I decided that I wanted to make a Darth Nihilus costume after playing through Knights
of the Old Republic II for a second time. I found myself very interested in his
character and the idea that he was actually a ghost inhabiting an otherwise empty
set of robes. I also had a theory that it would be a fun costume to wear, and would
be a little more comfortable than wearing hard armor all the time.
While researching Darth Nihilus' costume, I discovered that there were two very distinct
versions of the suit.
The first version is seen in the Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords game.
This version of the costume shows a smooth and sleek Nihilus with his cape attached
to the shoulders of his tunic.
The second version is used in most of the Darth Nihilus artwork, with the most prominent
example appearing on the box of booster figures for the Star Wars Miniatures game,
Champions of the Force expansion. This version of the costume is a rougher and more
worn out portrayal of Nihilus, with robes that are reminiscent of Jedi tunics and
fabric that has been heavily weathered and torn. This version also carries a more
distinctive lightsaber than the generic saber used by most of the characters in the
I thought the Champions of the Force version of the costume was more visually interesting,
so thatís the one I decided to make. In the end it took months of sculpting and
mold making, two bolts of fabric, and quite a bit of experimenting to recreate the
look of the Nihilus artwork... but Iím happy with the way it came out.