I started my replica of Lightning's Gunblade about 1 year ago, and never got to finish it. It's actually a good thing, because since last year I've learned quite a few things. So in the end this gunblade looks much than it would have if I had finished it a year ago.
For the colors, I didn't want exactly the same colors as in the game : I wanted to give it a more realistic touch, a more aged looking. I'm quite happy with the result although I'm sure I could do better ... I'll probably change the colors in the future ... one day ...
Oerba Yun Fang's default spear, named "Bladed Lance". Cosplay prop from Final Fantasy XIII.
I finally finished it! It's as tall as hers, but it's... huge ;_; The blades are made of wood, the body is made of plywood and polystyrene, the joints are wonderflex. And my hands are full of bubbles because of the hot glue... The blades can fold, they need a screwdriver, but it's wonderful anyway *_* The only thing I hate is that it slightly folds... I really didn't want it to fold when hold, but I cannot make miracles... it's a REALLY hard prop to make. I made a bigger joint in the middle to try to fix this problem, in fact there's a different joint in two pics. I've spent 15 euros/20 dollars, and it was all for the satin tapes. My dad gave me the sheet of plywood (I'm an unusual daughter...), while my boyfriend gifted me wonderflex and polystyrene (I'm an unusual girlfriend too). I love those guys!
THANKS EVERYBODY FOR THE 50+ FAVS!
Pics of the lance "worn": Badass heroine (full lenght) [link] The best of Fang [link]
These are my skirt and belt for my Oerba Dia Vanille cosplay. I dyed the fabric for the skirt adding more and more color, so it came out a gradient, as similar as possible as hers. There are three layers of fabric, each one dyed separately, and sewed together after a terribile battle with my sewing machine D: The belt is made of some kind of sponge/rubber... well, it was the padding of my brother's school bag, so I actually have no idea of what it is. But it is WONDERFUL <3 I traced the lines with a simple pencil tip, colored with spray paint and made the gem (?) with clay. The "metal" plates are forex/wonderflex, the "screws" are split pins. I feel linke a genius, lol *modest mode: on" Both of them are closed with velcro. Oh, I used tons of velcro for this cosplay, it's a great invention *O* The pink stripe holds the beads, it's separate.
Yuna's staff from Final Fantasy X Commission for a friend, made entirely of wood. This prop was very important for many reasons... first of all, because I really like this staff. I wanted to make it someday, but I cannot make everything comes to my mind... so I'm really glad that someone commissioned it. Then, because I learned a lot of stuff, such as making screws to detach weapons... I used different techniques before, I love having smaller pieces to bring at the con than a single huge one, and I guess I'm not the only one. This technique is not visibile in any way, it's a bit hard to make, but it's priceless. It requested a lot of work, especially cutting and sanding, and also a bit of drawing. I wanted it to look EXACTLY like the original one, even it's a pretty complicated prop. I hope you like it <3 If you have any question, please feel free to ask me. Check my gallery for more props and see Yuna and Lulu's accessories here! [link]
The finished results of the bow/blade. A lot of time was spend on this weapon and I had a lot of help during the process. Mostly, I got help from my boyfriend, father-in-law and my own father.
In sword form, the blades are kept together with a small magnet. Small, but very strong. The strings for the bow form are (of course) detachable and are hold into the blades with little hooks made of paperclips. (there are small holes in the blades for the hooks) The weapon itself isn't that heavy and is fairly easy to wield.
It's made out of MDF wood, thin but strong card-board, foam, pvc pipe, wonderflex and more stuff to keep it all together (of which I don't know all the words for xD)
The little extra we added, was the slide-able silver/pink handheld. We made it slide-able like you see in the game when shooting an arrow. More realistic, right?
Luckily, it was finished right before Animagic so I was able to show it off a little. Hehe XD
Also a big credit to *Laitz for sending us the illustrator file of the Starseeker blue-prints! Without it, we'd be lost.
Since I almost have her costume finished, I went on and made a start on Serah's weapon: Starseeker.
Before someone asks: Yes, it's made out of wood. mdf to be precisely. A few details are made of thin, but strong carton.
Most of it is cut out by a laser my boyfriend could do for free somewhere. Other larger parts (the blades and the base with the arrow) are sawed by my father-in-law. Getting the exact form of the blades and arrow, I had to file a lot and my boyfriend sanded it afterwards for me.
As you can see, it will be transformable and we thought of adding something extra to it. But, I'm keeping that a secret until it's finished. There's still a lot of work to do on it and I have to get it finished before the end of July.
More pictures probably coming soon, including my costume.
In my former journal I asked if you would like for me to explain how my Starseeker weapon was made. Since there were quite some people that would like me to do so, I decided to make this FAQ journal. So, I hope I'l answer some questions you might have about this curious weapon and I hope I can explain it well enough for you all to understand. Note that I made the weapon a couple of months ago and I don't remember everything very clear of the making of it. But, I'll do my best.
So, first things first: The Starseeker
Serah's weapon is quite the interesting one. This because it's a transformable one just like her sister's, Lightning. Nonetheless, it's a transformable one from bow to blade, which original form is none other than the cute moogle companion, Mog. Of course, Final Fantasy is all about 'Fantasy', so making an exact working replica of this weapon is just impossible. The transformation cyclus is the thing that makes it impossible since it goes automatically from bow to sword in a zip. However, there are always some tricks to make it almost exact to the original. We've got all kinds of materials that we can use in the hope we can get that far and the most of us achieved it: A working, transformable bow-blade.
So, how did I managed to make it? A little summary of how it's made: First off, we cut the forms out of wood, made the details, painted it afterwards and constructed it.
It all sounds simple, but there was a lot, and I mean, a LOT of work in the making of it.
Materials used: - MDF wood thickness 12mm - MDF wood thickness 6mm (note that I'm not entirely sure of these two measurements anymore. I have to measure the weapon for that, so they might change when I know the exact measurements.) - thin cardboard - split pens - screws - thin and thick wooden sticks - rings - elastic wires - wonderflex - paperclips - rounded PVC tube - copper pipe rings (I don't know anymore what they were called, but I'll look it up and change this when I know it again) - iron pin - agnet - plastic rings - black tape
Tools - laser cutter - files - saw (sawing machine) - super glue (industrial) - drilling machine - spray paint (acrylic) - black paint (acrylic, brush) - hairdryer - pincers - sanding paper - black marker
The whole progress of construction:
Analyzing: The first thing that comes in mind, is analyzing. It's an important start before beginning the actual construction. We had to think about all kinds of important parts to the weapon such as the transformation cyclus and what parts would move when transforming and which not. We didn't only looked at original artworks and CG's of the weapon, but also movie clips. Watching movie clips helps a lot since you are able to see how the weapon exactly works. It might go a little fast, but it's still helpful.
Drawing: After knowing some more about the weapon, we roughly sketched the bow a couple of times and making notes about important parts. The most important parts, are probably the blades and the arrow base part. These parts need to connect to each other when in sword form perfectly.
Digitalizing: When we wanted to make a digital version of the weapon, we got kind of stuck. We didn't quite know were to start and how to make a digital version of it. This is what helped us out the most:
It's a blueprint of the weapon in sword form and bow form and it's made by the wonderful Laitz This blueprint was extremely helpful for the progress of the weapon. Without it, we wouldn't have come this far and it wouldn't look like it does now. After asking, I got the Illustrator file of the blueprints of which borSmulders edited it so it would fit my height. It was made in separate parts since that was needed for the next process.
Laser cutting: This progress was for me the most interesting one. borSmulders told me about laser cutting, which can be done for free at a Fabrication Laboratory. If you want clean cut-outs and/or sharp details, laser cutting is the place to go.
We cut out the smaller MDF wood and cardboard, which was easy for the machine to do. It had some difficulties with the thicker MDF wood. For that, we had the laser graph the form into the wood so that we could saw it out at home. My father in law helped me with sawing out the parts that couldn't be cut out by the laser.
File and sand: To create the exact forms of the blades and arrow, I had to file a lot. The wood, of course, was all messy after sawing and the sides of those parts had to be more roundish. I spent hours on filing those parts to get them to the exact shape the original bow has. After that, it was just smoothing it all up by sanding it all. Results:
Paintjob: I must say, I loved painting it all. For painting the parts, it easier to use spray-paint. First, I used a base layer so the paint would stick better to the wood and the colors would 'pop' more. After that, I painted all parts that had to be silver and purple. It was funny to make the gradients on those small parts close to the blades. For the blades it was slightly difficult. I had to cover up some parts with painters tape to spray the pink and purple parts on it. Getting the painters tape of the blades was a hell since it loved to stick to it... Be careful with that! Most of the black parts, I used normal black acrylic paint and a brush. This because there's not that much black in the weapon and it's all small parts of it. Results:
Detailing: Now, there are still some details missing to the weapon, which were added later. I made the gem(s) out of wonderflex and painted them pink before glueing them onto the weapon. Small and thin wooden sticks and cardboard were used to make the details on the body of the weapon (above the silver handle, underneath the arrow part. To make the other handle above the body part, I used a rounded PVC pipe and covered it with black tape. The purple/black/silver parts that stick out from the sides of the handle are thick copper piping parts, covered with wonderflex.
Construction: First off, we glued the purple parts to the body and added small holes to them to put the small gradient parts onto it. The gradient parts are movable due to the split pens so, when the weapon transforms, they can transform along.
The blades are constructed in between the purple parts with a screw. There's a small wooden brick in between the purple parts as well to avoid the blades from moving too far down to the body when transforming into bow form. The blades have a small magnet around the top parts that will keep them connected to each other in sword form. It's a very small magnet, but really strong. You hardly see it in the blades. The etro script is written on the blades with a black marker. It was easier with that than with a paint brush. It's only on one side though since we lost the marker half way through stupidly enough...
When in bow form, the weapon has wires like the original in game. The wires are elastics. The wires are connected to paperclips, which were bend into small hooks that go into small holes in the blades and in the silver handle. They are wrapped around thick, wooden sticks and are secured with super glue. (industrial glue to be precisely. Very strong, but also dangerous. It's a hell to get it off your skin).
The black handle is constructed on it's place by, again, screws. With a plastic ring around the end parts, they are connected to small wooden parts that connect to the body of the weapon. Those wooden parts are connected to the body with a iron pin that goes all the way trough the body. It's stronger that way and it keeps them on their place.
Now, as stated in my finished Starseeker deviation, the silver handle is slidable. How this is constructed you can see here:
As you can see, the handle slides over a smaller part. It's like a sword sheath meganism. The handle can't go any further due to the screw at the bottom of the inner part. When extracting the handle and the wires are connected, the wires move along and tighten their grips on the blades. This makes it look like you're firing arrows just like in game.
Well, that's about it. I hope this journal was somewhat useful and I hope I explained it all well enough. If there are still some unanswered questions that I haven't treated, please, do ask and I'll put it in here.
Good luck to you all if you want to make this weapon!
it’s been 3 years since i made this costume…i love it’s unique design… i love the color scheme looks earthy, but charming…suit well with Vanille’s personality
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accepting costume, props commission… if you interest please send me a PM thank you….
I really-really love this costume especially flower embroidery part and gradient sleeves
hmm…hmm…unfortunately, when the costume is placed on a mannequin doesn’t look beautiful T___T mannequin is disproportionate when compared with human body >.<
----------------------------------------------------------------------------- summoner yuna commission done by my sis and me photo by my sis edit and layout by me -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
accepting costume, props commission… if you interest please send me a PM thank you….
----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Final Fantasy Costume done by and (me)
Yes it transforms! I have worked three weeks on it and now it´s finally finished XDD In 9th Sept. (yesterday XD) I came from the Connichi in Kassel (I was there the whole weekend) and it was very exciting^^ I wear my lightning 13-2 cosplay the first time (only for a half day, because I want have fun and involve at the convention program without any sliding parts... O___o) I haven´t transform it into swordmode because IT IS TOO HEAVY!!! I can´t hold it for more than 2 seconds horizontally in the handle. The weight of gunmode is acceptable, but not perfect for longer time than 2 hours...) It is made out of plastic and about 1,40 m long in sword-mode. It stays in form with bolts that you can screw in and unscrew.
just a model that I have planned to checking out how the transformation works (but i have recognized that it can´t transform, it´s too small and i can´t put bolts or something similar on it) length: 19 cm
After about 100 working hours, the bowblade is finally finished. Actually made for sale, but now I need it for my serah cosplay (which I haven`t planned to cosplay, but I wanted to have a costume until connichi, so I have bought the serah cosplay) I don´t wanted to make the starseeker, because I like the colours of the rune feather more XD
This prop was made from 249 single parts; 202 of it are selfmade and were put together to 23 main parts. The remaining 47 parts are screws, pegs, strings, etc.
Features: - transformable - pull-out handle - removable strings OR strings hidden at the back
Materials: PS, PVC, Worbla Material costs: about $ 105
This image was ripped from the collector's edition art book. as you can see, I have about 4 sets of ratios because all of her images do not add up, there is a 52% to about 82% sword / height ratio which is just ridiculous ;~;
I don't recommend you guys using the ratios, but the first row of numbers are pretty accurate as a flat-view scaling. This project will take a while since my goal is to make it transformable~
*update with gun form model (3 parts missing), appearing/disappearing parts is going to make this a real challenge xP
*update 2.0 DISREGARD EVERYTHING BEFORE! I have been playing around with free transform in Photoshop and I have found out ALL the reference pics are wrong! Square Enix can kiss my sweet cheeks, why? The Little Cosplay Things #855 : not finding good references so you go and make your own. I took about 7 different pictures and manipulated all the good stuff out of them and made a physically transformable gunblade! updated with the sword and gun form! It was a pain finding the joints... atm I am stuck with this project and fixing up my Noel cosplay so I will try my best to do everything asap
please leave comments! I will be working on Noel and Lightning's weapons for the upcoming year (maybe even Serah's bowblade)
I know I promised that I would be making XIII-2 weapons (lol technically this guy is a weapon), but this opportunity just came up out of nowhere!
My friends were having a make-your-own weapon pillow fight and I also saw made a Mog of her own. I also found this tutorial on making a 3D plush [link] , and I had extra foam cushion lying around. pretty much the stars aligned on this one... it did take me a whole night to finish this since I had to make a plush form and pin the fabric down everywhere. All my friends finished their work when I just finished cutting out the pattern xD
It was my first time using a sewing machine for myself, but since it is mechanical it was a fast learning curve for me and I felt pro after a few hours. Obviously since it was my first time sewing by machine and making a plush I messed up on the pattern a little, but it can be easily fixed when I have the time. I feel so much more familiar with the sewing machine that I am confident I can fully make my own cosplays now! Anyways, to make up for the flaws I stuffed this little treasure hunter silly so it is ridiculously huggable!
I am still not done with this guy because I just had this ridiculously awesome idea (thanks to ) that I wanted to try, but I need to dig into my junk pile for a while. Also many thanks to all my friends for creating/hosting a DIY weapons pillow bloodshed.
I am also afraid this plush will get dirty so should I make a thick acrylic seal over the whole thing? Should I make another one to auction at Katsucon? I would like to know your opinion on this!
I wasn't able to cosplay or take a lot of photos during Otakon, but needed help at his shoot and I ended up at the FFXIII-2 shoot. I worked with on this one shot, you can check his out with this [link]
This one took a while, first shoot where two people had to keep a straight face.
I feel like I could have done better, Otakon was a huge mess for me and my body took the toll. I realized it is more satisfying for me to make props than to take photos. From now on I will focus more on prop making than photography.
Please leave comments and checkout my gallery. [link]
Serah's bow / sword from Final Fantasy XIII-2. Capable of transforming into a sword.
This blueprint is based off a number of official references by Square Enix. Unfortunately for me, Square Enix never keeps their models consistent. Each reference for the bow differs either in details or proportions, so if you think this blueprint might be a few inaccuracies here and there, blame Square Enix, not me.
This will be the next project I'm working on. Hoping to make it both functional as a bow and transformable into a sword. Good luck to me!
(Feel free to use this blueprint as reference if you wish to make one yourself. However, do attribute or link back to me at the very least.)
Charting my progress with the sword. If you're building one of your own, this might give you some insight on how I'm making mine. (I tried as hard to name the parts I worked on. Since I'm hardly a mechanic/engineer, don't be surprised if you have no idea which part I'm referring to. Kudos if you do though.)
(1) The first progress shot I took after a long while cutting the pieces out of wood and beginning to join them.
(2) Glued most of the pieces together, save for the circular exhausts, the rod next to the handle, the brake on the bottom left, and other small details. The layer on top of the blade has been sanded so that it slopes down from the start of the blade to the end. Most of the engine guard has been sanded to round perfection. The handle has also been rounded.
(3) Traced and inked out the exhaust grills on 1mm pla plate. Ready to drill the holes and cut out. At this point, I've also started work on the heat sink on the engine guard. Using a rotary tool with a makeshift router accessory to cut out the shape of the heat sink. Shots of it once I'm done.
(4/5) Hexagon exhaust grills are cut nicely into shape. Was a bigger pain in the ass then it seemed. Will add the tapered outer circles later on. The heat sink frills have been cut and sanded. The macaroon on top of the heat sink is done too. Lots of refining work as you can see from the white paperclay.
(6) The main hexagon exhaust grills are complete. Size test with my cookie cutters are a success. I had to break the cookie cutters open and readjust the size in order to fit my dimensions.
(7) Mockup of the smaller exhaust. On top of the hexagon grill is the tapered outer lining circle made of doubled-layered 1mm pla plate.
(8) Frill thingies for the heat sink. There are 30 of them in total, 15 on each side. Each frill consists of 2 layers of 1mm pla-plate, so I cut 60 layers of them out in total. = ="
(9) Mockup of the heat sink frills. The 'legs' were cut according to the necessary lengths. (To everyone following this: I'm so sorry that I've gone so long with so little progress! I'll try my best to work more on it! oTL)
(10) Sanded the edges of the frills, then properly glued them down along with the spacers. Will need to add paperclay to the area where both sides connect to fill up the cracks. Circular bolt things also done.
(11) Added the long U-shaped depressions. Brake handle done. Pipe end sawn off and redone. Added little details like the circle thingies and the 'stopper'.
(12) Glued on the circular exhaust. Glued on the little mechanical details. Filled the slope with paperclay.
(13) Carved in a crevice. Added the small button thing. Smoothened the tab sticking out from the side and drilled a shallow hole at the end. Glued on the circular exhaust.
(14) Creating the runes on the blade using paperclay. Later sanded to refine its shape and give it a pointy surface.
(15) Side handle glued on.
(16) Triangular caps on each side of the blade made using three layers of pla-plate.
(17) More details using pla-plate.
(18) Gluing on the little rivets.
(19) Made the transparent tube on the side handle using a hollow acrylic tube and turquoise glass paint.
(20) Gluing on more rivets.
(21) Gave the main engine core a base to sit on.
(22) All parts are done constructing. An overview of how it'll look like.
(23) Priming the sword.
(24) Closeup of some parts. The initial thing after priming looks horrible, but thankfully clears after some sanding.
(25) After sanding at 1000 grit, the blade shines!
(26) All parts done priming.
(27) Masking the sword. First spray of black.
(28) Working all the way through to Christmas day! Oh joyful day.
(29) Certain areas that were originally smoothed out with paperclay get ripped out after peeling the masking tape, leading to great agony. Yup, even after two layers of primer and one layer of paint. Lesson learnt: paperclay doesn't go well with sticky objects. Gotta find a better substitute for future projects. Perhaps epoxy putty or some other kind of filler?
The Millennium Blade used by Mirai Suenaga, from Danny Choo's anime Mirai Millennium.
This is the first prop I've done which incorporated both lighting components and casting, hence I ran into a number of challenges and setbacks throughout it's creation. As I get more experienced handling such things, the prop quality should get better over time.
The master copy is made mostly using MDF, and some bits of styrene. The cast is made out of clear resin.
Due to requests, I decided to make that little cosplay tutorial on how to make Lightning's pouch. I tried to be the most comprehensible possible, so feel free to ask me questions. I put the measurements I used, but you can adjust them in comparison to your body.