Lady Abigail (or just Abby to her friends) is still a little new at this. Oh, she knows how to march, knows every whistle and command, can walk in step or run ahead and around. It's the whole armor thing that she has yet to get used to. Her handler thought it might be a good idea to get her started with something custom-made, something unique and personal. Hey, even chocobos like to feel special.
I'd been thinking about making a fully-wired, completely poseable chocobo for some time now. I just hadn't actually given in to such insane ideas until now. The reception to my Desert Bus chocobos was just so good that I felt I should really push myself and rise to the ridiculously complicated challenge. But I'm glad I did! The result is lovely Abby with a wired beak, head and neck, legs, toes, wings (all of her primary feathers are also wired) and tail. And she has claws! I've been wanting to put claws on a chocobo for years!
And then, after all that, I decided she needed armor. (Because I'm kind of unsmart.) So... I went right for some scrap leather I've had for years and started cutting. Well that was a learning experience, but seeing as how the result makes me extremely happy, it was worth the work. Stylized forget-me-nots are the flowers that grace Abby's armor, and once I figured out how to firmly secure rhinestones to leather, I couldn't resist having some "flower buds" on her helmet/mask. Both pieces of armor attach easily with little handmade hook and eye findings and chain, and it's really easier than it looks.
She also needed that lovely blue velvet blanket. Yes, real silk velvet. Yes, it attracts light colored fuzzies like crazy, but it's SO SOFT and shimmery and yes.
And of course she's my chocobo, so she needed a touch of bling. I beaded her a couple of wired "anklets" and then decided her wings needed a little sparkle, so I made her some "wingbands" too. She seems to like them.
Abby's a big girl. In her "natural" pose, she stands 12 inches high to the very top of her crest. With her tail up, she's 6 inches from her chest to her tail, but with her tail extended out that measurement jumps to just over 10 inches. Fully extended, her wingspan is 15.5 inches. She can quite solidly support a Square-Enix action figure bareback, and can easily support the lighter ones with full armor on.
She's playful, sweet and loves her greens. But she won't turn down a slice of cheesecake. Just so you know.