NCR veteran ranger (NCR ranger combat armour) - Fallout New Vegas




I first wore this costume to MCM October expo 2011. It was OK, but there are plenty of things I wanted to improve on.

I only started playing Fallout with Fallout 3 becuase a friend showed me it and I got hooked. I would love to one day make a set of power armour, but that's not happening any time soon. Instead I'm going for the easier NCR Ranger combat armour.

Having now worn this to MCM October 2012, I might retire it. I've hopefully got some good photos, and I had a blast wearing it both times, but it's so uncomfortable to wear - I'm not good having to look through lenses, the chestplate stops me sitting down easilly and the holster kept falling off. At the very least I won't wear it again until I manage to fix a lot of things.


CyanideCustard posted on 1 August, 2011 - 07:56
looking forward to a NCR ally. godspeed! make it look ring a ding!

TallulahXx posted on 10 August, 2011 - 13:26
loving it so far :) keep up the goodd work :D

nafnamtab posted on 11 August, 2011 - 18:09
Hi this is looking great so far,body armour especially! I've only recently joined cosplayisland,and am amazed by the talent thats here! Hope to see the finished costume soon,well done. Regards nafnamtab

Adamoluna posted on 12 August, 2011 - 01:25
this should be interesting, looking forward to this.

Kata-san posted on 13 August, 2011 - 23:57
Looking cool, if you're looking for some serious glue try Evo-stik impact adhesive it works great on (certain) foams (you'll want to try it on a test piece first).

RevolverKitty posted on 18 August, 2011 - 22:36
These progress pics are looking excellent hun, man i wish i had skills like you :D

Ragepotato posted on 22 August, 2011 - 21:03
This is looking fabulous!! I'm making the same armour for expo so hopefully we'll run into each other and get some snaps! Can't wait to see more progress, keep it up! -Phi

Ragepotato posted on 27 September, 2011 - 01:50
Fwoah, I've been keeping an eye on this- so excited to see it in person! Expo isn't far off now =] Keep it up! -Phi

Zelvyne posted on 27 September, 2011 - 12:19
thanks for the nice comments everyone ^_^ Phixix - are you still planning to do the same armour? If so I can't wait to see it and I hope we get some piccies ^_^. And thank you for your comments too ^_^

Ragepotato posted on 27 September, 2011 - 17:08
Not a problem, and indeed I am! ^^ Had a bit of a duster jacket fail today (I swear I'm not destined to have one -__-; ) otherwise it's coming along nicely. We must organize a mini-photoshoot or something!! -Phi

Captain_Marvelous posted on 19 October, 2011 - 17:24
Amazing O_o Mr New Vegas would consider you one of the people whom his love for is to strong! :)

Versipellis posted on 27 October, 2011 - 22:11
I love this series so much :) costume looks awesome!

Lady Bahamut posted on 31 October, 2011 - 20:53
You looked great! The armour looked so well made! :O Shame I couldn't look at it more XD

Ragepotato posted on 1 November, 2011 - 23:33
It all turned out so amazing XD Very well done! -Phi

This Little Nephilim posted on 6 May, 2012 - 13:08
this looks awsome

awesomeblossom posted on 20 February, 2013 - 17:06
wooooooooooooooow!! I'm extremely impressed!!

Varia posted on 23 April, 2013 - 10:09
Really cool, two thumbs up XD

PandoraCaitiff posted on 24 April, 2013 - 11:19
Oooh! This looks amazing! Great work. Love the breastplate particularly :)

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Progress Journal

5th October 2012

New helmet and mask

Well, so much happier with how this looks compared to the old one.

Where last time I had red pespex lenses, it was too easy to see my eyes. After consulting a few lovely people who helped me, I've used reflective red window film for the eyes this time. You're meant to attach it to the lenses, but I ran out of time and was terrible at that anyway, so the film is just help taught between the foam frames - it seems to work :)
The whole thing's had a new coat of paint as well, along with some weathering.
The helmet is brand new, having been given to me by CyanideCustard - it's a helmet liner, and all I had to do was trim off the front and add my pepakura'd lightbox - still with working lights. Again, more black spraypaint and attacking it with scissors to weather it
I also finally managed to put a fan into this - huzzah. Last October I had to walk around without my helmet on indoors becuase of fogging, which was a pain when I was asked for photos. The fan does unfortunately just look like a fan as I couldn't make a good housing for it, but I'll see if I have time to fix that. There're also vents around the eyes that make it harder to see but should help stop the fogging.
The whole thing slots together so much better now too, so should be easier to put on

5th October 2012


Right, almost finished the gun. This is a toy pistol very kindly given to me by Rob - I don't know how he manages to find such cool guns in toyshops up north, but I couldn't find anything locally.
It used to make sounds but I took out the batteries becuase that would just annoy me ^_^' I traced over the detailing that was already there in gold pen - it's not quite the same as the pattern on the Ranger Sequoia, but it's close enough. The whole thing then had a coat of translucent black spraypaint to make it look less shiny and new. Just got the NCR Bear sigil to add to the handle, and it's done

30th May 2012

October 2012

So, pictured is the basis for my re-wear of this for October 2012 - a new toy gun very kindly given to me by Rob, and a replacement helmet from Codename for the one that never arrived. Obviously both need painting, but other than that should be fine.

List of other improvements to be done:
~ New jeans. The old ones actually fell apart at the seat after last October, so I'll try and get some new ones to destroy in only the right places
~Better helmet lightbox, probably using the pepakura file
~Mask improvements. Either making the whole thing again out of foam, or just smoothing the old one. Also I'll be adding a fan, and a voice box if I can get hold of one (though I dunno where...)
~New waterpack made out of plastazote so it'll be smoother.

Also, Xero will be cosplaying Boone in the ranger armour - so basically the same as this but with the beret and sunglasses. While he plans to make the armour himself, I'll be doing the coat and straps, so I'll post up that one too.

26th August 2011

Lots of progress! Woo

Well, it's been quite a while since I put up a journal for this costume (oops).
The coat is pretty much finished, and I'm actually really happy with it. I decided to put darts in the capey bit even though the game models have almost no seams on their coats (>_<) - this meant I had to stencil over the seam, but that's still in fitting enough (the coats were the trademark attire of Desert Rangers, who later joined the NCR, so it would've been done like this anyway. Honestly =p)
The breastplate is finished and fitting better all the time (though I have to bind my chest >_<).
Arm guards are pretty much done - literally just held on by string, but I still need to figure out what is stenciled on to them. I looks like "RA-1" or "PA-1" on the arms and "LA" something on the hands (Maybe LAPD again?) - if anyone knows, please let me know too ^_^'
The belts are more or less done, I just need one more buckle for the belt that goes round my middle.
The mask is slowly recovering from it's 4th coat of papiermache, and it quite solid now. Just waitning on the helmet, then I'll get carving all the weird bits of the headgear ^_^

9th August 2011

Progress - 9/8/11

Slow progress on this costume since I've been working on my MGS1 Meryl, but I finally have something to show - I've cut out all the foam pieces for the chestplate and arm guards. I've also cut a piece of heavy duty canvas to glue them to - combined with enough webbing and elastic around the back, this'll make it hug close to my form without being too thick.
The mask is coming along well - I've taken the prototype, changed it a big and capped off the front properly. I've also covered it in masking tape ready to be papiermached - I decided I didn't want to spend all day with resin dust getting in my eyes and throat.
I've ordered torches to go on the side of the helmet, and just need to get the helmet (which Asten is very kindly sending to me ^_^) and cut the various foam bits to go onto it. I also need to cut foam for the little waterpack on the back.
The coat is coming along well, with the basic panels being in place - just need to add the sleeves before I can check if it's the right size.

31st July 2011

Progress so far

Well, the fabric arrived and was the wrong colour. The replacement was still not the colour I expected, but it'll do. So fabric is sorted out. foam arrived too.

Main actual progress is in the form of the chest templates, which are ready to be cut out of foam. I've also done a quick gas mask prototype based on a pepakura file that I found. I'm going to change it a fair bit before cutting out a final template, which I will then cut out and coat in resin or similar to make it durable enough.

I've also decided that I don't want a plastic rubbishy helmet for this, so I'm going to splash out on an airsoft helmet or similar, which unfortunately bumps up the price ridiculously.