While playing SWTOR I may have had to steal a certain relic from a collector. Unfortunately my character was unable to keep it, but it got me thinking, that would look really fucking cool on my wall, and you can find anything on the internet.
Enter My Wicked Armor. This guy does absolutely amazing work. If I had Romney’s money, I would get almost everything he makes. Unfortunately I am a serf, so I commissioned just Revan’s mask. Considering my KOTOR obsession for the last decade, it seemed like a good idea and wasn’t going to destroy my wallet like the full outfit would have.
I don’t know who came up with it first, but either myself or Bunny thought of cosplaying as Revan for PAX East, and the more I thought about it the more I wanted to do it. Anyone who’s dealt with me and costumes knows I absolutely loathe to half-ass something. If I’m going to dress up as something, I’m going all out. No jedi-robe-t-shirts or dumb shit like that. Fortunately my nerd-level is high enough that I’ve been carrying around a Jedi robe for seven years. It typically lives in my trunk in case I break down on the highway.
So, now with a cloak and a mask and three weeks before PAX, can I get a worthwhile costume put together? I wanted to wear the custom robes my character always wore in KOTOR I, but that was just going to be too complicated for the limited amount of free time I had. Instead I chose to go with movie-style robes in the colors I used for the custom tunics. I found Twin Roses Designs online making tunics in the general design that I wanted, but they were too costly plus I didn’t have enough time to special order what I wanted. At this point I’d done enough research online that I was confident I could make the tabard myself, and really didn’t want to have to try and get the under-tunic right, so I bought one from them, and got the fabric I needed for the tabard at a local fabric store.
Next I needed pants and boots. I wanted to get a certain color of pants that should’ve been a pain in the ass but Kohl’s had exactly what I needed. In fact, they’re my normal work pants in a different color. I enjoyed the convenience. Bunny and I took a trip to the Army Surplus store in Salem, MA, and got boots. Now I just had to put the damn thing together…
With a balaclava and the mask and robe I already had promising results. Next I needed to make the tabard. Lots of geeks debating the best way to do it online made it easy. I cut out a rectangle the size I wanted the tabard to be, and then taped it to angle properly at the waist to lie flat. I then made a pattern from that paper and started cutting and sewing. It was even easier than I hoped.
Now that the front pieces were done, I had to figure out what I wanted to do for the back. In KOTOR the movie-style robes looked the same on the front as they did on the back, and that drove me insane. I greatly preferred the solid back on the robes that were standard in the game. I decided fairly quickly to go with the solid back. Once I made that piece, it was time for the super-fun task of putting it all together with presentable seams.
After a lot of effort I managed to make it work out with the tabards still the correct length and the seam line where and how I wanted it on the shoulder. This I think was the hardest part of the entire outfit. With this part assembled I could finally make the obi to finish the piece. At first I tried to use just eye hooks to hold it together but I was having too much trouble getting them anchored well with the thread so I put in a zipper for extra support.
They’re glorious toys and I’ve certainly gotten my money’s worth, especially since I bought each one for half price on eBay. However I had a problem. Back when I bought these they didn’t make them with detachable blades, and I had no interest in carrying one of these around with a 3-foot polycarbonate blade that looks far less cool in daylight. And I had just as big a problem showing up unarmed. I needed a solution, and the internet provided once again. And so, at the age of 27, I built my first lightsaber (although I’ve owned 8 before building any).
The belt I had been using to hold things together while I tested the tabard was covered in quicksilver logos, so despite it being a decent belt type for the outfit, I had to go with something else that I later regretted, but I was doing this on the cheap. After all this work, I was fairly pleased with the final result…..
I got LOTS of people stopping me for pictures. These two were sent to me but dozens were taken. It took ten minutes to get to and from the bathroom, really messing up my time budgeting. I was really glad so many people thought it was worth stopping me for photos. The downsides? Extremely limited vision, and DAMN that outfit was warm. After about 4 hours I started feeling ill and had a migraine not long after. I retreated to the car and passed out after taking painkillers. Luckily for me I didn’t miss any panels I’d been planning to go to, and was okay to catch the Dragon Age movie. I’m still tempted to put it back on (after some minor tweaks) but I can’t think of a way to fix the overheating problem effectively. What I really should do is ditch the WOOL cloak but the head is fairly ruined without the hood. So far I haven’t found any solution I like, but maybe that will change.