Scarran War Minister Ahkna
This is my scarran costume, when I dressed up as Minister Ahkna to advertise a sci-fi society at my university. Unfortunately I can't get to any conventions, otherwise I'd wear it there too :)
The basic materials I used are wire mesh, old fabric scraps, a black top, black gloves, black paper, white makeup, papier mache and acrylic paints.
From bottom to top, the basic parts of the costume are as follows. I wore knee length boots and a black skirt, with the black polo neck top and gloves. For claws, I cut wire mesh to the shape shown in one of the diagrams, (Sorry about the crude MS-Paint drawings!) and then stuck black paper onto it. Then I painted a pattern on it in silver acrylic paint to make it stand out a little. I also painted a similar pattern onto the gloves.
arm spikes were also made of wire mesh, this time with old skirt fabric
glued onto it (I used bostik all purpose glue). Again I went round the
edges with silver paint for definition. The spikes have velcro sewn
onto the part that goes round the arm, so I just wrapped them round
my arms and fastened the two ends together so they stayed put. The shoulder
spikes were made using more wire and fabric. I cut out two long strips
of mesh, and soldered them together into a triangular shape, as seen
in the diagram. Then I folded them into a curved shape, so they fit
The face was actually made of papier mache! I was going to use latex, but didn't have enough of it. I made the shape using a very embarassing procedure where I put cling film over the areas of my face, and then stuck the newspaper together. I then had to sit around and watch tv while the paper dried. After the basic shape was present, I then cut it more precisely, and built up the right areas to make the 3D shapes on the forehead and cheeks. I then glued cardboard spikes along the sides, and painted the whole thing, again with acrylics. They were stuck to my face with liquid latex, which was easy to find in a joke shop. The areas of the face that were not covered I simply put white makeup on, and the area around the eyes was simply grey eyeshadow and a bit of black eyeliner.
hat was by far the hardest part to make. I wanted it to be far more
rigid and detailed, but in the end it was just black paper rolled up
and cut into shape. I had to wear a bald cap underneath so it could
be stuck to me with the liquid latex. Otherwise it just fell off. The
whole thing took quite a while to make, because I spread out the process
over a whole summer. I can't say exactly how many hours went into it,
but it was a very substantial number! I think the overall effect is
rather good, and I did get lots of compliments from people who knew
who I was supposed to
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