Fellow Crew Members and Costumers,
John, Reamer and others have provided several good uniform sources. Here's a few more, forgive me if they've already been listed:
SciFiHero and the subset GalacticaHero are discussion sites that are topic and series targeted. http://www.scifihero.net/forums/index.php?act=home
Alchemy Arms is my source for kits like Kathy's Khaki BDU's, bought their kit for sixty cubits and put in on our surplus BDU's. They have a booth at most Texas Cons with uniforms, kits, weapons, patches and other items at fair prices. I like to see items before I buy. http://www.alchemyarms.com/Default.asp
Weapon Blender specialize in airsoft weapons and gear. http://weaponblender.com/Contact-Us-5.html
Patches n Pins sells, well, you get it. Haven't bought from them but prices seem fair. http://patchesnpins.com/
I plan to leave some details later on Marine duds later, since Cylons and MARDET's are more fun and photogenic in groups.
Regards, Iceworm out.
The Major is right.
The kits on Alchemy show the components I need, but I don't have to buy 'em there. Take the BDU uniforms, for example: BDU top at the surplus store, twenty-three bucks new, less used; one foot of Velcro in the proper color from the same surplus store, three bucks (don't think it's available used, but I could be wrong); one fourth yard or less of fake suede for shoulders at cloth store, couple bucks; three quarter inch wide belt material for pockets and cuffs, four 4" and four 8" lengths, that's 48" for about four bucks; four plastic fasteners for the pockets and cuffs, two bucks or less; paint to dry-brush buckles if you need gold, seventy-nine cents at Hobby Lobby; needle and thread from Family, zero dollars; cut off lower pockets, sew on all pieces, value at what your time is worth; Raven patch from Actual, seven dollars; brown tank top from Marshall's six dollars; add pants, belt, shoes/boots and tee-shirt in right color from closet, zero dollars; and no weapons or rank for modest folks, zero dollars. One BSG costume for about forty-eight bucks and change. The forums provide plenty of good ideas, and the sites like Alchemy provide the exact details of the components, much better than any freeze screen pics from the internet. All uniform discussions should have cost-effective considerations, and I'll continue to work on it. That's why our discussions on Marine uniforms offer the Razor assault tee-shirt version, which avoids the cost of an LA Tac vest, Giro helmet, Paulson goggles and other expensive accessories. We should also cover the high-end screen correct versions. Our friends the original Cylons draw a lot of attention and those suits don't come cheap. A lot of research has been done, we can find that and create more, with an eye toward cutting costs where possible. Several members have already done a lot of work. This would be a great place to consolidate and collate the effort. Iceworm morphing to a bookworm. Out.
Marine Uniform (Costume) - Blade Weapons:
BSG Marines are most often seen carrying one of two common blade weapons: a Marine Kbar (aka Ka-Bar or Leatherneck); and an M7 Bayonet, Vietnam era.
Below are rubber practice examples of both. They are not real knives and are accepted by most conventions for costume wear. This doesn't mean you buy them at the site, it's to show the item so you can start your own internet, ebay or gun show search for the best price.
The first is a Kbar made by Cold Steel, a real knife company that makes practice knives. It is marked "Cold Steel" and has a thick blade that will not cut or stab a tub of butter, perfect for cosplay. I bought one at a gun show for nine bucks. The kydex sheath in the second link is for this model number practice knife. No rubber Cold Steel fits in a real sheath. Bought the sheath on-line for ten bucks.
The M7 bayonet below is rubber but cast from a real M7. It has a point and something of an edge, but is still safe for sane people and accepted at cons. Bought one on-line for twelve bucks. Good news is it fits in a real M10 black plastic sheath. Bought one at a gun show for fifteen bucks, you can do better.
More later. Comments and criticisms accepted if they save money.
Has anyone done a Colonial Marine Duty Uniform... Not the "BDU's" or "work" uniform. I'm looking for info on this type of uniform as a variation from the common Fleet - Navy style worn. During some of the scenes where the crew was in "Dress" uniform I noticed several differences in color but those individuals are never seen close up.
Typically there are three types of uniforms in the marines, fatigues (camo's/ BDU's, Duty greens, Dress Blues) what would the equivalent be in the BSG universe?
The Colonial Marines are easy as they don't seem to usually wear rank or patches, favored in most elite units to deny "order of battle" info to the enemy they run into that survive the experience. Note: Basic data ID cards are carried hidden to avoid execution as spies, and always shoot the guy with the rank, the side arm or the clipboard. When attending cons with lots of non-BSG attendees, ship patches, rank, title (NCOIC) and "color" items (RECON, blood type, equipment lanyards etc.) are sometimes added. Yeah, yeah, "not screen accurate": My face and age are not screen accurate.
From a question on the UK Costuming Site about Colonial Marine Uniforms and where to get materials/components, see hyper-links at the end:
"Military surplus stores are sources for much. Tan, green and black BDU's in the show seem to have the faux suede panels, but also have removed the two front lower blouse pockets, check the UK Costuming reference page. The Black Marine BDU's, especially if you have the "LA" Battle Vest, can get away without adding the faux suede panels. Also, for the Marine battle greens, use the green "US Army Field Coat RN 37572", as was used in on the planet combat scenes in early re-imagined episodes, use screen scenes and Wiki. In ALL blouses and Jackets, suggest you add velcro instead of suede so patches can be added for color and Conventions where people need help recognizing BSG Uniforms. You can then remove patches for accuracy, and remembering that most units, especially elite units, remove all patches for combat. Just a thought, IMHO.http://www.scifihero.net/forums/index.php...http://www.scifihero.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=3719 http://mfiap.com/i-7832697-mfi-battle-star-galactica...http://battlestarfanclub.com/profiles/blog/show... plus of course "Wiki".http://en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/Uniforms_(RDM) "