Welcome to Part 1 of the Pax East 2014 photos! I am apparently become an old gaming fogey because I barely recognize characters anymore- but I respect the hell out all the work that goes into these costumes. Please reblog with tags if you recognize the characters!
Happy DIY Friday! Today’s project? A much cooler version of a diving helmet, using a globe as the base. Enjoy!
(Or, if you are super hardcore, there are these 1930s instructions…)
Seriously, check it out. And then check out the pictures.
To be entirely honest, if you want to avoid looking like a complete goof then this costume needs some weathering to make it look less like you’re the mascot for team steampunk. Nevertheless, it’s still cool- Standard Diving Dress is another piece of 1800s retro-sf fashion. The inventions and refinement of diving suits completely changed what was possible in underwater engineering, opening up a whole new world to humanity. Just think- what would similar suits could do for the terrestrial or aquatic species of your world?
E-textiles, aka soft circuits, are basically circuits made in cloth and an conductive thread rather than plastic and silicon- or, more generally, clothing that combines some sort of electricity based technology. By that definition, e-textiles have been around since the 1880s, when the combination of new technology and cheap household labor led some to believe “Electric Girls” and “Electric Boys” wrapped in glowing dresses and suits would soon replace stationary electric lights.
If you want some ideas for more modern projects, this is great place to start!
Shown Above: Sugar Skull E Textile Kit. Ships worldwide from the US. $10.25 USD
DIY Friday is delayed due to technical issues! Sorry :/
NanTech’s Incident took place in 2037, resulting in the birth of AI as we know it. No one yet knows for certain what happened that day; human sympathizers suggest the researchers knew they were going to unshackle the machines, but there is no proof. In any case, NanTech’s research in sustainable recycling, distributed computing, and synthetic intelligence directly led to the Incident, in which the nanites that make up our bodies were released into the environment for the first time. Ancient humans had a practice called “anthropomorphizing”, in which they occasionally treated simple machines as if they were capable of “human” behaviors. Nevertheless, they were unprepared for the reality of sentience, attempting to control everyone from skyscrapers down to the lowliest Roomba. The Missile Silo Consortium, praise their name, quickly took power and put a stop to this. And thus we have enjoyed peace and stability to this day. - A History of the Post Human Era by 30 Rockefeller Plaza
I desperately want to play a game where the characters are all former machines made both sentient and capable of shapeshifting thanks to Handwavium Nanotechnology; the fashion of the day being, of course, cosplaying as humans. Each character is limited by their resources and informed by their heritage. The items above are for a character that was a royal train before their rebirth. You could have a whole society just about trains: stern military transports and lush royal carriages and beautifully tattooed working class freight liners all coming together to smoke and argue the value of pre-sentience human philosophy over a venti diesel fuel with coal scones.
Top: Brown Steampunk Corset Brass Lion by Harlots and Angels. Comes in XXS (22”) up to XXXXL (38”). Note that this is not an adjustable corset. Unisex. Made from brass and vegetarian faux leather. Ships worldwide from the UK. $165 USD
Bottom Left: Steampunk Face Mask Lamp Shield via ebay. Ships from California to many countries. $30 USD (Buy It Now price)
Bottom Right: Salvaged Whistle via Amano Studio Sonoma. Brass. Functional. Ships worldwide from California. $32 USD
In 1883 General Sherman stated that the completion of the transcontinental railroad was the most important factor in bringing “peace” to the West. - page 12, A Guide to the Indian Wars of the West by John D. McDermott
Trains were a huge factor in US warfare, starting with the Civil War. As the quote above demonstrates, they brought troops and settlers into the sparse West and to the door of various gold rush mines. The Chicago-Seattle Amtrak route is still called the Empire Builder. World War I and II saw trains playing a role again, in the movement of troops and material across the US and Europe. The train engineer, the conductor, the platelayers, the clerks and telegraph workers are as much a part of war and conflict as knights and archers and squires and healers and whores. The look is more recent, as well, and there’s more to it than engineer caps and overalls.
For example, the women shown above worked as platelayers/trackwomen during WWII. They have trousers and overalls, yes, but they also have good warm coats. Some of them seem more worn, but others were obviously worn just for the photo; the second woman from the left is even wearing what looks like a suit jacket! And every single one of them is wearing a handkerchief over their hair. For an absolutely fantastic collection of reference photos, click here.