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TOPIC | The Tundra Quadsuit Project
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So for the past couple of months I've been working off and on on a quadsuit. For those that do not know what that is, it's simply a mascot costume that uses stilts in the forelegs to enable you to walk on all fours. It's been a trying process, and I'm still far from done, but I figured I'd show you guys what I've been up to!

For starters, I've been making my own personal mascot costumes (or if you prefer the term, "fursuits" for the past several years. I've made about 7 heads of varying difficulties, a bodysuit, paws, feet, and tails. I've been wanting to be able to use a quadsuit while I still have the capacity (31, and not getting any younger), but the prices for a professionally made one can go over $4,000, so I figured it was time to bite the bullet and do it myself. I had most of the supplies I already needed, I just needed to get some extra items specifically suited for quadsuits (namely, tubing for the stilts, PVC piping for wings, large tennis balls to go on the ends of the stilts, and and a bicycle helmet). The tundra in question will be a female, and I have no idea what colors I'm going for yet, though I am leaning toward splash/aqua (no genes; too much sewing).

The first thing I had to do was create a duct tape dummy. This is a very affordable method of making a complete body mannequin of yourself with duct tape and some old clothes you don't mind destroying. Standing up straight for one is one thing, but making one while bent over KILLED my neck and shoulders. It takes about 2-3 hours with a friend to get you taped from neck to toes.

So I had my body double, and I had my materials; I went ahead and got started.

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Here's one of the earliest shots. I didn't take any pictures of the DTD itself. I simply started slapping foam on it and went to work. It's of course being held up by an ironing board so it will stand at around the same angle I would if I were wearing it. A mannequin head taped to my measurements was stuffed in the neck hole and taped into place.

After I added what I thought was a sufficient amount of foam, I took a break from it to start on the feet and head. I wanted to be able to work on everything at once to make sure everything was sized correctly.

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The feet were built on a pair of knock-off crocs. To make the head, I had to layer several sheets of foam in order to get a sizeable block.

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Left carved, right uncarved. I tried to get that upturned toe curve that Tundras seem to have in their official art.

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Here's some preliminary head carves, and the resultant foam nest.

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After that, I worked on the foreleg stilts. They're pieces of drainage pipe I bought from Home Depot, with 5 inch tennis balls glued to the ends with foamie sheets. After that, the tennis balls were sprayed liberally with plasti-dip (a common rubbery covering for tools). The tennis balls plus the tool dip help so that I can land on the stilts at any angle without fear of slipping, and so that there is a bit of cushion to my step.

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I threw everything together preliminarily to see where I was headed. Thanks to an overlay from a friend, I realized the neck needed some major shortening and curvature:

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After that, I added the horns/fins/whatevers to the head. They're made of camping mat foam. They'll get ribbing from more foam shaping soon.

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Then I started working on the forefeet. I wrapped them around the tip of the stilt so I'd have an idea of what size they'd be. Again, left carved, right uncarved. The feet themselves won't be glued directly to the stilt; they'll actually be furred loosely along with the stilt so that the foot will drop forward with gravity, giving the illusion of an ankle.

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And finally, this is where I am so far. (Pool noodle tail just to see how it looks)

I haven't worked on it for a while because I'm at a bit of a block. I need to plan out the leg shaping. I hope to have a mechanism to make the jaw move.
So for the past couple of months I've been working off and on on a quadsuit. For those that do not know what that is, it's simply a mascot costume that uses stilts in the forelegs to enable you to walk on all fours. It's been a trying process, and I'm still far from done, but I figured I'd show you guys what I've been up to!

For starters, I've been making my own personal mascot costumes (or if you prefer the term, "fursuits" for the past several years. I've made about 7 heads of varying difficulties, a bodysuit, paws, feet, and tails. I've been wanting to be able to use a quadsuit while I still have the capacity (31, and not getting any younger), but the prices for a professionally made one can go over $4,000, so I figured it was time to bite the bullet and do it myself. I had most of the supplies I already needed, I just needed to get some extra items specifically suited for quadsuits (namely, tubing for the stilts, PVC piping for wings, large tennis balls to go on the ends of the stilts, and and a bicycle helmet). The tundra in question will be a female, and I have no idea what colors I'm going for yet, though I am leaning toward splash/aqua (no genes; too much sewing).

The first thing I had to do was create a duct tape dummy. This is a very affordable method of making a complete body mannequin of yourself with duct tape and some old clothes you don't mind destroying. Standing up straight for one is one thing, but making one while bent over KILLED my neck and shoulders. It takes about 2-3 hours with a friend to get you taped from neck to toes.

So I had my body double, and I had my materials; I went ahead and got started.

tagavG7.jpg

Here's one of the earliest shots. I didn't take any pictures of the DTD itself. I simply started slapping foam on it and went to work. It's of course being held up by an ironing board so it will stand at around the same angle I would if I were wearing it. A mannequin head taped to my measurements was stuffed in the neck hole and taped into place.

After I added what I thought was a sufficient amount of foam, I took a break from it to start on the feet and head. I wanted to be able to work on everything at once to make sure everything was sized correctly.

X1Ea80g.jpg

The feet were built on a pair of knock-off crocs. To make the head, I had to layer several sheets of foam in order to get a sizeable block.

WzNGHZb.jpg

Left carved, right uncarved. I tried to get that upturned toe curve that Tundras seem to have in their official art.

jrW1Yhf.jpg

hbUSv7P.jpg

Here's some preliminary head carves, and the resultant foam nest.

cMA6eZZ.jpg

After that, I worked on the foreleg stilts. They're pieces of drainage pipe I bought from Home Depot, with 5 inch tennis balls glued to the ends with foamie sheets. After that, the tennis balls were sprayed liberally with plasti-dip (a common rubbery covering for tools). The tennis balls plus the tool dip help so that I can land on the stilts at any angle without fear of slipping, and so that there is a bit of cushion to my step.

vY1coqE.jpg

I threw everything together preliminarily to see where I was headed. Thanks to an overlay from a friend, I realized the neck needed some major shortening and curvature:

HHcNykV.jpg

gUnNG61.jpg

After that, I added the horns/fins/whatevers to the head. They're made of camping mat foam. They'll get ribbing from more foam shaping soon.

quqprOe.jpg

Then I started working on the forefeet. I wrapped them around the tip of the stilt so I'd have an idea of what size they'd be. Again, left carved, right uncarved. The feet themselves won't be glued directly to the stilt; they'll actually be furred loosely along with the stilt so that the foot will drop forward with gravity, giving the illusion of an ankle.

EVyaS5l.jpg

And finally, this is where I am so far. (Pool noodle tail just to see how it looks)

I haven't worked on it for a while because I'm at a bit of a block. I need to plan out the leg shaping. I hope to have a mechanism to make the jaw move.
It's looking great! That is a major undertaking. XD I can understand why you might need a bit of a mental break. :3 Good luck with it! Do you know what colors you're going to use yet?
It's looking great! That is a major undertaking. XD I can understand why you might need a bit of a mental break. :3 Good luck with it! Do you know what colors you're going to use yet?
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@kittrel I was thinking splash/aqua, or brown/aqua (like my namesake dragon). No genes! Too much sewing. XD
@kittrel I was thinking splash/aqua, or brown/aqua (like my namesake dragon). No genes! Too much sewing. XD
Very impressive craftsmanship. Now I want to see some of your finished work. :P
Very impressive craftsmanship. Now I want to see some of your finished work. :P
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Whoah, I've never been in the furry subculture but I've always been pretty interested in the artistic side of making costumes and such. I don't think I've ever heard of a quadsuit before, just like, two guys dressing up as a horse and one of them's the head and the other's the butt. How do you walk in one of those things?
It looks pretty good to me so far minding that I have no experience with this kind of thing. Are you going to use some faux fur to make it all fluffy? I'm also curious how you plan to make the wings without them being too heavy.
(I know next to nothing about costuming as you can tell, haha, but I've had friends who cosplayed and I was always impressed by the ingenuity of a lot of the things they came up with)
Whoah, I've never been in the furry subculture but I've always been pretty interested in the artistic side of making costumes and such. I don't think I've ever heard of a quadsuit before, just like, two guys dressing up as a horse and one of them's the head and the other's the butt. How do you walk in one of those things?
It looks pretty good to me so far minding that I have no experience with this kind of thing. Are you going to use some faux fur to make it all fluffy? I'm also curious how you plan to make the wings without them being too heavy.
(I know next to nothing about costuming as you can tell, haha, but I've had friends who cosplayed and I was always impressed by the ingenuity of a lot of the things they came up with)
@Solackno You walk very carefully on all fours, while your arms are extended with the stilts. There will be a handle on the inside to hold onto and bear some of your weight on.

Yes, the whole thing will be covered in faux fur or fleece. Not sure what to use for the skin part of the wings, though. They'll be made of PVC piping fleshed out with foam, and worn like a backpack.
@Solackno You walk very carefully on all fours, while your arms are extended with the stilts. There will be a handle on the inside to hold onto and bear some of your weight on.

Yes, the whole thing will be covered in faux fur or fleece. Not sure what to use for the skin part of the wings, though. They'll be made of PVC piping fleshed out with foam, and worn like a backpack.
@murklin, unfortunately, a lot of the costumes I've made have since been retired, and the one I recently completed hasn't had good pictures taken of it yet. Here are some links:

Here's the first fursuit I ever made (shoebill stork): http://www.furaffinity.net/view/4397975/
A quick cat I made for Halloween (I wince at this one now): http://www.furaffinity.net/view/2951254/
My personal character and my namesake, Origamigryphon: http://www.furaffinity.net/view/5164767/
The first incarnation of my brother's costume (the second costume I ever made): http://www.furaffinity.net/view/4842133/
The only picture of the second incarnation (it was stolen out of a car, along with the rest of the car 6 months after it was completed): http://www.furaffinity.net/view/5453849/
The third incarnation is finished, but no good pictures as yet.
@murklin, unfortunately, a lot of the costumes I've made have since been retired, and the one I recently completed hasn't had good pictures taken of it yet. Here are some links:

Here's the first fursuit I ever made (shoebill stork): http://www.furaffinity.net/view/4397975/
A quick cat I made for Halloween (I wince at this one now): http://www.furaffinity.net/view/2951254/
My personal character and my namesake, Origamigryphon: http://www.furaffinity.net/view/5164767/
The first incarnation of my brother's costume (the second costume I ever made): http://www.furaffinity.net/view/4842133/
The only picture of the second incarnation (it was stolen out of a car, along with the rest of the car 6 months after it was completed): http://www.furaffinity.net/view/5453849/
The third incarnation is finished, but no good pictures as yet.
Nice! Don't see too many bird suits. That sucks about the theft, no getting back those man hours. >.<

Thanks for sharing, it's always fun to see how far someone's skills have come. :)
Nice! Don't see too many bird suits. That sucks about the theft, no getting back those man hours. >.<

Thanks for sharing, it's always fun to see how far someone's skills have come. :)
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@Origamigryphon

Wow, beautiful work! I'm a part-time fursuit crafter myself(though I'm bad at finishing things- my last finished suit was from when I was 12 years old!), and I've been thinking about making a quad suit myself. You'll have to let me know how this one turns out!
@Origamigryphon

Wow, beautiful work! I'm a part-time fursuit crafter myself(though I'm bad at finishing things- my last finished suit was from when I was 12 years old!), and I've been thinking about making a quad suit myself. You'll have to let me know how this one turns out!
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@Origamigryphon

wow it looks really good!

I made a quadsuit with my friends help this past summer and it was tough.

all the sculpting youve done on it looks very nice!
@Origamigryphon

wow it looks really good!

I made a quadsuit with my friends help this past summer and it was tough.

all the sculpting youve done on it looks very nice!
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