Judge Dredd costume - Comic book version (Judge Minty)

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  1. Max Replica

    Max Replica Well-Known Member

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    This isn't so much a "build" thread as it is a "buy" thread, since I'll be buying and assembling most of this costume, and letting other folks that I purchase from do most of the building (with some modifications by me).

    Anyway, here's my Judge Dredd (comic book version) in progress. Updates will be sporadic and infrequent but I will have the whole thing done and ready to wear for this year's San Diego Comic-Con.

    BILLY CLUB (aka "day stick")
    I bought a genuine wood police baton online. Dredd is sometimes depicted with a more modern straight stick, but he usually has the more old-school shape so that's what I opted for. I've got one extra one too if someone needs one. (just PM me). The only thing I don't like about this particular club is the flat end, which I plan to sand to round it off.

    BOOTS
    Like the great costumes created for Judge Minty, I went with some motocross boots. Not the same boots they used for Minty, but very similar.
    The problem with motocross boots is that they are not made for walking, they're made to protect your feet while you ride, and they're very uncomfortable to walk in for more than a few minutes (it's kind of like walking in ski boots).
    I have a very talented shoe maker and leather expert that I work with and he showed me the problem: Between the sole of the boot and where your foot rests is a very hard plastic piece, with a metal shank. So we removed the sole of the boot, took out the hard piece and then put on a new rugged boot sole. The boots are still a bit stiff overall, but WAY more comfortable than they were before. We also added a little height to make me taller (more Dredd-like) without it being an obvious platform shoe.

    Here are some photos of the boots as I bought them:
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    Some pictures of the sole removed, as well as the hard plastic midsole:
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    Another shot of the white midsole that we removed (you can barely see the metal piece inside):
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    The new soles, now much more comfortable and much more Dredd-like:
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    I will be removing the logos from the boots, putting on some Dredd-style toe caps and painting them green. More on those as they develop.

    THE LEATHERS
    Like the Minty costumes, I decided against doing a one-piece leather suit. They're more expensive, hotter, harder to get to fit properly, and harder to get in and out of.
    Instead, I'll be using a leather jacket and leather pants combo, with the utility belt used to hide the seam between the two. With any luck, it will look like a one-piece outfit.

    Since this would be a bespoke/custom jacket, I decided to contact South Beach Leather about having one made to my specs. I've bought from them many times before since I feel like they offer the best value for money for leather (I know that others have had problems with them in the past, but I've ordered about ten items from them over the years, with few problems).
    I needed a jacket with no pockets whatsoever, a single zipper up the middle, no seams on the back and a v-shape/athletic fit. One thing I like about SBL is that their items can be ordered to custom sizes at no extra charge (though custom-made items are not returnable, obviously). I ordered this jacket in a very tight fit, but it could easily be ordered a little looser.
    SBL's prices have gone up a bit recently, but I still think the price I paid for this custom-made jacket was less than I could've gotten it for elsewhere, and the leather is very good quality.

    Note about back seams: It can be rare to find an inexpensive leather jacket with no seams on the back, but I wanted it for this. It usually adds expense to a jacket because it means that a single very large piece of leather with no flaws must be used for the back of the jacket, as opposed to two smaller pieces of leather stitched together.

    The jacket features a zipper that stops just below the stand-up collar (similar to how Dredd is usually drawn) and the collar is 1 1/4" high.
    I am currently talking to SBL about adding this item to their website for other fans to order, so let me know if you would be interested in one.
    They also offer leather pants that can be ordered with no pockets and no belt loops to finish off the faux one-piece leather outfit look.

    I will soon be sewing some velcro onto the jacket in order to attach my shoulderpads and badge.
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    FACE:
    I'm probably going to do a false chin for this costume as well, inspired by Mr. Bungle's efforts.

    MORE INFO ON OTHER PARTS OF MY COSTUME COMING SOON...
     
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2011
  2. Judge Minty

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    Re: Jude Dredd - Comic version / Judge Minty version

    Looking great!

    Brilliant work making the boots walkable! Those leathers look spot on, better than the ones we have for Minty as they're fitted bespoke for you.

    The Minty ones are worn by lot of different people and obviously fit some better than others.

    Looking forward to see this coming together!
     
  3. Max Replica

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    Re: Jude Dredd - Comic version / Judge Minty version

    Standing on the shoulders of giants always makes it easier to reach new heights.
    ; )
    Thanks for paving the way.
     
  4. mrbungle

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    Re: Jude Dredd - Comic version / Judge Minty version

    nice idea on the boots. loving the jacket!!!!
     
  5. Max Replica

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    UPDATE:
    The leather jacket is NOW AVAILABLE from Southbeach leather.
    It is currently mistakenly listed as a Stallone-version jacket, but the other info in the listing is correct. I've just emailed them telling them to change it to make it clear that this is the comic book version.
    Judge Dredd Jacket starring Sylvester Stallone Jacket
     
  6. mrbungle

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    SWEET!!! i am ordering mine this week!
     
  7. Judge Aberg

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    Re: Jude Dredd - Comic version / Judge Minty version

    Amazing stuff man!
    I agree that the two-piece leathers works better!
    Looking forward to see you fully suited up! :)
     
  8. Judge Minty

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    Re: Jude Dredd - Comic version / Judge Minty version

    Cool are they going to be doing the trousers as well?

    Steven
     
  9. Max Replica

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    Re: Jude Dredd - Comic version / Judge Minty version

    For trousers, all somebody would need are the Southbeach MFP/Mad Max pants already available on their site. (that's the American definition of pants obviously)
    But when ordering those, one should specify that they want the pants with NO POCKETS AT ALL and NO BELT LOOPS. (Sometimes the Mad Max pants come with front pockets, and they usually come with belt loops).
    I don't think the no belt loops is enough of a variation for Southbeach to offer the Dredd pants as a separate item).

    For my trousers, I'm also cutting away part of the leather that covers the zipper, to give the illusion that the jacket zipper continues lower, the way a one-piece suit zipper would.

    I'll be posting photos of the outfit with the trousers soon.

    UPDATE - SBL now offers the Judge Dredd leather pants on the same page with their jacket. And they automatically come with no pockets and no belt loops.
     
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2011
  10. Max Replica

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    Re: Jude Dredd - Comic version / Judge Minty version

    Update:
    Someone I know just ordered a jacket from SBL and theirs had a seam down the back. This is incorrect. I expect SBL will fix it for them, but I suppose it's worth mentioning when you order that you want "no seam on the back of the jacket".
    There is sometimes a language barrier with SBL and they sometimes make mistakes. They're usually good about correcting them, but sending the stuff back and waiting for it to be redone is still a hassle best avoided.
    Most of their jackets (most leather jackets in general) do have a seam down the back so that's probably why they forgot.)

    ALSO: Pics of my complete outfit are coming very soon (like hopefully today). Sorry for the delay.
     
  11. Max Replica

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    Okay, time to start posting some pics. First, the boots. And I need some input on these from you guys:
    Here they are with the toe pieces added (made by Custom Creations):
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    Now after being painted green. Some fake leather shin guards were added to give them a tougher look and to cover up the large Fox logos:
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    And finally, after I added some diluted black acrylic in places to give them more of a weathered look:
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    Question - Should I leave those side buckles silver? Or should I paint those green too? What about the rivets on the shin guards?

    Also, should I add a boot knife? Like this:
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    The sheath would be painted green to match the boots, but I was thinking of leaving the knife handle black. Dredd sometimes is drawn with a boot knife. The difference is that mine would be on the inside of the left boot, rather than the outside (it's too hard to put it on the outside because of all of the straps and buckles).
     
  12. Judge Minty

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    Looking cool! More pictures!

    Is the knife a dummy?

    It might be a tad big for a boot knife, but I don't think there is a definitive size on Dredd's, so I suppose it's up to you.

    I've always wondered why Dredd calls stuff out just before he does it, like "boot knife" or "Hi-Ex!"

    Steven
     
  13. Max Replica

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    Steven,
    The knife is real. Just a cheap survival knife from eBay. Yeah, it's big. I need to see how it looks with my leg in the boot etc.. I'm worried it may be a tad too big to wear on the inside of my leg without rubbing against my other leg when I walk.
    Dredd's boot knife is usually shown pretty big in the comics (when they bother to include it), but then again, everything in the comics is a bit oversized.
    I have a Gerber Mk II for my Mad Max costume that I can try using. It's smaller. And I have a resin version of that I could use for Cons. But it didn't have enough of a "Dredd" look for my taste.
    We'll see.
    Dredd calling stuff out - yeah, I know. For things like "hi-ex" I always assumed his gun had voice-activated ammo selection. But somehow I doubt he has a voice-activated boot knife...

    More pics coming...
     
  14. Max Replica

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    Okay, here's just a teaser. I've got more pics to upload when I get home in a few hours.

    Beware of dog? No, beware of Dredd!
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  15. Maelstrom

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    Look pretty darn good to me!!!:thumbsup
     
  16. coozco

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    I've seen that mask in person, no doubt an AWESOME mask
     
  17. mrbungle

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    that is pretty bad *, man!!! looks great.


    how did you mount the eagle and the shoulder pad??
     
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    Yeah! Judge Dredd!
     
  19. Norse Iron Man

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    Wow, awesome work man!
     
  20. Max Replica

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    More info, followed by more pictures.

    I'm calling this outfit the "Minty Deluxe" since it's basically one of the Judge Minty costumes with a few of my embellishments.

    First, I wanted a zipper pull like Dredd usually has in the comics, meaning a big chunky pyramid-shaped one. Since I couldn't find one like that for sale anywhere I decided to make one myself.
    Metal fabrication is not one of my areas of ability to so I did it like this: I took a strap hinge, drilled an extra hole in it, cut it off with a hacksaw, and then painted it.
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    While I was at it, I made a few extra:
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    I used rub n' buff, both gold and European gold. And I also changed the plastic chain to a real chain, using a couple of "repair links" to connect to the badge and the zipper.
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    Here is the finished zipper on the jacket (I replaced the zipper pull with one that's a universal pull, size #5, and it had the type of connecter where you can put a new pull onto it and then clamp it down with pliers - if that makes sense.)
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    And here is one of my zippers next to a #10 size zipper (the largest one I could find available anywhere and my backup until I made my own) just so you can get a size of scale and shape:
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    Here is the belt and holster. This is the same as the Judge Minty version except for the fact that I've added a holder for the billy club (or "day stick" as it's known in the comics). I took Mr. Bungle's idea and used a bayonet holder aka bayonet frog for this. But rather than buy one I had one made that is purpose built for the club.:
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    One more thing I still need to do is round off the flat end of this club, since that's usually the way the comic one is drawn.
     
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  21. Max Replica

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    I'm not sure if I'm going to stay with the metal zipper chain, I may go back to plastic. It seemed like the weight of the chain might have been pulling the zipper down a bit.

    For the leather pants, I had a couple of pieces of velcro stitched on to the knees to help keep the knee pads extra secure:
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    I also cut away part of the leather flap that covers the zipper on the pants. That way, when they're paired with the jacket it helps give the illusion of one long zipper, like in the comic. But it seems like the flap was sticking up a bit so I may stitch or velcro it down.:
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    The jacket itself has a bunch of velcro stitched into it, that's what I used to secure the badge and shoulder pieces, and even the utility belt.
    The shoulder pieces are molded in a relatively lightweight flexible rubber, with fabric glued to the back. I used Barge glue to add some velcro to the shoulder pieces and the badge, and the belt actually has a large continuous piece of velcro stitched to the inside of it:
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    I even put a couple of small pieces of velcro at the end of the sleeves. This enables me to tighten off the sleeves, making it easier to slip the gloves on.:
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    Having worn the whole outfit now (today was the first day I'd actually put the whole thing on!) I'm realizing that my boot knife won't work. The current version actually hits the knee pad.
    What might work would be a knife that is a bit smaller and lower, so that the knife handle doesn't rise higher than the top of the boot. So it's something I may still consider for the future.

    I also need to put some kind of lining in the helmet. I'll probably glue in some foam covered in black cotton.

    I am also probably going to do a false chin like Mr. Bungle's idea. I may also switch over to a boot holster like he's doing.


    THIS COSTUME IS STILL IN PROGRESS SO THERE WILL BE SEVERAL OTHER TWEAKS AND IMPROVEMENTS BEFORE IT APPEARS AT COMIC-CON.
     
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  22. Max Replica

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    More pictures of the costume.
    These are just some snapshots I took out my back door so they really don't do the costume justice.
    I'll try to have some pro photos to impress you with in a few weeks.

    And yes, I'm making the goofy Dredd face in all of these pics. I just can't help it. You put the leathers on and the scowl is just automatic.
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    Back view. The back of the jacket is actually pretty tight normally (as you can see in my first post in this thread). It's just extra wrinkled in this photo because of the way I'm holding my arms back.
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    I'm back at the gym these days so this outfit should be a bit tighter (in a good way) by the time I hit Comic-Con in July. Let's hope I can still squeeze into it...
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  23. clancampbell

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    One of the best Dredds i've ever seen!

    Rich
     
  24. Pete SSS

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    What an amazing result! It looks incredible!
     
  25. Judge Minty

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    Oh Baby!

    Very very cool!
     
  26. mrbungle

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    ditto!!!


    very nice max, looks great.

    i really like the dredd badge.
     
  27. n0regret5

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    THIS IS KILLER AWESOME. totally f***in badass :D
     
  28. mrbungle

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    your foam eagle and shoulder pad gave me a good idea. i amking dredd and my wife is going to be anderson. i was planning on making the eagle and shoulder pad out of fiberglass, but now i am going to do them out of foam flex it 25. that way they will go with tht e shape of the person body more.

    i want one of those minty "dredd' badges......that thing looks awesome.....i have badge envy........
     
  29. Max Replica

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    Thanks Bungle!
    I would say contact Dan at Custom Creations (he's on this board once in a while I think) and see if he is able to make any of the Dredd badges available. He might also be able to tell you exactly what he used on the shoulder pieces.
     
  30. Bobtherocker

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    Brilliant!!
    As has been said already, on of the best Dredds I've seen.
    A1
     
  31. Max Replica

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    Thanks for all of the compliments everyone. Most of the credit goes to Dan at Custom Creations.

    So what do you guys think about the boots? Should I leave those side buckles silver or paint them green? What about those silver rivets on the shin guards?
     
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    This is incredible looking! The whole thing looks perfect bro. Great job!
     
  33. Max Replica

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    Several people have asked me where to get the gloves for this costume. The original UK website that sold them is gone (xtremegloves) and after just looking for a while, finding armored gloves with separate knuckles is harder than I thought (most of them have the knuckle armor grouped together or in a single oval shape - not good for Dredd gloves).

    BUT looking on eBay I managed to find a seller that appears to be selling the same gloves that were used for my costume (and Mr. Bungle's, and the Judge Minty costumes).
    Do a search on eBay for DMA LEATHER MOTORCYCLE KEVLAR GLOVES and you should find them. They're from a seller in Australia.
     
  34. tango'd fett

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    Found them , thanks mate

    Awesome dredd costumes guys :eek:)
     
  35. tango'd fett

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    Also found these from a UK seller on e bay , I just bagged them for £17 but he has them buy it now for £19-
    [​IMG]

    search New genuine Leather Motorbike Motorcycle Gloves XL ,seller is called spaceiz. Not sure if he posts worldwide but I would be happy to forward them on for anyone.
     
  36. Max Replica

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    Looks to be the same goves at a better price. Great find. And it does look like they ship worldwide. Thanks!
    I'm planning to pick up a second pair.
     
  37. tango'd fett

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    yeah extra pair definately needed i reckon those knuckles will soon wear down punchin perps :lol


    I'm now looking at new boots too , mine were my old bike boots and first time out in the costume the soles came off :eek Glued back now but its a question of time and flappy soles is not a good Dredd look ! :lol
     
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    Look great , am guessing the pouches were bought and added on and the extensions to the gloves you made or had made yourself ? What are you painting the leather with by the way ? I found a PVC paint that is used on bouncy castles for logos etc , covers real well and sticks to leather , foam and vinyl really well.
     
  40. Max Replica

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    Yes, the pouches are some cell phone pouches and the gloves were extended with a cheap pair of Star Wars gauntlets from eBay.
    There are a lot of paints that are made for sticking to vinyl and leather and they all usually work pretty well (but give them plenty of time to dry). I often get mine from a nearby shoe repair supply warehouse store. They are usually acrylic. Meltonian is a brand I've used that works well in spray cans.
    This was a custom color that was mixed together so that the green would be a bit darker than the usual bright comic book green.
    (The painting on the gloves was done by Custom Creations, not by me, but I painted the boots to match).

    Oh, and the Star Wars gauntlets originally had some foam liner inside. I ripped that out to make them less hot to wear and easier to get my arms to slide in.
     
  41. Electronic Lids

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    Excellent work, can I ask is that one of Dan's helmets from the minty shoot or a commissioned one?
     
  42. Max Replica

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    Thanks.
    It's one of Dan's.
    You can contact him for more info:

    Welcome to Custom Creations
     
  43. Max Replica

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    Re: Jude Dredd - Comic version / Judge Minty version

    By the way, I meant to respond and say that the shoulder pieces are not actually foam. They are a type of flexible rubber.
    (If I remember right, it was sort of painted into the mold, but I may have that wrong)

    Dan would probably be able to say exactly what he used for them.
     
  44. xstoys

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    Looks Awesome! Great job!
     
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    sweeeeet!
     
  46. RazorBunny

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    Do you guys have any advice on where to find gloves in smaller sizes? I'm doing a film-style Judge Hershey for DragonCon this year. I wear a ladies' glove size 7, which translates to a small or extra-small in men's gloves. I'm finding some armored ladies' motocross gloves, but they all end at the wrist instead of extending up the forearm, and almost all of them are fabric instead of leather and have goopy designs and decorations (when they're not pink :rolleyes).
     
  47. Max Replica

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    Sorry. No idea other than scanning eBay. Hopefully someone else will be able to help you.
    One of the reasons is that the movie gloves are very different than what I've been looking for so that style hasn't really been on my radar.
    But a lot of other people have done movie style Dredd costumes so maybe they can chime in (though they may not be watching this thread since it's about the comic version)
     
  48. Judge Aberg

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    Brilliant work Max! Seeing the Minty uiform made to a personal fit - amazing!
    Love the comic-style Judges - if only I could get my hands on the Minty helmet and armour, haha! :) Great work on the leathers and gloves etc.. matches it perfectly - straight out of the comic! More pics please!!! :)
     
  49. mrbungle

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    razor, my wife has the same gloves i have except a pair of small. what she did was fold the glove inside out and stitched the figers alittle shorter and the fit her great now.

    hope that helps.
     
  50. Max Replica

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    Thanks! There will be a ton more pics in about a month when I hit SD Comic-Con. :)

    As for the helmet and armor, well now that I think it has been officially announced I think I can mention it here:
    2000AD will soon officially have some costume items available. Badges coming first I believe, but I think the plan is to do helmets and armor too. Designed by the same guy as mine. So what you see in my pics could technically be considered the first prototypes of the official 2000AD replica line.
    I'd say look for announcements at the 2000AD site re: Planet Replicas. I'll post more info here if I find out.

     

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