Final Fantasy VIII

Cosplayer: Manticore Arts

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

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Showcased 16th June 2013

30th January 2012: Cardigan Complete! After staying up with Ralaxcelm, Sketch McDraw, JAuron and Sasashie finishing this cardigan, it's all done!

*Cue FF Victory Fanfare!*

21st January 2012: Praying time! Wired together with Acrylic Thread, the first attempt broke on me, so I'll thread them again but otherwise this is what it would look like on

21st January 2012: Hammertime! So I've made the Hammer Pants using a rather nifty tutorial to do this and now I've just got to add the extra band around his waist and then the pants should be done. However I am contemplating adding an extra top later...hmmm...

21st January 2012: Bitch Basher Skeleton So this is where it all started, and the base without the painting. Apologies, its in reverse order, but when I decided to upload these, I didn't realise 12 photos was the max so I put this photo in a little late

12th January 2012: B*tch Basher being Painted by Raika I believe this is what she's called on CI. AQuietRiot constructed this herself and Raika has painted it fully. Thanks girls!

12th January 2012: Pauldron Painted and at 80% So it only needs the rims painted and then its on to gluing the Strap and thats it!

12th January 2012: Metal Coating! So far it's gone through the metal coating great, but needs to have the rims sorted out though

12th January 2012: Pauldron Caulked! It's got the hard cover so it doesn't flake fast now. and its can withstand a good bashing

12th January 2012: Pauldron Fleshed So now that it's fleshed, its time to do the caulking.

3rd January 2012: More? Pattern for the Hammer Pants complete, just need to sew it up and add the garters to it. Also need to use a specific knot on the robe belt to give the tassels he has.

I'm going to hunt around for Thick prayer beads at some point and buy a wad load of bandages (because many of my Cosplays have bandages >.<) for his arms!

The aptly named "Wifebeater" Oar Polearm has been built just needs painting will show pictures when I get the chance.

27th November 2011: Pauldron Skeleton So whilst at a friend house (whom I stayed with to build Golbez)
I manages to make the skeleton for the Pauldron of Raijin.

It's done now and unused a combo of Zip locks, aluminium wire at 2mm thickness and Gutter Guard to get it done.

The next section is to get the whole thing patch worked in Foam squares, then fill the entire thing over with fibre glass for the finished product.

In the meanwhile I need to get the patterns for the bolero and then hammer-pants (as they've been affectionately called). Sew them up.

I'm almost done with his rope Obi, just need tithe remaining two ends with the rope endings, and the necklace and piercings.

Off to Claire's I go!!

25th November 2011: Materials bought - Ish.. So I bought the fabric for the Hammer Pants and the Dye for the Purple on his Jacket/Bolero so the next bit is to make sure I've bought lining and the beads as I'll custom make that necklace.

And then cracking with that Pauldron

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Zelda - 26th November 2010
Oh wow this is going to be legendary!!!! Can't wait to see =]

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j_mercuryuk - 27th November 2010
Oh, aweomse. Look forward to this

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Numta - 27th November 2010
Bout time someone did Raijin!

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Manticore Arts - 27th November 2010
Lol I actually don't have his build... Yet, But I'm far too short as it is for Wakka but hopefully the get up should compensate for me. It is about time, which is why I made sure I cosplay ONLY the WEIRDEST (and Buffest) of the lot.

Again it Might go tits up, so I have to wait and see.. But thanks guys, gives me all the encouragement I need <3

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GoldieNeko - 28th November 2010
I agree with Numta3 it's about time someone tackled this Character! He twas one of my fav in FFVIII! Can't wait to see the finished product!

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Numta - 1st December 2010
As a Seifer cosplayer myself - i also know a Fujin cosplayer it would be awesome to get a group shot of the Discipline Committee!

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Kitticus - 14th February 2011
Please tell me your still doing this for may. I cant be Fujin without a sidekick!!!

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Manticore Arts - 14th February 2011
I'll be under alot of strain to do it but I'll try. Sunday I'm afraid love...>.< if I am going though..

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Kitticus - 16th February 2011
I'll be doing Fujin on sunday so thats no problem if you do get it done! If not then please do him another time and i will bring Fujin out ^^!

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Nomes - 1st May 2011
Now this I'd like to see.

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BabemRoze - 1st May 2011
This is gonna be awesome, ya know?! xD

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Manticore Arts - 1st May 2011
He'll be one to work on After the Expo guys!

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M.Kesaiyn - 16th July 2011
Looking forward to seeing it!

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Anonymous - 20th November 2011
You are going to suit him SO MUCH!! Can't fucking wait to see!

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Manticore Arts - 20th November 2011
hehe! I think I found my calling! =D

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Nomes - 20th November 2011
Yey you set a date for this! I can't wait to see the finished item. I think you are going to look awesome as Raijin.

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Manticore Arts - 25th November 2011
Mee too! =D Can't Wait!

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Nomes - 3rd January 2012
I can't wait to see progress pics. ^_^ Especially of this weapon which you allude to in your journal.

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Nomes - 6th January 2012
Nice work on the weapon! Looking sleek!

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Pandora-Chi - 6th January 2012
Epic!!! 8D Must see this done!! the weapon looks great ^^

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WarriorTeddy - 8th January 2012
loooool 'The B*tch Basher' now that is the name of an ultima weapon if I ever heard one. It's looking very good ^^

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BabemRoze - 12th January 2012
This is looking amazing! Makes me wanna do Fujin xD

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Manticore Arts - 12th January 2012
Thanks love! Can't wait to get him done! =D

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Anonymous - 13th January 2012
You were born to be Raijin!

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Kitticus - 13th January 2012
This is looking really good can't wait to see it finished!!

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Manticore Arts - 13th January 2012
Oh Shush you guys! Honestly! Thanks again! I can't wait either, Working on the pattern for the Bolero Top now

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Creative-Stitches - 13th January 2012
looking great so far ^^

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Mungojerrie - 15th January 2012
Loving this so far :D Can't wait to see more!

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Manticore Arts - 17th January 2012
Thank you guys! Not long till its completed! =D

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Ino - 17th January 2012
Exemplary work dude! You're gonna be so awesome~~

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M.Kesaiyn - 17th January 2012
Progress is looking great! I don't know when I'll be able to do Fujin just yet, I have other projects on the go, but if I get a bit extra money (if), I'll see what I can do.

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Manticore Arts - 17th January 2012
When You're Fu Comes out, Rai will be Available! =D

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BakaRinoa - 20th January 2012
You make an awesome job!!

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animekid3000 - 21st January 2012
8'D MC HAMMER TROUSERS!! <3 but seriously you are already looking like an awesome Raijin :P

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Kinreal - 21st January 2012

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Manticore Arts - 26th January 2012
Thanks guys! I hope to have it finish on the weekend so I can show some photos =D thanks again guys!

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j_mercuryuk - 30th January 2012
Looking great, look forward to some better shots :D

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WarriorTeddy - 30th January 2012
yay it's complete! Awesome stuff. Don't forget to do the 'Hammer Time' dance XD

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Manticore Arts - 30th January 2012
J_merc: me too I hope since I'll probably use this as the basis for Steampunk Raijin =D thank you

WarriorTeddy: uh-huh! Hammer Time! Thanks dude I will definitely remember that

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Ranma1-2 - 30th January 2012
Cool cosplay dude!

"..you cant touch dis!" :P

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RevolverKitty - 30th January 2012
*god smacked* You look so awesome as him, you've pulled him off so well! Great work :D

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M.Kesaiyn - 30th January 2012
Looking awesome J!

And sure. I'll let you know as and when. :-)

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Manticore Arts - 1st February 2012
Ranma: Dude lol...Thanks! Means a lot coming from you!
RevolverKitty: hahah! Thank you, I try I try! =D
Slim: You do that! Seriously I'll be there in a heartbeat..just...don't get high heels...they hurt and Im 5'7...5'8 in boots..

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Anonymous - 8th February 2012
LOVE. You've done a fantastic job! I knew this would turn out amazing.

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j_mercuryuk - 8th February 2012
Very cool. You've done a great job on this. Look pretty right spot on

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Ranma1-2 - 8th February 2012
Yes very cool cosplay. ^_^

Does the staff weapon fold in and out?

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Manticore Arts - 8th February 2012
Thank you for the comments guys- means a lot =D
Ranma: It's detachable down the middle for transport but it's solid otherwise

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FusionRose - 8th February 2012
You make a good Raijin ya know x.

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Pandora-Chi - 8th February 2012
You make a really amazing Raijin even though he was a struggle for me to take down in FF8 ¬¬ Great cosplay and so looking forward to seeing it! x

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Ranma1-2 - 8th February 2012
"Ranma: It's detachable down the middle for transport but it's solid otherwise"

Aha good thinking for transport. I now understand, the sitting pic has cropped the top section just in the photo. I must spar with ya sometime. ^_^

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Manticore Arts - 8th February 2012
Oh Spar it is Ranma! Spar haven't seen I can spar yet! =D
It is, Hot air gun and plastic work well!

Thanks guys again =D I appreciate the comments! =D A LOT!

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DuskatNight - 9th February 2012
Ahh this looks amazing! You've done a great job!

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Leolarua - 9th February 2012
looks great! ill see you at HJ

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TheSnake - 13th March 2012
Quite Awesome seeing you on stage at Hyper Japan 2012, I have some pics on my site.

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Manticore Arts - 23rd March 2012
Thank you guys! Much appreciated with the comments! Makes me feel like I've done him proud

@Snake I saw! Thank you!

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Kinreal - 16th June 2013
Gratz on the showcase dude! :D

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Peredhil - 16th June 2013
Congrats on the showcase dad! :)

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SnowmanKline - 17th June 2013
DUDE! congratz on the showcase ^_^

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Sephirayne - 17th June 2013
Fantastic costume and congrats on the showcase ^_^

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ArcticWolfCosplay - 17th June 2013
An epic costume, and congrats on the well-deserved showcase bud!!! :)

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Freyarule - 17th June 2013
Awwwyisss showcase moofoooo <3

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Littlegeeky - 17th June 2013
This cosplay is amazing! Congratulations on the showcase hun, you deserve it!

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Alias Cosplay - 17th June 2013
Congrats on the showcase, really well done!

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SamanthaKaiba - 17th June 2013
Congrats on the showcase...well deserved ^_^

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Manticore Arts - 18th June 2013
Thank you so much! *chuffed* I don't know what to say! Thank you for the wonderful comments! you guys are so nice and generous! <3

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Siouxsie James - 18th June 2013
Nice work on this ^^

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Violet Kestral - 18th June 2013
Very well deserved showcase J <3

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FairyPorchQueen - 21st June 2013
thrjiurnjgrn! WELL DONE! THis makes me want to cosplay Fujin

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M.Kesaiyn - 21st June 2013
I know the feeling FairyPorchQueen. I've had Fujin planned for a while and Manticore's Raijin is now really giving me the itch! XD