If you follow my twitter feed you know, among other things, that I’m endeavoring to make a Nyreen costume this year. This is a huge leap out of my comfort zone. I don’t do masks, y’all. But turian ladies are apparently enough to make me go there.
I’m still very much a novice. I can build things and I can draw things, but I definitely cannot sew things. And I really cannot mold things. I’m going to try to do this thing with only my current skillset because I am fantastically insane.
So first thing’s first: The Mask. Without a mask, this costume doesn’t work. I can’t be a fabulous turian lady if I don’t have a fabulous turian face. I swung by Michaels to buy one of those cheap plastic masks so I could horrify Ritzy and/or have a base to build up a skeleton for my mask. This ultimately isn’t going to wind up being part of my mask, but it was an invaluable resource for figuring out where to hide my nose. I’d recommend getting one of these to help you scale your patterns.
Which brings me to what is probably the most important point I can make: Scale is EVERYTHING. I’m a good 6’5” when I’m wearing my shoes for this costume (which I’ll probably make another post about, once they’re a bit further along!), so I had to make the mask a bit bigger than my face to keep it in proportion with the rest of Nyreen’s armor. You can see the size difference between Picture #2 and #6—that was 2 weeks of nothing but playing with the scale of my patterns.
Originally I was considering building a thin foam base over the plastic mask, slathering that with bondo, and hoping for the best. A buddy suggested I make the whole thing out of EVA, and I’m seriously glad that happened because the first prototype desperately needed trashing. I’m actually pretty decent with a dremel after doing two sets of N7 armor, so keeping the foam relatively smooth was also easy.
I’m really happy with how this is coming out so far. I’m going to heat form it so it retains its shape (it’s just duct taped together & to this wig head for now—I’m still making minor adjustments to the mandibles and it needs a better chin) then seal it and paint it when I get time. But I thought as a proof of concept, this might give someone the push they need to make a turian costume. It’s only as impossible as you let it be*~*~*~ [/inspirational montage music]
I’ll try to get up another update as soon as I get a chance to work on this. Making posts might guilt me into actually working on it, who knows!