We have decided to really get into character for our next set of videos. We wanted to transform ourselves into Greebow (Gnome tinkerer artist) & Thia (Wood Elf huntress artisan).
Though we are pretty creative, and ok with creating costumes, we needed help with prosthetic's for our faces. So we reached out to Sanita Liepina, here are some examples of her amazing work.
Isn't she talented? Go check her out at
To start with, I (Greebow) put on some old comfy clothes, and got into, what I can only described as a sleeping bag of bin liners. This, plus it being summer, made for a very warm experience. After I had sat down, she explained the process to us, and said it would all start with a full face cast. Now I must admit, I get a little claustrophobic, so this was kind of scary for me. But I got brave in the name of creativity and D&D.
The first step, was to have a bald cap put on. I looked handsome as hell, honest. Then she explained that the Alginate, would first be going over my head and eyes, and she would then work down,past my nose (but not over my nostrils, as oxygen is important), then would fully cover my mouth and neck.
When the first layer went over my eyes and it went dark, it was actually very relaxing. The stuff she was using was all natural and great for your skin, so it felt like I was just having a very cold facial. I got a little more nervous, after my nose and mouth got covered. Sanita and Thia reassured me lots and Thia even helped layer it up, so the process was faster.
After a little while, my head was totally encased and feeling a bit heavy. At that point, I will fully admit, I felt some anxiety and a rather rapid heart beat. I could not see and I could not speak, and felt pretty vulnerable. But again, Thia and Sanita calmed me and told me it was nearly done. After that, I became very relaxed, and could not wait to see the photos Thia had taken.
It was time to pull it all off. I had to wiggle my face inside this giant ball of solid snot. This face wiggling and stretching, really made me want to laugh. Then it all just popped and peeled off. I CAN SEE!
As I proceeded to clean my face, Sanita mixed and poured plaster into the face mold, and left it to set.
Now it was Thias turn! Thia wanted beautiful, well fitted elven ears made. So no full face cast for her (lucky bugger). But she did have to have, cold, gloopy Alginate poured in her ears.
The process was different but just as odd looking. She had to have her head laid on the table, with the side of her face, facing up covered in cling film. Sanita taped two paper cups together, with the bottoms cut out and placed this over Thias ear, after putting some cotton wool into the deepest recesses of her ear hole.
Then, she poured the Alginate in the cup until it covered the whole ear and then a bit more. It felt like having cold, runny cottage cheese poured in your ear. Thia then stayed like that for the next 10 minutes, while it set. Once all set, she pulled it off, like a strange, green suction cup (Sluurpop). Then repeated the entire process on the other ear.
Now our face and ear casts are made, Sanita is going to get working on sculpting all the parts we need to transform ourselves into Greebow & Thia.
Sanita was really nice to work with, very calming and professional. She clearly has passion for her creative work and let's face it, it really shows in the end result. We are so excited to be doing more with her. Both of us would like to give a massive Thank You to her for working with us on this project.
While Sanita is working on the prosthetics, we are going to be working our magic putting outfits together. And that is what the second part of the blog will be about. So stay tuned and may the dice gods smile on you!