Back in June I stumbled upon the posts of the Mass Effect costumes done
by EvilFX and VolpinProps and got the crazy idea to give it a shot. In my youth I loved making scale models and I live vicariously on RPF, enjoying all the excellent scale model and prop work but it seemed like a good time to try making a costume. Wait, not one costume. Better make that two, because I wasn't going to let my wife laugh at me in her street clothes. So the idea was planted to make a Shep and Femshep. Then my kids started asking what they could be for Halloween this year and soon this project turned from 1 costume to 2 costumes to 4 costumes. Halloween sounded a long way away at the time. No sweat.
My girls decided they wanted to be Lego minifigs. That sounded easy. Some box shapes, some styrofoam, glue paint, done! Right? And the Shepard costumes shouldn't be too hard either right? Well I tip my hat to EvilFX and Volpin for doing such high quality work and making it look easy. The subtitle for this post should be "Spending quality time with your Dremel and glue gun". Yikes!
What started as a few hours each weekend became a full head first dash for the Halloween deadline, with the last hot melt glue burn on the thumb coming at 4pm on the 31st. Even then I didn't get to everything I wanted too. The M8 Avengers will have to wait for next year, and the edgelit datapad, though working, didn't get to final detailing. The Lego minifigs were a little rougher than I would have liked but I'll admit to being a harsh critic of my own work. The kids loved them and all their friends were gobsmacked. My wife and I had fun too, as both adults and kids gave us kudos for our Shepards. I guess I should have expected that we would be mistaken for characters from Tron with our glowing blue back lights but the people that recognized us as Shepards were really complimentary.
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