Hey everyone! Just got back from San Diego Comic Con where I finally got to debut the costume I have been working SO hard on over the last few weeks. I played SW:TOR from release and really dug the idea of new, non-canon Star Wars characters that fans of the universe could create and enjoy. I modeled this costume on that idea, of a Sith Warrior in custom decorative/ornamental leather armor and molded leather face mask. For the cloak, well, my wife - superstar tailor that is she - found the perfect black burlapish type fabric that was exactly what I had envisioned. She made the robe based off a Jedi robe pattern she modified, only she made the hood ridiculously super deep as I had requested. I am wearing a a Japanese hakama underneath the robe and until I get proper boots, just some black cross trainers (walking around Comic Con demands comfy footwear people!).
The vambraces and mask are all hand carved and tooled from 9-10oz tanned tooling sides. Each item is lined with additional leather - the mask in a thin suede and the vambraces with thicker oxblood colored tooling sides. All the straps and buckle points are hand cut and assembled. I used some nice decorative rivets on the armor pieces - red jewel rivets and some nickel plated spots. I tried to keep the carving motif simple and geometric for ease of repetition and to give the symbols a jagged, hard edged feeling in keeping with the Sith. I felt it was also a nice contrast to the organic nature of leather armor in a Sci-Fi setting. The mask is fully formed and wet molded to the contours of my face. It will actually sit on my face without straps but obviously wouldn't stay there if I moved around a lot, but that's just to give you an idea of how close it fits to my lower face. The belt is just a temporary piece I threw together in about an hour before leaving for the Con. It's just some Oxblood dyed tooling leather stitched to the top of some 4oz tooling leather with a couple of 1 inch buckles added and a retention strap just under the buckles themselves. While not terrible, I would rather have a nice heavy tooling leather 3 1/2" wide belt carved and stamped in the same style and dyed the same colors as the vambraces and mask. So that will be another step to complete in the coming weeks. Anyways, on to the pictures! I hope you find them as fun as I did!
My apologies for the sheer volume of images but I am just extremely happy (and obviously very proud) of how nicely this costume turned out. It was my first foray into armor pieces and the formed and fitted mask was just a hairbrained idea I had that I never expected to actually work out as well as it did.
The next phase for this costume is to finish the rest of the armor I didn't have time to complete for Comic Con. In the image linked below you can see the pieces cut for the torso armor. It will be 2 pectoral plates, 1 large back plate and 2 largish shoulder guards. Each piece will be custom carved and stamped in the same type of motify and colors as the mask and vambraces. I have some cool conchos I will be adding in as well. Each piece will also be reinforced with a nice sized piece of sheet steel sandwiched in between layers of leather to provide rigidity and weight. I have high hopes for how everything will come together. Once this portion is complete I will likely make a new carved/tooled belt and a set of greaves and spur straps for some black Sithy boots