xaerael
 


Costume :Skeksil, the Chamberlain
Variant :Mark 2 (upgraded, EC2011 finals version)
Source :dark crystal
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo October 2011


Costume Photos

Stage ECC finals, MCM expo #3

Stage ECC finals, MCM expo #2

Stage ECC finals, MCM expo

EC 2011 Studio (sponsor promo)

EC 2011 Studio

New vs Old

New Carapace sculpt

THE PLAN!

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : DON'T ASK.
Awards : EuroCosplay 2011 Grand Champion

Description
Right. I considered updating the original Skeksil page, but I felt that what I'm doing would take away from the original state of the costume.

After Expo I was really pleased, and totally dissatisfied at the same time. Pleased that my work on Skekkie to that point had earned me the place in the finals, dissatisfied that it didn't look nearly as good as I'd wanted it to.

So, I started upgrading the bugger. Here be the progress...

[Update, 02 Nov 2011]

Er... wow! I won Euro Cosplay!

I already said it on stage, but I'll say it again here. Thanks to Karen, Emma, my folks at home, Ku and Sal, everyone who encouraged me to complete the project (and take it on in the first place), thanks to all the people who cheered me on, and thanks to all the people who were there to watch, because without you, there would have been no point in entering.

**Icon Illustrated by Sonia Leong, Gifted by Karen "FatKraken" Dawson.**

Comments

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OH MY! What sexy clay you have!!!

by kiichan on Wednesday, 21 September, 2011 - 00:29

It's WED clay. Very nice stuff, if a little trickier to mould than oil based clays. I'll probably be using it more often now though on big stuff, because it's eyepoppingly cheaper than Chavant. (about 1/6 the price, haha)

It's sort of a regular water clay that has a glycerine additive which makes it easier to wet out. The beauty of it is you can smooth it to an almost mirror shine with just water, which was perfect for making a shell-like sculpt.

by xaerael on Thursday, 22 September, 2011 - 12:40
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OMG! Absolutely Brilliant.

by RebaSephiroth2 on Saturday, 24 September, 2011 - 16:39
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Good luck at the finals! It's looking good. The fibre from the fibreglass actually makes it look like it's been taken off an animal.

by Kata-san on Saturday, 24 September, 2011 - 17:18
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Fantastic craftsmanship!

by Ranma1-2 on Sunday, 25 September, 2011 - 00:28
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Working with fiber glass is beyond difficult, to get decent results is another thing...

YOU HAVE AMAZING RESULTS!!!

Really cant wait to see this badboy finished!!

by MangaChild on Tuesday, 27 September, 2011 - 20:52
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New carapace, it's pretty hot....just sayin.

by Lulu Rose on Friday, 30 September, 2011 - 21:22
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Looking at the sexy new carpiece it seems that you will be doing us proud at the Euro Cosplay finals! More so than I originally thought so!

by Sammykins on Friday, 30 September, 2011 - 21:33
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looking awesome!

by lastordersuk on Friday, 30 September, 2011 - 23:53
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Wow look awsome !!!!!!! =] Was just wondering how you managed to make it out of fiberglass? I keep thinking about useing it but havnt got a clue how XD

by RelentlessKay on Saturday, 1 October, 2011 - 09:33
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Just wow - you took something incredible and stunning... and you are making it even better! Good luck in the finals!

by DarkerLink on Sunday, 2 October, 2011 - 18:29
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i will be shocked if you dont win, this is the most amazing home made costume i have ever seen ever!!!

by kaasutii on Sunday, 2 October, 2011 - 18:53
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New carapace is awesome. Love the shape to it.

WE HAVE THE SAME HEAT GUN!!!! (also we have the same Dremel) :D

by Sephirayne on Sunday, 2 October, 2011 - 19:18
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SO epic!!

by BabemRoze on Sunday, 2 October, 2011 - 19:56
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it scares me how epic this is !!!! XD

by J-Po on Sunday, 2 October, 2011 - 21:56

It looks a LOT better. You've put your earlier work to shame with this, which is an impressive feat alone. :P

by Adamoluna on Sunday, 2 October, 2011 - 22:43
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This looks amazing so far! I love the dark crystal! I will have to get a photo!

by midnu on Sunday, 9 October, 2011 - 14:09
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Rarely do I visit here these days but looking mad Xae. All the best for October.

by Odd-One-Out on Saturday, 22 October, 2011 - 22:51
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Rarely do I visit here these days but looking mad Xae. All the best for October.

by Odd-One-Out on Saturday, 22 October, 2011 - 22:51
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Super congrats on the win! Costume looks amazing :D

by SarahSaiyan on Sunday, 30 October, 2011 - 10:38
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i don't think there is a camera that can do that costume justice. Mega super gratz on the win :D

by Zeldalight on Monday, 31 October, 2011 - 14:40
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Well done mate, unbelievably impressive work. It's nice to see something a little unusual winning the eurocosplay final

by theKillingDoll on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 - 15:42

I'm just speechless in regards to your craftmanship but I love you for picking this character. You can't beat the old 80's kids films and Dark Crystal is one of my favourites. I'm still holding out for someone to cosplay one of the creatures from The Neverending Story but thats... well, another story (I've always thought Karen would make a great luck dragon though!)

by Donna on Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 - 10:46

Hehe, I was going to do an upright version of Gmork a long time ago ;p I never got around to it!

by xaerael on Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 - 10:47
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Congratulations! You really deserve it. This is beyond impressive ^^

by Kacela on Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 - 10:51
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Very well done, my man. I knew you could win with this. :D Spielberg should snap you up!

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 - 11:04
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Excellent work ^^ Congratulations you did fantastically well :D

by Combustible Lime on Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 - 11:52
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Congratulations on the EuroCosplay 2011 win! New improved and dirtier Skeksil upped the game again, truly fantastic to watch.

by Amy-Lou on Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 - 12:35
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So happy you won the EuroCosplay! Your speech was just the best <3
There were standing ovations all round!

by tripletriad on Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 - 16:45
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congratulations on winning the eurocosplay, so well deserved!

by Leolarua on Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 - 17:05
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congrats This thing scares the hell out of me, but I can't help but admire how cool it looks.

by yami-no-neko on Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 - 17:42
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Wow, I didn't think it was possible but you mad this cosplay that much more awesome. Great job on the tweaks!

by Speckles on Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 - 23:08
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Well deserved Win in the Euro cosplay. xx

by Wyrdsister on Friday, 4 November, 2011 - 01:56
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Hands down, you owned this dude. And you still enter my nightmares in this cosplay

by Manticore on Tuesday, 8 November, 2011 - 18:25
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Congratulations! You definitely deserved to win, such skill and passion portayed in this costume!

by ElegantAura on Tuesday, 8 November, 2011 - 23:20
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Congratulations on winning euro cosplay! I was so happy for you when you won, and the plastic is fantastic panel was really great and showed just how much work had gone into your costume :)

by Sakurastar123 on Wednesday, 9 November, 2011 - 13:16
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Congratulations! A well deserved victory :) This costume is sheer awesomeness!!

by yumcarrots on Wednesday, 16 November, 2011 - 15:45
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Well you won so now I don't have to kill you lmao dude well deserved victory enjoy the prize dude

by Defrain on Friday, 18 November, 2011 - 12:35
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Can't believe I've not posted this yet (yes, I fail) but well done and congrats on winning. Awesome to see this come together and the win was so well deserved. So proud of you buddie ;)

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 14 December, 2011 - 15:46