31st August 2011: Retiring and remaking I have loved building this costume and have worn it more times than I thought I would.
Its now time to retire it as it currently is. It needs so much repair work that I have decided to do a revamp instead. Some pieces are being remade for a new version that will hopefully benefit from more armour making experience (this was my second only set of armour, first working with Wonderflex).
I'm happy how this turned out and have had some great memories with this version of Abel.
This isn't the end of this costume. More a break and refresh. I'm looking forward to working on him again soon.
22nd December 2009: GAHHHH!! Gloves I don't believe it!!! I lost one of my gloves at Expo. Didn't notice until i unpacked Abel's box the other day. I'll have to make some new ones.
I'll probarly won't go as detailed like I did with the last ones. I spent four hours per cross only to loose one :(
Oh well, its very Abel. Lol!
17th March 2009: Collar Armour and accessories. These parts turned out to be quite tricky as they were some of the smallest pieces to the costume. The plates were built in the same way as the armour pieces while the cross was built out of Wonderflex. All where painted using the dry brushing technique.
Photo is of the finished pieces on the unfinished costume.
16th March 2009: ARRRROOOWWWWWSSSSS!!!! Yeap, just about to cut out 64 arrowheads for Abel. Will do the base out of left over Wonderflex (easy to shape small pieces) and then detail with funny foam sheets. I must be insane. Mind you, I did kinda guess that this costume might make me a bit bonkers. Lol!
14th March 2009: Woot! for my childhood creativity Finished two more pieces of bling today. One particular piece I've absolutely adore. The AX shoulder badge. To create this piece I thought back to my Games Workshop nerd past (when I used to paint and convert 35mm roleplay figures).
So with a steady hand and lots of coffee I managed to build it with out too much mishap. I also managed to keep to the theme of recyling crap in my house. The main dome part was created using an Easter egg carton.
26th February 2009: Completed robe. I have finsihed the robe. It took some time to get all the eyeletts in (there are 64). I ended up re-doing the collar as the first one just didn't sit right. All I will need to do is put on all the velcro ready for all the TB bling.
The only thing I didn't like is that I ran out of gold eyeletts part way through. I got some more to complete the robe but the make I used to get isn't being produced any more. As eyeletts are impossible to remove without destroying the fabric I'm going have to okay with half the eyeletts not matching. Luckily with Abel I can get away with it.
I have no shots of the robe completed.
I did complete the armour cuffs in pretty much the same way that I had done the arm piece so I have a test shot here.
22nd February 2009: Armour repaint Completed some more of the armour pieces. Decided that what I had done so far wasn't looking worn enough (too shiny and new) so I tried a different paint job. My many years as a table top role play gamer has become useful. Since 1989 I've collected Games Workshop figures and learnt to paint and build the 35mm range. So I used the dry brushing method I learnt from that. The result is much better.
10th November 2008: Pauldron progress This was the piece that I was dreading the most. I decided to go with a piece that would attach to a baseball helmet that then would attach to my robe/cassock.
The plate itself was made from two sheets of Wonderflex which I cut and shaped myself. I then added the raised detail.
The lower piece was cut from a baseball helmet using a Dremel multi-tool. I then shaped it with a heat gun and then sanded it. I added the detail using craft foam.
Both pieces were then finished with dry brushing and spray varnish.
22nd October 2008: Argh! No sliver trim left and Main cross embroidery Ran out of sliver trim at the weekend. Went out looking for it. No where has anything close. I had brought out the last of the stock in my local fabric shop. They have got more on order but it won't get here until after Expo so my Artbook Abel won't unfortunately make it to Oct Expo. I'll be wearing anime Abel instead with some of the Artbook bling.
I did manage to work on the large cross embroidery that was for the capelette. This was done completely by hand and took roughly six hours. Sadly, the photo isn't great but its the only one I have.
20th October 2008: Keeping it cheap. After the spiraling costs of my Sephiroth costume I've decided to go back to my cosplay roots by making this costume on a shoestring budget. So I'll be doing the whole 'making it from crap around my house' plan. I've managed to find most of it from stock. So far the only cost was the sliver trim. I feel that this is also in keeping with the character as Abel is a poor traveling priest.
My best 'Blue Peter' moment has to be Lilith's cross from Abel's rosary. Managed to make that from left over wonderflex and various parts from my Games Workshop minitures. I'm so pleased on how it came out. It was one of the pieces of Abel's costume that I was worried about due to its detail.
5th October 2008: First piece of armour built. Using the same method I had learnt for my Sephiroth armour I began working on Abel's armour. I used Sintra (trade name for Foamlux PVC plastic sheeting). Once drawing out the design I cut out the piece with a Dremel multi-tool. I then shaped around a round tin using a heat gun. I then cut out the cross in the centre. I then added the raised edge detail using some Wonderflex. I then primed it ready for painting. I used a black base paint and then sprayed over with a gold acrylic paint. The whole piece was then sealed with a clear varnish.
I then built the arm band for the piece to sit on using red leather. I hand sewing on the straps that the buckles could be attached to. On one of the straps I added a piece of velvet ribbon. A small cross cut in Wonderflex was glued on, painted and finished with a small charm.
Really pleased how this turned on which encouraged me with the rest of the armour.
(sorry for the quality of photo)
23rd September 2008: Scarf mishap ARGHHHH! Had a completely dumb blond moment. Completed the scarf and was ironing it. I forgot to turn it down thus completely melting the scarf fabric. So I've now had build another one again from scratch. Luckily, I had enough fabric left. The best thing is that I was able to make the crosses much better. Yay!
The picture is showing the replacement scarf (sorry for pic quality. Old photo is now Old!! XD )
21st September 2008: How many crosses dose an AX priest need? After spending four hours on embroidering red crosses onto the gloves I then move onto making the scarf. There's four more crosses to do. One for each side. Luckily these are being hand painted in fabric paint so won't be as annoying as hand embroidery. There's still more crosses to come. *whimpers*
Uni - 11th July 2008
O that is looking very cool! You did an amazing job with that wonderflex, it looks perfect to me : D Keep up with the good work! i know you will~
Sephirayne - 13th July 2008
Thank you. Not sure if I'll have it ready for Amecon as I've just been asked to do a corset commission. I'll see how it goes.
Defrain - 22nd September 2008
abel is awesome sarah will glomp you to death when you wear this epic cant wait to see xx
Uni - 20th October 2008
HOMG the armour is looking fantastic!!! so smooth and shiny!!! : O
Nocturnal Blossom - 20th October 2008
Looking RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME! Can't wait for this!
sonia_leong - 30th October 2008
I am totally in awe of your armour making skills *bows*
sonia_leong - 6th November 2008
LOL, OMG, my artbook version *shakes head* I hammered my thumb TWICE whilst putting in those blasted eyelets!! Aw, I can't wait to see your finished version!! :3
Sephirayne - 8th November 2008
@ Soina, yes, the Grommets/eyeletts are a pain. i work my way around them by owning the eyelett plyars and exercise gloves. It makes them so easy. I've near done all mine
K - 17th December 2008
This is looking fabulous hunny. I can't wait to see the finished costume!
ryaoki - 21st December 2008
thanks for the lovely comment on noctis on, i cant wait to se this
Sands - 21st December 2008
woweeeee this is looking so impressive, you have the patience of a saint for this! my hat off to you. cant wait to see it at minami =D
Manjou. The hair isn't a wig. Its my own styled with TRESemme extra hold salon finish hair spray.
Mtani - 28th February 2009
This looks fantastic! Can't wait to see it in real life! =D
Anonymous - 28th February 2009
I love your hair. It looks so effortlessly held up.
Manjou - 28th February 2009
That's NOT a wig!?!?! wow! that's slightly insane 0.0 Did you go down to the shops with your hair like that afterwards? XD
Sephirayne - 28th February 2009
Thanks for your feedback, Mtani, Uber-Nerd and Manjou.
Manjou, Lol! Was tempted to but it was quite late at night. I did however, kept smacking my brother in the face with the hair as I kept forget how tall it actuallyw was.
Anonymous - 2nd March 2009
That bling is looking fabulous!
Ranma1-2 - 2nd March 2009
Wow this costume is gonna kick so much a$$ when it is finished. It's looking really impressive already, especially love that collar bling shot.
GunstarVixen - 2nd March 2009
looking awesome!!!!! I cannot wait to see this done!
Anonymous - 2nd March 2009
I'm loving your bling! Super fly! I can see how much effort you put into it, woww!
MangaChild - 2nd March 2009
Loving the shading and detail :D
OMG your hair!!! didnt know able was SSJ :P
Sillabub - 4th March 2009
I love your hair! It's fabulous! XD
Thanks for the recent comments on my costumes, too :)
Uni - 5th March 2009
Looking adourable Abelsama! : D
Wildeth - 9th March 2009
WOW is all I can say! FANTASTIC! <3
Ranma1-2 - 15th March 2009
Cor this just keeps getting better and better. ..Looking really Pro there, Sephy. ;)
sonia_leong - 30th March 2009
YOU ROCKED AT MINAMI!!! This was absolutely amazing, your skills are so l33t, can't wait to see your mega-finished scythe :3
Anonymous - 31st March 2009
So unbelievably amazing! Such a beautiful and detailed costume X3 <3 Best Abel ever!
I seriously want those boots. XD
SephNoir - 31st March 2009
Absolutely beautiful! I wish we'd taken our camera with us, I so wanted to grab a photo of this!
Ranma1-2 - 31st March 2009
Oh my gosh! 80 ..You must have won with this!? ..tell me you won..
Congrats Sephy this looks outstanding!
Anonymous - 31st March 2009
Sephirayne - 1st April 2009
Thanks for the comments everyone.
Ranma1-2, no I didn't win anything. I didn't mind that I didn't. I had great fun posing with my other self, Sonia_Leong and being all fangy and grrrrrr! As soon as I can find piccies I will pose the Crusnik version.
sonia_leong - 1st April 2009
Fangy and Clawey GRRR!!!! XD Oh please please please post the Crusnik version when you can!! (♥_♥)
Sillabub - 1st April 2009
This was so damn impressive in the flesh - loved it!
Thanks for the nice comment on Chun Li, too :)
nanahara - 4th April 2009
awsome isn't good enough a word, hell epic isn't ether lol. This cosplay is just beyond words on how great it is
KhaosKreator - 5th April 2009
I love the detail in all these Trinity blood costumes. But they do make me totally not want to do one myself. Yikes.
Sephirayne - 3rd June 2009
Thanks for the comments. I have nearly finished this cosplay (yeap it wasn't actually complete) so look out for an up to date photo session soon.
Tab, you would so rock some of the more armoured costumes from TB. Check out the character Sister Paula (shes like an armour clad Ivy).
Ranma1-2 - 20th July 2009
Congrats on your award Sephy.
It was really nice meeting you at the show (finally!) Thanks for the big hug ^__^ You're a really nice person to meet.
It was great to see your Abel cosplay live. Looks great even close up ..pro quality costuming and finishing skills there.
See you again in Oct. :)
BladeyCakes - 21st July 2009
You look awesome~ 8D You're such a great Abel!
Anonymous - 22nd December 2009
Seph the able is looking fantastico!, Amazing detail and craftmanship. I keep seeing you at expo, i will need to stop and say hi one time :)
Anonymous - 24th December 2009
This is amazing i love the weapon how did you make it *worships cosplay*
Sephirayne - 29th March 2010
Thankies Cornish Pasty.
The scythe was made from cardboard, clear plastic tubing and a shed load of craft foam XD. The plastic tubing was for the centre piece which had two soft drinks tops on either end. The tube was then covered with craft foam pieces that I individually cut out by hand and glued on. The scythe heads are temporaries. I'll be replacing them at a later date with ones that match more with the centre. They were made out of cardboard. The whole thing was painted in acrylic paint and spray varished. Its light as a feather but quite fragile.
fistfighter_tifa - 14th April 2010
>o< I died when I met Troy at Expo - << I cosplayed as Astha and he hugged me because he used to have a ' crush on her ' xD! Digressing from that....your Abel cosplay is perfection to the very last detail !!
Sephirayne - 14th April 2010
Lol! Hes a great guy. Got chatting to him on myspaces a couple of years back and it was great to finally meet hi in person. His jaw did drop when he saw my Abel. I'm so happy with that.
Thank you XX
ProbablyHeather - 14th April 2010
You look amazing as Abel~ Beautiful costume, its so detailed! I love it *3*
Sephirayne - 14th April 2010
Awww thankies Cheetos. I hope to finally have it finished soon. Its been a labour of love XD
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