27th October 2010: crystal Just a quick little pic to show the 'crystal' on the end of the lightsaber hilt. I wanted to make it look like it was sort of glowing.
26th October 2010: More Lekku Painting! finally getting round to painting the other lekku tail. i have been putting it off for ages but it NEEDS to be done! And it isnt easy as it has to be symmetrical.. and mirrored... and neat.. and they wobble! ARGH! lol
26th October 2010: Make up Video Just uploaded a Video of me applying my face paint!
Several people have asked how I do the face paint so.. Here is an AWFUL video! Half the time my face is not in shot and my goofy messy hair is!! And I Couldnt really see what I was doing because of the contacts, So its not perfect! But it will be on the day! I PROMISE! Enjoy... HUR HUR!
23rd October 2010: Bra Finished I was going to do the leather strips all the way down, but due to the shape of the cups it didnt look right, so i decided to dont 3 strips on the stop of each cup.
17th October 2010: Ear Cones Again.. not very excititng but i've made the ear cones today. not sure how to attach them yet, but i'll think of something. Male Twi'leks have humanoid ears, yet females are nearly always shown with these ear cones. some round and smooth, and some more pointed and ridged all the way around, which I prefer, so thats what ive gone for. As im running out of time and money these have just be carved from a foam block, and painted.
15th October 2010: Belt - WIP Not much of an update, but this is how it should look once all stuck together!
22nd September 2010: HOLY CRAP I GOT THEM IN!! I'm so proud of myself!!! IT WAS WELL SCARY!! but they really do look the part!... I hope! Lol
... I just need to get used to them... I can feel them moving!!!
20th September 2010: Contacts! These are the contacts I have ordered! Dont know how im going to manage it, but it will be worth the pain and fright! lol
20th September 2010: YES! Oh my.. I tried everything on last night... And Im actually so f*cking CHUFFED! It actually looks much better than I thought it was going to! I know its not 100% accurate now hat I have had to add a headband, but.. I dont care coz it looks SWEET! All the colours Match so well!! All I have left to do, it order my Gloves, and finish the Armour, and THATS IT! Oh yes and.. despite a phobia of eyes, I have decided to go ahead and get some yellow and red cotacts AND POWER THROUGH!! As im so pleased with how it looks I think the eyes will just top it all off. If it had looked poo.. I dont think I would have bothered! lol
18th September 2010: YAY! I have officially lost over a stone between now and when i did Bayonetta! I hope it shows when im squeezed into that Zentai! Chubby Talon may not look so good...
15th September 2010: yay! I'm so happy!! I have finally sorted out the problem keeping the Lekku on my head. I think I have finally found a way to make them secure!
As the plan to have them under the Zentai hood failed oh so miserably I had to adapt the costume a bit. Now i can understand that every single Talon costume I have seen has had a head strap. I was really hoping that I would be able to avoid this, but alas i cannot! *sigh*
BUT NEVER MIND!! I have made a Head piece that is so tight it keeps my Lekku on beautifully! *crosses fingers* With some help of some hair grips, alot of pressure, and 2 straps! ... it just makes me pretty deaf, so if you come up to me.. SHOUT! but IT STAYS PUT!! HOORAH!!
Although...If anyone decides to tug on them.. I WILL SHOVE MY LIGHTSABER SO FAR UP YO' ASS YOU WILL TASTE IT!!! *grins*
8th September 2010: Lulz I Are Evils!
6th September 2010: DISASTER!!!! *cries*
30th August 2010: Armour Start Okay so i started the armour today! Due to lack of funds i have literally had to rummage around to find materials. I have used a poster tube, that i split down the middle, and flattened out. I then wrapped my legs in cling film, and stretched the card over my shin, and moulded it to the shape of my leg as best i could, and paper mache'd it. Ive done about.. 5-6 layers i think. I then cut them off my legs and trimmed them. For the bolts I had to use something i could get lots of, so i ended up emptying a box of pills into a tub, and using the blister packet! Cut round each bubble..thing.. and stuck it on. Once it painted it shouldnt look too bad. And its costing me nothing to make 7 Pieces of armour!! WIN!!!
29th August 2010: Tattoos The tattoo's have been started!!
17th August 2010: ARGH!! Lekku are NOT easy to paint!!!! THEY ARE FRIGGING ALIVE!!! Wobbling about everywhere!! and i cant hold on to them, coz they're wet!! lol. Its quite fun though.... in an annoying but funny kind of way... lol
15th August 2010: pre painted lightsaber Here's what my hilt looked like before i painted it. i know some people feel it looks a little.... questionable... but it is a hilt, and nothing more!! LOL!
11th August 2010: PROGRESS! Well.. today i have been a little down. so i have been working hard to take my mind off it! today i have:
Done the final coat of latex on the lekku? - HAI!
Painted the base colours and shadows on the hilt? - HAI!
Measured and cut out the pieces of armour for arms and legs? - HAI!
Cut out the front shape for the belt..skirt.. panty.. thing? - HAI!
Colour tested 3 different red acrylics for the lekku to match the face? - HAI!!
Made a mess?? - HAI!!!!!
(web cam shot of the colour testing.. its not actually that bright.. and there are 3 different reds on there... you just cant tell! :P)
so.. a productive day!!
10th August 2010: More Latex!!! Here's a little pic of where im at Lekku wise.. still latexing!! SHOCKER!!! they will need a couple more coats before i can paint them... but im running rather low on latex now... EEK!
..and yes i know.. they look silly in the picture.
3rd August 2010: CARVING THIS HILT SUUUUCCCKKKSS!!! Lol, so as you can guess i have started on my lightsaber.. now... As i already have a few i REALLY wanted to use a force FX lightsaber.. and as Talons is red, i had 2 choices.. Vaders, or the build your own. See now .. Vaders was the obvious choice, its a far superior saber. the sound is better, the light is better.. generally just... BETTER! but... the hilt was bulky enough as it is.. and looks NOTHING like talons, so i would have to make a cover for it.. and.. a cover on top of that already HUGE hilt would have looked reduculous. So ive had a play around with the other one, set it to red, taken off all the bits and pieces, and its actually perfect, So.. *crosses fingers* if all goes to plan... I have made a cover for it, out of foam, which i am carving to look like the knarled coral. This cover will then be coated with latex and painted, which should hopefully still make it flexable enough to take on and off so i can replace batteries and what not... so yeah.. here is it so far.. it looks pretty huge but.. hopefully it wont be!!
oh and.. ignore me in the photo cuz... LOL
21st July 2010: *pukes from the smell off concentrated latex* Lol.. so.. Last night i finished sticking all the pieces of the lekku together, with the most horrible spray glue EVER!! I mean damn does it work!! but its horrible to work with!! ANYWAY! So today i have started coating the foam in latex. I can only work on the main head part of the Lekku at the moment (even though it will be hidden) AS i need to stuff, and bend the tails into shape before i can latex them, and seeing as i dont have the stuffing or the wire.. i cant lol. SO yes! progress none the less. And please excuse the rubbish picture. They honestly wont stay pointing up like that!! lol
20th July 2010: <3 i LOVE SNAZAROOOOOO!!!
19th July 2010: Happy Hernia!!! Foam arrived today! And i am making the Lekku as we speak... although... I cant get the lid off my latex :( And i think i have just given myself a hernia trying, but i dont care! BECAUSE I AM EXCITED!!
16th July 2010: WAHOO! It has officialy started, things have been ordered!! So i can get underway with her Lekku!! I really cant wait!
Ranma1-2 - 12th July 2010
WoW. If you can do this...shall be one very sexy sith! :)
Body paint or body suit?
Alyx - 12th July 2010
Aww! Thanks, I'm thinking a very tight body suit so i can get the marking PERFECT!! and make prep time a million times quicker!! I am worried about seams and creases but, if its tight enough i dont think it will matter.
Ranma1-2 - 12th July 2010
I think that is a good choice.. also you won't have to worry about body paint rubbing off on everyone and retouching it up all day.
Do you have your light saber yet?
Alyx - 12th July 2010
No i dont, Talons light saber is... well not your ordinary light saber, i'll upload a reference. I havent fully decided what to make it out of!
Ranma1-2 - 12th July 2010
..wow that is an unusual lightsaber hilt. It will require a bit of creativity to make. The only thing I can think is adding the organic shapes onto a slim handle using Milliput epoxy putty - it can be rolled into sausage shapes and sculpted like plasticine and after an hour it sets rock hard. Good luck. :)
BlusterSquall - 13th July 2010
Sweet~ I love Darth Talon - she's such a sexy Sith. x3
What day are you planning to wear Talon? We have a Star Wars group (like a huge one, hopefully) organised for the Sunday - it was be really fun to get Talon there too! :D
Alyx - 13th July 2010
Thanks! Wasnt sure what day i was wearing her... was probably gonna be both as i cant really afford to do 2 costumes lol.
Ranma1-2 - 16th July 2010
Good luck with making a start on the Lekku. :)
Alyx - 16th July 2010
Thank you, i'm so excited! it wont be the first time ive made some so it shouldnt be too hard *crosses fingers* Painting them will be a challenge though lol.
sjbonnar - 20th July 2010
Good thing someone suggested Snazaroo... :-p
Anonymous - 20th July 2010
ooooh this will be epic! the face paint looks really good.
Ranma1-2 - 25th July 2010
Makeup Test 1 - looks Fab. I concurr, Snazaroo is brill.
Ummm how do you get your eyebrows to look so thin and defined?
Alyx - 25th July 2010
Thank you! ^_^'
for my eyebrows its just.. lots of careful plucking, and a really good liquid eyeliner lol.
Anonymous - 5th August 2010
Saw this on the homepage and just have to say...It looks EXCELLENT. I will have to keep an eye out for you at expo, and maybe attack you for photos ;)
- - 6th August 2010
Omg. i seen his on the homepage and died. This looks amazing!!! can't wait to see it in real life~!
Ranma1-2 - 6th August 2010
Great work so far. I'm really looking forward to the Star Wars group at Expo, tis gonna be Awesome.
Are Talon and Maul from the same planet? We MUST get pics together! :)
Alyx - 6th August 2010
Aww thank you! I'm really looking forward to it aswell!!
As for the planets, Theyre not. Twi'leks come from the planet Ryloth, where as Zabraks are from Iridonia. Even so.. we still need to get photos, becuase we'll look awesome together!! :D
Anonymous - 6th August 2010
love Talon's and Maul's Sith tattoo's can't wait to see how you do them, also which day is this Star Wars group? i may have to get a few pics with you all (as Luke)
My__RoadOfBlood - 6th August 2010
Wow can't wait to see this finished!
The make-up is excellent
Ranma1-2 - 12th August 2010
I'm so impressed with your skills. *_* Well done. The hilt / lightsaber conversion looks amazing. (looks just like the ref) I never would have thought you could carve those shapes into foam like that. What tools did you use exactly?
Lekku, lol, that wip pic of them lying on the floor makes me think 'Are you really gonna stick those on your head and walk around Expo!" (lol some more - what are we like!?) But when they are on they look right. So don't mind me. :P
So yeah how did you cut the foam like that?
And, ..aren't Twilek's normally Blue?
Oh and, ..any luck with the red body suit yet? ^_^
Alyx - 12th August 2010
Aww your so kind ^_^
For the foam i just used a small craft knife. nothing special. the lightsaber has actually has come on leaps and bounds since i took that photo, ive put on so many layers of latex it really stands out now! im actually really proud of it. my camera has broken... so i will have to try and get pictures some how. my webcam just doesnt do it justice! lol. but its almost finished! i just had to add some damage and highlights, and paint hte crystal at the end! WHOOP!
As for the Lekku... i even look at them myself and think... how am i going to do this!! thyre sooo heavy!! but.. when theyre on.. they look the part so.. i'll put up with it lol. it cant be as painful as bayonetta!! lol
You do get blue twi'leks yes. But their skin tones really vary, they can be green, blue, black, pink, yellow, purple... every colour you can imagine really. But red is the rarest colour, caused by a gene mutation! which is cool! lol (im such a nerd >_<)
And yes i have bought a body suit. i ordered it last night, so i should get it soon! I hope the colour is going to match!!! *crosses fingers*
Ranma1-2 - 17th August 2010
I'm so glad the Zentai colour matches your face paint. That's the worrying over for this cos now. :)
My__RoadOfBlood - 17th August 2010
I am so so excited to see this. XD
The face paint looks so perfectly done, the Lekku are looking brilliant!
Captain_Marvelous - 17th August 2010
How could you think you were going to get negative comments! you look really awesome! Kinda makes me want to change my costume to Cade Skywalker instead of Luke lol cant wait to see this! Love Talon so much!
Alyx - 17th August 2010
@eternal_aranel - Thank you :D
@Ranma1-2 - Tell me about it!! I'm so relieved!! i couldnt have asked for a better match!! now to get painting!!!!
@My__RoadOfBlood - Thanks you very much! I'm glad you're looking forward to it! lets hope it all goes to plan! lol
@ryukredapples - Thanks :) I was a little worried about having such a ... skimpy costume, after some of the comments i got for bayonetta, but.. i really don't care now, becuase i'm REALLY excited about this now!! As for Cade... that would be awesome!! never seen anyone do it. but Luke will be awesome aswell!
Ranma1-2 - 17th August 2010
Hi hunni, I just wanna ask.. what do you use to apply the liquid latex onto the foam? ..a stiff paintbrush, sponge, special latex applier. etc?? (I'm finding it tricky stuff to get a smooth lump free finish, and it TOTALLY killed my paintbrush after one go @_@ ).
Captain_Marvelous - 17th August 2010
What do! your Bayonetta was AWESOME! XD people can be horrid sometimes! and yeah XD got a lot of the armor peices for Cade but ive invested to much stress into lukes stupid black underjacket I would like his bantha tattoos though XD
Alyx - 17th August 2010
Hey, i had the exact same problem! i found it so hard to not get any lumps and bumps, the only way round it i could figure out was using a wide, flat, stiff paintbrush, and make sure it is contantly -CONSTANTLY- covered in liquid soap/washing up liquid. it stops the latex from ruining your brush, and stops the latex drying too quickly whilst your painting it on, which it was causes it to clump. I couldnt stop it from clumping completely, there are still a few rough patches, but it was such a large area i guess i couldnt avoid it. but.. yeah, it worked quite well. i hope that helps!!
Pez - 17th August 2010
This is looking SO GOOD. I must look for you at Expo!
Oh, about latexing, I've had the same problem as well! Just last weekend I was latexing stuff and cursing the damn lumps. It seems like it happens because the latex is starting to cure on the brush and when I dip that back into the latex to paint on again, the semi-cured latex gets onto the foam and makes everything lumpy. =/ But after experimenting for a bit I found that if I mix latex and acrylic (since I need to paint the acrylic on later anyway) in about 1:1 ratio, it won't clump! \o/ Also the mixture stays useable for much longer compared with latex alone. I mixed it in a bowl and covered it whenever I wasn't using it. It's been 3 days and the mix still hasn't clumped, the brush is fine and I can still use it to paint. The actual drying time when painted on the foam doesn't seem any longer than acrylic alone, too. :D You might want to try this on a small bit of foam and see if it works for you too?
Ranma1-2 - 18th August 2010
WoW thanks for the advice - these are the BEST tips for painting latex I have ever heard! ^_^
(hmmm, So recap; Use liquid soap/Washing up liquid (Constantly) on wide flat brush - check!
and, Mix latex 1:1 with acrylic paint, since it is going to be painted anyway, to get a smooth surface - check! )
Got it! :P Thank You for sharing.
Cant wait for my next experiment with it now.. ^_^ "Take THat, liquid latex.. I will master you!..."
Captain_Marvelous - 21st August 2010
Does your Force Fx Saber stil work? I mean I see you have left the button but I was wondering if you were still able to put the batteries and what not in?
Alyx - 21st August 2010
Yep it still works! Ive left a hole in the cover that i've popped a button through. And if i need to replace the batteries i just pop the button off, slide the cover up, and i can unscrew the bottom.
Captain_Marvelous - 22nd August 2010
Wonderful! ive managed to secure a force fx for expo! im very happy about it! they really make a costume!
Captain_Marvelous - 29th August 2010
Tats turned out really natural looking! well done!
No thanks - 29th August 2010
Its seriously unfathomable how much i am in love with this!
you have such an amazing figure too! <3
Ranma1-2 - 29th August 2010
Tatoo work on the costume is looking really neat and precise. Did you use stencils?
But nup.. actually freehanded them all on so far... i surprised even myself! lol. I have traced the ones i've drawn on the hip though, so i can make then look symmetrical on the other side. Going to be a challenge lol. espeically as i have to have some one in it as i draw it!
Anonymous - 30th August 2010
That's quite a costume - look forward to seeing it at Expo!
visiting_wizard - 30th August 2010
This is looking awesome! Can't wait to see it at expo! XD
Toshi-chan - 31st August 2010
This looks really beautiful!
The tattoos are amazing ^.^ must have been some painstaking hours gone into them lol
I'll have to look out for you in October though! :)
Chariflame - 8th September 2010
Absolutely stunning! I can't wait to see more progress on this, and of course the finished product. :D
Anonymous - 8th September 2010
This is going to look amazing. O-O Well done. Love the Face Paint. The head wear looks as it may be troublesome ^^
kitty - 8th September 2010
you have insanely amazing make-up skills!!
cant wait to see the finished product x
DefineImagineMJ - 8th September 2010
Progress looks awesome Alyx. I don't know her, but you're doing a great job.
Those face paints you got, do they stay on well enough? The reason being in the near future I'll be looking for some fiery colours for my Flare Dancer.
Ranma1-2 - 9th September 2010
Great progress. I actually like your no budget armour method. ^_^
Captain_Marvelous - 9th September 2010
Great idea for the armor! just got my lightsaber myself XD this spurs me on!
Chibi - 10th September 2010
I can't believe how amazing this looks already in the progress!
Keep up the good work~
Bambi. - 10th September 2010
This is looking amazing hun!
Cant wait to see more ^^
Ranma1-2 - 11th September 2010
Ah more tattoo work - nice progress. (If you want the other Lekku to have a mirror image of those markings you could use tracing paper and then flip it over. Also, if you draw the lines on first using chalk or something that can wash off you will be able to edit/move the lines until they match, then go in with the paint.)
Alyx - 11th September 2010
@Everyone - Thank you so much,I really appreciate it. I'm pleased everyone is liking the progess ^_^'
@Ranma1-2 - yeah.. I did try to use tracing paper, but because of the texture of the latex and paint, and because their actually surprsingly squishy, i couldnt get the image to transfer over, so i think its going to be a case of sitting there patiently and draw them on as close as i can to match. good idea about the calk though, ill have to give that a try, because even the softest pencil i have doesnt make a mark! lol
Ranma1-2 - 12th September 2010
You could try the old artists trick - puch holes in the tracing paper with a pin along your drawn lines (like dot-to-dot picture), then lay it on the Lekku and dust some chalk pastel dust or foundation powder or powder eyeshdow...anything that's powdery and will also wash off afterwards. Dust the powder through the holes. When you lift the tracing paper off it should leave a trail of dots. Then just join the dots. :)
Alyx - 12th September 2010
Oh! That sounds like it could work!! And sounds fun too! lol. I'll give it a go! Thanks!!! <3
Anime_Angel - 16th September 2010
that costume looks very promosing, I got one of those FX sabers aswell and know how good they are, the headpiece looks really cool^_^
DuskatNight - 18th September 2010
O.o Jesus I can't wait to see this! You've done a perfect job so far!
If you don't mind me asking, how long does it take you to get the red face paint on as well as the black tattoos?
Sephirayne - 19th September 2010
Wow! This is looking amazing. I can't wait to see it finished.
Kacela - 20th September 2010
Omg Wow! This is actually fantastic! Can't wait to see it at expo!!
Ranma1-2 - 20th September 2010
Looking good. Congrats on being nearly finished already.
Umm where are you getting your contacts?
Anime_Angel - 30th September 2010
progress on that cosplay is looking great, even the headpiece, I been wondering though, what time do you plan on getting out of bed on an expo day to do the make up because it looks like it needs time to do lol
Toshi-chan - 2nd October 2010
I will hunt you down at expo!
Everything looks fantastic!!!! :)
Nachtangel - 14th October 2010
Can't wait to see you in this at expo! If I don't find you (like last year with bayonetta) I will be so annoyed, everything looks amazing so far!!
Anonymous - 14th October 2010
It looks amazing so far!! If I see you I'll definitely steal some photos!
Amy-Lou - 1st November 2010
It's been great fun following your progress and the finished thing is great :D
Lulu Rose - 1st November 2010
Would have been cool to see this in person. Been following the making of and I'm so impressed with the result!
Screw height when you look that good!
Seriously, you look amazing.
Chibi - 1st November 2010
I saw you wandering around once or twice but I was too shy to come say hello XD
You looked absolutely stunning!
BlusterSquall - 1st November 2010
A-MAZE-ING. You're the best Talon I've ever seen!
Toshi-chan - 1st November 2010
So happy I got to see you at Expo.....truly the most epic Talon ever.
Anonymous - 1st November 2010
You were truly amazing at the Expo. This was my first Expo and yours was the first costume I saw when I got there....it was a great start to my weekend. Thank you for being awesome :)
Alyx - 1st November 2010
You guys.. Just made me the happiest girl in the world!! Thank you so much!!! <3
No thanks - 1st November 2010
This was AMAZING in person, everything was completely FLAWLESS i was really impressed! <3
Captain_Marvelous - 2nd November 2010
I like the shot of that very handsome luke skywalker your are with XD haha no you looked amazing! so Effin pro! the Lekkun just looked so much better made out of that material :)
alytheluvly - 2nd November 2010
I saw this on the Sunday, you looked fantastic!! :D
Fishyfins - 2nd November 2010
you looked amazing ^^ i was very impressed!
No thanks - 2nd November 2010
LMAO!!! It was BARELY a hug! We sort of just really gently moved around each other xDDD haha
Ranma1-2 - 2nd November 2010
Congrats Alyx your cosplay is really WIN. All the work was worth it. You look Fab hun. ^_^ We must meet at some point. It is your...Destiny! :P
FairyPorchQueen - 3rd November 2010
I cant even explain how fantastic you looked dear!! seriosuly such amazing work!!!
Chikinpoo - 4th November 2010
This is seriously amazing! You look STUNNING!!
Lulu Rose - 5th November 2010
I can't stop looking at this. Your face painting is amazing. the Leku are amazing, the Zentai suit is amazing and I'm so impressed at the colour match! AND the fact you painted it and it looks great. The armour and leather bits are so cool and the sabre is awesome too!
timpey - 5th November 2010
wow, this just looks so amazing i bet you had a great time walking around, i love the color and patterns just looks so brillant. hope you got the storm troopers with u to walk around ^^
Lady Bahamut - 7th November 2010
I was actually sat near you on the DLR when I was leaving the expo on the Sunday. You looked AMAZING!!! You look great in red and black *_*
PinkCharlieBear - 9th November 2010
This was one of my favourite costumes from expo.
You did everything so perfectly im really impressed. Its so amazing <3
KhaosKreator - 13th November 2010
I only managed to see the back of this walk past me at expo but you looked amazing. Great job.
Metamorphica Cosplay - 20th November 2010
If you ever decide to have a go at do Talon without the head strap, head on over to this website www.theflagshipeclipse.com as there is a talon costumer there who does it as to the comic. I know she had issues the first time but i think she has worked out how it sits. her name is Courtney.
Great work though, this costume and character are a toughy to pull off!
Fables - 25th November 2010
This was amaaaaa~zing! You looked spot on :) Well done on a fantastic job! ^^,
SherlockHulmes - 1st December 2010
Woah that is a seriously great costume. You wear it well and the make-up blends perfectly well with the bodysuit and head-tentacles. Really great job!
Delusional - 26th December 2010
Epic, seriously! I love how flawlessly the bodysuit and face make-up match, it works so well, and the painting is brilliant. Absolutely love the tentacles :D
Quinzel - 2nd January 2011
Ah, I saw this at Expo. Even my two friends who aren't into cosplay (one of them didn't even know what it was -_-) stopped dead in their tracks and said "Wow!".
Amazing job :).
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