EDIT: It's supposed to say "Sword" Form, not gun form. Sorry for the blooper...People don't seem to realize just how HUGE her weapon really is. The blade alone is 3 1/2 hands long!
(I say hands, because in order to correctly make your cosplay prop proportionate to YOUR body, you shouldn't use measurements like inches or centimeters. The ratios don't work that way). When the Blaze Edge is fully extended in it's Sword form, it is roughly 3 shoulder widths long! That's shoulder height on me! Lightning's weapon is not to be taken lightly just because she's a woman.
Don't believe me? Just look at this picture and make the ratio comparisons yourself! [link]
After trying to understand how this gunblade was put together, I gave up and decided to just trace the whole darn thing. I understand pieces of cosplay better once I've drawn them. However, this time I decided to do it digitally. I made another layer and traced above the pictures, then I erased the background leaving me with just he outlines of the weapon. This way, there's no shine or reflections or shadows distracting my brain from concieving it's true shapes and sizes.
This is by far Square Enix's most complex weapon design I've seen. Topping Rosso the Crimons' dual bladed gun, Cloud's ACC sword(s), and I dare say Noctis's new motor sword. Possible to make? yes. SE makes things with functionality in mind, since the have to animate everything. It won't be easy, but this brings me closer to making a functioning, fully articulated transforming Blaze Edge prop weapon.
Yes. I'm ambitious. Good thing i have Lee helping me. o.o; Doing this alone with my meager skills would indeed make it impossible.ALL FUTURE LIGHTNING COSPLAYERS ARE WELCOME TO DOWNLOAD THESE PICTURES.
The images are already 8.2X11 inches, ready to print if you like. Just make sure you erase the bleed border.
Gun set: [link]
Transforming set: [link]
I spent a lot of time doing these. Probably a good 10+ hours for all of them combined? I did it over a number of weeks, so it seems like it wasn't as much, but it was. Hence, the watermark. I don't want someone claiming that they were the ones who provided the traces. XP