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So I spent the weekend parading about like some sort of clockwork menace at The Asylum, Lincoln’s steampunk festival.  I managed to complete my steampunk predator cannon in time and took this along with my steampunk mask.

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I had a great time and the costume was well received – I couldn’t go more than 10 meters without being mobbed by photographers, but I guess you’ve got to expect that if you’re dressed up like a lunatic ;) I spent a fair chunk of the weekend like this!

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The mechanism for the cannon held up pretty well and didn’t break.  There was some slippage or stretching of the cable which meant that the lever that raises the whole assembly didn’t bring it up the whole way after a while.  I could compensate for this by using the up/down motion however.   I got talking to a chap that I know who works in special effects and he was able to give me a few pointers, for example soldering the ends of the bike cable so that they don’t fray, and using cable junctions (this sort of thing, minus the plastic) to connect the cables.

He also suggested creating a hand control, which makes alot of sense.  I think I might rework this doing exactly that.  That way I can control the gun without it looking too obvious that I’m directly controlling it.  I can also exert abit more force with my hand than I can on a wrist mounted control box.

I also gave a talk about the creation of the costume at the event.  I didn’t think anyone would show up initially but in the end I had about 20-30 people and managed to talk for about 20 mins or so.  A fair few techniques went into the creation of the costume so I had a fair bit to say.  Alot of people asked questions and it was quite a receptive audience so it ended up being really fun.  I’m afraid you can see my face in these pics….. ;)

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Here’re a few more pics of the thing, including some pics of the back.

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So I had hoped to post some more in-progress pic of the construction of this thing, but with The Asylum 2015 rapidly approaching I’ve had to get cracking in order to get ready in time.

Here’s the costume so far.  I’m using a version of my mask and backpack that I’d constructed for previous events, I’ve modified the backpack to include the wooden arm so I can mount the gun on my shoulder however.  I’ll hopefully have some more complete pics soon.

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So the last time I posted, the shoulder cannon was basically just a wood and metal mechanism without an actual gun.  It’s come some way since then.  I’ve covered the wooden arm and mechanism in a layer of styrene plastic and spray painted everything green.  The gun is also mostly constructed from styrene and various other found pieces like lids from spray paint cans and contact lens containers.  There’s also a bicycle pump in there and I also cast some copies of those nitrous oxide canisters to include on the side as they’d weigh less than the real thing.

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I also had a go at doing some paint chipping effects by painting the model silver in places then applying some torn up pieces of masking tape.  I then spray painted everything green.  Once it was all dry I peeled off the masking tape.  It doesn’t look too bad for a first try.  I gave the whole piece some washes of brown and black oil paints for weathering.

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Here’s a video of the gun moving.

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Here’s another video of my predator shoulder cannon mechanism.  I’ve now completed the mechanism for the bottom pivot which will raise the whole arm and gun up.  This is operated by a lever which will be mounted on my forearm.

This has really been scratch built from various bits I have lying about – the lever was made out of an angle poise lamp, the mechanism is bike brake cable fittings and a metal corner bracket that I bent into a flat shape.

 

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So continuing my tradition of starting a new project before all the others ones are finished, here’s a new piece which I’m preparing for the Lincoln Steampunk Festival The Asylum at the end of August.

This is actually something I originally thought of at my first ever Asylum in 2011 – a steampunk Predator’s shoulder cannon ;)

Here’s the mechanism.  Once I’ve got this running smoothly I’ll start detailing work to make it all steampunky :)

I’m planning on attaching my existing backpack to it too.

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So I attended The Asylum this year, Lincoln’s steampunk festival.  It was a great weekend and each year it gets busier and busier.  Apparently over 2000 people attended this year.

I love seeing what people have come up with each year.  The level of artistry on show is incredibly impressive and really inspiring.

I posted some pictures of my costume for this year in my previous post, but I think my friends stole the show with their matching costumes:

I ended up taking over 400 pics and some 200 odd of those have ended up here.

I couldn’t resist having a play with some of the pics though.  Jon’s coat was based on Neo’s coat from the Matrix, so this seemed appropriate:

I also had a play with colour too:

Finally a mention of Amy Smith’s amazing costume.  She really outdoes herself each year.

Here’s a gallery of my pics.

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Here’re a few pics of me in the armour from this years Asylum.  Ignore my stupid face ;)

All in all I was quite pleased with it – nothing fell off and it held together!  It was also as comfortable as could be expected considering the whole thing was made of leather.

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With only a few days to go before Weekend at the Asylum (the large steampunk festival in Lincoln) I’ve started making something new!

I often find that a tight deadline can actually be beneficial as it keeps your ideas realistic and constrains your ambition somewhat so the piece doesn’t spiral into something very complicated.

In this case it’s a simple piece of shoulder armour made of the three pieces of leather with some light detailing and some straps to hold it in place.

I really liked using the green leather dye on my previous armour so wanted to use it again on something.

Here’s how the final piece will sit once it’s finished

And here’re the pieces drying having been dyed.

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Still not thought up a good name for this but here’re a few more pics of it from the Asylum 2013.

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Got back from the Lincoln Steampunk Asylum yesterday.  Had a great time seeing all the amazing costumes people had put together.

Here’re some pics.

This was also the first outing for the steam engine back pack thing (still not worked out what to call it!).

It was pretty comfortable to wear and didn’t fall apart or anything!

I also spotted one of my masks being warn in someone elses photos!

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I’m currently working on a few items for the upcoming Steampunk festival in Lincoln.  The first is a trophy that will be awarded the winning filmat the film festival.  It’s constructed out of various copper and brass pieces.  I just need to sort out some sort of base to stand it on.

I’m also working on my new costume for the weekend.  This will be worn on the back and pipes will extend to a mechanical arm piece.  Should look quite nice hopefully ;)

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