Work on these costumes started in 2008 (I think?) and they kept getting put off for future cons since we couldn’t find one that all three of us were attending. We finally finished the costumes in 2010 for Katsucon – and we re-made everything on them in the time in between. Our original armor was too heavy, the original fur we thought was too long, so we got new fur, which was too shiny, then we went back to the first fur, made new armor, blah blah etc etc. In the end the only things that stayed the same were our wigs (yes, I know the Yuna wig isn’t all flippy like it ought to be…) and the claws on the paws and feet. Everything else was re-made. There is so much on these costumes! It didn’t seem like so much until we started running out of time to complete them.
I feel like I should also mention that all of this fur started out white, and I dyed and added spots to it – it really doesn’t look like that much fur, but after dying, brushing, and adding spots to all of it – I feel like maybe I never want to look at fur again.
The first time we made our armor out of an air dry clay (I don’t recall the name) and it weighed sort of a lot… so when we re made it all (yeah, because that was fun) we made it out of paperclay. Paperclay is such an amazing invention, I love it. I did not really love gearing up in full winter gear to sit outside and sand it in the middle of winter, but we all do crazy things for cosplay, right?
Well, in any case these costumes were so much fun to wear as a group and held up really well for how frequently we walked into each other/walls in them.
Click here for progress photos of these costumes!