I'm trying to get an idea from those with some experience at making costumes what it would take to create a fairly reasonable-looking Cardassian appearance for a sci-fi/fantasy convention. I will NOT be attempting the armor--it's the ridges and scales I'm trying to figure out how to do. Given the correct tools, I trust myself to do any artwork involved (I already draw OK and even have a pretty detailed drawing of how Cardassian features would look, so it's just another hand-eye exercise)--the key is going to be budget and time involved. Has anyone attempted something of that magnitude before? If so, how did you do it, and where did you buy the stuff you needed? I've got until late March, and I'd like to have some idea if I should even attempt this or if I need to wait until another year before I can afford trying something like this. I feel like such a doofus asking about even trying a thing like this. I know it sounds freaky, but it's not like I'm planning on wearing this anywhere BUT the convention, which has a costume contest. (I do, however, look forward to any stares I may get while sitting in traffic that day. ) I see this simply as attempting another art form...I do writing, drawing, and music already, so what's one more?