Chris Redfield (Minigun) (S.T.A.R.S) - Resident Evil 5

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London MCM Expo May 2010

Judges Award - London MCM Expo May '10

Showcased 6th January 2013 What is this?



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Information

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

sjbonnar posted on 5 May, 2010 - 20:20
Dude, this is looking EPIC!

Petchy-mon posted on 5 May, 2010 - 20:31
Looking good! You thinking of doing the Heavy Metal Chris from RE5: Gold Edition?

ryaoki posted on 5 May, 2010 - 20:58
yeaa boiiiii! looks epic man

Moonchild posted on 7 May, 2010 - 19:24
WOW! can't wait to see this =) progress is looking amazing!

Captain_Marvelous posted on 7 May, 2010 - 19:26
Is that the indy mogul tutorial? :) im using the same guys for my Hellboy gun thats all :) looks fuckin sick! :)

Leadmill posted on 7 May, 2010 - 19:42
Cheers guys! What is indy mogul? I did this from scratch just looking at some reference pics from the game and Hot Toys figurine.

sjbonnar posted on 8 May, 2010 - 00:21
Dude, it is sick and wrong how awesome this looks!

JakeX posted on 9 May, 2010 - 20:52
FML Leadmill! are you kidding me! a Minigun!!! you sir are a craftsman and a half!

Alias Cosplay posted on 10 May, 2010 - 17:34
This is looking awesome already, it was worth pursuing with and will look really great once finished. :)

Odd-One-Out posted on 12 May, 2010 - 20:28
Looks so heavy but A.C.E

Defrain posted on 14 May, 2010 - 21:30
looking awesome

Captain_Marvelous posted on 16 May, 2010 - 18:40
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.

ryaoki posted on 16 May, 2010 - 18:59
fuck yes

sjbonnar posted on 16 May, 2010 - 19:05
Minigun. I wants it. That is all!

Alias Cosplay posted on 17 May, 2010 - 16:17
It get's better every time I see more progress.

k4tt posted on 19 May, 2010 - 10:47
This is totally AWESOME dude!! Great Stuff!!

ryaoki posted on 23 May, 2010 - 19:37
cant wait to get gunned down lmao

ryaoki posted on 27 May, 2010 - 11:11
fucking love it, werd u get the bullets from mate

Alias Cosplay posted on 27 May, 2010 - 11:12
So much WIN! :)

sjbonnar posted on 27 May, 2010 - 11:19
This is actually amazing dude. Really well done!

Mothfox posted on 27 May, 2010 - 12:01
bloody hell that is awesome im liking the heavy machine gun

Mangamad posted on 27 May, 2010 - 13:03
That's going to be one Bad boy of a Gatling gun. XD

Defrain posted on 4 June, 2010 - 19:40
I love that gun

Leadmill posted on 17 June, 2010 - 08:05
Thank you very much guys and gals, means a lot!

- posted on 20 July, 2010 - 19:07
I seen you at expo <3 you and your jill looked amazing, really well done with the props

Frederica la Noir posted on 5 August, 2010 - 16:58
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!

ryaoki posted on 23 November, 2010 - 22:21
most awsomely shibby, etap and drinks soon ;D

Kinreal posted on 30 January, 2011 - 11:25
EPIC!

lycaneyes posted on 12 March, 2011 - 12:09
Fantasic work i just hope mine comes out okay when i come around to making it great job

Captain_Marvelous posted on 10 April, 2011 - 12:18
Loved seeing this in person!

Leonie Heartilly posted on 6 January, 2013 - 16:14
Much deserved for showcase on the minigun alone I think!

Captain_Marvelous posted on 6 January, 2013 - 16:30
YES! Congrats dude!

Littlegeeky posted on 6 January, 2013 - 16:48
Congratulations on the showcase hun! You really deserve it! Keep up the amazing work :)

Siouxsie James posted on 6 January, 2013 - 17:58
That minigun... O_O wow! grats on the showcase it's a great costume !

gaming_goddess posted on 7 January, 2013 - 00:16
I love this cosplay so much, it's really awesome especially the minigun - congrats on the showcase :)

Manticore posted on 7 January, 2013 - 14:36
And my inner fanboy for Chris and you just exploded. Congratulations on this dude, well done ^_^

theKillingDoll posted on 10 January, 2013 - 20:40
Nice one dude!

Leadmill posted on 11 January, 2013 - 02:00
Thank you very very much guys and gals!

Sephirayne posted on 12 January, 2013 - 10:16
Awesome costume. Congrats on the showcase.

cookie posted on 30 March, 2013 - 01:33
U Look amazing like ya Gun :)

Progress Journal

27th May 2010

Ammo Belts Connected

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.

26th May 2010

Ammo Belt Connector (Ammo Box)

I repeated the same method used with the minigun connector.

26th May 2010

Ammo Belt Connector (Minigun)

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

26th May 2010

Additional Tubing Added

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.

24th May 2010

Straps and Buckles Added

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.

23rd May 2010

Sides Attached and Given First Coat

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.

23rd May 2010

Adding the Side Panels

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

23rd May 2010

Struts and Bolts

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

23rd May 2010

Side Panels Cut

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.

20th May 2010

Front Handle Added

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.

19th May 2010

Backpack Frame Test Fitting

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.

19th May 2010

Barrel Housing Completed

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.

19th May 2010

Front Frame Reinforced

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.

17th May 2010

Backpack Detailing

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

16th May 2010

Barrel Mounted

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.

16th May 2010

Backpack Fitting

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.

16th May 2010

Frame Painted and Webbing Modded

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.

14th May 2010

Side Tubes Finished

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.

14th May 2010

Front Frame Started

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.

14th May 2010

Backpack Panels Cut

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.

12th May 2010

Body Filled/Sprayed and Backpack Started

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.

9th May 2010

Ammo Belt

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.

9th May 2010

Main Body Finishing and Barrel Painted

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.

7th May 2010

First Mock Up

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.

7th May 2010

Barrel Revised and Main Body Assembled

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.