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20 Feb 2009 - 01:0510956
Help with Hunter
What colour hoodie does the Hunter from Left 4 Dead actually wear? I thought it was blue and bought a dark blue one, and then noticed it was too dark and might need fading/weathering. But now I'm wondering if I really need a grey colour one instead.
ref pic here: http://www.cosplayisland.com/costume/view/7109

So should I try and weather/fade the hoodie I already have? Or go out and get a different colour?


22 Feb 2009 - 02:0510987
The hoodie looks grey to me. O.o Atleast on the reference you have up.

But pending on the colour of the one you already have, you could try fading it. I'm not sure how to go about that, perhaps getting some white clean dry stone and tumbling them around in something with your hoodie would do the trick? I know they do that to Jeans to get that worn look. XD


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22 Feb 2009 - 09:3110989
To me it looks like a blue/grey hoodie and the colours in the ref are due to the shading detail of the game..

If you want to dye you can buy dylon fabric dyes or try using inks.

Inks dont work as well and can be pricey but if its shading your after the Dye could be too strong.

Personally i would keep a single tone hoodie and Age it a bit rub it in oil dirty it up get a cheese grater on to it those sorts of things, if you google Aging fabric you might get some better ideas...


Also just a thought you might want to get a blood pellett, i think Smithys do them and its a capsule you keep in your mouth and it gives the look of blood in your mouth

Im a Big Fan of L4D cant wait to get some photos of the lesser seen hooded chav zombie lol

Dependant on when you do this i might be tempted to cosplay Bill or Francis and know a possiable Zoe if you looking to start up a group cosplay XD


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24 Feb 2009 - 20:4311095
Quote Demented Kid:
The hoodie looks grey to me. O.o Atleast on the reference you have up.

But pending on the colour of the one you already have, you could try fading it. I'm not sure how to go about that, perhaps getting some white clean dry stone and tumbling them around in something with your hoodie would do the trick? I know they do that to Jeans to get that worn look. XD


Nice where can I get these dry stone things? and can they work in a washing machine or tumble dryer?


26 Feb 2009 - 21:3211179
I think Demented Kid means quite literally, get some white stone/s and use that? If that's the case then putting them in a washer or tumble drier is a big no no. Unless you want to get very angry parents or house mates when the washer is damaged! D:

I've had a look at my own Left 4 Dead game and the hoodie seems to vary from the following, depending on light source:

Over head lighting - Grey
Dark/colored lighting or shadow - Dark blue
General light (Example, in the woods, or when stood directly in front of a light source) Weathered blue or navy blue.

A lot of people when cosplaying a Hunter go for dark blue, mainly because the game is set in dark lighting and shadow, sometimes with a slight grain effect. The darker the area obviously the darker the clothes, and its pretty difficult unless you kill one, or have a friend willing to stand around while you look at them while they play a Hunter, so most people assume its dark blue.

I think the best reference pic for a Hunter would be one from Gary's Mod, which is a Steam app that runs with Call of Duty, Half Life, etc. Some people say they paid for Gary's mod, so I don't know if its free or not. Fortunately, I managed to find a pic of a Hunter in Gary's Mod in daylight which shows off the colors better than the in game lighting sources:

http://www.garrysmod.org/img/dl/56879_1.jpg

So personally I'd go for a medium blue, gre/blue or possibly navy if you struggle to find a mix of grey and blue.

Something like this color maybe? This



As for weathering it up a bit to make it look like a Hunter's been rolling around in it (Because lets face it, something jumping around and mauling people like that ain't going to be clean! XD) you could try using a wire brush and running it over parts of the fabric to thin it as well as using charcoal and dirt or if you can find one that people will let you use, a cement mixer with some stones in it.

You could also try putting the hoodie into a strong fabric bag with some rocks, tying it up and hitting it against an outside wall. You'd need to do some test fabric first I'd say, just to get an idea of how much damage these sorts of things do, since it'd be a shame if you went too far on your hoodie.

Their are certain areas on clothing that thin and tear quite commonly and those usually are the ends of sleeves and trouser legs, knees, necklines, hood lines and the bottom of jumpers, shirts, tunics etc. So if you do decide to have a go with a wire brush, you could do a test patch on a commonly frayed area or something and see what it looks like before starting properly.

If you do stick with your current hoodie, try weathering it and fraying it etc (Which would look pretty good any way, regardless if you think the color is too dark, a few Hunter cosplayers tend to just slap a bit of muck on their hoodie and call it done ), if it really is too dark for your liking then you could try washing it on a hot wash a few times to fade the color out a bit as well.

Hope this helps a little!


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Last edited by Member-XI (26 Feb 2009 - 21:41)
28 Feb 2009 - 01:5011207
XD thank god my mum has an alotment then lol. basically all i want to do is fade it a little so the blood splatter would show up better, i was planning on wearing it as much as possible and washing it a lot. and i think mum said she has a bag of soot somewhere around the house from when i dressed as a chimney sweep for a fancy dress competition when i was little

I'll keep all that in mind. i think mum has some breeze blocks scattered at the alotment somewhere and while looking around Wiki, i read pumice is used in breeze blocks and also used to fade clothing XD

I think my hoodie is pretty much the same dark blue as the one on ebay, but like i mentioned earlier, i want it slightly lighter to make the blood more visable :3

Thanks for your help!


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