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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

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 🙂