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Kirin Armor 02 by nihilistique Kirin Armor 02 by nihilistique
I'm just titling these with numbers because I expect there will be a lot. XD

Love this picture. I'm so glowy!

My Kirin Armor cosplay, worn at AX '11.

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This costume was so fun to make! I've wanted to make a MH costume ever since I played the first one back in 2004. This costume is a bit of a cheat, however, because I've never played any of the portable MHs, so I have yet to play a MH that actually has Kirin armor IN it. I chose Kirin armor though because I felt it was a)iconic, easily recognizable and b)reasonably within my skill level, unlike pretty much every other high level armor set. I felt this was a good way to express my MH love, and a good introductory to MH costumes in general. I'd love to make another set someday.

I'm really not all that great at sewing, my specialty is definitely crafty things like sculpting and painting. This costume was a lot of that, which cut out a lot of the frustration I usually experience making costumes. I felt like I knew what I was doing for once, LOL.

I found faux snakeskin in silver downtown and decided to start this costume then. It had always been on my list but wasn't bumped to the top until I found that fabric. It was perfect! I hand painted the blue stripes on the silver pleather, as well as the black shading on the red pleather with acrylic paint.

The horn and the buckles on the belt, loincloth and suspenders were sculpted out of Super Sculpey. For the buckles, I made one, baked it, then pressed it into a ball of unbaked Sculpey to create a mold. Once the molds were baked, I was able to press Sculpey (with a teeny bit of baby powder) into the mold and get perfect copies!
The buckles were again hand painted and weathered to mimic the in-game textures with acrylic paint.

The fur was all hand sewn onto the pleather. This costume required a LOT of hand sewing to assemble all the little pieces.

Ironically, the hardest part of this costume is the one part you can't see. I made accurate panties with blue top stitching to match the tube top. They were a nightmare!

The weapons were made out of wooden dowels, wire, model magic and rigid wrap (plaster). I then sanded it down and painted it. I ended up spending only about 3 days total on the weapons and they turned out much better than I thought they would for being such a rush job. However, I wouldn't recommend using plaster for something you have to be carrying around all day, they turned out a little heavy and it made it hard to pose ^^;

This was also my first time styling a wig! It's not perfect, but It turned out better than I thought it would.

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Photo by :iconblizzardterrak: Thanks again man! ^^

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:iconjulioheitor:
julioheitor Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Delicious bellybutton! Just perfect! Can i tickle it?...lol
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LordDraco3 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
HNNNGG, you look amazing! :O

The painting you did looks really interesting, much like I would imagine an in-game texture to look like, with the edges of the colors having a slight gradient rather than sharp lines.
If the top layer of material for your weapons/horn is rigid wrap, I'm impressed by their smoothness.
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nihilistique Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Haha I like weathering things, it's my favorite step. :)
And thanks! They are a bit lumpy, but they're good enough .. this was before I learned about proper prop construction lol.
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TangoMIK3 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Was this in AX =)
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:iconnihilistique:
nihilistique Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep! I wore this to AX 2011
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TangoMIK3 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thought so i can tell by the building lol in the background looks great =)
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ShadoSkull Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
This looks fantastic
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:iconnihilistique:
nihilistique Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! ^^
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Diasetsue Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
amazing, you did the armor so well. when i saw u at AX i had to get a pic cause u did the kirin armor so well, and its an amazing Monster Hunter cosplay you did an amazing job!!! <3
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:iconnihilistique:
nihilistique Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!! Glad you like it. :D
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Diasetsue Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
i loved it, im finally doing a MH cosplay this year...well 2012, and so is my GF = D. but still you did an amazing job, and i loved it i hope to c more of ur MH cosplays
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nihilistique Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome! what sets? Good luck on your costumes!
I definitely want to make another, still trying to decide which one. :)
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Diasetsue Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
im going as rajang and Kaiser, my GF is going as Kirin high rank, and i think rathian blade master armor is amazing would love to see how nicely u could pull it off, you were amazing ^.^
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nihilistique Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
oo I love Rajang and Kaiser! Rajang was a possibility for me too.
I'll consider that! Right now I'm leaning towards maybe Fatalis or Bnahabra .. my bf wants to do a set too so we were thinking white and black Fatalis. But that's all still up in the air.
Let me know when you finish your armor I want to see!
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Diasetsue Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
will do, also if u go to any other cons other than AX we should totaly try to get a MH cosplay group started = D

im looking forward to seeing your next MH cosplay and good luck = D
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nihilistique Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! GL to you too!
I know I'm going to ALA, Fanime and AX next year. You going to any of those?
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grindKerensky Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student Interface Designer
stunning... your looks, the costume, your body ... stunning *___*
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nihilistique Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
xD I'm glad you like it!
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grindKerensky Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student Interface Designer
youre welcome :3
who wouldnt!? :D
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vani Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
GORGEOUS!! You don't even look real! :love:
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SoCoPhDPepper Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Oh wow, you used a silver vinyl with a snake like pattern on it. I guess this picture was large enough to actually show it.
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nihilistique Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah! Its faux snakeskin. Then I just painted the blue parts on. Like I said if you need it for manicorn, it's totally up for grabs. (Because honestly when am I ever going to need silver snakeskin again LOL)
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SoCoPhDPepper Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
LOL, really tempted... i've been browsing fabrics for it and i dunno what kind i want to use to make this one :\
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:iconnihilistique:
nihilistique Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
haha well let me know! I have a ton left!
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blueheart29 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So PURDY! :D
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nihilistique Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much hun <3 <3
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blueheart29 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
<3
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BlizzardTerrak Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for posing! =D

Hope to do a REAL shoot sometime. :nod:
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:iconnihilistique:
nihilistique Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes! I'd love that. <3
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precious-jules Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
I don't know whom you are but... One: I love how well you suit the kirin armor, you make it seem serene. Two: I might be your next fan ;) keep it up beautiful
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nihilistique Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! :heart:
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Thornrose Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Oh you~ ;D Lookin' good!
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:iconnihilistique:
nihilistique Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
OH HEY thanks bruh~
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