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The Warrior Princess by queencattabby The Warrior Princess by queencattabby

Very Talented Photographer: :iconkrisez:
Costume made, worn and image edit by: :iconqueencattabby:

This costume was worn on Sat and Sun of Armageddon Sydney. I participated in the cosplay comp with:
:iconechoing-artemis: as Gabrielle
:iconalita-b-angel: as Quorra from Tron
:iconarlo-arleh: as Gem/Siren from Tron

Interesting combo... yes... best crossover ever... I believe so... ^-^ Together we won best in show! Whoo!

Getting to meet Renee (Gabrielle) and Hudson (Callisto) in costume was definitely a highlight of the con!

This has been a dream of mine for a long long time. I adore Xena. Watching Hercules and Xena with my brother was a weekly ritual every Saturday night.
Hell yes for strong, gorgeous, interesting, dynamic female characters!

This costume took about 3 solid months to create. The dress is made from real leather which feels oh so nice to wear but I found it oh so hard to work with! The armor is predominately light weight air drying clay on wire frames with a thicker heavier air drying clay for details. I needed three layers of paint to create the weathered worn look.

This pic was taken on the Saturday of the con when my sword and chakrum weren't exactly complete... But they were done for Sunday and should appear in later photos...

There will be more Xena photos to come! Plus... I'm going to New Zealand later this year...
Am I taking my Xena costume..? Yes.
Am I going to find an Argo clone...? Yes.
Will I terrify/amuse the poor staff at the trail ride when I ask to photoshoot Xena on their horse...? Yes.
Bestest shoot ever...? YES!

A couple of people have been asking for a more detailed explanation of how I made this costume. I'll paste in the writeup I did for the competition. If I have time I may upload some progress pics, here you go:

The Xena dress is made from real leather using a pattern bought from the internet then modified. The original pattern did not have any internal structure lining, boning etc. so I designed these myself. The leather was ordered from NSW Leather Co. its sheep hide specially cured for extra softness. Working with real leather was a challenge and I needed to invest in a leather needle, leather sewing machine foot, upholstery thread and leather punch. Many MANY pins were bent and many sharp pin pokes were received in the making of this dress. The leather skirt consists of 21 different length panels and 11 strips of 11 half circles of leather. I needed to cut 121 little half circles from the leather, punch two holes into each piece then hammer a rivet through them in order to hold them together VERY time consuming! Then add to that the 80 or so eyelets in the dress and gauntlets and you can tell my hammer and I become very well acquainted!

Xenas armor is made from a flexible plastic, wire, paper mache, leather, lining fabric, light weight but incredibly strong air drying clay for structure, a thicker more malleable clay for detail a whole heap of paint and finishing product. For a previous costume I have a duck tape cast/dummy of my body (it involved being wrapped neck to toe in duck tape, getting cut out then stuffing the duck tape skin with newspaper). I shaped the plastic onto the duck tape dummy (so it fitted to my body) then held it in place with extra duck tape. Several layers of paper mache were then applied to keep the desired shape and maintain the flexibility. The smaller armor pieces (arm, wrist and shoulder) were then covered in fabric lining and leather on top. The designs on the leather were copied from screen stills from the series and images of the original costumes then made from the lightweight air drying clay with the thicker clay for finer details.

The larger armor pieces have multiple little curls coming off the main structure so I added an internal wire frame to minimise the chances of breakage before applying the two layers of clay. Imitation rivets were made out of tiny balls of clay flattened, painted, detailed with pen and glued on individually (I guesstimate 100 of these were required). A lot of time was spent painting, weathering and finishing the armor to create as realistic metallic finish as possible. The colour of Xena's armor was a unique mix of brown, copper and gold paints. I needed a base coat the armor they go around each edge to make it look worn and battered then a thin top layer was applied to bring it all together and increase the worn effect.

To attach the armor I have created leather straps and will use authentic 'D rings' to be as accurate as possible.
Xenas sword was made from a wooden carved base. The air drying clay was used to recreate the exact shape of the hilt and designs on the pommel New Zealand paua shell will inlaid into the clay (if it arrives in time! Ordered it from ebay and it should have arrived a few days ago...). Her chakrum (round throwing disc) was originally modelled in Maya a 3D design program in order to recreate the exact dimensions of her chakrum (these were taken from a replica ). The design was then flattened printed on to card then glued into place. I had planned to stuff it full of paper mache mixture but I soon realized however that this structure was quite flimsy. Instead I have sent my design to be laser cut into thick plastic - this means it will considerably stronger, the perfect dimensions of Xena's chakrum and the patterns will be perfectly symmetrical all around. After it is cut the chakrum will need to be painted and weathered like the armour and little green stones inlaid into the pattern.
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Given 2011-12-21
The Warrior Princess by *queencattabby The attention to detail on this costume is stunning, and the meticulous work must have taken ages to make this perfect costume! ( Suggested by NekoMarik and Featured by FrockTarts )
Racesgirl2000-1 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Student Artist
I so love this one
Onisatsu18 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous! You look exactly like her!
10animallover10 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing! You actually made the costume yourself?! Awesome! :lol: I only made Gabbys figthing staff, the costume was made for me =P
FridaKristi20 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
xennaaaaa!!!! :/
SuperDragonMasters Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love watching Xena and Hercules on DVD with my Family.
The costume looks awesome!
PrincessOfTheDark Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing detailed costume!
Kharune Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Beautiful :)
kanumbra Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013   Writer
This is AWESOME, seriously beautiful costume (and a little sexy too I have to say...). Looking great!
DressphereMasterYuna Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Xena ^.^
620brown Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
You're prettier than Lucy.
queencattabby Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Awwwwwwwwwww thankyou :) You are a very very kind!
RoanokeKeeper Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
You ought to be in the movies, baby! You look like the real thing!
queencattabby Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
I wish! One day maybe :D
Until that day I will keep slaving away over my own costumes :) I love it!
Thank you so very very much!
edusek Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
There's a girl named Lucy Lawless that have been cosplaying you. Have you ever heard of her? :) Amazing!!!
queencattabby Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
HA!! Love it :D
Thank you so very very much!
I love love LOVE cosplaying Xena - best character and so many childhood memories :D
calidreamin35 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
gorgeous costume. great job ladies
queencattabby Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
:D YAY! Thank you so very very much!
CheySpy Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so freaking inspiring and awesome! I love the authenticity you gave this, and totally want to make my own Xena outfit one day.
EternalSurvivor Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW! You really look like Zena here! awesome!
CrankKitty Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
m-squaredphotography Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This just made our night! Your Xena cosplay is absolutely perfect!
VampObsessed Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Woooow! Absolutely amazing! And you look soooo much like Lucy it's insane! Spectacular job!! I know you've probably heard this a lot, but still, you look astounding!
FabriceHMace Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
I love that pic!
You're simply perfect!
shipain Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
gorgeous xena coplay
VamGoddessPrincess Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful, great job XD
Nemesiz416 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Wow! Has anyone ever told you that you look remarkable like Nicole De Boer? I swear I thought you were her at first! You look amazing as Xena
cuba12 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, great cosplay and the model looks very similar to Lucy Lawless :ahoy:
13lackPoetry Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student Writer
FrockTarts Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello! Your work was featured here [link] :wave:
Champagne-meat Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
wow Xena!! My childhood!!
levent1132 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
kklk sevgilim :D
dvd1blizzard Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Student General Artist
you are very much pretty that yhe original
Csaeda Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
UnforgivenShadow69 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my childhood fantasy <3 always wanted to grow up and become Xena Warrior Princess! wonderful job! :D
tarrey Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
nice attention to detail.
Prima-Donna Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional
Mmm. I do believe you are quite a bit prettier than Lucy Lawless. ^_^ Excellent work on the details. Not sure if that's your real eye colour or not, but the intense blue is perfect. Really really like this! ^_^

Shadowrune69 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Wow, this is amazing work! And thank you so much for the "making of" info - I'm in the research process for a somewhat detailed costume, and tips from a creation as awe-inspiring as this are so useful!
gabbylu Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Looks great! Congrats on the DD! :D
TheSkullMC Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
God I miss that very nice photo!:)
Nemesis12 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
This is utterly amazing. For a while I thought this was actually Lucy Lawless.
Youkokanna Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
XENA! wow you look almost like her good job on the cosplay
Nighten-Gail Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
BEAUTIFUL! I am very jealous. So gorgeous!
wangqr Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
beautiful model and beautiful costume! !
phodyr Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All I can say is impressive.
velocity07 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
OMG, you look just like her! :wow:
SamuelDesigns Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow... next to the real Xena you are just hot. I mean you could have been the best double.
Kakee-Chan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you did beautiful job. me, my sister, and brother love Xenas
junaidbhat Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
nice she almost looks like her too :)
ToAtoneArt Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Writer
Wow, nice...
GaiaDarkstar Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I can't imagine the time this all took. I couldn't help wondering though, why you didn't just order the sword and chakrum from the catalogue? My mom did and she also has the katana. Just curious. You really look amazing! Not only was the costume well done but your hair and even your eyes really look like Xena! Amazing job all around.
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