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Contra_Mundi
05-28-2008, 10:15 PM
Hey guys!
So I've been dead set on creating a Steampunk character to costume as, but I cant think up a profession for her! I've come up with a few, but I need ideas from you guys. What is something you've like to see? A Steampunk profession that's not too overused (like an 'inventor' or something), be as original as possible, please! I'm counting on you! :3

Here are some of my ideas,
Audiographer
Sniper
Botanist/Biologist (It would need a cooler, more steampunkish name if I went with this one, like: exobotinist or something.)
Courier/Messanger (Again, would need a more Victorian name)
ect.

<3

Contra_Mundi
05-29-2008, 11:33 PM
No one?

Creative Genius
05-31-2008, 01:00 AM
I love steampunk <3
sorry..I'm in the same ype of situation when it comes to make a steam punk outfit though. It's hard.

and everytime I ask for help I get boring stuff. I need my tons of brass gears and goggles.

so..I has no help :(

o01101011
05-31-2008, 10:17 AM
A botanist would be unique. You'd have reason to wear goggles with magnifying attachments and you could carry around vials with partially grown plants in them. The outfit would probably be a little messy from gardening/being in the woods. I could see it maybe with a skirt pulled up into tiers over a pair of knee high pants. Maybe a "shelf" at the hip to serve as a vial holder (serving to keep them visible as well.)

>>; that's just a basic idea though...

Kyriea
06-04-2008, 09:00 PM
As far as I know for Steampunk Costumes, these guys are the Supreme Authority!! They even host Steampunk panels at different conventions.
http://onewhospinsflags.deviantart.com/
http://vladislausdantes.deviantart.com/

paper cosplay
06-08-2008, 10:36 AM
black smith Victorian working man or woman clothing leather aperion, hammer, tongs. to add steam punk to it may be a clock work arm, or just fancy goggles.

this is not steam punk these are photos of me black smithing in costume at an out door museum.
http://www.cosplay.com/gallery/92270/

real steam tech
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1558416/

cow boy http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1317971/

TheMadMonkey
06-11-2008, 02:20 PM
how about demolitions expert?
make alot of sweet steampunk bomb type devices.
and having a nice brass pick-axe would be cool.
but then you can also make some cool punk-prosthetic replacement thingys for all the parts you blew off during apprenticeship.

and you could also use it as an excuse to wear a sweet leather cap.

George duel
06-11-2008, 06:49 PM
Botanist is so far the most original, as long as you carry a small plant in a jar with you;)

Other options could be:
Airship technician
Sky pirate
Mad scientist assistant OR experiment
Nurse
Blacksmith
Archaologist
Monster hunter weapon specialist
Vampire killer
Occultist
And so on... Endless options I know. The only limit is your imagination.:)

Bagu
06-11-2008, 07:50 PM
This kind of reminds me of an outfit I've seen in Second Life. Its an interesting outfit with a heavy steampunk flair.

http://bp0.blogger.com/_FwWKEyGmP-c/R7zwv5Kz_FI/AAAAAAAAA5M/0F64doCrPZ4/s1600-h/over+the+rainbow.jpg

http://bp1.blogger.com/_FwWKEyGmP-c/R7zwwJKz_GI/AAAAAAAAA5U/wLgk9c0PDV0/s1600-h/I+saw+the+Light.jpg

It looks like a type or aeronaut in a way, and has lot of little pouches and accessories like a map, candle in a lanten, oil can, wrenches. Its very steampunky imo.

Bealzabub
06-12-2008, 02:39 AM
My SteamPunk persona's actually a... dentist. *blush* Well... more so a doctor, but he just seems more... dentist-y. Pic: http://lady-bealzabub.deviantart.com/art/OS-Character-Sheet-88426363

But at least I get a giant drill... *evil laugh*

ichigo-chan7
06-12-2008, 10:00 PM
heyyy that dentist one looks pretty awesome

yesh i too am looking for information im coming up a bit short though so i feel your pain.

hmm a bartender would be kind of random, a photographer but if you want to think completely outside of the box a botonist would be pretty cool too intresting to see *curious*

my steampunk character or characters are part of a crew of sky pirates, my main character started out as a librarian so shes the historian/navigator/achreologist shes losing her sight so she has this cane with a bionic mono goggle on it.....its still in development

Bealzabub
06-13-2008, 12:43 AM
@ Ichigo-chan7 - Thanks. ^^; I love designing stuff... and SteamPunk suits my personal style for some reason...

I'm liking the idea of the botanist though. (Makes me want to do another Steampunk character based of off a certain musical...)

EDIT:

I found a Character Class/Profession Generator with a steampunk setting.
http://www.seventhsanctum.com/generate.php?Genname=class

windchomper
06-13-2008, 03:38 PM
Steampunk is teh awesome :)

I've dressed up as an Audiologist before- my partner went as a photographer- or as he put it, 'an Image Chronicler'- see my profile if you want a peek lol XD.

I had a blast making bit and parts for my stereo speakers and so on, and although ours was still pretty tame [we had to go representing a radio show] it is a total blast to dress up steampunk, you'll have alot of fun!

Other than 'image chronicler' and audiologist, some ideas that we had were:

-Runner boy/girl [or Steamboy/Steamgirl]:
Picture dirtied and ripped trousers, a big messenger bag, goggles, and big boots. Big gloves for carrying things, and an emblem on a vest or something to represent the company you work for.

-Skyship Mechanic:
Pretty easy to picture- messy hair and dirt on face, big brown overalls, rags in the pockets, big gloves, bunches of gears on a chain as a sling bag, a wrench, tools....

-Skyship Mercenary
Airplane cap, goggles, and slings of gun ammunition. Big guns. Lots of weapons strapped on. First line of hired defense.

-Pirate Elite:
Think upper class, posh kinda dude/dudette. Pants and a suit, gears everywhere, gold monocle. For the girl, a dress with gold gears and weapons hidden up the sleeves.

Hey, even mudane jobs can sound cool if you give em good names and costumes.

Best of luck

Leadmill
06-19-2008, 06:33 PM
I've been looking at getting into Steampunk and have an idea in my head that I don't think has been done before. However this will require some custom made gadgets made, are there places that take commissions for such things?

paper cosplay
07-27-2008, 05:10 PM
how many gadgets do you need to make a costume steam punk. or would period clothing with a modern twist be enough

Shine-Chan
07-27-2008, 06:21 PM
Try looking here there are over 300 pages of steamy goodness for men and women.
http://www.brassgoggles.co.uk/bg-forum/index.php?topic=104.0

Also check out their tactile board for masive piles of gadgets and lots of tutorials.

darkStars
07-27-2008, 07:01 PM
Seriusly, the botanist seems to be the nicer one, realy.

paper cosplay
07-28-2008, 03:39 PM
well you all got me thinking about steampunk so I dug thou my old costumes and thew together a steampunk costume with pieces from other costumes
http://www.cosplay.com/costume/162288/

steam_punk
07-31-2008, 02:55 AM
well ello chaps! as the steam punk, I have to chip in(yes, im new, ive never felt like registering): a botanist sounds fantastic! There plenty of sky pirates, but who's working on the good ole world? Maybe make some giant half brass tree thing...

anyway, go go gadget botanist!

Geek Fairy
08-23-2008, 06:54 PM
I came up with the idea earlier of being a steampunk librarian. It seems pretty Victorian, and you have an excuse to wear some kind of goggle-ish reading glasses. Maybe a little magnifier thing for fine print. ;) You could carry around books with gears and such on the cover.

ichigo-chan7
08-24-2008, 12:20 AM
hmm mine sorta morphed into a wyatt earp/johnny ringo thing XD not sure how thats gonna work though hmm, you think a more western look will work better than an english-ish look better?

tsuoi_kaze
08-24-2008, 04:44 PM
Thanks for the link, Shine-Chan, it might help me put together something.
I love steampunk, and have wanted to try it out fir a while now, but I've really never been clear on how to make something steampunk rather than just period wear without going too over the top with gear, ya know?

ymerej
08-26-2008, 10:33 AM
Wow, this is a really interesting thread. You guys are awesome.

I've been getting discouraged by traditional anime cosplay because many people seem like such...snobs, for lack of a better term. Either you slave and slave and slave to make something EXACTLY (EX-ACT-LY) like what appears on screen or else you're a pitiful noob deserving only scorn. Please.

Whereas a 'freeform' costume based on the standards of your own imagination but also inspired by things you like (and I DO like anime) seems like a much mentally healthier endeavor.

I love steampunk stuff--particularly Steamboy, Last Exile, Dark Cloud 2, Arcanum, Castle in the Sky etc.--and have been thinking and sketching out a 'steampunk librarian' costume. It seems like the perfect thing for me since I work as a librarian at an engineering library. I have a sketch which I'll scan at some point but here's the idea for now:

1.) Black silk pants, saddle shoes/wingtips (maybe spats, if I can find them)
2.) White linen shirt, black vest
3.) Maybe some kind of fingerless victorian gloves
4.) Single enormous 'grimoire'-style book belted shut and worn on straps like a backpack; presumably with cool occult and/or steampunk emblems on the outside (I could get a spare bicycle chainring, paint it black or copper or rust it up or something and fasten it to the cover)
5.) Belt with multiple hanging 'bandolier' pockets of many small books (size of a paperback but hardcover, covered with black cloth or fake leather--like those moleskine notebooks they sell only thicker) and/or rolled scrolls all the way around my waist
6.) Maybe more such small hanging books on the vest or around my chest on a bandolier
7.) I already wear fairly distinctive, narrow rectangular glasses; I could easily get all my old pairs and 'stack' them up my forehead

Sound interesting? All I really need is a place to get a good 18th- or 19th-century style white shirt. I'm thinking like the one Balthar wears in FF12? I do NOT have the time and patience to learn to be a shirtwaist-maker.

Keiosu
08-26-2008, 11:26 PM
Sound interesting? All I really need is a place to get a good 18th- or 19th-century style white shirt. I'm thinking like the one Balthar wears in FF12? I do NOT have the time and patience to learn to be a shirtwaist-maker.

Try here (http://www.gentlemansemporium.com/store/shirts.php?from=leftnav). They have nice selection of different styles of shirts, along with other era goods.
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I'm making my own steampunk outfit as well, but like the creator I need some help establishing my character's profession/class in order to built the remaining elements of my outfit around it. We really need to set up an official thread on the forums here for steampunk, so people can commute there for idea and advice exchanges, general chat about the genre, info link, etc.

ymerej
08-27-2008, 09:20 AM
Try here (http://www.gentlemansemporium.com/store/shirts.php?from=leftnav). They have nice selection of different styles of shirts, along with other era goods.
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I'm making my own steampunk outfit as well, but like the creator I need some help establishing my character's profession/class in order to built the remaining elements of my outfit around it. We really need to set up an official thread on the forums here for steampunk, so people can commute there for idea and advice exchanges, general chat about the genre, info link, etc.

Thanks for the info. I'll have a look.

Isn't this an "official" enough thread for steampunk costumes?

Keiosu
08-27-2008, 08:57 PM
Yeah I guess you're right. I was just thinking that some people might over look it, since it's title and beginning is a help thread for the creator.

ymerej
08-28-2008, 09:13 AM
I checked that shirt site. They aren't quite the right periods: I'd rather go later (1890s) or earlier (1790s) rather than the Old West (1860s-1880s) period that their stuff is aimed at. Plus, it's a little expensive. On top of that, I remembered I have a nice, plain white band-collar shirt and a little black metal stud to go other the top button. It's modern, but still 'works'.

Thanks for the information anyway.

So I guess what I need now is the vest and all the 'book stuff'. I put out a call on my local Freecycle asking for anyone with old bicycle chainrings to let me know. Hopefully someone will have an old rustcycle in their backyard or something.

Vividwings
09-12-2008, 07:02 PM
1.) Black silk pants, saddle shoes/wingtips (maybe spats, if I can find them)


http://www.burdastyle.com/howtos/show/1248

Spats aren't that hard to make, here's a tutorial with a link to a pattern. I haven't tried it yet, but it seems pretty straightforward.

ichigo-chan7
10-01-2008, 06:32 PM
hmm that looks cool

i just changed mine yet again, im going to try to design a locksmith and see how that goes

i also have these goggles ive had for forever i cant really wear them since they are really big for my face you think they would work?

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please and thank you