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 - 10:03
Its coming along quickly, great job so far.

Captain_Marvelous posted on 18 March, 2011 - 21:18
Certainly looking the part! really excited for this one! might actually get to your fuckin panel this year!

megil posted on 24 March, 2011 - 21:58
Is the barrel painted, or did you use something more exotic like that metal rub stuff?

Leadmill posted on 27 March, 2011 - 08:18
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

28th March 2011

Ammo Box Painted

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

28th March 2011

Bullets Modded

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

26th March 2011

Phone Bracket Remade

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.

26th March 2011

Backpack Update

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.

26th March 2011

Front Gun Sight Added

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.

18th March 2011

Barrel Cap

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.

18th March 2011

Ammo Box

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

18th March 2011

Range Finder Added

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

17th March 2011

Carry Handle and ID number added

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.

15th March 2011

Colour Scheme Test

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.

15th March 2011

Balence Test

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.

15th March 2011

Tripod Test Fitting

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!

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

14th March 2011

Firing Handles Added

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

13th March 2011

Barrel Painting

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

13th March 2011

Gun Barrel Secured

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

13th March 2011

Barrel Fitted

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

13th March 2011

Gun Barrel Cut

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

13th March 2011

Guide Pipe Secured

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.

13th March 2011

Barrel Hole Drilled + Guide Pipe Added

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.

12th March 2011

Bullet Feed Added

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

12th March 2011

Top Sight Added

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.

12th March 2011

Ejection Port

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

12th March 2011

Main Body Primed

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.

11th March 2011

Arm Detail

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

11th March 2011

Cocking Handle + Sight Mounting Added

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.

9th March 2011

Gun Handles Painted

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.

9th March 2011

Fascia Completed

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

9th March 2011

Frame Facia Construction

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.

9th March 2011

Frame Assembly

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