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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.

WRONG.

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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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…

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:iconnyuuufanservicexdddd:
nice!
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:iconsaiyora-saga:
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.
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Yuuri-K Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
oooo it looks nice :la:
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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!
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:icontangomik3:
TangoMIK3 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
your as crafty as ever great job!!!
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:icontheladysasha:
TheLadySasha Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks fantastic!!
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Saiyora-Saga Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks! I'm pretty excited about it!
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