View Full Version : Ok So I need to make this costume. But I'm not sure how to go about it. Help please?

07-25-2010, 07:53 PM
So here's my predicament. So my sisters and I are hopefully attending Spooky Empires Ultimate Halloween weekend this October and we wanna cosplay. So we all decided what we want to go as. But my littlest sisters idea was odd. She has this obsession with the Alien movies. But instead of doing a full on Xenomorph she wants to do a human hybrid version. So how should she go about this? I know it isn't the greatest of ideas but she really wants to do it. If you guys had this idea how would you go about it? She still wants to look human, is ok with liquid latex, and every add on she would have to do (the tail and what have you). But how to execute it without looking ridiculous is the problem. Help please?
She wants something like the following(Only fit for a 15 yr old):

Help Please!

07-26-2010, 12:17 AM
You can do something like leather / pleather / etcetera and carefully sew and pad it to shape, or possibly draw on details (which I think might still be able to look decent if you were working with leather (something thick enough to not be totally formed to the body) and got into it with some shadows and highlights). The tail could be stuffed and attached with fishing line at the shoulders to hold up or a smaller tail could just hang down.

You can do a basic bodysuit and mould / cast / etcetera pieces (I would probably use plastics and just have the configuration allow for moment and paint / glaze to desired effect) - which requires knowledge and skill with sculpting and all that. The tail could be weighted and on articulated metal or plastic skeleton, with built-in movement limitations so it doesn't whack anyone (and weighted so it's easier to wear so it doesn't completely upset the centre of gravity).

Depends on your budget and skill. Low-end estimate for something out of fake leather and paint would probably be around $100-200 or so, whereas high-end would probably run many hours of specialised work and probably cost upward of several thousand dollars.

You should probably figure out budget and outline what skills you have. :)

07-26-2010, 11:40 AM
Since she's so young, I suggest using body-colored fabric over the exposed torso and legs. I would go about it by first shaping it with paper mache, and then going over it with plaster. Spray paint with a layer of gloss should help give it a metallic look. Good luck~!