Garrus Vakarian

Mass Effect



Debuted: PAX Prime 2010

"How I Did It" Costume Video:

Tali Props Video:

Made from a raw/unfinished urethane Garrus statue/bust (My Wicked Armor) that I hacked and cut apart to make an articulated jaw mask.

I hand carved the scars and then spray painted the whole thing. I airbrushed in the scars, details and shadows and hand painted on the "war paint." Visor made of craft foam and a hand cut/heat bent PET strip and 2 LEDs with super glued on Objet(Eden 350) icons.

Made from armature wire/mesh, upholstery foam, plaster, and fiber glass resin.

Since this was my first attempt at armor, I tried a hand full of different methods on each section of armor. Method that worked the best was an under form of mesh/armiture with streched foam on top. Mix (1:1ish) Modge Podge with flexable Joint Compound to make thick MP and coat foam. Light sanding, paint and distress to finish. Armor looks hard but is still kinda foamy. For really flexable armor just use foam coated with flexable glue. Light sanding, paint, yada-yada...

Lighting system has 5 channels with 8 modes (no fancy micro controllers, just a hacked LED christmas light set). 59 (49 blue and 10 for the UV face lighting) LEDs in the armor (Hooray 19 hours of wiring/soldering!)

Under coated with the greatest primer/paint ever – Spray Appliance Epoxy

Nerf Raider with scope from friends long shot. Lots of Dremeling and some hand heat/bent PET plastic and craft foam. The expansion barrels are just chunks of a curtain rod from Bed Bath and Beyond. Spray paint hot glue and some distressing and a lighting system finish it off. Video link in gun photo descriptions.

Basically, I've bound both my pinky and middle fingers to my palm.

The pinky is folded in half and taped to my ring finger to make the side of my palm blend into my ring finger, so the gloves actually have 3 fingers and a thumb. The middle finger covered with the same fabric as the back of my hand. I put the glove on with my pinky pre-bound with tape and then my middle finger is bent down "flat" against my palm and held in place by velcro and straps. That way I can free it when I need actual dexterity.
Not sure if that makes any sense...

Just chunks of PET-G that were hand cut, heated, and bent to form the basic shapes. Rivets and fishing line hold the sections together and form joints so your hand can still move and the lower rings can fold out of your way. To replicate the details, patterns, and raised sections, I cut sections from old keyboards and double stick taped to the outside. For edge lighting the omni-tool, I used 30 right-angle amber LEDs (recovered from scraped diabetic meters - perk of my ADC job) and taped them into notches.

Finally, the hard parts are over....Making it and wearing it!

Pax was a blast. We were WAYYYYY more popular than I would have guessed. The PAX enforcers kept telling us to move along cause we causing traffic jams but the photographers didn't relent.

I don't want to monopolize the site with my pictures so TONS of pics from PAX and the armor/costume tests are @:


Views 65640
Last Updated 7 years ago
Created 9 years ago
Series Mass Effect
Character Garrus Vakarian
Variant Mass Effect 2


fantasycostumes This is spot on Garrus! Not sure if you still get comment alerts for this, but we'd love to share your pics on our blog. We're a costume store in Chicago and think our customers would love it. Working on some Mass Effect related stuff soon, this is a WoW post we did recently to show you how we'd be writing it up: We're no Kotaku, just a local costume store. But wanted to ask permission before using your pics.

Arctic-Sekai Amazing Garrus! +awesome points One of the best out there!

SigmaRue I want to high five you so hard.

franz888 nice calibrations

LinkandZelda what model nerf gun did you use

arwendoll16LOTR Amazing costume! I especially love the details in it all I saw you at PAX and I wanted to give you a huge hug but thought better of it as a well behaved fellow cosplayer lol. Hope to see you 2011!!

tifaia This was absolutely amazing to see in person. You made my brother want to jump back into costuming. lol Fantastic job! ^^

ky--Ice-- Holy crap. Wow. That's amazing ;-;

fallenone121 My god...I saw the picture of your outfit and I swore you had walked out of the computer monitor.

Radian Your work is just superb !

HimeZelda This costume is freakin impressive. I am at a loss for words.....

starchip13 best garrus costume I've seen yet! love the omni-tool too. i totallt geeked out! do you have any full tutorials online? I'd love to see any!

redemnesia Fantastic- you've really done an amazing job with this piece. I am thoroughly impressed! Hope I get to see you at con sometime in the near future.

Spacecats727 I truly LOVE this costume, it makes all the fan girls out there scream in fangasm joy, especially me. Currently, my roommate and I are attempting to create me a Shepard costume and her a Tali/Quarian costume and I have to make a latex drell mask for another friend and looking at your pictures gave us some awesome ideas! Hopefully we can execute them as well as you did! Thanks for being awesome! Z

Drogmir God almighty I wish I knew how to work them foam dodads so I can carve up something half as amazing as what you guys pulled off.

Kildread Your group is nothing short of amazing --- I just looked up Garrus in the cosplay database on here since I'm playing ME2. Everything is so accurate, also with awesome props, you deserve all the praise you are getting and more.

lamu You are such amazing *0*

Danosuke Dude they gave you an article on Kotaku! I'm so jealous!

fly_aguilera Y O U R O C K E V E R A N D F O R E V E R !

MugetsuHime This is most impressive work - congrats on the showcase!