Skyrim Costume Ideas for Halloween or Cosplay
Costume Ideas: Forsworn, Hagravens, Bandits, Dragonborn or Dovakin, and Wizards
Skyrim is the hottest video game to come out in decades. Strangely, there seem to be no costumes out there that are ready to purchase, except for high-priced custom outfits. If you want to dress up as a character from Skyrim, you will have to make your own.
Some of the easiest costumes to make are the Forsworn, Hagravens, Bandits, the iconic hero Dovakion or Dragonborn from the official trailer, and Wizards. Any of these costumes can be made in an afternoon with the right materials and a little creativity. Here are some ideas for your Skyrim costume.
A lady's Forsworn costume is basically a fur bikini. Trim the bikini with scraps of fur or faux-fur. Make a necklace of bear claws (available in resin for animal lovers) and feathers. For the hair, rat it up by backstroking it with a teasing brush. Use hair wax or sculpting spray to twist it into dreadlocks, and pin them up in crazy, sticking-out spikes. Attach feathers.
Ladies in Forsworn Costume
Look back to the game for more ideas for authentic details. Forsworn women wear face paint. Some great examples below:
Forsworn weapons have a Stone Age look ... basically glorified sticks. Take a sharp stick and affix spiky bones or sticks to the sides by wrapping them together with hemp cord, leather strips, or twine. The axe can be made by cutting and hammering a sheet of roofing tin. Poke holes into the corners of the blade, where there are forks in your stick to hold it in place, and thread some of the wrappings through and around the joint to hold the tin in place.
Boots and gauntlets appear to be made of wrapped strips of hide. Twisted strips of brown paper attached to disposable sleeves or leggings might suggest this effect.
For men, a fur skirt will do, with skull rattles at the waist and the same feather and claw accoutrements as the ladies. Forsworn men also sometimes wear elk or deer horns on their leather-hooded headdresses. Not the easiest thing to make or wear, perhaps, but worth a try.
The ladies get to have fun with this hideous creature. Hagravens are the most powerful and fearsome of witches. Through dark arts, they transform from humans into creatures that are half bird, half woman. They wield great magical power and perform gruesome ceremonies of black magic.
Dressing up as a Hagraven is relatively simple. Get an old black tunic-style dress. Beat it up and tear it to shreds. Attach black feathers to the shreds so that they hang down the tattered skirt. Wrap the waist with leather strips like a ragged corset. Use some black fabric (micro-suede is a good choice) and make a shallow triangular cape. Cut it long enough to reach from wrist to wrist. The portion across your arms should be short, only an inch or two, with the portion hanging on your back only a few inches longer. Stitch or glue black feathers all across the cape to look like tattered wings. To wear it, wrap long black shoelaces or string around your arms to hold the cape in place.
Use a fake witch's nose and a long, stringy-haired wig for the full effect. I haven't figured out how to do clawed feet, but a deadly pair of stilettos might suffice.
Common bandits in Skyrim generally wear hide or fur. Try a leather skirt, plus maybe some straps and buckles over the chest, and fur trim or capes for fur armor. For women, a leather tank top, corset or bra can be used with the leather skirt and embellished with fur pelts or scraps and metal buttons to mimic bits of metal in the armor. Bandits usually use simple iron or steel weapons.
Skyrim Fur and Hide Armor
The Dragonborn, or Dovakin, costume in the official Skyrim trailer (below) is a scaled leather costume. A step up from hide, it incorporates hide and fur elements as well as metal studs in the skirt. Dragonborn wears a leather tunic and an iron helmet with horns.
Below are detailed instructions for making Dragonborn's helmet.
How to make a Dovakin helmet from Skyrim
Mages, Wizards, Witches
Magical characters in Skyrim wear robes imbued with magical properties to enhance their powers. Necromancers wear robes with shadowy skulls on the front. High-ranking mages wear nicer robes, often trimmed with fur or embroidery. Some have hoods, others have a sash drawn over the shoulder and cinched at the waist. Any way you do it, it is still a basic robe.
Nearly any robe pattern will do and can be modified by adding hoods or sashes. Use fabric with body, like rayon or micro-suede, as some of the robes in the game have a look of leather. To make your robe fancier, add fur or embroidered trim on the edges around the collar, hood, and front edges. Fasten a sash with a metal brooch.
Mages wear simple fur or leather boots or shoes and may have fur or leather gauntlets.
Magical Robes of Skyrim
Have you ever loved a movie, TV series or video game so much that you wanted to dress up like the characters in it? Fans of fantasy movies like The Lord of the Rings, Batman, and Star Wars love to create costumes of their favorite characters and show them off at national conventions. Normal people call them geeks. They just call themselves fans. How big of a fan are you?
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