Lieutenant Charles Christophe Davenport (Shock Trooper) - Flight of the Valkyrie, Steampunk




Looking back over my photos it seems Charles' development has become a bit stilted while everyone else has updated/revamped thiers. So i've decided to do the same. I really like Charles' asthetic so I won't be doing anything too drastic. I've decided to up-arm and up-armour him a bit. This fits in the more proactive and combative role he plays in the story as it progresses. I've decided i'm going to be adding additional plate armour as well as a side arm. Alias very nicely did me a quick sketch of the revised design - [link] .

Decided that the new design needed something else. In trademark Leadmill fashion i've decided on a massive weapon. In this case a Vickers Machine Gun! Watch this space!

Debuted at Kita II

Temporarily retired due to shoulder injury incurred while wearing it.


Alias Cosplay posted on 13 March, 2011 - 11:03
Its coming along quickly, great job so far.

Captain_Marvelous posted on 18 March, 2011 - 22:18
Certainly looking the part! really excited for this one! might actually get to your fuckin panel this year!

megil posted on 24 March, 2011 - 22:58
Is the barrel painted, or did you use something more exotic like that metal rub stuff?

Leadmill posted on 27 March, 2011 - 09:18
Thanks guys and gals :) The barrels was painted was primed then coated with several layers of spray paint. I'm not really used to metal rub so thought it safer to stick with what I knew. This project really was a bit of a test of my abilities.

Progress Journal

Ammo Box Painted (Posted 28th March 2011)

Added some detailing to handle and brackets on box to pick them out better.

Bullets Modded (Posted 28th March 2011)

Added silver tips to the bullet belt and secured some of the fastenings with glue.

Phone Bracket Remade (Posted 26th March 2011)

While in storage and through use the bracket that helped keep the phone handset in place was damaged and removed. I have cut another one out of a similar type of wood, sanded it and using wood stain colour matched it.

Backpack Update (Posted 26th March 2011)

After several years of use the backpack was looking a little tired. The straps have been completely repainted. The metal frame has been recoloured and the box has been 'weathered' to suit the new incarnation of this costume.

Front Gun Sight Added (Posted 26th March 2011)

Dremeled two holes into the end cap. Then used a curved piece of metal and inserted it into the holes. Then secured them with glue. Will be resprayed when glue has dried.

Barrel Cap (Posted 18th March 2011)

Using a 110m end cap I drilled a hole and with some difficulty threaded through and secured a smaller pipe. Still needs sanding and painting properly once glue has dried.

Ammo Box (Posted 18th March 2011)

Bought an old ammo box, added some stencilling and a new hinge.

Range Finder Added (Posted 18th March 2011)

In additon the gun sight I added a range finder taken from an AK47.

Carry Handle and ID number added (Posted 17th March 2011)

Added a resprayed brass handle to enable carrying of the Vickers when not mounted on a tripod. Added a brass letter in keeping with the ID theme I started with my Steampunk backpack.

Colour Scheme Test (Posted 16th March 2011)

Added Vickers to newly painted tripod to see how the colours I picked have worked. I like the look a lot. The box could benefit from some weathering so i'll have a go at that at a later time.

Balence Test (Posted 16th March 2011)

Removed a short section off end of the barrel. The Vickers balences better now but I still think it could do with a little off more off the end.

Tripod Test Fitting (Posted 15th March 2011)

Drilled a hole in the bottom of the Vickers to accommodate the pole and filed out the inside so the gun would sit straight. This took a few attempts to get right. As you can see the gun sits well although a little front heavy. As I think the barrel is a little too long right now anyway I will be removing a bit from the end to compensate for this!

Tripod (Posted 15th March 2011)

Using an old heavy duty camera tripod. I cut away what I didn't need, added a strengthening jacket to the top section and a gun plate. This will be painted after I have test fitted the Vickers

Firing Handles Added (Posted 14th March 2011)

After assembley and painting added the metal/wood effect firing handles.

Barrel Painting (Posted 13th March 2011)

Started painting the barrel using "Antique Gold" as I thought Bronze or Copper wouldn't look right.

Gun Barrel Secured (Posted 13th March 2011)

Using more expanding foam I attached the barrel the main body of the gun.

Barrel Fitted (Posted 13th March 2011)

Added the barrel to the to the guide pipe. It is rather long!

Gun Barrel Cut (Posted 13th March 2011)

Cut a length of 110mm to the size I needed in preperation for attaching to the main body of the vickers.

Guide Pipe Secured (Posted 13th March 2011)

Using expanding foam the pipe is held in place. When it has hardend it should be more than able to support the wieght of the main barrel assembley. I used a similar method for my Resident Evil minigun.

Barrel Hole Drilled + Guide Pipe Added (Posted 13th March 2011)

Due to the frame being so thick it created some serious problems. It meant I couldn't directly mount the 110mm pipe i'd purchased. So I came up with a solution. Insert a smaller 'guide' pipe to mount the larger one onto.

Bullet Feed Added (Posted 12th March 2011)

Using a metal loops and some wood added a feed port on the side of the unit.

Top Sight Added (Posted 12th March 2011)

Using an old door hinge which I found while helping my dad, I added it to the top of the Vickers to serve as a aiming sight. Range finder to follow soon.

Ejection Port (Posted 12th March 2011)

Using bits of wood found around the garage, I cut them to shape to form the casing ejection port on the machine gun.

Main Body Primed (Posted 12th March 2011)

So to get an idea of the finished product and to highlight further areas in need of sanding/filling I gave the bodywork a coat of black paint.

Arm Detail (Posted 11th March 2011)

Added two small pieces of wood cut to size for the detail on the offside.

Cocking Handle + Sight Mounting Added (Posted 11th March 2011)

Using an old bike mount bracket. I cut it to shape and attached it to the side of the box. I then used an old hit of pipe cut to size for the handle. The added a piece of wood bracketed by two pieces of metal for the raised sight mount.

Gun Handles Painted (Posted 9th March 2011)

Ordered some metal/wood handles to represent the Vickers trigger handles. Didn't like the brass effect so masked off wood part and sprayed them pewter instead.

Fascia Completed (Posted 9th March 2011)

The fascisa has been completed and attached to the frame. Now requires work with a rasp and sander to get it nice and smooth

Frame Facia Construction (Posted 9th March 2011)

As the wood of the frame is very rough its unsuitable for being used as the outer layer of the machine gun body. So a thin layer of MDF was cut to shape and glued/screwed to the frame.

Frame Assembly (Posted 9th March 2011)

Cut pieces for base frame from junk wood and glued then screwed them together, to form the framework of the main body.