefinition posted on 26 March, 2010 - 16:34
Thanks Sephy. It's just the shaping of the rest of the armour that's going to make me tear my hair out! Heh.

Ranma1-2 posted on 26 March, 2010 - 23:07
Wow, impressive progress. How did you form the shapes for the breastplate armour? You mention balloons, but your breastplate looks nicely anatomical to me and not like balloons. Is there a fair amount of sculpting involved? I love seeing these difficult costumes develop and I need to do something similar. Great work. :)

SlimDefinition posted on 28 March, 2010 - 14:01
I was going to use balloons for the pauldrons only - but never did. The breastplate armour is all done by moulding by hand. I don't even have a mannequin. It's mostly Wonderflex, but I'll probably not use it for a while after this one. It's effective, but shaping it is really tedious. I've pretty much just cut out shapes to the sizes that look right, head them up and stick the bits together as they show on the reference artwork. And thanks. ^_^'

Ranma1-2 posted on 28 March, 2010 - 21:30
Ah wonderflex..the price of that stuff has so far put me off :S. Think I will have to experiment with plaster bandages, paper mache, etc. You did a great job forming the shapes by hand. I hope I spot you wearing this at May Expo. :)

SlimDefinition posted on 29 March, 2010 - 21:59
^_^' I am determined to get it done by then! Tara Platt should be attending the expo, and she's Hrist's voice actress! We're staying in a hotel, so should be around the Friday evening and depending on when you're planning on doing certain things I'm sure you'll probably come across me at some point.

FusionRose posted on 5 April, 2010 - 21:14
Hun the progress is looking absolutely amazing =O I'm so excited for expo, prepare to have loads of pictures taken of you ^_^

FairyPorchQueen posted on 5 April, 2010 - 21:40
everytime i see progress on this i cant wait to see more! looking amazing!

SlimDefinition posted on 6 April, 2010 - 19:07
More incentive to get it done! Nyargh! So much work still to do. x_x'

Zelda posted on 16 April, 2010 - 11:38
Everytime i look at this, it justs gets better and better hehe, it's just amazing! Your so talented huh ^^ i can't wait to see it finished!!!

SlimDefinition posted on 16 April, 2010 - 14:42
Heh, thanks Kara. I can't wait to see it finished either, purely because I have 6 weeks to get it done in for expo!

Odd-One-Out posted on 12 May, 2010 - 20:31
Looking smart so far, nice!

SlimDefinition posted on 12 May, 2010 - 20:51
Thank you!

Raye-chan posted on 15 May, 2010 - 09:45
Not long now this is going to be sooooo amazing! Want to see tonnes of pictures XD you are doing excellent with this - hope your supplies arrive so you can finish!

k4tt posted on 17 May, 2010 - 20:32
This is looking GREAT!! ^__^

SlimDefinition posted on 17 May, 2010 - 20:40
Thanks! ^_^ Just over a week for me to get it done though!

Kacela posted on 18 May, 2010 - 17:08
Looks incredible!

nanahara posted on 18 May, 2010 - 17:15
this is sertainly coming along awsome XD

SlimDefinition posted on 18 May, 2010 - 19:03
^_^' Thanks. It's just the painting and repainting the SAME pieces that's really doing my head in now. It'll get there... x_x

FairyPorchQueen posted on 31 May, 2010 - 14:23
You looked amazing!!

Lady Bahamut posted on 31 May, 2010 - 14:27
I saw you around! You looked fantastic! :D

SlimDefinition posted on 31 May, 2010 - 14:41
Thanks! I'm really proud of it. ^_^' I'll add more photos when I get some.

k4tt posted on 31 May, 2010 - 14:49
Was great to see your costume in the flesh. I couldn't take any pictures at all on Saturday, so it's really nice to see people uploading stuff. ^__^

infinitydragon posted on 1 June, 2010 - 12:34
Spotted you several times. It is a lovely looking costume and you looked fantastic.

Jenangel posted on 1 June, 2010 - 14:47
Wow your Hrist looks amazing! *_*

SlimDefinition posted on 1 June, 2010 - 18:01
Thank you very much everyone! ^_^'

FusionRose posted on 3 June, 2010 - 21:34
turned out amazing hun =D x

SlimDefinition posted on 4 June, 2010 - 14:06
Thanks Fusion. I'm actually been thinking since expo..."I WANT TO WEAR IT AGAIN NOW!" then thought "why do I want to suffer that again so soon?" heh.

VividLeviathan posted on 5 June, 2010 - 16:28
Really really sweet, can see the effort been put into :)

SlimDefinition posted on 6 June, 2010 - 19:33
^_^' Much appreciated Vivid. 7 months it took in total. Whew!

Ino posted on 14 June, 2010 - 19:23
This is the best VP costume I've seen! :O I saw you from a distance at Expo and thought 'WOW!!'. Absolutely stunning~~ :D

SlimDefinition posted on 15 June, 2010 - 15:25
^_^ *embarrassed* Thank you Ino! I didn't think I'd get it finished when it was about two weeks away from expo, and it took 7 months. I'm glad I got her finished.

sjbonnar posted on 27 June, 2010 - 19:11
You did an AMAZING job hun O_O I was so impressed by this!

SlimDefinition posted on 27 June, 2010 - 19:51
Thanks Sj! ^_^ All the hard work really paid off didn't it? I can't believe what I spent on it though.

My__RoadOfBlood posted on 17 August, 2010 - 00:30
This looks amazing! :D

SlimDefinition posted on 17 August, 2010 - 12:48
Thanks. ^_^ I'm already looking at doing the repairs soon so she'll be ready to wear again any time. Only a little bit of touching up to do and a bit of acrylic paint and grubbiness to get out of the skirt.

DuskatNight posted on 24 August, 2010 - 14:36
You done a fantastic job on this! Looks so perfect1

SlimDefinition posted on 24 August, 2010 - 16:13
Thank you Dusk. Means a lot. ^_^' I'm already making plans for re-wearing her. I just need to make a bunch of minor repairs.

Berserk667 posted on 12 October, 2010 - 00:12
ok i'm really loving the armour :p

SlimDefinition posted on 12 October, 2010 - 14:34
Thanks. It was a nightmare, but I am proud of the end result. :-)

Solarista posted on 5 November, 2010 - 21:09
This must have taken you such a long time to make. Lovely craftsmanship though.

SlimDefinition posted on 5 November, 2010 - 22:05
Yeah, around 7 months. x_x Thank you. ^_^

Natsumi posted on 28 July, 2011 - 20:58
O_O wow. (again!) You can see the progression of your skills, looks fabulous. I can't even begin to imagine how much work went into this. Amazing.

SlimDefinition posted on 28 July, 2011 - 21:20
About 7 months of work on this one. ^^'

prince_izumi posted on 26 September, 2011 - 03:49
OMG BREATH-TAKING!!!

SlimDefinition posted on 26 September, 2011 - 13:58
Thanks. ^_^'

Nomes posted on 24 January, 2013 - 23:58
:3 Love it! If you ever wear this again please do let me know in case I can meet up with you as Alcia. All the photos!

SlimDefinition posted on 26 January, 2013 - 18:22
Thank you! I do plan on re-wearing her soon. Not sure about October Expo, but I can ask others if they're interested. She needs some repair work done though.

Nomes posted on 30 January, 2013 - 10:17
I'm fully booked for October Expo 2013, I'm afraid. Perhaps we could arrange a shoot if you and your friends live in the South East? I've dropped you a PM so we don't end up with a stream of conversationy comments :P

Darkheart posted on 9 April, 2013 - 04:53
your armor cosplays are simply amazing hope i can get this good at them :)

To-Do List

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Progress Journal

31st May 2010

FINISHED!

Finished and debuted at London MCM Expo, May 2010.

26th May 2010

The Final Furlong

What's finished?

* Upper arm guards
* Leg/thigh guards
* Pauldrons
* Skirt
* Gauntlets
* Helmet
* Halberd
* Sword
* Breastplate front and back
* Foot armour
* Scabbard

Just needing to be varnished...
* Greaves

22nd May 2010

The Final Stages

What's finished so far...

* Upper arm guards
* Leg/thigh guards
* Pauldrons
* Skirt

What's nearly finished....

* Gauntlets
* Helmet
* Halberd
* Sword
* Breastplate front and back

What needs the most work....

* Greaves
* Foot armour
* Scabbard

Almost there!

17th May 2010

The pressure is on!

I'm going to have to do some earlier mornings and some later nights now.
It's coming together bit by bit, but heck it's frustrating me so much and actually making me angry. It'll all be worth it in the end - I hope.

6th May 2010

The leg guard dangley things are done, as shown...

And there's still a lot more to do on the rest of it with the decoration!

30th April 2010

The Armour is MADE

Yes, that's right. It has all been constructed now.
It's just a case of decorating it all (and doing the skirt, painting the halberd, and making the sword and scabbard).

29th April 2010

The End of the Construction is Nigh!

I am almost finished with making the armour. Then! It's mainly all the cosmetic work on everything to do/finish, and the sword scabbard to make (the sword is half made currently).

20th April 2010

Fed up

This costume is taking it's toll on me and has turned out to be very expensive in the long run. I've spent too much on it to not get it done now, so I'm working on this like MAD!

26th February 2010

In the middle of things

Ok, so the main bulk of the work is under way. The helmet is almost ready to be painted, the skirt detailing is coming along, and the making of the armour is gradually beginning to show results.

9th November 2009

Gathering materials 1

Wonderflex sheet (jumbo) - check.
I've also bought a white skirt to modify, a telescopic landing net handle for the spear, a pack of balloons to get rounded armour effects with, and some spray paint for the spear handle.

I also need to get golden eyelets, gold and purple fabric paint, purple, black, silver and gold acrylic paint, a large batch of funky foam...and an array of other things too...oh yeah, and a HUGE amount of that rare but priceless thing called patience. x_x'

26th October 2009

Planning Stages

I am currently working on the preparations for this costume.
After the difficulties in making Rose's standard costume from The Legend of Dragoon, I am considering my options for creating this armour which will prove more challenging.