Zidane Tribal (Pluto Knight disguise)
Pluto Knight disguise
Final Fantasy IX
Last Updated: 11-29-2011
When I found out my friend [Rubedo] was planning to come to Youmacon, we decided we would make the costumes we talked about doing if we ever got to cosplay together - Zidane and Blank in the Pluto Knight disguise! We ended up hating ourselves for it, as we'd never made armor before, but when all was said and done, we had a BLAST wearing these costumes!
The bulk of this was made within about 48 hours of when we actually put them on, so a lot of it was rushed and it shows. There were some things we didn't have time to do, like "weather" the armor, but at least we got pretty much everything else done in time.
Wig - Same wig as my regular Zidane
Under shirt - Just a beige turtle neck I got from Goodwill. I cut off and hemmed the sleeves to be the right length. We tried to make this costume as cheap and easy as we could, haha.
Chest armor - Made of craft foam. We probably should have gone with something thicker. The foam was too flimsy to even heat form. Our biggest issue was that the chest plates are one big piece, so the areas around the arms needed darting that we couldn't really do without it showing. The pieces are attached with velcro hidden underneath, and lots of hot glue, haha, oh god. Then the fur was glued to the top of the chest armor.
Pants - The pants were bought from Goodwill. I cut off the pants at the knees and re-attached the little extension, made with remnants from the parts I cut off. We weren't really sure what to do about the color of the pants. In the references, it looks obviously darker. This could be interpreted as simple shading, but we thought the pants would just look too plain and strange without something going on, so we decided to gradient dye the knees and the side seams. We also figured that dying the pants in the same dye would help our pants look uniformal. [Rubedo] was in charge of the actual dying, so thank you dear!
Gauntlets - Made with a layer of black craft foam underneath, then a layer of mesh fabric for the "chainmail", then the silver pieces glued on top (also craft foam). Pretty simple.
Sword/sheath/belt - Oh boy. We had to figure out some way we could get the sheath to stay in place on our backs without it weighing down/pulling on the weak craft foam armor. So, we made harnesses out of elastic, which we sewed to our belts, which our sheaths were permanently attached to. Then, we cut a small hole in the back of our armor, under where the belt would be, and slipped the elastic harness through. That way, the harness would hold all the weight of the sword and the hole would be hidden by the belt. Also, this kept the belt from sliding around. The sword was made with layers of foamboard. Nothing fancy.
Boots - Just a pair of boots bought from Goodwill and painted with Angelus Leather Paint (in "English Tan"). The paint was used on our belts too. [Rubedo] and I had to make our costumes match so the paint helped out a lot!
Gloves - Just a pair of work gloves bought from Lowe's.
Shields - This was more of a last-minute desperation thing, but I found some foam shields at Joanns one day and decided to use them as a base. I cut them to the right size, then covered the top with a thin layer of craft foam (the original shield had a "wood" texture I needed to cover), then added the details with more craft foam. I wanted to build the middle emblem with paperclay, but when I tried, the paperclay and I just were not getting along, and since time was running short, I scrapped the paperclay and just added the details in foam.
I think that is pretty much all of it. The costume was pretty fail, but it was a lot of fun to run around in! It was interesting to see how many people actually recognized us in these obscure costumes. People usually did a double take and said, "Oh wow, I remember that part! That's awesome!" haha. It was very rewarding. :)
Oh yeah! I also made the oglop plushies you see in some photos. :) I made them for [Rubedo]'s costume since Blank hides them in his armor. I thought it would be a fun little touch.
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