Lightning FFXIII Sword Tutorial

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#1 A19Riku on 11 years ago

#2 Liquidfire3 on 10 years ago

Wow, that's a great tutorial! :bigtu: Especially for a somewhat not so well-known prop/cosplay. I'm in the planning stages for making my own Lightning cosplay, and this is definately gonna help me out perfectly. Thank you so much for making/posting this! :toothy:

#3 hinaxchan on 10 years ago

omg you're awesome! i was planning to make Ragnell for my boyfriend but i had no idea how to go about using foamboard @[email protected]

now i can make the sword! =w=~

#4 hinaxchan on 10 years ago

did you spray the primer straight onto the foamboard without having it melt?

#5 A19Riku on 10 years ago

No I used a paint on kilz not a spray primer. I used a spray primer on my storm sword and If i remember correctly It worked and didn't melt the foam but didn't cover as well as just painting it on yourself. If you are going to use a spray primer just make sure to check it on a scrap first and then do multiple coats.

#6 Meitachi on 9 years ago

How thick is the foamboard that you used?

#7 mischa-chan on 9 years ago

Thank you sooooo much! I would also like to ask how thick the foamboard you used was. I'm cosplaying Lightning for MCM Expo London (I'm from England) and taking this on the train is gonna be fun...

#8 A19Riku on 9 years ago

3/16" thick

XD oh lord good luck with that LOL I carried the one I made into the postoffice and all the little old ladies mailing their letters just stared at me the entire time XDD

#9 Meitachi on 9 years ago

Would there be a problem carrying it onto an aircraft? Because I need to bring it up north with me back to school. :P

#10 Liquidfire3 on 9 years ago

[QUOTE=Meitachi;2840778]Would there be a problem carrying it onto an aircraft? Because I need to bring it up north with me back to school. :P[/QUOTE]

That's probably not be a good idea. I would recommend finding a cheap gun case, like the ones with foam inside for protection, then just have it as your checked luggage.

#11 Meitachi on 9 years ago

[QUOTE=Liquidfire3;2840915]That's probably not be a good idea. I would recommend finding a cheap gun case, like the ones with foam inside for protection, then just have it as your checked luggage.[/QUOTE]

Ooh, good idea. I was rather hesitant about going through security with it. Any idea where I can find said gun case? Or even just improvise and make my own?

#12 Liquidfire3 on 9 years ago

[QUOTE=Meitachi;2840947]Ooh, good idea. I was rather hesitant about going through security with it. Any idea where I can find said gun case? Or even just improvise and make my own?[/QUOTE]

Hmm, I'm sure you can find them at Wal*Mart for about $20-$35, depending on how sturdy it is. :) I know that's where my brother got one of his nicer gun cases. All it was made of was a semi-thick outer plastic, then lined with that egg crate foam. You could also google it and see if you get any results.

#13 Meitachi on 9 years ago

So, basically, it looks something like this:

[url]http://airsoftnow.blogs.com/photos/uncategorized/peli_2.jpg[/url]

Ah, well, if I want to be really thrifty, all I need is the foam, essentially, and improvise on the case.

#14 A19Riku on 9 years ago

Actually the first sword I made was first shipped by ups to my friend who I made it for then she flew corsscountry to anime expo with it so It can be taken on the plane or you could mail it to yourself ... depending on how far you are shipping it mailing will probably be cheaper because if i am remembering correctly its 15 $ on most airlines to check a bag while to ship it from tennessee to california I think it was also 15 whenever I last looked that price up. So if you weren't flying cross country then its probably cheaper to just ship.

But ya liquidfire3 said You would have to check the sword bc I'm pretty sure its too big to carry on in most cases and ya you deff. wouldn't get through security with that. A gun case is a good Idea but If you are looking for a cheaper route my friend just wrapped hers with a lot of bubble wrap and put it in a large box. Also she didn't do this but I do when I ship these swords. If you take a long box that is longer than the length of the sword then cut/ fold the box so that it is a triangle rather than a rectangle(lengthwise) that it gives the box more strength and is less likely to bend. Also you can take a piece of cardboard and bend it in half so that it folds over the entire length of the blade (since it is the part most likely to obtain damage) and tape it on the other side this acts as a sheath and just helps keep the blade from breaking even more. With this sword in particular I would make the sheath longer than the blade so that it extends past the tip and I would also make it so that it rest on the edge of the silver things that fold up in sword form but extend in gun form. This way if the box gets tossed around and the sword moves back and forth the force would hit the end of the sheath and not the tip ( because it can break ) and then transfer that force back to the stronger portion of the handle.

I hope this makes sense XD

#15 Meitachi on 9 years ago

Surprisingly, I understood all that XD Not because you're bad at explaining; I'm pretty bad at visualizing what people say. But, it really did make sense. I only ever have a carry-on duffel bag when flying back and forth, so to have a check-in luggage is free for the first item. Thanks so much for the tip on the make-shift sheath. I never would've though about using it to shield the blade and the using the guard to prevent the tip from smashing. You have some pretty ingenious ideas! Kudos to you :) And thanks, of course.