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Comment by AirMarshal Harlan Cornelias Cain on May 1, 2012 at 8:15am

Steam Flash would be done as if he had a hard life:  overweight, chewing a cigar, tatty red long johns and work boots, needs a shave. HAHAHAHA

Good prices there, bargain for you

yes, the hommade stuff is ALWAYS better, unless you're willing to spend some good money on "quality" professionally made things

Comment by Ryan Grimm on May 1, 2012 at 7:39am

The helmet was $5, he had another in better shape for $10.  I figured since I was going to mod it, why bother paying the extra $5?  The EXACT same hard hats at an upscale antiques store were $25-40 dollars, go figure.

Steam Flash would be done as if he had a hard life:  overweight, chewing a cigar, tatty red long johns and work boots, needs a shave.
Steam Shoveler would be somewhat similar, but still a heroic personality, looking on the good side of stuff.
Nice thing about a steel helmet, stuff can be put on with magnets to change the look.
I could even sew a black canvas cover and do the Toy Soldier look.

I spent some time looking over Google results for Shoveler pictures/costume ideas, I'm pretty sure I can duplicate most of it.

Comment by AirMarshal Harlan Cornelias Cain on May 1, 2012 at 6:36am

I know a guy who has just finished and wore his Steam Captain America to the symposium. I hope you got those at a fairly good price, I think you would've. Steam flash would leave lots of room for brass, it would look good for sure...HAHA the Shoveler would be GREAT! ALL of the below works too.works

Comment by Ryan Grimm on May 1, 2012 at 6:10am

No. I remain a Toy Soldier...I'm just taking it in different directions.
I found a 1940's steel hard hat at a yard sale (in fact, I found three MORE all the same model, at a flea market, different sellers, all the same weekend!), and thought of doing a steampunk The Shoveler from Mystery Man...then considered doing a steampunked Golden Age Flash, and now considering more options.

Indecision....maybe I'll do them all.

Comment by AirMarshal Harlan Cornelias Cain on April 30, 2012 at 8:57am

Are you moving away from the Toy Soldier style?  I'm sure it'll remain in your heart of course....I certainly am a fan of spectacular displays upon rounded chests. Are you then evolving toward a more Civil War fashion?

Comment by Ryan Grimm on April 30, 2012 at 8:51am

I will be placing a Civil War ordnance pin/badge on my helmets in the future, went to a Civil War swap meet and got a couple, along with numerals for unit designations.  Pretty cheap.

Lots of good books on medals out there, including obsolete ones from Holy Roman Empire, etc.  Should make for spectacular displays on manly (and rounded female) chests.

Comment by AirMarshal Harlan Cornelias Cain on April 30, 2012 at 6:29am

The lapel pins are militaria of an unknown origin, they are a cross sabre and arrow on top of a laurel. The cap pin is an EOD Master Explosive Ordnance pin not standard issue. That's a good eye and knowledge you have concerning medals, whereas they appear Russian in style and symbol, they are North Vietnamese, which of course only makes sense for the similarity.

Comment by Ryan Grimm on April 30, 2012 at 4:29am

*them*

Comment by Ryan Grimm on April 30, 2012 at 4:29am

That looks to be a Master Parachutist's badge on you cap, the medals appear Russian in style (typical for hem, the ribbon shape), what are the lapel pins?
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