Costume :Hippogryph
Variant :Cenarion War Skin
Source :World of Warcraft
Progress :Complete
Worn At :SunnyCon 2013

Costume Photos

On Stage

Twerky Twerky Hippogryph xD

Chilling on my Mount!

Side Body


Feathery Head

Antlers Painted

Very Very Slowly Gettin... Wait,, it's all wrong!!!!!!!!!


Tail Mechanism

Base Structure

Felt to Feather


Costume Information

Awards : 1st Insomnia 49

After debating about the practicality of the costume I have decided to not make this as a quadsuit, instead make it so I'm standing in the front of the Hippogryph. This will increase the wearability of the costume and also make it so that I can control the wings myself without any electrical circuits.

Plus when scaling the costume to my body it'll mean the size is much more impressive! (I'm just hoping I'll be able to fit it in the car to take it anywhere XD) I've already scaled the wings and each one, when folded out, will be taller then me D=

I'm not sure when events I'll be able to attend with this costume due to practicality and with being busy due to life issues, but I'm hoping Manchester McM Expo and London McM May Expo.

Progress videos will be uploaded at some point on my youtubezzz:, But for now just a few teaser pictures I'm afraid.

Features I hope to include on this costume:

-Glowing eyes
-Handmade realistic, follow-me, resin cast eyeballs
-Moving jaw
-Visible breath/smoke effect
-Moving sides to show breathing
-Voice box
-Blinking eyes
-Articulated/mechanical wings
-Articulated/mechanical hind legs (to allow for rear leg movement in single person design)
-Jointed front claws for realistic movement
-Built in drinks container
-Built in cooling fan
-Swishing tail
-Detachable armor

(Again I don't know if I'll be able to fit all of this in, but hey! Let's aim for the stars!)

AMFE (This didn't happen as the costume wasn't finished on time.
The new reveal time is March, Sunnycon 2013

Here is a link to a picture from the side, showing the body shape of the Hippogryph without the wings obstructing it.


Magic 8-ball says this is going to look really, really cool. I'm going to watch the progress; may you not go insane crafting hundreds of felt feathers.

by birds-hate-flying on Wednesday, 9 November, 2011 - 15:37
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This will look so beautiful, looking forward to seeing some progress!

by Sakura_Blue on Sunday, 4 December, 2011 - 22:18
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I'm glad you're trying to make it like it is in the game, polygons and all =P It makes a change too rather than trying to see everong make it fit "everyday life" Should be a really interesting outcome, loving it so far =)

by HatsuneHawke on Friday, 17 February, 2012 - 15:01
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if i see you i'll DEFINITELY get a picture or two :'D this is magnificent in every way

by BlackLouie on Sunday, 4 March, 2012 - 17:09
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Progress is looking great, you're glad you found pepakura now but wait until you've had to sit and cut out 24 A4 pages for a helmet and then you realise you didn't measure properly :P

It sounds like a crazy amount of work but I'm sure it'll be great! Good luck!

by Kata-san on Monday, 5 March, 2012 - 02:51
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This is such a cool idea, I would love to see this in person!!

by Siouxsie James on Tuesday, 10 April, 2012 - 20:07
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Hehe so would I! I acctually can't wait to get this one finished... THen cross my fingers that I'll be able to fit it out the door lol!

by Silantre on Wednesday, 25 April, 2012 - 13:56
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@ Katasan... I waited... it happened XD
The pepakura head I made is waaayyy too small D=
It will now be a 30 x A4 sheet head *facepalm*

by Silantre on Thursday, 11 October, 2012 - 03:13
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Awwww, no way! Back to the...erm...cutting board :D

by Kata-san on Saturday, 13 October, 2012 - 00:55
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oh wow. if you get this done for AMFE. i'd be so excited to see this!

by cowiee on Saturday, 10 November, 2012 - 02:47
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This looks so good!! Can't wait for it to be finished!!

by Siouxsie James on Sunday, 25 November, 2012 - 22:55
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I don't know the source maerial very well but this looks incredible!

by Carmina on Monday, 14 October, 2013 - 12:18
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Amazing <3 well done!!

by Siouxsie James on Monday, 14 October, 2013 - 16:47
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So awesome!

by ToroSonyCat on Monday, 14 October, 2013 - 19:41
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Thanks guys =D

by Silantre on Wednesday, 16 October, 2013 - 14:57

To-Do List

Make claws for front feetLowPlanned
Attatch all feathers to bodyLowPlanned
Paint all feathers for bodyLowPlanned
Cut out all feathers for bodyLowPlanned
Put mechanism for bottom beak inLowPlanned
Figure out mechanism for moving bottom beakLowPlanned
Add top beak to headLowPlanned
Do electronics for blinkingLowPlanned
Do electronics for light up eyesLowPlanned
Attatch eyelids to the eyesLowPlanned
Figure out how to make blinking mechanismLowPlanned
Cut apart head to be able to get in there and attatch thingsLowPlanned
Make base structure for headLowPlanned
Add smoke tubes to costumeLowPlanned
Get a suitable bag for spray smoke / figure out mechanismLowPlanned
Get tubing for spray smokeLowPlanned
Order more spray smoke to practise withLowPlanned
Attatch antlers to headLowPlanned
Paint/cover antlersLowPlanned
Cover hooves on rear feetLowPlanned
colour and cover saddle and attatchLowPlanned
Make saddle baseLowPlanned
Figure out saddle and make templatesLowPlanned
Make wing armor and colour and attatchLowPlanned
Make wing armor template / baseLowPlanned
Make foot armor and colour and attatchLowPlanned
Make foot armor base / templateLowPlanned
Make harness / attatch chest plateLowPlanned
Make chest plate base/templateLowPlanned
Make helmet and colourLowPlanned
Make templates/base for helmet armorLowPlanned
Paint front of bodyLowPlanned
Cover front of bodyLowPlanned
Make base for front of bodyLowPlanned
Figure out front of bodyLowPlanned
Colour the back of the resin eyesLowPlanned
Cast resin eyes, with LED inLowPlanned
Add lock nuts to leg jointsLowPlanned
Add expanding foam to legsLowPlanned
Figure out shaping of feet for costumeLowPlanned
Shape expanding foam on legsLowPlanned
Make base structureLowPlanned
Add fishing line attatchment to legsLowPlanned
Attatch structure to harnessLowPlanned
Attatch legs to structureLowPlanned
Make the base of the front legsLowPlanned
Cover base front legsLowPlanned
paint front legsLowPlanned
Make chicken wire base for structureLowPlanned
Make template for leg furLowPlanned
Cut fur for legs and AttatchLowPlanned
Colour fur on legsLowPlanned
Find shoes to use for costumeLowPlanned
Figure out structure for wingsLowPlanned
Make structure for wingsLowPlanned
Coer wire mesh with nettingLowPlanned
Find helmet for costumeLowPlanned
colour fur on rear of bodyLowPlanned
Cut and attatch fur to rear of bodyLowPlanned
Make template for fur at rear of the costumeLowPlanned
Attatch wire mesh to structureLowPlanned
Add moving chest mechanismLowPlanned
Figure out moving chest mechanismLowPlanned
cover tail / paintLowPlanned
Figure out how to do the tail coverLowPlanned
Attatch tail swish mechanism to structureLowPlanned
Figure out tail swishing mechanismLowPlanned
Attatch feathers to wingsLowPlanned
Paint feathers for wingsLowPlanned
Cut out feathers for wingsLowPlanned
Attatch wings to structureLowPlanned
Find trousers to use with the costumeLowPlanned

Shopping List



Solar Power? (Posted 17th November 2012)

I've always wanted to be as green as possible since I was a wee lil lass =3,
I really wanted to make this Hippogryph solar powered origionally, but was worried it would severely damage the asthetics.

I was laying in bed one night thinking about everything, and realised that I would eventually be putting the saddle on the costume. I'm now trying to come up with designs for making it so that the saddle has solar pannels hidden inside. Then when I'm outside the top of the saddle opens up on hinges to reveal the solar pannels, letting the lights and animatronics charge up! (Especially since I won't need any of the lights turned on while outside).

I'll probably post something on the forums asking for help on this in the future, as I'm still rather new to electronics, and have never played with solar pannels, and how to safely connect them to a rechargable battery before.

WIRESSSSSSS!! (Posted 24th October 2012)

Wires... Wires... and more WIRES.
With the amount of things that I have going on in the head of this beast, I've had to work with so many wires XP.
I was sensible at first, and used coloured electrical tape so I knew which wire was connected to what. But then I ran out of colours XD.

The picture only shows the wires for:
-'Wagging' tongue
-Blinking eyes
-Light up eyes

There is still to add the wires/pipe for:
-Voice Box
-Moving Jaw
-Smoke pipe (for visible breath)

I think I'm upto about 6 battery packs so far? *Facepalm*
And I still wanted the whole costume to light up orange, blue and UV... XD
That will be around another 6m of cable, 3 battery packs and 150 LED's to wire

Tail Mechanism (Posted 17th September 2012)

I was acctually playing around with how to get the neck to move, and ended up making the tail instead!

I've seen those toy snakes that 'swish' from side to side, and decided to go along with a design sort of similar to that.

I joined several pieces of PVC pipe together with metal strips and left the screws slightly loose so they would be able to pivot.

I then added metal bracket strips to each side, which is where the string threads through.

I also added a strip of PVC down the centre to stiffen it up a bit, and help spring it back into the straight position when I let the string go.

Once tied to the end of the tail when I pull each sring the tail will bend that way.

This will all be hidden inside the tail so I can give it that flick like motion horses do. The tail will be controlled by hand inside the costume. But it should also bob about when walking along, as I'll be adding a spring underneath where it's attatched to the rest of the costume.

Base Structure (Posted 10th September 2012)

The base of the costume could well turn out being the most expensive part of this costume. It's not the PVC pipe that costs alot, it's those joints.

But anyway! Finally made a start on this costume. Starting is always a difficult part I find, especially with larger costumes. This base structure will be holding a heck of alot of weight so I have to make sure it's right, because if I get this wrong the whole thing could fail.

I've been using PVC pipe 40mm for the main weight bearing structure.
20mm PVC pipe to bend for the 'spine' of the costume to help get shape.
Plastic 'lipping' for the flexible straps to fill in the gaps between the larger pipe.

Currently having troubles trying to get it to fit in the car XD... Also not sure how it will fit down the stairs once it's finished o.0, I know I'll at least have to do it in 3 parts, then put it together at the destination, which unfortunatly will mean weak joints in the structure =[

To-Do List and Schedule (Posted 4th March 2012)

As you may have noticed I now have a to-do list on this costume,, I almost wish i hadn't have done it as i didn't realise how much there is to do.

I know my time will be tight to get it finished for May London MCM Expo, so I've made a schedule so I know what I have to do everyday if I want to get it finished on time. I decided if i can keep up with the schedule for the first 5 weeks then I'll stick with it, if not I'll stop working so hard on it and skip MCM Expo this year to save money for next year. (Will be the first London MCM Expo I've ever missed since I started going ='( though I've already missed my first Midlands MCM Expo this year too >.>)

So yes, not sure if this costume or mysel will make it to May, but time will tell!

A Costume That Breaths (Posted 3rd February 2012)

I've been jumping all over the place with this costume, one second I'll be working on the head,, then the next I'll be working on the hooves. Which is why I haven't really been uploading any progress yet.

I do have a few updates on the features...
-Back legs will be moving mechanically.

-The test of getting breath to show from the nose was successful now I just have to figure out how to acctually fit it inside the costume.

-Also I have come up with another idea I'd like to impliment which is to have the sides of the costume moving so it looks like he's breathing. D=!!! Why do I keep adding things to this.... *Sigh* oh well I just hope the extra trouble will acctually be noticed.

P.S. I am still going ahead with my plans to upload some progress videos of this costume on my youtube. However I'm trying to film them in the chronological order, and I still have aload of planning sketches to do, so keep an eye out.

Sounds Delightful (Posted 22nd December 2011)

Today I went shopping, and one thing I bought was a portable speaker for an MP3 player, and after a few hours looking around on the interwebs I've been able to found a download of the Hippogryph noises from the game!

This costume is going to have a voicebox! I just hope that with the sound around the expos that you can still hear it.

Pepakura (Posted 2nd December 2011)

A discovery!

After looking around on the internets trying to find new techniques I struck gold! A techniques that pretty much garuntees 100% accuracy XD

It is very fiddly and probably takes more time then the first method I came up with (carving foam) but I hope the results will be worth it. I definatly intend to use this technique in the future.

Leg mechanics Simplified (Posted 30th November 2011)

Okay so I've just realised that my brain automatically over-complicates everything >.>

Instead of using the leg mechanism I spent about a week working on using wood and string and pulleys, I'm just going to use some fishing line .... Yup, fishing line XD.

The line will attatch opposing front and back legs so when I take a step fowards my back legs will move,, simples! (*Insert meerkat squeek here*)

Back leg Mechanics (Posted 21st November 2011)

I've been contemplating for a few weeks now about if I should make the back egs mechanic, so that they move when I do. I know that adding in this feature to this costume will:
- Make the costume heavier
- Make the costume harder to transport
- Make the costume more delicate
- Make the costume construction time at least a few weeks more

However, it will look fricken awsome! XD I know that mostly photo's are taken of costumes so moving back legs wouldn't matter. Buuuuttt on stage it would look a bit wierd walking around and just dragging my back legs behind me.

I've doe a few cardboard tests and scaled it upto full size in wood. I know how the mechanic will work, it's just putting it into the costume and working it while I'm in the costume.

A Hoof... (Posted 9th November 2011)

Well today, I made a hoof.

Yup, not even a full hoof. Just a template for a hoof... within the whole day LOLOLOL

May it Begin! (Posted 8th November 2011)

8th November 2011,,, the project begins,, and off to an expensive start >.> £10 already on just testing fabircs and techniques. However I intend to do this costume properly,, something worthy of Blizzcon! Something to properly show my love for my second favourite animal in Warcraft =3

I've started with playing with mechanics with bits of cardboard for the front claws and rear legs. I have also played with turning felt into feathers and dying fur, what fun!