Metal Gear SnakeEater/PeaceWalker Big Boss. Starting on Spirit camo

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  1. The Ronin

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    Hey guys, I figured that I'd post my current project, a pair of STABO and SPIE harnesses for myself and a friend that will both be doing different versions of Naked Snake/Big Boss from the Metal Gear Solid series.

    I already made a STABO harness for myself last year, but I wanted to update it and make it a bit nicer and more accurate to the game, as well as get it to attach to the pistol belt a bit better. (Hiking it up every 10 minutes at a con gets a little old)

    For reference here's my first harness.
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    (Yes that's my adorable daughter)
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    (Please don't comment on my elbow sticking out 5 miles :rolleyes)

    So far I've found that the proper hardware is obnoxiously expensive (around $100 :eek), but buying old military surplus parachute harnesses will net you all the hardware, plus enough webbing for 1 harness, for only $25 shipped
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    After cutting it up I was left with this (pistol belt thrown in because on the STABO it's a structural part of the harness.
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    Now to assemble the harnesses! I do have black mil-spec webbing for my Naked Snake, but the SPIE harness for my friend will be using the leftover webbing from the parachute harness to keep costs down.

    Edit: I figured that I'd just chronicle the consistant harness builds and my own personal updates to the costume here.
     
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    Well the weather here in Colorado has involved snow falling from the heavens for the past 36 hours, so work has been very boring. I brought my supplies for the SPIE harness to piece together.

    It's currently held together with staples because I still need to be able to test fit it to my friend since he's a bit shorter than I am. The way this thing is made is nuts. It's a big weird helix. I'm going to be so glad at how simple the STABO harness is when I get to it.

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  3. The Ronin

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    Well the SPIE harness is done. I reversed the hooks to be more accurate to the game, not real SPIE harnesses. I also added in loops for the pistol belt to pass through so that the harness will hold it and the accessories for better comfort when being worn all day at conventions. I'll try to get some pics of my friend wearing it later.

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  4. The Ronin

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    Looks like I forgot to update here :eek

    Here's the Snake Eater STABO harness. This is just the bare harness without the pistol belt.
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    It's all heavy, MIL spec webbing. I had to use pliers to sew this crap by hand, and I ended up breaking probably a baker's dozen needles :confused

    Here it is with the pistol belt and pouches. I know the holster isn't correct, and I still need a radio, but I'm pretty happy with it so far.
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    And here's how it looks when worn!
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  5. nick daring

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    Re: Metal Gear SnakeEater/PeaceWalker Big Boss harness builds

    I'm thinking about putting together a Peace Walker outfit and your harness replica will come in handy! Thanks!

    Nick
     
  6. mxpxrobbie

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    Re: Metal Gear SnakeEater/PeaceWalker Big Boss harness builds

    This is awesome. I've long wanted to do a Snake costume.
     
  7. The Ronin

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    Yeah, I wish I had pics like this when I was putting it together. Good luck!


    Thanks!

    I finally got a pic of my friend Jacob in the SPIE harness! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
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    Peacewalker harness action shot! by RoninsArt, on Flickr
     
  8. nick daring

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    Didn't know about the SPIE harness being used in Peace Walker versus the STABO harness in MGS3!

    STABO Harness-
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    The straps go straight down and between the legs.

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    The straps-criss cross along the side of the hips and then come through the legs.

    Nick
     
  9. The Ronin

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    Yeah, I finally learned the difference on Cosplay.com in the Metal Gear thread. I kept thinking the PeaceWalker harness was just a modified STABO harness (Techically the SPIE harness design was based off of the STABO, so I was partially right :rolleyes )
    A few of the cosplayers kept mentioning their SPIE harnesses, so I googled it and realized that was the harness used in PeaceWalker.
     
  10. nick daring

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    Re: Metal Gear SnakeEater/PeaceWalker Big Boss harness builds

    What is the strap width for the harness?

    Nick
     
  11. The Ronin

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    1¾", but if you order mil spec 1¾" it's actually 1¹¹/16".

    This is a link to the place I order my webbing from Flat Nylon Webbing 1 Inch
     
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  13. The Ronin

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    That looks like the right kind of stuff, hopefully there's enough webbing there!
     
  14. Sharkman

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    Could you make a Stabo harness like the one at the top of the page
     
  15. The Ronin

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    Sure! I'll PM you about details.
     
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    Updated action shot of the new harness. I still need a proper holster and all the radio bits, but I'm pretty happy with how it's turned out.

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    P1050509 by dmgice, on Flickr
     
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    Re: Metal Gear SnakeEater/PeaceWalker Big Boss harness builds

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    Some guy is selling these SPI/E Harness' on ebay for $35. Thats why I got mine. 02 Military Issued. Same harness used with the sneaking suit on Peace Walker.
     
  18. The Ronin

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    That's a pretty good price. I've only made the one SPIE harness, but the STABO is ricockulously expensive to find real versions, so I'll keep making them.
     
  19. Ezra Ortiz

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    Re: Metal Gear SnakeEater/PeaceWalker Big Boss harness builds

    Hey Ronin, I was wondering if you were still making these STABO rigs. I did a bit of looking around on eBay and other such websites and the rigs I found were ASTRONOMICALLY expensive for what they are. I was planning on doing a naked snake Cosplay for Halloween, but the rig has been holding the project up. I dont think ill be able to make the 2 week deadline but I was wondering if you did commissions for the rigs? Let me know what sort of price we might be looking at. Basic details: 5'8" slim framed. Thats about it I guess. Thank you!
     
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    Sending you a PM
     
  21. The Ronin

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    Starting another set of harnesses. One STABO and one SPIE. I figure I should chronicle them here. I'm going to try using some more complex stitching to make the seams a bit cleaner.

    The STABO is up first. I ordered in a surplus parachute equipment harness, as you can find these for under $30 shipped. They have all the necessary hardware and enough strapping to make OD green harnesses.
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    This one was a bit different than the ones I'd purchased before. I didn't take a closer look until after I'd cut it up, but I felt kinda bad afterwards. Yes, that build date stamp is July 1966
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    That's all the pics I have for now. More later.
     
  22. The Ronin

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    So I got a set of gloves for working on my car a while back, but I never liked how bulky they were inside cars. They work AMAZINGLY well for pinning and sewing things together.
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    I then pinned together the whole harness, being very careful to keep everything aligned. (I ended up pulling out my wife's measuring/cutting board to keep everything straight.)
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    Then I ran everything through the sewing machine. I use nylon thread to keep everything consistent. Thankfully the wife's machine didn't protest too much at the thick material. I only broke the thread one time.
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    I'm really pleased with the patina of the belt and the vintage webbing. It really looks like it's been through a lot of use even though the webbing is technically brand new
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    Now to start on another SPIE harness. One of these days I'm going to do one of these for myself.
     
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  23. nick daring

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    Re: Metal Gear SnakeEater/PeaceWalker Big Boss

    Any reason you went with green over mgs3 black?
     
  24. The Ronin

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    Because it's not for me and the recipient didn't want to spend the extra money for black. Truthfully though, it wouldn't be too hard to dye black
     
  25. The Ronin

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    So I picked up the black BDUs that I'm going to use for the base of the Spirit camouflage. The plan is to airbrush a dark woodland pattern with skulls and ghosts intermingled with the normal camo pattern. I'm going to have a little fun and throw in some easter eggs here and there.

    [​IMG]Naked Snake Spirit Camo black base BDUs by RoninsArt, on Flickr

    I may have to get another black BDU jacket later on. I REALLY like how good I look in this thing.
     
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    The skulls and ghosts are a fun idea!

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    Right? If you look at the camo "swatch" in the menu, there are little skulls mingled into the pattern, so I thought I'd just play on that idea

    In other news, I finally dug out a good picture of the wife and me last year when we were pairing up as Snake and EVA. It also happens to show the correct holster and my "radio"
    The radio is a block of EVA foam with a stainless steel chopstick shoved in the top. I know the pouch isn't period accurate, but the only correct ones I could find were still attached to the radios they belonged to (which were more money than I've spent on this entire cosplay)

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    Snake and EVA by RoninsArt, on Flickr
     
  28. nick daring

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    I also want to get around to making his survival knife strapped to his ankle. It's such a weird design.
     
  29. The Ronin

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    It really is. It's mostly a KABar knife and sheath, but the strapping defies physics. I have mine rigged up well enough as you can see in the pics, but I really need like big pieces of velcro or something.
     
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    He only pulls it out in one cut scene so good reference is hard to find.

    Do you happen to have a pic of the spirit camo swatch handy? I never noticed the skulls before.
     
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    Yeah, and I can't remember the events you have to trigger to even get that conversation with Signt.

    Do you happen to have a pic of the spirit camo swatch handy? I never noticed the skulls before.[/QUOTE]
    I was actually planning on playing the game a bit to get some screenshots this weekend. Unfortunately my Google-Fu isn't strong enough to find anything other than a blurry pic the size of a postage stamp.:unsure
     
  32. Wingman

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    Can't you look at it in the survival viewer?

    Edit: I just popped the game on and took these snapshots of the knife. The centre is hollow. This is just from ps2, I wish I had the hd game, it would probably look a lot better. It looks really different from a kabar knife, but I'm getting a rubber training kabar knife from amazon so I can bring it to conventions, maybe I'll modify it to look like snake's knife.

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    I was actually planning on playing the game a bit to get some screenshots this weekend. Unfortunately my Google-Fu isn't strong enough to find anything other than a blurry pic the size of a postage stamp.:unsure[/QUOTE]

    I got some for you while I had my game on, there's not a lot of spots where you can see the skulls, they're mostly on the legs because they're not so covered up by gear.

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    Nice! Thanks Wingman!
     
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    Cool! For some reason I thought it wasn't viewable in the menu.
     
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    I just wish you could see the cqc knife in the viewer too
     
  37. The Ronin

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    Right?

    Well I did manage to get a HD pic of the survival knife.
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    20140621_183804 by RoninsArt, on Flickr

    Unfortunately I haven't played my HD copy to the point of getting the Spirit Camo. I'm just now working my way to The Fear. *facepalm
     
  38. C4 Craig

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    I like your set up so far Ronin I stumbled across this looking for guides to building a SPIE harness. I thought Id throw my two cents in. I reenact Vietnam as 173rd AB so I cried a little on the inside when I saw the parachute bag. I am now looking forward to how your spirit camo turns out. I wish to thank you for the link on the bulk 1 3/4inch nylon webbing will be a great help as Im planing on rebuilding my STABO and for building the SPIE.

    Was wondering if you planed on taking the lower pockets off and making the cigarette pocket on the left shoulder?

    Survival Knife
    Closest correct knife for the time would be the pilot survival knife. The sheath matches what we see on snakes leg. The knife in game i have always felt was a cross breed of the Pilots knife and the K-Bar fighting knife. As far as securing it to yourself... Snake has it secured with hundred mile per hour tape so it doesn't come off during his HALO decent in the virtuous mission. OD duck tape works fine. It will lift the leather each time its removed so I would recommend applying a base layer to keep on the sheath so you don't tear the leather apart each time you take it off.
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    Also the Radio that is on Snakes belt is a PRT-4 produced in 1967 as a squad command radio. There was no case ever made for it as it was designed to be clipped to the d-ring on the 1956 suspenders. I kinda pride myself on having the actual radio but for those outside the reenacting community I can imagine its a little pricey for a cosplay though i got mine in a trade for about 10 dollars. tried to find an in game reference shot but it is clearly visible during the romance scene after the completion of Snake Eater. As for the throat mic it is a T-30 WW2 tankers microphone. Cable is the right length to the switch box and is the closest match I've found as far as in game to real world counter part.

    prt4.jpg william-brady-microphone-throat-t-30-p.jpg end result was 2nd place at the con tumblr_mxk3f9wvPJ1rsqkj6o1_1280.jpg

    Sorry for the long post. Love your work so far.
     
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  39. The Ronin

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    Thanks, and you're very welcome for the links. If you have any questions on the STABO/SPIE construction feel free to hit me up. I've made enough of these things that it's almost 2nd nature to me. One word of warning with that 1 3/4 webbing, it's THICK stuff. You either need a leather machine to sew it, or lots of thin needles and pliers to work it by hand. I charge an extra $50 to make STABOs in that stuff.
    I hadn't even thought of doing that. It's freaking brilliant. If I have time and the cojones to take the pockets off and sew them back on I may just do that.

    Yeah, I've used electrical tape (bad idea) and gaffer tape (worked well, but I didn't have the right color) and remnant scraps of the OD green harness. I think I'll look harder for the OD green gaff tape.
    That's a hell of a deal you got. I'm thinking of just modifying what I have with a new earpiece and neckband, but otherwise leaving it mostly as is.
    Thank you!
     
  40. The Ronin

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    So I finally got around to cutting a bunch of stencils last night. I figure since there's exactly a month left before the con I better get to it, RIGHT?

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    A couple of skulls, and a bunch of various shapes. Some look like ghosts, most don't. They're just cut out of transparency sheets because, well, that's what I had laying around. I'll have a couple "easter eggs" hidden around the BDUs for people to find, but since they'll just be one-off parts of the camoflage I'm going to cut them from contac paper so that they can have more detail.
     
  41. Wingman

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    Looks good, can't wait to see it done. I have half a month to finish my snake, * time flies when the convention's coming up.
     
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    Yeah, I've determined that I need to do a little painting every night, and I SHOULD be able to finish with a little time to spare.

    I've also committed to doing the MGS2 version of Ocelot this spring, but I'll start a new thread for that when I begin rounding stuff up.
     
  43. Wingman

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    Cool, I don't think I've seen anyone do ocelot. You've got to practice some fancy revolver tricks.
     
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  44. The Ronin

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    Yup. A friend of mine (We jokingly call her Mini-Me since she also cosplays Snake) wants to do young Ocelot, and I've been wanting to do the older Ocelot (but with an easier to acquire jacket) so we decided to do them together. The goal is to be able to pull off the tricks simultaneously. I think I might be mental.

    Edit: Hope to have some pics of the camo in the next few days.
     
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  45. The Ronin

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    Finally made some progress on the camoflage. I need to fill in a little more, then hit the sleeves and pants.
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    I'm kinda freaking out at the moment, as I have this, a set of Megaman armor, and a Claymore sword to finish in the next 16 days
     
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  46. Stellar Jay

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    Hey I know this is an old thread, but would you still take a commision for a STABO harness?
     
  47. The Ronin

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    PM sent
     
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    Hello. I'm planning on doing an olive drab Naked Snake for my first cosplay in early January and had a few questions about a STABO I'm curious on purchasing?
     
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    I'd be interested too. I sent you a PM a day or so ago.
     
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    Pm's sent to both of you! sorry for the delay, life has been up in the air the past few days.
     

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