Final Fantasy IX
Last Updated: 10-29-2008
I was kinda tired of sewing and needed to do some experimenting, I hadn't really tried out craft foam armour before so I thought I'd give it a go. Final Fantasy IX is my favourite game in history and so who else to pick but good ol' Rusty!? He cracked me up so much in the game, especially when looking for the Knights of Pluto and the *clank clank clank* noises, no he is not my favourite character but he is certainly very humorous!!
The best thing about this cosplay is that I don't need to spend any money on wigs because I can just hide my hair in the chainmail! What I find funny [and certainly a lot of other people] is the contrast between my previous sweet little Princess Garnet cosplay and this manly Steiner, oh the laughs!
Cost break down:
£16 - 18 sheets of A3 craft foam
£1.35 - 1m black tulle
£9.98 - 2 Silver spray paint
£6 - 2 large belts
£1.16 - Builder's gloves
£4.50 - 1.5m Grey polycotton
FREE - ?? black polycotton [already had it]
?? - many packets of hot glue sticks...
How I made it:
The armour was entirely made from craft foam and hot glue and nothing else. I started off with the torso armour and basically sealed it by lining up two pieces of craft foam together then pouring hot glue on the back and pressed an additional piece of craft foam on top of the hot glue so that the two pieces of craft foam stick together - obviously this is done on the back! I did this because I didn't want the craft foam to overlap and to make it appear all smooth, this was basically how I made the whole armour apart from the leg and shoulder armour which was overlapped as it is in the reference pictures! The bolts are made from big blobs of hot glue, the quick and cheap way of making bolts, yay!
The helmet was the trickiest object to get right, the general shape of it I could not get accurate so I had to make do. I started off with a cylinder shape for the top then built around it, after it was spraypainted I stuck the feather on hehehehe, the feather cracks me up for some reason!
Elbow armour was a cone shape with trapeziums on top, it was actually really hard to get right and I'm not happy with them at all. They had to do though because I didn't have time to experiment!!
For the shoes I used my bright orange converses as the base. I used maskin tape to cover the areas I didn't want craft foam on because they're supposed to be black mesh. Then I built craft foam onto it to give it the pointy shoe shape I wanted, gosh they're massive and a pain to walk in! This took a while to make as well because of the shape! The flap is just grey polycotton, which decided to lose it's place during the day xD
After making the basic shape of the armour I sealed it with two layers of 100% PVA glue - quite foolish of me because I found out afterwards on a craft foam armour tutorial website that you were supposed to water down the PVA, woopsie. But that meant I didn't have to do 7 layers ohohohohoho. After it was sealed I spray painted it outside, we now have a silver washing line - yay!
Gloves were builders gloves my dad bought from Barretts for me, I then added a cover/extension and spray painted the cream bits silver. Unfortunately the cover/extension didn't stick up because the iron-on interfacing failed me and I lost my medium weight iron on interfacing! Raaaah.
Trousers were basic trousers, made them before so they were easy blah blah blah. Then I made additional chaps to go over them. The belts were hot glued on, yes I am cheap, leave me alone xD;
The giant belt was actually two belts, well 1 1/2. They're hot glued in place at the shoulder armour and at the bottom of each side. I didn't have time to paint the details, Crystal is saaaad!
The "chainmail" is all made from a black polycotton base then black mesh over the top, cheap yet effective! [Unless the mesh decides to fly away, this only really applies to my left shoulder armour because I didn't glue it properly!
I think that's just about it, I don't think I can get into any more detail unless you want to know the area of the armour or something LOL!
Ah yes, and in the future I'll paint on the details for the belts and make the sword and shealth, I really didn't have time though ;_;
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