Howdy Fellow RPFers!!! In my first build I mentioned C2E2 and that I would be be building a second costume to go wit my girlfriend. I thaught that it would be cool to build an NCR trooper costume since there arent a whole lot of them out there. Ive only been able to find three others, so Im hoping that I can out build these other folks. I am actually extremely satisfied with the results so far and Im almost done!!!!!
BEHOLD THE REFFERENCE PIC!!!!
After experimenting with my combat armor build I was more comfortable using the foam for this costume and I must say that I am quite satisfied this time around. Below you will observe the NCR:
And shoulder armor.
My NCR trooper uniform will not have the camoflage shoulder cape thingy like the guy in the refference picture, because according to the game that is both an officer and NCO status symbol. No true soldier wants to be an officer! Thats one thing that Ive learned while reenacting. Nobody likes or respects the guys who just want to represent the 'brass' and be shiney. I am choosing to represent an enlisted man who has literally JUST come out of the first battle of the Hoover Dam. I was able to use my soldering iron to great effect in order to produce scars and battle dammage on the armor peices. I even got the stitching around the edges. Now in the game the NCR armor is made out of leather so if you look at the battle details I tried to make you will see alot of cuts, scrapes, burns, and indentations from small arms fire at the hand of bloodthirsty Legionaries. Hopefully when painted it will have a battle damaged look to it.
Next is the helmet. Now the NCR trooper helmet has a unique shape to it that is sort of like a 'safari' or bobby type hat. The closets thing that I have to that is an old rusted 1939 civil deffense helmet issued to civilain members of the US Civil Deffence during WWII.
Its just about the same shape in the front except the dome is a little tall and the helmet doesnt flatten out in the back but it will look just as good when painted and equiped with goggles. The inner strap suspension system, much like my kevlar helmet, secures it safely to my head and will serve nicely when patrolling the Mojave wastes.... or my bedroom..... FORMER bedroom that is!!!!
Another cornerstone of the NCR trooper look is the goggles on their helmets...... I am almost embarrased to show you guys and gals my attempt at screen accurate goggles made of foam, but here it is.......
I was so dissatisfied, upset, and generally discouraged by the outcome of these goggles that I decided I didnt want to build the costume, threw a fit, broke a pencil in a blind rage, took an angry nap, made some hot tea, sat in my cushy chair for a bit, then calmed down and took this as a learning experience. After my initial fit I calmly disposed of this attempt and will soon construct another pair.
Now.... ONTO THE GLOVES!!!!!
For a reason unbeknownst to me nearly every individual in the post apocalyptic world wear fingerless black gloves. this isnt necessarily a problem since it looks cool and I had just the gloves to do it!!!!
Goodbye fancy genuine leather gloves!!!!
HELLOOOOO post apocalyptic fightin' gloves!
I know what youre probably thinking..... "You tore up a perfectly good pair of genuine leather gloves?!?!?!?!?!? YOURE A MANIAC!!!!!"
Not to worry though!!! The were old and the fingertips were wearing away and I have another pair anyways! Besides they are nearly totally but just not quite perfectly screen accurate, which is exactly what Im looking for!
Anyway thats the end of this post...... JUST KIDDING!!! Theres more!!!!
Here is the armor and helmet after I finnished painting them.... and ruining my concrete patio......
Its kind of hard to distinguish the collors but the armor is a khakiish color. The first thing I did was paint the whole set of foam armor leather brown. After that I went over the whole set with Khaki and then used my fingers, and some paper towell to rub away some of the khaki in certain areas where the color would be worn away from weathering. After that I did the same thing with the lettering, the star, and the two headed bear. I painted them on and scraped some of it way to look worn. After that I dusted the whole set with both brown AND black to give the set a sort of burnt, dirty, and sandblasted look from the brutal mojave wastes.
Here is what the whole set looks like now..
I know it all kind of looks grey but thats just because of the carpet and the low light funtion on my camera is lousy. To say the very least I am VERY happy with the way this build is turning out, and I have allready seen vast improvements over my first build (which I have yet to complete) My next step is going to be adding REAL leather strap fasteners and buckles, as well as the belt with utilities. I need to find a quick cheap way to produce a high quality Service Rifle used by NCR troopers. (It resembles the wooden stock m16 nearly entirely) Also if anybody has any ideas on how I can fashion a better pair of goggles please give me a shout out! Any added wisdom is very helpfull.
Be on the look out for more updates comming soon.
This is Mr. New Vegas signing off!