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Soul Calibur IV, Siegfried Schtauffen cosplay

*** edit - New version uploaded ***

More crystal Siegfried shots! I apologize in advance for the upcoming Siegfried spam.
I love this costume and photoshoot and suffered too much in the making and shooting of this character to not show it off a little bit more. So please bare with me! :)

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I made and wore this costume as a Wildcard Finalist to the Grand Final of Madman National Cosplay Championship in Brisbane 2010 and won the championship~!!!

My performance, stage setup, and interview can be viewed here: [link]

Yeargh~ :XD:

Costume was made and modelled by:
:iconamenokitarou:
Photography by:
:iconfiathriel:
Lighting and Umbrella assistant:
:iconluthien-ikari:

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About the Shoot

This was the most AMAZING/patience-testing shoots I have ever done, and incredibly the most precise.

The shoot was done at a really magical looking fountain just across the road from my beloved St Mary's Cathedral where Noctis was shot, on a day with very inconsistent weather.

The day was looking good, but Siegfried somehow summons storms... from past experiences, and this time was no different and a rainstorm poured down on us.

Thanks to *fiathriel and ~Luthien-Ikari's skill and diligence, and also the downpouring rain, we got some really cinematic and dramatic shots that resembled my stage set up for the Madman finals.

I also got squirted in the face by those fountain streams alot...:|

I have never been this satisfied!
All the images in my head were turned into reality. This is why I love cosplay.

Much thanks to all involved!

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About the costume:

Base armour: The chest plate and leg armour were first modeled out of cardboard, covered with alunimium foil, then covered with a few layers of fibre glass once the shape was right. After the fibreglass set, imperfections were covered with putty and sanded until smooth.
All other parts of base armour were made from sheets semi-expanded PVC plastic, which were cut to size by hand with a scalpel, then heated into shape.

The paint job was done by preparing the surface with Slate Grey spray paint, then followed by one layer of cheap silver spray paint, and finally one layer of Super Chrome.

The silver is then weathered by dry brushing and scratching black acrylic paint onto desired areas to give an extra realistic touch.

Crystal Armour: This part caused me so much death... All transparent parts were patterned out of cardboard before the shaped were transferred onto sheets and sheets of 3mm perspex. All parts were then cut out by a rotary tool equipped with a cutting disc.
All edges are polished by hand with fine sand paper and a blow torch.

The crystal effect was done by applying individual strands of ripped up fibreglass fibres onto the surface of the perspex with clear casting resin.
The strands were placed onto the armour one by one for a desired pattern and finish and they were soaked with resin at different levels in each part of the armour to make sure the behaviour of light is consistent throughout the costume.

This armour changes colour!
First I add a blue tinge to the crystal by lightly spraying Tamiya Translucent Blue spray paint onto all the transparent surfaces, varying the spray distance depending on the part.

To achieve the changing colour, I add an extra layer of Tamiya Translucent Chrome spray paint, which reflects all oncoming light and makes the crystal lose all transparency in certain settings.

It is finished off with another layer of clear resin to seal in the colour and give extra gloss.

Weapon: This crystal sword is made from one giant piece of 20mm perspex, and several pieces of 10mm perspex. The main 20mm piece was painstakingly cut out with a metal cutting blade, while the little shards were done with a laser cutter by :iconathira80:

For more info about the perspex suppliers, visit www.blazze.com.au

Desired edges were taken off by a power router, and then sanded and polished by hand once again with a blow torch and some sand paper.

Crystal patterns were then added, again, with fibreglass strands and clear resin.

The orb is a christmas ball lol~ Inside it is a motion activated blue light that is suspended by a thin silver thread. The sword will light up when I move the sword~!! :D It is so fun to play with!

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Many many special thanks go out to:

:icontsubaki-chan: :iconwakaleo: :iconstormwarden83: :iconzuzumoo: :iconmint-ice-tea: :iconmisazophia: :iconyiji: :iconkurai-kishi: :iconmiyukiko: :iconclamwings: :iconjkale: :iconrinoa-lewis: :iconlittlestarfish: :iconsleepypanda: :iconamyleeyummy: :iconk-chan009: :iconcescat: :iconslykura: :iconblackmage9:
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:iconyumiko11:
yumiko11 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
this pic is so epic
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dancewaterdance98 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
SO EPIC!! IS THIS A REAL SHOT?.....WHERE DID U GUYS SHOT?..
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You can see the location if you read the description.
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:icondancewaterdance98:
dancewaterdance98 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
OH, OKAY...THANKZ
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:icondancewaterdance98:
dancewaterdance98 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
SO EPIC!! IS THIS A REAL SHOT?....WHERE DID U GUYS SHOT
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. Yes it is a real shot
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:icondancewaterdance98:
dancewaterdance98 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
THATS SO KOOL
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:iconyamane:
Yamane Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Damn this is so insane and amazing O_O Everything about this shot is just stunning and perfect!!
I'm at loss for words xD
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just like all the photos from this shoot lol.
All praises to *fiathriel and :iconluthien-ikari:
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:iconarlo-arleh:
arlo-arleh Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
MMMMM NICE, BERY BERY NICE-U *eats your face*
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL of all places to eat... my FACE? XD
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:iconyuuri-c:
Yuuri-C Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Amazing shot and plus amazing craftsmanship on this costume!~
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I'm so fond of this costume.
Lots of credit to *fiathriel :)
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:iconyuuri-c:
Yuuri-C Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
No problem, and of course thanks to the photographer:)
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:iconskull-bunneh:
Skull-Bunneh Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your manry-ness is overflowing! :icondesireyouplz:
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconohseriousplz:
I only hope I can make that face!!!!
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:iconramimentas:
ramimentas Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
*hump hump*

...*humphumphumphumphumphumphump*
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O_______________________O

*impales*
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:iconramimentas:
ramimentas Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
*humphumphumphumphumpBLERGHHHhumphumphump*
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:iconsuperninjaduck:
SuperNinjaDuck Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Can i just say this is extremely beautiful in manly way!
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha sure! Thanks very much.
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:iconavalonswinter:
AvalonsWinter Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A-freaking-mazing!
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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:icongone-wrong:
Gone-Wrong Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
This photo is stunning Will!
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!! All credit to Rachel's photography.
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:iconfiathriel:
fiathriel Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Ewww...holy sharpness Batman, did I give it to you this sharp? I'll redo it and tone it down if you want to reup it
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes please!!
I think that's my fault. I usually give all my photos a sharpen because DevArt always seems to crush my photos a little. But I recently changed to an older monitor and I'm not used to it... So overdid it oops 0_o

If you could do one up for that that would be great!
I'll note you.
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:iconfiathriel:
fiathriel Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Fixed :)
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:iconaustralianmax:
australianmax Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
See, even the biggest plans can't account for nature being awesome. And this piece. I can see why you loved it so much. It's incredible.
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeh. For some reason, every time I tried to have a photoshoot for this costume, it rains. This time was like torrential storm!!! Haha.
But this makes the end result so much more worth it!
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:iconaustralianmax:
australianmax Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
As we can so clearly see.
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:iconcalssara:
Calssara Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
GAO, the best <3<3<3!!!!
still my favo costume from you XD;;;;
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
<3 <3 <3 Thank youu~~
It is still one of my proudest creations >w<
I want to wear it again lol but it is in pieces ;__;
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Calssara Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh it would be so awesome when you could fix it later.
But first WCS costumes GOOOOO >o<!!!!
simon <3
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh Simon!!! Such a simple looking costume making me spend SO MUCH MONEY lol
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:iconendspire:
endspire Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
OH WOW. This is one of your best cosplays!!! Ever.
I really love the effect of the water and the lighting. Do you mind me asking what's making that red/ orange light reflected in the water! Because it looks AMAZING. :D
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:iconfiathriel:
fiathriel Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
The red/orange light was from a street lamp behind us camera left :)
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw thanks! I'm so VERY proud of myself for making Siegfried. He was my dream cosplay for quite a while!!
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EntityLvr Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
O.O ....totally...awesome....*has already commented on the YouTube thing* damn this is so fucking cool!!!!!!
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much ^^
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death6669 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i approve, this is awesome~
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much
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:icondeath6669:
death6669 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this armore makes me happy, did you make it?
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
All of it. Please read descriptions :) I spent a long time writing it out.
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:icondeath6669:
death6669 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry, I guess I just got excited and wanted to instantly comment
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's okay! Thanks so much. I'm happy you like it.
If there's stuff I didn't cover in the description please feel free to ask!! :)
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death6669 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no questions, just astonishment! just looking and reading the work that went into it, wow! I'd love to do something like that for my dress up times :3
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much.
It's very accomplishing. I hope you try it some time too :)
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TheLupin Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh woao!
This picture is really incredible - the hole setting and lighting really makes the cosplay stand out so wonderfully!
:heart:o:heart:
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!!! *fiathriel did such a nice shoot for me!
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