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Picture of Gargoyle Costume - Goliath Reimagined

Hi my name is Richard Baccari and I love Halloween, cosplay, special effects make up and all things related to building costumed characters. In addition to my Borg and Hellboy, I've always wanted to do a gargoyle. So I thought I'll do a reimagining of Goliath from Gargoyles. As though he is an otherworldly warrior!

So here's what I did. I don't have pics of everything but you should still be able to get the idea.

This is not an easy costume to put on and it has it's challenges. Takes about 2-3 hours to glue down prosthetics, do make up, put on suit, wings, stilts and accessories. The muscle suit is very warm! The stilts are challenging to walk in and you have sore feet after being in them for a while. The prosthetics and wig make you sweat quite a bit. The wings are big and get caught on things and people! Is it fun to wear then? Absolutely, the crowd reaction, the kids fascination, the gasps of fright from some people, the posing for pictures make this costume a thrill to wear! Thanks for checking it out!

Step 1: The muscle suit

A muscle suit makes a big impact on almost any costume so I decided to make one for my Goliath reimagining! If you do not have a mannequin, you can make a duct tape dummy of your own body. Get a friend to help you with this. Put on some very form fitting clothing that you can cut up. Have your helper wrap you from wrists to ankles in duct tape getting it as form fitting to your body as possible. Then have your helper cut you out of the duct tape from behind. Fill the cavity snuggly with news paper or other material to fill out the dummy then retape the cut seams closed and there is your custom sized dummy.

You will need a bodysuit of some kind(dance, morph, hockey underwear).Do not use thermal underwear as it will be far to hot. Some 1.5" upholstery foam, some 1/8" upholstery sheet foam, some spandex, acrylic paint and liquid latex.

Use paper to make templates of the muscles that you will trace onto the foam then cut out of the 1.5" foam. use reference material to get the muscle formation correct. Use spray foam adhesive to glue the muscles to the body suit after shaving down the edges of the muscles so they are rounded smooth on top. Use the spray foam to glue the 1/8" foam sheet over the foam muscles making sure it goes right into the crevices so the thick foam muscles look like they are pushing through skin. I used silicone on the thick foam muscles before the thin foam sheet to simulate veins. Use the same glue down method with the spandex over the foam muscles covering the entire body suit making sure it gets glued well in the crevices.

This allows you to protect the thin foam and give a stretchy paintable surface. Mix liquid latex and paint and spray the muscle suit with an HVLP sprayer. You can also hand brush the suit with latex then paint by hand after latex dries. Make sure you add shadowing between the muscles for contrast to make them pop!

On my suit it zips up from the back so I was able to put my plate for my wings under the suit so that 4 long bolts came through the muscle suit and the wings bolted onto the long bolts and the wing nuts get covered by a back plate that emulates the spine of the wings. This makes it look like my wings come right out of the skin.

JoshM2791 month ago
How much would you charge to make me one of those?????
If I saw you walking down the street, I'd probably start praying and get a shrink.
If I saw you walking down the street, I'd probably start praying and get a shrink.
ScottR2241 year ago
Your work is impressive! I'd love to see more photos or a video of the stilts/feet, the wings, etc. I would love to attempt something like this.
richard.baccari.1 (author)  ScottR2241 year ago
Thank you ScottR224, much appreciated! I don't have too much on the wings and feet/stilts in the way of pics right now but I need to make new stilts and modify the wings for upcoming comic cons.

So I thought I would document this process and submit it as a follow up instructable. I have some new ideas to improve each design, so if you check back in soon I may have something more helpful.

Feel free to message me anytime with any questions, etc. I'd be happy to help in any way if I can.

I'm excited to hear you want to build something like this. I look forward to seeing/reading about it!
ZexetorM1 year ago


richard.baccari.1 (author)  ZexetorM1 year ago
Thank you very much! I have to admit that reactions like yours certainly make your ego feel good lol! Hope this leads you to make something awesome!
studleylee1 year ago

That is crazy well done!!!

richard.baccari.1 (author) 1 year ago

Thanks guys it's always nice to hear people's appreciation! I love how people are shocked to find this is a home made costume and not an expensive manufactured costume.

It goes to show that with enough desire and determination and some creativity you can achieve amazing results. I hope this inspires others to go that extra mile as well! It's worth it!

This is phenomenal.



This looks amazing. Thanks for updating.