Originally, I was going to continue with Sora in her Miko outfit and get creative with it – making her pose with bows and arrows or doing some random ecchi poses – but quickly lost interest after stumbling across this beautiful figure by Max Factory. The combination of sailor uniform and a Japanese sword is very orthodox but the addition of gauntlet and belts going around her torso made it an interesting subject for the next cosplay project. The character has many names such as “Samurai”, “Samurai-ko” or “Katanako” and comes from a small niche game called “7th Dragon 2020” where she and the special organization “Murakumo” fights dragon in Tokyo. I’ve yet to play this game and have very little reference but figured I can somehow render her outfit utilizing the Volk’s Sailor Uniform set and a couple of things I had lying around the house. Had tons of belts, straps and strings leftover from the military outfit customization and doll stores were now finally all back from their New Year Holidays. This is still an ongoing project and still requires a few modification here and there -most notably the socks colored in dark red – but will show you the progress I’ve made so far :3
Samurai Sora’s front view. For portrait photos like these I’ve been shooting in 9:16 aspect ratio recently because it helps remove unnecessary background and put more focus into the individual. Which aspect ratio works best for you when you shoot doll pics?
Haven’t completely understood how the chest plate thing works but think this is pretty close. One string goes right under her bosom and the other 2 goes up her shoulder to emphasize the shape of her oppai.
The belt that goes around her waist and crosses her shoulder is something I borrowed from Lyra’s military uniform.
The gauntlet on her left arm was too difficult to replicate so I substituted it with one I had lying around. I tried spray painting the thing with a black paint spray and coated it with a protective layer but started coming off when I scratched it too hard It kinda gives off the “used” look and will work for now but might not be safe to keep on forever. Black because the turquoise felt a bit awkward on Sora…
This is how the gauntlet looked like before spraying. 3900 yen for a pair I think. You can find more works like these at Tiba Doll.
And if you happen to be in Japan you might also want to check this doll shop called Link Doll where they have some of these armors in store. Wouldn’t recommend it too much tho because it’s only open during the weekends and is situated in the middle of nowhere XP
The hilt of the sword also needs to be wrapped in red strands but think blue will suffice. The hair ornament I might keep on since it goes well together with the blue theme…hmm.
Can’t help but feel Sora is getting more lethal by the year…^^; I prefer this samurai one over the normal School Girl Sora I posted about 2 years ago but what say you?