May 3rd, 2009

Gil Head

The final resting place of Dar'Rushk

With a whimper today, Dar'Rushk, the manticore, was officially retired. No party or celebration (yet?), but simply a "change of state."

In case it's not obvious, I'm not the one in the costume now. He's been mounted onto a mannequin, and at least for the foreseeable future will occupy the corner of my home office. More pics from the office here.

It's a little sad to realize he's really retired now. I say he may make other events, but I'm really not sure, especially now: it took over two hours to get him onto the mannequin. For those of you who have helped me into the costume, I finally understand the pain you went through to get that back zipper closed!

It is funny, though -- This is the first time I have seen him "in person."

He got me back working on costumes, and if I'd not gotten him, I would have never gotten the energy to built the tiger or bull. For a while, there, whenever I was out, I was the center of attention. I won't lie; that's a rush I'll not soon forget. For that reason, it's only a little saddening for me to retire him. I was out yesterday in Asterion, which I am proud of in virtually every way. When he retires (no time soon), Dar may lose his place in the corner, to be replaced with a bull. (Or who knows, maybe I'll find another cheap mannequin...)

Thank you Britt, for doing the concept art, Lance and Lynette for building him, and everyone along the way who helped me when I was wearing him. It was a fun couple years.

[Edit: This was entirely a spur of the moment thing; I wondered through a sporting goods store which was going out of business, and ended up buying one of their mannequins. It wasn't planned until I had that. :> ]