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Final Fantasy X - Brotherhood by AmenoKitarou Final Fantasy X - Brotherhood by AmenoKitarou
Final Fantasy X, Tidus' Brotherhood

Weapon Making + minor photo edit :iconamenokitarou:
Photography: :iconblurmage:

This is the preview to the epic and suicidally cold Final Fantasy X shoot that happened after SMASH 2010


I made this prop for the remake of my Tidus costume, as a celebration to my 2nd anniversary of costume making.

Hopefully I have improved over the years...


About the Weapon
As a step up from 2 years ago when I made this out of wood and relied on a good paint job, this time I decided to challenge myself to go all the way and create a translucent version so I can play with the light.

First I carved 2 casts from a plank of 12mm pine wood, then covered the surface with aluminium foil.
Then I applied a mixture of fibreglass cloth and loose fibreglass strands to achieve the icy pattern effect.
Then I used clear casting/embedding resin on the fibreglass. The name of the resin is kind of self explanatory, but it ensures that the sword sets clear.

After 2 days of painful fibreglassing and resin-ing and waiting for things to set...I was able to detail the sword with sculpey oven dry clay.
I actually decided to buy all the accurate colours of clay and make each detail one after another as they are added onto each other.
Finally, it was finished with Tamiya clear blue spray paint, (oh the gift of god), wrap the handle in traditional Japanese style, and tie the red material to the tip.

Weapon was completed in 4 days.
Overall cost of materials: $240
This is my first ever full fibreglass weapon and I'm quite...extremely proud of how it turned out.

I hope you like it too :)



Final Fantasy X collection
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:icondonatello16:
Donatello16 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017  Student Digital Artist
OMG! I want that sword so bad!
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:iconteadus:
Teadus Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016
That's beautiful!
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:iconlisasparda716:
LisaSparda716 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
Phenomenal!X3
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:iconwhitemagerinny:
WhiteMageRinny Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so awesome! do you have any tips or advice on making it? 
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:iconwhitemagerinny:
WhiteMageRinny Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Umm, do you have a pattern for it, and what did you make it out of?
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmmm I'm not sure WHAT tip to give haha.
I did this one in quite a rush so I'm not perfectly happy with it either.
But I'm happy to answer any specific questions you have in mind :)
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:iconhaven-chan:
Haven-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh my goodness your prop is so beautifully made! Its as if you can see through it! With the effect it has visually how did you create it without the wood being seen within the blade?
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a fibreglass and resin blade.
There's no wood. :)
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:iconshuyin44:
shuyin44 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Wouldn't mind commissioning one of these bad boys myself
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:iconxiiikurokineko:
XIIIKurokiNeko Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
would you happen to be able to take a commission on another one or sell this one by any chance
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:iconguarganramb:
GuarganRamb Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
One of my favorite weapon designs of Final Fantasy. Very beautiful!
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!
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:iconalonzoamadeuswarlow:
AlonzoAmadeusWarlow Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Holy crap it is beautiful. I wish i had the talent and money to make that!
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much
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:iconradlayabean:
RADLAYABEAN Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Amazing would love to buy this
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:iconj-jocosplay:
J-JoCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Amazing blade, definitely the best out there of all time. That texture, so gorgeous! Fiberglass will just keep the texture when applied? Cause I've seen other people who used fiberglass but it is smooth, but also opaque so maybe you just can't see it? But yeah, fantastic job!
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It really depends on how the resin is put on, and what kind of fiberglass you use. :)
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:iconamb00p:
Amb00p Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Would you be willing to make another and sell it? o:
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Unfortunately it's too expensive to make and I have already thrown away the mould!!! :(
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:iconehhynes:
ehhynes Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
this is absolutely beautiful! one of my favorite swords in all of gaming
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
me too!!! Thanks
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:iconprincessfroggy:
PrincessFroggy Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Love it!!!!! <3 <3 <3
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:icondarkiceaven:
DarkIceaven Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is epic.
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanksss :)
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:icon2195razielim:
2195Razielim Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:love:
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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:iconkenji1801:
Kenji1801 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
F**king brilliant!
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconauronlu:
auronlu Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy squee. It just... it looks real, like frozen water. It looks transparent. Amazing work.
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
haha :)
Thanks so much! I'm very glad to see you like it.
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:iconaquastick102:
Aquastick102 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's...it's so beautiful. ;_;

Nice to see that someone actually made a good replica of Brotherhood. The blade texture is really hard to get right, since it's literally a sword made of water. Not to mention that hilt shaped like a dragon's head. That was the hardest part for me to draw.

Now find a way to make bubbles come out of it and it'll be perfect. :P
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha! I'll tie a bubble machine to it maybe?
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:iconheavenlyeclipse:
HeavenlyEclipse Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Use pieces of bubble wrap bubbles? XD
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:iconaquastick102:
Aquastick102 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Killer bubbles. >=3
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:iconmeeche-max:
Meeche-Max Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW Finally someone did this sword right! great job!
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!! I'm quite proud of it :)
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:icongnohz:
gnohz Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Photographer
This is too awesome for words! :wow:
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much
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:icongnohz:
gnohz Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
You are most welcome of course! I'm still amazed by its glow :D
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:icon2195razielim:
2195Razielim Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:love:
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you
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:iconlifesii:
LiFeSII Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Awsome :D
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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SummerWish94 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
asjfkjahdfkjasdhf HOW IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE

This is amazing! Making it must have been quite the challenge, huh? I wish I had it. The one I have is just a regular wood one. ;^;
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks man. I'm glad it turned out so nicely.

I think most people would have a wooden one. But wooden one's can be really nice!
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Awaken-My-Dear Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Amazing!!! :) Wish I was this talented!
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw thanks! I'm very flattered.
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:iconasianaphrodite:
asianaphrodite Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's freakin' amazing. It has that awesome glowy effect... I hate working with fibreglass personally, so many kudos to you for creating such epicness! :)
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I'm pretty proud of it!
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AwesomeDoogster Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing! You guys were awesome! I'm actually in the process of starting my first attempt at his sword since I'll (hopefully) be cosplaying Tidus at Fanime 2012.

How wide is your Brotherhood? Me and a friend were trying to figure out how wide it should be...but we couldn't officially decide! XD And since yours looks AMAZING, I figured I'd ask you! XD
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