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Prince Nuada - Hellboy 2 by ColonelLiamRoss Prince Nuada - Hellboy 2 by ColonelLiamRoss
And now for something a little off the beaten path...

After seeing Hellboy 2 in late July, I decided that Prince Nuada's ivory outfit from the final fight scene would be this year's Halloween costume. References here: [link] [link] [link]

Overall, nearly two hundred hours went into this and I'm very pleased with the result. I decided to do his ivory outfit since I couldn't find any good textured black fabrics to do one of his earlier costumes.

The tunic is made from five fabrics: a mid-weight upholstery for the upper, a patterned 'environmentally friendly' cotton for the skirting (rather appropriate, I thought), some red polyester for the lining, some polyester sequined panels for the skirt decorations (slightly airbrushed so they weren't so black), and some decorative upholstery for the cuffs and inner collar. I drafted the pattern from scratch, did a couple of muslin mockups, and went from there. The entire process is documented on my LJ here: [link]

The pants (not visible here) were also made of the red polyester and I had to draft up the pattern for those as well, since he seemed to be wearing something vaguely akin to pluderhosen, without the stripping.

The belt, which is seperate from the sash, is made of a thick leather base to give it the stiffness needed. It works the same as a corset, lacing nice and tight in the back. I did the interlocking fabric pattern with strips of the red polyster by cutting two inch strips, ironing them over to get one inch strips with a nice clean edge. Then I glued them on with contact cement in the pattern seen there, which isn't half as complicated as it looks. The belt plate is made from Cintra, heat-shaped a little, and painted.

For the armour, I started with the same pattern pieces as the tunic and then cut them up to the right shape. Like the belt, the armour base is made from 3 oz leather, with the various panels hand-stitched together. Then it was all covered in ivory-coloured pig skin. The pipe-beads went on last. There are over 1700 of them and they all had to be burnt slightly to get the same look as Nuada's in the film. I did this with safety matches - nice and long and slow burning - and by stringing them along an old guitar string. Then I hot-glued them to the armour. The glue has held up pretty well for the most part.

The sword was sculpted, cast, and painted by Jesse Sinclair of Push the Red Button Studios: [link] I absolutely, totally recommend him for any kind of casting or prop work because he does a stellar job.

I didn't make the crown because, frankly, I thought the design for it was bloody awful.

I had a white wig that I wore with this at Halloween but I decided to go without it for the photographs here. Definitely not canon (and nor are the unblocked-out eyebrows) but I find it all looks a LOT more natural. Was never really a fan of how white they had him for the film anyways. I had originally planned to dye my hair for this costume but after the hairdresser described the horrors of bleach I decided not. At one point, though, I do promise you more pictures with the proper hair and makeup.

That should be it, I do believe! Again, much of the creation process is on my LJ here: [link] I have WIPs of pretty near everything so if you've got any questions, don't hesitate to drop me a line!

PS I'm not sure if there are copyright issues with having the Hellboy 2 logo in the bottom right hand corner there. If there is, shout at me and I'll take it off.
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GabbyLeithsceal Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
How have I not comment on this?!? I could have sworn I did :P The time you spent on this shows - its absolutely fab!! 
Fyi (shhh) I agree with you about the crown - tho the design for it does make an awesome neck corset ;)
Antalika Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh...Prince Nuada ... I love him :-D
ChibiMerrick Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Damn that is really amazing!! I can't believe you finally finished it! Looks so awesome!! XD
seph7 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
It's brilliant!! Without the wig, you look a bit like a LotR Elf in Hellboy Elf clothing!! Very pleasing!!

And, so much work into the costume! I wouldn't even know where to begin!!
ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! Haha, I'm glad the combination works. I'll take some proper supah-white shots at a later date but I'm stoked this works for now.

Yeah, it was a fair bit of work but it came together relatively easily compared to some things. If you ever need some pointers, feel free to give me a shout. :)
Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Filmographer
My god, you're amazing at outfits, aren't you!? This looks absolutely fantastic, and reading all the work that went into it ... phwaow.
ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! It's actually easier to create something like this because of the plethora of reference photos out there and because you can actually see the costume in action in the film so you know how it should move. The historical stuff is a little trickier...
VampireBait Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
looks amazing!! i've never seen anyone do the ivory costume! grat job!
ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I think a lot of people avoid it due to the armour.
VampireBait Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
yeah its so intricate, i wouldn't have the patience :D
Chloroform-Dream Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
I agree! AMAZING..... SERIOUSLY ASTOUNDING DETAIL!!! You're a winner in my book!
Khalmora-Creations Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
OOOOOH! :D Nice work, loving the armour!!!
ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!! It was actually pretty fun figuring out how it went together. :D
Robyn-666 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
wow... I must say, I am impressed. I have seen many ...err... attempts at Nuadas outfits but you did quite well! All of the Nuada stuffs are very tricky to pull off... so much detail from head to toe, I think you did a mighty fine job :clap: And I would love to see the pics with you in full costume :)

Though... I do like Nuadas white face with the contrasting dark eyes and lips , they add to Nuadas sexy sinister look! The more "natural" shades in this pic make you look more... human... ewwww!! LOL

But all in all I give a :highfive: HIGH FIVE! niccce
hybridamente Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wow! that's great! o.o
boycrazybaby123 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
so cool!! ^^ :D
Cyborgstriss Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Thats amazing! :D
VampyreArtist Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Oh wow!! You did an awesome job!!! This is brilliant!!!!
ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, thanks! I really appreciate it! :D
VampyreArtist Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
:D No problem!
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