I recently purchased Mirror's Edge on Steam and fell in love with the aesthetic of the game; most of the environments are pristine and white, with strong splashes of color here and there to indicate locations and items of note. One such item is the messenger bag:
EA mass produced a replica of the bag and offered it as pre-order swag:
I've seen quite a few people pining for the pre-order bag, but I have yet to find anyone who's come up with a replica bag that matches the concept/in-game depictions. I also find myself in need of a super-sweet laptop bag, so I thought I'd try to come up with a functional bag that was as close as possible to what is seen in the game.
I'm a super-newb when it comes to sculpture and prop-making, so I'm flying by the seat of my pants here:
Using the concept art as a guide, it looks like the pockets of the bag and the main compartment are two seperate pieces. The body (I've been calling it the "shell") looks pretty rigid to me, so my initial thought is to cast it in fiberglass so it'll be light and sturdy. The pockets look almost like they're made of a rubber sleeve that fits around the front of the bag, perhaps? My knowledge of materials is pretty thin at the moment, so I was thinking of making the front pockets out of a weather-treated canvas of some sort, since I imagine that would be a bit cheaper and more accesible. The hardware and straps are all found easily enough, so I won't worry about those until it's time to put the whole things together.
So far, I've made a model of the bag in Google Sketchup. The pockets are mostly inaccurate, but they still help me get an idea of the final depth of the bag:
Above, from left to right: full shell color study, shell (front), shell (back), pocket studies, completed bag study.
I plan on converting the models of the front and back of the shell into g-code so I can carve them out of pink foam with a CNC and make the molds from that. Ultimately, I plan on lining the inside of the bag with a thick so it'll actually, you know, protect my laptop and stuff.
So, what do you guys think? Is fiberglass a good material choice for the shell, or is there something more awesome out there? What do you think of sewing the pockets out of weather-treated canvas? All recommendations and advice would be tremendously appreciated