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Dota2008
03-29-2011, 01:24 AM
Hey guys im looking for some ideas on where to get gear for my vector costume. vector is one of the 4 Umbrella security service soldiers from the new RE Operation Raccoon City. heres a reference picture as to what he looks like. im on a tight budget so if you could link me to some sites that arent too pricey i would be greatful. i also do not have a surplus store near by so that is out of the question.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c7/dark_poison_demon/197336_1629829861389_1105860089_31325694_5774757_n .jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c7/dark_poison_demon/205413_1630131828938_1105860089_31326091_6901291_n .jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c7/dark_poison_demon/205809_1629835141521_1105860089_31325696_7278507_n .jpg

W4RH0US3
04-19-2011, 11:03 AM
Hey guys im looking for some ideas on where to get gear for my vector costume. vector is one of the 4 Umbrella security service soldiers from the new RE Operation Raccoon City. heres a reference picture as to what he looks like. im on a tight budget so if you could link me to some sites that arent too pricey i would be greatful. i also do not have a surplus store near by so that is out of the question.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c7/dark_poison_demon/197336_1629829861389_1105860089_31325694_5774757_n .jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c7/dark_poison_demon/205413_1630131828938_1105860089_31326091_6901291_n .jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c7/dark_poison_demon/205809_1629835141521_1105860089_31325696_7278507_n .jpg

If you are going to make a vector cosplay, then you will need the following:
1. For starters I think the most important part of this cosplay is non other than the mask. Vector is clearly wearing an Avon S-10 respirator. You will find these at the best prices on eBay. For the best results, type in S10 mask or S10 respirator. From experience I have never gotten a mask for less than $70 SHIPPED. Or actually since you are on a really tight budget, you could buy the canadian C3 M69. It looks similar to the S10, but it is very down market. Now once you have the mask, you will need to put some blue window film on the mask's lenses (if you buy an S10, make sure you buy one with flat lenses- you won't get the accurate effect with the curved lenses). Then you will need to make the lenses light up somehow I think LEDS would be the best route. As you can see from this paragraph, the mask is really the most important thing.
2.The vest Vector wears is this http://www.airsoftpost.com/products_new.php?page=6
Now since you are on a budget, I would look down on this page and see the stand alone vest and buy the pouches and holster when you have the money or look else where.
3. From the looks of it Vector is wearing some kind of hoodie that goes below his waist. Also you will need make the pattern that appears on the sweat shirt.
4. In the pictures Vector is seen with a VP-70 and the kind of Knife Leon uses or you could buy the M4 seen in the other pictures. That you could get at several places
5. He has knee pads these will probably work http://www.airsoftpost.com/product_info.php?products_id=33712
6. As for pants I say he wears black Fatigues http://www.militaryclothing.com/IBS/SimpleCat/Product/asp/hierarchy/01/product-id/17124.html
7. The boots don't exist so you will have to find a pair of boots that look similar and then modify those.
Hope this helps :skidude2:

Captain Jack
04-19-2011, 12:37 PM
Actually, his knife is Krauser's knife without the serpent, but that's also just artwork. I'm yet to identify the one seen ingame.

His handgun isn't a VP70 ingame. Looks like a chrome Beretta with a black ergonomic grip to me.

Dota2008
04-24-2011, 01:44 AM
thnxs guys i have most of this costume done so far. im just having problems getting the lens that blue color. i am also having a issue finding gloves that i can use to put my sleeves into, i bought an all black parka looks great so far, here are some shots of me in my vector airsoft costume. of course im not wearing the gas mask as i dont wanna run it via airsoft, also dont have the proper gloves and boot yet.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c7/dark_poison_demon/215617_1673904563229_1105860089_31375552_7465057_n .jpg

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c7/dark_poison_demon/215747_1673906323273_1105860089_31375560_2857185_n .jpg

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c7/dark_poison_demon/225149_1673905163244_1105860089_31375556_518955_n. jpg

W4RH0US3
04-24-2011, 02:05 AM
thnxs guys i have most of this costume done so far. im just having problems getting the lens that blue color. i am also having a issue finding gloves that i can use to put my sleeves into, i bought an all black parka looks great so far, here are some shots of me in my vector airsoft costume. of course im not wearing the gas mask as i dont wanna run it via airsoft, also dont have the proper gloves and boot yet.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c7/dark_poison_demon/215617_1673904563229_1105860089_31375552_7465057_n .jpg

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c7/dark_poison_demon/215747_1673906323273_1105860089_31375560_2857185_n .jpg

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c7/dark_poison_demon/225149_1673905163244_1105860089_31375556_518955_n. jpg

Actually if you use something called el wire the mask's lighting might be more effective

Dota2008
04-24-2011, 02:14 AM
ahhh crap just re read ur post i got the wrong mask. i bought a israeli mask. it looks very close

ManiacMarshall
04-24-2011, 05:32 AM
Jesus, really? It's not even out yet. Come on, man...

W4RH0US3
04-24-2011, 09:05 AM
Jesus, really? It's not even out yet. Come on, man...

Well people did make halo reach characters before it came out

Dota2008
04-24-2011, 04:57 PM
Jesus, really? It's not even out yet. Come on, man...

lol troll

ManiacMarshall
04-24-2011, 05:17 PM
lol troll

Buddy, I haven't even begun trolling you yet.

R1KKu
04-24-2011, 06:51 PM
People do it ALL the time. Who cares? It's just cosplay.

Dota2008
04-24-2011, 09:22 PM
Thanks W4RH0US3 for the tips, found the canadian C3 M69 mask on ebay for about 25 bucks.

W4RH0US3
04-25-2011, 11:33 AM
Thanks W4RH0US3 for the tips, found the canadian C3 M69 mask on ebay for about 25 bucks.

That's the one I was taking bout good job

Dota2008
04-25-2011, 02:01 PM
That's the one I was taking bout good job

any chance on gloves? the problem im getting with all the gloves are i cant seem to find a pair that i can get my sleeves to fit in. we have tried different types of motorcycle gloves.

Sonicthedgehog
05-07-2011, 04:49 PM
I too am making this costume but im seeking someone to make the hoodie and pants. The pattern to me looks like weskers jacket.

Captain Jack
05-07-2011, 10:16 PM
I too am making this costume but im seeking someone to make the hoodie and pants. The pattern to me looks like weskers jacket.

Not even close. Wesker's looks like carbon fiber. This is a hexagon ripstop style fabric.

Sonicthedgehog
05-07-2011, 11:11 PM
oh ok i figured as much who can make such a thing?

Captain Jack
05-08-2011, 07:00 PM
Anybody with a sewing machine. There's nothing complicated about his clothing, it's just a matter of finding fabric that looks like that. That hexagon ripstop stuff is generally made custom for backpacks, tool pouches, etc. I've never been able to find a place to buy it by the yard, or I'd be making some serious bank off of Vector commissions, lol.

Sonicthedgehog
05-09-2011, 01:47 AM
yeah well i suppose i can look around and if i find a fabric similar i can contact you.:)

Sonicthedgehog
05-09-2011, 02:22 AM
heres a idea why dont i take this fabric here http://fabric.eshopsale.com/Down-On-The-Farm-Hexagon-White-Black then dip it in a blue dye the white should turn blue and create the image of it being blue just like the guys jacket. would that work?

Captain Jack
05-09-2011, 04:04 AM
I don't see his fabric ever looking blue. It's just got a somewhat reflective design for the hexagons. Honestly, white would probably look better. The problem I'd have with that fabric is that it appears to be a very lightweight cotton (judging by the description).

Think of the fabric that a quilted blanket is made out of (just the fabric, not the cotton padding inside or anything). Vector's fabric appears to be very heavy, and that fabric there would probably be the equivalent to a Halloween costume fabric (cheap, thin, wouldn't sit right, etc.)

You may be able to make it work, but that's not what I'd use.

Sonicthedgehog
05-09-2011, 04:09 AM
well what would you use? im trying to get suggestions to people who can make it.

Captain Jack
05-09-2011, 01:40 PM
That hexagon ripstop stuff is generally made custom for backpacks, tool pouches, etc. I've never been able to find a place to buy it by the yard...

That's what I'd use.

Sonicthedgehog
05-09-2011, 05:45 PM
Hm I found one place to buy ripstop material but its not hexagon. If u can find something I can pay u to make it.

Dota2008
05-16-2011, 12:21 AM
i just used a black parka just bc the hexagon is so hard to find. here is what im using for the time being http://www.amazon.com/BLACK-M-51-FISHTAIL-PARKA-XLARGE/dp/B002NBFVP8/ref=sr_1_14?s=apparel&qlEnable=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1305523353&sr=1-14

W4RH0US3
05-16-2011, 01:02 AM
i just used a black parka just bc the hexagon is so hard to find. here is what im using for the time being http://www.amazon.com/BLACK-M-51-FISHTAIL-PARKA-XLARGE/dp/B002NBFVP8/ref=sr_1_14?s=apparel&qlEnable=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1305523353&sr=1-14
Great find

Captain Jack
05-16-2011, 08:13 PM
Hey, worst case scenario at least you scored a nice jacket.

Skullhunter500
06-06-2011, 05:18 PM
To me the mask makes Vector, if you can nail the mask the rest is easy!!! lol

Dota2008
06-08-2011, 11:28 PM
To me the mask makes Vector, if you can nail the mask the rest is easy!!! lol

good job on the mask. i used the same vents but made the mistake of spray painting the vents. after seeing how u did ur vents im gonna put another set on mine without the paint.

Skullhunter500
06-13-2011, 05:25 AM
good job on the mask. i used the same vents but made the mistake of spray painting the vents. after seeing how u did ur vents im gonna put another set on mine without the paint.

Thanks!, You mean the shutters over my lenses? I got some black shutter glasses and cut them into size.. its a good idea to anyone else doing vector. What are you using to light up the mask?. El wire is one way to go, but not bright enough in well lit areas, to me anyway! I was thinking LEDS but dont really know how to mount them inside the mask. Any ideas?

Dota2008
06-13-2011, 01:31 PM
Thanks!, You mean the shutters over my lenses? I got some black shutter glasses and cut them into size.. its a good idea to anyone else doing vector. What are you using to light up the mask?. El wire is one way to go, but not bright enough in well lit areas, to me anyway! I was thinking LEDS but dont really know how to mount them inside the mask. Any ideas?

black shutter glasses? kinda like the kanye west thing where did u manage to get those? im using attic vents i got from home depot might try the shutter glasses, what color did u get them in? im using car led for the inside of mine,they wrap around the eye part of the goggles kinda too bright though also im using a c3 mask not the avon cant afford it. heres a pic of it so far the lens are not silver anymore we painted them with a metallic black, i also wanna get some nylon ripstop for texture on my jacket but that stuff is hard to find.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c7/dark_poison_demon/248646_1756174179918_1105860089_31488232_3757596_n .jpg

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c7/dark_poison_demon/259917_1756173859910_1105860089_31488231_2167254_n .jpg

Skullhunter500
06-13-2011, 07:51 PM
black shutter glasses? kinda like the kanye west thing where did u manage to get those? im using attic vents i got from home depot might try the shutter glasses, what color did u get them in? im using car led for the inside of mine,they wrap around the eye part of the goggles kinda too bright though also im using a c3 mask not the avon cant afford it. heres a pic of it so far the lens are not silver anymore we painted them with a metallic black, i also wanna get some nylon ripstop for texture on my jacket but that stuff is hard to find.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c7/dark_poison_demon/248646_1756174179918_1105860089_31488232_3757596_n .jpg

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c7/dark_poison_demon/259917_1756173859910_1105860089_31488231_2167254_n .jpg

Yeah! Kanye west glasses!!!. Your best bet is ebay, you can buy them in black. Yeah i got the FM12 gas mask, Has lots of room on the inside. As far as the "honeycomb" pattern on his parka.. im gonna pass on that for a while, lol.For right now my nike black hoodie works!! I kinda threw this together last minute for fanime, so ill work on perfecting it!! I have more photos of Vector from fanime on my facebook. Facebook.com/skullhunter5000

Dota2008
08-10-2011, 12:36 AM
Updated http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c7/dark_poison_demon/185528_1897797880422_1105860089_31622654_6876481_n .jpg

Shattuck
08-24-2011, 11:20 PM
Random thought, but bear with me:

What if you snagged a silver / dark grey hooded jacket, then laid something like thick chickenwire or hexagonal mesh overtop of it and just sprayed it black? When you lift off the wire it should leave a bunch of black hexagons bordered in silver. As an airsofter I've seen people do that on helmets and guns for a "rattlesnake" pattern, but I'm not sure if it would work on a full-sized jacket. If I ever come across a jacket in the right color while I am perusing goodwill, I'll be sure to give it a shot, but someone with more money / time than me might feel like trying it so I thought I'd share. If it works like it does on plastic, it would be a super fast, cheap way to get that pattern and really complete the look.

zodivamp
08-26-2011, 10:58 PM
Well here is my pictures as a test run on vector ya know. but these are my facebook so if ya like add me and i can post links on where i got everything for this costume. Hope all is well and thanks Skullmaster for the eye things. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150263112641548.330337.507356547

Dota2008
08-29-2011, 05:42 AM
Random thought, but bear with me:

What if you snagged a silver / dark grey hooded jacket, then laid something like thick chickenwire or hexagonal mesh overtop of it and just sprayed it black? When you lift off the wire it should leave a bunch of black hexagons bordered in silver. As an airsofter I've seen people do that on helmets and guns for a "rattlesnake" pattern, but I'm not sure if it would work on a full-sized jacket. If I ever come across a jacket in the right color while I am perusing goodwill, I'll be sure to give it a shot, but someone with more money / time than me might feel like trying it so I thought I'd share. If it works like it does on plastic, it would be a super fast, cheap way to get that pattern and really complete the look.

yea i really wanna try that i know a guy that did the pattern via free hand which took forever.

Dota2008
08-29-2011, 05:44 AM
Well here is my pictures as a test run on vector ya know. but these are my facebook so if ya like add me and i can post links on where i got everything for this costume. Hope all is well and thanks Skullmaster for the eye things. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150263112641548.330337.507356547

ohh in case u need a s10 for a decent price here is where i bought mine.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/British-Army-Police-S10-Black-Respirator-Gas-Mask-VGC-/260842583707?pt=UK_Collectables_Memorabila_RL&var=&hash=item82657976e9#ht_1583wt_952

Dota2008
09-15-2011, 01:03 AM
So i bought an s 10 but i need to find the lenses i also need to get them in blue as well as make the shades. duct tape looks kinda cheesy, ive tried attic vents and im just running outta ideas. while i was at dragoncon i spoke with a guy cosplay as hunk and he said he was doing vector next year and he had the fabric and honeycomb shapes any ideas for this? i currently use a parka but i want that nice shiny look vector has along with the shapes, is my only option to hand draw these out and what would i use on the fabric?

crazyeye72985
11-02-2011, 12:22 PM
Im working on a vector cosplay myself. im retiring my hunk for now since i need to use my avon...im going to try and find the hexagon pattern for the outside of the jacket and pants.

faaeng
11-07-2011, 02:21 PM
Wish I could find the exact material Barton uses for their snowboarding jacket and pants or atleast similar.
They are too expensive at about $250 apiece, but the pattern is PERFECT.
Burton Vent Tru Black Honeycomb Pants
http://www.image-upload.net/images/9paxjtz4fo7nih2573ve_thumb.jpg (http://www.image-upload.net/viewer.php?file=9paxjtz4fo7nih2573ve.jpg) http://www.image-upload.net/images/0wjs9djf0atvuakg8_thumb.jpg (http://www.image-upload.net/viewer.php?file=0wjs9djf0atvuakg8.jpg)

Burton Seville True Black Honeycomb Jacket
http://www.image-upload.net/images/p4pnlonzxyhg8c0y301p_thumb.jpg (http://www.image-upload.net/viewer.php?file=p4pnlonzxyhg8c0y301p.jpg) http://www.image-upload.net/images/8xej9nio07ksji2gdx7_thumb.jpg (http://www.image-upload.net/viewer.php?file=8xej9nio07ksji2gdx7.jpg)

crazyeye72985
11-08-2011, 02:49 AM
Wish I could find the exact material Barton uses for their snowboarding jacket and pants or atleast similar.
They are too expensive at about $250 apiece, but the pattern is PERFECT.
Burton Vent Tru Black Honeycomb Pants
http://www.image-upload.net/images/9paxjtz4fo7nih2573ve_thumb.jpg (http://www.image-upload.net/viewer.php?file=9paxjtz4fo7nih2573ve.jpg) http://www.image-upload.net/images/0wjs9djf0atvuakg8_thumb.jpg (http://www.image-upload.net/viewer.php?file=0wjs9djf0atvuakg8.jpg)

Burton Seville True Black Honeycomb Jacket
http://www.image-upload.net/images/p4pnlonzxyhg8c0y301p_thumb.jpg (http://www.image-upload.net/viewer.php?file=p4pnlonzxyhg8c0y301p.jpg) http://www.image-upload.net/images/8xej9nio07ksji2gdx7_thumb.jpg (http://www.image-upload.net/viewer.php?file=8xej9nio07ksji2gdx7.jpg)

surfing there site, found this too. if im going to spend the money i might go with this and find a way to dull the green down. this is more an exact pattern and way cheaper
Jacket
http://s7d2.scene7.com/is/image/Burton/2012Brtn_PDP_FS_BG?$2012Brtn_PDP_FS$&layer=1&src=Burton/253720348_1&size=465,540
http://www.burton.com/mens-jackets-launch-jacket/253720,default,pd.html?start=7&cgid=mens-jackets&srule=best-sellers
Pants
http://s7d2.scene7.com/is/image/Burton/2012Brtn_PDP_FS_BG?$2012Brtn_PDP_FS$&layer=1&src=Burton/253787348_1&size=465,540
http://www.burton.com/mens-pants-cargo-pant/253787,default,pd.html?start=21&cgid=mens-pants&srule=price-desc

Captain Jack
11-30-2011, 01:30 PM
Perfect? Close, but the hexagons are a bit too big for my taste. Here's a fabric I'm working on that will be custom print and available for sale. I'll also be doing Vector's coat, pants, mask and vest by commission in the very near future.

(Image is pretty big, please click the link below)

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/381360_252200934835849_146894422033168_663020_5830 66183_n.jpg

Just so you know, those hexagons will be just under an inch in size - just like Vector's.

Skullhunter500
11-30-2011, 03:08 PM
Perfect? Close, but the hexagons are a bit too big for my taste. Here's a fabric I'm working on that will be custom print and available for sale. I'll also be doing Vector's coat, pants, mask and vest by commission in the very near future.

(Image is pretty big, please click the link below)

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/381360_252200934835849_146894422033168_663020_5830 66183_n.jpg

Just so you know, those hexagons will be just under an inch in size - just like Vector's.

Well you know ill be one the first in line for the Coat/Pants with the Hexagons!! but i am curious, how will you be doing the Mask's?

crazyeye72985
11-30-2011, 03:37 PM
Perfect? Close, but the hexagons are a bit too big for my taste. Here's a fabric I'm working on that will be custom print and available for sale. I'll also be doing Vector's coat, pants, mask and vest by commission in the very near future.

(Image is pretty big, please click the link below)

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/381360_252200934835849_146894422033168_663020_5830 66183_n.jpg

Just so you know, those hexagons will be just under an inch in size - just like Vector's.

iam curious myself

Leadmill
12-01-2011, 02:57 PM
If he's going to be making them to sell I don't think he'll want to give all of his trade secrets away :)

Captain Jack
12-01-2011, 03:47 PM
Well, I'll be modifying S10's or FM12's, depending on a person's budget. Very similar to what some of you guys have done, although I plan on making the filter over the mouth more accurate. That's about it.

I'll post here as soon as the fabric is available!

Skullhunter500
12-01-2011, 06:43 PM
Yeah... I like the FM12's only because the Lenses arent HUGE like the S10's but FM12's are kinda hard to find for cheap. Im just wondering what your gonna do for the "Shutters". I havent really seen a good Vector with an S10 because they dont do the Shutters. I also plan to make my mouth filter different too as soon as I go back to touch-up my Vector. I am very excited for the fabric!! i cant wait to see it!! =)

Leadmill: its ok i would never steal his ideas for re-sell, i met Capt. Jack at a con and we talked about my mask and i told him everything about it, i tell everyone about it!! i wish to inspire ppl to do Vector (and some ppl i met didnt want to deal with ppl over the internet) Im just curious on the "Shutters" for the S10 thats all =)

Captain Jack
12-01-2011, 08:57 PM
Well I really dig the Kanye west sunglasses idea you used for your FM12. If they're too small to fit the S10, I've got experience working with sheet plastic and I would just cut some shutters myself, paint them black and add them on. Would be a tad more work than using the shutter sunglasses, but the result would be the same.

W4RH0US3
12-01-2011, 09:19 PM
Jack are you going to try and make some mods for voice projection?

Captain Jack
12-02-2011, 12:13 PM
For Vector? Probably not. He doesn't have a VPU.

Dota2008
12-04-2011, 11:15 PM
i found some jumbo shutter that i might be using for my s10.
maybe something like this http://www.halloween31.com/pages-productinfo-category-9_282-product-5450/accessories-and-makeupnew-for-halloween-2011jumbo-80s-metallic-gold-shutter-shades-aviator-slot-glasses.html to cover the outserts. btw jack how much for the fabric u think? also could some1 point me in the right direction for some s 10 outserts? all i can find are the hunk red.

Captain Jack
12-05-2011, 02:09 PM
I should have an idea in the next few days how much the fabric will cost. It's pricey, due to it being custom. Expect $20 per yard. Fortunately, you don't need much to make a Vector costume, so it's still gonna be cheaper than buying that snowboarding gear (or whatever it was), and more accurate!

I ordered in some test swatches, so I'll let you guys know as soon as I know.

Dota2008
12-05-2011, 06:53 PM
Sweet good to know captin. How can we stay updated I got a few cons comming up would like to get my hands on this fabric and replace my old parka also if u don't mind me asking is the fabric cotton or nylon? That is if u can give the information out.

Captain Jack
12-05-2011, 08:38 PM
Note: I am not using, nor do I intend to use Cosplay.com as a place to make sales. The below information is strictly for those of you who have been asking me about the custom print Vector fabric. If you wish to contact me regarding a sale, please visit my website (link in my profile) and contact me through that website.

LONG POST! But this is all good information for you Vector cosplayers!

I just got the test swatches in today. I ordered 8 different types of fabric, and am considering two of them to be viable options. Here's the rundown:

For those of you who want the best quality Vector fabric, I strongly suggest getting it in Upholstery Weight Cotton Twill. This is more expensive, but a worthwhile investment. This fabric is 58" wide, and weighs 7.2 oz per square yard. It's the closest thing I can get to the fabric used for BDU's. It's 100% cotton though, not part polyester part cotton. The cost of this stuff is $35 per yard + tax and shipping.

Then I have something for you guys on a tighter budget. I can also have this stuff made on Quilting Weight Cotton. This stuff is thin (think like a cotton dress shirt, or a kids Halloween costume even, or so), and weighs in at 3.2 oz per square yard - it's also only 42" wide, so you may need more yards to make your costume than you would with the heavier stuff. The print will look the same, but the durability and feel of this fabric is not as nice as the upholstery weight stuff. The cost of this is $20 per yard, plus tax and shipping.

So those are the two options. Both pricey, but custom fabric doesn't come cheap, even if it's thin fabric. :(

Orders of 20 yards or more get 10% off, so that's kinda cool! If you want to pick up enough to do your own commissions, that's always an option!

Please note that I'm not the actual printer. I do this through an acquaintance, so basically you order it through me, I'll have it printed, shipped to me so that I can inspect it and make sure it's good to go personally, and then I'll ship it to you. The design was made by me, so it's technically being bought from me, I just get it as it's needed.

I also plan on making Vector costumes by commission, but not until after I free up some time. Right now I'm only selling the fabric (unless you wanna take up a commission and you don't mind waiting until spring of 2012 to receive it!)

But how much fabric do I need?

Well, that really depends on your size and whether or not you're using a sewing pattern. If you're using a sewing pattern - GO BY IT'S INSTRUCTIONS! Here's a generalization if you decide to wing it without a pattern. I always suggest ordering an extra half yard or so, just in case you make a mistake.

HOODED JACKET
XS - 2 5/8 yards of the 42" fabric -OR- 2 1/8 yards of the 58" fabric
S - 2 3/4 yards of the 42" fabric -OR- 2 1/8 yards of the 58" fabric
M - 3 yards of the 42" fabric -OR- 2 1/4 yards of the 58" fabric
L - 3 1/8 yards of the 42" fabric -OR- 2 3/8 yards of the 58" fabric

PANTS
If you're using the 42" fabric, 2 3/4 yards will suffice for sizes XS - L.
If you're using the 58" fabric, follow the below guidelines:
XS - 1 3/4 yards (waist size below 28)
S - 1 7/8 yards (waist size 28 - 30)
M - 2 1/4 yards (waist size 32 - 34)
L - 2 3/4 yards (waist size 36 - 39)

Anything past a L, I can only guess. You're kind of on your own, unfortunately. I haven't made enough XL and larger garments to guess that for you.

So as an example, a guy like me who's 5'8", 150 lbs. and usually wears medium size shirt and pants, would need 5 3/4 yards of the quilting weight cotton ($115 + tax and shipping) -OR- 4 1/2 yards of the upholstery weight cotton twill ($157.50 + tax and shipping). That should hopefully give you an idea of the price you can expect to pay to make a single Vector costume, if you're a size medium. You can see how the price difference is sort of balanced out by the amount of fabric needed due to the width of the two options. To me personally, a price difference of about $45 (after taxes) seems a small price to pay for a significantly better fabric. But that's my opinion. I wanted to provide options for people with different budgets, so hopefully I've done that!

It's still much cheaper than buying that snowboarding gear. :P

Here's one last link to the sample image, in case you missed it:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/381360_252200934835849_146894422033168_663020_5830 66183_n.jpg

Dota2008
12-05-2011, 10:00 PM
so all i keep finding for my s 10 are the hunk red outserts, could some1 post a link of some different outserts i could use?

Captain Jack
12-05-2011, 11:08 PM
I think all the Vector outserts are custom made. The only currently existing ones you can find for sale are black, clear, or red.

Skullhunter500
12-05-2011, 11:13 PM
so all i keep finding for my s 10 are the hunk red outserts, could some1 post a link of some different outserts i could use?

Yeah it looks like ebay only has Red, or Blacked-Out Outserts right now, ive seen Clear Outserts for sale on ebay before so keep looking.

Dota2008
12-07-2011, 03:04 PM
Yea if I can get clear outsert that works too as I'm putting blue window film on my lenses

Dota2008
12-09-2011, 12:32 PM
this is the only 1 i can find atm other then red, you guys think these are too dark?

http://www.socomtactical.net/s10-respirator-gas-mask-tinted-lenses-outserts-sas-p-847.html

Lost Cause
12-10-2011, 05:32 AM
this is the only 1 i can find atm other then red, you guys think these are too dark?

http://www.socomtactical.net/s10-respirator-gas-mask-tinted-lenses-outserts-sas-p-847.html

Those are the black anti-flash ones, so probably.

Dota2008
12-10-2011, 12:16 PM
so hard to find clear ones

Dota2008
12-10-2011, 01:19 PM
so i see this guy has some ballistic lenses would i want something like this or outserts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_NPS4oiyew

Skullhunter500
12-15-2011, 01:40 AM
so i see this guy has some ballistic lenses would i want something like this or outserts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_NPS4oiyew

i believe in the video he said he made (or had them made up from friends) those "ballistic" lenses, i know you can buy "impact proof" lenses but most are tinted, keeeep looooking lol

Dota2008
12-15-2011, 10:46 AM
yea this is all i can find http://www.warfighters.co.uk/detail.asp?c_urn=380&show=all&urn=13413&pg=1

Dota2008
01-16-2012, 06:57 PM
so looking at vectors close up shots it doesnt look like he is using outserts but just standard lenses. should i just get something like this and put my blue film on them?
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/S10-IMPACT-PROOF-TINTED-CLEAR-LENSES-NOT-FM12-SAS-/200643782497#payId

Skullhunter500
01-16-2012, 07:28 PM
so looking at vectors close up shots it doesnt look like he is using outserts but just standard lenses. should i just get something like this and put my blue film on them?
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/S10-IMPACT-PROOF-TINTED-CLEAR-LENSES-NOT-FM12-SAS-/200643782497#payId

Yes, that should work

Moodydata
01-17-2012, 10:00 AM
Instead of EL Wire I had another idea for a way to get the lighting to work, see here...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HUU7ESGmAE&feature=related

Was thinking you could mount that system inside the mask and taping the wire down to the inside similar to Skullhunters that way it gives off the same effect after having the blue window film over the top of the lenses.

As for the vents the Kanye glasses seem like a good idea aslong as its like 3-5 "vents" on the lens cause anymore than that seems in accurate.

Dota2008
01-21-2012, 12:39 PM
the guy wouldnt sell me the lenses so i made my own custom flat lenses, if anybody needs some just pm me i could probably get you some.

Moodydata
01-24-2012, 12:27 PM
Even though it seems hard to make S10s look right im determined to do it for MCM 2012, I already have S10s with blue lenses using my own method.. (see picture below sorry for poor quality *taken with webcam*)

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/9616/20120123174245506.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/9/20120123174245506.jpg/)

I went into town and bought some clear transparent blue acetate plastic, then with some help popped out the lenses cut down some of the pastic to cover the area they fill layering a couple of layers on each lens to make them less see through.

Then popped the lenses back into their housing and then back into the mask and boom cheap and easy way to do blue tinted S10s, can probably even do what everyone else I have seen already suggested and use window film on the plastic or something to give it a mirror coat if your after that look.

Now I just need to get the "vents" or "shutters" on them, after inspecting Capcoms bust of Vectors head (see underneith) it seems to me like the designer intended them to be similar to 'anti theft bars', mainly to keep B.O.W`s from clawing out the eyes of the wearer. Thats just make take on the design though as the bust makes them look more like bars than vents.

http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/8497/39385110150494721139163.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/19/39385110150494721139163.jpg/)

Anyways thats just my take on the s10 and the way to do it seeing as I too am cosplaying as Vector, seems the more people that do it the closer we all get to something that looks pretty damn accurate.

Kamikaze Kay
01-29-2012, 02:14 PM
After checking out this thread, it makes we want to try and do Beltway from the game lol I really like all their designs, but Beltway fits my build. I'm not too sure about the gear for him, but maybe I'll start my own thread about getting help for finding some of the items.

*EDIT*
Ack, just realized there was a Beltway thread below this. Never mind then...

Moodydata
01-31-2012, 07:12 PM
Tried my way this is how its looking so far...

http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/7831/dsc0040fq.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/692/dsc0040fq.jpg/)

I am just waiting on the lights at the moment, then my S10s are done.

Kmack1011
03-28-2012, 11:15 PM
I came up with a way of making the fabric, if you have time and patience. There is a fuseable vinyl made by pellon that you can iron on and if you get a hexagon punch from a scrapbooking store you can iron on the pattern and get a reflective service that can add an element to the costume. I did a test and here is how it turned out. http://s9.postimage.org/43hri6tpb/IMG_0400.jpghttp://s7.postimage.org/ueuvlv74r/IMG_0401.jpg

crazyeye72985
03-30-2012, 10:28 PM
Tried my way this is how its looking so far...

http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/7831/dsc0040fq.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/692/dsc0040fq.jpg/)

I am just waiting on the lights at the moment, then my S10s are done.

how did you do the vents?

Moodydata
04-01-2012, 08:46 AM
you mean the bars? just cut out some cocktail spoons that I found on the internet :D

crazyeye72985
04-01-2012, 05:01 PM
you mean the bars? just cut out some cocktail spoons that I found on the internet :D

how did you attach them?

Moodydata
04-03-2012, 06:03 AM
Hot glued em down to the acetate and the lens rims I used, as I didnt use everyone elses method of tinting my lenses, all I did was cut out some clear blue acetate and mounted that inside the lenses.

When your done you get something like this...

http://i41.tinypic.com/21kgeud.jpg

Hope it helps :D

crazyeye72985
04-04-2012, 05:44 AM
Hot glued em down to the acetate and the lens rims I used, as I didnt use everyone elses method of tinting my lenses, all I did was cut out some clear blue acetate and mounted that inside the lenses.

When your done you get something like this...

http://i41.tinypic.com/21kgeud.jpg

Hope it helps :D

guess ill have one of you guys do it for me LOL im having a hard time finding the things to do it

Dota2008
04-07-2012, 05:03 PM
so i bought a different vest from evike, got a molle vest instead of the pre made vests. do you guys think i should add a zipper to it or is it ok without it.
http://www.evike.com/product_info.php?products_id=32341

Leadmill
04-07-2012, 05:12 PM
Looking good guys :D

Vector.
04-11-2012, 10:52 AM
Im going to be making Vector's mask as well, got it all worked out how Im going to make it but theres one thing I wanted to ask here regarding the lighting and lens. I will be using el wires as an easy way to light it up as Im unsure how to work with led's. I was planning on buying some blue mirror window tint to stick onto the lens but was wondering about the light coming through these, wouldnt the tint really dampen down the amount of light coming through and even affect its colour (to like a dark blue instead of lighter bright blue)? This got me thinking if I should put the tint on the lens then fit the wires behind or put the wires on the outside instead?

Yours looks great Moody, good work on it. I hope mine can look that good. Or like that one would transparent blue film work better than mirror for the light to come through? I want enough so its obviously blue and so you cant see my eyes or anything underneath, yet still let alot of light through them from the wires. I've never worked with lighting stuff before so I just wanted to check this before I start work on my own

Moodydata
04-11-2012, 01:34 PM
Cheers for the compliment dude :D, as for the blueness I was worried about that too, thats why I chose to use blue acetate inside the rim of the lens instead, because it tints it blue, but doesnt effect vision, and apart from the rare case of lighting being at a certain angle I can see out and no one can see back in, which is the effect everyones trying for anyway :).

As for EL wire, its probably gonna be a safe bet to go with that, problem being I have read so much stuff that says its blinding depending on your setup, just hope yours comes out ok :)

Skullhunter500
04-11-2012, 03:57 PM
Im going to be making Vector's mask as well, got it all worked out how Im going to make it but theres one thing I wanted to ask here regarding the lighting and lens. I will be using el wires as an easy way to light it up as Im unsure how to work with led's. I was planning on buying some blue mirror window tint to stick onto the lens but was wondering about the light coming through these, wouldnt the tint really dampen down the amount of light coming through and even affect its colour (to like a dark blue instead of lighter bright blue)? This got me thinking if I should put the tint on the lens then fit the wires behind or put the wires on the outside instead?

Yours looks great Moody, good work on it. I hope mine can look that good. Or like that one would transparent blue film work better than mirror for the light to come through? I want enough so its obviously blue and so you cant see my eyes or anything underneath, yet still let alot of light through them from the wires. I've never worked with lighting stuff before so I just wanted to check this before I start work on my own

I used plan Blue Window Film that is transparent enough to see through AND blocks ppl from seeing my eyes.!!! =)

And El Wire is really to use and see through, Ive had my mask since last May and Ive never had a problem with it. The lighting should turn out great!! How much El Wire are you getting? Hope this helps you out!

Vector.
04-11-2012, 04:14 PM
I had considered acetate but I thought window tint would be easier since you can just stick it on, and should do the same job really. Just wasnt sure on the visibility of the light coming through it. I might get transparent blue then instead of mirror and see how it works or can try both and see anyway. I dont mind how well I can see out it, I'll only be using it for some shots not walking around in. I was only concerned about visibility in regards to how well the light would shine through the tint

El wire sounds easy to use, just plug and go basically which is about my skill level :rolleyes: If its too bright to see out of without it blinding me I can try get sunglasses or something on under the mask :p Whatever works. Hopefully that isnt an issue though. Guess I'll go with tint on the lens then stick the wires onto the back of that and hope it looks good. No idea how much el wire I would need for this. Theres a set that comes with the inverter, splitters and 3 sets of 1m wire was thinking of going with that and seeing how much I need in each lens. Dont know if I'd need 1m, 2m or what

My only problem now is finding a gas mask with clear flat lenses. Thought I could get one easy on ebay but all of them are the stupid curved lenses I hate. Cant find a set with normal flat lenses. Theres some with already tinted ones, I could buy that and take that film off and put my own on but the mask is really too expensive for that. Cant start on this til I can find the right mask or a set of lens I can use..

Thanks for the help

Skullhunter500
04-11-2012, 06:44 PM
This is the window film I have! http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Colored-Window-Film-continuous/dp/B0012NFAVS I did NOT peel it to keep it dark.

As for the El Wire, get the 2.2mm or 3.2mm thick at about 5-9ft (depending on which mask you get, FM-12 only needs 5-6ft. But the S10 needs about 6-9ft at 3.2mm thick) Also get it in "Blue". Its an awesome color.

With my FM-12 I put the window film on the inside of the mask unpeeled. Then I put the El wire in coils on the inside as well over the film. =3

Dota2008
04-11-2012, 10:28 PM
the specs skull posted is what i use. i use a s10 with my own hand made flat lenses, i use the same tint that skull linked and i used 6ft of 3.2 blue elwire also posted by skull. i do make the custom flat lenses in case u decide to go for the s10 mask.

Vector.
04-12-2012, 07:51 AM
So I should get transparent film then instead of mirror, I will try that. Wire I was going to go for the 3.2mm thick and the set I said comes with 3 lots of 1 metre wire, if you say around 6ft for an S10 thats 2 metres so I'd guess 1m per lens would do. Just see how it goes. If you put it on unpeeled, did you glue it onto the lens to hold it on or how did you adhere it? I considered an FM12 but they seem to be alot more expensive. Either way I cant find a mask with flat lenses so Im at a standstill right now. I wanted to get on with this too


Dota - I saw your listing on etsy for them but you only have US shipping listed. Would you ship a set to the UK? I have an etsy account if I can remember my login details :rolleyes: or I can just send you money via paypal if you would ship to me. Spent ages looking online but they seem to be impossible to find. Could probably make my own out of a bit of perspex but I'd have to buy that and probably mess it up so I cant be bothered. I wouldnt mind a set from you if I cant find anything else here. Guy on ebay is too expensive really, he wont sell them separately and said to send the mask to him and he'll fit them and send back to me for 25 (like $40) I still need to buy another mask so by the time I add the two costs up its going to be way too expensive for that. Dont want to post it away either, I can fit them myself

Skullhunter500
04-12-2012, 02:45 PM
Yeah Fm-12s are expensive, I got lucky with mine! lol

As for the window film, I just cut out two circles and taped them inside the mask on the lenses, http://skullhunter5000.deviantart.com/gallery/34236743?offset=24#/d41ke59

Vector.
04-12-2012, 04:00 PM
Yeah. Few on ebay but again all the curved lenses anyway so no point getting it if I cant get the right lenses I need

Ah lots of tape, ok :p That works. I prefer removable things to permanent things. Thanks for the pic. Always helps to see how something goes together. I should be able to make this ok if I could just get the mask to actually get started.. or just the right lenses would do then I could buy any mask and fit those. Stuck at the first stage right now cause of this

Skullhunter500
04-12-2012, 07:45 PM
Wellllll FM12s have very slight curved lenses, (one of the reasons I bought it) so it doesnt bother anything. =) Yeah lots and lots of tape lol!!

And yeah talk to Dota. Im sure you guys can work something out with the lenses for a S10.

Moodydata
04-25-2012, 08:34 PM
Hope everythings worked out for you, I keep finding images of me cropping up here and there and couldnt resist the urge to post this one cause I think it looks badass :D (twas at a cosplay meet)

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/33982_10150707237299163_527574162_9480676_17798777 0_n.jpg

Vector.
04-26-2012, 11:41 AM
Nice shot, looks good :) I still cant make a start on this, same problem as before. I can get a mask with the lenses I need, just down to the money is the problem. Dont know why he is so unwilling to sell the lenses separately. Guess its that or nothing though so I'll probably have to give in just so I can get on with this. Seeing those pics just makes me want it more :p I got like the perfect jacket for it too, had it for years. Doesnt have the honeycomb pattern on it but it'll do for now until or if I can ever get one with the pattern. Cosblade can commission them but they're too busy to take on new work right now

Moodydata
04-26-2012, 03:41 PM
Just do what I did for the lenses, pop the caps off them and slip in 2 sheets of blue clear acetate into them then pop the caps back on and there you go cheap tinted lenses that work under almost any lighting conditions :)

Dota2008
05-01-2012, 11:47 AM
Yeah. Few on ebay but again all the curved lenses anyway so no point getting it if I cant get the right lenses I need

Ah lots of tape, ok :p That works. I prefer removable things to permanent things. Thanks for the pic. Always helps to see how something goes together. I should be able to make this ok if I could just get the mask to actually get started.. or just the right lenses would do then I could buy any mask and fit those. Stuck at the first stage right now cause of this

Vector shipping is 10$ extra to ship to the uk. But I can get those flat s10 lesnes u need.

Vector.
05-03-2012, 09:34 AM
Thanks Dota, I will take a set of those. Will I just paypal you the money directly?

Dota2008
05-11-2012, 12:41 PM
Thanks Dota, I will take a set of those. Will I just paypal you the money directly?

yea, ill get a pair made for u, ill try to pm u when they are done.

Vector.
06-05-2012, 10:11 AM
Are you still making mine Dota?

As you can see from my avatar, I just bought a new mask off ebay cause I wanted to get on with it but I'll still take a set from you. I have another mask I want to do up so I still need flat ones for that

Mine is going pretty well so far. Im working on adding the vents now then all I need to do is lighting and its finished. Having trouble with lighting though. I bought some blue el wire off ebay but its so dim you can barely see it even in the dark so this is unusable really. I bought this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1metre-EL-Wire-3-2mm-diam-Tron-Neon-Glow-3-per-meter-/160815672975?pt=UK_Home_Garden_Night_Lights_Fairy_ Lights&var=&hash=item6b1eb1ea2a in 'deep blue'. All I can find on ebay is deep blue or tron blue (which is aqua really) I was advised on DA that alot of people used this: http://www.elwirepros.com/portalight-22.html I guess theres a big difference in both colour and brightness of this stuff compared to what I bought? I just didnt see a point in buying from a US site when I could get it here but if that stuff is special to them then I will if it works right. Is that what everyone else here used? I assumed anything off ebay would just be the same..

I was working on getting a way of making led's work, since I'd rather not see wire through the lenses just the whole of them lit up like its ment to be but Im having trouble with this. I have a few ideas, its how to make it work Im stuck with right now

Skullhunter500
06-05-2012, 06:19 PM
Are you still making mine Dota?

As you can see from my avatar, I just bought a new mask off ebay cause I wanted to get on with it but I'll still take a set from you. I have another mask I want to do up so I still need flat ones for that

Mine is going pretty well so far. Im working on adding the vents now then all I need to do is lighting and its finished. Having trouble with lighting though. I bought some blue el wire off ebay but its so dim you can barely see it even in the dark so this is unusable really. I bought this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1metre-EL-Wire-3-2mm-diam-Tron-Neon-Glow-3-per-meter-/160815672975?pt=UK_Home_Garden_Night_Lights_Fairy_ Lights&var=&hash=item6b1eb1ea2a in 'deep blue'. All I can find on ebay is deep blue or tron blue (which is aqua really) I was advised on DA that alot of people used this: http://www.elwirepros.com/portalight-22.html I guess theres a big difference in both colour and brightness of this stuff compared to what I bought? I just didnt see a point in buying from a US site when I could get it here but if that stuff is special to them then I will if it works right. Is that what everyone else here used? I assumed anything off ebay would just be the same..

I was working on getting a way of making led's work, since I'd rather not see wire through the lenses just the whole of them lit up like its ment to be but Im having trouble with this. I have a few ideas, its how to make it work Im stuck with right now

For your El Wire problem, im the guy to talk to. lol First: what type of Adaptor did your El Wire come with? It might not be good enough to power the ElWire. For the Lupo Mask I made (seen here: http://skullhunter5000.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4svbog) I used this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/270897462873?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649 Just standard "blue" ElWire. For a S10 Mask I suggest getting 4-6ft of it or 2 meters should work.

AS for the Elwire getting in the way of your lenses......they wont. Everyones eyes in a gas mask sit really close to the lenses so having the Elwire wrap around each lense shouldnt get in your way. http://s1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee411/Skullhunter500/Vector/?action=view&current=vector011.jpg Hope this helps!!! =)

Vector.
06-05-2012, 08:08 PM
For your El Wire problem, im the guy to talk to. lol First: what type of Adaptor did your El Wire come with? It might not be good enough to power the ElWire. For the Lupo Mask I made (seen here: http://skullhunter5000.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4svbog) I used this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/270897462873?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649 Just standard "blue" ElWire. For a S10 Mask I suggest getting 4-6ft of it or 2 meters should work.

AS for the Elwire getting in the way of your lenses......they wont. Everyones eyes in a gas mask sit really close to the lenses so having the Elwire wrap around each lense shouldnt get in your way. http://s1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee411/Skullhunter500/Vector/?action=view&current=vector011.jpg Hope this helps!!! =)
I dont know, I bought this set that came with the wire, invertor and splitter: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150815758565?var=450078287932&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649 I cant tell whats best to get here, as I said theres only 'deep' blue and aqua, no normal blue like those. Guess I need to buy from the US or go the led route. I was assuming the dimness was because of the colour rather than the inverter, this should be more than powerful enough for 2 small bits of wire

I know thats not a problem, saw that pic before which helps to see setup. My only problem is actually seeing any light off these, dim enough on their own, behind the blue you cant see a thing. I need some really bright stuff and not 'deep' blue its too dark

Skullhunter500
06-06-2012, 07:52 PM
Well I dont use a splitter cause 1 meter of Elwire for me is enough to wrap around both lenses.
I would say buy from US

But as for your Led route....I havent seen anyone pull it off (to where it looks good) yet. I wish you luck if you try it! =)

I think its as you said earlyer....its your Window Film stuff. That stuff looks "Mirrored". So idk what to tell you there.

And Elwire should NOT be used in: Outside Daylight, Well Lit Room, ect. lol I dont even bother to turn mine on during a Con unless its dark outside or we go do a photoshoot in a darker place. XD Window film reacts when a flash goes off and makes the mask look like its lit up anyway! =)

Vector.
06-13-2012, 02:47 PM
I ordered some from elwirepros in super bright so see how these work. If these dont do it then no el wire will and it'll have to be led route but we'll see when these arrive. I have made my lenses mirrored yes, it was just trial and error though to see how well I could see light through it. I was gonna try everything with mirror on and if it doesnt work then take the mirror off and try varying numbers of layers of transparent blue (which I have on top of the mirror tint layer to alter its shade) Just depends what works best for seeing the el wire/led through


I have somewhat finished my costume for now though, just the lighting to finish it off and I might get a new tac vest cause I hate this one. Heres a few shots I took today though

http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/9500/p1060207x.jpg

http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/4854/p1060227w.jpg


Pretty happy with how its turned out. The jacket is like 3 times too big for me but oh well. Hard to get the hood to sit right too its so big. The lighting will just be the finishing touch to this so I will be continuing to work on that. Will post any progress I make on it

Kwonkicker
06-16-2012, 06:23 PM
Hello everyone. I've been reading through this thread and much of the information has been helpful. I am attending the New York Comic-Con (third year in a row!!) this October and will be cosplaying as Vector. This is my first time cosplaying so I am fairly new to all this. Reading through this thread I have a few basic questions:

1) For the mask required for Vector; I wear glasses. Would that be an issue of comfort? Would the mask still fit properly?
2) How big is the actual mask? Is it sort of one size fits all or does it sort of fit based on the individual's face?
3) For his weapons, I believe it is a standard M9 pistol he wields. Are there any stores which sell model guns for cosplaying or do you have to order it online?

Any type of help is appreciated!

Dota2008
06-17-2012, 05:48 PM
Hello everyone. I've been reading through this thread and much of the information has been helpful. I am attending the New York Comic-Con (third year in a row!!) this October and will be cosplaying as Vector. This is my first time cosplaying so I am fairly new to all this. Reading through this thread I have a few basic questions:

1) For the mask required for Vector; I wear glasses. Would that be an issue of comfort? Would the mask still fit properly?
2) How big is the actual mask? Is it sort of one size fits all or does it sort of fit based on the individual's face?
3) For his weapons, I believe it is a standard M9 pistol he wields. Are there any stores which sell model guns for cosplaying or do you have to order it online?

Any type of help is appreciated!
1) Depends on the sizes mask you buy as they have different sizes.
2) Mask comes in different sizes
3) The gun I use is a M1911, for buying guns i usually buy from evike.com or airsoft megastore.com look for the really cheap guns

Kwonkicker
06-17-2012, 07:35 PM
1) Depends on the sizes mask you buy as they have different sizes.
2) Mask comes in different sizes
3) The gun I use is a M1911, for buying guns i usually buy from evike.com or airsoft megastore.com look for the really cheap guns

Being that I do wear glasses is there a specific size you would recommend or?

Dota2008
06-18-2012, 10:55 AM
Being that I do wear glasses is there a specific size you would recommend or?

that, I couldn't help you with. but what I could recommend is if you have a army surplus store near by, you could always go in and try on some of their gas mask to get a feel of how it might fit with glasses. i can tell you one thing though, I cant fit my size 3 gas mask with glasses.

Kwonkicker
06-18-2012, 04:52 PM
that, I couldn't help you with. but what I could recommend is if you have a army surplus store near by, you could always go in and try on some of their gas mask to get a feel of how it might fit with glasses. i can tell you one thing though, I cant fit my size 3 gas mask with glasses.

There's quite I few where I live so I think I'll check them out. Thanks a lot man!!

Moodydata
06-21-2012, 01:38 PM
Best pic of ma set up ever :D

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/s720x720/542170_365458160173906_1346031493_n.jpg

Kwonkicker
06-28-2012, 10:46 PM
Nice man!!

VforVilma
07-20-2012, 12:35 AM
I'm going to start a Vector cosplay now for next year just to give myself enough time. I was wondering if anyone knew what is the most accessible item of the outfit, or easy to find (namely in stores not on the web). I'm tight on money and would rather work my way up little by little.

Moodydata
07-31-2012, 08:31 AM
easiest and cheapest thing to get from experiance is the Knee pads and elbow pads, I can find em for like 5 bucks on ebay.

in Related stuff, found a video of me in costume at my last con at 50 seconds into the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhM5fxgf7Xg&feature=player_embedded

VforVilma
08-07-2012, 01:00 AM
easiest and cheapest thing to get from experiance is the Knee pads and elbow pads, I can find em for like 5 bucks on ebay.

in Related stuff, found a video of me in costume at my last con at 50 seconds into the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhM5fxgf7Xg&feature=player_embedded

Ill give it a shot. Thanks, and you look amazing!

Dota2008
08-13-2012, 01:50 AM
got most of my gear from evike.com, my jack and pants with hexs are custom, ebay is where i got the mask.

Captain Jack
08-14-2012, 04:57 PM
I have finally got back into writing guides! My newest one is for Vector, and I cover everything that isn't custom to help cosplayers find the right accessories. I figure custom work is already extensively covered elsewhere, so why waste the time. :P

Here it is! Feel free to pass it on to anybody who needs help.

http://www.cosblade.com/archives/560

raykimaru
08-17-2012, 02:53 AM
Looking to start a vector build for myself but I'm pretty new to actually making parts rather than buying and assembling them. I'll be honest, I don't think its within my skill range to make the jacket/pants combo so does anyone know where I could find plain versions of the same stuff? I can them work out puttingo n a hex pattern from there, alternatively does any one do them commissioned? (and willing to ship to UK?)

Thanks

Dota2008
08-18-2012, 03:16 PM
I have finally got back into writing guides! My newest one is for Vector, and I cover everything that isn't custom to help cosplayers find the right accessories. I figure custom work is already extensively covered elsewhere, so why waste the time. :P

Here it is! Feel free to pass it on to anybody who needs help.

http://www.cosblade.com/archives/560

good guide. not sure if you noticed but i have sent alot of traffic your way for the custom fabric.

Vector.
08-18-2012, 04:28 PM
Great guide Mike. Im missing the boots and proper vest. Thats the same as the one I was going to buy, only thing is the molle pouches can cost a ridiculous amount just for one so it might be a rather pricey custom job

That guide doesnt cover the mask, I made a tutorial myself on how I made mine if it is of use to anyone: http://zombiehunt3r.deviantart.com/art/Vector-Gas-Mask-Tutorial-319846344 Its not perfect but if it helps anyone feel free to use it. Im still working on the lighting myself to try make it brighter and just better in general

raykimaru
08-19-2012, 06:10 AM
Great guides coming through, certainly helps with us noobs. I'm still struggling with the jacket/pants thogh - for now I'm going to be using black cargo pants and a plain black hoodie I think. Just so the costume is useable. I'll be following Vector.'s guide for the mask too.

Just in your opinions then is the Blue or Aqua EL Wire best to use?

raykimaru
08-19-2012, 11:23 AM
Also,

I've been trying to get my hands on this vest: http://airsoft-club.com/shop/tactical-gear/tactical-vest/airsoft-tactical-molle-strike-hunting-mesh-lbe-vest-bk (http://airsoft-club.com/shop/tactical-gear/tactical-vest/airsoft-tactical-molle-strike-hunting-mesh-lbe-vest-bk) but it has been out of stock for a while. Does anyone know where I could get the same for roughly the same price? Everywhere else I've found it is around the 80 mark.

Thanks.

Kwonkicker
08-19-2012, 06:36 PM
Quick question: What is the largest size for the s10 gas mask?

raykimaru
08-20-2012, 06:36 AM
Size 3 I believe. Its the largest I've seen.

raykimaru
08-20-2012, 07:55 AM
Hi all,

Just ordered an FM12 which should arrive soon I hope. Just looking over the EL Wire (going for Blue) - which thickness works best for Vector in your opinions? I'm looking at the moment between 1.2mm and 2.5mm

Thanks.

Vector.
08-20-2012, 11:08 AM
Also,

I've been trying to get my hands on this vest: http://airsoft-club.com/shop/tactical-gear/tactical-vest/airsoft-tactical-molle-strike-hunting-mesh-lbe-vest-bk (http://airsoft-club.com/shop/tactical-gear/tactical-vest/airsoft-tactical-molle-strike-hunting-mesh-lbe-vest-bk) but it has been out of stock for a while. Does anyone know where I could get the same for roughly the same price? Everywhere else I've found it is around the 80 mark.

Thanks.
These ones arent exactly the same but they're very close looking. I was planning on buying one of them myself if they are any use to you

http://www.rap4uk.com/Paintball-Guns-Accessories-UK-p/11636.htm
http://www.military1st.co.uk/04613a-tactical-army-adjustable-vest-molle-light-modular-black.html
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tactical-Assault-Carrier-Modular-Airsoft/dp/B005UXBR5O

If I find a better one I'll post it here


Quick question: What is the largest size for the s10 gas mask?
Size 1 is the biggest gas mask size. I have a Size 3 which is a medium. 2 is Large and 1 is XL

raykimaru
08-21-2012, 05:11 AM
Good find Vector.

Like I said will be using your mask guide, it looks awesome. Can't wait till it arrives on friday. I ordered a size 2 2006 model Avon FM-12. Should be Ok right?

still not sure what colour EL Wire looks better? I can't decide between Aqua and Blue now.

And I'll definitely be looking into one of those vest. I'll get some pictures up as I go.

Vector.
08-21-2012, 04:21 PM
No problem. Sounds good, ideally I wanted an FM12 but the price of them put me off (considering I was working on both Vector and HUNK I didnt want any extra expense but I might get one some day) Yours should turn out good

El wire I cant really say, it all depends how you go with the tinting route, whether you use just transparent blue or mirrored like mine, then how many layers of it you use etc all affect the visibility and intensity of the light. For me it was, and still is, just experimenting to see what variation works best. Aqua is apparently brighter than the blue wire which is why I got some of that, it works fine and as its going through a blue tint it will still appear as blue rather than actually look aqua. Apparently the thinner the wire, the brighter it is. I think I ordered 2.3mm superbright aqua wire from elwirepros and it seems to work alright. Going through my mirror tint you cant see it well at all so I was still wanting to look into the LED route to see if I can find something to work better. Through just transparent tint its pretty bright but my eyes can be seen. If you can get some wire for a reasonable price then I'd just get some of each and try for yourself to see what works best for you. I still need to work on this part myself

Alright. Im not sure which of those three would be the best one to get, cant decide which one to buy myself yet. I prefer the one you posted but I couldnt find another one anywhere

raykimaru
08-22-2012, 04:15 AM
Yeah, the one I posted is apparently going to be back in stock over the next couple of weeks and it looks spot on. I might pick one up at a later date. My biggest problem is still the jacket/trousers combination for a really accurate Vector. I can't really make the stuff so I'll probably have to commision it at some point (the colouring is also a problem for it) but for now I'll be going with the black hoodie/black combat trousers approach.

Kwonkicker
08-22-2012, 06:12 PM
In your opinion which would work better in terms of lighting? The el wire or blue tinting?

raykimaru
08-23-2012, 02:41 AM
I'm not exactly an expert as my mask won't arrive until tomorrow, but I'm going for a mixture of El Wire (in aqua) and some blue window film.

I'll post some pictures to show how it goes when I get going with it.

raykimaru
08-23-2012, 04:20 AM
Trying to now source the pouches I need for the vest. I've look on eBay, Amazon and a couple of surplus sites but hving trouble findnig the correct pouches. Anyone know anywhere that is cheap as possible?

Thanks,

For referrence:

http://www.cosblade.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/vectorshot.png

Kwonkicker
08-23-2012, 02:45 PM
Ordered the FM12 mask off of ebay. Question: I keep seeing flat lenses show up on ebay, but all are for the s10. Since I'm using the fm12 do I actually need flat lenses for when I set up the lighting/tinting? And if so, anyone know where I can order me some?

raykimaru
08-26-2012, 01:26 AM
When I bought mine I got it off eBay too. I asked the seller and in his response he said that if I needed rounded lenses I should buy the s10 or ac10. So as far as I know ot should come with flat lenses based on that.

Skullhunter500
08-27-2012, 04:28 AM
Jeez! Looks like this Thread has been busy since Ive been away and im glad to see that! =) For Questions regarding FM-12's and Lighting (Elwire) Im your man! (since I was one of the first!)

1: Fm-12's DO NOT have flat lenses.....but, the curve is SO slight that you hardly notice it and WILL NOT affect your lighting install!

2: As for Lighting, I have "Blue" Elwire that is 2.2mm thick and is 3ft long. I would suggest getting "Blue" Elwire that is 2.3mm thick and 4-5ft so you have extra room for battery pack.
My mask has Blue Window Flim over the lenses on the inside with the "Blue" Elwire to make a "Deep Blue" combo seen here! =3 http://skullhunter5000.deviantart.com/gallery/34236743

If you guys have any more questions let me know! Hope this helped!!!

raykimaru
08-27-2012, 10:38 AM
Good to see you back Skullhunter,

Bah, I've already gone and ordered aqua lenses... I'm sure it'll be OK though. the blue window film will darken them down a little. Been using your mask as a reference to my own work and it's been a great help mate!

Hopefully get some pics up of my own WIP soon.

Kwonkicker
08-27-2012, 03:06 PM
Jeez! Looks like this Thread has been busy since Ive been away and im glad to see that! =) For Questions regarding FM-12's and Lighting (Elwire) Im your man! (since I was one of the first!)

1: Fm-12's DO NOT have flat lenses.....but, the curve is SO slight that you hardly notice it and WILL NOT affect your lighting install!

2: As for Lighting, I have "Blue" Elwire that is 2.2mm thick and is 3ft long. I would suggest getting "Blue" Elwire that is 2.3mm thick and 4-5ft so you have extra room for battery pack.
My mask has Blue Window Flim over the lenses on the inside with the "Blue" Elwire to make a "Deep Blue" combo seen here! =3 http://skullhunter5000.deviantart.com/gallery/34236743

If you guys have any more questions let me know! Hope this helped!!!

Cool. One other question; Being the mask has vents over is it difficult to see? Granted I will be using it at Comic Con which is indoors and well lit but just a genuine question.

Skullhunter500
08-27-2012, 05:45 PM
@ Kwonkicker-Hahaha Yeah its a lil hard to see. But as long as your in a well-lit area its easy. My shutters are so close to my eyes that I kinda look past them, if thats understandable? im not sure how else to explain it. lol =) And your gonna want to watch out for stairs!!! haha

@ Raykimaru- Yeah the Window Film will def deepen the glow (but dont peel the Film, leave it double layered) Sweet cant wait to see them!!

raykimaru
08-28-2012, 02:39 AM
Skullhunter, my El Wire and window film have arrived today and I'm going to get to started with it as soon as I'm back from work this evening. Just wondered if I could get a little advise on how to secure the film if I'm not peeling the backing off? And also how many layers roughly you would recommend putting in?

Thanks :)

Skullhunter500
08-28-2012, 05:10 AM
I just taped it to the inside of the mask on the lenses then coiled the Elwire and taped it on top of that! One layer should do, just cut out 2 circles and that should be it! Your welcome! =)

raykimaru
08-28-2012, 06:47 AM
Cool I'll give that a go then. I ended up going for the 1.3mm wire so will see how it turns out!

Kwonkicker
08-29-2012, 09:55 PM
Success! My mask came today. Fits pretty well too. Just one question: How do I remove the lenses sot hat I can add the blue window tinting?

Skullhunter500
09-04-2012, 01:24 AM
Success! My mask came today. Fits pretty well too. Just one question: How do I remove the lenses sot hat I can add the blue window tinting?

You dont need to. Just pull the straps over the front of the mask and you should have easy access to the lenses! =3

Kwonkicker
09-04-2012, 02:03 PM
You dont need to. Just pull the straps over the front of the mask and you should have easy access to the lenses! =3

Thanks. And btw this is directed to all who participate in this thread; For Vector's jacket what do you use?

raykimaru
09-08-2012, 05:41 AM
So far I've no idea on the jacket really. I'm going to use a black hoodie for now with some black combat trousers. When I figure out how to do the jacket properly I will, but for now the black parts will do.

also - finished my mask! will get some pics up when I can.

raykimaru
09-10-2012, 05:14 AM
Pics of my finished Vector mask:

https://www.facebook.com/raykimaru?cropsuccess#!/photo.php?fbid=10151156743857458&set=a.184119642457.127002.508077457&type=1&theater

and

https://www.facebook.com/raykimaru?cropsuccess#!/photo.php?fbid=10151156758802458&set=a.435119382457.207116.508077457&type=1&theater

Skullhunter500
09-11-2012, 02:06 AM
Pics of my finished Vector mask:

https://www.facebook.com/raykimaru?cropsuccess#!/photo.php?fbid=10151156743857458&set=a.184119642457.127002.508077457&type=1&theater

and

https://www.facebook.com/raykimaru?cropsuccess#!/photo.php?fbid=10151156758802458&set=a.435119382457.207116.508077457&type=1&theater

LOOKS GREAT!!! Well Done!! =3

raykimaru
09-12-2012, 04:55 AM
Thanks!

I've touched it up a bit since and put black paint on the shutters on the lenses to matte them down and touched up any areas where the glue has 'whitened' the rim of the lenses so I'm really proud of it now, especially since it is my first project!

Now I'm working on Spectre, Beltway and Lupo's masks for a couple of friends and will be employing similar techniques used here. Thanks for all the help!

Skullhunter500
09-12-2012, 05:07 AM
LOL! The glue did that to me as well! hahahaha

Yeah Spectre and Lupo are waaaaaaay easy to make. I helped my Spectre do his! And Lupo was the easiest one for me to make!!! (well next to Bertha anyways) hehehe =)

raykimaru
09-12-2012, 08:22 AM
HAHA yeah, the lense shutters are messy work! Well I'll end up doing Bertha's too. Then all I need is a Foureyes...

Dota2008
09-13-2012, 11:47 PM
well since I officially retired my vector costume at dragoncon. Im happy to share what I used for the pants and jacket. I used the snowboard jacket from the earlier posts. some people say the shapes are a little big, but i got nothing but positive responses from every con i wore this to.

http://www.the-house.com/bt3sev06tbhj12zz-burton-snowboard-jackets.html

<<<<< btw skull is the vector on the left, I am on the right.

raykimaru
09-14-2012, 06:59 AM
wow, thats cool. Out of stock though :sulk: will just look elsewhere for one.

And thats an awesome picture! I'll have some more up when its closer to being fully finished!

Kwonkicker
09-14-2012, 01:23 PM
Trying to find Umbrella Corp patches for my vest and jacket. Where did you guys find yours? And are they sew on or iron-on?

Skullhunter500
09-14-2012, 10:04 PM
Trying to find Umbrella Corp patches for my vest and jacket. Where did you guys find yours? And are they sew on or iron-on?

Ebay is where i got mine! And they are Iron-On that could be Stitched. =)

Kwonkicker
09-21-2012, 10:06 PM
Ebay is where i got mine! And they are Iron-On that could be Stitched. =)
Did you get blue window film from there as well?

raykimaru
09-24-2012, 09:49 AM
Did you get blue window film from there as well?

I got mine from eBay by just searching "blue window film" - I managed to find a seller that sold A4 sheets of the stuff for 99p each. I got three or four sheets (as I've got an entire wolfpack's worth of masks to make) so one sheet of A4 should do you for Vector easy.

Skullhunter500
09-24-2012, 01:48 PM
Yes. This is what I have http://www.ebay.com/itm/Translucent-Blue-Color-Window-Film-60-Wide-x-1yd-/260730690764?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cb4c29ccc

Kwonkicker
09-26-2012, 10:26 PM
I ordered some off Amazon, found it much cheaper. Should be here tomorrow. Now, what would be easier, popping out the lens and putting the film inside the lenses or just placing it on the front or back?

Skullhunter500
09-26-2012, 11:13 PM
I ordered some off Amazon, found it much cheaper. Should be here tomorrow. Now, what would be easier, popping out the lens and putting the film inside the lenses or just placing it on the front or back?

Weeeell....On the Fm-12 I wouldnt recommend popping out the lenses since they're really hard to get back in perfectly. I just cut and taped the film to the inside of the lenses followed by the Elwire. =3

raykimaru
09-27-2012, 09:31 AM
Weeeell....On the Fm-12 I wouldnt recommend popping out the lenses since they're really hard to get back in perfectly. I just cut and taped the film to the inside of the lenses followed by the Elwire. =3

I did this too. I think we pretty much made our masks the exact same way...
It's certainly easier than trying to pop to lenses in and out.

snodawg666
09-28-2012, 12:41 AM
just came to say thanks to everyone here for all their input, it really helped a lot. I didn't have a whole lot of time but thanks to this thread I was able to get my Vector outfit finished looking pretty decent just in time for San Diego Comic Con 2012. My main problem was finding an appropriate jacket with a hood. But anyways here's a pic all geared up before the Con...

http://imageshack.us/a/img411/8459/vector.jpg

Kwonkicker
09-29-2012, 02:50 PM
Hey that's pretty good man!!!

Btw, NY Comic Con is about two weeks away. Any of you guys heading there? I've got four day passes so I'll be there the entire weekend!

kamakazicat
09-30-2012, 09:24 PM
Hey, been keeping up with this thread for a while, but I still have questions on a few things.

1) What Vest have most people been using? I can't seem to find a good one that matched up to Vector's. Or if you have a base vest that needs the attachments, where can I find these attachments?

2) Has anyone found a good Jacket to use for this? I can add the grid myself, but I need a base jacket to work with.

I'm ordering an FM12 gas mask soon, and will start work on that. (Thanks for the tutorial :D)
Any help with the above two things would be appreciated.

kamakazicat
10-01-2012, 07:59 PM
Never mind, i found a great jacket to use! Pretty Cheap and looks good: http://www.evike.com/product_info.php?cPath=30_165&products_id=28491

And I think I'll hit some local thrift stores for the jacket, kneepads, etc. I do still need to find a Fm12 or s10 gas mask though. The fm12's are expensive. :(

starnes82
10-03-2012, 12:50 AM
just came to say thanks to everyone here for all their input, it really helped a lot. I didn't have a whole lot of time but thanks to this thread I was able to get my Vector outfit finished looking pretty decent just in time for San Diego Comic Con 2012. My main problem was finding an appropriate jacket with a hood. But anyways here's a pic all geared up before the Con...

http://imageshack.us/a/img411/8459/vector.jpg

that is freaking awesome man

Kwonkicker
10-12-2012, 09:38 PM
Update:

NY Comic Con is here and in full swing!! I've already run into some RE cosplayers and taken some great photos. I hope to see some guys from here as well. As for my outfit: Had problems with the mask. For whatever reason I could not get the blue film to work properly and after some time I decided to wing it. So I just took black cable ties to use as the vents over the lenses.

The verdict: PEOPLE LOVE IT. I've been getting nonstop requests for pictures and posing it's actually surprised me so many enjoy it. And this praise is not coming from common fans: Die hard RE fans are praising the work I did as people are shouting out to me "Yo Vector, can I get a pic!"

EDIT: Here are some photos...

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/527582_10151182431711668_704185228_n.jpg

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/564133_10151183723666668_1031170458_n.jpg

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/47906_10151183725561668_895668414_n.jpg

Moodydata
10-28-2012, 09:08 AM
http://photo.cosplay.com/301806/3306750.jpg

Went a local laser tag arena in my costume to play a few games, ended up turning the lights off so I could see better in pitch black and took the bars out so it would make viewing easier, aswell as replacing my hoodie with a larger one, even so it still looks badass :D

raykimaru
11-01-2012, 11:34 AM
So I was out last night for Halloween rocking my Vector costume and everyone who recognised it as being from RE loved it. Heres a couple of pics:

http://i.imgur.com/503s6.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/391621_4811343922952_1204212565_n.jpg

snodawg666
11-02-2012, 06:19 PM
Great pics guys. Here are all mine from San Diego Comic Con 2012

http://www.flickr.com/photos/33464361@N06/sets/72157631897630018/