Building an AT-AT costume pt.1


I lost my costuming mojo this past year and I think I figured out why. I left behind my current projects, to help Jeremy pursue his. It's only fair I helped him. Getting into the cosplay and convention scene was entirely new to him a year and a half ago. I've been raised around it my entire life and figured the least I could to was catch him up to speed. But as conventions have come and gone, I haven't had anything to present. My Trill costume was more or less thrown together at the last minute and to be honest, I hate it. It's just not my style.

And so, I dug through my not-completed project pile in the craft room and pulled out my AT-AT Imperial Walker costume. It's happening this year.

Like my Madcat Mach II Mechwarrior costume, this will be a full body puppet costume. A complicated series of pullies will move the legs. I'm still figuring the head out. I might have to weigh down the rest of the costume to keep it from being too front heavy, as the head is almost a 1/3 of the mass of the body and will hang in front.

A roll cage built from PVC pipes will provide structure and maintain weight balance. The bulk of the materials will be made from Cardboard, as well as some foam and plastic attributes.

My goal is to have it completed in time for Austin Comic Con which takes in late October.

I've also got a cheap last minute couples costume inspired by The Walking Dead that Jeremy and I hope to bring to Dallas Comic Con this year. We'll be wearing it Sunday after the Star Trek guests have gone home. I'll share more details on that in a future post. :3

If you could dress up as anything or anyone, who would you choose?

<3 Stephanie


  1. WHAT. That's awesome! I haven't cosplayed in aaaaaaaaaages and it was all anime stuff before. I want to make a steampunk costume but not sure where to wear it, and steampunk stuff tends to be expensive to make. =[

    1. I got my start at anime cons too! (A-KON to be exact).

      And you could totally do steam punk!! There are tons of cheap DIY things you can do as well!! Instructables is just loaded with them. :]

  2. Ugh, If I wasn't going to be out of town during DCC I would totally harass you :(