This was created in anticipation for the new Star Wars Episode VII movie coming out in 2015. My wife and I are the models for this one. I created the clothing using a cloth texture and the spikes on my character were created from some pictures I took of some lobsters we had for dinner.
I said I would post this, so here it is, my Mara Jade cosplay from Celebration VI in Orlando.
So what did it take to make it? The cape clasp I crafted from Sculpey, and the cape itself is linen. The catsuit is one I ordered, cut the sleeves off of, and tailored in. I eventually plan to make a proper catsuit with the panels and seams when I can spring for the fabric. The belts are made by recovering vinyl belts with leather from a cut apart pair of pants, and then staining the leather with shoe polish. This gave the belts the rigidity and soft edge I wanted, and made sure that they all matched in hue. I used the Custom Saber Shop for obtaining my lightsaber parts. The most time-consuming part of this costume was the back plate. It is made up of the remains of a plate for a shower head and the cup from an ash-tray, melded together with a fair amount of Bondo. It was a fun headache to make and have ready in time for the convention, but I was really happy with it.
Kaida Valentine was a commando for the Rebel Alliance before she integrated into Mandalorian society, and spent a few years as part of a crack commando team that to this day, the Alliance denies involvement with. One of the most notable operations was the infiltration of Storm Commando training areas on Sirpar. The team passed Storm Commando training with flying colors, placing her and her team among a very select few who received the best commando training the Empire and the Rebel Alliance had to offer. Following this operation, the team, greatly changed in character, possibly affected by the heavy indoctrination segments of Storm Commando training, gradually separated itself from the fledgling New Republic. They all remain close, though they've gone their separate ways. Kaida, along with two other members of her team, were drawn to Mandalorian culture, in part because a fourth member of the team was Mandalorian. The remaining three members of the team found their niche elsewhere in the galaxy.