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FFXIII: Fang Bladed Lance by gerodere FFXIII: Fang Bladed Lance by gerodere
[UPDATE] I've made a second spear that is much more accurate - you can see it here! [link]

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Oerba Yun Fang, Final Fantasy XIII.

This is the complete spear, with blades that fold in and out (and lock in place), and the jointed middle that allows the spear to split in two, connected with a short chain. The two ends join to the middle piece via a long machine bolt.

Spear is poplar, worked on the lathe, and PVC connectors.

The gold writing on the spear blades spells out "Oerba Yun Fang" in the Gran Pulse alphabet. Those with sharp eyes will note that in the concept art by Nomura, one set of the letters is written normally in the Gran Pulse characters while the other set is mirrored on the other side, so to keep the symmetry. This was very annoying as I not only had to learn to write the Gran Pulse alphabet, but then had to learn to write it mirrored. ><

Thanks, Nomura.

I'm kidding XD this was quite a bit of fun.

[note] since I know that people will probably comment on this, I know the tips of the blades are supposed to come closer together in the official illustration. However, because of the properties of the wood I was using (poplar is REALLY soft) and the height of the cosplayer I was making this for, I had to sacrifice a bit of illustration authenticity. If I make another one of these I'll probably try to perfect my construction and cutting techniques so that I can make the tips of the blades a little closer.

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ILoveWolve Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
what did you use to texture the middle part of the lance?
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gerodere Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's called "expando" - you can find it on eBay. It's a fire-resistant braid to protect electrical wiring. Be sure to buy the correct size since it comes in all different sizes :)
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ILoveWolve Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
kewl, thank yaw
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DemonNinjaGirl Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I'm working on my own Fang cosplay and I'm working on the lance and I was hoping you would have any tips to share! Such as any tutorials or references, possibly a list of materials you used? I know this is asking a lot and I don't expect a reply but I would appreciate it greatly!
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gerodere Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
omg sorry this is so late! I actually turn all of my Bladed Lances on a lathe. If you have a lathe, this is great because you can get all the grooves and tapers in the wood in one fell swoop ;) If you don't have a lathe, I suggest using PVC pipe and PVC connectors. You can find those very easily at home centers like Home Depot and Lowe's. The rough webbing material that I used is called "Expando Braid" and can be found on eBay. Be sure to get the right diameter for your lance, as it comes in small and large diameters. I used bolts to attach the pieces of the lance together, but if you're using PVC, you don't have to worry about it as the connectors will hold it together pretty securely.
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TrollinLoki Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student Artist
I am honestly considering to commission something for myself from you, and it is exactly this prop that I've been needing since I'm going to be going as Fang at AWA in September. How much would this cost? I'm at the moment calculating exactly how much I will be spending at the moment for everything else, and all I need to know is the general estimate of this prop.
Because I honestly couldn't find this anywhere else. :iconotlplz:
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gerodere Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hi there! Unfortunately commissions are closed (my commissions status is on my dA front page ^_^)
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TrollinLoki Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student Artist
D8> You have no idea how much sadness I feel right now :iconcryforeverplz:
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gerodere Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:( Sorry!! I'm going to be opening commissions this summer. It's probably too late for you to get anything by AWA but keep an eye on my front page if you're interested :heart:
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TrollinLoki Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student Artist
Don't worry about it. I'll keep that in mind! 8D
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fangirl1584 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
hey gerodere!
i LOVE the spear! i am trying to make it myself but i have a question... i am the same height as fang and i would like to know the measurements of the spear (length of blade alone; length of complete spear.. stuff like that)
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gerodere Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hi! The complete spear is 8 feet tall. The blades are 1 foot each, so the haft of the spear is ~6 feet (about the same height as Fang).
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suki-rose Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you don't mind me asking, but what height would you suggest making this for someone who's 4'11/5'0"?
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gerodere Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
ahh I'd definitely make it shorter! Fang in the game is around 6 ft tall, and the spear is 8 ft with the blades folded out. For someone who's only 5 ft, I wouldn't make the actual spear itself longer than around 5-5 and a half feet, and the spear heads should be shorter as well. So folded out the spear should be a little less than 7 ft tall, to make it look proportional. Hope that helps!
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suki-rose Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

It does! Thank you!
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Tifax Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's really a great job! Could you tell me how do the blades lock in place? It's a very useful trick for weapons!
And I love Fang <3
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gerodere Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hi! Sorry for the delay in responding ^_^;;; The blades lock via a short bolt/nut combination where the blades swing out from the spear haft. I loosen the nut to swing the blade out, then retighten it to lock it in place. You can buy the bolts and nuts at Home Depot or Lowes or any hardware store - I use 5/16" diameter ones. Hope this helps!
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Tifax Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I undestood, I really thought it was something much more complicated! Thanks a lot, and great work again (:
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Resident-chicklol Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hiya!Could you help me out?Instead of wood ,im using styraphome but im afraid i cant do the blade lance.without some sort of guide on how to.
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gerodere Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hi! Sorry for the delayed reply!! I unfortunately don't know how you could make the lance itself out of styrofoam...you could make the blades out of foam core, which is the foam that's sandwiched between two pieces of posterboard. But as for the lance itself, I suggest PVC pipe. I've even seen people make theirs out of a broom handle. Hope this helps!
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Resident-chicklol Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm,I think ill do the broom stick and the foam core idea!Thank You too btw!
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CrystalIceHearted Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Student General Artist
How much does that spear cost?
Its so awsome!
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OhSha Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
May I ask how you made it, I wanted to make one that would go well with my fang costume.
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Bobcatx2 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
NEAT!
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TheRuneSlayer Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
Hey, I've got to make one of these and I'm wondering what material you used for the criss-cross matting effect shown in the top right hand corner picture?
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gerodere Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's called "Expando" or "expandable braid", "expandable wire sleeving", or any combination of those names. It's a basically strips of plastic/wire braid woven into a tube meant to contain live wires for electrical projects and things like that. You can get it on eBay. ^_^
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TheRuneSlayer Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
thanks bro, big help =]
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Pyric Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
so...incredibly...BADASSS
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YaXXoi Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
How much? D:
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Felt-Cosplay Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Curious where you got the red woven stuff on the shaft? I reckon it'd be perfect for a Buster Sword's handle.
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gerodere Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's called "Expando" or "expandable braid", "expandable wire sleeving", or any combination of those names. It's a basically strips of plastic/wire braid woven into a tube meant to contain live wires for electrical projects and things like that. You can get it on eBay, which is where I got it. There are different sizes, so make sure you pick one that fits over the handle of your sword. ^_^
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Felt-Cosplay Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, thanks ^_^
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Renx-Soulx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Bawwww ;A; Thats amazing to the core. I'll have to show my friend who gonna cosplay Fang
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SarahLaDuchesse Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How much would a complete cosplay cost, anyway? Outfit, accessories, and weapons in total?
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gerodere Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I actually have no idea :XD: I've never cosplayed Fang and I don't do costume commissions, only prop commissions. If you're interested in cost estimates for the entire Fang costume, you can check out the Oerba Yun Fang thread at cosplay.com: [link]
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SarahLaDuchesse Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd most likely comission the staff or gunblade(?) from you, after seeing this. I also looked through some of your other props and stuff.
You're certainly skilled!
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Sephellone Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
If it's not a secret... Can you tell me, how do those gray things work? I mean... How are different parts of lance attached to each other? Because on this photo I see only that gray cylinders have bigger diameter than parts of lance, but it seems to fall apart, if there no fixture inside them. And I can't imagine any fixture strong enough to keep parts together.
Sorry for my bad english =_=
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gerodere Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Do you mean the silver connectors at each end of the lance where the chain is attached? It's not a secret :D They're lengths of PVC pipe connectors. One end of the connector is glued and screwed in permanently to the wood dowel. The other end I drilled a hole all the way through the PVC. I then fitted the pipe connector to the black end part on the middle length of the lance, and drilled a hole all the way through matching the holes that I drilled into the PVC. This allows a long bolt to be slid through and bolts the two pieces together.
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Sephellone Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! ^_^ About long bolt - that's a great idea! I thought about making some grooves in lance and pins in silver connectors, but your idea is much better! Thank you! ^______^
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seishinXotaku Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
ohmy, this is amazing.
I'm speachless.
In a good way. : D
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akshibuya109 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
Can i buy another one of this? I sent you an email (i think i have enough moneyz)so can you check it? (>^_^<)
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Recca-the-Ninja Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
Wow this one is really good! Ill probably buy one like this from you after I save up and I buy the costume.
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Spazz-of-Somewhere Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is so cool!! I absolutely want one! :D
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ShinJinya Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
This is utterly amazing. I've never seen such an accurate lance for fang. One thing that many people don't do is the red/brown weaving, but you nailed it! Well done, and I'll definitely be using your work as reference.
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gerodere Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Glad you like it. The weaving part was a bit hard to find and I had to brainstorm for quite a bit before I found a material that matched XD
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ShinJinya Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
You did the weaving yourself? WOW. I don't quite have the patience for that. My hubby-wife and I are being Fang/Vanille for Halloween and I'm just not bothering with the weapons. I'd love to, but it's two months away and I've got a mountain of beading to do. LOL
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gerodere Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ohhhh gosh no!!! XDDDDDD The weaving was a single piece of nylon/polyester/plastic fabric sheathing that already had the pattern in it. All I did was cut and fit and glue it to the correct length. But I did do a lot of searching to find something with the correct texture XDDD I don't even know how long it would take to weave something like that by hand...probably more time than I have time for! :XD:
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ShinJinya Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Whew. That's a relief. I've heard people use like a plumbing item to make t, but I dunno... Would that look right? *tilts head* But yours is perfect! * 5 star stamp*
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gerodere Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's actually an electrical cord covering called "grounding braid." I actually was suggested to use it by my husband, who is a physicist and uses it a lot for his job. The kind I used is plastic and I bought it on eBay. It's very fairly priced for one roll and you'll need a fair bit of it since the staff is so long, so I thought it was a pretty good deal.
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ShinJinya Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Awesome. I'll keep that in mind. *hugs* I'm sure you've explained that staff to hundreds of people, thanks for saying it all over again. :<3:
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