Name: Tim Harrison of HDC Cosplay and Fabrication.
Location: Chicago, IL.
Facebook: HDC Cosplay and Fabrication.
Tell us about your cosplay. What was your inspiration?/why did you choose this character?
This costume is based off a Smuggler from the Star Wars: The Old Republic video game. I chose to do this because I love the smuggler/bounty hunter aesthetic from the Old Republic era and it was a relatively quick costume to throw together having a lot of the items in the closet already. I also have been working on a Han Solo but that wasn’t ready for Star Wars Day so I decided to put a generic smuggler together.
How long did it take to make your Cosplay?
This didn’t take too long to put together because it was primarily a closet cosplay. The things that took the most time were the belt and the blasters. Both items are modified Han Solo prototypes I’ve been working on for a Rebel Legion certified Han.
What was your biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge with this was getting clean casts for the guns. This was my most extensive mold and cast project to date. There was a little bit of a learning curve with this two part mold, but it gave me the opportunity to not only learn, but also make some custom dl-44’s.
What was your budget? Approximately how much did you spend?
Not too much was spent on this with it being a closet cosplay. Also, a lot of the work was prep work for commissions so it was a lot of prep work for a few builds. With resin and leather and a few other miscellaneous items, a couple hundred was probably spent on this.
What special techniques did you use?
There was a bit of sculpting, mold work and resin casting, painting, leather work, and some minor metal work involved in this costume.
What was the most satisfying about making this Cosplay/What made you proud?
The most satisfying part of this was the belt and the custom dl-44, I think. I felt like one of the classic star wars prop makers just finding items to add to the blaster to make it stand out. They took a lot of random items and added them to things to give the props that classic look. It was interesting to do the same.
If you had to remake this Cosplay, what would you do differently?
I didn’t have time to repaint the goggles and make a new strap for them. I’d also like to do a different a different hat and a more detailed vest. With the time it came together though, I’m happy with the results.
About Cosplay in general:
How often do you Cosplay?
Depending on the events going on, probably once a month or more you’ll find me in costume somewhere.
How many cosplay do you do?
I do quite a few and the list keeps on getting larger.
What do you want to make next?
I think I want to work on finish my Rebel Legion approved Han next. Then my screen accurate Torbjorn from Overwatch for competition season next year. My Fallout garb needs a revamp too. It’s tough to make a decision 😊
Favorite cosplay moment?
My favorite moment so far is when I did my original take on the Final Fantasy Black Mage and wandering around the con and seeing big Final Fantasy fans light up with excitement when this classic character that they love and grew up with comes around the corner. It’s the moments of being able to bring these classic characters to life and the fans sharing your excitement. Those moments are what makes the work worth it for me.
Favorite fandoms to follow?
My favorite fandoms right now are probably Fallout and Overwatch, Star Wars as well. Star Wars is a long-time love but the thought and backstory that Bethesda and Blizzard put in to their franchises makes prop making and costuming from those respective universes all the more enjoyable.
What materials do you like using?
I love working with closed cell foam. Foam is just so cheap to work with and versatile. I also love electronics. Adding practical effects to props always adds so much, be it leds, electroluminescence, smoke, sound effects, it’s that extra little step to bring the character to life.
What materials do you want to try?
I want to play with Sintra and also Vacuum forming. Lots of different things out there but I think those would be my next two choices.
What materials do you wish were easier to work with?
Easier to work with.. hmmm… Some of the more extensive sealants/coats for foam and prop finishing can be a bit of a pain. Smooth-On Epsilon provides a great finish to work with but with larger props, you’re fighting pot life to get a nice coat on the prop and then if there isn’t enough, you need to mix up more and then keep on coating.
What techniques are you dying to learn?
I would like to do more 3d modeling and cold casting. More cold casting to get that nice metallic look without having the weight or trouble of working with actual metals.