DIY Immortan Joe Costume

To be a proper ruler during a ruthless, post-apocalyptic future it takes a certain charisma, to be sure. But if you really want the people to adore you, be more like Immortan Joe of Mad Max- Fury Road fame. This virile dictator has plenty of wives, and more War Boys than can be counted, almost all of them die-hard devotees of Joe and the promise of Valhalla. So he must be doing something right, right?

Maybe it’s the hair like Samson, the smouldering eyes or the impressive medal collection. Who cares, the people bend to his every whim. Here’s what you need to replicate his devastating style and how to do it step by step.

We’ll start with Immortan Joe’s signature mask. He literally can’t live without it, so it is totally necessary to complete the look. And at this point it seems like you can only buy the mask online, so you might be one among few to be wearing this look for Halloween.

The steps can be done all at once, and will take approximately an hour depending on the level of detail you want to add. The model magic can be painted while wet. The advantage of using the model magic, is that it dries very lightweight, it’s soft and still somewhat flexible when dry. It is also helpful to have a print out of the original movie mask available for reference.


Immortan Joe Face Mask Materials

Most of the parts can be easily bought at a hardware store. You can get an inexpensive paintball mask from a sporting goods store, or if time allows, online.

  • Paintball Face Mask
  • Crayola Model Magic
  • Power Drill (Optional but highly recommended)
  • Paint (black/white/various colors of brown, and copper)  and Brushes
  • White Paint Marker
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Craft Knife
  • Spray Paint- (Beige and Rustoleum Forged Hammered Antiqued Pewter)
  • Werewolf claws (2 packs)
  • 3/4” flexible Tubing (Found in Plumbing Supplies)
  • 2- 3/4” PVC Pipe Cap (Found in Plumbing Supplies)
  • 2- 1” Pinch Clamp (Found in Plumbing Supplies)
  • 2 each- machine screw, bolt, washer #10-24 x 1/2”
  • 10- nut caps


Step 1. Cut the tubing into 2 pieces approximately 12”-18”  long. Spray the tubing with the beige spray paint. While the paint is till wet, spray a light coat of the antiqued pewter on top. The idea is to make the tubing look like dirty metal. Set aside to dry.

Step 2. Drill a whole in the center of each PVC pie cap. Check to make sure that the hole is large enough for the machine screws.

Step 3. The caps are going to be attached to the mask to hold the tubing in place. Place the caps where they will go, and trace the caps with the paint marker. Drill holes in the mask where the caps will go.


Step 4.  Use a  screw to attach one of the caps into the mask. The open part of the cap should be facing out, as shown.

Step 5. Secure the cap with the washer and nut.

Step 6. Repeat steps 4-5 to secure the 2nd cap.

Step 7. Press some Model Magic on the paintball mask, shaping it like the metal front of the mask. Use the handle of a paint brush to press into the Model Magic to form the nose vent area.

Step 8. Make a skinny rectangular piece of Model Magic, and add it across the bridge of the nose.


Step 9. Add more Model Magic to the sides of the mask.

Step 10. As you build up the sides of the mask, fold the Model Magic over the back of the mask, to make the sides more sturdy. Be sure to avoid the straps.

Step 11. Spray paint the Model Magic with the antiqued pewter, and let dry to the touch 10-15 min.

Step 12. Fill in the rest of the mask with Model Magic.


Step 13. Sand the paint off of the werewolf nails. You will need 12 nails, ranging from large to small.

Step 14. Paint the nails off white, to mimic the color for the teeth used in the original mask.

Step 15. Arrange the nails like teeth, bigger ones in the middle and small ones toward the outside. The flatter, larger end of each nail facing toward the center, as shown. Try to keep the gaps between the teeth minimal.


Step 16. Make strips of Model Magic and place them over the each of the top the teeth to form gums.

Step 17. Add a strip of Model Magic across the bottom row of teeth and press the handle of the paint brush into the Model Magic between each tooth to form the bottom gums.

Step 18. Press the nut caps into the gums, 1 under or above each tooth, the teeth and nutcaps should stay attached to the Model Magic once it dries, but if any pieces come lose, just reattach with the hot glue.


Step 19. Paint the rest of the mask. I added black paint between the teeth, copper paint on the gums, and nose piece, and then dark brown on the sides.  I painted the PVC caps black. Press the remaining nut caps into the Model Magic.

Step 20. Hot glue a 1” pinch clamp to each of the PVC caps.

Step 21. Hot glue the end of then flexible tubing into the clamp/cap. Use plenty of glue inside the opening, and brace the tubing while it dries.

Step 22. The mask is complete. Let it dry overnight. If you experience any cracking with the Model Magic, you can touch up with either hot glue or more Model Magic and paint.

Now let’s move onto the instructions for the armor.


Immortan Joe Body Armor Materials

  • Plastic Breast plate
  • Military insignia
  • Clear Packaging Tape
  • Hot Glue
  • Metal Beer or soda bottle caps
  • Tan Blanket Yarn (available at fabric/craft stores that have yarn)
  • Paint (black/white/various colors of brown, and copper) /Brushes
  • White Paint Marker
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scrap Piece of Cardboard. Approximately 8” x 12”


Step 1. Wrap the plastic breast plate with the clear packaging tape, starting with the sticky side out. See how to wrap objects here. It’s OK if the entire back of the breast plate is not covered. You can wrap the bottom half and around the shoulders, as seen in the next step.

Step 2. Cut the packaging tape of the breast plate, making sure your cut seam is in the back.

Step 3. You now have a clear breast plate. The sides will wrap around the back of the costume and will help secure the breast plate when the costume is assembled.


Step 4. To make the additional pieces of Joe’s armor, wrap a piece of cardboard with packaging tape, again, starting with the sticky side facing out and then re-wrap it with the sticky side facing in.

Step 5. To remove the tape, cut along the edge of the cardboard, and keep the plastic folded in half.

Step 6. The costume consists of a larger shoulder piece, a piece for the mid-arm and a gauntlet for the wrist. You can measure the person who will wear the costume, or guess the approximate size of each piece. While the plastic is folded, you can cut out the shape of one piece. You will now have 2 pieces the same size, one for each arm.


Step 7. The blanket yarn is the perfect size for the trim on the costume. If you can’t find blanket yarn, then substitute with a ribbon or something thicker than regular yarn. Hot glue the yarn around the edges of the breast plate.

Step 8. The trim should go all the way around the middle part of the breast plate, as shown.

Step 9. Add the blanket yarn around each of the other armor pieces.


Step 10. Hot Glue the Bottles caps on one shoulder piece. Alternate the bottle caps, some facing out and some turned in to mimic the feel of medals.

Step 11. Attach the Military insignia and more bottle caps to the chest plate.

Step 12. All the armor pieces are complete. Add additional embellishments, such as chains, patches and other medals, as desired to the breast plate.


The Final Look

So there you have it. Use beige fabric draped around your waist and shoulders and tan cargo pants to make an outfit fit for a desert apocalypse. Pull the entire look together with this Viking Wig, this holster and this Muscle Chest. The War Boys will start kneeling before you in no time. Speaking of War Boys, learn how to get that look here.


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