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Dragon Age: Cullen Lion Helm

A shot of Cullen from the Dragon Age Inquisition trailer wearing his lion-head helm.

When the trailers for Dragon Age Inquisition first came out, many of us were quite ecstatic to see Cullen wearing this beautiful, shining lion helm! While the helm never made it into the final game, it's still considered to be... eh, "canon enough" for Ser Rutherford.

My friend Allen (of Allen Amis Creations) and I wanted to bring this concept helm to life, so we teamed up. I crafted the sculpture, and he handles molding and casting.

The sculpture of Cullen's lion helmet in progress, a photo from the side. The sculpture of Cullen's lion helmet in progress, a photo from the front.

Sculptures never start out looking too impressive, but it's important to get the overall shape and symmetry right before moving on to detail work.

The sculpture of Cullen's lion helmet in progress. The sculpture of Cullen's lion helmet in progress.

Here, I've refined the shapes and started adding details.

The sculpture of Cullen's lion helmet in progress. The sculpture of Cullen's lion helmet in progress.

This is the final sculpture. There are a couple of pieces I pre-made and cast in resin to ensure they'd be identical on both sides. Once again, I'm using the little trick I describe on the Using Pre-made Objects while Sculpting page, where not everything on the sculpture necessarily needs to be clay. :)

A cast resin Cullen lion helmet. An example of a painted, finished Cullen lion helm.

Allen has castings of the helm available over in his shop, AllenAmisCreations on Etsy. The beautiful silver version of the helm was also finished by him.

© 2015 Helm Design from Dragon Age Inquisition, sculpture by Sarrah Wilkinson, molding and casting by Allen Amis Creations

Completion date: 1/1/2015 - Page last updated: 12/29/2015

Keywords: Dragon Age Inquisition, Ser Cullen Rutherford, lion helm, lion helmet, costume prop, sculpture, cast resin helmet, resin helm

Categories: Costuming, Costumes and Props