BLU team, Medigun
Team Fortress 2 (TF2)
Last Updated: 06-06-2013
Costume icon taken from photo by hope1090. All photos of me in the gallery so far (except the first one with the goofy excited face by me) were taken by others, with sources listed on each.
More photos at http://cartoonmaster.tumblr.com/tagged/my%20cosplay (currently only Medic photos)
I stumbled on the game Team Fortress 2 completely out of the blue in the summer of 2011, while browsing videos on YouTube. I immediately fell in love with TF2's characters and art style. I also took an immediate intense liking to the Medic.
Propwork for this costume was challenging. My previous costumes had simple swords as weapons. As I had my heart set on having a Medigun, Medic's iconic tool of healing and my "weapon" of choice in-game, this would require extensive crafting work in unfamiliar territory, including electronics. Additionally, due to TF2's popularity, there have been many other cosplayers that have done this costume before me as well as many cosplayers I will meet and be compared with, so I felt the bar was set high for me.
• Medigun is made of wood and miscellaneous pieces of PVC pipe built around (slid onto) a hollow 3" diameter PVC drain pipe. It weighs about 6 lbs. Four AA batteries power the six LEDs that make up the light, with a lens made of frosted 'glass' (technically scrap sapphire but that's another story) plus two sheets of blue acetate to diffuse and color the glow. The light is triggered by the bat toggle switch on the bottom/back of the gun; the lever moves but does not do anything else. Hose is detachable. Batteries are stored in a compartment in the handle.
• Backpack is mainly made of foamboard (with inner wood support), and has functional storage space. Hose is detachable from this end, too. Empty backpack with Y-strap attached weighs about 3 lbs.
• Waistpouches are made of double-layered cardboard covered in pleather and have functional storage space.
• Coat is made of wool (urgh) and pants are made of cotton twill. Arm patches were cut out of cotton and appliquéd onto the sleeves with satin-stitched edges (~0 length wrong-side zigzag on typical sewing machine). Plans underway for remaking the coat with lighter fabric and fully embroidered patches.
• All other misc. pieces (boots, belt, y-strap, glasses, undershirt, tie, and gloves) were bought. Stethoscope was inherited from my mom. Archimedes is from the Valve store.
• Hair is my own. I just do the best I can to make my hairstyle appropriate.
Album of progress photos with commentary here:
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