so now I'm stuck with muslin long johns and - without the tabi boots - no way to mock up the foot covering in muslin, so I guess I'm in a holding patten. Oh well, I need to work on getting ready to move, anyway. I'll be starting on the the top and/or my horns this weekend, while I wait.
The split toe in the boot is really not necessary. PVC or some similar plastic for the hooves is highly recommended. Do a search for 'ninja boots' on ebay. They come with and without the split toe.
The face is a professional foam latex casting by a company called Woochie. Out of the package, it's very soft, and looks like cookie dough. You have to cut off the flash and excess with an exacto knife, then paint it up. You can use greasepaint makeup, but I mixed acrylic paint with matte medium and polyurethane gloss, so that it would flex with the face and not crack. You can glue it in place with medical prosthetic adhesive, or spirit gum. These things are awesome creepy, because they move with your face very well, so most every facial expression is visible. I also got one of those off the rack 3-d skelebones costumes, and painted the chest piece and the bone gloves to match the color scheme I used on the face, so I had the whole skeletal thing going on.
Well, there's no other way to put it, you guys are teh awesome! There is more talent and coolness in this one thread than many forums can come up with in a year. Truly inspiring stuff, and no one could look through this and not get some good ideas. Just to bring it up to date, here's my costume from this year that I just posted in another thread, The Undead King:
and one final bout of Pan-whoring goodness:
(hmmm... looks like the forum is set to constrain images to 500 wide so go to the image's url to see the full sized horror.)
Hope you all had a great Halloween, I know we did! Lots of friends, a cheesy 80's horror flick on the big screen (Night of the Creeps), snacks, and good times!
Nocturnaloner: That costume is inspired! I adore how you have put so much thought into the details, and I'm loving those contacts... which reminds me I must get some of my own. Also, the Pan legs are incredible, that was a great idea using foam to create the beastly bend. Exceptional work!
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Hey, I almost forget! Nocturnaloner: Your Pan costume is so cool I almost shed a tear while looking at its greatness.
Well, our Lord Pan is getting so much love, (and thank you for that!) I had to Google my way back to the guy who pioneered the leg design. The first diagram on the page really tells you everything you need to know: http://hawke.livequest.de/digi.html and I really didn't deviate, except the only kind of lightweight flexible boot that I could even think of that was close to what he used was a ninja tabi boot (automatic cool points, imo). Also,. the idea of putting a bolt all the way through the sole (don't miss the hoof construction link), and standing on it for any length of time sounded masochistic to me, so I just fell back on the ol' reliable J-B Weld, which performed admirably. We also ignored the A-B, X-YZ sewing diagram, and just basically made a pair of fur pants with extra room where necessary.
Now on the hooves themselves, he went through a very elaborate resin-casting deal which sure did look great, but I think I achieved comparable results with fiberglass bondo that you can pick up easily and cheaply at any auto parts store. A small propane or butane torch comes in handy to get the pvc pipe section to behave and stay in a proper hoof shape.
Another thing I did was, stand my underwear-wearing self up against the wall and cast a silhouette on a big sheet of paper with a bright light for my wife to trace from the waist down. Then, I drew on top of my natural form the loveliest back-bent goat leg I could muster. Cut out the extra bits, and that's how I made templates for the shapes of the foam pieces. I used a bread knife, and one of those battery powered hot-wire foam cutter things from the hobby store to sculpt the foam. I also did my best to round off the front corners of each foam chunk for a more natural shape. It worked!
So, all props to that German Hawke guy! Wherever he is.
If your hubby isn't into NERO- he should be AND I know of tons of people who might be interested in buying stuff off of him. We LARPers are a crazy lot.
He did and awesome job... am I gushing? I appear to be gushing
Hrrmmm... Err... That be me. What you can't tell in that first shot is, I also had a beard, some hobbit ears, and scary yellow wolf eye contacts, all of which conspired to make me look like some kinda psycho Mennonite. I do sincerely apologize to any who may be permanently traumatized by my resplendent pastiness. I have a good time though!
Funny thing about the LARP stuff is, I did indeed grab the basic construction idea of the legs from a German LARPER's site. Like wifey basically said, for the legs: upholstery seat foam, cut into wedges and triangles, held into place with pantyhose (no, I'm not making it up), and fun fur sewn around it by someone who knew how. For the hooves: a pvc pipe cut in two and shaped with a hacksaw and a blowtorch, some fiberglass bondo in front for the cloven bits, J-B welded to Ninja tabi boots (is there anything they can't do?). As for the superglue, hey, they used it in Vietnam to stick skin together, why not? Didn't burn me, worked way better than spirit gum, came off when I needed it to. Pan is dead, Long Live Pan!