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Character Ahsoka Tano
Date completed 20 March 2016
Hours spent making this cosplay 5 Months
Total cost involved in making cosplay Close to R2500
Info for the costume
This costume was one of those costumes that I dove into, and I was too excited to worry about construction issues. It was the perfect costume for someone like me who likes exploring construction methods.
I made this costume because….
I am a massive Star Wars Rebels fan, and when I saw Ahsoka Tano is back and I saw her new adult design, I knew I would cosplay her. I already loved her in Clone Wars, but was not mad about her juvenile design. Her adult form resonated much more with me.
I plan a lot in my head, so by the time I start making the costume I have a starting point. The first thing to tackle was, of course, the headpiece. I had to figure it how to construct the base, the horns, movable tentacles and how to paint all those details accurately.
- I did armor making out of Blackarts Worbla, EVA foam and craft foam.
- The painting was straightforward and little priming had to be done since you can paint directly onto black Worbla.
- For the headpiece I had to carve expanding foam to create the horns, sew tentacles out of batting and sewing spandex coverings for the whole headpiece.
- I also had to use latex to get that rubbery look, and then hand painted the whole headpiece.
- I created some quick light saber hilt props out of balsa wood and foam for a shoot.
Did you have to learn any new techniques in order to make this costume?
Yes, mostly about construction and proportion for the headpiece.
Does this cosplay need special make-up to be done?
Yes, I had to use body paint to transform my face into a Togruta, mostly orange and white body paint.
Is there any specific make-up techniques that were needed for this cosplay?
All you need is a steady hand and a symmetrical eye.
At which cons and events did you wear this costume?
I wore Ahsoka to Cape Town Rage and to Fancon 2016
Have you won any awards for this costume?
Yes, I placed 7th in the Fancon Cosplay Competition
Any last thoughts on this costume? (Upgrades you would still like to do, alterations etc)
Ah, I am really happy with it and it is so far my favorite thing I’ve built. Only thing I want to upgrade is to get some proper light sabers that light up (in the works at the moment) and upgrade the shoes.