View Full Version : Costume design: Captain Phinneus Shae

08-08-2016, 07:06 PM
So I've embarked on a costume - Captain Phinneus Shae, master of the Talion, scourge of the western ocean (or at least the bits Cryx haven't already scourged).

This is by far the most complex costume I've had a go at so far. So let's see how it works out.

Please excuse the page 1 spam - I want to keep the front page 'current' for where I'm up to.

Here are my reference pics - I also have the pirate book (they were my first army in mk I).



The final pics will also be added to this post later.

08-08-2016, 07:09 PM
First up, gauntlets. Very straightforward, craft foam over gardening gloves.



This is where I'm up to. Will update once more detail/filigree is done, and the overlay bracers are done


08-08-2016, 07:11 PM
Super iconic for the character. Also I never noticed his knees have little admiral hats until I built them.



Edit - October 2016 - Finished greaves - just waiting to be dirtied up good and proper


08-08-2016, 07:15 PM
Shoulders: note that I'm building them in pieces which will be painted then assembled. So the full picture will take a while.


Just the cutouts. 7 pieces per shoulder - plus about 20 bits of trim and detailing.


The longer under pieces are on the table at the moment for sealing and painting - I'm also out of trim.

Cheap tip for trim - 5mm vinyl pipe. Spray it gold, cut lengthwise and fit over the edges. Getting the corners sharp is fiddly but it adds a lot of strength

23/8/16- first shoulder piece complete:


08-08-2016, 07:15 PM
Reserved for arkantrik backpack

08-08-2016, 07:16 PM
Big 'ol sword


Painted blade guard:


http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt58/CareyBear/WarMachine/Shae%20costume/F364F547-9AD0-4757-8745-1400F0956614.jpg (http://s597.photobucket.com/user/CareyBear/media/WarMachine/Shae%20costume/F364F547-9AD0-4757-8745-1400F0956614.jpg.html)


08-08-2016, 07:18 PM
Reserved for coat.

seriously, this is proving to be the most difficult to source. I've already trawled the secondhand stores.

Might have to learn to sew. Or commission something..

Bearded Dragon
08-19-2016, 06:49 PM
if you do want to try your hand at sewing it, then I would suggest the McCall's civil war coat pattern. The union soldier one is what I modified to make my Stormsmith coat and it's pretty similar layout to Shae's.

Will say that sewing that up as your first sewing project will be pretty daunting. Get some thick interfacing to get that collar to stay like that.

08-22-2016, 02:42 PM
That's not a bad idea, I'll look at the pattern. I hadn't considered civil war. Cheers.

its not my first sewing project. I've made some small costume pieces before and a bustle skirt from a Simplicity pattern just to see if I could. But that's not a coat. There's a bit more to an altered coat :p

I picked up a nice steel 60s sewing machine but it needs to be adjusted (it's jamming at the moment) so I'll have a crack at it once I get around to getting that fixed.

Also got one shoulder finished, pic added to shoulders post. Currently stalled due to exams and being out of supplies.

Gave myself bonus marks for incorporating medium warmachine bases into the design though :p

PPS_Mike V
08-23-2016, 06:57 AM
If you need concept art reference feel free to drop me a line.

08-23-2016, 11:02 AM
Looking good so far, keep up with good work fellow pirate!

09-01-2016, 06:58 PM
Minor update: shoulders almost ready for painting/weathering and getting started on the backpack.

Ill update the main posts when I get on the PC later


PPS_Mike V
09-02-2016, 07:28 AM
Minor update: shoulders almost ready for painting/weathering and getting started on the backpack.

Ill update the main posts when I get on the PC later


Looking awesome Carey!

09-07-2016, 05:38 PM
Not an update... Last exam today and the sewing machine is going to the shop this weekend so here's hoping I can find a pattern I like.

I got started on the backpack but the rounded shapes (everything is oval, cylindrical or heavily curved or in some cases all 3) are killing my brain.

On the upside, I can see how it could be done as a straight backpack - that is, with shoulder straps running into slits in the coat at the shoulders and waist. Then the chest piece (which is mostly concealed under clothing) could be attached to the shoulder straps at the front. That means the shoulder plates can attach via a tab to the backpack straps and a button/tab to the coat shoulder.

anyway if it all gets too annoying I'll just start the sword and accessories (sash, baldric) for a break.

i also had a super cheapass inspiration for the greaves straps and a selection of dog collars are making their way to me from China. I'll see how that works out, but they were cheaper than buying buckles!

09-16-2016, 01:15 AM
Sewing machine fixed and pattern ordered.
I'm going with this guy:


but not baby poop brown vinyl. Urgh.

09-26-2016, 03:10 PM
Sword and PVC pipe core


Sword with some filling done, lower mechanikal cover and blade guard. Upper mechanikal cover is shaped but not shown here.


Don't ask me about the blade guard, it was a mammoth pain in the arse to get shaped. And I'm still not happy with it but there's nothing really wrong that I can't fix in post.

I may have been slightly too keen and the sword might be about 10-15% bigger than it should be but I'm certainly not doing it again. Looking forward to getting it done, it looks amazing dry fitted.

I have also sourced a huge bag of fabric - which is honestly so damn intimidating that I haven't touched it yet. My excuse is I'm waiting on the dozens of buttons and gold trim to arrive. I might get started this weekend if the sword is done. Or I might play a Fiona list I've been fiddling with. Decisions decisions.

09-27-2016, 04:54 PM
Well, the bag of dog collars arrived and I'm pretty happy with this as budget strapping. Now I need more for the bracers...

Greaves: more or less finished. Detailing and weathering and some paint touchup to go



09-27-2016, 04:55 PM
Dry fitted sword - still needs a lot of filler to smooth surfaces ready for painting.



Some more updates coming this weekend, with any luck...

09-28-2016, 11:49 PM
Looks pretty good so far!

09-30-2016, 04:09 AM
Sword progress:


Admittedly looks a little like I've been watching too many Tim Burton movies but I kinda like it.

10-02-2016, 09:29 PM
Some work on the blade guard:


10-10-2016, 03:15 AM
And look at that - a sword.

May I present: Squall.


Tell you what, if someone was waving this thing in my face I'd probably step back too.

10-10-2016, 06:12 AM
Looking good! This is pretty neat!

10-18-2016, 03:54 AM
Thanks all

still working on it.

not pictured: me weeping quietly in a massive pile of fabric and pattern pieces. I'll get there but oh my god what have I gotten myself into.

11-18-2016, 03:46 AM
This is amazing...go go go!

11-30-2016, 07:53 PM
Looking forward to the completed costume!

12-04-2016, 06:38 PM

Damn....................... Phinneus. With the red vans.