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Odd question about tails 
23rd-Feb-2015 11:32 pm
Astro Boy Finger
I know that most people make tails without mechanisms inside and the way people walk and the lightness of the tail will make it move pretty realistically (hip-shaking FTW!).

But if one wanted to do a snake character without legs (or like a naga), and have a long tail dragging behind in a sinuous fashion, would an internal mechanism be enough to make the tail wiggle? Or would rubber on the bottom help it catch and release the floor in a wiggly motion? Or would it require wheels and some other internal structure to get a snakey movement?

Or, to cover another avenue, is it possible to extend a tail out from a person for a very long distance (let's say, 6 feet/2 meters or more) and have it supportable from the waist of the person without dragging the ground, along with the ability to sway back and forth?
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24th-Feb-2015 04:04 pm (UTC)
I got a message that this comment was marked as spam (probably due to the links) so I'm not sure it's actually visible to anyone else. :/

Edited version:
I've thought a lot about this since I have a naga-ish character I'd love to have a rarsuit of, but I can't think of any practical way to do the tail. Even just those long draggy tails you wear can trip people up (I know, I almost tripped over/stepped on a few at FC) and I can just see a huge snake body being a disaster to try and do much in.

That being said, here's a few people I've seen with naga cosplay that look like they just use the dragging method:
(look up naga cosplay blizzcon on google images)

For something that long, I think you might need to rely on puppetry (eg, have strings going through the thing you can pull so it bends to one side or another, a bit like how blinds work) or a crazy animatronic/pneumatic setup. Wheels/rubber might be asking for trouble since it'll catch or move across different surfaces unpredictably (carpet vs pavement vs smooth tile floors etc) plus make it a lot heavier.

Edited at 2015-02-24 04:05 pm (UTC)
24th-Feb-2015 04:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting, even if LJ was giving you grief over links. I tried looking up Naga cosplay, but I wasn't getting anything (my settings have been acting odd and blocking things lately), but adding blizzcon really helped!

Yeah, I was thinking the rubber/wheels ideas just weren't going to be great long term options.

For the record, I managed to get a ticket to SDCC and am trying to figure out if I want to make this character for the masquerade (making a list of costume options to pick from and trying to determine the time each will take and if I can finish them by the deadline):
(B&W fullbody) http://www.furaffinity.net/view/10568002/
(color) http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_1400.php
As you can tell, that tail is stumping my "I can do this" attitude.
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