I don’t think I will actually do this, but I was toying with the idea of starting a regular feature called “Ask a Sithrak Worshipper.”
Between Monday Meslier, Argument Clinic, Ask The Strategic Genius, and Vendredi Voltaire I have bitten off far more than I can chew.
I generally don’t celebrate Halloween. For me, any day is cosplay day. The robe and hat and accessories were by one of my favorite ebay costume providers, honestdragonchina [hdc] who have patiently, and quickly made a variety of weird things for me. I’ll be posting pictures of a few more of those in my next installment of Raiding My Closet pictures [stderr]. The skull is a resin anatomical model I got on ebay (!$19!) and I assembled it by cutting the oak spikes on my table-saw, hammering them in through the back of the orbit for proper Sithrakian effect, then filling the entire skull with polytek foamit-4 urethane foam, and sticking a stick in it. The skull prop is so solid, with the foam fill, that I could probably use it as a fairly effective mace if I run into an apostate. Although, why would I bother punishing an apostate? Sithrak’ll fuck them up in good time.
Yes, I thought about soaking the skull with ether and lighting it, for a brief burning effect, but it’s really hard to get flame and strobe to render cleanly because of the light/exposure difference. Typically, I’d just photoshop in some flames. There’s a bit of photoshop in this but it’s minimal.
The eye makeup is red mica pigment which, it turns out, sticks to eyelids for days.
Authoring “Ask a Sithrak Worshipper” would be pretty easy, wouldn’t it? “Well, you’re gonna get fucked up, see?”
Lighting was one large octodome to camera right. You can see the reflection of the octodome in my eyes, which gives a proper worshipper ‘pop’ look.
(And now you know why Sithrak has been on my mind. The way I edit postings is: I have a temporary directory I stage images in. So every time I went to add an image to a blog posting, there was my Sithrak worshipper cosplay staring at me.)