BoltCutter the Wastelander. In costume, in an appropriate setting. Original pic below.
After watching ‘Mad Max-Fury Road’, I ran across a YouTube channel called ‘Nuclear Snail‘. Now folks, if you have any interest at all in dystopian scenarios, weather its ‘Metropolis, Mad Max, the Walking Dead, Wasteland Weekend, 1984 or whatever, you’ve got to check this channel out! The very charismatic Dimitri Zaitsev is awesome! He is an artist and crafter that builds post-apocalyptic and dystopian costumes professionally. The awesome part is, he publishes videos with tips, techniques, processes and finished projects with everybody! I watched a couple of his vids and got introduced to the work of Mark Cordory, who does a lot of costume work for Dr. Who. Between these two guys, I got the bug! (No, not the Corona Virus!) The post-apo bug! (Check these guys out and you’ll get the bug too!) So, for the past month and a half or so, I’ve been building my own Post-Apocalyptic costume! Its kind of a mix of military equipment, industrial garb and civilian elements, it kinda got away from me. Below is a pic of the progression and weapons. I hope you like.
day 62 ———————————————————————————————————————– day 1976. Changes in the Wastelander, post apocalypse
L to R, T to B; refurbished SMG (boltcutter), shotgun shell bandolier, spare mags for the MG, grenade (IED), .45 cal. pistol (Lucille), .45 cal ammo, trench club (Lil Debbie), grenade (IED), combat knife.
Everything was built to last, by hand, from found objects and thrift store finds. The goggles are made from an old set of busted headphones, the Pauldron, (shoulder-pad) is made from a worn out pair of boot tops, the oxygen tank began life as two, 2 liter soda bottles and a few bits and bobs, the pistol and SMG are converted from a couple of $4.99 toy guns I picked up at Wal Mart, the ammo (both .45 and Shotgun shells) are made from wooden dowels, paper and metal washers. The sheathed combat knife is made from a paint stir-stick, (free from Home Depot), the Obi-Wan robe and hood are made from a thrift store table-cloth.
The whole idea being that, the Wastelander is a scrounger, re-purposing whatever he finds into something he needs. It was a hell of a lot of fun, and really got the creative juices flowing. I really want to build another costume, but I don’t even know what to do with this one!
“Oh what a lovely day!” – Nux