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Unread 11-18-2010, 04:52 PM   #1
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Team Fortress 2 Sniper - Hat, Pants, and vest help

At this very moment, I'm planning on cosplaying as The Sniper. I already have an Idea on how I'm going to do his weapons for the costume, but I have hit three snags. His vest, his pants, and his standard hat.

First, the vest. I've read on other forums that he wears a hunting vest, while others say its a work vest of some sort. Either way, I don't have a single clue on what kind of vest to use. Hunting or work vest?

Second, his standard hat. I've been debating with my brother on whether or not if its a Fedora. I say it is, he says otherwise. Can someone tell me? What should I use?

And lastly, his pants. Or more specifically, his pants color. In some pictures they appear as a darkish green, while in others it looks more like a gray. The pants it self look like Cargo pants, but I'm only concerned about the color. But if some could tell me what kind of pants to use, that would be great.

So, that's my current problem with my costume. Anyone got any tips to share with a first time cosplayer? (I probably should of said that earlier. Plz don't hate.) Here's the reference pic I'm using in case anyone is wondering.
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Unread 11-19-2010, 09:24 AM   #2
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His hat is an Australian hat... he is, in fact, Australian.


That's what you should be looking for.
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Unread 11-19-2010, 09:30 AM   #3
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Also, as a cheaper alternative (because money can be tight sometimes!), you could try this: http://www.amazon.com/Adult-Australi.../dp/B000ONEGQC and then dye it with Rit Fabric Dye to make it a little bit darker.
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Unread 11-22-2010, 11:56 PM   #4
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his pants are dark brown.
Vest is a brown leather vest. You will probably have to custom sew the pockets and little bandoleer part on yourself if you want to be completely accurate. Looks like suede on the shoulders.

you could start with something like this maybe: http://www.eastbay.com/product/model...Froogle-_-null (fake leather is cheaper and means you don't have to ruin an expensive leather vest)
remove the snaps on it and transfer them to the lower pockets, etc.
actually you might want to find one with a zipper instead (although that might be rare with leather vests), because if you removed the snaps you'd be left with a bunch of holes I'd think.

It's probably supposed to be a stylized hunting vest, but if you go out and look for an actual hunting vest, it's going to have a whole bunch of crap on it you don't want, and probably be made out of nylon or something.

and don't forget to carry around a mason jar full of pee

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Unread 08-01-2011, 10:52 AM   #5
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Slight variations in the colors of your clothes depends on which team you decide to join up with, but judging from your avatar pic, it seems your rooting for RED.

The Hat. From all of my research, I've finally nailed it down to a leather Australian slouch hat, certainly not a fedora. It could be called a few different things like an Australian outback/safari hat. My hat that I just recently ordered was the closest thing to the original that I've found so far, and here's where I got it --> http://www.pacificnorthwestoutfitter...Leather/Detail

Leather is legit and tough as hell.

The Pants. If you're going on RED team, I suggest slightly faded grey pants (not cargo, no pleats, just flat-front straight leg). If for BLU, then slightly faded dark blue pants.

The Vest. I've found a shooting vest to have the closest shape and colors to the original. Problem with heavy fabric shooting vests is that they are very expensive. I'm talkin' $130 to well over $200. If money is no object for you, then you will find something that is close enough to pull off, but, if you want your cosplay to be spot on, it'd be best to have your own custom made. That way you get to choose the materials (how cool, wrinkle resistant, or whatever you want it to be) and it will fit you perfectly without any alterations. Here's what a decent shooting vest looks like, just to cringe at the prices --> http://www.gandermountain.com/modper...D=GSHOP_420791

As for first timer cosplay tips, mine is as follows:

Stay in character. Bitches love a dude in character. But when being a curmudgeon-y old fart is uncalled for, be really friendly with your fellow cosplayers. Get everyone's emails that you'd like to keep in touch with.

Go in a group. You'll get so much more attention as a group and it feels awesome.

Have as much fun as possible without wearing yourself ragged, ff you'll be there for more than one day, at least. Party hard, my friend, but you'll want to party tomorrow too, right? So save some energy!

Good luck to you.
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Unread 12-03-2011, 10:55 PM   #6
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I too am goin to be cosplayin the sniper soon, and I wwas havvin similar problems to wwhat you explained here. For the hat (It's called a Slouch hat, if you wwere wwonderin) I used this (I modified it of course): http://www.outbacktrading.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=146

For the vvest (I havve yet to buy it, but wwhen I do I'm gonna add light brown leather to the shoulder pads): http://www.outbacktrading.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=121

And for the pants, wwell they look like dark brown (if RED) or Blackish blue-grey (if BLU) leather bell bottoms to me (they'vve been my biggest wworry so far). glad if I could help at all.
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Unread 12-06-2011, 08:46 AM   #7
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Honestly, just make the vest from scratch. It'll look soooo much better, and it's easy as hell, nothing but straight seams. Only tricky part is lining it and maybe adding the bias tape.

To get a pattern, take an old t-shirt that fits you well, then cut right down through the center front. Cut out the sleeves and then cut off one of the front panels. Don't forget to create the curved parts on the sides. Then just trace the pieces onto the fabric you want to use. For the collar, just use a straight piece of fabric sewn onto the neckline. Be sure to use interfacing to reinforce it.

Some more info here: http://cationdesigns.blogspot.com/20...iper-vest.html

Might make a more detailed tutorial myself...
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Originally Posted by Hynoxolus View Post
His hat is an Australian hat... he is, in fact, Australian.


That's what you should be looking for.
As an Australian myself, that is pretty damn stereotypical.
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