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Photos of this costume are available for print purchase here: windofthestars.storenvy.com

I fixed up my Leina costume to do a shoot in Tahoe.  This is the first image and I'm so happy with it! Glad I took the time to fix the issues I had with this costume.

UPDATED CONSTRUCTION:
I went back and re-finished the breast plate and gauntlet pieces.  When I first created this armor I was rushed and didn't finish it properly.  It got a couple coats of filling primer then finish paint.  The result was a flat piece looking piece of armor with lots of unwanted texture.  When working with Worbla, you really need to put a lot of prep work into it to create a smooth surface.  Leina's armor is pretty smooth, so I coated the breast plate and gauntlets in several coats of gesso.  Sanded it all with 220 sand paper and then repainted the silver.  I went back weathered all the pieces with black acrylic, using a dry brush and wipe technique, to help make the armor pop and add some dimension.  I was much happier with the results.  I also opted to sew the dance tights to the bikini bottoms as the waist band for the tights created unattractive pinching at the waist.   

Construction Notes:

All the armor is made worbla backed in craft foam. I used fillable primer before painting all the armor.  I intentionally left the texture of the worbla to give the armor some dimension and texture.  I do want to go back and weather it as it looks a little flat with just the silver paint.   I used metallic spandex under the armor to give the illusion of full armor in some places. The pieces stay on with Velcro or are glued in place. The chest plate stays on with the two straps and a clear strap around my neck.  The straps are all leather and took quite a bit of staring at art work to figure out! The top part is a harness that sits on my shoulders and then misc. straps sit on that.  They are all detailed with brass rivets.  The wig was from EpicCosplay Wigs.  I added extensions to the front to do her braids. I then chopped off what I didn’t need and sealed the end with clear caulking. A clear rubber band keeps the ribs in place. The bangs were then cut and the back sprayed and lightly spiked.

The sword and shield are made by Iceman-props   
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Leina made and worn by me, WindoftheStars  
Photo byocwajbaum

More of this Costume
Leina - Queen's Blade by WindoftheStars
Sisters in Armor by WindoftheStars
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Omega2064 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
Great work. Perhaps if they ever do more live photo gamebooks they can use you as the model.
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CotangentFish Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm impressed with the work on the straps.  Clearly it was worth the time spent studying the art.
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lordtrigonstar Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015
Sexy.
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ByStanding Featured By Owner Edited Feb 22, 2015
That looks snazzy. Please tell me it was a warm day.
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BadKitty44 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Wonderfully sexy and strong.  Beautiful model...
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nanahara7 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
you look AMAZING XD. The cosplay itself looks really well made and you just look so sexy and stunning wearing it
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Forge-Silvershield Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous as always!
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UFOtestpilot Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
wow so beautiful , I'm looking for a co-pilot or two
Commander Giza
planet... ...Zephenon... ...
keep an eye on the sky it might be me
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koma-kun Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
awesome reina O.O
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:iconares12:
ares12 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student Writer
Cool, cool cool cool.
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djbridget Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
So beautiful!
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savasrule Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
beautifulLove 
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Discofrog Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Looks a lot better with the refinish, the black weathering makes it stand out more.
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FirelordPhoenix Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
So sexy :D
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deministri Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the best cosplayer! :D
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ste60000 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
beautiful as always!
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