This was my 3rd cosplay that includes some sort of custom belt pouches. I was fairly happy with the results of the earlier cosplays, but I really wanted to make these simple to assemble, more robust, and have a basic design that I could adjust for future projects.
Importing the Model
For this demo, I will be using the Brotherhood of Steel Distress Pulser from Fallout 4. I’m expecting the reader to have a basic understanding of Autodesk 3DS Max. (everything I’m doing is definitely beginner level!) I’m also assuming the reader has set up their Max for metric units of measure, but it should work fine if set to inches too. The model & maps were exported using the software called Noesisv, version 4172. Continue reading Converting Video Game Models for Prop Making in 3DS MAX, Part 1
A couple years ago, Robin & I had played with the idea of going camping in our 1971 Land Rover 109. Unfortunately, it was not exactly the most dependable vehicle for long trips. Continue reading Toyota Tacoma Overland Build
I created my XCOM Body Armor for MomoCon 2015. The Body Armor is the base armor in XCOM: Enemy Unknown by Firaxis Games. You can find out more about the various armor types in XCOM: Enemy Unknown on the Wikia site.
This year, Robin & I decided to make Furiosa and Max costumes from Mad Max Fury Road. Most of my gear was available online. Leathers from South Beach Leather, shirt and boots from Amazon, bracelet from Etsy, and the South African tactical vest from eBay. The only thing I couldn’t buy was the shoulder plate. Continue reading Mad Max Fury Road Shoulder Plate
This my costume is of a Ranger of the Order from the video game Metro 2033. The game is set in the post apocalyptic Moscow Metro, 20 years after a nuclear apocalypse, and is based on the novel of the same name.
The focus of this costume is essentially the helmet with the body armor as a secondary focus. Continue reading Metro 2033 Costume
I thought I’d share some traditional Thanksgiving recipes with you, courtesy of TM 10-412 – Army Recipes – 15 August 1944. Sadly, the holiday snuck up on me, so I didn’t have time to see if I had an original menu from WW2 in our collection. I will make sure to go ahead & start looking for Christmas menus soon!
Very few, if any combat troops got a Thanksgiving dinner this nice. (probably NONE!) I’m sure there were more than a few soldiers who did get a meal like this, especially soldiers serving stateside. FYI, all recipes are for 100 servings. If your family gathering is smaller, you will need to adjust accordingly! Continue reading Thanksgiving Dinner 1944
We can thank Robin for this gem! She’s got quite the keen eye when it comes to spotting unique sets of photos at antique sales & militaria shows. We don’t know which maneuvers this is from, but we guess they may be from the Louisiana Maneuvers in 1940 or 1941. Continue reading Louisiana Maneuvers Photoset
These are the photos from Harry F. Ross’s Camping trip to Washington D.C. in 1926. Robin & I bought the photo album years ago. We’ve always loved their overlanding setup using the tent that attaches to their car. I hope you enjoy the photos. I’ll include all the captions that were written in the original album, but sadly not all photos are captioned. Continue reading 1926 Camping Trip to Washington D.C.
This costume will be made from 3D printed pieces, Worbla, EVA foam, and fabric components. Right now I’m planning the helmet, air tank, and booster jet to be 3D printed. The booster jet cover will be made from real fabric. The shoulderpads & kneepad will be Worbla, and the chest armor will be EVA foam. I’ll decide on the rest of the bits as I get to them.