Thursday, November 6, 2008

Halloween 2008 A Return to Ancient Rome

Roman Centurion joined by Warewolf, Anakin Skywalker, and Anime Slayer

Centurion K before the Standards

Being a Centurion is serious business

Centurion fully dressed with red tunic, chain mail, military cloak, helmet with transverse crest and wearing his medals.

You can do almost anything with cardboard, gaff tape, and a sharp knife.


Kirsty said...

That's a great centurion's outfit. Really accurate.

Kirsty said...

What did you use for the helmet? We're very curious!

Narukami said...

Aloha Kristy - Thanks for your generous comments.

For the helmet the goal was not only to look good, but to be light weight and easy for a 7 year old to wear.

Started with a plastic toy helmet (of a US Army M1 helmet). Turned it around so he wore it backwards.

Cut out the ear holes, and then added the neck guard and check pieces. (It is amazing what you can do with cardboard, duct tape and a sharp knife). The centurion's crest was attached by a wood screw through the top of the helmet into a small piece of wood at the base of the crest. I would love to have used horse hair for the crest, but feathers were much easier to work with.

The following Halloween we upgraded the greaves and added a better looking gladius and pugio. The gladius is wooden (from Soul Of The Warrior) and the pugio we made ourselves, also out of wood.

There is a short video of the costume from that first Halloween posted on YouTube. It might afford you some better shots of the helmet.

Thanks again for your comments!