Zidane Tribal

Cosplayer: sarmander

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

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Showcased 12th February 2012

Ayacon 2011

2nd August 2011: Garnets. I mean, DAGGERS Everything is now finished! WHOOP! I'm going to go and change the stutus to 'complete' as soon as I finish this wee journal entry on the daggers/short swords/flamboyant stabby thingies.
The blade and hilt was cut as one piece out of mounting board which I then built upon using paper mache for the guard and to make the hilt chunkier. Gradiating the colours on the blade was a b*tch and pretty hit-and-miss. Spent many hours waiting for layers to dry. The designs were painted on with puffy 3D pearlescant paint....which had to be done right first time or it'd be buggered up entirely. No pressure, then. >_>;
Finished with fimo bits, beads, wire....stuff and stuff. I like how they came out! Just....please don't inspect them too closely T^T

25th July 2011: 90% DONE So, hair is finally styled..although due to its' choppy nature it hangs differently each time I wear it, so it's going to take me a long time to get it set correctly actually on the day. =/ Still!

Tail also complete! I've sewn a piece of plastic into the inner backside of my trousers so that when the tail is stitched onto it, it stays rigid and doesn't pull the trousers down! The tail is also wired so it is poseable AS WELL as swingy! I'm gonna have fun shakin' my butt around....Zidane approves also! X3

All that's left is the daggers, and I'm on it!

20th July 2011: Mop (photo is darker than irl) Wig in progress. Had to cut off a load of the length around the sides then made them into wefts to then sew back In to the wig around the face where it was too short. XD;; Gah.
Copious amounts of pva used for spiking and texture.
Shame it looks better on the wig head than it does on me, though....T^T

17th July 2011: Tales of....tails Tail is finished. Here you can see several rejects, also.
See, I'm fussy. Since I couldn't find the exact fur that I really wanted, I bought some bog-standard cream 'fun fur' fabric, cut it into lengths and took to each of them with a spray bottle full of ink mixes and a sponge. XD

Took many atempts to get the colour that I wanted and the gradiation but found it in the end. I'm pretty pleased with the finished effect, although it doesn't show very well in the photo. It actually looks like I've butchered a lion. o_0

7th July 2011: Wiggles I've finally hit upon a wig that I actually like. X_X Ugh. Blonde shades are the HARDEST colours to get right, don't you think? I've ended up spending a fair bit of cash on wigs that aren't suitable, dammit. Anyway, this mop is actually GORGEOUS; so thick and silky and HEAT STYLABLE WHOOT, I'm almost dreading cutting it. XD BUT IT MUST BE DONE!

30th June 2011: Getting there gradually Well, I say gradually but I'm suprised at myself how prolificly (is that a word? XD; ) I've been working recently. o_0 Stress from work seems to do funny things to me; makes me want to go and get stressed over other things instead, it seems. Anyway, in the limited time I have between jobs and sleep I've gotten all the beltage finished. Whoot~

I have discovered a problem, though. Zidane will not easilly be able to sit, crouch, or generally move around in any stealthy thief-like way. *shakes fist*

11th June 2011: Main body of outfit complete~ Waistcoat done, just needs fastenings to hold the front togethor. Cravat and clasp; done. Beads. LOTS of beads. Done and done. Cuffs, done. Gloves, complete. Trousers, complete-o.
Starting on the boots (Building up from a pair of shoes) and the many belts (working with a mix of pleather and vinyl), then onto...well. Everything else. o_0
Please excuse my fat, derpy face in this picture.

26th April 2011: Stoof Cuffs complete, not quite the shade of blue I had hoped but I'll work with it. Now working on the armourment on the gloves. Armourment...is that a word? The uh...gauntlet things...metal plates...stuff. o_0;;
PSSH like Zidane knows what he's wearing. It just LOOKS cool, okay? X3

(oh and little dangly winged-egg thingy to attach to...lord knows where, I'll have to check back on the ref. pictures XD;; )

22nd April 2011: Waistcoat complete~ And about bloody time, too. I had a feeling that it would be the trickiest part of the outfit from the outset. Just sewing the edging on took me a whole day! And why? Because I'm a rubbish seamstress but I still push myself to try to recreate semi-decent items of clothing. I R glutton for punishment.

Anway, it looks a bit squiffy and mishapen on the manequin, but that's because the manequin is squiffy and mishapen. XD Or, rather, I am squiffy and mishapen and the manequin won't adjust to my exact measurements, so....ahem. Anyway. it fits well on me, at least! ^_^;;

Working on the leatherwork stuff now. Much more fun!

17th April 2011: Never again will I use this crap Okay, I knew there was a reason why I've always avoided working with this kind of fabric, other than for the fact that I just hate the way it looks.

CRUSHED VELVET IS A BITCH TO WORK WITH. REALLY. I've torn out so much hair I'll need to wear wigs when I'm NOT in cosplay. >__<
Unfortunately i HAD to pick this fabric because it was the only way I could get the exact colour I need for the waistcoat.
After much gnashing of teeth I had a sudden brainwave; use the reverse side of the fabric instead! (Duuuur X_X) This cured a lot of problems AND means I don't have to have a horrible veloooooour-looking waistcoat.
*shakes head* Go me.

(On a plus note, I have super sexy lining. X3 It's LURVELY material, shines like Magpie feathers! Shame no-one will see it....)

17th April 2011: ...oops. Okay, so I felt like I was getting close to finishing the waistcoat when *insert dramatic DUN DUN DUUUUN here* I realised I'd ballsed up big-time. XD;; Really, embarrasingly so.
See picture for reference.
Now I'm a lazy sod, so instead of starting again from scratch (because I'd have to go right back to square one by re-drawing a new pattern then start work again on that aaaaaaawful fabric)I'm going to bodge it. You'll never know there was ever a problem by the time I'll have it finished!! ^___^
....Except I just told you.


*whistles* >3>

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Anonymous - 29th December 2009
Seriously looking forward to this~ You shall do awesomely!

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Anonymous - 29th December 2009
lookin forward to zidane as kuja i shall hav to hug and glomp u

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Sephirayne - 28th March 2010
Woot! This will be awesome. Can't wait to see.

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KuroStylr - 4th May 2010
huzzah for in progress my dear brother!

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J-Po - 26th April 2011
wow that detail :D

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Ino - 26th April 2011
HOLY COW *___*

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- - 26th April 2011
This is looking amazing so far. Looove the detail

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FusionRose - 26th April 2011
This is pretty damn epic! Can't wait to see it complete x.

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Anonymous - 26th April 2011
Aaah, looking so amazing! @___@ <3

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PapercutPerfect - 26th April 2011
This is looking beautiful! Can't wait to see more!

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Numta - 26th April 2011
top looks amazing!

Can't wait to see the rest!

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FuriePhoenix - 26th April 2011
top looks incredible!!

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CrystalNeko - 26th April 2011
Oh man that top looks perfect!! Fantastic progress :)

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sarmander - 29th April 2011
Gosh, thanks so much everyone~! =O_O= I just hope I'll be able to pull it all off in the end.

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PixiePopNixie - 11th June 2011
It's looking amazing so far!!!!

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M.Kesaiyn - 7th July 2011
This is looking really good. Even though this is the Dissida version (which is much the same costume), finding you as Beatrix might be fun depending on what day(s) you're wearing him. It'll be the Saturday for Beatrix providing I get her finished in time.

Great work!

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sarmander - 15th July 2011
Ah, thanks so much! Ooh, as luck would have it I'll be wearing him on Saturday, too. Yay! I really hope we run into eachother~

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j_mercuryuk - 17th July 2011
Amazing progress on this

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CrystalNeko - 17th July 2011
Have to say I love that manbag :'D
Progress is looking awesome! Hope to snap up lots of pictures of you~

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LittleRecordGirl - 18th July 2011
Your progress shots are freakin' fantastic!

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Natsumi - 26th July 2011
Awesome dudette awesome. *__* The tail looks so cool, it's like an actual PART of you. :o

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Natsumi - 2nd August 2011
Whoa the weapons rock! What kind of paint did you use? :o awesomes

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sarmander - 2nd August 2011
Hehe thankyou me dearie! =3
It's just plain ol' acrylic for the most part. Just have to hope it doesn't rain. Well, I guess we'd be praying for that, anyway. XD;;

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Ino - 2nd August 2011
Ahh yaaaaaaay completo~! :D :D

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Eloraborealis - 2nd August 2011
Looks absolutely amazing, the weapons are incredible!

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Chibi - 9th August 2011
Looks pure awesome as always!
You really suit the character too, spot on!

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Lady Bahamut - 24th August 2011
Oh you cheeky monkey boy ;D You look really great as Zidane! Awesome job :D

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Natsumi - 24th August 2011
Squee. You were awesome as Zidane. <3

This was so much fun ; u ; I want to do it all over again!!

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sarmander - 24th August 2011
Natsumi, you were the prettiest Terra EVER! (Which really contributes to getting in character as Zidane XD) We are SO doing this again. For sure!

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birds-hate-flying - 5th September 2011
I think you nailed this character design, both visually and in communicating his mannerisms(-the latter particularly in the 'airship' picture with Natsumi/Terra). Construction of the, well, everything is very impressive. I particularly like the waistcoat and the colour gradient on the daggers.

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Raye-chan - 5th November 2011
I loved your Zidane :) your pictures suit him so well!

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Lady Bahamut - 16th November 2011
You suit Zidane so well it's just stupid XD Love the new photos! <3

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Shenny - 12th February 2012
Congrats on the showcase hun! ♥

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Sephirayne - 12th February 2012
Brilliant Zidane and congrats on the showcase

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SamanthaKaiba - 13th February 2012
congrats on the showcase...you look amazing

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Manticore Arts - 14th February 2012
Oh Wow! Congratulations! and yes well done to your Zidane

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sarmander - 15th February 2012
T_T Thanks so much, guys!

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Leolarua - 15th February 2012
congratz on the showcase! lovely costum

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KiraraYumi - 15th February 2012
Amazingly perfect, everything looks awesome and I love the photos! 8D Congrats!

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sarmander - 23rd February 2012
Thankyou so much~!!

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HarryKurt - 6th March 2013
This is flawless! You're a perfect Zidane! Love the details and the tail looks great. :)

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Captain_Marvelous - 7th March 2013
How did I not see this!? its perfect! love love love it!

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Chibi - 27th May 2013
I still love this so much, you make an amazing Zidane! <3 also I would KILL for the amount of awesome facial expressions you can do in all your photos (I have 2: smile or no smile XD)