I've had the idea to make a steampunk cosplay for a while, and with the coming "Made in Asia" here in Belgium, I thought it was a great idea to begin now !
So, first of all, I want my costume to be kind of classy, kind of impressive, but not over-complicated (as this is the first time I make my own costume, and because it would take too much time and money to add very high details everywhere). That's why I'm going to focus on the hat and my left forearm.
Let's begin with my left forearm. I was thinking of adding a dozen (or two) xenon flash tubes in series, with a high voltage multiplier (like this one on ebay). Why ? Well, why not ! But more seriously; lightning effects are very visual, but if I have a big, loud spark gap on my forearm, people are going to be afraid, it will be dangerous for others as well as for me, and security isn't going to let me in. With flash tubes, the lightning effect is preserved, but it is way quieter, and much safer (as I can isolate the tubes terminals, and the arks are trapped in glass tubes). You may be thinking that the flash tubes will only make bright light flashs, but that isn't the case, as putting a dozen of them in series only lets small arks pass (because the power supply is very low current).
Next up, the hat. Oohh yes, the hat. I think I might go crazy on this one. Okay, so, on the hat, I want to have :
- Functional switches
- One or two nixie tubes
- A real smoke/fog-making chimney
- An analog "needle type" meter/gauge
- Goggles (because, goggles)
It may not seem like so, but I'm very excited about this :D
I'm not going to give more details about the hat, as I probably will add a project log for every element ^^
So, yeah ! I think that's about it, feel free to suggest any nice ideas !