2014 Nightingale Armour cosplay (The Elder Scrolls Skyrim)

I have had a lot of views on this page and felt bad for everyone checking it for completed costumes so I decided to post some pictures of my Nightingale cosplay from last year.

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I was so happy with this cosplay and loved wearing it at Armageddon Expo 2014.

This was made from faux leather which was used for everything except the cape with was some sort of cotton blend. The faux leather was originally brown because Spotlight don’t stock black faux lather (Why?)  so it was dyed black with shoe polish. Which worked brilliantly I might add.

Because this costume won’t be apart of my portfolio I will not be posting about it any further. If anyone has any questions about this costume I’m more than happy to answer through comments or via email (niveraswings@gmail.com)

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Dark Brotherhood Armour Progress: Part 1

This weekend I started on my Dark Brotherhood Armour from the Elder Scrolls Skyrim, because constantly working on my Dragon Scale cosplay was becoming too tedious and repetitive so I took a break.

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Poor references photos are the anthem to my cosplay making schedule. I do have ones that are a much better quality but these worked best for what I was working on at the time.

To simplify the design I decided to make it into a bodysuit. Using this bodysuit pattern by the lovely Yaya Han. I also printed off the outline of the pattern that showed front and back of the design and then drew on my own design over top as well as noting which pattern piece went where. I drew the Armour from the game as best I could and this was the result.


After much debating on how I was going to attach the red bits (Yes I don’t know what else to call them okay) to the main black bodysuit, so I decided to attach the red where ever it would connect with a seam and then hem it and sew it on directly everywhere else. This meant I added a 1cm seam allowance to all the patterns I made in red. I followed the pattern but made sure before I sewed seams together that the red bits were in the right place so they could be attached at the seam. In other words I gave up after a while because I thought everything was ridiculously complicated. I came back from my rage fueled lunch break and continued with my work to find what I was doing would work. After a few hours it looked like this.

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The lighting is awful in these photos and doesn’t do the red justice. Some parts of the costume are sewn together at this point, the pins are what’s making it look strange in places. I’m really happy with it so far and do think it will take that long to complete based on how much I have gotten done in just two days. I’m hoping to have the Blade of Woe (weapon from the game that’s often paired with this armour set) made to go with it which means I have decided for the best not to go all out and make two Daedric swords and just the one… if I can get it made in time. More updates on my props later.

That’s all for this costume for now more updates this weekend. I’ve gotten it into my head that I want this completed before I start on my Dragon Scale cosplay again so we’ll see how that goes.

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Dragon Scale Armour Progress: Part 3

Last Friday marked the start of prelim exams which gave me a lovely week-long break in between my 3 exams. So being the best student taking her level 2’s she can possibly be I decided to work on my Dragon Scale Armour cosplay!


As I’m sure you can tell by the state of the table I work on I have gotten quite a lot of work done.

After making all of the piece’s to the main armour set of my cosplay I coated everything in two layers of wood glue to seal the foam and prevent cracking when paint is applied. I then spray painted everything MAT Black because it will be easier to apply the paint to a block colour. This was really fun to do!

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It only took an hour for the paint to dry which meant I could start painting the base colors. I tried mixing the paint to get to the closest color but failed miserably because I didn’t have a creme or light brown paint so I ended up just making it a light grey in color for the first coat. I don’t mind as I’m going to be going over that layer another 2 or 3 times to get the right color.


This was the result after the first layer of paint without any paint on the ‘metal details’ which are seen here in black which is still the spray paint.

I then took a break from painting and decided to start on the gauntlets which I had made a pattern for but lost somewhere when having a clean up (Oops). So the whole thing was made in about 4 hours from scratch. There are 4 parts to each gauntlet and they are layered on top of each other. Each part was made of two layers of foam glued together with a third layer which was the ‘metal detail’ I always talk about (this makes it raised and more realistic).


Here is what the gauntlet looked like unpainted. After making both gauntlets I went onto making the shoulder armour. I patterned the shape out on my dressform which I then cut out of think (1cm) foam and the molded it into the shape of my shoulder so it would sit with some realistic shape. I then made the spikes that sit on it from tinfoil and DAS clay. I shaped tinfoil into the spike sizes I wanted and then covered them with the clay. When they dried I used sandpaper to smooth them out. I’m not going to go into full detail about how I made the shoulder piece because I honestly just threw it together and I haven’t made the second one yet and have no idea how that will turn out.


The shoulder piece is seen on the right and is for my right shoulder, there are still spikes that I need to glue on but I’ve given up on it for now. On the left is on of the gauntlets that have been spray painted black.

I have also done some more painting this evening on the breast-plate and I think I have got the right color for the raised metal detail. I just need to get the main breastplate color right and then I can make it wearable which is something I have been looking forward to for months.


And that’s all to report ! I’m defiantly making it my aim to have breast-plate wearable this weekend. Other than that I only have the gorget and boot covers to start making now, plus paint them and I should be all finished.

Hopefully I can start making my Dark Brotherhood cosplay as soon as this is finished because I desperately want to wear that to the con too. I’ll be updating on that later.

I hope this was enjoyable to read and I am open to any questions about my costumes.

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Fabric/Craft Haul

This weekend I went to spotlight in Nelson to buy fabrics for my upcoming costume and craft supplies to help me make it. Needless to say I was very excited.


I bought 2 meters of black Spandex “Dance wear” fabric and 1.5 meters of a dark red Cotton (Blend of something) which is stretchy. This material is for my Dark Brotherhood cosplay from the game… You guessed it The Elder Scrolls Skyrim (I will stop making cosplays from this series eventually I promise) The armour looks like this~

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Its another one of my favorite sets and I just had to make it for this upcoming convention. I decided that soft fabrics would be better than using faux leather despite someone (You know who you are) trying to convince me to use just that, because it would be a lot more comfortable to wear and I would have a lot more movement.  More updates on this cosplay later. I currently don’t have a sewing machine so its delayed until I fix that problem.

The next item(s) I got was paint! Spotlight had a sale on a lot of the paint so I got them all for a really good price.


These paints are for my Dragon Scale Armour cosplay and are all acrylic. The colors are, green, grey, light grey, black, silver(mat) white and egg shell white. They probably have fancier names than that but that’s what the colors are generally. I also have Mod Podge in mat. This is to coat the paint when its all finished to seal it.

And finally I got a polystyrene head! This is to make the helmet for my cosplay, rather than trying to pattern it out on myself which would be quite difficult. This I didn’t get a great deal on. It was sold for about $20, but I found them online for around $2. Maybe they put the zero on accidentally? I don’t know what the shipping was like for the ones I found online but sill I was annoyed with how much I paid for it.


I also got a great selection of sponge brushes. I will use these to put a base coat of paint on the foam and then use paint brushes to put details on. Or that’s the plan any way. We’ll see how that goes when it comes to me actually painting the foam. I’m hoping for that to be next weekend, I keep finding things I’ve forgotten to do and am doing those instead of moving on with the armour.

I guess that’s update with whats going on at the moment and I promise to have another post up next weekend on my Dragon Scale cosplay. Maybe I will have a sewing machine by then!

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Dragon Scale Armour Progress: Part 2

I mentioned in my last post about how I was making the raised details with the thinner foam, well I have finally finished that and am about to move on to putting a resin onto the foam to seal it which will help to stop the paint from cracking. I will be using wood glue to resin it.

Here is the finished product of the raised detail over top of the original foam.

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I’m really proud of how this is turning out its looking more and more similar every time I add to it. There is a piece missing in these pictures, below the breastplate there is another “V” of foam which I had to re-make because it was terribly uneven (apparently I forgot what a ruler was). I have since re made the piece and it fits perfectly.

My to do list for this cosplay is as follows.

  • Seal the foam with wood glue (2-3 layers)
  • Paint EVERYTHING which will take such a long time with my terrible painting skills
  • Then add the D-rings to the breastplate and everywhere else they need to go, this is so the costume will finally be wearable
  • Make the shoulder armour, boot covers, gauntlets and helmet

That’s the current list aside from the props I will be also making for this cosplay, I’m feeling pretty good about getting it all done before the end of October.

I am also making a battle dress (Yeah because under-dress doesn’t sound as cool as BATTLE DRESS) to go underneath all of the armour this is the sample swatch of the fabric. I will be dyeing this green somehow so it does suit the in game look.

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This is the ‘Anaconda Snake Print Spandex’ in 02-Silver from NY Fashion Center. I will be making a separate post about how I make the dress because I’m currently making it for in my fashion textiles class at school. So I’m getting credits for it Yay!

I think that sums up everything that has been done since the last post but I am heading to Spotlight (Fabric/craft store in NZ) next weekend so I really want to make a post about everything I buy there, kind of like a fabric haul post. I’m also debating making YouTube tutorials of my costumes but we’ll see how that goes.

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