23rd June 2011: General Progress Update #1 After collecting all the parts together from around the house, and collecting them into a single location I thought I would put an update on my costume as a whole rather than just the individual pieces. First of all the main part of the costume is 100% done, that being the leather Jacket and the trousers. I am yet to get the shirt but it is very simple and can be done for little money in one day (buy a black shirt from Primark and rip it) For the boots, I cannot get close to authentic without spending £50 plus that I dont have, So I came across an alternative that aren't authentic but give the same appearance:
Screen Acurate: Leather, up to the knee, belt at top and near ankle
My boots: Suede, just above mid-calf, belt at top
both are "biker" boots, just different styles of them. The next main part is the shoulder pad. Before, I had a very tacky one that looked awful (you can see it in one of my pics) it's just a knee pad held on top of my shoulder. Now I have started work on something much closer to the similar thing (American football shoulder armour.) I have already created the padding, just need to cover it. I have been on a quest to find the hard plastic plate/shell to go over the top, then it hit me as I was gathering stuff, I can take the plastic plate off of the knee-pad I was using before (it's very flat and wide) and attach this to the american style padding. I also have a normal knee-pad to be used the the left leg, along with the leg brace. Now onto accesories. I have my completed Sam Browne belt with spanner and binoculars down, If time and money permit I will create something to mimic the firemans tools on the back. I have a piece of red cloth for the right arm. I also need to get a pair of black gloves and add some battle damage to them. Again this should only cost a little amount and take less than an hour. Finally I have my shotgun, this is progressing very slowly, I need to cut out 7 layers in total and so far only have 2. But I still have plenty of time for that :D I'll work on a holster for it after i've finished it.