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Trinity Blood -  The Heavens by NanjoKoji Trinity Blood -  The Heavens by NanjoKoji

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Once again: 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 back armour is constructed from 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

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MidnaXLink16 Featured By Owner May 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
moyashisoba Featured By Owner May 12, 2018
☆*very*☆=- ★=- ヽ(^∇^*)ノ -=★ -=☆*nice*☆
Saschaette Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
This is Gorgeous, The outfit everything...the background. I don't know where you found the place to do your photo shoot at
AtemTheWicked Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
leezaal Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
breathtaking cosplay and use of background, jaw droppingly good
psypop Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Wow-absolutely amazing! This has to be one of the BEST cosplay costumes and make-up I have ever seen! You are perfect for it!
RoysAladyKiller Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
my first words were holyshitfuckholyshit omg this amazing!!!! i love the detail that gies into TB cosplay!!!!
gutsonthefloor Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Artist
I absolutely LUV Trinity Blood!!!! Own every episode on DVD, read all the books, been a fan since it came out. Love this cosplay.
Suzuho-Chan Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All your hard work really payed the price. awesome. :iconparty-hard-hong-kong:
Zephyrynn Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome does not even begin to describe this! GYAAAAAAH~ *Fangirl mode: ON!*
FierceFlash Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just... wow! :D

I really like the look, and design of the cosplay. :la:
You look so proffessional! ;A; And that's amazing.

Good picture~~ :icongoodjob-plz:
xzendor7 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012   Digital Artist
This Is An Awesome Costume Just Perfect For An Awesome Looking Room.
OrianeetMoi Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
It's incredibly amazing. I applause at your work, your imagination for doing all of it and because it suits you very well. Oo
NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Thank you very much!
Pastry-Queen Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! Where are you in that picture?
NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Thanks! It's a city hall in southern Germany
IntoxicatedLycan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
this is awesome, how much did it exactly cost you to make something like this?
NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
much. it was a really expensive project
Lillagon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I had the patience and persistence to do a complicated cosplay.
NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Thanks a lot!
EnigmaticMalady Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student
I love this. I'm working on making an Esther Blanchett Cosplay. But money is an issue.. Anyways this is amazing. You did amazing :3
NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
thanks! and good luck on your Esther project!
EnigmaticMalady Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student
Thanks :D And Yeah i'll need it..XD
OniBatty Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!!! There is so much detail and I cannot stop finding things I love about it! Words cannot express how epicly awesome this is!
NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
thank you very much!
XxAmiIzunexX Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Jaw drop. 24 KARAT GOLD?! LIQUID GOLD?! DUDE, this cosplay is bordering on priceless! And the hand work - magnificent! How you manage to wear it - much less MAKE IT - renders me speechless. 'I can't offer more than this?' HELL, IF YOU COULD OFFER ANY MORE, I'd be on my knees, weeping, "God! You have come to Earth at last!" This is A-MA-ZING. I feel like it doesn't get any better than this. Awesome job. No. Never mind. Words simply can't describe how... Beautiful this all is.
NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Thank you very much, I feel honoured! *bows*
Ren-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Artist
LOVE IT! SO detailed. how much did 500 sheets of gold cost? How about the bridal satin? I'm inspired to create my own cosplay more now. Except, i'm still not good at clothes parts lol.
DingDingy Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing!! 5 years of planning and... 500 leaves of gold, wow! You went all out, but the end result is stunning to say the least!!
vampyrjavel Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you pack this when you go to places? Seem to be so much on it that is delicate and fragile^^;
eternal-night6655321 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh. My. Lanta. This is incredible! Beautiful work!
Kaikoloren Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeous! Very nice work!! ^____^
ScoutingForGeeks Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:wow: that is SO impressive, must have cost a fortune as well as the sheer number of man-hours
dobbyluv2 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Student General Artist
this is amazing
james347 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning! The photography, lighting, background and of course the costume is the master-stroke to this epic portrait! You look every bit of the character.
HitokiriBattosai13 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Totaly Epic! Love it!
Never seen a cosplay so well done before.
zaishida Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So Incredibly Amazingˇˇ the photo looks great and the cosplays are just EPIC~~
YaminaYugineAtema Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful costume!!

may I ask, where you are? (in what city) I really like the look of the background as well
fits great with your costume
overlordofrabbits Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
I'm so awestruck by you that I'm having trouble closing my mouth... AMAZING
Nillafern Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
wow i haven't watched this series in forever amazing job!!!
minihina95 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Student
and the background helps alot too
minihina95 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Student
I don't have word to say how impressing this is (iven saying this it's not enoth)
you are the world greats cosplayer ever õ/
EvaraSilvaen Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*Drools* This is my new favorite cosplay <3 Trinity Blood is amazing, and you' ve gone above and beyond every TB Cain cosplay I've ever seen. Absolutely gorgeous! I simply cannot express how amazing this is! (although I may be biased...I'm a Trinity Blood nerd ^.^ )
Koreangirl1029 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
All that work really paid off. It looks gorgeous and I want to see it person some day xD awesome job!
I-Warner Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist
That is epic, nanji.
Dacachi Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You look super elegant and... and.. I don´t no. jaja

You look amazing NanjoKoji-san. ^^ :heart:
yadira-chan Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
D: woOoO!!!! you have the power!!! >___<!! awesome!!!
princesspuffpupp5153 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
That looks amazing and amazed of the work put into it!
Aldreax Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
This outfit looks fantastic. Nice work. :o
Lyra-brjp Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Jesus...Amazing 0.0
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