Alpha Proto's 2015 Halloween Costume Contest Entry

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  1. Alpha Proto

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    I find a lot of enjoyment not only making these costumes, but trying new methods of making costumes. Not anything that would be impossible, just one or things that would be new to challenge/ motivate me along the way to keep me interested.

    I have always wanted to make some medieval battle armor. Something I could wear to a renaissance fair, but so far I have only dressed as creatures.

    Since S.G.C. is coming up, my Ganon costume there was a real success in 2013, and I like wearing masks. I decided I am going to make a Ganondorf costume.
    Ganondorf is a character that has been done a lot, and I have never really liked his designs. That is until I saw his radical Hyrule Warriors design! His flowing spiky main of hair is gnarly!
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    I have only seen one image of someone dressed as this character and it did not live up to my standards. So I plan to tackle this costume myself.

    At the moment all I have is a face sculpt. I plan on molding it with Smooth-on's rebound, and casting it in Smooth-on's Dragon skin 10. I did this before with my original Ganon. I was going to use this project as my first time molding with Ultracal, and casting a latex mask, but latex irritates my eyes, and stomach a bit. It also shrinks a little after casting. When I started adding the detail to this sculpt I decided I did not want to risk being allergic to the mask, having it shrink, and losing my sculpt in the process. So back I decided to go back to using Dragon skin.

    The unique things about this costume is the mask. I want to glue it too my face. That is why the mouth a sculpted slightly op. I purchased some pros aid, but I know silicon doesn't stick to anything, but it's self. I am hoping that pros aid is an exception.

    Here is the sculpt.
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    I changed the nose a bit. I saw where the sculpt was going and noticed it looked a bit like Street Fighter's Akuma/Gouki. So I decided that after this costume, I will cast another mask as Akuma. So this is going to be a one face works for all sort of things.

    Also I left the expression in a neutral state, but I left creases, and folds in areas were that would increase expression.
    I plan on punching hair, and adding a custom wing.

    I did not use a life cast of my face. This is a mannequin head. If I need to I will add foam to form fit the cast were needed.

    I hope to share more as this costume progresses.
     
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2015
  2. OuterHeavenBoss

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    Re: Hyrule Warriors Ganondorf

    You're gonna need one hell of a Renjishi style wig for that mask
     
  3. Alpha Proto

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    I am going to cut some foam in the shape of the hair locks, and glue hair to them.
    This way the hair keeps it's shape, but can still move.
     
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  4. BLACKULA727

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    Your sculpting is looking great man. Awesome work!
     
  5. CosBlade

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    Great sculpt! Can't wait to see how this build unfolds!!!
     
  6. PartyPyrate

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    Can't wait to see more.
     
  7. Diegator

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    That's looking great! I was wondering what you'd been up to!
     
  8. Alpha Proto

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    Thank you all for the kind words! I am not the best sculptor, but I try. A good paint job can hide a lot of mistakes.
    As long as the final product works I am happy.

    After looking at the pictures decided to cut an inch off of the lower chin.
    I also added a slight brow ridge over the nose to be a bit closer to the source material.

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    The pours are added with a new dot tool I ordered.
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    I am using the larger dot tool, on the smaller dot tool (If that makes sense).


    I am going to start molding tonight or tomorrow. Here is what I will be using.
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    I usually don't use a mold release because silicon doesn't stick to anything but it's self.
    I want to be extra careful this time.

    The thivex makes the silicon thicker with a couple of drops (I have used this one bottle for years). It helps the silicon stick to vertical surfaces without dripping.
    It ends up applying more like a paste so it is best for later layers, or setting registration keys in place.
     
  9. Alpha Proto

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    Molding has begun.
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    This is just the print layer. It has good coverage, so the next layer is going to be slathered on with some thivex.
    It is pretty tedious molding a sculpt. It has to be my least favorite step in production.
    This is the first time I have made a channel/mote/ clay wall around my sculpt. Most of my molds are glove molds.
    So seeing how much silicon just washed down the sculpt was interesting. I used about a pound of it.
    It is a bummer more of it couldn't stay on the face. Even so the strength of the molds edges should be pretty sturdy.
     
    Last edited: May 10, 2015
  10. Alpha Proto

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    I just finished the mother mold a few days ago. I used plaster bandages, but didn't rush things. I let it dry after applying the bandages two days ago.
    This morning I did something different and brush plastic resin over the mold to give it extra strength. Not a lot of plastic, just enough to give it a M&M shell.
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    I just finished brushing Smooth-on Dragonskin into the mold. I used about 1 and a half packages of 2 pound Dragonskin.
    I could unmold it now, but I will wait until I can set up to paint it.
    I hope I didn't get any air bubbles.
     
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  11. Alpha Proto

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    I finally pulled the cast. It turned out better than expected, but not perfect.
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    I have air bubbles but there are no air bubble holes. Since the silicon is transparent you can see some pretty big air bubbles right under the surface of the skin.
    This is because I did not put Thivex (silicon thickener) into the dragonskin for the print layer. I just sloshed it around the cast. The other batches of dragon skin had Thivex and I just pushed it around the best I could. So there is at least a thin membrane of silicon all over the mask. When I paint the mask the air bubbles shouldn't even be visible.

    So it came out 94% perfect. From the color to the thickness. I have put it up to my face and everything seems to be lining up great with my nose, eyes, and mouth.

    It's been raining hard, and often here in north central Texas. When the weather clears up I will paint this up.

    Since this is over two pounds of silicon I may want to add a strap to help support some of the weight. I have been planing on just letting the skin-tight adhesive do all the work. Adding a strap seems like a pain.

    I will have to move on to the armor until further notice. I am very excited for this costume!
     
    Last edited: May 26, 2015
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  12. PartyPyrate

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    This is looking good.
     
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  14. fallimar

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    Very cool!
    as for adhesives, Telesis is specifically made for adhering silicone to skin so if you have any problems you can try finding that. I know you can get it in the US (wish you could get it here in Oz!) though it's pricey from what I remember. Good luck with the hair, glad to know at least one person will be sharing both my irritation at slow progress and awesome results :p
     
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  15. Alpha Proto

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    Thank you for the link Theterbreh! There is some really cool stuff featured there.


    Fallimar, I wish I knew about Telesis sooner. I am just confident in the smooth-on brand so I will use smooth-on's skin tite to keep it on my face. I already purchased it.

    I ended up pinning some ears I purchased to the head. Then painting precured dragonskin over them. This attached the ears to the head, and it allows be to paint them with the same paint as the mask.

    I tried airbrushing, but I either cant get the paint thin enough to run through the airbrush, or the little compressor I am using is not putting out enough air.

    I brushed on the base layer. I think I will brush on the rest. I will try using the big compressor, but it is so loud I am second guising it.
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  16. Saberbay

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    Re: Hyrule Warriors Ganondorf

    this looks great!
     
  17. Alpha Proto

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    Thank you Saberbay!

    I just finished painting. I wish I could have done it with a airbrush, but things just didn't work out.
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    These pictures are out dated. I noticed that the paint was not curing. So I went over the entire mask with some dragon skin to seal it. While I did that I added some more shading.
    I made it darker in the eye sockets and accented the lines in the nose.
     
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  18. Alpha Proto

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    I started making the wig. What I plan to do is take a sheet and sew it to the back of the mask. Then glue a sheet 1/8 th inch sheet of foam to the sheet. Then glue foam spikes to the foam sheet that is glued to the sheet. Then finish by gluing hair to the foam that is glued to the sheet of foam that is glued to the sheet.

    So what I did was dye the sheet orange (came out red). Then I dyed all the foam.
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  19. Alpha Proto

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    Re: Hyrule Warriors Ganondorf

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    I managed to get the foam sheet sewn to the head. Next I will cut the foam into the shapes I need and attach them to the foam sheet.
    Not sure how I want to attach the foam. I would use contact cement but I cant stand the smell. Same for spray glue.
     
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  20. stigmorgan

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    Silicone?
     
  21. Alpha Proto

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    Yep Smooth-On Dragon skin silicone.
     
  22. stigmorgan

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    i meant for attaching the hair parts to the sheeting
     
  23. Alpha Proto

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    I used a needle and thread to sew the sheet to the mask.
    I am going to go buy some contact cement to stick the hair parts on the foam.
    I was going to use hot glue, but I don't think it would be as strong with the Texas heat.
    Same for the armor. I am starting to loose trust in the strength of hot glue.
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    I ended up hot gluing the foam on... :unsure
    I will forever be a slave to the hot glue masters.

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    I will trim the square edge from the ends of the foam.
    I have three wigs so I hope that is enough to cover everything and punch into the mask.
     
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  24. Alpha Proto

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    Yesterday I started laying the hair. I am not to doing so great.
    In the pictures it is looking okay, but you get 3 feet away and you see a few flaws.
    I just got the Stan Winston school video over beard laying. I watched a few sections of it, and I think I should be doing better from her on.
    It is the back end the wig so I doubt it will get a lot of exposure. This is the place to make any mistakes.
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  25. Hazmat

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    This is great. I love that head sculpt.
     
  26. Alpha Proto

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    Thank you! I hope my hair work doesn't ruin it.
     
  27. Theterbreh

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    Man, his hair is boss. Even better because of the hot glue. seriously, hot glue is always the way to go, even when it isn't.
     
  28. Alpha Proto

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    Well the foam was hot glued on, but I used orange spray glue to add the hair. It took 10 mins to layer the hair on each spike of hair.

    Here are the last shots leading up to the convention.
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    I used galoshes as a base to build the boot. I tried hot glue, and spray glue but it would not stick to the rubber the boots are made of. So I wrapped so craft foam around the boot, and glued it to it's self. Then I attached the shin guards with glue. After that I put a hole in the the boot and foam so I could zip tie everything into place.

    I also zip tied down the major parts of the armor together to make sure they would not fall apart in the Texas heat. Plasti-dip is good, but nothing really matches the security of zip-ties.
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    The red gem on the chest is an up side down candle holder I got from a $1 store. I then put a red chrome paper from a gift
    back inside of it so it would shine. Originally I had a jam jar lid glued on I was going to spray paint red, but inspiration hit me.
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    Here are the convention photos my brother took.
    I sculpted a horn out of magic sculpt, sanded, and molded it. The horns on the crown were all cast from a mold I made.
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  29. stigmorgan

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    Jaw meet floor. Dude thats awesome
     
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  30. fallimar

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    Holy wow man, that came out amazing! :D

    I love the face, the whole thing looks so cool all together. * good job! (y)thumbsup:thumbsup
     
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  31. Alpha Proto

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    Thank you! I hope to add the finishing touches in the next month so it can be even better.
    I couldn't have gotten the hair done if it wasn't for you. Thank you :D!
     
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    Oh, dude, that looks great! I wasn't too sure about the face for a minute there, but then the hair happened and BAM!
    Are you taking some pictures with a professional photographer any time soon? You need to display it from every angle!
     
  33. Murdoch

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    Incredible, just amazing...GM
     
  34. EmmaInCandyland

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    Nailed it!
     
  35. Alpha Proto

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    I have never taken pictures with a professional photographer. I meet a pro photographer that I run into often at conventions, but I have never taken the effort to make an appointment with him.
    Thank you! I hope to complete it soon.
    Thank you very much! I hope to impress you in the future!
     
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  36. Diegator

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    Well, if you ever bring that costume up to Seattle, I'll be sure to snap some pictures for you

    Sent from my HTC One using Tapatalk
     
  37. Alpha Proto

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    That sounds like a plan. If I ever go to a convention in Seattle I will make sure to keep you in mind.
    I just have to finish/improve the costume before I do any pictures.
     
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  38. Alpha Proto

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    Here is my prof photo for the contest.
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    Wow! That is incredible work! Nicely done!
     
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