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Trinity Blood - Cain Nightlord by NanjoKoji Trinity Blood - Cain Nightlord by NanjoKoji
Please meet Cain Nightlord from Trinity Blood.
This is my masterpiece. This is the most difficult and detailed costume I've ever made and I'll ever be doing. After 5 years of planning and 5 months of work, it's finished.

The story: When my 100th cosplay was nearing in 2007, I wanted to do something special, something I had never done before. I usually prefer the more comfortable and thus easier cosplays, but for this special occassion, I was searching for something spectacular. And what is more spectacular than the Trinity Blood artworks?
And so I fell in love with Cain.
He’s a captivating character with an absolutely unique and glorious design. I couldn’t resist.

I bought a lot of the things I’d need for the costume, yet I never started it for real. I was just plain over-challenged, I didn’t know enough about materials and how to solve all the riddles this outfit confronted me with.

Now, a few years later, I have learned a lot and accepted the challenge. I started with the armour and wings part because sewing will be easy compared to this.
I started with shaping the frame for the six wings out of various wires and glued hundreds of swan and goose feathers onto it (I only used big feathers). Then I started the sun wheel by using thick flower arrangement wire constructions, hot glue, hard foam and modelling plastics, shaping the spear ends and constructing the spheres (Ravenic helped me here).
The shoulder armour parts (3x2 parts) were a lot of work. I shaped them from hard foam, coated them with liquid plastic, applied the relief shapes with foam rubber and window colours in a lot of steps and coated them again with liquid plastic. I also cut hundreds of little triangular spear-like shapes for the collars and sleeves, the cuff armours and other details from hard foam, shaped the three-dimensional parts with modelling clay (the small parts killed me, they were just so many), coated everything again with liquid plastic and went to the next step.
I wanted it all to be as detailed as possible. That means that every armour part had to be decorated all over with tiny reliefs (all parts of shoulder armour, the six spines hanging from the back armour, sleeve armours, pendants and talismans, etc.). So I applied them with window colour, on every single piece. It took ages, but it worked out.
I made all the pendants and talismans on his belt from rubber foam, modelling clay and window colour and threaded all the pearl chains on his belt according to the original (it wasn’t easy to find all fitting pearls), then coated everything with liquid plastic, again.
After the raw parts were done, the next step was to be done: gilding the armour.

I was sure from the start that normal golden paint wouldn’t do for this cosplay, it was just not brilliant enough. So I coated the whole armour and belts in 24 carat gold.

Gilding requires three steps: First the lay milk has to be applied, afterwards the gold leaves and in the end it all has to be coated with a sealing finish. When everything had dried, I used precious metal paints to emphasize the relief structures.


The sides of the photo are a view of my back armour: various gilded plates and armour parts, the six wings, the sun wheel and the goat skull (mine is an antilope skull because a goat wasn't big enough in my eyes).

The coat and the overcoat were made from 20 meters of bridal satin. It's incredibly heavy and the double collar always tries to choke me. I added hundreds of small application stones, combined two wigs into one for his crazy hair and gilded the boot armour. Overall I used 500 leaves of gold.

And now I'm done, even one month before Connichi saturday when I intend to wear Cain.



Please enjoy. It's the top of what I'm able to do, I can't offer more than this.






*NanjoKoji (me) as Cain Nightlord
Contra Mundi
Trinity Blood


photo by ~Ravenic







I am all the hatred in the world
I am the sins of the trinity,
dripping from my claws
I am the seven angels of creation
I am heaven and I am hell
I am the beginning and the end
The morning and the evening star

Kirie Eleyson








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:iconmidnaxlink16:
MidnaXLink16 Featured By Owner May 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That's amazing!!!
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flyingbakabunny Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so perfect there aren't even words to describe how perfect it is ; w ;
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:iconnanjokoji:
NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Thanks so much!
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TenshiHime13 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Ahhh!  This has to be one of the most perfect Cain cosplays I've ever seen.  Your attention to detail is glorious and brilliant.  
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Thanks!
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Yuffi91 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Amazing *___________*
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:iconnanjokoji:
NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Thanks!
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murrkimbai Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student General Artist
OMG! He used actual gold! 500 Leaves of it!!!!
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charlizez3 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Filmographer
I love Cain!!!! It sucks when he killed able though. But great job, this is really good! :3
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JaguarGal Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student General Artist
My lord this is absolutely done right. So. So. Perfect. Amazing. Incredible.

I cannot even begin to analyze what I love most, purely because I am stunned by its beauty.
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:iconnanjokoji:
NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Thanks so much!
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TwinTsukuyomi Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Spectacular.~ :iconclapplz:
I just love this so much. cx
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:iconnanjokoji:
NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Thank you!
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:icontwintsukuyomi:
TwinTsukuyomi Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
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VampireCount Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Photographer
totally awesome!

that thing has got to be hot.
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:iconnanjokoji:
NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Thanks!
and - well, yesXD
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:icontercysakura:
tercysakura Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Woow!! Beautiful! :heart:
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:iconnanjokoji:
NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Thanks!
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:icontercysakura:
tercysakura Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:)
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:iconkawaiiitaly:
KawaiiItaly Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful~!!!
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:iconnanjokoji:
NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Thank you!
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KawaiiItaly Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem~
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AkiraNao Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
This is too amazing for words it's just wow i love how beautifully you show his emotion through your facial expression and the way you hold yourself it's perfect for him you did a truly wonderful job. This is easily the best cosplay i have ever seen. Sugoi ^-^
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Thankl you so much!
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baynomo Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
All I can say is....


DANG YOUR GOOOODDD!!!
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:iconnanjokoji:
NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Thanks!
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lmmi Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is indeed a masterpiece. I watched your work for some months now, but I was mostly amazed by the way you perfectly "wear" a character, and the very nice photos themselves. But for this one, the cosplay is really, really, amazingly amazing. Woah.
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:iconnanjokoji:
NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
thank you very much, that's kind!
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:iconzenoxen:
Zenoxen Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I have no idea who this character is....but that outfit....that whole cosplay.....is worthy of a DD.
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saya-chan12 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
WOW~~~~~ Fantastic and amazing!!! Oh, how I wish that I can also wear something like that before I die.
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Xephiria Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is easily one of the most, if not the most, fantastic costumes I've ever seen! Without a doubt, the best Cain, :heart: Fantastic job!
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
thank you!!
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iRememberance Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So much gold.... @_@
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Daisymae345 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow it's beautful. amazing work :) i've seen few really good cosplay but this is just amazing.
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
thank you!!
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GumPom Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
wow , super Arbeit *_*
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Danke dir!
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GumPom Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
^^
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Prue84 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
My god, you overdid yourself with this Cain!


P.S: I'm curious, where you took the photos? The place is perfect!
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:iconnanjokoji:
NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Thanks a lot!
We had the shooting in an old city hall in southern Germany
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animewatcherlolXD Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OHMEHGAD 0_0....WOW.........(If the mangaka saw this....0v0)
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
thank you lots!
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whispersofthewillows Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow! This is so beautiful! I have never before seen a person who puts so much detail and devotion into her work. Bravo, and much love to you! :squee:
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
thank you so much!
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:iconwhispersofthewillows:
whispersofthewillows Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Student General Artist
This is beautiful... I love it so much! You are such an amazing and talented cosplayer and I have never seen someone who commits so much detail and devotion to her work. Bravo!
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
thank you so much!
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Sovoy21 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!! o.O
Da hab ich Respekt!!^^
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
dankeschön!
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Sovoy21 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:) :)
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viciousletters Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
You are and AMAZING cosplayer. I think I died while reading the discription.
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