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Karliah (nightingale Armor) - Skyrim, Cosplay ProgressAll the skirt armor pieces cut, glued details, and mod podged. To dry overnight and painted tomorrow. Should be finished tomorrow. I’m contemplating not making knee armor… we’ll see how things go tomorrow. All thats left is to sculpt all the metal pieces, clasp the cape and assemble everything. You can see the gold and blue bobbles for Himari (mawaru penguindrum)’s hat too! 

Karliah (nightingale Armor) - Skyrim, Cosplay Progress

All the skirt armor pieces cut, glued details, and mod podged. To dry overnight and painted tomorrow. Should be finished tomorrow. 

I’m contemplating not making knee armor… we’ll see how things go tomorrow. All thats left is to sculpt all the metal pieces, clasp the cape and assemble everything. 

You can see the gold and blue bobbles for Himari (mawaru penguindrum)’s hat too! 

Karliah (Nightingale Armor) - Skyrim, Cosplay Progress

This is the part where I start getting excited!

Solid progress is always the funniest to see. I still have to make the skirt/knee/shoulder armor, make clasps to hold my cape on, sculpt the nightingale seal, finish my bow and arrows and add some buckles to my shoes…

Karliah (Nightingale Armor) - Skyrim, Cosplay Progress

Okay so!!

Here’s my painting process:

1. After cutting out, hot gluing the details and SEALING the craft foam in mod podge, I spray it all flat black. One coat usually covers it really well. 

2. When it dries, I rub in some metallic silver fabric paint. this first rub in is very crude, and cover a bit of everything except for the creases. 

3. The crude silver pieces are misted over with black paint again. I hold the can away at a farther distance than before, and just let the mist of the black paint waft onto the pieces. 

4.  I repeat step 2. Rubbing in some leather on the raised edges and just a few smudges in the center of flat areas. I mist like in step 3 if necessary.

And ta da! Finished worn leather looking craft foam!  It’s a tedious job doing this process piece by pice, and it each mist and weather may only make a difference to my own eyes, but it works! 

Today after class I’ll be fastening all these pieces to my jumpsuit so I’ll post pictures of that later tonight. 


Karliah (Nightingale Armor) - Skyrim, Cosplay ProgressPhew! I’m surprising myself with how quickly things are going! The bracers, mask, and cape are finished. I need to finish the chest pieces, skirts, shoulder armor and knee armor. But then all I have left to do is sculpt the Nightingale seal, the belt buckles, all my rivets, and then I’m done! I also have my bow to make though…I’m pretty sure I can have this costume done by next week. Here’s to that!

Karliah (Nightingale Armor) - Skyrim, Cosplay Progress

Phew! I’m surprising myself with how quickly things are going! The bracers, mask, and cape are finished. I need to finish the chest pieces, skirts, shoulder armor and knee armor. But then all I have left to do is sculpt the Nightingale seal, the belt buckles, all my rivets, and then I’m done! 

I also have my bow to make though…

I’m pretty sure I can have this costume done by next week. Here’s to that!

Karliah (Nightingale Armor) - Skyrim, Cosplay Progress

Got both of the arm bracers completed! I’m liking the paint job process so far. It’s super tedious, and I gotta really be precise about my layers to get a perfect mute shine of silver over and beneath a black leather texture, but so far so good. 

Of course, I’ll explain more with what I’m doing in pictures, but I’m waiting on some other coats from the chest pieces to dry before I do so. 

Karliah (Nightingale Armor) - Skyrim, Cosplay Progress

Okay so! I cut out all the pieces of the armor from the waist up. Just the chest and ab pieces really.

Once I cut them out, and layered them if needed, I used hot glue to make all the ‘leather’ ridges and raised designs. 

And then I sealed them all in one thin coat of mod podge, thin, because I do want the paint to be able to seep in enough to look more like leather than metal. 

And Now they are all sitting in their first coat of black paint! 

In the lower right hand corner of the last picture, you can see my two arm bracers that have been weathered in with silver and pewter paint already. They’re actually in their second black coating, just a light misting to push some of the silver back. (I’ll explain this step more once I get there.) 

Karliah (Nightingale Armor) - Skryim, Cosplay ProgressI’ve gotten some messages about being more detailed in my process. So I’ll try and show the process as slow as I can while I make the chest pieces for Karliah.This is all I’ve done so far. Just made a template of all the pieces on one sheet of craft foam to scale. The colors indicate different pieces or layers. It’s sketchy, but I understand exactly what I’ve done. The next step will be decided which piece out of all of these is the base, cutting it out and then adding some chipboard to it to make it sturdy. Then I’ll cut out the rest and begin attaching them all to each other. 

Karliah (Nightingale Armor) - Skryim, Cosplay Progress

I’ve gotten some messages about being more detailed in my process. So I’ll try and show the process as slow as I can while I make the chest pieces for Karliah.

This is all I’ve done so far. Just made a template of all the pieces on one sheet of craft foam to scale. The colors indicate different pieces or layers. It’s sketchy, but I understand exactly what I’ve done. 

The next step will be decided which piece out of all of these is the base, cutting it out and then adding some chipboard to it to make it sturdy. 

Then I’ll cut out the rest and begin attaching them all to each other. 

Karliah (Nightingale Armor) - Skyrim, Cosplay ProgressWoohoo! I’ve got finished pieces done. And my cape is sewn (with no clasps to hold it down yet….) Granted I still have a long ass way too, but progress is progress. I have my arm guards and leg armor waiting to be painted and now I’m making blueprints for my chest plate. Either way, this costume needs to be done by the middle of May! 

Karliah (Nightingale Armor) - Skyrim, Cosplay Progress

Woohoo! I’ve got finished pieces done. And my cape is sewn (with no clasps to hold it down yet….) Granted I still have a long ass way too, but progress is progress. 

I have my arm guards and leg armor waiting to be painted and now I’m making blueprints for my chest plate. Either way, this costume needs to be done by the middle of May! 

Karliah (Nightingale Armor) - Skyrim, Cosplay Progress

I am excited to finally begin working on this costume! Nothing much to show so far, just the pieces cut and detailed from craft foam, getting sealed in mod podge. I plan on painting and weathering them, buffing them with shoe polish to ‘turn them into leather.’ And then gluing them onto my ski mask base. 

Which will basically be the process for ALL my armor on this costume. Gonna be a a lot of work. But it will be fun and hopefully fast.  Hooray for having hardcore costume progress on my tumblr again! 

Funny, this time last year I was working on Hawke’s armor. :)

Which purple contacts are better for a Karliah - Skyrim cosplay?

I’m getting closer to starting my Nightingale costume and I was surprised to find out Karliah has purple eyes. Weird considering Dunmer only have red, white or blacked out eyes. I was planning on buying some special effect full coverage lenses — but oh well!

Anyway, I’m stuck between the Bubble Violet and the V125’s.  

What do you guys think?

Karliah/Dunmer Dovahkiin, Nightingale Armor - Skyrim, Cosplay Progress

I got the base of my bow in the mail today! WHOOO!!! 

I’m so excited for this its not even funny. I have to keep telling myself that I have other cosplays to finish before beginning on my Nightingale but ARGH. TEMPTATION.

I just bought myself a nice Recurve Bow. Woohoooo Nightingale Costume you are just one more kickass step closer to being complete.

I just bought myself a nice Recurve Bow. 

Woohoooo Nightingale Costume you are just one more kickass step closer to being complete.