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Skxawng
06-16-2011, 12:51 AM
Hello, I'm new :)

For halloween this year I've decided to go as Kahl Drogo, the one from the series. Click here if you don't know what he looks like. (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-85HRXHT3gV4/Ta5hPEihQUI/AAAAAAAAAPA/ExfzZZ1w5uA/s1600/Khal+Drogo+16.jpg)Suggested by a friend after we saw him in the first episode of HBO's show, and solidified in my mind after episode 7 (The Pointy End) I'm willing to go all-out for this costume, as with the previous halloween, in which i went as a hipster. From learning how to work leather and making jewlery with resin, to growing out my beard and hair, to working out and tanning, to learning a fair amount of Dothraki (They invented a language, you know); enough to hold a basic conversation.

My intentions are for this topic to be a progress log of the creation of the costume.
Artistically speaking, Iím going to need to learn how to Work Leather, from selection to cutting to dying and construction. Iím also going to need to learn how to make a mold with silicone, and cast in resin. Having a good deal of ceramic knowledge and experience, Iím confident in my sculptural and molding abilities, and Iím very much looking forward to learning all of these things.

It would be cool if I could complete it by Otakon but as I've got a lot to learn that might not be viable.

Things to Create:

Leather Girdle: 40% complete
Progress:
- Pattern for Leather created,
- fitted to my body.
- Cardboard template also created.
- Leather type/weight decided upon
- Figure out sq/feet of leather needed
- Purchase Leather
- Cut Leather into Pattern
To do:
- Punch stitch holes
- Cut thongs for stitching/ornamentation
- Dye and seal leather
- treat leather to be soft and worked/used feeling.
- Stitch designs
- Put together, adjust!

Bracers
Progress: 30% complete
- Measurements
- Determine Pattern for Left/Right arm
- Figure out leather type/weight
- Figure out how much of each type is needed
- Purchase Leather
- Cut Leather to template
To Do:
- Figure out how each part fits together
- drill holes for stitches
- Cut strips for woven bracer
- cut long strips for wrapping around arm
- cut thongs for stitching
- Dye/Seal leather
- Weave, combine, fit, fix.

Wedding Belt of Horse Medallions
Progress: 5% complete
- Figure out Sizing for primary medallion
- Figure out Patterning for relief
- Purchase non-Sulphurous Clay
To Do:
- Carve relief of Medallion
- Carve relief for intermediary beads
- Make silicon mold
- Cast intermediary bead, test chrome spray. Determine if cold casting or chrome spray yields best results
- Test shoepolish patina
- Once surface has been determined, make Silicon mold for medallion
- Cast 8 times in resin,
--- add finish, if not cold-cast

Short Buffalo Horn Knives:
Progress: 20% complete
- Design blade
- Print Pattern
- Carve Blade from wood
To Do:
- Fill wood
- Sand smoooth
- polyurethane
- Sand, buff, poly, sand buff till metal-smooth.
- Continue to add detail with Apoxie, or clay, smooth.
- Make Silicon Mold
- Determine wether weighting with fishing weights or a powder additive is most cost-effective.
- Cast in resin, twice
- Paint
- Clear Coat

Loincloth / Pants
Progress: 0% complete
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To do:
- Figure out how much hide is needed, what the wedding version is made of/how its composed
- Purchase necessary supplies
- cut, figure out how to wear
- Cut strips, attach feathers/beads/extras

Arakh
Progress: 5% complete
- Figure out design and scale specifications
- Determine Wood to use
- Purchase Wood
To Do:
- Cut to shape, glue together
- Shape blade
- use clay/apoxie to shape handle, or further shape blade
- Make it smooooove
- Make Silicone Mold of blade (2-part)
- Paint Arakh
- Weather
- Finishing touches


Hair / Beard / Beads / Extras.
Progress: 5% complete
- Beard at 25% required length
To Do:
- Figure out how to use hair extentions
- Design the hair and beard beads
- create with sculpey or apoxie, or wire
- paint

Body
Progress: 75% complete
- Work out 5 days a week, with a focus on strength and size over endurance
- Ketogenic diet (currently cutting)
To Do:
- Further develop/bulk up pectoral muscles, aim to increase chest circumference by 4 inches
- Tan. I'm a pale dude
- Reduce bodyfat % from 15% to 12%
- Lose 10 lbs, of primarily fat.


Dothraki
Progress: 0% complete
- Begin learning basic grammatical and phonetical rules of Dothraki
To Do:
- Learn basics of grammar
- Learn basics of pronunciation
- Learn 100 of the most important conversational words
- Learn 10-30 canned phrases

lhoward
06-16-2011, 03:04 PM
Awesome! I'm also contemplating putting together a Kahl Drogo costume too. Can't wait to see how this works out for you.

RoseHanabira
06-16-2011, 04:02 PM
Holy cripes, you're amazing for not only going through with it, but for thinking everything through in such detail!

I remember seeing somewhere on GRRM's "Not a Blog" a good while back that somebody was dissecting the Dothraki language and had lessons or something, it'd be cool to learn.

Looking forward to pictures!

Skxawng
06-16-2011, 05:15 PM
First update!

I converted my dining room into a studio, and it is super exciting. I went out also and bought a few basic art supplies a few days ago and sat down to figure out a few things. First and foremost, I needed to figure out how much leather was necessary. So I began to make a template, estimating sizes based on ratio.

The cardboard template:
http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/girdletemplate.jpg

Aand fitted on me.
http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/girldetempfront.jpg
http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/girdletempside.jpg
Clearly I need to bulk up in the pecs a bit more, and start tanning - good thing that the weather is warmer!.

Last night I spent about 4 hours cutting the template out of the Leather that I had bought during lunch, and experimented with attaching the pieces to the supporting belts. I've still got to punch all the holes out of it though, and that will be handled this weekend.



Finally I also bought some basswood and laminated birch plywood to experiment with for developing the knives. Initially I had thought to construct it with wood, then coat with resin for a smooth finish, but I think at this point this will be a template for a resin cast - that way I can weight it evenly when I cast, as well as utilize clay/bondo/epoxy/polyurethane to make a super smooth surface.

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/knifetemphand.jpg

lhoward - Thanks! I'm totally psyched for it now

Rose - Thanks! I like getting meticulous with projects sometimes. As I speak a fair amount of Na'vi I'm not too too worried about the difficulty of learning a bit of Dothraki. It would appear that there are very few people learning it to begin with so I won't have to worry about knowing any more than simple responses.

Foos
06-20-2011, 06:07 PM
Holy crap, I am so excited to see this finished. It's awesome that you're going hardcore with the details. Kahl Drogo is definitely one of the coolest characters in GoT.

Annwyn
06-21-2011, 02:15 PM
That is so cool! I am really excited to see this when you're done. (:

Skxawng
06-23-2011, 01:28 PM
Foos: "Balls to the wall or not at all" :D

Annwyn: Thanks! I'm stoked too :D


Second Update!

Spent a good 5 hours marking out and cutting the leather. I ended up with *just* enough for the belt and his left arm's bracer. I've still got another belly half of thinner leather which I'll be using for lace and other parts. Wouldn't mind having extra, though :)

After I cut them all out I had to slot them for the 3 cross belts, which was a major pain, but after I put it all together, it was clearly worth it:

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/LeatherGirdleCut.jpg

(the tied off knots are simply placeholders)

I've still got to punch a LOT of holes for the connective lace, as well as the decorations. From there I also need to figure out how the belt is going to connect to itself - Initially I figured I'd do a corset-style lace up the back (which is I think how they do it in the show, though its hard to tell) but I'm thinking that maybe instead I'll have 3 belt buckles that will be either exposed or hidden. I need to give it some thought, as I want the belt to fit snugly against me. Anyway, spent another few hours beveling the edges of the leather, as well as bending it backwards against the smooth surface to add texture. I'll be ready to dye hopefully in the next week or two.

After that was taken care of I've been primarily working on the Arakh - the long curved sword, that we don't actually see him use, but I figure will be fun to have around. I started out by laminating two pieces of 1 1/2" strips of pinewood together, then cutting them accordingly into pieces to match the curve, and re-connecting them. From there I further cut the shape, and cut the bevel of the blade's edge with a knife and a large wood rasp. Then i started experimenting with Apoxie sculpt and filling spaces, before just adding a large amount to the hilt to make it fit the hand:

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/Arakh1.jpg

Apoxie Sculpt is the shit!! After it cures it has the feel of a soft soapstone when further carving into things. The wood rasp smoothes it nicely, and a wood scraper also evenly strips the material away. Its mind blowing stuff, really. Emboldened by the success of the first layer, this morning I added more overtop of the wood on one side, and began to shape the hilt a little further. Its rough currently, but a bit of rasping, sanding and scraping will quickly fix that. I'm looking forward to working tonight:

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/Arahk2.jpg

Furthermore, the blade is starting to feel bulky and heavy, which is exactly what I was hoping for. At this point, I'm wondering if I should even consider re-casting the entire thing in resin, or if I should just focus on working it to a good state with the apoxie sculpt. We'll see what happens when I get to the detail on the hilt ... it may be a job for NSP, in which case I'll definitely need to cast it.

I've also been carving out the wedding belt medallions, as well as experimenting with getting a metallic look that won't easily rub off. Photos of that will come later, as things progress.

More updates soon, I hope!

Albert_fn
06-24-2011, 01:28 AM
AMAZING!!!!!!!! :eek:

solemnraven
06-25-2011, 11:36 PM
That's pretty rad, can't wait to see it finished.

crazycallisto
06-26-2011, 09:05 PM
OMG WIN! Too bad you won't have this done for SDCC, some friends and I are doing a GoT group, I'll be Cersei (fromt eh books though, not t.v. show accurate)

tn_scotsman
06-28-2011, 11:32 AM
WOW! Very nice! Can't wait to see how this ends up.

Skxawng
07-04-2011, 10:26 PM
Long overdue update!
Despite a busy life I've been working somewhat diligently towards completing the girdle first. I've punched all of the holes needed, and as you can see below experimented with the stitching.

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/GirdleHoleStitched.jpg

I need to buy some leather lace, as well as some buckle ends for the belts, and then I'll be basically ready to dye the leather, and finish it. I'm totally stoked

Next up is the Arakh, which I've been honing down more and more. It looks a bit rough currently but is a lot more smooth and finished than the photo shows.

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/knifearakh.jpg

You can see the knife is more or less close to being completed ... I still have to buy filler so I can make the blade smooth enough to look like metal once the silver coat is applied. Next is the armband, waiting to be dyed, and tied together, and attached to a more loose, low ounce piece of leather.

In addition to all that, I've started to think about the leather pants, and how I'm going to manage that. As luck would have it, today when I was dropping off my rent check I spied by a dumpster a chair that was upholstered with leather. Checking it out I noted that it was broken, but still in halfway decent shape.

Naturally I drove home and got my compound bow, and while ghost-riding my car drove by and nailed the beast just behind its front haunches. It didn't want to part with this world, so I had to nail it again before I reigned in my steed and performed the coup de grace. With deft hands I flayed its fallen body, making quick, skillful cuts in the right areas to let the hide be removed easily from the corpse.

The chair yielded what would appear to be just enough material to make the pants, and even better, despite the fact that it was finished, it would appear that the leather can be dyed easily. It may not be one large solid piece to be divided up into the pants pattern, but ultimately its an all in all good solution that just happened to drop from the sky.

Inu-girl4290
07-06-2011, 02:34 AM
This looks amazing so far *w* I can't wait to see it finished!

Hoodwink Menace
07-06-2011, 02:59 PM
Wow so much work and thought put into this. I'm a big GoT fan, I can't wait to see the result. *o*

vgc
07-08-2011, 09:40 PM
Wow! Your Kahl Drogo costume looks great so far! It's awesome that you're working on it on your own. I'm paying someone to make my Daenerys Targaryen costume for PAX. Unfortunately, the costume will be done right after my Hawaiian vacation, so I'll be a pretty tan Khaleesi. Good luck and I can't wait until I see your finished product!

Foos
07-09-2011, 11:12 AM
Fantastic! I'll be following this thread 'til it's completion, and I would pee my pants if I ever saw an accurate, well-done GoT costumes in person.

Good luck, OP!

Thia Fayne
07-12-2011, 03:23 AM
Wow! This looks great so far, and I really admire your dedication! Can't wait to see more progress *u*

Skxawng
07-12-2011, 11:30 AM
Thanks everyone for your kind words!

VGC - Thanks! And a tan Khaleesi would make sense, depending on 'when' the costume was meant. iirc I think she was pretty tan towards the end of the first season, so as long as you're not going as 'bathtub scene' Daenerys I think you'll be alright :) especially if you go all book-accurate and get violet eye contacts ...

Foos - Well then my goal is that thy pants be thoroughly soaked once I'm done :)


Small update:

I've been sick the last few days, and that coupled with an injury has got me frustrated because I can't work out, and I need bigger pecs! However since I've started this I've lost about 10 lbs so I'm happy. Being sick, however, I spent some time this weekend working on the arm band, and experimenting with dye. The results are pretty good!

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/BR_Outer_dyed.jpg

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/BR_Inner_dyed.jpg

Clearly some work is yet to be done here. I've gotta finish dying up the edges, and the man who's instructing me on leatherworking has stated that after waxing the leather, adding 'antiquing' dye thats been diluted all of those edges and bright spots will be covered up. He also recommended that I pull it tight over some wood and slash at the whole affair lightly with a knife a few times to simulate combat damage. As the leather is pretty thin, I worry about marring it to destruction. I'm also slightly worried that its a bit too red ... though that only appears to be the case under incandescent light and direct sunlight. I recently purchased some more dye - this time black - and will be experimenting with adding more dark to leather before I go to dye the primary girdle. I've also attached a bit of pigskin leather to the interior, which needs to be worn down a bit, and possibly dyed itself to match the feel of the latticed part. A tshirt that has been cut into long strips attaches this to my arm rather snugly - this is but a placeholder until I purchase some more leather.

Today I also received 3 bridle strap buckles, which will serve to attach the girdle to me before the corset style lacing goes over. This should allow me a good deal of adjustability, both for comfort and good fit. Once this has all been completed and installed, I'll be ready to dye and more or less finish! I'm so excited!

I've also begun to re-carve the wedding belt, this time in 'Hard' Chavant NSP, which has proven to be more flexible than its 'medium counterpart' -- if at any point I find it too hard, a quick blast of a heatgun will get it to medium, another to soft. And its hard enough to allow for very fine details, should I want them. Unfortunately the only picture I have so far is the 1/2 completed 'medium' version and its 'hard' counterpart plug before I started carving. Have a gander:

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/weddingbelt.jpg

I've also begun to experiment with resin a little. Nothing too crazy, as of yet. I simply started with a poured coat of 15$ resin i bought at Home Depot over the blade as a way of filling the wood and a method of getting a very very smooth coat. If the spray enamel is going to work I'll need the surface as smooth as possible. That said resin seems to be very very promising as a method of forming surface. Curing in about 2 hours I was able to sand within the day, and while the surface isn't perhaps rock solid, its still very durable. The one drawback it seems is when I blow through while sanding and go down to the wood - then it starts to flake off. However, I also found that it bonds seamlessly to the Apoxie sculpt, which means a lot less sanding for me, I'm guessing, as the thick resin might fill the cracks and crags of 80-120 grit sandpaper and leave a very smooth surface. Tonight I'll be experimenting by coating the handle/hilt end.

Lastly, I'm a pretty pale dude, unfortunately. Additionally, my hair, while brown, is perhaps not the dark brown/black of the actor who played Drogo. As I've never once dyed my hair, nor attempted to tan my skin, I need to figure out how to do that!! Does anyone know of a rub-on tan that works well with particularly white folks who perhaps burn easy? Ideally one that doesn't turn me orange, and comes off relatively quickly. I'd rather not tan under real sun or go to a parlor.

Also I'm looking for a black/dark brown hair dye that is not permanent, any suggestions?? Very much appreciated!!

Skxawng
07-19-2011, 12:58 AM
Update Mode:

Figured out the belt endings - I ended up going with 1" bridle buckles, which I'll be hiding partially with a corset-style lace up piece of leather. I'll probably also be painting the buckles so the silver doesn't show up too brightly.

Finally got everything laid out like I wanted it, so I went ahead and dyed the girdle. I'm pretty happy to see that the belts match the patches of leather pretty well. After attempting to lace up the central star shapes, I found that the holes were too small to accomodate the thickness of the lace.

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/girdle_dyed_open.jpg

So I went to home depot to pick up a grommit punch that was 1/2" thickness. It seemed too small, so I also picked up a 10' pole of 1/2" conduit pipe. I was right that it was too small, so I took the pipe, cut off about 4 inches, and used a bastard file to sharpen one end. Worked Perfectly!

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/Holepunch.jpg

I also took the time to re-lace everything together (with the exceptions of the star centers, as I need to re-punch a few holes, and dye some more lace before I can actually thread them. After that I'll be using a friend to help put the holes in the adjustable belts so that I can get a good fit on the body.

Here's where its at now:

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/girdle_dyed_front.jpg

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/girdle_dyed_side

After all that is completed, all thats left to do is apply a finish to the leather, and perhaps add a softener to it to really make it supple, and its done!

I've also halted the production of the Arakh, sadly, as Its not an integral part of the outfit.

Unfortunately I don't think I'll be able to have this done for Otakon :(

GlassCannon
07-22-2011, 05:34 PM
Looking really good! I'm still kinda bummed you won't be at Dragon*Con, but I'm sure it'll be really impressive wherever you do get to wear it.

Skxawng
07-23-2011, 12:41 PM
Yeah. I'm also kind of bummed because I won't be able to go to Otakon either thanks to unforseen events :(

I need to find out other east coast cons that I can wear this to. I MAY do it for MAGfest this year but I'm not sure.

Minamino Haruka
07-28-2011, 05:26 AM
OMGOMGOMG....

As someone who is loving the books (BTW it's khal, not kahl) and the series (and I may have reference photos to help you out too...) I am totally looking forward to this! :mfg:

MissWartooth
07-29-2011, 08:53 AM
Awesome! I read all of those books long ago and LOVE how the series brought the world and the people to life. Your work is GREAT so far, I can't wait to see the finished product!

Skxawng
08-05-2011, 01:53 PM
OMGOMGOMG....

As someone who is loving the books (BTW it's khal, not kahl) and the series (and I may have reference photos to help you out too...) I am totally looking forward to this! :mfg:


Yeah I know about the kahl/khal :fuming: for some reason I cannot edit my post at all, so I can't fix it. This is especially frustrating because I cannot also edit my % completion in that original post. ack

Thanks, and reference photos would be greatly appreciated; though I've got a big library filled with a few shots from the set.

Awesome! I read all of those books long ago and LOVE how the series brought the world and the people to life. Your work is GREAT so far, I can't wait to see the finished product!

Thanks!! Nor can I!! :D

More updates hopefully soon. The last few days have been a little crazy and I haven't gotten a moment to sit down and work some more. However, my silicone and resin came in the mail, so hopefully I'll begin to learn how to cast in resin once I finish the sculptures! I can't wait.

The girdle is nearing completion; I've just got to finish oiling it, and add a few more lace bits and it'll be basically done.

RoseHanabira
08-05-2011, 04:39 PM
Huh, you can't edit the percentages in the original post? That's odd... is the Edit button just not showing up or are you getting some kind of error?

And I'm LOVING the updates! Man, so cool!

Skxawng
08-06-2011, 01:48 PM
Huh, you can't edit the percentages in the original post? That's odd... is the Edit button just not showing up or are you getting some kind of error?

And I'm LOVING the updates! Man, so cool!

I'll hit the edit tool, and enter in all my edits to the post, and then when i submit them nothing happens, it just thinks endlessly. I've tried this on two computers ... but not on anything but chrome so I'll give it a shot when I get back home (currently traveling) on firefox or something.

Glad you're liking the updates, and I'm looking forward to posting more in the future!!

GlassCannon
08-10-2011, 02:23 AM
That stinks about the editing issue. I was having that same problem with posting replies here the other day, just thinks and thinks and thinks. Finally tried with a much shorter post and it went right through. So maybe it's the length of the initial post?

The other thing that occurs to me is that your account is still pretty new, and so you may not be able to edit your posts until you've reached a certain number of posts over all. So just keep posting and try to edit again in a few days.

In the meantime, those of us who are a touch dyslexic won't even notice the khal/kahl thing, since you got the first and last letters right. ;D

Skxawng
08-12-2011, 11:47 AM
In the meantime, those of us who are a touch dyslexic won't even notice the khal/kahl thing, since you got the first and last letters right. ;D

Yeah but the die-hards are all pretty offended; this topic got linked on reddit and a buncha people were complaining about the mispelling :drunk:

I took a break workin' on Drogo after I realized that I was not going to have it completed for Otakon, but after getting some silicone in the mail, I realized it was time to get into gear and start on the other parts of the costume.

The Girdle/Belt is basically completed. I finished it up and I'm pretty darned happy with it. The last thing that needs to be done is adding a backing with some suede leather to it so it rests a bit more comfortably on my skin. Beyond that everything is tied up, secured and finished!

Anyway, back to the medallion. As I'm looking to re-create what he wore on his wedding day, the medallion is a relatively important part of the costume. I started out by using 'medium' Chavant NSP clay:

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/med1.jpg

And it worked pretty well ... but I still wasn't happy with it, and finishing the piece was going to be a little bit more of a hassle, so I re-did it with Chavant 'hard' and it felt a lot more natural to sculpt.

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/med3.jpg

Chavant is cool stuff. I've got a heat gun that a quick blast will soften the hard enough to move large amounts around with ease. The longer you blast, the softer it gets. This is especially helpful for smoothing small imperfections, as the surface will melt smooth and shiny. Apparently you can also double-boiler melt it down into a liquid state and cast with it. I'm considering trying it with my first silicone mold, though I've got to figure out wether my silicone will deform or not with the heat.

Given that I've never casted in silicone before, I figured it'd be prudent to start small before attempting the complex medallion above. So I figured I'd give the beads from the medallion belt a shot first.

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/med4.jpg

Breaking out the 'ol toys of youth - the amazing, incredible playthings known as legos, I made a basic frame for the beads, and sealed off the bottom with some extra chavant. Here's what I used:

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/med5.jpg

The above are what i used ... OOMOO 25 silicone, Ease Release, and SuperSeal. I started by sealing the beads with a few spritzes, and then following up with a coat of ease release. I then also ease release'd the mold, twice. After following the manufacturers instruction for OOMOO, I then poured it into the mold, and sunk the beads into the silicone

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/med6.jpg

I also experimented with using chavant for registration marks, as this was to be a two-piece mold. Next time around, I'm going to make sure to have some toothpicks to hold the marker upright ... or just wait until the silicone has begun to set and is thicker.

After it set, I applied another 2 coats of Ease Release, and then built up the mold higher, added another coating of silicone, and this morning this is what I got:

(Whups, reached the image limit per post so just click here) (http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/med7.jpg)

Experienced mold makers might notice that I completely forgot to add channels to pour whatever I'm going to be casting with ... you may also notice the hastily carved channels on the left side piece. We'll see if it works, and how my resin flows.

I noticed in the casts that there were some bubbles in the crevices, thanks in part to how I sort of ... unceremoniously dunked the clay originals into the silicone. On the top I tried drizzling the silicone into the crevaces first before pouring the rest. When i'll be making the mold for the medallion I'll be using a soft brush to force the silicone into every detail before slowly drizzling a good coat on, and finally inverting the medallion into a pool. This should hopefully reduce bubbles to a minimum, as I don't have a vacuum chamber.

Before that though, Ill be further testing by working on the knife, and casting that. Then I'll move back to the medallion, and once the belt is finished as well as the knives, probably the Arakh. I'm thinking though of using brush-on silicone for that instead, given its size.

Through all of this too, I'll probably also be working on the pants, which I'm likel putting a lot more time into than i perhaps should ... given that I need to sew together a bunch of pieces of upholstery leather I flayed off of a chair being thrown out. Currently I'm cleaning up the ripped seams with a little bit of barge. After that's complete I'll sew the two large sheets together and then cut out the pattern.

Finally, thanks to the kind folk over at dothraki.org, I've learned a few phrases so far:

Yer jalan atthirari anni: "You are the moon of my life"
Shekh ma sheiraki anni: "My sun and stars"

OOOOO romantic xoxoxo

and also:

Dothras chek: "Be cool" (lol, chill bro)
Fichas jahakes moon!: "Take his braid!"

Remember, the Dothraki measure status by how long the hair is - whenever a Dothraki is defeated he will cut his har. Drogo, has never cut his hair :P

kcole2103
08-12-2011, 07:25 PM
Yeah. I'm also kind of bummed because I won't be able to go to Otakon either thanks to unforseen events :(

I need to find out other east coast cons that I can wear this to. I MAY do it for MAGfest this year but I'm not sure.

There's always New York Comic Con in October... I'm going as Dany in her wedding dress on Saturday ^_^

Skxawng
08-20-2011, 11:32 AM
Kcole - Hummm .. I may be able to go to that one ... It'll give me an excuse to go visit my cousin in NYC too ....

Update: Got excited and made a mold of the medallion. First try I didn't use enough silicone, second try worked out great. I'm currently waiting on the 5th resin pull, and experimenting with oil paint for antiquing overtop silver spraypaint. Hopefully will also be getting a punch awl for the leather pants, which I need to start sewing together. More photos as things get completed :)

DaniiChan
08-20-2011, 09:27 PM
Yes! Got to NYCC cause I want pics too! *also wearing Dany but different outfit* PLUS Jason Momoa is going to be there. INCENTIVE!

Skxawng
08-21-2011, 01:14 AM
Yes! Got to NYCC cause I want pics too! *also wearing Dany but different outfit* PLUS Jason Momoa is going to be there. INCENTIVE!

Lol done. ahaha!

Gonna have to learn more dothraki to shout at him :toothy:

NeikoRae
08-23-2011, 11:47 PM
oh wow, the costumes looking great/ impressive so far! It would be fantastic to see you at NYCC if you could make it!

Skxawng
10-02-2011, 06:47 PM
Sooo

I've been busy in life, but also busy on the side. Now that its October though, I've got a month to complete the costume for halloween.

During Hurricane Irene my power went out, and I had nothing at all to do but sew together the leather pants by candle light. The following day when the lights came on, I threw everything on and this is what it looks like:
http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/PantsTotal.jpg
The zipper in the front is taken from the pants I cut up to make the pattern, and will be hidden entirely, otherwise I'd have to make a leather zipper or cover somehow.

I really, really need a new camera. You can also see that the Arakh is basically shaped out. All that is left to do with that is add the hilt detail, and then polish the blade smooth, and paint the whole thing.

Speaking of blades, I've been beating my head against the wall that is casting the knife. I started by splitting the knife in half using some spare chavant and cardboard. I wish I had some styrofoam at the time but alas none was in sight.
http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/PrepSmoothon.jpg

I used Smooth-on's Rebound 35 for the silicone mold, several layers, followed up by a layer of plasti-paste. And then I slushed around some resin in the mold. Once that hardened, I put the mold together, and then poured in more to fill in the gap. First pull:

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/FirstPull_Knife.jpg

Not bad, but there are a few gaps and bubbles, and the blade doesn't feel heavy enough. I'm currently re-casting, only this time I've added some metal wire to the blade part, which should add some weight.

Finally I've casted the medallions. Actually this was done a while ago:
http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/FirstPull_Med.jpg

and spraypainted:
http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/FirstSpray_Med.jpg

and after a bit of crashing and burning with the antiquing, here's what we're left with
http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/Antiqued_med.jpg

I've also been making a good deal of beads out of Apoxie Sculpt, for the ceremonial belt. I've also realized, thanks to some scrutiny on my part, that beneath the girdle, and the ceremonial belt, is a hide sash with hair still on it. Given that its gotten pretty chilly as of late, I can't say I'd complain about an extra layer. Still need to buy more fur-on hide, though.

There's a lot the left to be done.

Main Girdle: 100%
Complete

Bracers: 100%

Pants: 85%
- Purchase Dye
- Purchase Satin Finish
- Dye
- Add finish

Hide Sash / Loincloth: 30%
Materials 70% collected.
Creation at 0%
- Cut hide to shape
- Sew together
- Further augment, fit to self

Ceremonial Belt 60%
- 'Antique' the now silver-painted medallions
- Make 30 more intermediary beads from Apoxie Sculpt
- Make 30-40 large beads for ceremonial loincloth
- Paint/Antique the beads
- Tear more strands for ceremonial loincloth
- Weave loincloth together, add strands of beads and the like
- Sew feathers onto ceremonial loincloth
- Put together

Knives: 60%
- Cast two more with epoxy resin
- Clean up casts
- Make model adjustments
- Buy brass, ebony spraypaint
- Paint

Arakh: 65%
- Add hilt details with Apoxie Sculpt
- Sand everything smooth
- Paint
- Antique

Hair/Face: 0%
- Buy horsehair, figure out how to attach into hair
- Buy Gold hairbands, or some better looking alternative
- Figure out a good temporary hair dye for hair and beard
- Figure out makeup

DaniiChan
10-03-2011, 09:31 AM
Everything looks really good!!!

I too spent most of powerless Irene hand-sewing my Daenerys skirt by candlelight XD

NeikoRae
10-03-2011, 07:42 PM
looks great so far, I especially love the props (weapons and belt medallions) man so much work done and left to be done. It will look awsome when finished!

heheh & looks like we were all hindered by irene (didn't want to set my costume on fire accidentally by candle light so I cut and pinned by daylight until the power returned >_< )

Good luck with the rest of it!

Skxawng
10-25-2011, 12:41 AM
MUCH DELAY IN UPDATES/RESPONSE. A lot of shit came up recently that was unavoidable. As such I was unable to make it to NYCC ;_; which I was VERY disappointed about.

Everything looks really good!!!

I too spent most of powerless Irene hand-sewing my Daenerys skirt by candlelight XD
ahaha awesome


looks great so far, I especially love the props (weapons and belt medallions) man so much work done and left to be done. It will look awsome when finished!
Thanks :) its really starting to come together now and I'm very excited. Side note though, I'm somewhat impressed with Momoa's ability to move in the outfit, as its surprisingly restrictive.

Finishing. Everything. Up.

I've got a mad 3 day dash to get everything done before i head up to philly for halloween. I'll be going to work as drogo as well, so thursday night is the absolute deadline. I expect to have to stay up very late in the coming days.

The biggest thing that's been keeping me busy is the hide sash, which I realized was there while scrutinizing screenshots of drogo in order to figure out the ceremonial loincloth. Past that, I've also been working on the ceremonial loincloth. Tonight I sewed on the feathers to the sides, and dyed it to match the pants/girdle. Tomorrow night I weave together a bunch of jute bundles with beads and attach it to the front of the ceremonial loincloth, as well as figuring out a good way to attach it to myself securely. I'll also need to fix up / add to the hide sash, and do the finishing touches on the knives before i paint them on wednesday.

Thats another problem. In sunlight or Incandescent light, all of the leather looks very very red :miffed: It faded after drying - when I initially applied it it seemed perfect. Sooo tomorrow I go to tandy's to pick up some light blue or green leather dye. My hope is that the additional color will muddy up the red, and at the very least cause it to be far darker than successive layers of the Mahogany Brown dye is accomplishing. I figure it'd be better to be very dark than very red, ultimately. A bit of a lesson though: when you do tests of leather dye, do it on very large pieces of leather instead of thumb-sized pieces, so you can see how it turns out on a wide scale.

That said, it'll look fine at night. I'll just need to fix it somehow before I go to a con.

Sorry for the crappy shots. I need a new camera. Hopefully I'll be able to get some high quality photos from my coworkers on friday of the completed deal. For now though, these will have to do:

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/full_low_80.jpg

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/full_front_80.jpg

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/full_side_80.jpg

Left to do is ... get the hair extensions in, figure out how to attach to my hair. Figure out a beard extension, buy and figure out how to apply mascara/eye shadow, shave my eyebrow a bit, temporarily dye my hair and beard dark black, finish the knives, try to finish the arakh (probably won't) get my boots from zappos (tomorrow!) Another big thing is to shave off sections of hide on the sash and dye from the back so that its not so white and clean, giving it the effect of longtime use, cut it up a bit more so its less like an amalgamation of hide scraps. Then I need to finish the back of the girdle so that the buckles arent out in the open and there's not a space in my lower back. Figure out the blue paint, put it in a bottle that I can carry and easily apply. Finish antiquing medallion beads (there are a few lacking) Get some gauze, dye it offwhite for the hands ... work out ... and go yell some dothraki at my friends :)

Very excited!

Ladies, I need your help; what do I need to turn my eye sockets black and drogo-y?

A Grue
10-25-2011, 02:24 AM
Ladies, I need your help; what do I need to turn my eye sockets black and drogo-y?


I'm so glad you're still working on this! Your progress photos have been too good for you to just run off without showing us the finished product.

Black Eye Sockets! Easy enough: go to your local corner pharmacy or all-purpose store (wal-mart, target, meijer, etc) and buy some black eye-shadow. It'll come with a tiny little brush in the little tiny box; ignore that! Drogo doesnt need tiny spongy brushes. You'll probably be best using a finger or a cotton ball to apply the eye shadow around your eye. Don't forget to close your eyes and darken the eyelid, too.

If you have a steady hand, you can also get a black eyeliner pencil to darken the waterline around your eye to get that black color right up to your eye; Momoa does in the show, although he has a whole makeup crew behind him.

Good luck!! I hope you'll be finished in time! :D

Skxawng
10-25-2011, 09:26 AM
I'm so glad you're still working on this! Your progress photos have been too good for you to just run off without showing us the finished product.

Thank you!! And rest assured, I'll have plenty of photos once the costume is complete. I think I'll be going to the Pennsylvania Renaissance fair this saturday with my buddies all dressed up, and I expect they'll take a whole slew of photos then, at the very least.


Black Eye Sockets! Easy enough: go to your local corner pharmacy or all-purpose store (wal-mart, target, meijer, etc) and buy some black eye-shadow. It'll come with a tiny little brush in the little tiny box; ignore that! Drogo doesnt need tiny spongy brushes. You'll probably be best using a finger or a cotton ball to apply the eye shadow around your eye. Don't forget to close your eyes and darken the eyelid, too.

If you have a steady hand, you can also get a black eyeliner pencil to darken the waterline around your eye to get that black color right up to your eye; Momoa does in the show, although he has a whole makeup crew behind him.

Good luck!! I hope you'll be finished in time! :D

Thanks again!!! One question though; when applying mascara does one apply it on the area just beneath the eyelashes or above them? (when applying to lower lid)

A Grue
10-25-2011, 12:12 PM
You'll pull the mascara brush on top of your lashes; that is, on the side facing your eyeball and not on the side facing your cheek. c:

Skxawng
10-28-2011, 02:40 PM
After working for 7 solid hours after getting home at 8, and waking up early ... its about 95% complete. There are a few tweaks that need to happen but for the most part I'm happy with the result. The pants and belt were re-dyed so they wouldn't be so red, but in the fluorescent light they end up feeling very black. Hopefully soon I'll have a better quality image to throw up here soon, but for now, not bad :P

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/Khal_Drogo4_zombat.jpeg

Ricky45
10-28-2011, 03:36 PM
The stuff looks good. great job under candle lights.

Skxawng
10-28-2011, 04:53 PM
Thanks Ricky!!

More Pics :D

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/Khal_Drogo1_zombat.jpeg

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/Khal_Drogo2_zombat.jpeg

NeikoRae
10-28-2011, 09:57 PM
it looks fabulous! Great job! All that hard work really paid off ^_^ Can't wait to see more pics of you and the costume in action! (and do be carefull with the dagers... that, if they get knocked around they don't end up pulling/stretching/breaking at the mid section)

DaniiChan
10-29-2011, 12:45 AM
Love it!!!! Came out perfectly =) You best wear that to a con some day! I wanna see it in person!

Skxawng
10-30-2011, 10:51 PM
it looks fabulous! Great job! All that hard work really paid off ^_^ Can't wait to see more pics of you and the costume in action! (and do be carefull with the dagers... that, if they get knocked around they don't end up pulling/stretching/breaking at the mid section)

I wish I had read this earlier - I was getting into my car to go out downtown and one of the knives broke :eek:

Luckily I had cast it twice and had the original knife, so I rush-painted everything again, and while it didn't look nearly as good as the original, it did the job for the moment. I'm going to be remaking them with steel wire or an aluminum ruler as a base. I'm also going to be getting some resin dye so I don't have to paint the horn part of the handle, and some sheet brass for the hilt area, I think. Ultimately I'd like to actually try to make the blades out of aluminum, even though that'd probably never be OK to wear to a con or even out around a city.

Love it!!!! Came out perfectly =) You best wear that to a con some day! I wanna see it in person!

Oh most definitely. I'm definitely going to be at MAGfest as i'm doing a panel but I don't think it'd be appropriate there. I'm definitely going to Katsucon, and SDCC next year, and of course Otakon, as I live in bmore.

My first time cosplaying last friday was so incredibly rewarding. I figured based off of my experience at lunch on friday barely anyone would recognize the character, but I had more or less the opposite experience. As soon as I walked in to this one bar like half the place blew up around me

This being my first cosplay ever, it was incredibly awesome and rewarding :D

As such, I've decided to remake a few parts of it so they'll look better and be more durable. Additionally, I realized that his belt is actually supposed to be golden and not chrome :P sooo I'm going to be re-making the medallions, coughing up the money to get them plastichromed, re-making the knives, getting THEM plastichromed, and a variety of other things before putting it on again. I'm also looking forward to having the arakh completed.

Soon, I'll have better quality photos to put online, and I'll also have some more progress pics!

NeikoRae
10-31-2011, 09:57 AM
Don't know if you have a twitter account but @GameofThrones is holding a costume contest, you should totally enter ^_^ (just have to tweet them a pic or a link to a pic of you in costume)

Its great to hear your costume went over well! Can't wait to see some pics and good luck remaking/strenthening your accessories!

Skxawng
10-31-2011, 11:27 AM
Don't know if you have a twitter account but @GameofThrones is holding a costume contest, you should totally enter ^_^ (just have to tweet them a pic or a link to a pic of you in costume)

Its great to hear your costume went over well! Can't wait to see some pics and good luck remaking/strenthening your accessories!

Ooh awesome thank you!!!

Skxawng
10-31-2011, 01:03 PM
Moar Photos!!

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/KhalNew1.jpeg

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/KhalNew2.jpeg

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/KhalNew5.jpeg

http://zombat.roosteredge.com/2011/drogo/KhalNew4.jpeg

fev
10-31-2011, 09:06 PM
Awesome build thread! *subscribed*

Lokirathae
11-07-2011, 07:58 AM
Amazing, I'm Sseechless!!
In the top photo in your picture post above, you look like a much beefy-er version of my sister's husband! He's a top bloke too :)

Erian
11-14-2011, 03:52 PM
You did the best drogo costume I've actually seen!!!! Very amazing job!! Quality materials and so accurate!!!*____________*
And also thank you because your pictures helped me to made another quick Dorgo cosplay for a friend. (obviusly yours is the best!I love it!)

AmoreMiAmor
12-08-2011, 05:58 AM
Awwww, i miss Khal Drogo! my sun and stars

http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lvskhgc72O1r5d3u6o1_500.jpg

i miss them both :/

Realfiction
09-20-2012, 02:42 AM
That costume is amazing. I would love to know if you would be willing to sell any of the peices. Specifically the medalions and knives. Thanks

swchase
10-22-2012, 09:26 AM
Man this was so awesome, just wanted to say that you inspired me and my girlfriend to do our own. Mine is not as good as yours but it did turn out pretty well!
Thanks for the step by step process, i referenced your posts like 100 times over the last month building these.

Here are some pics from a party we went to over the weekend!

getting a fuller beard haha


http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f320/hype143/68B472C4-C08B-4A5E-8FAB-4C110263294B-1603-00000143F2FBF711.jpg

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f320/hype143/BFDD687C-2DB8-426C-A934-0E31CA50A995-1603-00000143F11BB67C.jpg

us togather..

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f320/hype143/CBF31EF2-BAD8-48FB-BEF9-82782617D5FA-1603-000001446D0F8E39.jpg

her getup..

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f320/hype143/AC0945A4-7E48-418B-8D67-6BC990052DCE-1603-00000143EC4B12AC.jpg

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f320/hype143/90FC9992-B3CC-4104-A242-E48DA2489F8B-1603-00000143E8348864.jpg

some of my stuff... (I did not fully make the bracers, they were plain leather and I added the strips in and dyed everything to match)

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f320/hype143/DC7F8F84-EF98-4CF9-8DF5-A863C08F861D-1603-000001451C1CC292.jpg

I also wanted to let you guys know we are already on our next creation. I know this is all about the actual constructing of the clothing but i also know how hard and time consuming it can be. We are selling our complete outfits and certainly not trying to make a profit at all, just trying to help fellow cosplayers out haha. If anyone is interested let me know.

Alkaas
10-31-2012, 04:00 AM
Wonderful.