Sunday Impressions: GenCon 50

Again my “Sunday Impressions” turn into a Monday Post 🙂
But it got pretty late after a long weekend at GenCon in Indianapolis. And I don’t think people read blogs that late at night.
Above you see some pictures of the amazing Costumes I encountered at GenCon.

If you are not familiar, Gencon is a four day gaming convention with some LARP, Anime, Cosplay, crafting and general geekiness sprinkled in. This year was its 50 year anniversary and my 3rd time there.

But this year was my first year with a baby. It meant fewer events for me and my husband but also more of just strolling and browsing than in previous years.
I was able to try out a few board games though of which we got a nice bag full at the AEG game night.
We definitely want to come back next year. And we will bring some costumes as well.

The Wild, the Vast, the Outside – A Vault Dweller’s Story

Now that the Halloween dust has settled, it is time for a story of the making of two vault dwellers and their emerging to the outside world.

Vault Dwellers in the “Scary” Wasteland

It started in early October. We had everything planned out with enough time to leisurely create all the pieces of the Halloween costumes for this year: Vault Dwellers (from the Fallout video game).
As it turned out, we had less time than we thought.

In the beginning, there was working on all the props. Most of them were 3D printed with our small M3D printer. The quality is not great and it can only do small pieces, but is sufficient to get your feet wet in 3D printing.

I had saved many bottle caps with the vague idea of using them for some sort of craft project at some time. This came in handy. We also saved and cleaned some soda and beer bottles plus some Altoids and supplement containers.
New bottle cap design, meds labels, and bottle labels were printed on simple Avery label paper.
We probably want to distress them a little more in the future, but did not have the time for Halloween.

Nuka-Cola Bottle Cap Labels Attached to Old Bottle Caps
Fixer Label Attached to Altoids Box & Nuka-Cola Bottle Caps

For most metal pieces, we used spray primer and silver to give it a basic metal look and then a model paints black wash and rusty distress as well as some colored details.

3D Printed Vault Tec & Brotherhood of Steel Badges, and Vault Boy

Of course we did not use every of the props we made, but here a picture of all of them together:

Left to right: Ammunition Clips, Jets, Nuka-Cola Quantum, Bottle Caps,
Mini Nuke, Nuka-Cola, Sunset Sarsaparilla, Mentats, Stimpaks, Fixer,
Buffout, Brotherhood of Steel & Vault Tec Badges, Rad-X

About mid-month, we started on the guns and armor. We bought some used Nerf guns and took them apart to transform them into wasteland-ready weaponry. For this we again used spray primer and paint in silver and forest green. They were then touched up with model paints for a weathered and rusty look.

Distressing Weapon Parts
Distressed Handgun

My sweetie added green, red and amber LEDs and wired them to switches behind the triggers or push buttons respectively. This gave a nice effect, especially for use in darkly lit bars.

Handgun Prop with One Amber LED in Barrel

Laser Pistol Prop with Three Green LEDs on Top and One Red LED in Barrel

Laser Rifle Prop with Four Green LEDs in Barrel

One gun was turned into a “Flamer” with a tank from an old fence treatment container. The flame part is a combination of red and orange tulle fabric and a PC case fan. Unfortunately the fan does not seem to pull enough air through so the “flames” are not fluttering as much as we hoped for, but this may be something we can improve on in the future. The tank was going to be carried in an army backpack we found at a Goodwill store.

Flamer with fuel tank

For the armor we used some skating knee and elbow pads, and modified shoulder pads from a kids sports uniform. We attached the shoulder pieces to a belt and the strap of a bag to hold them up. Different little army bags and belt pouches served to carry some of the smaller props.

About a week before Halloween, I started on the vault suits. We had ordered simple postman blue coveralls online, and I added vault letters to the back and trim to the front. The fabric was just a simple yellow cotton weave. We chose vault number 111 because this is the number to appear in the new Fallout 4 game, and it is also the easiest to sew as it has no curves in the numbers.

Cutting Vault Numbers

Vault Numbers Attached
Yellow Trim in Front

And last but not least we painted and assembled a 3D printed pipboy. This was quite the stressful endeavor, and we only have one so far because our plans got derailed due to a bad misunderstanding. We originally ordered 2 pipboys online in September, giving enough time to have them print it, and us paint and assemble. We even contacted the seller ahead of time to make sure everything goes smooth. But life doesn’t work that way, and he totally mixed up our order. So we ended up not on his “Halloween priority list” which we didn’t find out until it was way to late for him to rush our order through (what? ugh). We got a refund but are obviously still quite upset.
Luckily our friend was able to help us with some of the bigger parts, and we printed some of the smaller with mediocre quality on our little 3D printer. We also did not have the time to deal with the screen so it ended up a print with card board backing. So there is a lot left to improve, and another pipboy to make. But at least it has some amber LEDs in front, and was a nice little addition to the costume.

3D Printed Pipboy

All together the resulting outfits were great, and we had a lot of fun at a few bars and a house party. We even met a guy from another wasteland. Although Sweetie got hurt right away, and had to use a stimpak before we even left 🙂 What a noob!

Ready to Leave the Vault

Already hurt? 
Vault Dwellers and Mad Max Costumed Guy

Vault Dweller’s Emerging Countdown: 13 days

For this year’s Halloween, my sweetie and I have made some grande plans.
Coinciding with the release of the new Fallout 4 game on November 10 (for which I am actually taking half a week off 😛 ) we decided to make vault dweller costumes.

And we are planning on going all out:

  • Actual work overalls in post man blue with yellow trim and vault numbers.
    Plus, we were going to dirty them up for the “worn” look
  • Spray painted and distressed Nerf guns from the thrift store including some LEDs and an integrated fan for a “flamer”
  • 3D printed props like jet, stimpacks, mini-nukes and emblems
  • Some meds from the game as props (with candy inside, hehe)
  • Nuka-Cola and Sunset Sarparilla bottles
  • And last but certainly not least: 3D printed Pipboys for both of us
This is going to be super sweet and I am very excited.
We have already quite a bit to show for as well: bought overalls and boots, started on props and weapons, and bought fabric for the trim.
And of course I have some pictures of the progress, because I knew you wouldn’t believe me ;P

Late, later, latest….

Not sure what happened, but here are finally the pictures of the Halloween costumes and a little crochet digger I made for my cousin.
I am currently working on some pop-up Christmas cards which I will take pictures of and post later.

Beginnings of my costume

I started some parts of my She-Ra costume already on the week end at the monthly Etsy Craft Party.
My inspiration was this photo:

Of course I will not look exactly as good as her  🙂 But I am trying. And I will surely not have the dress that short 😛
I had started with some of the armor and the head piece. I cut it out of craft foam and will cover it with silky gold fabric.
Here are the foam pieces for the boot leg, the embellishments on the front and at the top of the dress, and the wings for the head piece:

Below is the fabric for the armor and the cape:

Then yesterday and the day before, I drafted a pattern for a corset, which will be the top part of the dress, to make me look slimmer 🙂
I first cut it out of some test fabric – I had this huge roll of fabric that I wanted to make a cover for a couch for. But now it is just laying around. We don’t have that couch anymore and the fabric is not machine washable, so completely useless except for trials.
That turned out good, so I am stating to cut out pieces using the final fabric.

 And last but not least, I bought two blonde wigs that I still have to combine. I first bought one, but that was quite thin, so I got another. Was going to attach layers of hair from one to the base of the other. Hope that will work. Also I was going to cut and style the hair a little. Styling I will have to do with boiling water because you cannot use a curling iron, because the hair is plastic and would melt.

What I am up to…

I just downloaded the blogger app today. Let’s see. Despite the reviews it seems to be a good tool. I can add pictures, manage my posts and review the blog. However, I am missing a way to see and review comments.
I did finish the baby blanket I talked about a couple posts back. I did make the inside a solid green instead of the whole blanked out of flowers. Still took forever 😉
I am currently working on my Halloween costume. Lots to do yet. I will be She-Ra and Jason will be Skeletor 😀