|Time Taken :||two and a half months|
|Ninja Scroll is one of the first Manga Movies i ever watched and its never left me since and is still one of my faves...|
Although a short lived character Tessai is awesome he should have had a bigger part in the movie which and i would love to bring him to life XD
I was hoping to unleash this one at Minami 14 Now this one is on the cards for Ame 08 :)
Not many photos form this point on :(
I Have also made a cast of my head thanks to Nerts great guide and Ambers Wonderful help and patience while i panic'd with my head in cast :S
As per the guide we built up plastercine to look like Tessai and painted the ot in many layers of latex..
If you are looking to do this i have a few pointers:
The average head cast needs about 5kg of paster of pairs and roughly 500g of alginite(leaving room for error)
The slow set alginaite sets very fast :O
Do not use Hot water with alginaite as it will set instantly
Breathing through tubes isnt fun at all :(
The Body Suit
The body suit was probably the most challenging part
As tessai lays such a small part in the movie it's difficult to work from the references so ive had to wing it a fair bit and use my own artistic license..
I used the body cast from my Vegeta costume details on how to make it can be found on the costume details on cos island.
I used the same technique as making Vegeta but i was ever mindful to make it not look like i had a bunch of steaks stuck to me, so i studied the human anatomy a bit and found a few charts showing muscle groups and how they overlap and connect.
So basically this time round i added the roughly shaped foam to the suit then shaped it and layered up repeating the same again, through doing this i have a much bigger size this time as well :)
I used a Simplicity bely dancer pattern that Laura (Sands) had used for her samurai warriors costume, Although the pattern its sef is simple getting the overhang ploom of the bottom of the trousers right was the most challenging part of this costume lol :0
It took me and Amber about 4 days to do although i think i was being a bit too much of a perfectionist and i thank amber for her patience an help :)
and the costume is DONE
The What i had to do list:
Make a Cast of my Head (DONE)
Make Plastercine Model Of Mask (DONE)
Make Latex Mask (DONE)
Take in Long Sleeved T Shirt (DONE)
Add zip to Long Sleeved T Shirt (DONE)
Paint T Shirt in Latex (DONE)
Plan and Cut Muscle groups out of Foam (DONE)
Glue Foam to T Shirt (DONE)
Paint top coat of Latex mixed with Acrylic Paint on to Torso (DONE)
Figure out how the hell to make hands (DONE)
Make Huge boomerang Sword :) (DONE)
Make Trousers and Wraps (DONE)
Torso 5 (Posted 3rd July 2011)
Torso 4 (Posted 3rd July 2011)
Torso 1 (Posted 3rd July 2011)
Slabs of foam are glued on the torso using evostick or latex.
MOAR!!! (Posted 3rd July 2011)
Just found some old images of progress pic's which will hopefully give a better idea of how I construct body suits :D
I guess I didn't have the time to previously upload them then forgot... so sorry but here they are
The Mask - Part 2 (Posted 12th September 2008)
Once the Plaster head cast was set as per Nerts guide i built up plastercine on top to add the facial features of Tessai.
When i was happy with look of the Plastercine model i painted on top about 10-15 layers of latex, also i added a further 2 or 3 top coat layers of latex mixed with acrylic paint.
Once this has all set peel away the latex mask and the job is done.
The Mask - Part 1 (Posted 12th September 2008)
To make the mask ive had to make a cast of my head thanks to Nerts great guide found on the articles section of Cosplay Island, and Ambers Wonderful help and patience while i panic'd with my head Sealed in Alginite :D
I was also helped by a few pointers i found:
Its worth all the work tho when you have the Result :)
The Sword - In Progress 7 (Posted 8th September 2008)
Always try to spray in a clean dust free envirement for a great finish, ALWAYS wear a mask and work in a well ventilated area.
Normally i use Plasticote Primer, Topcoat and Clear Sealant spray paint for a long lasting finish, Use the cans as directed and you cant go wrong :)
The Sword - In Progress 6 (Posted 8th September 2008)
Now the most difficult part Bondo..
Bondo is just regular car bodywork filler its a mix this time of paste and hardener, once the Paste and hardener are mixed its pinkish in colour...
Once Mixed you spread the paste over the desired area and Skimm off any excess, then allow the mix to harden & sand down the rest for a good finish..
You repeat this over and over untill your satiffied with the finish or ran out of money for more bondo.
Now its ready for primer and Painting :)
The Sword - In Progress 5 (Posted 8th September 2008)
The Beginning of fiberglassing
Then mix thoroughly the Resin and hardener, 8 seconds worth of Hardener per 50ml of resin, very roughly and this varies with outdoor temperatures....
Then paint the surface area in the Resin/Hardener Mix and lay the Glass cloth on top.
The Sword - In Progress 4 (Posted 8th September 2008)
Now for some sanding down by hand... well about 4-5 hours worth as powertools are too boysterous for Celotex (InsulationFoam) :s
The Sword - In Progress 3 (Posted 8th September 2008)
After marking up my base i cut out the shape using a fully extended Stanley knife blade, now its ready for shaping.
The Sword - In Progress 2 (Posted 8th September 2008)
After making my template i placed it on my base (Rigid Insulation Foam) and drew round my chosen side, i then flipped over the template and drew on the same side side to have both sides match.
The Sword - In Progress 1 (Posted 8th September 2008)
First of all i study the reference from every available angle and Think about the best approach for getting the right shape. I then Drew out this template and cut it out, realizing it wasn't symmetrical i choose one side to use then flip it over.