When the new Doom game was unveiled in 2016, my oldest son was
excited to show me all the new characters. I hadn't played Doom
since the 90's so the redesign was interesting to me, especially how
the monsters were sure to be scarier.
Seeing the Revenant was just awesome. Even though you can knock
one off with two shotgun blasts, the whole design presented a unique
and compelling challenge as a builder. I wanted a project to do
entirely in EVA foam as a way to bring those skills to a higher level. It
was also a delight to me that I was a mom in her 40s wearing such a
I started by patterning the chest piece because that is where the size
and scale would expand from. I'm not skeleton thin so making sure
the chest, back and canons were sized properly would lend to the
illusion. After the chest was patterned, I could print off PDFs of the
canons to intended size and start in building those.
The canons are based on a long tube of EVA foam, building in
segments and layers on top of this. The end caps can be removed to
allow LEDs and foggers to be installed in the future. Many parts in the
canons are modeled from toilet and plumbing hardware.
The canons are anchored to the body with a framework over the
shoulders made from PVC pipe. A length of pipe extends upwards
from each shoulder which serves as a point where all the armor rests.
There is a framework of PVC inside the canon that friction fits to the
shoulder frame and is hidden with small decorative PVC covers and
corrugated conduit tubing.
The skull is constructed in two parts from Worbla, Apoxie Sculpt and
fleece. The jaw is permanently attached to a fabric skullcap.
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The front of the skull can be removed, adhering to the crown with industrial velcro. It was molded from layers of Worbla with Apoxie Sculpt
used to add organic elements. Eyes are lenses from a pair of dollar store sunglasses. The skull is painted, sealed and then using a stipple
sponge, gloss Modge Podge glue was patted on leaving a bubbly gooey texture.
The guts were sculpted from EVA foam with a Dremel, painted, then likewise stipple sponged with Modge Podge.
The body suit is sewn in two parts, pants and a long T. Layers of black fleece were sewn into place then partially melted with a heat gun
leaving a bone like texture. This was painted and then covered in a layer of inexpensive hardware store silicone.
The final parts that make this costume are the feet and hands. Canvas shoes were covered in a lycra sock and glued with a wrinkly texture.
Toenails are Worbla. The gloves are also lycra with the heat melted fleece added, with Worbla fingernails. They are delightfully gross.
When I wear my Revenant, people are surprised to hear a female voice coming out of it. This makes me happy in every way. The costume also
fits my tall and thin middle son who does the character justice in every way. I need to buy a trumpet.
The Revenant was built for Twitchcon 2017 and as of yet has not been entered into competition. It is the build that brought me a following on