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Female Tusken Raider Build 3.0

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This has been one of those costumes that was always on my mind.  I love the look, the lines and the challenge of this costume.  The build had a number of costuming disciplines to it - sculpting, casting, leather work, sewing, paint and weathering.  Most elements were straightforward.  One - the shawl - was, for me, an incredible challenge.


This was my third Female build and, by far, my best.









Here are the components during my dressing for submission pics today.


The dress was a straightforward job.  Belt loops on the back and Line 24 snaps on the front keep the belt and pouch in place.  The pouch is from real 4/5oz veg tan leather.  Detail pics to follow in a future post.  The claw element was sculpted based on the image from the Dressing a Galaxy book, scanned and used for scale.  Again, detailed pics to follow in the future.



I didn't want full sleeves.  This will be a deadly hot costume so I wanted as much ventilation as possible.  Also, When laundering is required, I won't have to throw the sleeves with the ribbons in the wash.



Tan nomex gloves are a dead on match to the ref pics.  Not sure if the leather palm is accurate as it is not visible in the ref pics.  Ribbons are sewn onto the gloves and sleeves at one end so they don't get lost and have one hard mount point.



Hands and arms wrapped using the three ribbons.  Sleeve is puffy a bit in ref pics so I added another layer to achieve that effect.



Added the bracelets.  A personal sculpt with hinges attached and pins (like our Fetts use for their gauntlets) to secure shut.


Boots are standard Tusken boots from my ANH costume.


More to follow...








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Weathering done today.


I know I don't have to tell any Tusken that it is dirtier than the pictures show.  Weathering of fabrics never comes across well in pictures.










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And, just for fun, a comparison of my 3 Female tusken builds.


My first go.

Not much here that appeals to me anymore.



Number 2


Better parts, more skills and more time put into research and the build.  The shawl draped horribly down the back and the fabric was decent but not right.  Pouch hung from a neck strap.




Again, good parts and far more time into research and finding and attempting to match reference pics.  The shawl drapes nicely down my back.  The claw is a better sculpt.  The fabrics are a very good match.


I should add that the shawl in this current build was made, in parts, 5 times.  I acquired fabrics that I thought were decent in the store but when I started they just were right.  Once I found the right fabric (2 hours away from home) I had to make sure all my patterns were right so that I wouldn't waste any of it.  Glad I did.  this end result is what I envisioned years ago.

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Haven't trooped it yet.  Will make my maiden troop SEP 3-4 at FanExpo in Toronto.  I don't see it as a very active character.  Mostly just standing around.  In fact, I can hide a little folding stool under the back so that I can sit around and tend the fire while other Tuskens roam about.  Need to rig up a sound device that I can activate discretely as I don't want to break character but expect a lot of "Who are you?" questions.  Will change the pitch on my standard Tusken sound glove sounds and a good Tusken roar should let them know what I am.


Vision is comparable to a TK with no close, low vision and mobility is good but raising my arms won't happen.  No YMCA for this Tusken.  The shawl material is dense knit do it does not breathe at all so I added a cooling fan in the shroud, behind the throat element.  It is a 5V, 3" ATI graphics card fan that I picked up in a surplus store.  It is amazing for it's draw and spread.  Air in at chest and out at eyes.  Lasted about 16 hours with 4 X AA batteries and is whisper quiet.





It's in place in all the pics above so you can see it is invisible to the public.  As it hangs off the helmet it doesn't even touch my chest so I don't feel it.  I had the round the corners of the cooling fins so it wouldn't bite my when (un)dressing.


BTW, this is what is under the shroud keeping everything in shape and bearing the weight of the shroud.




If you have questions, please ask.  Don't think I'll post a tutorial on anything unless asked specifically.

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Awesome. Looks great. I keep meaning to build one  but I just dont. Great Job!!

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Dude, I love that you've done away with gender roles with this costume! You are a role model for generations of future costumers! My hat is off to you. If you are ever in Colorado, you have beer waiting for you!

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Thanks Aaron.  More credit than I deserve.  I see it simply as another costume that I found attractive and challenging.  Beers in Colorado?  Someday for sure.

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Had a chance to do a quick photoshoot with a guy who has shot most of my many costumes at local Cons.





I dremeled off the resin nail heads and tapped in brass finishing nails to give a more authentic look.







"What's that blue light?"

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With everything looking good, I wanted to add some effects, in this case, audio.  I've been making Male Tusken audio gloves for years so I just had to apply the practice here.  My problem was that the slim gloves would not accommodate trigger buttons concealed under the glove.  After some thought, I went a different route, one that I employed on my very first costume, a male Tusken 6 years ago.


Lever switches.



Painted, mounted on an 'L' bracket and the lever shaped to prevent injury.  These were going into my helmet, right in front of my face and I didn't want any issues with putting the helmet on and off.



Full system.  5 switches, 5 sound USB loaded sound card, MP3 player and AKER amp.

In the end, I removed a switch as I could not activate it deliberately without possibly hitting another switch.  MP3 player plays a deep breathing track.  Four sounds loaded onto sound card.  Mostly the same sounds I use for male Tuskens but the speed and pitch were altered to "feminize" them.



Triggers mounted in helmet.  Activated with lips and cheeks.



Two more accessories to finish before the costume is complete.

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Finished my day with some character creation and baby makin'!


I went through some Female Tusken builds on the RL forums and loved Peg's idea of a baby so I gave it a go.


Thrift store baby, large styro egg and Tusken images for inspiration (nothing actually used from the Uli-Ah)



Wraps, painted greebs from the parts bin and it started to look, well, not too bad.



Body stocking, robes and wraps finish it out.






Little hands



Isn't he..or she.. adorable?



Not sure if it comes across more as a doll or a baby but I'll carry it as a baby at events.  Might add sound to it too.

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Well, yes and no.  I do have a pattern cut from .020 HIPS but it would not be of value to anyone of a different size than me.

First I started with a single sheet of cheap broadcloth.  I wrapped myself and started pinning myself until I got the shape I wanted.  Once that was achieved, I laid the single piece out and marked the number of panels I wanted in similar widths, going narrower or wider as ref pics dictated.  I cut along those lines and laid the cloth strips on my HIPS.  I added a seam allowance of 1/2" and marked my HIPS then cut them into strips.  From there I was able to lay my new HIPS pattern onto a cheap fabric and make a proto shawl.  Adjustments were made and steps repeated (and repeated) until I was happy with the result.  The top piece was mostly made by eye.  

Sorry I couldn't be of more direct help.  Good luck.




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