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Life-Size Alien Queen Statue from Aliens

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Before I made the Power Loader (http://www.instructables.com/id/Life-Size-Power-Loader-Costume-from-Aliens/), I made an Alien Queen. Full sized was the only way to go. This Instructable will show how I made her, cheaply and quickly.

 
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Step 1: Inspiration and Goals

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At one point or another, I remember having seen all of the Alien movies in my youth. I'd always remembered the xenomorphs, but specifically the Alien Queen. She's like the T-Rex of the alien world. As the end of the summer neared, I wanted to make a really cool project to finish off the break. I'd recently made a Velociraptor statue out of foam boards and plaster strips, among other things, and wanted to expand on the methods I used in that project. It seemed that it would be possible to make a full-sized Alien Queen.

I discovered plaster strips last year when I made a Predator costume. They were lightweight and very strong. I began to experiment further with them, trying to make a sort of statue with them. I used foam boards (found at craft stores) to make a sort of skeleton/frame, and then covered that with plaster strips to fill out the shape, which could then be painted. The Velociraptor I made was a good test to see the extent of what could be done with the method.

This was the first project that I did a lot of research for. On previous projects, I might have simply found a few reference images to go off of, maybe watch the scenes from the movie. But this time, I wanted to reach a higher standard of quality; I wanted this to be extremely accurate. So I went through the Queen's scenes in Aliens, as well as going through the behind-the-scenes featurettes and image galleries. I fell more in love with the design and how she was created, and it gave me motivation to do justice to the classic monster. I had a statue of her (made by Palisades) that I used for some reference, but after looking at my research images, I found that the statue was inaccurate in a lot of areas, so I always double-checked to make sure a detail I was making was accurate.

Those were my main goals for this project: to make her life-sized and accurate in detail. And, as always, I wanted to make it cheaply. The size was huge, but since the Queen's legs and arms were pretty thin, that would cut down on the amount of plaster strips that would be needed for it, and I would still be able to keep a modest budget. I also wanted her to be free-standing. I'd have to figure out some sort of support to go under the front half of the figure, since she was so top-heavy and the legs are so far back on the torso.

Another issue with her size was that I would ultimately assemble this in the garage, which had a height of 11 feet. Various sources put the Queen's height at 14 or 15 feet. But in the movie she fits into the elevator that's only about 8 feet tall, so I figured as long as her torso wasn't upturned and her head was parallel to the floor, she'd fit.

Nice work! Love to see other sculptors' work. Thanks for sharing!
black hole1 year ago
"The Prometheus has landed." =D 
sutek2 years ago
Super effort mate, those both combined rock!!
GTAtomten2 years ago
Man, do i feel stupid. Saw all your youtube videos and love them. Then here on instructables, i thought this and the powerloader instructables would just be a link to the youtube video like, the Davy Jones costume. Now i noticed they are full length instructables. Keep going!
Greetings from sweden :)
cheesyrhino3 years ago
I saw this on youtube now I am beginning to work on a warrior alien the same way
scoochmaroo3 years ago
I'm so glad I watched your video. Amazing work. Again.
Icalasari3 years ago
Have you thought of making the support a man who is holding back the alien, trying to keep from being eaten alive?
Aprone3 years ago
For future reference, I've found that hot glue will dry transparent if it cools rapidly. You can even make it as clear as glass if you rub an ice cube over it while it is still hot! This trick might open up a few more options for other projects in your future.
I tried this and it actually works quite well. I couldn't get mine to be clear as glass but they definitly turned out pretty awesome.
I suppose the glue sticks, themselves, could be limiting just how transparent they can be. I've seen a few different brands of glue sticks and they seem to vary slightly in how clear they are as sticks. *shrugs* That's just a guess though.
I love this project. It has inspired me to do my own creation. I'll take some pictures of the process...eyes are done and the frame aka bones.
This is excellent. Between this and the powerloader, you should be able to recreate the final battle in Aliens anytime. Maybe your next project should be a ripped in half Bishop.

Too bad you didn't have a way to make her outside. The queen looks like she wants to stretch her legs!
Kaiven3 years ago
I think you just won the Halloween contest. Great job, it looks freaking amazing!! gives me ideas for making my own models:D
jeff-o Kaiven3 years ago
Ha, I was thinking the same thing! Someone's getting his ducks in a row for the upcoming contest...
D00M993 years ago
Could you post slideshows or instructables on all your past projects/halloween costumes? I would really like to see some of the things you've done, especially the Velociraptor.
rickym3 years ago
it looks like its using a walker lol
Kiteman3 years ago
That is just... wow!.

Just one thing lets it down, IMO. That scaffolding tower under its neck.

Wouldn't thin wires to the ceiling be better (ie less visible)?  Or maybe raise the claws (of the next one you make!) so they hold on to the ceiling somehow...?

That's a minor quibble, though, and doesn't get in the way of its awesomositiness.
alexthemoviegeek (author)  Kiteman3 years ago
I have been thinking about using rope or something to be able to suspend it next time I set it up. Hopefully it works out. It would take up less space that way, and yeah, be less of an eyesore.
Owlbear3 years ago
this is Awesome! love it and the powerloader. would look really cool if you found a permanent place for it and either ran suspension cables or maybe used spiked chain like in AVP.
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