Leadmill
 


Costume :Chris Redfield (Minigun)
Variant :S.T.A.R.S
Source :Resident Evil 5
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2010


Costume Photos

Redux

Steel Rain

Special Tactics and Rescue Squad

6 Barrels of Death

Heavy Firepower

Lock and Load

We Mean Business

Shock and Awe

Riegn of Fire

Death in the shape of our Panzer Battalion!

Minigun and Backpack Completed

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Costume Information

General
Cost : £200+
Awards : Judges Award - London MCM Expo May '10
Time Taken : 1 month

Description
After completing the standard version of Chris's S.T.A.R.S costume I decided to have a go at the minigun as it won my DA poll as to what project I should try next.

First wore it at London Expo, was great fun and very popular. I loved taking part in the masquerade with the Zombie Killing skit! Thank you to everyone who came up and said hello, I really appreciate it!

However some drawbacks also became apparent. The gun itself is very heavy and requires a lot of strength to carry it for long periods, the backpack weight is distributed through the harness system so is less of a problem. Also the ammo belts had a weakness where they met the minigun/box so that will have to be removed and a new system installed for when I next wear it. As it got quite draining and painful to wear towards the end of the day I will make sure to keep painkillers to hand and stay hydrated.

Not sure where to go next with this, maybe I i'll try Chris's standard RE:5 loadout and wear this! :)

Comments

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Dude, this is looking EPIC!

by sjbonnar on Wednesday, 5 May, 2010 - 20:20
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Looking good!

You thinking of doing the Heavy Metal Chris from RE5: Gold Edition?

by Petchy-mon on Wednesday, 5 May, 2010 - 20:31
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yeaa boiiiii! looks epic man

by ryaoki on Wednesday, 5 May, 2010 - 20:58
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WOW! can't wait to see this =) progress is looking amazing!

by MissColzyChan on Friday, 7 May, 2010 - 19:24
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Is that the indy mogul tutorial? :) im using the same guys for my Hellboy gun thats all :) looks fuckin sick! :)

by Captain_Marvelous on Friday, 7 May, 2010 - 19:26
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Cheers guys!

What is indy mogul? I did this from scratch just looking at some reference pics from the game and Hot Toys figurine.

by Leadmill on Friday, 7 May, 2010 - 19:42
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Dude, it is sick and wrong how awesome this looks!

by sjbonnar on Saturday, 8 May, 2010 - 00:21
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FML Leadmill! are you kidding me! a Minigun!!! you sir are a craftsman and a half!

by JakeX on Sunday, 9 May, 2010 - 20:52
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This is looking awesome already, it was worth pursuing with and will look really great once finished. :)

by Alias Cosplay on Monday, 10 May, 2010 - 17:34
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Looks so heavy but A.C.E

by Odd-One-Out on Wednesday, 12 May, 2010 - 20:28
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looking awesome

by Defrain on Friday, 14 May, 2010 - 21:30
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Sorry man :) indy mogul is a website with video tutorials for Weapons and props :) it just looked similar to the Gatling gun one :) your progress is radical! I think with Resi cosplayers its all about the props.

by Captain_Marvelous on Sunday, 16 May, 2010 - 18:40
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fuck yes

by ryaoki on Sunday, 16 May, 2010 - 18:59
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Minigun.

I wants it.

That is all!

by sjbonnar on Sunday, 16 May, 2010 - 19:05
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It get's better every time I see more progress.

by Alias Cosplay on Monday, 17 May, 2010 - 16:17
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This is totally AWESOME dude!! Great Stuff!!

by k4tt on Wednesday, 19 May, 2010 - 10:47
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cant wait to get gunned down lmao

by ryaoki on Sunday, 23 May, 2010 - 19:37
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fucking love it, werd u get the bullets from mate

by ryaoki on Thursday, 27 May, 2010 - 11:11
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So much WIN! :)

by Alias Cosplay on Thursday, 27 May, 2010 - 11:12
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This is actually amazing dude. Really well done!

by sjbonnar on Thursday, 27 May, 2010 - 11:19
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bloody hell that is awesome im liking the heavy machine gun

by Mothfox on Thursday, 27 May, 2010 - 12:01
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That's going to be one Bad boy of a Gatling gun. XD

by Mangamad on Thursday, 27 May, 2010 - 13:03
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I love that gun

by Defrain on Friday, 4 June, 2010 - 19:40
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Thank you very much guys and gals, means a lot!

by Leadmill on Thursday, 17 June, 2010 - 08:05
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I seen you at expo <3 you and your jill looked amazing, really well done with the props

by SachikoYumi on Tuesday, 20 July, 2010 - 19:07
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oh wow, I saw a glimpse of this at expo, it looked absolutely spot on :D just wished I'd had the chance to snap a photo of ya!

by Frederica la Noir on Thursday, 5 August, 2010 - 16:58
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most awsomely shibby, etap and drinks soon ;D

by ryaoki on Tuesday, 23 November, 2010 - 22:21
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EPIC!

by Plummer on Sunday, 30 January, 2011 - 11:25
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Fantasic work i just hope mine comes out okay when i come around to making it

great job

by lycaneyes on Saturday, 12 March, 2011 - 12:09
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Loved seeing this in person!

by Captain_Marvelous on Sunday, 10 April, 2011 - 12:18
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Much deserved for showcase on the minigun alone I think!

by Leonie Heartilly on Sunday, 6 January, 2013 - 16:14
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YES! Congrats dude!

by Captain_Marvelous on Sunday, 6 January, 2013 - 16:30
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Congratulations on the showcase hun! You really deserve it!
Keep up the amazing work :)

by Littlegeeky on Sunday, 6 January, 2013 - 16:48
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That minigun... O_O wow! grats on the showcase it's a great costume !

by Afireinsidegirl on Sunday, 6 January, 2013 - 17:58
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I love this cosplay so much, it's really awesome especially the minigun - congrats on the showcase :)

by gaming_goddess on Monday, 7 January, 2013 - 00:16
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And my inner fanboy for Chris and you just exploded. Congratulations on this dude, well done ^_^

by Manticore on Monday, 7 January, 2013 - 14:36
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Nice one dude!

by theKillingDoll on Thursday, 10 January, 2013 - 20:40
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Thank you very very much guys and gals!

by Leadmill on Friday, 11 January, 2013 - 02:00
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Awesome costume. Congrats on the showcase.

by Sephirayne on Saturday, 12 January, 2013 - 10:16
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U Look amazing like ya Gun :)

by cookie on Saturday, 30 March, 2013 - 01:33
 

Journal

Ammo Belts Connected (Posted 27th May 2010)

Did a trial test of the ammo belts connected up. They seem fairly strong but will probably reinforce it with tape should it need it.

Ammo Belt Connector (Ammo Box) (Posted 26th May 2010)

I repeated the same method used with the minigun connector.

Ammo Belt Connector (Minigun) (Posted 26th May 2010)

The ammo belt was joined to the minigun using dowls and superglue. Peices of cut pine were then added for asthetics and support.

Additional Tubing Added (Posted 26th May 2010)

I cut down a length of bendy platic 15mm pipe and using pipe brackets attached it to the box. This makes the frame more true to the reference material.

Straps and Buckles Added (Posted 24th May 2010)

I cut the straps to length from Olive Drab 50mm webbing. The ends were then sewn over to prevent fraying. The buckles were spray painted silver and then added to the webbing.

Sides Attached and Given First Coat (Posted 23rd May 2010)

Attached both sides and gave them a coat of paint to see how it will look. It still needs a large amount of finishing before its acceptable.

Adding the Side Panels (Posted 23rd May 2010)

Started to attach the side panels to the box. First with PVA and then they will be reinforced by small pin nails.

Struts and Bolts (Posted 23rd May 2010)

Cut the struts out of pine and glued them to the box. Secured with small nails and added bolts.

Side Panels Cut (Posted 23rd May 2010)

After much hassle trying to mark them out, the side panels were cut out of a thin board of MDF, very messy and dusty and needed a lot of sanding.

Front Handle Added (Posted 20th May 2010)

After trialling a couple of designs that ulitmatly were not sturdy enough I settled for a outdoor type handle that could take a lot of punishment.

Backpack Frame Test Fitting (Posted 19th May 2010)

Applied undercoat to backpack followed by first coats of metallic silver. Then I test fitted the backpack frame to mark out the attachment points. The sides to the box will be added once the frame is attached.

Barrel Housing Completed (Posted 19th May 2010)

After strengthening the barrel retaining brackets with expanding foam I cut/sanded off the excess and use plasticard and wood to create the housing over the top. It was then given a layer of black enamel paint, still requires a little finishing however.

Front Frame Reinforced (Posted 19th May 2010)

Comparing it to the reference material the front frame seemed a little thin, so I added some additional wood, this also served to further strengthen the structure.

Backpack Detailing (Posted 17th May 2010)

Secured side skirt with nails and started detailing by Adding push pins and washers to the box, to simulate bolts and rivits.

Barrel Mounted (Posted 16th May 2010)

After some pondering as to how to attach the barrel to the body of the minigun the barrel was attached. I used guttering brackets and expanding foam to anchor it in place. Will start the remaining barrel housing tomorrow.

Backpack Fitting (Posted 16th May 2010)

Started putting the panels together to form the shape of the backpack. Can't add the side panels yet as I will need access to the centre of the box when I attach it to the frame with screws.

Frame Painted and Webbing Modded (Posted 16th May 2010)

Frame was assembled and painted and modded some webbing staps to act as back supports, clips and buckles were added so they could be adjusted.

Side Tubes Finished (Posted 14th May 2010)

After filling in some of the gaps and cracks left by the foam and sanding off the impurities, the side tubes were ready for their final coat of paint.

Front Frame Started (Posted 14th May 2010)

The front frame will be a major loadbearing section of the minigun so its important I make it as strong as possible. After measuring and cutting the sections to the right size, I glued them into the correct shape. I then two inserted metal rods into each section to provide additional strengthaning. I then filed and sanded down the frame to remove any blemishes.

Backpack Panels Cut (Posted 14th May 2010)

After cutting the sections I needed out of thin ply, I have started putting the panels together to form the basic shape of the box.

Body Filled/Sprayed and Backpack Started (Posted 12th May 2010)

After filling in the gaps around the minigun base I added plasticard to both sides to provide a flush look. I then applied a basecoat of black enamel spray to prevent a paint reaction followed by the metallic gun metal silver. Also spent a good portion of the day cutting out panels and bracing struts for the backpack. As well as started to make the frame out of metal tubing.

Ammo Belt (Posted 9th May 2010)

The ammo belt was made with assistance of the wondeful Alias.com. Its made of 1m of replica bullets on a 50mm webbing backing, with two strips of 25mm webbing securing the front.

Main Body Finishing and Barrel Painted (Posted 9th May 2010)

The main body of the minigun was cut down to better fit the design as it was too wide. I then filled the gaps and cracks with &quot;foam wood&quot;, and when it was dry went over it all with a belt sander. I then applied a coat of metallic gloss to the barrels, unfortunatly this reacted with the primer and bubbled leaving an awful finish. So I stripped all the paint off and started again this time with enamel. This left a much better finish.

First Mock Up (Posted 7th May 2010)

After adding the joystick and bracing to the main body of the weapon, I mocked up the weapon with the bits of it i'm currently constructing. This was to get an idea of scale and spot anything that needed rectifying early. The body is too wide and will need cutting down to the correct width.

Barrel Revised and Main Body Assembled (Posted 7th May 2010)

After several different attempts and methods I finally complete a provisional barrel assembly. It mades for wooden disks cut from MDF and copper tubing as I wanted it to be rigid and be able to take a lot of the knocks and scrapes that naturally occour with cosplay props. Initial body assembly has been started too.