Picture of Halloween 2010: Terminator Fail

So this year I was on a bit of a budget.  Spending was limited so I looked around the house to see what I could use.  I got the idea to do one of those T-800 with its face ripped off and set out to do that, but the eye piece didn't turn out like I wanted so I had to change my story to just making a cyborg-soldier-of-the-future type thing.

There are indeed other tutorials out there on how to accomplish this, but everyone approaches it a little differently and I believe it's valuable to share alternate methods so anyone can mix and match and find new ways that suit them better.  Heck, I myself have looked at other walk-throughs for inspiration and modified them to suit me.

Though it didn't turn out like I wanted, I'm still quite happy with the results.  The costume took about one weekend to build and two hours to apply.  Some of the accessories were things I used on my previous Halloween costumes.  I spent less than $20 this year, I think, so it is pretty inexpensive, but be warned: correct application can be tedious and requires patience.

Like my last Instructable, this one will have DAISNAIDs, short footnotes about what I learned in the process and tips to help y'all make something better than what you see here. DAISNAID stands for Do As I Say, Not As I Do :)

The Instructable has been split into three parts, each containing the steps relevant to that stage:
-the eye piece
-the faceplate
-makeup and application

After reading this if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask and, as always, constructive criticism is welcomed.
Cpt_Spaz1 year ago


kelseymh4 years ago
Nice job! Terminator fail, Borg win! The eyepiece and surround is pretty good -- make it a bit more baroque and it'd be an excellent "cyberwarrior" piece. And thanks for the DAISNAID I'ble -- it's refreshing to see experimentation in action.
NorthernBoy (author)  kelseymh4 years ago
I want to make DAISNAIDs my trademark. Maybe someday I'll come up with something that's easier to pronounce :-)
When I first saw it, I thought you had written "NSAID", and couldn't figure out what that had to do with a Halloween costume (unless you got a headache making it :-).
^LOL. I thought the same thing! That's what nursing does to me....

Awesome tutorial ^_^
this is a copy off youtube. seriously why would you do that?
NorthernBoy (author)  doubleshockz4 years ago
I haven't seen this on youtube. Curious to see how theirs turned out, though. Link?
dude its the same pics/video. dont play stupid, you know that you copyied it
NorthernBoy (author)  doubleshockz4 years ago
Dude, pictures are mine. That's me in the pictures. Compare to my other costumes, you'll see it's the same guy. If this is on youtube, someone stole my stuff. Look at the date it was posted. Mine should be first as I am the creator of this tutorial and took the photographs myself. If someone did use my material, it is without permission. If this is truly the case, I would sincerely appreciate a link to the video.
k well im on a slow computer right now so i cant go on youtube. i will check to see and give you a link when i find it. it was a video though not a slideshow with pictures witch is the reason i think you stole the pics
NorthernBoy (author)  doubleshockz4 years ago
Looking forward to seeing it. Been trying to find it all afternoon but couldn't come up with anything. Any time you can post the link is fine. I suppose there's no hurry, but I'd like to deal with this as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation.
oh darn. im really sorry, i guess you were right. i just knew i had seen you somewere with this tutorial and i guess i thought it was from youtube.dident mean to acuse you if you hadent copied it. sorry about the whole thing and making you search for the video all afternoon
NorthernBoy (author)  doubleshockz4 years ago
Soooooooooo, there is no video then? You may have seen the instructable when it was featured, or maybe going through the Halloween Contest entries if you did that. No worries.

Kinda funny. I feel both relieved and disappointed. It's nice to know that in the end my work wasn't stolen, but on the other hand it's kind of flattering to think someone else would want to take credit for it...not that I'd let them get away with it.

But, uh, don't any of y'all out there try to flatter me too much, 'k?