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Nightingale WIP by aretenike Nightingale WIP by aretenike
SO I was thinking it would be really cool to cosplay as a Nightingale. And then I started drawing the armor.

Well, I think it might be possible. It would just be very hard.
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mikuhatsune88100 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
umm i was wondering can i use this as a refrence picture because i am going to make this cosplay!!!!!
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aretenike Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sure thing! go right ahead :)
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mikuhatsune88100 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
thankyou!!!
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:iconaretenike:
aretenike Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem! you're not the first to ask :)
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daedric-darling Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it okay if I use this image to help make a pattern for my cosplay? It's the best pic I've found so far!
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aretenike Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
go ahead! :)
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daedric-darling Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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aretenike Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem! and if you look through the comments i think a few other refs are linked, if you need them. good luck!
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vikkiievoltage Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Hopefully you can see the album, but this is my nightingale cosplay made with leather :)
i dint get a chance to actually boil the leather in wax but i do plan on remaking it
[link]
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aretenike Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hoooooly shit wow that is really impressive
really
really
impressive
wow
i'm speechless
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Wolf7954 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm starting work on this too, just finished a Gabriel Belmont, and this is my next endevor. Working on building a pattern for everything before I start cutting the leather.. I'll be doing a male version.. I'm looking forward to getting started... I have found some ref pics of the back, I can upload them somewhere if you need em..
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aretenike Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah, that's alright. I don't have the time to do a detailed back anyway. Thanks though, and good luck! :)
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Eldunayri Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I too am cosplaying this. (ajgdsbgharfwqfffff... SO HARD)


Thank you so much, this has been my main ref picture... I heard/saw on your tumblr that you're making it too, and I was wondering how you did the back (or what you think it looks like cuz I have no clue) and how you are gonna hold it all together and close it in the back. I'm thinking about velcro straps, but I've never done anything like this before so I have no idea.

Some help would be greatly apperciated :D

Thank you and it looks great.
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aretenike Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! (I NO RITE)

Main ref? Really? Wow. TBH I've been using this more than this picture. It's pretty clear (and my drawing has a few mistakes :o)

For the back... yeah, that's tricky. I'm actually leaving it open; there's gonna be a cape over it, after all, and maybe leaving it open will help me not overheat. The system I have now... it'd be easier to explain in a picture, but I've got a couple of backpack-like straps going over the shoulders and connecting to the side armor just under my arm. Those have holes in them, and I have a zigzag cord through them (think like a corset) that attaches lower on the sides too and ties in the back (sorry if this doesn't make sense D: ). And then the skirt-like bit has its own cord.

Velcro'd probably work too though. I've actually never done anything like this before either. My tumblr'll probably be covered in pictures soon though, because spring break has started. :D

Good luck!
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Eldunayri Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's actually an incredibly good idea. Why didn't I think of that? I think I'll adopt that idea, I hope you don't mind.Ah well, I wish my mom hadn't gotten rid of her old mannequin, it's hard to get it to look right if it's on me and I can't see it.

I like your drawing better, it's cleaner and more visible. :D
I've also used this [link] for the gauntlets, pauldrons, and greaves/boots.

Consider your tumblr closely watched ;D I'll be posting pictures of mine as soon as I can get my camera working again.

We'll be two of the Trinity soon.

Good luck.

:)
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aretenike Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't mind at all. :) And yeah, it's tricky. Mirrors help.

Awesome. D'you have a tumblr too or are you going to post pictures here? I'd like to see. :)

Walk always in shadow, friend.
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Eldunayri Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't have a tumblr (for some reason my computer spazzes when I try making accounts there. I'll probably be posting pictures here.
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aretenike Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Guess I'd better watch you then. :)
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Eldunayri Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Scratch that. I just got a tumblr.

nocturnal-nightingale.tumblr.com (somehow it worked this time)

Some of my first pictures are up. And I followed you :D
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GrahamGJ Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I wish you the best of luck this is exactly what I'm cosplaying this year at London comic convention its taken me nearly 2 months to make a detailed replica of the nightingale Armour.
hope you get it done all the best. :D
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aretenike Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Got any tips? :)
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GrahamGJ Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student General Artist
when making the nightingale mask its good to first build a wire frame to get the shape of you're face then you can fill in the gaps in between the wire frame with either mod mesh or lino when using lino glue it down panel by panel with with a hot glue gun once that has all been done go over the basic shell with a thick moderately even layer of texture paste wait 24 hours for it to dry sand it down the next day and once smooth sketch on the details and use texture paste to define these details as well when it is half dried it will be quite rubbery this is the perfect time to even out you're details so you don't have to apply more layers after sanding once everything has dried again go over the details with sand paper and if you have one you can go down the edges with a dremel. after all that just for the mask you can apply a basic under coat then a coat of black acrylic and you can either use silver paint or silver leaf to put on the details and intricate patterns once that has dried go over the mask with either PVA glue or Laker and on top of that stipple black paint with a sponge to give an aged ceramic look. and Thats the mask. hope this helps ill be posting by Armour bit by bit on deviant so ill do step by steps as well if you need any more guidance. and opinions on how to make things.
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aretenike Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh... wow. Thank you! I'll keep an eye out for anything you post. :)
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ChristalFir3 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I call upon lots of craft foam and wonderflex!
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aretenike Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's the plan! :D
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ChristalFir3 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't wait to see it done :D
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aretenike Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, it might take a while but I'll post it here when I finish.

In the meantime, I put progress pics on my tumblr, if you're interested: [link] :)
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ChristalFir3 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Alllriiighhhhttt >: D
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HawkZero Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Armor. Has a lot of pieces.
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aretenike Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. Yes it does.
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HawkZero Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Know any leatherworkers?
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aretenike Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope.

I shall make it myself. With craft foam. C:
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HawkZero Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
good luck!
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aretenike Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh i'm gonna need it.
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kibaspikelover23 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist
that would be so EPIC
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aretenike Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would! But I don't think my skills would do it justice. :(
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