Well, those of you that are familiar with the design of the encounter suit will surely know that, behind each shoulder and over the curtain are... things... that I guess look a bit like shells. But I tend to refer to them as pasties, because that's what I see. (Freud would have a field day. Actually, on second thoughts he'd have a brief and ultimately un-interesting day.) I wanted to include this detail in the costume as well, since it gives Kosh a nice, almost insect-like appearance from the back (as of a beetle's shell open and the wings extended).
However, despite making the pasties I actually didn't end up using them. I wasn't entirely sure how to attach them securely and had concerns about narrow doors and other issues like that, so I just left them out. But I'm including details in this blog just for completeness.
|Of course, we had to eat all the chocolates first. Shame.|
I didn't really put as much effort into those as I did other parts of the costume. Partly because I knew that they'd only be glimpsed from the back and all the cool stuff was going on at the front, and partly because I was sick to death of papier mache at this point.
Basically I just cut two cardboard shapes out, and then, to create the knobbly-surface effect, attached the trays from a box of chocolates.
|I really can't tell what this is yet|
I then splurged a whole load of papier mache over the top and... that was that, really. The desired effect was lumpy, and lumpy it was. Although I chose not to use them in the end, crude as they were I do think they would have worked. Maybe next time. (Next time..?)
With the pasties completed and put to one side, I was able to move onto the final, and as it would transpire much more stressful stage of decoration...