Boston Pizza Fundraiser with Tysen

Boston Pizza Fundraiser with Tysen

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Quebec City ComicCon 2014

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Montreal ComicCon 2014

Montreal ComicCon 2014

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Ottawa Mini Maker Fair 2014

Ottawa Mini Maker Fair 2014

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Not in the face!

One of the most important aspects of the Wookiee is the face… it’s yet an other technique, in which one can get carried away.

For our builds, we were using these fiberglass skulls. It’s just a half skull so we needed something in the back. With Target closing in Canada, we managed to get skateboarding helmets for cheap, we cut part of them off and riveted them to the skull. We also had to cut the eyes and jaw out as it was one solid piece.

We then attached aluminum strips and riveted the top and jaw to them to give it the articulation we wanted. I then sewed on some more mesh and attached that to the back so we could give the wookiees their nice hair

Attaching the jaw and helmet

Attaching the jaw and helmet

Once all that was done, it was back to punching the hair in the silicone face. I think I went a bit crazy with the punching as my face ended up looking like a muppet. However, I’d rather have more and trim it than not enough and have to detach the face once it’s glued on.

More punching

More punching

Even more punching

Even more punching

Too much punching?

Too much punching?

After finishing all this punching, I had to attach the skin to the skull. First step was to burn all the fur that extended through the mask to give it a smoother texture to glue… This also helped keep the fur in place.

Burning the fur in the back

Burning the fur in the back

I then used a gasket maker… this tar looking rubber sealant… it’s messy… really messy to glue the face on. Luckily I didn’t get any on the fur.

Next problem was… WAY TOO MUCH hair! I was unfortunately running out of time as I had a press conference to attend the next day. I tried combing it, placing it with heat and using hair spray.

Hair styling is not my style

Hair styling is not my style

Unfortunately… at the press conference… it looked like my face melted.

I'm Melting

I’m Melting

The next day, a friend suggested a product called Got2B… it’s a glue for hair. I started spraying it on and it worked great. But I still had too much hair. So a friend and fellow cosplayer, who’s a hair stylist by day, stopped by the booth and gave Chewie a trim… This worked wonders and I’m ALMOST happy with him.

Trimmed wookiee

Trimmed wookiee

Things left to do is attach the fishing line under his chin a bit better to give him an actual chin line. I want to trim a bit more. I also surprisingly have to add more hair on the sides and back to cover my neck some more.

Other than that.. he’s a cute wookiee

These legs are made for walking

Working on the legs was an interesting part of this costume.

We had bought 15″ dry wall stilts. The first problem was that the stilts’ feet were tiny… there was no way we could balance ourselves on these, let alone attach the toes.

So Luc cut out some plywood that we shaped into a front part and back part. This would give us the flex needed when walking as well as ample surface.

I then went and sealed them to prevent any damage if they got wet. Once dry, we bolted these into the stilts.

Next up, stilts are very skinny… Wookiee legs are not. We got some upholstery foam and wrapped the stilts in a way that our own toes wouldn’t stick out. The foam was held in place with tons and tons of tape.

Filling in the leg

Filling in the leg

Once happy with the shape, I sewed some mesh into a leg warmer, where we could latch the fur. We also attached the wookiee toes to the foot with more tape.

Adding fur to the leg

Adding fur to the leg

I then tried to suit up and I noticed the pants were caving in where the stilts were. So based on an other Garrison member’s build we added a metal frame, drilled holes in them and attached elastic straps.

Leg support system

Leg support system

I added these straps by stretching them first. This way, if I step forward and the elastic relaxed, it wouldn’t be all loose and cause more caving in.

Ottawa ComicCon 2015

OCC2015

An other Ottawa Comic Con has come and gone.
This year I made my Chewie costume for it and have to say it was the most fun I’ve ever had in any costume.

I stood in our photobooth, I wondered the con floor and met Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca.
I also got the chance to attend the OCC Press Conference at City Hall.

It was a blast!

Free Comic Book Day – Kessel Run

My friends Jeff and Tyler had invited us to their shop Kessel Run in Orleans for Free Comic Book Day.
Of course I jumped at the opportunity to help these guys. So I suited up as a pilot and headed there in less than 12 parsecs :)

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim

I dub this year Star Wars year.

We get a new animated series from Dave Filoni, named Rebels which is one of my favorite things on TV in a while.
We get a new movie.
Our garrison celebrates it’s 5th anniversary.
We get a Celebration in Anaheim.

And I actually got to go to said convention.

It was my first and I had heard marvelous things from everyone that had been in the past.

I got some exclusives, an autograph from Kenny Baker, the actor in R2D2, some new artwork. I got to meet tons of people and reunite with friends that I hadn’t seen in a while.
I met and spoke with Albin, the founder of the 501st.
Got some patch and coin trading in.

So here are a few pics from the trip.

Scout is here

Biker Scout
Growing up, watching SW over and over again, my dad and I used to LOVE watching the speederbikes and scouts.
After hearing Luc go on and on and on and on and on and on and on and… you get the picture, about scouts… I took the plunge and I ordered parts!
Well it all arrived today!
Face plate

Face plate

Unboxing

Unboxing

Now the plan is to get this done in record time. I might have to take a few liberties to get it out to Celebration and then tweek a few things when I get back.

Testing the wookiee

More work on the wookiee.

I’ve been spending most of my waking moments (minus those stuck at work) latching

I was testing the shirt to see how the grey looked

Testing the shirt (front)

Testing the shirt (front)

Testing the shirt (back)

Testing the shirt (back)

Once I got an idea, I continued latching the sleeves. At that point, I wanted to see what the whole thing looked like on me.

This is missing the hockey pants and shoulder pads to bulk up the suit. The pants should prevent the legs from caving in.

Test Run

Test Run

Last night, I started punching the hair into the face. I loop up a few strands of hair around the punching needle, a long steel needle with a barbed tip, and then punch it through the latex mask. The barbs hold on to the hair and push it through.

First Punch

First Punch

First Punch

First Punch

End of first night of punching

End of first night of punching

By the end of the night, my eyes were burning so much from starring at my monitor all day that I had to stop.

 

Star Wars Night at the Ottawa Senators

What an fun night.

We were invited to the Ottawa Senators game vs Florida for their Star Wars night.

The gang showed up and we trooped in the lobby, wandered outside before the game. During the first period, a few members were brought in to the game so that the camera could pan on it.

Mark, one of our Stormtroopers was also asked to put on a jersey for an official NHL photoshoot.

Just before the end of the first period, we went for a group shot in the stairs, but lost a few members who were being held hostage by guests. Once the Intermission started, we headed upstairs near the gift shop for photos with guests. A couple of police officers came by and wanted shots taken with Boba Fett, our Scouts and Vader.

As the crowds went back into the game, we noticed that the score was 2 – 0 for Florida and we decided to call it.

We headed back down to the change room and hung out for a bit. The Sens offered up some commemorative pucks for us for purchase.

After the troop I drove Rob Peters home. Love that guy!

 

The work (wook?) progresses

Lots more work over the weekend. Before continuing this entry I just have to re-iterate how lucky I am to have @talzalina as my wife. This past weekend was our wedding anniversary and what did she want to do? She wanted to continue the work on the wookiees :)

All right

So doing some work on the pants at Luc’s this past weekend. I had to put the pants on to see where the grey would go… no, no one cut my legs :).

 

Shot Wookiee

Here’s with the shirt on… you can see the blending works.

Testing the blending of the shirt and pants

Then on Sunday, Ange gave up on the sleeves and went back to working on the back

Ange latching on our Anniversary

During this time I was working on the grey on the legs.

Adding grey

After an evening of more bad TV I finished the pants

Front of Pants

Back of Pants

Ange being silly

 

I’ve also picked up a skateboarding helmet that we’ll cut in half and attach to the skull. This will prevent the face from sliding like Luc experienced in his first Wookiee build. I also bought some hockey pants to fill in the legs a bit more.

Now excuse me while I go back to latching!

 

So much hair!

Well this weekend we started latching the hair. I remember when Luc had his first wookiee suit, each time we’d go over to his place I’d always come back with wookiee hair… well making a wookiee… now there’s hair EVERYWHERE!

To work with the hair, we’d first had to stretch it. We take it out of the pack, step on one side and then pull on it really hard as we use a hair dryer on hot over the hair.

Once that’s done, we’d cut it in 3. Then you rake it. We built these rake stations in order to get any knots out. The dogs found this part kinda funny.

The Rake

The Rake

Once ready, it’s latching time… of course, this was a group effort :)

Latching

Latching Party

Luc teaching Ange

Luc teaching Ange

With the first day coming in close to 11 hours of latching. This is how far I got…

Chris' Day 1 progress

Chris’ Day 1 progress

And this was Ange’s progress

Ange's day 1 progress

Ange’s day 1 progress

Can’t say that’s too bad at all :) especially for first timers :)

With an other few hours of latching on Sunday, I managed to do the full front side of on leg and half of the other side.

Weekend Progress

Weekend Progress

Now, by the end of the weekend, my arm was killing me. It’s surprises me every time how repetitive motions that you’re not used to can hurt so much after a while.

Now I’ll be continuing this every day until we’re done :)