Nanoha Takamachi
Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force

Cosplayer: Ichigo-Chan

Variant: Barrier Jacket

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

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27th July 2011: Sneak peak Strike Cannon is not 100% complete, but getting there! I still yet to add the small minor details, but this will be done very soon as AyaCon is drawing closer.

Just felt like taking a picture of my cosplay with the Cannon. (Sorry for the poor lighting)

9th June 2011: More Strike Cannon progress Approximately 90% painted though still need to tidy up some of the paint stains on the blade of Cannon.

I still need to finish the handle, glue everything together and then finally adding the minor details.

Surface of the Cannon blade is not smooth which makes me annoyed with myself for using cheap and un-even cardboard, then again I'm a cheap skate, so I guess I learnt my lesson.

25th May 2011: Strike Cannon (approx 70%) Bloodly took 6 months on and off as I took a break between March-April, however well worth it and I'm finally getting there.

I started to work on the blades though still need to glue everything together properly as I want to finish painting the kick ass weapon before glueing the handle and the other details together.

20th May 2011: Paint added I started to paint the strike cannon with arcylics. Handle is almost completed though need to add some minor details. I'm not 100% happy as the surface wrinkles, then again I have no time or money to correct this error.

19th May 2011: More Strike Cannon progress After almost 2 months on hold, I am still determined to complete the prop becuase I want to enter this for AyaCon's masquerade and it's hard to cosplay as a character from Nanoha without the prop.

I finally started to bulid up the base of cannon. I made the handle out of cardboard, foam, wire, das clay glued onto a pipe.

Btw, the handle and some of the Cannon details are placed onto the cannon and not glued on properly because I wanted to be happy with the look before officially putting everything together.

13th March 2011: Almost there! Long time no update and MinamiCon is creeping up very fast! Everything is almost complete apart from the barrier jacket and strike cannon. Sadly the strike cannon will not be complete in time, so I will be pushing this masquerade entry back to AyaCon 2011 which gives approximately 5 months to complete it which is plently of time since prop is already 60% done.

The base of the barrier jacket is approximately 65% complete. I have less then a week to make the sleeves, collar and make the hoop skirt shorter as it keeps on peeking out of my skirt >.<" wish me luck!

6th February 2011: Approx 60% Right ~ Bad lighting photo, but I was not in the mood to mess around with the camera settings for a progress picture. Black top is now complete, so I started to make the white corset top and barrier jacket. The top is too big, so will need to modify to make it smaller. Also I need to shorten the hoop skirt as it keeps on peeking out.

Left ~ Not a lot of progress since the last journal, but a few minor add ons to the handle. Just a picture to show the height comparison between myself and the Cannon. I am approximately 5ft 1.5", so you can take a guess of the lenght of Cannon. It's ashame it will not statisfy the lenght restrictions of carrying a prop around a Con/Expo and I did not intend to make it as tall as me, however the Cannon just keeps on growing when I keep on adding the details to the handle and there was nothing I can do to make the blade shorter. Anyways, I will only carry the Cannon for the masquerade and outside the Con for a photoshoot.

5th February 2011: More Strike Cannon progress The base blade of the cannon is now complete, however the handle still needs a lot of work. I am running out of cardboard, so I hope whatever I have left over will be enough otherwise I may have to dig some out from the bins at work, well.. the paper bin as I am not going to go through the digusting bin with food and god knows what other rubish there will be!

I'm fairly happy that the base shape is begining to look like the real thing, even though I've made some errors which I would love to fix, but got no time. The hardest part is to try to make the handle somehow and hopefully will get round it.

1st February 2011: Strike Cannon (almost halfway) I just realised I never added any information on the cannon progress despite being in progress for over a month, so thought I should write out a small update.

This bloody thing killed me! Ironically I really enjoyed making it even though it is very time consuming. Infact, these days I enjoy making props more then the actual costume, however costumes are the most important part, so I might give the cannon abit of a rest until I complete Nanoha's costume.

Cannon was made out of cardboard, balsa wood, foam, paper marche and interfacing. Most of these materials came from either work or left over scraps around my house. I'm a pretty much of a cheap skate (don't I say this all the time in my journals?) and the only thing which I paid for was the balsa wood and foam.

30th January 2011: Skirt complete Skirt is now complete! I've ordered extra white klona cotton when buying fabric for my Sakura 3D land cosplay because it still works for Nanoha, plus the blue fabric was brought for my CCS prince Sakura outfit, however I never got round to even starting on the costume after 3 years, so thought it would be best to use it up for Nanoha. The blue lining was done by using a satin ribbon brought from Dunlem Mills. The ribbon colour does not exactly match the blue fabric, but I'm pretty much lazy and hate cutting fabrics that frays, then you have to hem the entrie thing! hemming is pretty much of a tedious job, so I decided to be lazy and use ribbon as it requires no cutting nor hemming. The red jewels were brought from Fraser for £2 for 2 jewels, they were pretty much of a lucky find as I've been searching them everywhere for over a year and never seem to find the right shape, size and colour, but thanks to the pre-KitaCon meet, we went for abit of cosplaying shopping and went to a few textiles shops which I never discovered and that was where I find those jewels.

Skirt will require some serious ironing, since cotton gets wrinkled so badly! however will not bother with ironing until closer to the convenntion or even better, iron it on the day of convention as I always shove cosplays in my luggage which gives an wrinkle alert.

22nd January 2011: Skirt and black top Base of skirt is almost complete, all it needs is abit of trimming from the hem since it's way too long. Also I have made the black top from left over fabric from Fate's cosplay and added the gold details using left over fabric from various cosplays.... yeah! money saver!

21st January 2011: Raising Heart necklace Neckalce is now complete. Materials used are das clay, gold alumminum wire, arcylic paints, a red bead, brown string and hot glue gun.

The gold part still needs some smoothing on the surface, however it's extremely difficult to notice when wearing this necklace with the costume, so probably will not correct this until the very end.

Something random, but I took this picture with the flash on which makes the jewel glow like as though it's saying "my master"

28th December 2010: Boots complete, petiti coat W.I.P Finally finished the boots though they are not 100% accurate, but somewhere near accurate, so not going to complain or even bother re-making. Somehow, I wished I used size 4 boots as the base instead of size 3 because all the layering of interfacing and foam made the boots feel more stiff and smaller.Nevertheless, the boots still fit though it would have feel abit more comfortable with size 4.

As for the petiti coat, I have started to adjust an exisiting hoop skirt. Nanoha skirts makes no sense and sometimes exaggerated! Infact almost all Amine characters have some sort of exaggerated feature. Looking at some references, including Amine, Manga, figures and concept sketches of Nanoha's skirt flaring out, it seems as though the skirt is perfectly circular. However, looking at references where Nanoha's skirt drapes down, it seems as though the skirt is small and impossible to flare out into a circle. Since, I will be standing up and photoshoots will not involve laying out the skirt 95% of the time, I decided I want to make the skirt smaller and not perfectly circular. Dang! I broke my tradition of making massive skirts into a huge circle. I used a 2 hoop skirt for petiti coat as her skirt is not entirely massive, also need to make more adjustments to make the hoop skirt shorter.

25th December 2010: Boots W.I.P (approx 75% complete) Boots were brought from Peakcocks for £11 and it pains for me to ruin these lovely pair of boots, then again I had them in my room for over a year and never even worn them once, so pretty much of an excuse to make use of these shoes.

Looking at Nanoha's shoes, they look as though the surface is armour-type (bleh! my poor way of putting things into a proper sentence) so I decided to add layers of foam and interfacing rather then making boot covers as I believe it will look more accurate. Layering the boots makes the size look twice as big, however I am only a UK size 3 and it's natural for someone my age to be a UK size 6, so I can get away with it. Ignore the horrible lepord skin pattern from the inside, but not that anyone will see it when I wear these boots.

I still need to paint the heel using blue paint, add the blue gem and adding the yellow/gold band.

23rd December 2010: Strike Cannon... the begining Not much of a good progress picture, however I did do more work at the time of typing this and still yet to take more photos, but will eventually get more pics and post them.

Since I have yet to buy the white fabric as I'm waiting for my wages to hit my bank account, I thought I needed to start on whatever I can and have available as Nanoha is probably is my biggest cosplay project up to date, especially the prop. OMG! how much I will die making the strike cannon? It may take forever, but hopefully will get there. I also intend on making the insane armour and shield, but possibly not for MinamiCon, however DEFINITELY for a future con.

I'm a pretty much of a cheap skate as the cardboard boxes I've used are either from parcels through the post or I get them from work. They are not the best card as they are pretty much wearing with dents and not flat, but they still work and besides, interfacing and/or paper marche will do the trick in covering the dents and make the surface more flat. Heck! I never had to pay for the materials so far, so this is an excuse. I started marking the shape of the blade with a permanent black marker and will carry on with marking more shapes *fingers cross it will go well*

Other work I've done are giving the fringe of the wig a slight trim such that it does not cover my vision and working on the boots.

26th November 2010: Wig and hair ribbon The wig was originally brought from CosplayWig for my Saint Tail cosplay, however it still works well for a Nanoha's Force barrier jacket. Besides, I'm cheap and would like to re-use a wig where possible. Fringe will need slight trimming as it covers my vision.

Hair ribbon was made from left over cotton from my Reinforce Zwei cosplay. I used the same method as my Rachel (BlazBlue) and Fate (Nanoha StrikerS) cosplays because they defy gravity.

I took 2 pics (with and without flash) because without flash shows the best colour of the wig, however with the flash you can clearly see the hair ribbon.


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J-Po - 21st January 2011
them boots are ace and this version is cute its going ot be ace :D

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Ichigo-Chan - 21st January 2011
Thank you and I'm glad I got a postive comment for the boots as they were a major pain to make.

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Lady Bahamut - 6th February 2011
Woah! It's looking epic! That sword is HUGE! XD

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Mangamad - 7th February 2011
Manga like that sword. O,O<

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Pandora-Chi - 21st March 2011
You looked absolutely amazing in this cosplay - well done :3

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Debbie Ella - 21st March 2011
Very nice!

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CrystalNeko - 21st March 2011
Oh wooow, this looks amazing! The photos are lovely and the costume is so well made! All your hard work paid off :3

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Tsuchinoko - 21st March 2011
You got these photos up quick... X3
Nice job on this cosplay, we got some fun shots ^_^

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angel aiko - 21st March 2011
you looked so cute :3

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Lady Bahamut - 24th March 2011
Wow, you look amazing! All that hard work paid off! :D

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k4tt - 25th May 2011
Epic Sword is Epic. Shame I can't go and see you in person, so make sure you upload lots of nice photos once it's done ^__^

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Ichigo-Chan - 25th May 2011
Thanks everyone

@ K4tt
This will be for AyaCon's masquerade, so I sure will have lot's of photos

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Moonchild - 10th June 2011
Awesome progress on the Strike Cannon! Can't wait to see photos with the costume =)

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Anonymous - 28th July 2011
AWSOME! <33

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Solaria - 28th July 2011
That cannon is AMAZING <333333

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JustPeachy - 28th July 2011
This looks amazing!!

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Pandora-Chi - 28th July 2011
OMG GOODNESS O.o the weapon is AMAZING!!!!

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Natsumi - 28th July 2011
Wah looks really good the weapon is especially awesome!

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Ichigo-Chan - 29th July 2011
Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments, I never expected to get loads of positive comments on the prop because this was the first major big prop I've made.

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CrystalNeko - 23rd August 2011
Madly in love with your canon, was great seeing it close up! Also really love the cosplay too, so neatly made, you looked amazing!

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Kata-san - 27th August 2011
Saw your costume at Ayacon, the cannon (and everything else) is amazing! Great job.

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Lady Bahamut - 27th August 2011
That sword/gun/thing is the most epic thing in the world. EVER. *_*

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KiraraYumi - 2nd November 2011
You looked super awesome in this, so glad I got to see you in it briefly! =D Your dress-making skills are so perfect <3

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Hannah-Kiwii - 3rd November 2011
Such a beautiful cosplay, and the canon is amazing!

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XxSylentiumxX - 10th March 2012
I remember seeing this at the London Expo -such a stunning outfit^^

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Stacey_Cosplay - 25th March 2012
Wow never saw you at the expo I did see the Fate Testarossa thats in your images though. I wish I got a picture of your Nanoha! Im a Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha cosplayer myself x3

This is sooo cool!