I’m making some turians! These are a little different from how Garrus was done; the face plates and mandibles are cast resin pieces rather than latex, but the overall principle is similar.
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.
As soon as I saw this mask in Dragon Age: Inquisition, I knew I wanted to make it. As it happened, a friend of mine was planning to dress as Empress Celene for Phoenix Comicon 2015, so I crafted both the mask and also the lion crest that appears at the center of Celene’s marvelous back piece.
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.