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    Feb 14, 2018, 2:45 PM - "ANH" Tusken Raider #1

    Another costume build parallel to my Dark Souls project. As if I had not enough to do, but alas lets get started.

    Now, a little bit about my favourite costume. Back when I was pretty young my uncle showed me this old film. Star Wars "A New Hope". And with that I was hooked. The space ships, the lightsabers, Darth Vader. It is quiet obvious that from that point on I was a big Star Wars Fan. But one thing really stayed with me. The Tusken Raider.
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    The costume is as genius as it is simple and recognisable. A few years back when I was starting out with prop building and cosplaying I build myself a Tusken Raider Costume. Now by my standards nowadays it is pretty simple and rough, but back then I was pretty proud of it.
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    After a few times I had worn it on conventions, it sadly stated to fall apart and went into storage.
    But it never really left my mind. And a few months back I got the "itch" and started planing for a new and improved, accurate Tusken Raider.

    The first part I have tackled is the mask. It is build from the "Godzilla Tusken Raider Mask Kit". It is pricy but said to be the best.
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    I have to say, building it was a real treat. Everything fit well and the metal parts are beautiful and make the whole thing feel "real".
    The finished mask is really close to the original, so close even it may be hard to distinguish it from the original.
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    The mask is held on my head by a cut down bicycle helmet. It is reasonable comfortable and holds on pretty stable.
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    Mar 8, 2018, 3:43 PM - Re: "ANH" Tusken Raider #2

    The next part are the Inner-Robes.
    I have been researching for some time to make them as accurate as possible. For this costume I am working of the Peter Dimond Tusken Raider.
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    The InnerRobes are made up from:
    -The Under Robe. It reaches down to the ankles and has long slim sleeves.
    -The actual Inner Robe. It is shorter than the Under Robe, is split in the front similar to Jedi-Tunics and has short wide sleeves.
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    I have also fund a fabric that is pretty similar to the one used in the original Outer-Robe.
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    2 Weeks Ago  May 5, 2018, 8:06 AM - Re: "ANH" Tusken Raider #3

    So, finally something new.
    My Bandoliers and Belt arrived and I threw everything together for a test fit. I am quiet happy with them and a bit sorry for what I am going to do to them when I get to aging.
    Here is the whole ensemble so far:
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    2 Weeks Ago  May 5, 2018, 10:51 AM - Re: "ANH" Tusken Raider #4

    That looks already quite convincing to me

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    2 Weeks Ago  May 6, 2018, 5:36 AM - Re: "ANH" Tusken Raider #5

    Thanks. A lot of work went into making it as accurate as possible. On the picture I am only wearing the Inner Robes and I did a lot of researching to make them look just like the original ones. To find a photo that showed how they look around the arms was probably the hardest part as there is not a lot of reference material and on nearly all pictures the Outer Robes cover most of the costume.
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    2 Weeks Ago  May 6, 2018, 11:55 AM - Re: "ANH" Tusken Raider #6

    Looking forward to your outer robes being added

    Cha´m
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    2 Weeks Ago  May 6, 2018, 2:53 PM - Re: "ANH" Tusken Raider #7

    I even got a fitting fabric with a similar pattern to the screen used one.

    So, onward with the build. I have finished ageing the bandoliers.
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    To create a realistic used look and patina (as the real bandoliers were aged though real usage) I first started with beating and stretching the leather to soften it and create wrinkles. Then I proceeded with treating the surface with acetone to dull it and create lighter coloured areas similar to real bleached and worn leather.

    After that the bandoliers were brushed with a wire brush, beaten with a hammer and pulled over gravel to get the used edges and scratches right.

    Last step was creating a patina. I used salt water, ash and dust to create the grime simulating exposure to the elements.
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