Final Fantasy VI
Last Updated: 08-27-2011
Shadow is one of my favorite characters in Final Fantasy VI. The concept of a costume in which the only skin visible was basically my eyes was...intriguing, to say the least. I first finished this for Halloween 2008, although I had grand plans for it - a Final Fantasy VI group involving as many of the main cast as I could find, plus a Kefka. I had no idea how I was going to accomplish this, but creative vision trumps reality sometimes!
Luckily for us, creative vision pulled through and I managed to get together thirteen cosplayers for a Final Fantasy VI group for Otakon 2009: twelve playable characters and, yes, a Kefka.
Photo proof: http://elemental-photography.net/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=220
Although I admire Yoshitaka Amano's vision for Shadow, the elaborate-ness of the Amano character design seemed wrong for a ninja/assassin, so I went with the Playstation version of the character from the PS1 FMV release, a more "Nomura" style. The costume is deceptively simple, I think. I spent about 2 months on the helmet and belt, which are made of Wonderflex lined with faux suede padding and covered with vinyl, several coats of spray enamel, and gold fabric paint. The decorative color is all hand-painted in enamel hobby paints. The horn on the helmet is removable, which is handy on long car trips and other instances where I need to fit the helmet into a bag.
The costume requires four scarves plus multiple REALLY LONG strips of boot wrappings for each boot. I didn't finish the edges of any of my scarves, and if the fabric did come with a finished edge, I purposely frayed it by pulling out the threads (mostly in homage to Amano's Middle-Eastern-inspired design of the game).
My little stuffed Interceptor and his collar were bought. I made a dagger and a shuriken to go along with this costume. The shuriken was unfortunately a 3 hour job that was meant only to last through Otakon, and it did - barely. My husband, being the amazingly sweet guy that he is, made me another, sturdier shuriken (which I painted.) Because nothing says "loving marriage" quite like making a shuriken for your wife. <3
I originally retired this costume after PAX East 2010, and then due to popular demand and a resurgance of FFVI cosplayers, I unretired Shadow and spiffied him up a bit. Looks like I'll be wearing him a while longer. XD
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