Claudette- Queen’s Blade Cosplay
For SDCC 2013 my husband and I started the ambitious project of Claudette from the anime Queen’s Blade. For those unfamiliar with an anime, it is what is considered “ecchi”, which means there are uncovered breasts and heavy innuendo.
While being no stranger to a sexy costume, this was a whole new ball game for us. I wanted to do the costume not because of the unclothed state of the character but because SHE KICKS ASS. Claudette is the Thunder Cloud General, top of her game and all around bad ass.
So- not much to the costume, it will be easy won’t it? NOPE! One thing about smaller costumes…there is no room to hide mistakes! Mess up that seam? Armor slightly lopsided? You can’t hide!!
This costume was entire made by me and my other half, Zendragon (facebook page here: facebook.com/keabtium). The only piece not made by us was the sword which was done by Dave C. We did the finishing/painting on it though.
There was a lot of tests, retests and redo’s. It was a combination of worbla, cold cast resin, leather, fabric and etc.
There was much debate about the size of the top on my facebook page (here: facebook.com/abbydarkstar) but if you look at the reference art, I actually made the top LARGER than the artwork. I wanted to go for as accurate as possible while still maintaining SOME modesty.
Here you go, enjoy, share and check out ALL the progress photos on either page:
facebook.com/keabtium or facebook.com/abbydarkstar