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13 Feb 2009 - 12:5210727
Steampunk/Neo-Victorian
I really enjoy classic literature I mean jules verne H.G Wells one really cant go wrong ^.^ upon gaining the internet fully about 5 years ago I realised that all this backlog was attatched to my books I loved so much. Neo-Victorian as I knew it became something else coined in the 80s as Steampunk. Such a broad sub-genre I was captivated with all aspects.

I guess what I wanna do is chat to people about this and I would be very intrested to know how they got into it. If that be the novels or graphic work or the fashion I want to hear it all ^.^

What got you into it?

Luke.


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13 Feb 2009 - 13:1910730
What got me into it was trying on a certain prop which I will be wearing properly at expo. I just tried them on, and my brain was like "oh my god".

And then ideas started forming, and suddenly I want a crew, and my character has a personality.

I really want to add something else to steampunk. Most costumes I've seen so far are very nice, but the props don't actually do anything. I want to change that.

Tab


13 Feb 2009 - 13:2810731
Several of my crew have working props...

Anyway, for me I have always been interested in Victoriana, and when I learned that Steampunk was a blend of the Neo-Victorian and Science-Fiction, my love was established. I was actually introduced to the genre as it is by Leadmill.

From there, we started developing our characters and I'm now actually over 150 pages on my Steampunk novel - Flight of the Valkyrie. Which can be found on my Deviantart and actually has several fans in the UK and the US now.

The novel's popularity actually rocketed after the Crew of the HMS Valkyrie won in the Entertainment category at the London expo in October.


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13 Feb 2009 - 13:4610734
I looooove steampunk<3
[so far though it's only drooling over other people's costumes as I have yet to put anything together myself... XD]


13 Feb 2009 - 15:4010736
well you know what its really not that difficult to put together a basic but good looking costume ^.^ its as easy as mabye reading up a little and looking at other peoples to get some ideas and then rocking the charity shops for basics. Parhap a little sewing here and there and you have it. But i will agree with the majority, Props really make it ^.^ Im working on a revolver today actually that im hoping will go with either Tobias Lestrade or Vincent Smithe Obleson ^.^

I think steampunk for me came when my dad got me into sherlock holmes novels when i was like 8 ^.^ the way he blended modern thinking with the elegent hand of victorian fashion. from that I began reading more and more ^.^ everything victorian.

then about 5 years ago like I say I began to hear about this thing which i had been inadvertantly involved in since i was young ^.^

I really enjoy seeing peoples clothing and there are some really jaw dropping Steamers on here ^.^

ps:I hope to get more pride rearing shots up really soon O_o


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13 Feb 2009 - 15:5910737
Quote sjbonnar:
Several of my crew have working props...


Ah, but does any of your crew have actual steam?

Tab


13 Feb 2009 - 16:0610738
Quote Uber-Nerd:
Quote sjbonnar:
Several of my crew have working props...


Ah, but does any of your crew have actual steam?

Tab


now there is a challenge ^.^ I need dry ice stat!!!

I had a design for a sort of winged pack that used dry ice from the funnel or exauhst ^.^ kinda need to keep working on it, mabye during the summer ^.^


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13 Feb 2009 - 16:4010742
Oh, I've got working steam. Lots of it. And all of it safe to use in crowds and on stage at expo.

I'm so pumped to do these costumes- I'm really hoping to make it an extravaganza of steam and machine. But the actual costumes are being kept underwraps until they're all complete so that the characters can be presented as a whole. Maintains the feel that they're real people, and makes it all the more exciting.

Though I will have a stall at May expo that will hopefully be selling some guns that produce steam as well as other things. So if you want a prop like that I suggest checking us out. We'll be easy to spot.

Tab


13 Feb 2009 - 17:1910746
if im there i will look ^.^ i dont usually buy props though ^.^ cant wait to see what you turn out.


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14 Feb 2009 - 02:4210762
Quote Uber-Nerd:
Quote sjbonnar:
Several of my crew have working props...


Ah, but does any of your crew have actual steam?

Tab


Yes...Our Gunner had a Steam Boiler in the pack he built but he wasn't allowed to turn it on inside, they were worried about setting off alarms which'd set off sprinklers...but we did it for some of our photos outside.


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14 Feb 2009 - 02:5810763
Hi guys, hijacking the thread briefly. Basically, for next year, my 3rd year film project, me and my partner are considering making a Steampunk film, with the intention of trying to break into a rather untouched genre.

Obviously, to make this film we're going to need extras. At least 30 of which who can be in background shots and so on. So, for now, just out of intrest, are any of you guys intrested? As I said this won't be happenening until next year sometime, though we're already in the planning stages and whatnot, with hope to start work and filming on the actual production asap - hopefully at the beginning of the new uni year in September.


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14 Feb 2009 - 05:0410764
Quote Monkey:
Hi guys, hijacking the thread briefly. Basically, for next year, my 3rd year film project, me and my partner are considering making a Steampunk film, with the intention of trying to break into a rather untouched genre.

Obviously, to make this film we're going to need extras. At least 30 of which who can be in background shots and so on. So, for now, just out of intrest, are any of you guys intrested? As I said this won't be happenening until next year sometime, though we're already in the planning stages and whatnot, with hope to start work and filming on the actual production asap - hopefully at the beginning of the new uni year in September.


A very cool idea! I might consider it! It's a shame you don't need any actors rather than extras ^_^'


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14 Feb 2009 - 09:4210766
I love Steampunk. And I WILL make a costume someday. ;D I'm gonna do a few Steampunk-esque sketches of my the main characters from my novel, so if anyone is interested in seeing them for any cosplay ideas, just say.

More info here.



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14 Feb 2009 - 12:3910770
Quote ryukredapples:
I really enjoy seeing peoples clothing and there are some really jaw dropping Steamers on here ^.^


I just noticed this...please don't call Steampunks Steamers ^_^' Granted, the plural form of Steampunk is a matter of debate, but Steamers conjurs the notion of fresh turds LOL

Oh, and while I'm here, some spammage and advertisng LOL

Myself in a basic version of my costume;


The Crew;


Steam boiler pack



Flight of the Valkyrie Chapters 1-8 which all of the Crew's characters are from.(Chapter 1 is being rewritten as it was originally designed to be a one-shot)
http://sjbonnar.deviantart.com/art/Flight-of-the-Valkyrie-90269394
http://sjbonnar.deviantart.com/art/Flight-of-the-Valkyrie-2-91200430
http://sjbonnar.deviantart.com/art/Flight-of-the-Valkyrie-3-93089240
http://sjbonnar.deviantart.com/art/Flight-of-the-Valkyrie-4-96392525
http://sjbonnar.deviantart.com/art/Flight-of-the-Valkyrie-5-99813679
http://sjbonnar.deviantart.com/art/Flight-of-the-Valkyrie-6-99813818
http://sjbonnar.deviantart.com/art/Flight-of-the-Valkyrie-7-99894978
http://sjbonnar.deviantart.com/art/Flight-of-the-Valkyrie-8-106618628


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14 Feb 2009 - 19:0110779
The great thing about Steampunk outfits is how cheap and readily available the materials are. I mean just by raking through charity shops, breaking apart machines for parts and buying piping from hardware shops you can have yourself an awesome outfit. I wouldn't spend over £50 on an outfit becuase I feel like i'm going against the whole look i'm tryin to acheive. Haggard, dirty and lots of steam : O


15 Feb 2009 - 00:1310780
thanks for being intrested sjbonner. We don't need any actors as of yet - we barely have a script anyway its still very much in the making for next year - we're still working on our 2nd year project at the moment!!! But I'm thinking we'll be looking for somewhat older actors for what things we have in mind. But like I said we're still unsure yet as the script is still in the making. We'll see


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15 Feb 2009 - 00:4610781
Quote Deceipher:
The great thing about Steampunk outfits is how cheap and readily available the materials are. I mean just by raking through charity shops, breaking apart machines for parts and buying piping from hardware shops you can have yourself an awesome outfit. I wouldn't spend over £50 on an outfit becuase I feel like i'm going against the whole look i'm tryin to acheive. Haggard, dirty and lots of steam : O


That very much depends on what kind of look you're trying to achieve and how accurate to the time period you want to be. If you're trying to be a random mechanic, that kind of thing will work.

If you're trying to be a member of the military, that won't work as you'll need an accurate uniform.

And my costume was over £400, because I went about getting tailor-made, time-accurate suits, top-hats, goggles from the 1800s...etc.

And Monkey: that's quite alright. I'm just getting into the whole acting thing at the moment ^_^'


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15 Feb 2009 - 14:5910785
My steampunk stuff is costing quite a lot, mainly because I'm going out of my way to make as many items from scratch as possible. The only thing I'm wearing that won't have been made by me is the shirt underneath everything.

I'm also spending a fortune on buttons. I mean seriously- fabric land's buttons are like 50p each, which doesn't sound too bad until you need 20 of them for a pair of spats. And then BAM £10 on buttons alone.

Tab


16 Feb 2009 - 20:2210831
well i just think its nice for new steamers to get into the subject its a shocking thing when you realise how many people like it. I was so shocked when i saw how much my friends got into it on alot of levels after hearing just a little about it ^.^ I think its really easily accessed. And as deceipher says its so cheap to make effective outfits and props ^^ a great thing as a passing hobby and a full on kind of thing.


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16 Feb 2009 - 20:3910833
"I just noticed this...please don't call Steampunks Steamers ^_^' Granted, the plural form of Steampunk is a matter of debate, but Steamers conjurs the notion of fresh turds LOL"

sound advice sir ^^ but if its all the same to you I think I will use it, its just something we're use to saying ^.^ thanks though (parhaps Steemees is more likeable LOL im just joking but seriously no offense ment)


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16 Feb 2009 - 22:0210835
Plural of punk = punks
It's safe to assume that the plural of Steampunk is Steampunks.

I just don't like what you call Steampunks as it sounds gross :-\


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18 Feb 2009 - 04:3110881
Quote Monkey:
Hi guys, hijacking the thread briefly. Basically, for next year, my 3rd year film project, me and my partner are considering making a Steampunk film, with the intention of trying to break into a rather untouched genre.

Obviously, to make this film we're going to need extras. At least 30 of which who can be in background shots and so on. So, for now, just out of intrest, are any of you guys intrested? As I said this won't be happenening until next year sometime, though we're already in the planning stages and whatnot, with hope to start work and filming on the actual production asap - hopefully at the beginning of the new uni year in September.


If you need any actors/stunts I'm your slightly tiny but very experineced blond. Depending on when it is and where it will be based I would be interested in joining. I've been a professional actress since 1992 and a stunt person for 8 years.

BOT, I'm intriged on Steampunk. My brother and I are considering costumes but ahve so many in the pipeline that they won't be for a while.


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18 Feb 2009 - 06:3610882
Quote sjbonnar:
Plural of punk = punks
It's safe to assume that the plural of Steampunk is Steampunks.

I just don't like what you call Steampunks as it sounds gross :-\


actually, a lot of the steampunk community want to have the "punk" officially removed from the genre name, simply for the ideas and ideals surrounding the word punk, that are not found within steampunk at all (the idea of rebellion, and the traditional image theword "punk" busually brings). the dabate rages to this day within the steampunk community. to be fair, many steampunkers now refere to the genre as steampulp, or, as Ryuk says, steamers. though i myself generally just call it Steampunk ^^;

anyway, its as expensive as you wanna make it. the effect you get is directl proportional to the ammount of money you soend on the costume, as with all aspects of cosplay. spending several hundred, or even thousand as some people do, and you will get a highly detailed costume that would fool a man living himself in a steampunk world. but it doesnt have to be expensive. spend maybe £50 or so, and you can get very good results. remember, its a fantasy genre, there are no true styles within it to adopt. you can make a steampunk costume out of anything. as long as it fits, and looks steampunk, then thats all you really need. no need to spend tons of money, cos it serves little use.

thats just my 2 cents


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18 Feb 2009 - 12:0810889
Quote Fishyfins:
Quote sjbonnar:
Plural of punk = punks
It's safe to assume that the plural of Steampunk is Steampunks.

I just don't like what you call Steampunks as it sounds gross :-\


actually, a lot of the steampunk community want to have the "punk" officially removed from the genre name, simply for the ideas and ideals surrounding the word punk, that are not found within steampunk at all (the idea of rebellion, and the traditional image theword "punk" busually brings). the dabate rages to this day within the steampunk community. to be fair, many steampunkers now refere to the genre as steampulp, or, as Ryuk says, steamers. though i myself generally just call it Steampunk ^^;

anyway, its as expensive as you wanna make it. the effect you get is directl proportional to the ammount of money you soend on the costume, as with all aspects of cosplay. spending several hundred, or even thousand as some people do, and you will get a highly detailed costume that would fool a man living himself in a steampunk world. but it doesnt have to be expensive. spend maybe £50 or so, and you can get very good results. remember, its a fantasy genre, there are no true styles within it to adopt. you can make a steampunk costume out of anything. as long as it fits, and looks steampunk, then thats all you really need. no need to spend tons of money, cos it serves little use.

thats just my 2 cents


LOL I've had this argument on Brass Goggles (yes, I'm a Steampunk in my normal dress too, just not as flashy as my character LOL)

It's very much all about what kind of costume you're going for I think. I've seen some very good Steampunks that were comprised totally of thrift store finds ^_^'


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18 Feb 2009 - 12:3310891
oh cool a steampunk thread!

I always loved classical literature - Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Gaston Leroux, Wilkie Collins etc. It kinda built the foundations on which steampunk followed later on in my teenhood.

Me and my best friend found out about Steampunk when we saw some of Alexander McQueen's fashion photos when we were studying art in school. We got hooked on the genre.. tried to make a steampunk revolution back then but.. nobody really got it T_T Mind you that was back before we entered the cosplay community!

Back in Sixth Form I started a story called The Sinister Tea Cult of Guildford... about steampunk pirates and smugglers. It's been sitting at the back of my mind for years, and it's nowhere near as developed as Sean's Flight of the Valkyrie (which I thoroughly reccommend as a dashing good read)


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