I had come across a picture of the model Samuel Schimi and I was thinking to myself, "Self, having a head of platinum silver hair with darker facial hair and/or stubble looks really, really good..."
So I embarked on a journey to find a good wig to make that combination happen. I have enough masks that I could mix and match between them, but "off the shelf" wigs were either the wrong color, wrong style or the ebay sellers had enough bad feedback to avoid them altogether. After one initial callback and an email with the reference pics to Herohair.com, they wouldn't even return emails- so much for their customer service.
But I persevered. This is a high-end wig made by JJ Studio here in NYC.
I brought my reference pics and I was given the full treatment - I had my head measured, (with the Bryan Silva "Chiseled" mask on - which I think was a first for them!) a soft plastic mold made, and I got to pick out the colors for the wig and left it in their more than capable hands. We also decided on doing a full silicone membrane since the only thing that sticks to silicone ... is SILICONE... and this would assure that the hairline would not leave gaps and would not move. I've had previous experience with toupee tape and that stuff - even the most powerful on the planet - works about as well as a post-it pad on a mask. Ordinarily, a full silicone membrane on real skin would be too hot and sweaty, so there was some reassurances made to the French company making the wig that it would not be a problem.
The Chiseled mask below was made to resemble the "Renegade" version of Commander Shepard from Mass Effect, but I have yet to be able to find a decent (read "hero level") set of N7 armor to go with it.
Waste not, want not … I decided to mix the wig, the mask and the leather eyepatch used for Xander Cannon to form a new character. And what better season to introduce Eliot Nakimoto, an ex-Special Forces mercenary whose silvery-white hair is a mere reflection of his ice-cold calculating intelligence and ruthlessness??
And no, I am NOT going for an evil Bill Clinton! He and his wife are evil enough thankyouverymuch.
Finally, I want to sincerely thank all my readers who visit the blog and inspire me to write these stories and reviews. On behalf of me, mobsters, monsters, cops, dark-skinned thugs (Converted or not) and all my other characters...
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays a very Happy (and kinky) New Year!
|(And yes - this is some of Zack's latest work... |