So, a change in direction. I’ll keep the grenadier idea in mind but I’m going to focus instead on a DKoK Quartermaster.
A lot of the kit remains consistent whatever member of the Korp you are portraying. ie boots, trousers, greatcoat and helmet. The skull mask will be awkward, I need to find a gas mask that fits the image. I can then make the mask to fit over that. Not sure how I will accomplish that at this stage.
I’ve now started to lasercut model card parts to replace my initial drawings on card. I’ve used 2D Design and I’ll use the same designs to later replace some card parts with Foamalux. Other parts will be vacuum-formed and I have already done the barrel cooling shroud.
I think the barrel cooling shroud is too short, I will probably make it longer to lengthen the overall weapon. Barrel is just a length of metal tube. I need to think about the trigger because that fitting will dictate where the discharge generator piece will sit.
I will probably also add a piece to the back end of the butt which will lengthen everything further.
Well the rifle stock arrived in the post, I’m still a little unsure about the size but I’m gonna run with it anyway. So the next stage is to model the rest of the weapon to get an idea of size and to check it’s all proportionate.
The grenadier picture I’m using seems to have the lasgun correctly proportioned so I’m using that to calculate the size of weapon parts. After drawing around the stock on paper and then roughly drawing the other parts over it I got a basic idea of sizes. I also did a 2D Design drawing of the whole weapon.
Using both drawings as a proportional size I guide, I have started to cut-out card parts to get a physical visualisation of whether it is correctly sized.
DKoK are primarily used for protracted siege wars in hostile environments. Turning up anywhere in a costume that is pristine will look gash, so the costume will look like I have spent time on campaign. Lots of dirt, chipped paintwork, and other ‘weathered’ effects.
Boots are easy. Boots are brown, end of. They need to be military, obviously. They need to be worn-in, so second-hand is the option – ideally cheap!
So this is what I’m using –
They are Swedish Army Boots from the 60’s, size 10. Bought from fleabay for £18. That’s enough spending for now, got plenty to be working with.
So apparently the greatcoat (along with the trousers and boots) are exactly the same as those issued to other Krieg infantry.
It is manufactured on Krieg, provides limited protection and is heavily impregnated against chemical and biological attack.
It is double-breasted and includes brass buttons, a pair of which allows the coat’s front to be turned back for greater mobility in combat. It’s collar bears the regimental tag stitched to the coat.
The reference artwork also shows the coat to be mid-calf length, buttons extending to at least the knees, close(ish)-fitting arms with double cuff and a high collar. Forgeworld figures also show an adjustable band on the lower back and two front pockets.
The colour of the coat is dictated by the guardsman’s regiment
There are a lot of military greatcoats available online meeting these criteria. My problem is that I am 6′ 2″ and slim. Most coats available are not long enough. So the best option I found was this:
It’s a reproduction German M32 black wool greatcoat. It’ll be long enough for me, but will need some adjustment. I will probably make the arms closer-fitting, use part of the double-cuff as material to make the collar higher and possibly take in the chest size.
It’s black, so that dictates my costume as the 5th Siege Regiment. It was £80. It’s in the post.
Because the lasgun does not have a pistol grip, this gives it that typical rifle stock base. Rather than go through the tears of attempting to scratch-build the stock, around which the rest of the weapon will take shape, I have opted to use an existing .22 rifle stock.
Now whether or not this is going to work I do not know. Until I receive the stock I’m not really sure about how appropriate its size is, as well as the shape of the butt. Hopefully the rest of the stock will be adequate around which to build the rest of the weapon.
Anyway, this is the first cost at £15 plus postage. I’m sure there’ll be more!