Although I never played the game myself, way back when I used to spend time at my friend’s house where he and his roommates played Warhammer 40K on their dining room table. I always loved the armor of the Space Marine units and, for a long time now, I’ve wanted to create costume pieces based on some of their items. I recently completed a full-scale functional costume piece based on the “Powerfist” which is a giant mechanized gauntlet as seen on this fellow’s left hand:
I went for a very clean look; if someone ends up buying this I wanted it to be possible for them to decorate/customize it as I know how much Warhammer players like to do some of the artwork on their figurines themselves.
Here’s a video of it in action:
The little skulls on the knuckles are an exact, scaled down match to the skull on the back of the hand
Each finger of the Powerfist is individually controlled via a loop worn over the wearer’s finger. There’s an access hatch to make it easier to put the loops on.
Also inside the access hatch is a switch which activates red LED lights located under the knuckle skulls.
“The machine spirit sings in me”
A while back a client of mine asked me to make him a Pip-Boy that looked like it was assembled from scavenged parts. He also wanted it to house his cellphone so it could display screen captures from the game. It was a fun build, so I decided to create another one.
This one is designed to house the Galaxy SII smart phone. When making one of these, they have to be custom tailored to fit a particular phone so that it fits well & functions. See the little bit of metal sticking up at the top-left corner of the screen? It does something! (more on that later)
This model was made from an old junction box and various bits of interesting looking hardware. The phone is held in place with snug fitting eva foam and then secured with velcro straps. Velcro straps are also used to hold the Pip-Boy onto the arm.
This is me – pretending to access the perks menu. Looks like the game must be going pretty well; the little guy is happy with all of his limbs intact!
So, the little metal lever at the top-left. It’s there as a switch to turn the phone’s screen on and off. When you push the lever, it presses the button on the side of the phone. That way you can switch the phone back on if it’s set to power down automatically after a certain amount of time.
Now it’s time to add some locations to the map and log a few quests! 😀
My awesome wife went to a garage sale the other day, and bought something for me. It was a vintage steel Coca-Cola snack tray. It was a bit banged up and had some dents etc. in it… but that made me happy as I therefore wouldn’t feel bad about cutting it apart.
It now has a new life as a piece of armor:
For the lady who thirsts for adventure.
And has a bubbly personality
Only Coca-Cola will do!
….. am I the only one who finds the dead fox draped across the lady’s shoulders a tad weird? It looks like it’s trying to bite her finger. Seek vengeance, Mr. Fox, VENGEANCE!!!