A local comicon is coming up here in VA and I will be attending. 2 Weeks to deadline. Lets get this started!
Date Start Saturday June 24th. Comicon Date July 9th!
For this, the wife and I wanted to go BIG!
We are creating a Storm Atronach.
We are also working on a Fire Atronach as well as J’Zargo, but this thread will be mostly dedicated to the Storm.
First we needed to figure out how to make it huge, but still have mobility. We decided on foam.
A mixture of 1″ urethane foam and EVA foam is used. The 1″ foam is really flexible and cushions well for this type of costume.
We glued all of the foam together with barge cement and used some hot melt glue on parts of the body to keep the form.
We started with individual pieces. There are no patterns. Everything you see here is made from scratch and eyeballed.
This is a boulder. The foam was cur and shaped into a sort of sphere, then every notch you see is a scissor cut to get a nice rocky texture. (This was a pain and I have many blisters from it).
For paint, we went to Lowes and purchased a gallon of dark grey latex based exterior house paint, a quart of light grey exterior, and a quart of white exterior house paint. We used 100% of the dark grey base to coat the suit. We still have some white and light grey left, but the dark is gone.
Next I wanted working hands with fingers that move. Without going too complicated and making this thing unbearably heavy I used flexible conduit tubing. The same stuff many people use for their Tie Pilot hoses.
I started the skeleton structure for the hands using small crutches and cut them down. I then added PVC couplings to the ends so I could stick my hand through. 3″ was the PVC coupling size I used. To attach, I drilled through and riveted through.
I then glued a set of gloves inside to the hand and taped/glued the strings to each glove finger. The thumb of the atronach goes to the pinky and the other three go to the other three fingers. The glove thumb is not used because there isn’t much movement inside the hand on that.
Poly stuffing was added in between the rocks to make it look like clouds.
Video testing lights and sound
Walking test in full suit
This was from VA Comicon.
3 days before the con, we decided we needed a mage, so we built J’Zargo with a working jaw, swinging tail, and all airbrushed to boot! My wife wore J’Zargo and it was a big hit! I will post about J’Zargo’s build soon but here are some pictures! (These were pre-airbrushing the gloves and tail for day two).