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FFXIII-2 Lightning ~*The Chest Armor*~

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 7, 2012, 5:54 PM
  • Mood: I Have To Pee
  • Listening to: Final Fantasy XIII-2 OST
  • Watching: My XNALara screen...
  • Playing: Final Fantasy XIII-2
  • Drinking: H20

On today's update of Lightning progress, I would like to share with you a couple of DO's and DON'TS for this armor.

I would also like to direct your attention to :iconyuuri-c: who has started writing her own helpful tutorial on Lightning's Valkyrie Armor. Her work is really stunning and I highly recommend the tips and tricks she provides.

And for those of you wanting to cosplay Serah from FFXIII-2, yuurisan's twin :iconyuuri-k: has also written a great tutorial. CHECK THESE OUT. YOU WON'T REGRET IT.

Anyway, yesterday I began work on the front chest piece for Lightning, and let me just say, it was a bit of a learning experience. I knew what I was getting into but I didn't know how to go about some things a certain way. It's kind of that thing... "Hey, I think this will work great this way." But it really doesn't go exactly how you envisioned it. This is one of the ways:

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As you can see in the image above, I assumed that wiring would be best to make the ribbed curves at the bottom of the chest plate. I was thinking I would be able to slice into the top of that to give it an angled look.


It created a bony texture, something that looked nothing like Lightning's sleek geometric design at the base of the torso armor. This first version also had a problem with bending to the right shape.

After a disheartened night, I went to work the next day (today) and thought it out more in my head. I eventually decided the best way was to dissect the areas and then glue them back together to get an angular look.

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The image is a little squished here, but it came out BEAUTIFULLY. It's very geometric at the base, and with the help of my loving fiance I was able to get this piece done. All that's left is to make some minor adjustments here and there and then modge podge the hell out of it, make a fabric base backing to hold it all together and I'll be set.

For those curious about the armor tutorial:…

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Saiyora-Saga Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks! Im hoping to get some serious work time in on it... so busy so busy.
Yuuri-K Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
oooo it looks nice :la:
Yuuri-C Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
It looks awesome!~
And hm interesting the wiring didn't work so well, glad you got it fixed!
TangoMIK3 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
your as crafty as ever great job!!!
TheLadySasha Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks fantastic!!
Saiyora-Saga Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks! I'm pretty excited about it!
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February 7, 2012


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