Hey everyone, I'm new to the site and to cosplay in general. I really want to do RE1 Chris (more specifically the REmake, if that makes a difference) but I need some help with stuff.
So far I have a S.T.A.R.S. patch and the old Hatch Reactor gloves. Here are my questions:
Are his pants grey or some kind of tan? I'm looking at the 5.11 grey cotton pants, which look correct compared to some of the photos I have seen, but a lot of them dark and I don't want to get the wrong color on accident.
Are his boots fully black or a black / OD green combination? I have seen it done both ways but from what I can tell the black / OD ones are just from the RE5 alternate costume. Is this correct?
Where can I find the webbing for Chris? I have looked all over, searching for web belts, web harnesses, load bearing harnesses, etc. but I can't find one that is even close. Having only one shoulder strap and a plastic buckle makes it a pain. I remember reading that there is a real life equivalent out there but I forget what it is called. I am absolutely awful at making things on my own so I hope I don't have to do that.
For the vest, will a Ranger Vest work? I plan on getting it screen printed and maybe getting some minor modifications done to it (drag handle, paracord lace on the side, etc.). I know it is really an M69 vest but I don't have the $150-200 to drop on one of those. I've seen from reading the old threads here that a lot of people use the Israeli liners and add padding to it, but I can't find those for sale anywhere. Even ebay comes up with 0 results no matter how I search for it. Did all the liners get bought up or something? The Ranger vest looks pretty close and I can pad it up a bit if need be, but if I can add the paracord and a flap of material over the zipper I think it would be decently accurate.
Does anyone have a definitive sheath for the knife? I know it won't be perfect unless I hand make it, but any brown leather sheath that is close would work. Preferably a cheaper one, as this is my first costume I want to make sure I enjoy cosplay before diving into it; I'd like to be as accurate as I can but I am pretty broke and suck at making things by hand right now (though I am practicing!).
Also, for the white shirt, I am planning on using a polo. I have some plain white T shirts but they are too thin and get wrinkled easily, and it doesn't look nearly as good IMO. Is there any reason that a polo wouldn't work?
Sorry for all the questions, I am making my way through the huge thread so I apologize if a bunch of this has been asked and answered already, but at 900+ pages it might take a while. You guys seem really, really helpful and I want to figure this out so I can get some pics up and make all of this writing worthwhile