Male Turian Marking Guides

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Male Turian Marking Guide

Here are guides to the facial markings for some of the male turians that have appeared in the Mass Effect game series. They’re meant to help anyone looking to paint one of my Male Turian Mask Kits, but they could be useful to other artists as well! I’ve also included a base file both as a black-and-white JPG and as a transparent PNG, so you can either print it to color in, or color it in an image editing program for your own turian characters.

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Female Turian Marking Guides

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Female Turian Marking Guide

Here are guides to the facial markings of the couple of female turians that have appeared in the Mass Effect game series. They’re meant to help anyone looking to paint one of my Female Turian Mask Kits, but they could be useful to other artists as well! I’ve also included a base file both as a black-and-white JPG and as a transparent PNG, so you can either print it to color in, or color it in an image editing program for your own turian characters.

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Male Turian Mask Kit – Mandible Placement

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Male Turian Mandible Placement

As it is one of the trickier aspects of putting together one of my male turian mask kits, I took a series of close-up photos to show how that part looks on my sample turian (Victus). Hopefully this will be a helpful resource for anyone putting their own kit together!

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Female Turian Mask in Progress

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Since I decided to mold and cast my female turian mask using resin, rather than using latex like I did with Garrus, I wanted to do a quick write-up to show some of the differences.

Casting with latex (a soft material) is done with a hard, porous mold, usually made from plaster of some kind. Casting resin (a hard material) requires a soft, non-porous mold, in this case made from silicone.

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Painting Garrus’ Armor

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We’re almost to the end! The last post, Other Garrus Armor Pieces, talked about foam armor building. This one shows how I went about sealing, priming, painting, and detailing all of the armor pieces.

Foam armor is amazing stuff, but painting it is not a quick process! If you try to paint it without sealing it first, the paint will just soak right in and you will not be able to get the effect you want. I also recommend a primer before painting, but I’ll get into that more below.

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Other Garrus Armor Pieces

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Hello again! The previous post, Building Carapace Armor for Garrus, started us in on the armor making process. This one’s mainly going to be a series of pictures showing the foam builds for the other pieces of armor.

Lumping the remaining armor pieces into one post in no way implies they were much less complex than the carapace itself! In fact, the main reason I’m covering them in one single post is because I was getting down to the wire and only occasionally remembering to stop and get pictures. I’m sorry about that!

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Building Carapace Armor for Garrus

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Welcome back! In the last blog, Getting Garrus’ Eyes Right, I showed the process of finished up the mask. Now, we’re on to the armor!

This was the first time I’d ever made armor for a costume, and I admit, I was pretty nervous about how it was going to turn out. Fortunately, there are many amazing costumers on the Internet who’ve written up tutorials, posted on forums, and created videos showing how they’ve made their armor.

I made mistakes, and definitely have a few things I’d do differently if I were to make this costume over again, but overall, he turned out far better than I’d hoped.

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Getting Garrus’ Eyes Right

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The previous post, Garrus Mask Neck Building, covered how I made the neck on my Garrus mask. This one is entirely about eyes.

As many artists will tell you, the eyes of a character are one of the most crucial things to get right in a painting. This holds true with costuming as well! I knew from the start that Garrus wouldn’t look the way I wanted if I used my own eyes, partially because of the position of the head and neck, and partially because human eyes look nothing like turian eyes.

To that end, I designed the mask with the idea that I would be making false eyes. This turned out to be a challenge to get right.

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