Firefly - Mal Reynolds

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by Guardian Devil, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. Guardian Devil

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    I've really been wanting to start a new costume project and after finishing up my replica Firefly pistol from a member here I thought I'd go all out and get an entire Mal costume done.
    Anyone tackled this costume already? I'd love to see some pictures or hear about it.

    So far I've got a pair of the gloves, found a really good shirt for the costume and located a source for some great looking canvas saddle pants and a replica of Mals brown coat.
    I've also found a local belt and harness maker who wants to have a go at making the gunbelt and holster for me. Anyone know of any good clear pictures of it kicking around out there? I need to try and knock up some measurements and good refference pictures for him.

    I'm also still on the hunt for the PAL Comm unit, the right style suspenders and a pair of similar boots to complete the costume. Any help would be really great.

    Here's a look at what I've got so far:

    [​IMG] Pistol
    [​IMG] Black leather gloves
    [​IMG] Deep redish/brown corded shirt
     
  2. SWFreak

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  3. Guardian Devil

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    :D Thanks for the links. Thats great. Got a couple real good pics of the holster from those.

    Not a lot to show, but I've updated the first post with a couple pics of what I've got so far.
     
  4. Mr_Creepy

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  5. Endless Wonder

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    Off to a good start :) If you want, PM and we'll see what we can come up with on the suspenders. I'm about to start work on a set myself.
     
  6. Guardian Devil

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    Wow the Serenity style costume looks great. If mine ends up half as good as that I'll be more than happy.
    PM sent in regard to the suspenders
     
  7. Guardian Devil

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    Just got a cheap mannequin to display it all on when its finished.
    Also got the brown coat ordered to add to the costume so far.
    :D
     
  8. TimDrakeRobin

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    Did you go through Abby Shot for your brown coat?
     
  9. Guardian Devil

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    I was going to go through Abby Shot for the coat, but got tempted away by the value of the Space-City version. The money I've saved I might use to get the holster and belt replica as unfortunately the guy I was hoping could make me one doesnt think he can do it now.
     
  10. TimDrakeRobin

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    what is space city?
     
  11. Guardian Devil

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    http://www.spacecitycostumes.com

    Cat over at space-city is really helpful. A real pleasure to deal with. She's all done untill the new year now, but well worth the wait in my opinion.
     
  12. TimDrakeRobin

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  13. Guardian Devil

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    No problem.
    Quick snap of the bits so far on the mannequin. Almost nothing to it, but its a nice start and shaping up quite nicely I think.
    [​IMG]
     
  14. TimDrakeRobin

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    Looking good so far...this is what i have gathered
    I still need the coat, the boots, the holster and suspenders.
    [​IMG]
     
  15. defyitall

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    hmm...I have that belt too. Got it at Target last weekend.
     
  16. TimDrakeRobin

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    Yup, Target. I thought it had a great look.
     
  17. Guardian Devil

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    Looking cool. The belt goes really well with it.
     
  18. Guardian Devil

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    The boots I ordered arrived this morning. I also printed off a roll of some of the money from the Currency Of The Verse thread. So I've put them together with the rest of the outfit so far.
    [​IMG][​IMG]
    The sadle pants should arrive any day now and work has started on my brown coat, so I'm on the hunt for any help with the belt and holster rig at the moment.
    Anyone tried anything or thinking of trying something that might work?
     
  19. Mage

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    All those are very shiny. Angellus, awesome job on yours: obviously a lot of work went into it.

    I'm getting mine together slowly. Fortunately, since I live in Wyoming, I can even wear my Browncoat gear on a regular basis and still fit in. :D

    I got my shirts and pants at Wild West Mercantile. The suspenders I found trolling military surplus auctions (since the costume designer said they were old WWII canvas suspenders). I found something close enough with some British webbing.

    You can find holsters here if you want to drop $200 on a replica.

    But my big question is where to find these:

    [​IMG]

    Any ideas?
     
  20. Guardian Devil

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    Short of having them made. I've come up with nothing closer than what I have for the boots ($40 Anakin style jedi boots, which I'm going to set about getting modified to match the firefly style)
    The pants on wwmerc are the same Wah Maker ones I purchased :D
    The holster on eBay is my last resort at the moment. I've been in contact with the seller last week with a few queries, but still waiting to hear back from them.
     
  21. Mage

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    I thought about getting the brown superhero boots from caboots.com until I tripped over these bad boys. Can't beat $15.

    Would just need to be dyed brown if at all possible.
     
  22. Endless Wonder

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    Just FYI, those holster and belt rigs aren't really accurate(man, that sounds snobby. Believe me, not meant to be :lol). The buckle is the wrong type. It's not as wide and taller than the original, therefor making the belt the wrong size too. And the holster looks like it's made to fit the pistol shown in the photo with it. I doubt it will fit on of Phil's kits.

    As soon as my pistol from Phil gets here, I'll be starting on a holster pattern for it. I'll have more info to share later.

    Edit:
    Also, GD, I'll be getting back to you soon on the suspenders.
     
  23. Guardian Devil

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    Had noticed the inaccuracies myself, doesnt help that he's got a clear picture with the trouble with the holster shape and buckle visable on the auction page I guess.
    Can't wait to hear more about the holster and belt rig and suspenders :D

    The boots look pretty close Mage. I got a similar pair recently that I tried before my jedi style ones, not quite as good as those, but found that 12" just didnt seem tall enough (The jedi ones I have are 17"). So 14" seems a pretty decent height on those too.
    Dying brown wouldnt be a problem there's plenty of spray colours for various leather out there.
     
  24. Mage

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    It's not snobby at all when you know your stuff. :thumbsup

    I think the eBay guy makes the holsters custom for the particular pistol.

    Do you have any suggestions or notions regarding the Firefly boots? (Sorry if I seem to be obsessing on it -- I've just been looking REALLY hard for something like them)
     
  25. Endless Wonder

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    Seems to me the only way you're going to get something accurate is to make them yourself. The ones on the show look like they started out as a slip-on shoe, and then the rest from the ankle up is fabricated. If you're looking for something you can buy already done, I'm afraid I'm not much help. I haven't found anything, but to be fair, I haven't looked very hard. There could be some good substitues out there somewhere.
     
  26. Mage

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    That's what I was afraid of. :cry I guess now's as good a time to learn this stuff as any though. They look to be a leather pac boot of some sort with a tricked out upper.

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    Or not. It's not thick enought to be a pac boot, but the toe is similar. :unsure
     
  27. TimDrakeRobin

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    I think that the boots from Firefly are just slip on leather shoes. You can see the seam line around the top of the foot where they added the spat.
    I would say find some nice brown shoes. Add the leather strip down the middle of the toe area, add the two half circle pieces to the sides, and then make a spat that fits over and your good to go. I am starting on a pair myself quite soon. My Brown coat is in the works as well.
     
  28. Guardian Devil

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    I agree about the boots, definately looks like the upper portion was added.
    Did you go with Space-city for the Brown coat?
     
  29. TimDrakeRobin

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    I reck'n I did. :thumbsup
    thanks
     
  30. Guardian Devil

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    :) No trouble at all.

    I've pretty much finished playing about with the boots and I'm quite pleased with them. The saddle pants arrived this morning. They're going off to have the brown stripes added first thing in the morning.

    Couldnt help but take a picture to show how its coming along.
    [​IMG]
     
  31. TimDrakeRobin

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    Looks freakin great. Comming along very well.
     
  32. Mage

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    Most shiny. Those boots look really goood with it.
     
  33. dr_slurpee

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    I love the outfit so far. One question though, shouldn't the glove be brown? From what I remember they looked brown in the series, or are you going with the movie outfit?
     
  34. Guardian Devil

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    :D Thank you all. I'm really pleased with it all so far.

    I'm doing the outfit from the series, but I might start on the movie version when I'm finished.
    I'm really not sure about the gloves, I remembered them being black and went from this picture:
    [​IMG]
    Guess I'll have to watch through the series again to double check...oh well. :angel
     
  35. TimDrakeRobin

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    The gloves are black, but distressed a bit.
     
  36. Mage

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    Where did you get the jedi boots?
     
  37. defyitall

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    I have those boots. Just a word of warning: they're not very tall. Maybe mid-calf at most. probably not tall enough for a Mal costume unless you lengthened them yourself.
     
  38. Mage

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  39. Guardian Devil

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    Those cavalry boots look like they could be really good too. Contacted the seller about brown ones before I bought mine, but was told they're only available in black, so they'd have to be recoloured.
    I bought mine from seller: 'smokespoon72' on eBay. He sells them for about $200 a pair, but occasionally puts them up with a low start and they rarely go over $40. which is when I bought mine.
     
  40. defyitall

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    Yeah, actually the first time I watched the Firefly DVDs recently those Eastern Coast costume boots came to mind when I saw Mal's. His boots always seemed to have that kind-of bulbous toe to them. Those are cheap enough too to use as a base and alter or add to them.
     
  41. Mage

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    Help a noob out -- what would you use to recolor them? :confused
     
  42. TimDrakeRobin

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    leather and vinyl spray paint.
     
  43. defyitall

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    Stuff called Nu-Life I have heard good things about.
     
  44. TimDrakeRobin

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    Nu-Life is very good. It is what was used to color my Green Lantern Boots green.
     
  45. Guardian Devil

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    Yes I agree, Nu-Life is what I'd go with had I chosen those boots. It's what I used to recolour my Daredevil Boots red.
     
  46. SWFreak

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  47. TimDrakeRobin

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    Thanks for the links. Glad to see people helping out.
    The first holster is close. Neither of the belts would work. The belt in the show has holes at the top and at the bottom of the belt.
     
  48. SWFreak

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  49. defyitall

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    I agree. Especially for belts. Just find a good buckle and do the rest yourself.
     
  50. TimDrakeRobin

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    Yea that is what I plan on doing. I am gonna lay my gun out on the leather to make a basic pattern for the holster. Should be relativley simple.
     

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