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
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
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:
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.
WELL THAT DID THE TRICK.
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: entropyhouse.com/penwiper/cost…