Hi everyone, this is my first post on this forum. A person on a different forum referred me to this place, so here I am... Hi I'm Bart, 21 years old (for about another week) and I'm from the Netherlands. A week ago I went to the Elf Fantasy Fair here in Holland and without any expectations entered the costume contest. To my surprise I won. That motivated me to outdo myself for next year, so I took up the unholy plan to go as a Skeksis from The Dark Crystal next year. Today I started sculpting the head of SkekSil the chamberlain. I only had enough plasticine to block out some general shapes... http://i14.tinypic.com/6byh4ra.jpg http://i13.tinypic.com/4pkohud.jpg When the head's finished I'm planning on making a plaster mold, so I can cast a latex mask. Then I'll place that over a fiberglass skull I also have to make. The head (or indeed the entire suit) will contain no animatronics, both because I have no idea how to do that, and also because of the added cost. I'll also be making a frame that can be placed on my body (from either pvc piping or if that's not sturdy enough, copper), so I'll have a more Skeksis shape. Overtop this I'll make the fabric part of the costume and the fiberglass carapace. (see ugly MS Paint drawing) http://i18.tinypic.com/6bks4z4.jpg Some problems I foresee: -holding the head over my head will start to hurt my arms after a minute or two, but attching the head to the frame will make it look too static. -The weight and size of the completed costume -visibility from inside the costume -general ineptness on my part I'll keep updating here as the project progresses. Any feedback and suggestions you have would be very welcome.