The Plague: RIP and Grinder

Hobo With A Shotgun

Last Updated: 09-20-2011

I LOVE THESE GUYS!!! From the movie "Hobo With A Shotgun." Clip of "The Plague" in action here:

RIP was quite a tough project and my first venture into armor making. Planning and searching for good pieces of sports armor to use took the better part of a month, and I still didn't have enough "accurate" pieces, so I had to improvise with quite a bit of this costume.

The mask was made from cardboard and glued onto a plaster facemask made by layering rigid wrap strips onto my face for that perfect fit. The noticeable "jaw" section is actually made from a strip of metal, and all of the rivets/studs are simply push-pins wich have had the plastic coating sanded off of. I also put some wire mesh from a window screen into the eye and nose openings. Small bits of hot glue were used to create raised distressing effects. I plan on making a new one in the future that will have a working mobile jaw.

The inside shoulder/collar plates are cut sections from football pads, which are turned out to be very difficult to cut.

Every piece of arm/leg armor were made from various types of shin guard. Each piece had to have slots cut so that leather belts (mostly made from purse straps, since they are thinner and cheap to buy from goodwill, as well as come with clips) could be fed through and hold them on, rather than the elastic and velcro typically seen with such items.

The green butt-cape was cut from an olive drab poncho as I wasn't sure where to buy such material. It was then glued onto a belt.

RIP's sword is made with a plexiglass blade and a PVC pipe handle wrapped in black wire. The end cap was something I pulled off a sprinkler. Its sheath was made from two pieces of leather sewn together and dyed.

The foam padded armor that the hard plates are attached to was patterned out onto craft foam, then glued onto 1/2" foam padding. The spine bits are sections cut from the foam that was left over from removing the actual padding from the football pads mentioned earlier. My girlfriend and I spent countless hours covering all this foam in black fabric via hand-sewing. No machine work in this costume at all.


Grinder will not be started until I can effectively plan him out. His costume looks SIGNIFICANTLY more complicated and difficult than RIP's.


"Official member of The Plague" by Jason Eisner

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Character The Plague: RIP and Grinder
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Upload Date 03-31-2011
Debuted Texas Frightmare April 30, 2011

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