Going to keep this short and sweet: I've finished the costume that I've basically been keeping secret for the past month or so!
A little while ago, I decided that I wanted something really epic to wear to the premiere of Battle of the Five Armies. Something new, something DIFFERENT... I'd go as Smaug! I hadn't seen any really good Smaug costumes, just like.. human versions. I wanted to do an actual dragon costume for it. I thought it out for a bit, and came up with a cool idea of how to do it:
... and just went from there. I am SUPER happy with the results.. just look at this face!
... and these feet!
Aside from being the most insane costume build I've ever done - it features a crazy mask/head, custom shoes, 14' wing span, and 8.5' long tail! - it's been scary for another reason - spandex. All of my other costumes cover as much as possible, this... was something else. Spandex was the best way to do it, but I'm... uh.. not small.
... but hey, neither is Smaug! Slow and fat in his dotage, right? 🙂
I almost chickened out on actually wearing it a few times, but I'm proud to say that it made its debut at a convention this past weekend, and went over really well! Check out some of the final pics:
To see photos of the whole process, Click here to go to my Facebook page album for it!