Vault dweller - Fallout Series

Worn AtLondon MCM Expo May 2012




Note: Not THE Vault Dweller, just a vault dweller ;)

As my partner is cosplaying Boone to MCM may 2012, I decided to put together another Fallout cosplay (I'm not re-doing my NCR cosplay until October for fear of boiling to death in it). I'd been toying with the idea of doing this cosplay one day, but the hideous colour scheme put me off. Still, I figured this would be a quick, cheap, easy costume to do.

The boots I'm using will be from my Catwoman costume, as vault suits seem to have combat boots underneath.
The suit itself was a huge boilersuit I picked up off've ebay - the only bit I had to buy (it was cheaper and easier to buy it rather than make one) - which I narrowed down and altered to be much more form-fitting. The yellow is polycotton just stiched on top, and I put a spare zip in the front.
The belt is a strap of webbing with black cotton drill round the back to give the shape. The panels on it are plastazote. The 'buckle' is non-functioning and it actually fastens with velcro.
The pip-boy probably took half the total costume time. I traced a picture of the front off the internet, and took sketches of the rest. I then made an armlet out of plastezote and built it up from there, adding the various layers. I sanded this, painted with latex, then two spraypaints - a silver and a transparent black (highly recommended for aging stuff). The screen is a printout that I then put resin on to give it the shinyness.


Yuka posted on 1 May, 2012 - 23:46
Oooh that pipboy is looking good! Did you make it out of plastazote?

lycaneyes posted on 1 May, 2012 - 23:51
this looks great so far :)

Zelvyne posted on 1 May, 2012 - 23:54
Yuka: Thank you ^_^ Yep, lots of layers of plastazote - I love the blocky Fallout designs for how easy they can be to replicate. Liam: Thanks ^_^

TheGyroCaptain posted on 3 May, 2012 - 19:17
oh my god awesome ! I'm cosplaying Doc James and Butch in october hopefully I'm gutted I won't be able to see you D: btw that pipboy looks great , how did you go about making it ? I'm having a few problems with mine ; A ;

Zelvyne posted on 3 May, 2012 - 20:08
Sollux: Thanks ^_^. I'll probably be re-doing my NCR ranger for October, so hopefully I'll get some pictures with you. My journal pretty much explains how I made the pip-boy - basically out of layers of foam. If you're still struggling, feel free to PM and I can go into more detail

CyanideCustard posted on 5 May, 2012 - 18:06
i'll throw some caps your way

Captain_Marvelous posted on 8 May, 2012 - 23:02
Ah a fellow vault dweller! just remember! the tunnel snakes rule!

Sweeturk posted on 9 May, 2012 - 22:26
this is so awesome!! love it =D

RevolverKitty posted on 16 May, 2012 - 20:08
You look fantastic in jumpsuits/catsuits, love this!

Kata-san posted on 22 May, 2012 - 22:16
Looking ace! Pip boy looks pimpin'

Numta posted on 27 July, 2012 - 12:32
Awesome Vault Dweller! =D

Progress Journal

Fitting the suit (Posted 6th May 2012)

Right, so just finished fitting the jumpsuit - it now looks more like my size. I was going to go for a zip just to the waist, but a full-length zip makes it somuch easier to get in and out of, so I'm ignoring the reference pictures (the zip is also a strange light blue, lol). Unfortunately my alterations have meant putting a seam up the back, so putting on the vault number will be fun... when I decide which vault to be from

Jumpsuit (Posted 3rd May 2012)

Well, my boilersuit/jumpsuit arrived. Thankfully it's waaay too big for me, so I'll be able to take it in to look better. Unfortunately it's polycotton so it won't bleach. I'll try grubbying it instead to give it an aged look, but it may well be quite a bright blue. Still, for a first one, I suppose that's not the end of the world.

Pip boy - shaping (Posted 1st May 2012)

Well, I've decided again to try and keep journals for cosplays, so here goes

The last couple of day's work has just been on the foam bits - the pip-boy and belt - as the boilersuit hasn't arrived yet.
For the pip-boy I traced piccies off the internet and took sketches from in-game to try and get the full armlet right. I then cut all the pieces out of plastezote, taped them together to check they were OK, then started the fun. I glued together very lightly the first few pieces (as in the middle picture) and started sanding them down to match nicely. Then glued the bits together, which took a bit of pursuasion and brute force, then added the details. After another roundong sanding and shaping, I then latexed it - waiting for various coats to dry at the moment