Pirate Costume

Project Status: Complete

So, it might be noted that I love pirate costumes and stuff! So this is an ever ongoing costume for me. Here’s an ever growing source of some supplies and inspiration.

Here’s some inspiration…

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/fearpig/pirates/

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Belts…. lots of belts!

belt
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121912677058?_trksid=p2045573.m570.l5999&_trkparms=gh1g%3DI121912677058.N36.S1.R1.TR1

£21 – Additional belts including a sword belt…

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Pirates-of-The-Caribbean-Jack-Sparrow-Cosplay-Costume-Outfit-Belt-Buckles-Prop/32767315078.html?spm=a2g0s.8937460.0.0.450f2e0evEzswE

 

Beads…. lots of beads!

beads-crowskull
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/A-Black-ADJUSTABLE-COTTON-WAX-Cord-BRONZE-Charm-Pendant-Choker-Necklace-Surf-/301228627956

beads-medallion
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pirates-of-the-Caribbean-JACK-SPARROW-AZTE-Skull-Coin-Medal-Necklace-Elizabeth-/181510189529

beads-skulls
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tibetan-Buddhist-Wood-Wooden-Skull-Head-Beads-Necklace-80-Skulls-/191858902355

I’ve still got to get boots, a sword and pistols and then this is about done!

 

Pistols

£40 – I don’t want a cheap plastic one as I always break them…

https://southernswords.co.uk/english-flintlock-pistol-18th-cent.html

£35 – A bit cheaper and still looks cool

https://www.thepirateshop.co.uk/flintlock-pistol-17th-century

 

Boots

£89 – Awesome boots but out of my price range!

https://southernswords.co.uk/buckled-calf-high-pirate-highwayman-boots.html

£61

https://www.larp-fashion.co.uk/medieval-shoes/7816/medieval-pirate-boots?c=1166

£52

https://www.halloweencostumes.co.uk/mens-brown-buckle-pirate-boots.html?mpid=44959&gclid=CjwKCAjw_tTXBRBsEiwArqXyMsrZjT_QBd6aqHkxOZU6imX1KyZvvc2YrnX6hHB9P-U18Ftcn8zIxBoCWmUQAvD_BwE

 

Swords

£144 – Still need a sword as well….

https://southernswords.co.uk/officer-hanger.html

£60 – cheaper but not really accurate…

https://www.battleorders.co.uk/products/infantry-sword-s5510

£63 – Relatively cheap and fairly accurate but I don’t like the enclosed basket hilt or the cheesy engravings!

https://www.battleorders.co.uk/products/pirates-cutlass-yk-132?variant=27835309127

£43 – this one might be the winner

https://www.medieval-arms.co.uk/detail/id/414/name/napoleonic-sabre,-ix-infantry;jsessionid=DDE00A0295C18F267B6A7B6BBB8194C9

£64 – I prefer the edging on the blade on this one

https://www.medieval-arms.co.uk/detail/id/224/name/sabre,-ix-infanterie-napoleon;jsessionid=DDE00A0295C18F267B6A7B6BBB8194C9

 
Stumbled randomly across a couple of really nice swords…
 

So I really like the 

  • 1917 Hybrid Cutlass
  • 1917 Cutlass
  • 1976 Pattern Light Cavalry Sabre
1976 Pattern Light Cavalry Sabre
 
1917 Hybrid Cutlass – £193… including shipping 🙁
Cold Steel 1917 Hybrid Cutlass
 
This one wasn’t for sale as it had been previously sold in an Italian auction… but links below to buy one as well…
 

Shirt

 

Sash

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/BYSIFA-Winter-Coffee-Gold-Men-Scarves-Fashion-Accessories-Male-Warm-Long-Scarf-Brand-Business-Leisure/32831538045.html?spm=2114.10010108.1000023.3.9a9342866tK9R9

https://pt.dhgate.com/product/fine-luxury-patchwork-burgundy-silk-brocade/256558985.html

http://www.homeshop18.com/dekor-world-cotton-table-runner-red/home-kitchen/furnishings-home/product:33972957/cid:15741/

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/handcraft-crafts-Europe-style-table-runner-hot-silver-home-decoration-table-decoration/32250866411.html?spm=2114.search0104.3.120.74035cfcNuHygL&s=p&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_4_10152_10065_10151_10344_10068_10130_5722815_10324_10342_10547_10325_10343_10340_5722915_10548_10341_5722615_10696_10192_10190_10084_10083_10618_10307_10301_10303_5722715_5711215_10059_308_100031_10103_10624_10623_10622_5711315_5722515_10621_10620,searchweb201603_25,ppcSwitch_2&algo_expid=3482ede0-bafb-46e1-9adc-66b14f21db23-15&algo_pvid=3482ede0-bafb-46e1-9adc-66b14f21db23&transAbTest=ae803_2&priceBeautifyAB=0

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Chinese-Style-Red-Table-Runner-Satin-Luxury-Wedding-Decoration-Chinese-Knot-Tassel-Tea-Bed-Table-Runner/32795055165.html?spm=2114.search0104.3.88.688530d5Zx2gc1&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_4_10152_10065_10151_10344_10068_10130_5722815_10324_10342_10547_10325_10343_10340_5722915_10548_10341_5722615_10696_10192_10190_10084_10083_10618_10307_10301_10303_5722715_5711215_10059_308_100031_10103_10624_10623_10622_5711315_5722515_10621_10620,searchweb201603_25,ppcSwitch_2&algo_expid=ffee3f46-a0b1-4b9d-a677-c403b3a814c0-11&algo_pvid=ffee3f46-a0b1-4b9d-a677-c403b3a814c0&transAbTest=ae803_2&priceBeautifyAB=0

 

Hat

$10-$20 https://www.aliexpress.com/

 

Other sources…

Found a great store for bits…
https://www.thepirateshop.co.uk

Including a good shirt…. 😛

https://www.thepirateshop.co.uk/swordswoman-s-shirt-black

Costume So Far

Awesome buckle
Neck bling
Bronze bird skull
See no evil carved tooth (fake plastic thing from a charity shop)

A handful of extras – lots of wrist bling, a pocket watch (not entirely in keeping with the time but looks cool), a couple of small chests and a couple of tankards.

Axe Holder

A simple loop to go around my belt to hold my axe. Two loops of 25x2mm leather, two double capped rivets.

Jacket

The old jacket was a marine dress uniform army surplus jacket (I think!)

The new jacket is cool and a big step up.

Sith

Project Status: Complete

Star Wars costume required for a party, I’ve previously done the Princess Leia (buns and white) and Yoda costumes so decided to go with the Sith costume. It’ll look good with a fire sword or my glow staffs.

A lot of these images are taken from http://www.thedarkempire.org/tde113.html.

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Jedi Robe Instructions

I’m thinking that I’d like a heavy black cloth for the main cloak and possibly even line it in a dark red cotton

Possible Cloth

SciFi Mask

Project Status: Backlog

This is an idea I’ve had floating around for a while, since I saw you could get a gas mask for about £15! The model in the image above is an Eastern European M10 (I think). Basically I want it to breathe smoke and light up!

The one above is a polish MP4 about £12 inc delivery from Ebay.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Various-Army-Gas-Masks-World-Surplus-Soviet-British-NATO-S10-M2-M59-GSR-FM12/184221514236?hash=item2ae47539fc:m:mC057leMwIFyAdZ5HUxIw7g

After watching the video below, I’m slightly leaning towards the M10 (or a Bulgarian PDE10 but that’s heavy) purely for appearance. Now to see if I can get one in grey or black!

Breathing Smoke

A few options on the breathing smoke…

  • A Smoke Detector Tester can with a motor trigger. This is basically a spray can full of fake smoke that is used to test smoke alarms
  • A small smoke machine
  • Custom alter an eCig

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brand-New-250ml-Solo-A3-001-Smoke-Detector-Tester-Spray-/121894825752?hash=item1c617f6f18:g:6aEAAOSwB4NWwNL6http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Kam-KSM-400-smoke-machine-/291688665524?hash=item43e9ffd1b4:g:7dwAAOSwx-9WxxF4

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Smoke-Machine-from-Ecig-clearomiser/https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=ecig+smoke+machine&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=gfvMVonOO4nPa47CtMAP

Lights

I would like to mount some sort of low powered (none blinding!) laser pointer if possible but my main concer is getting some RGB LED’s mounted to illuminate the smoke and possibly obscure the eyes!

A lot of the masks come with spare lenses for the eyes so it would be good to have a tinted set for daytime ware.

Goat Boy / Faun / Devil

Project Status: Complete

Right this is an old costume but somehow got lost on my website!

Its in two easy parts… Goats Legs and Horns!
…for bonus credit see Contract with the Devil

Legs

This was a really basic dirty make… I don’t do sewing! Buy a couple of meters of hairy fabric, the longer the hair the better. Lie down on it and fold it over your legs… cut to length of hip to floor + 10cm. wrap around your waist with 10cm extra for luck. The extra 10cm length is to roll over for a draw string.

Spread the fabric out again and lie on it in the middle, you should have enough to fold over each leg and meet in the middle. You will need to cut a slit in the bottom layer and the seams are then going to come on the inside of each leg and up the crotch! I hand stitched this all to avoid catching the hair and so the seam vanishes into all the fluff!

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Horns

This is only version 1 but they came out looking really well so have never got round to making another version. I should as they are really heavy and uncomfortable!

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The are just made out of polymer clay! Rolled into a cone, twisted into a spiral and scored with a chopstick. Before I cooked them in the oven I pushed a chopstick through the base of each one so a bit of string holds them to my head. Having fluffy hair means it really easy to hide the string. I did no colouring! The clay colour was the same as you can see on the base and the gradually blackened tips come from me cooking them in the oven for too long! Looks good though.

It would have been better if I used air dry clay as it is a lot lighter or even better if I cut them out of foam and covered them in Waterproof PVA and spray paint!

Mad Max Post Apocalypse

Project Status: Backlog

Possibly the coolest genre of costume that is going and the new film with Tom Hardy is no exception.

Tom Hardy as Mad Max in Fury Road
Tom Hardy as Mad Max in Fury Road

Some source films, I’ve picked these for the costuming not the quality of film:

  • Mad Max (all of them!)
  • Doomsday
  • Resident Evil
  • Dredd
  • A boy and his Dog
  • The Postman
  • Escape from New York
  • Escape from LA

There are plenty of lists of post apocalypse films on IMDB but some of them have a funny idea what qualifies and some have bloody awful taste! First list looks good though!

I’ll add images up here as I find them but basically its all about the adornments! Get a solid base outfit then add multiple layers, extra kit (binoculars, torches, food packs…) then add plenty of affectations (feathers, chains, studs, chainmail…). One final thing to remember is the distressed look, the costume should be beaten up not freshly laundered!

Inspiration

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/fearpig/post-apocalypse/

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Here’s a couple of links to collections already made on Pintrest…

Amazing Jacket from Junker Designs (who seem to be defunct)
http://characterdesigninspiration.tumblr.com/tagged/jackets/page/2
https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/473300242067853023/
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Now I’ve got other people sending me ideas…
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Junker Designs keep coming up….!
https://www.facebook.com/junkerdesigns/photos_stream
https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/467037423836875014/
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Boots

As an old rocker I always preferred East German Paratrooper boots, they were chunkier!
Boots

Then you need to beat the crap out of them… see the notes on distressing them below. The best way I heard of doing them was to stuff them with paper and throw them in a mini cement mixer let them tumble round with the left over cement to scuff them up and dirty them!

Random adornment ideas…

Webbing and pouches

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-58-pattern-British-Army-Webbing-1979-NI-military-pouch-/172103164055?hash=item281225e097:g:H6UAAOSwpRRWo9Ch
webbing

Right-angle Torch

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/US-Army-Style-AA-mini-Right-Angle-Military-Torch-Flashlight-with-filters-/271897817197?hash=item3f4e5f706d:g:bD8AAOSwpdpVeIGn
Good to fit in the webbing.
Right Angle Torch

Gas Mask

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/East-German-Army-Military-Grey-M10M-Protective-Gas-Mask-and-Shoulder-Bag-/111685764107?hash=item1a00fd840b:g:iy0AAOSwpDdVbc-t
I’ve got bonus plans for this… smoke breathing with LED lights in the eyes but that’s a separate project.
M10 Gas Mask

Ohhhhh may have found a better Gas Mask than an M10… a PC50. An M10 is about £15 though and comes with a drinking straw, so you can drink your beer without removing your costume!

M-Avon-PC50-APR

Distressing Costumes & Finishing Touches

Layering, you don’t wear one layer of clothes why do you wear one layer of costume? Here’s a really good break down and examples…
http://larp.guide/2015/08/clothes-not-costume-layering/

You’ve gone through the apocalypse… there is no laundry service. Some ideas I need to go over yet, the first one looks good, haven’t watched the videos yet.

Distressing Costume for Post-Apocalyptic LARP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5fxPACQM7M7