A key feature of the cyberman is that his mouth lights up as he talks. I experimented with a couple of ways to do this, and here is what I settled on.
Me at a job interview, a true story:
Interviewer: So what are some of your interests and hobbies.
Me: Uh…. (thinking of the cyberman body parts staked in my backyard like I’m some sort of witch doctor) … I like to read.
I think making the gloves was one of the more difficult parts of making this suit. And honestly, by the time I got to making the gloves I was tired. I had been working on the cyber suit for months, and to have to do one more thing felt impossible. But I soldiered on because the hands are so critical to the 2005 cyberman.
Here is a picture I got from the internet of the actual undersuits used on the show. I believe they are some sort of rubber.
I ordered a body suit off of eBay from China. I wanted a suit without a face, which I couldn’t find locally. The good thing about the suit from china was that I sent my measurements, and they made it custom, at about the same cost as what I could have bought at a Halloween store. The down side, is that I ended up having to resew some of the seams, as they were cheaply done. Continue reading
About a month ago a tweet went out from BBC asking for cosplayers to send in pictures and tell of their experiences cosplaying Doctor Who. So I typed up a few paragraphs and sent in six different photos. I didn’t hear anything and then…
I’m a busy mom and I teach part time so sometimes I’ll go days without having time to work on my cyberman. I steal hours away when I can, and I’m happy to report that I am almost ready to paint.
Here are a few photos of my progress:
My daughter came home from college with her fancy camera and I asked her do do a photo shoot with me in my Sanctuary Base Space Suit. So we drove to a spot not far from our home that I thought might pass as a moon scape. The clouds rolled in and thunder and lighting lit the sky, by the end of our shoot it had started to rain. I asked my other teenage girl to photoshop the backgrounds so they were black and white and these photos were the result. Please do not repost my photos without permission.
While building this cyberman something became clear, I needed a mannequin. I just did. I kept building parts and then put them on myself and looking in the mirror to see if they were fitting right and it just wasn’t working. I investigated getting an adjustable dress mannequin but those are costly and don’t have arms and legs. I’m a real sized middle-aged lady, not a size 0,so I couldn’t just buy a store mannequin. Then I saw a post in the 13th Cyber Leagion on Facebook. Some fellow who had built a full sized Groot costume had put up some youtube tutorials, and one was on how to build a duct tape mannequin. My birthday was coming up so I decided that this is what I wanted to get/do for my birthday. I know. Crazy. After watching several tutorials, and having to make modifications for being female, we gave it a try.
What you’ll need: Continue reading
I’ve finished the helmet and now I only have a couple of problems. Originally I was going to have my husband wear this cyberman. He was a bit hesitant about the idea (he, generally being a shy guy) but agreed because he loves me. However, when we go the helmet on his head we realized one major problem. He can not wear the helmet and his glasses; he is practically blind without his glasses. This was enough excuse for him to bow out of the cyberman wearing agreement. Next problem. This helmet is too big for me or my teenaged daughter to wear. This pattern builds a cyberman that fits a 6’2″ man that weighs over 200 lbs. I’m like a 30% less human size than that. My final problem is that now that I’ve been cutting with my bandsaw-from-the-gods I see all the flaws in this helmet. Conclusion: I’d like to remake this, but I’m not going to do it right now. I’m going to press forward with the rest of the suit. If I still have enough passion when I’m done to make another helmet, then I will.