Ummm.. just wow. I had no idea I was heading up to SGH for a photoshoot that Thomas so kindly wrangled for me. I had a “dur” moment when I realised though… ehem. There is a latex bald cap glued over my ears as well as the lekku as well as the ear buds so I missed most of what anyone said unless they were speaking directly at an ear bud so I blame the costume. Yeah. These silly costumes, to quote from another franchaise.
This one photo makes up for oh so much trouble getting to and from D*C as well as some stinky health issues that plagued both Celebration and D*C.
SGh for the art and letting me be truly Sith, Kristy for so patiently painting my back and working with products you had never tried before and to Thomas for organising a last minute photoshoot with SGH and for being my eyes and ears and at times sensible adult.
Today I get to glue and hammer snaps into my armour and strapping. Kind of terrified. I may also get sanding and painting the very last of my props.
Above is my costume laid out, minus pressure hose, bodysuit, boots, gloves, balaclava. The light up parts are actually reflective tape as I am unwilling to travel with eletronics other than obviously camera.phone/computer related.
There may be a photo or two to update between now and flying out but probably not.
Wow, that kinda blew up in a matter of a few hours ;)
So yeah, no photoshopping of the paint here, you can see where it came off under my arm and the uneveness of the legs. but for a transluscent PAX not bad…
I had to do this paint work after a flight from Auckland to Australia, where we had a two hour wait for luggage/security (four international planes landed at once), then a two hour cab ride to the hotel we were told we were staying at, and weren’t. So we had a fun time wrangling a room and sorting out luggage for the next day.
PAX doesn’t dry fast so I had to paint in patches then join them up after. I think it was three hours that night then an hour the next morning for the base red and then another two or three applying th bald cap and doing the white stuff. The headpiece can pop right off if I plan the akul tooth headpiece properly.
The only paint not applied by me was a second layer in between my shoulderblades. Yes. I am very bendy and I did manage to paint that area just not as well as the rest.
I have Latona’s Inks for my legs and underarms now, Reel Creations for the rest and some NZ made airbrush ink for the face.
And yes. I may well be stuffing this all into my luggage for Celebraton 6 and Dragon*Con if I can wrangle my Shae Vizla armour and Slave Leia bikini into and around them. My new headpiece is very strong and will stand up to being folded up in luggage for a day. But it will be a very last minute pack to make sure there is no permanent damage.
So basically not this costume at all as I have replaced pretty much everything… But that original headpiece might be at D*C
Oh hey, that’s me :) And I have to say the butt shot was a total joke between myself and the photographer- I don’t really do gratuitous shots but I am an incorrigible butt dancer and had been doing one and well… it was a convention and I was hopped on sugar.
Many thanks to Catherine Scholtz (photos 1 and 3), Ange (butt shot) and Sylvie (photos 2 and 5) for the artistry behind the lense :)
Most is scratch built (direct modeled in fibreglass or sculpted molded and cast) some is from found parts destroyed and reassembled. The only pieces not made in this way were the wig (custom dyed) and boots (it depends on how well I can walk as to what footwear I use :) ). Yeah, forgot to mention I’ve got a degenerative disease that affects my joints and soft tissue (and on ocasion internal organs) so it’s just that little bit hard to actually make stuff. But it’s my bliss, my addiction of choice :)
Currently upgrading the costume to be crisper in detail. And light up :) Slowly saving for Celebration 6 and Dragon Con incidentals as well as the last of the resin and paints and electronics so I can take this costume with me :)
Oh and to see the process behind this costume I have a thread on SWNZ and other places (tdh, therpf, mando mercs) but I’m a proud kiwi so go look there ;)
#swtor #shaevizla costume again. At last we shall have revenge, at last we shall reveal ourselves.. er.. yeah. Having now played a BH in the Beta test and have my own toon (Emdibi on The Harbinger- I got carried away with my SI so my BH is still barely at 5).
Emdibi is me ;) Aside from the tan… might have to play her dark side to get my dark circles and pasty complexion…
Will have to snaffle some screen caps of my girls. Eyris is now baby pink with naboo inspired make up and a definite case of darksideitis.
‘Star Wars Day’ at Sylvia Park shopping mall, Auckland, New Zealand.
yay! Great day :) Though by the tme of the group photo I was feeling the effects of wearing somehting like 14m of fabric, 3kg of foam and latex and bodypaint and contact lenses…
I had a moment of panic in the loos. I had my tiny wee bottle from Reel Creations of developer but couldn’t find my spray bottle of IA. Turns out though you can paint a face and chest with about 10ml of developer, pretty darned cost effective :)
Other improvements from SCCP:
Leather panel! I only managed to get the dyes on Friday afternoon and got it all painted that evening as well as polished. The polish covers a multitude of sins. the dye seeps and soaks at different rates on the skin and in the cuts. So yeah.
Brown shading on all the white. The lekku got a dusting with an airbrush (I will be removing and replacing with a duller brown) to shade and knock back the white. If anyone doubts there is that much brown I point to the test check GL approved ;) One side used brown and black the other just black- she looked very sithy ;)
I did the same to shade around my eyes. A lovely dark maroon and a touch of black. I will avoid my eye area with the paint next time and use water and shadow then a spray of liquiset. The paint holds powder well when airbrushed but is slick when brushed/sponged.
The bald cap is glued to just above my eyebrows, this means there is little risk of the headpiece pulling the bald cap off. It does mean I need to pin the bald cap to a bun to keep the weight of the headpiece pushing forward to create a wrinkle. It did a little but that is because you can’t glue the cap to hair. Although I am thinking of a way to use hair gel for that.
Scarf. A nifty fabric tea dyed and lined with cotton. I am going to deline it and use something with more body.
Better socks in my boots! I felt like I was going to fall over at SCCP as the boots are a little big in place. Cheap tube socks FTW!
Oh hey, it’s me ;) Photo by Sylvie and I hope she managed to get some SWTOR game on during the last beat weekend :) I did manage to get to to my second planet and even the proper double blasters ability and Death from Above ability which was fun.
So yes I made the costume because Shae is such a mysterious and ridiculously gorgeous creation but I did play the game and I am indeed going fully BH for launch ;) As well as have a Jedi Knight or Consular, I haven’t decided which. But I will get my alien groove on for at least one class.