Tusken Armor Paint

Female Tusken Raider Bib: Day Four

Tusken Raider Bib
What we are working on today.

I’m back with another costume update for my female Tusken Raider costume. The female Tuskens showed up in Star Wars Episode II. I’m making this costume for MARCon, happening May 9th-11th, 2014.

Last time, I completed the ‘bezel’ oval bits by using a Sculpey mold and Model Magic. Easy peasy. Today, I’m ready to attach the bezels and paint the armor plates on the lower ‘bib’.

Gluing Tusken Raider Bits
Gluing Tusken Raider Bits

I used some E600 to attach the Model Magic bezels to my armor plates. If you didn’t tune in last time, the armor plates are made up of just cardboard and paper mache. Believe it or not, these saltine crackers are going to be awesome female Tusken armor!

E600 was probably not necessary here, but I was foolish enough not to make extra bezels in case of an emergency at the con, so I really want these to stick. Forever.

Painting my saltine armor.
Painting my saltine armor.

I used Dazzling Metallics variety of DecoArt paints in Splendid Gold, Champagne Gold,
Worn Penny, and Rich Espresso. The first layer of paint is a mix of Worn Penny and Splendid Gold.

Female Tusken Armor
Painting pockmarked armor pieces.

As you can see at the top of the above photo, I got a little excited with painting and actually painted a couple of armor crackers before sticking on my bezel. Don’t do that! I should be okay, because it was just a thin layer of paint, but the bezels could come off if you are gluing them on top of paint. I quickly realized the dum-dum nature of this practice and stuck on my bezels before painting.

Tusken Armor Build
Gluing painted pieces to the cloth.

I added two coats of the Worn Penny/Splendid Gold mix. The second layer had decidedly more of the Worn Penny color. I’ve seen female Tusken armor that looked way too gold and didn’t like it, so I want to stay closer to a bronze color, here. When the two layers were dry, I started gluing the armor to a rectangular cloth that measured a few inches taller than all of my pieces. I used just Mod Podge to glue, with a piece of paper underneath the cloth so that it didn’t stick to the finish of my fine imported desk (that means it’s from Ikea).

Building Tusken Armor
Spacing the rectangles tuned out to be easy.

From my reference photos, I gathered that the space between the armor rectangles was exactly as wide as one of the armor pieces. Yay! That made things easy. I just used spare pieces to measure as I went. This is also how I measured and created the long, bottom piece. Haha, Longbottom.

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Finishing the paint job with more of a bronze color.

I don’t recommend this, but I got antsy to move things along. I should have finished painting all of my armor pieces before putting them on the muslin. But, instead, there I am at about 1 A.M., carefully trying to keep paint off of the muslin. All the best costuming happens after midnight, anyhoo.

Tusken Armor Paint
More painting on my female Tusken armor.

For the details, I added the Rich Espresso color to the pockmarks, and blended the Champagne Gold onto the edges. This gave my armor much more dimension. A mix of the Rich Espresso and Worn Penny will also create the illusion of shallow dents.

Now that I’ve got some paint down, it really feels like this costume is moving along! I’m really happy with the first of my dried and painted paper mache pieces. They totally look like armor and are super lightweight.

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2 thoughts on “Female Tusken Raider Bib: Day Four

  • http://jill%20satterwhite

    You are brilliant! I Have been wanting to make a Male and Female Tusken raider couple ever since I seen a photo on a 501st website. I was going to use foam board for the bib but might change it to the paper mache since it turned out so well on yours. Thank you for sharing.

    • Hi Jill! Thanks so much for your kind words on my Tusken Raider build. I have to get the rest of the pics uploaded here, but if you need any help while building, let me know! We actually took Best of Show at the con that we wore these to last weekend! With all the rush of getting ready for the con, I didn’t have time to post all of my pics and tutorials, but now I’ll get those up here. 🙂

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