Ever since I discovered that costuming is great fun I wanted to cosplay a Twi’lek (for obvious reasons), canon or OC didn’t matter. Sounds nice in theory, but there’s a glaring problem with the realization – namely the lekku. I knew from the start that pantyhose tentacles are out of the question (thought I did use a pantyhose for the lekku at some point, but more on this later). I asked myself: how to make acceptable prosthetics with the little experience I have?
Easy – look for someone who knows more than you and write them a nice e-mail. That’s what I did. Pam’s Homepage sat in my bookmark list for a while now and I was excited and nervous at the same time when I opened my hotmail account and started typing. Would she even answer me? I checked my inbox at least twice a day and wasn’t disappointed. It turned out that Pam was indeed the nice person she seemed to be judging from her website and she immediately provided me with all the information I needed.
A month later the postman handed me a huge parcel and at that very moment I realized that a small dream of mine was about to come true. Without hesitation I grabbed a pencil and a piece of paper and drew a concept of what I wanted to create. There was no time to waste, gamescom was merely two months away!
The basic idea was to dress one of my most loved OCs, Ayy, in something that made her look like a smuggler from Tatooine. Mute colours, preferably brown, rough fabric and leather, rather practical pattern and of course: weapons! So this is what I came up with:
[Insert sketch that I will probably never show you here.]
As expected the concept changed a lot during the process but I really liked how it turned out in the end. It was comfortable, relatively easy to put on and individual – just what I wanted! So let me show you some pictures of the process:
We ran out of time so a lot of the details I have in mind are still missing, but costumes that are meant to be worn more than once always grow and change over time, so that’s okay. I definitely want to refine the seams and leather straps, add some more weathered effects, get better body paint and a bajillion other things. I’m eager to spend more time fleshing out the details.
Okay, so the costume was at least wearable at this point and finally, finally I had the chance to travel to Cologne, Germany and attend gamescom! Oh boy was I pumped. Not only did I get to see all the awesome games they present there, but I also had the chance to give my Twi’lek costume a proper test run. I’d call it a success – no more than five minutes passed until someone asked me for a picture. It was a great feeling. But first things first:
We arrived in Bonn Thursday evening after our car was stuck in a traffic jam for hours. I had planned to show up at Gamescom Friday and Sunday – I wanted to take it easy given I didn’t know this place and I went there alone.
Our hotel was great – nice looking and clean, friendly staff and it was located near a park! Unfortunately I had to mess up my room during the last preparations, heh.
Because I am such a lucky person it rained the next day, which was not all that nice for my water-soluble body paint. Didn’t do all that much damage though, I just had to use my shawl as an improvised hood.
Helloooooo, Gamescom! The area is overwhelmingly spacious and I had a hard time orientating myself. Because I had no idea when the various events took place I just ran around marveling at all the different things to explore there and taking random pictures. It was great fun.
At the end of the day – wearing my headpiece for five hours straight – my head hurt like crazy, my feet were numb, the paint job looked shitty and all I wanted to do was drive back to the hotel and take a hot bath. But before I left the area someone stood me a cup of hot chocolate when in return I take a photo with him in front of his little booth. That’s a deal I gladly make. I was even asked to do an interview and get on TV together with other people who “have a passion”, but it all looked a little shady so I turned that offer down.
All in all it was a great day and I thoroughly enjoyed the attention I received. But it also showed me that I will never, ever again wear an uncomfortable costume like this to an event where I cannot just bail out whenever I need to or where I even want to try out some games or whatever. Good luck trying to test the Oculus with these tentacles! Anyway, I got my friends hyped up for GC so next year we’ll show up in a bunch, costumed (in something more casual) for at least one day. I’ll take more pictures to show you this time! Bye for now, Cologne!