this damn thing is finally starting to come together. The armored straps and the leather cinches are as yet not top-coated, as I have a few adjustments yet to make before I'm satisfied. Once that is done, I'll blacken the plates and dye the leather brown. I don't think I'll tool it - getting tired of this project. The cinches will secure on the front to the large breastplate through buckles I'll attach with leather fobs.
edit to add: by the way, this is an example of creative recycling, rather than new fabrication from scratch. the laced-plate lamellar elements that bridge the yoke armor in the back are elements of the first version of the yoke armor. the green yoke plates were initially made as part of the stack of pauldron plates, but were shelved as unnecessary.
I will be removing the top two rows of scales to accommodate the yoke assembly, and will reapply two or three scales above the top edge of the back of the yoke.
I will further add that there is a great temptation to remove all of the scales, drill additional holes in each, and re-do the armor as laced-plate lamellar rather than scale-on-backing. I will resist this temptation. I swear. honest!
however, I can now honestly state that this armor functionally incorporates all three types of "primitive" plate armor, and even has the beginnings of true plate on the front.
I was lazy getting pictures of this, but this was a prop that I finished way back in October for Halloween. My original intention was to make both arms but completing just the one took about week and I didn't want to make another one. :'D
The base of the arm was made from a customized sleeve I cut from a black cotton t-shirt. The finger bits were sewn on from the same cotton shirt. All the "armor" bits are sculpted tin foil wrapped in masking tape and pleather-like fabric (forgive me I don't know the exact fabric names). Some smaller details such as the knuckles on the fingers were cut from foam sheets and sewn directly onto the arm. I had to do so much research looking up the shapes of the armor bits for this piece. I'm happy with the way the hand up to the middle of the forearm turned out - past that point I was struggling with balancing the aesthetics of the original design and comfort and functionality of the prop I was attempting to complete. Overall, this prop satisfied my love for making gauntlets...
... as well as create a tangible souvenir of one of the best games I've ever played.
A very nice shot from the cosplay competition at Oni-con. There's a few things I wan't to change with the costume, but overall I was happy with it. I had about every security and staff guy come up and check my sword XD, was kind of awesome. Had a ton of fun and I look forward to Matsuri and A-kon this coming year, should be completely happy with the costume by then. Thanks to StrangeRhythms for the photo. When it's completed I need to get a photoshoot going.
This is my costume entry for the Halloween Contest.
This is a cosplay from the character Tifa Lockheart/Lockhart from the movie Final Fantasy VII - Advent Children
I do not own the charater, unfortunetly.
Copyright Tetsuya Nomura
Pictures of the character: [link] [link]
-Earrings ; a lot of cosplayers of Tifa I've seen on internet don't have Tifa's earring, I especially made out of Crayola paste that is light and becomes hard after one days in air. Then I painted it platinum white.
-Gloves : I bought the gloves... Real leather... So soft!
-Ribbon : I don't understand why other Tifa cosplayer of Tifa has a pink ribbon, but I've seen the movies a thoudsand of times and it's RED. Thank you. Also I stole the red ribbon from my friend.
-Shoes : I did not make the shoes, they are black and white leather converses, I just changed the laces from my other converses.
This would have been up earlier but I had a little mishap involving a bad hanging setup and gravity... All is well now though, and here's the finished sheath. I took a few liberties with the design in order to have it fit my sword better, the real one has nowhere for the raised part of the guard to fit into. The inside is lined with a soft cotton fleece in order to protect the finish on the sword, I also am debating on whether or not to add the silver lining on the top that appears occasionally in the show. Let me know if you guys till want a tutorial on this and if you think I should add the silver.