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So I spent an embarrassingly large amount of time this morning Googling around trying to find the best homemade Space Marine costume in the universe. Such is the blogging life. Apart from a couple of professionally-made props, these costumes from JesterSet’s DragonCon 2005 photo-set take the trophy. I have almost no information about the makers or the wearers, regrettably. Help me out in the comments if you can.

30 thoughts on “Warhammer 40K cosplayers

  1. Marneus Calgar says:

    Check this out – http://sgcafe.com/showpost.php?s=c4100753125d315c1a24b3d11581ae62&p=5519196&postcount=13242 – the Ultramarine is sweet as is the Terminator but the Imperial Guard are really cool too!

    1. Gareth Branwyn says:

      Wow. Nice costumes. That Terminator helmet is AMAZING. I’d love to see the rest of the costume. Nice Sister of Battle, too.

  2. Collin Cunningham says:

    The dedication of cosplayers never fails to impress me – awesome.

  3. Gareth Branwyn says:

    Hey, I didn’t know we had other 40Kers in our midst. I used to be obsessed with this game. Even ran a 40K modeling and conversion site (called 40K Konversions) for years. And I actually contributed to the 40K fluff (the background fiction). I produced a 40K soundtrack with musician John Bergin to accompany the deluxe edition of Dan Abnett’s Traitor General book (part of the Gaunt’s Ghosts series).

    Sadly, I don’t have the time or the money to play anymore. I did get the Dark Heresy RPG for my birthday and am really impressed with it. My son and I thought about doing a campaign this summer but it never happened. Fantasy Flight Games (who did Dark Heresy) are about to come out with a Rogue Trader RPG. That looks killer too.

    I’m starting to get the itch again, so maybe the RPGs are the cheaper way to scratch it. As much as I loved the modeling and painting, trying to build a 2000-2500 point army can become an oppressive task. I was in the hobby for a good 4 years and I only managed to complete about 1000 points of painted figures (and a bunch of scenery).

    1. Mig says:

      It repels females. Seriously. I had to ditch it when I hit about 15.

      Now I have a steady g/f I sometimes get white dwarf for a long flight or train journey and just sit next to her and go “oooh, the new Eldar jetbikes look cool”. Hah!

  4. mike says:

    cant say i ever did the costume thing, but i do have an inqusitor tat on my shoulder

  5. zapan says:

    these guys have a deviantart gallery :


    glad I could help.

    1. Sean Michael Ragan says:

      Sweet! Thanks man.

  6. Gareth Branwyn says:

    I just found out that GW released a 20th anniversary edition of Space Hulk. They allegedly printed a limited edition of 100,000 units and they sold out in 12 minutes. It retailed for $99.

    Gawd, I’ve SO wanted that game for so many years, I can’t believe I missed this! It’s a totally redone game, with amazing figures (the figures alone would cost over $100 if bought as normal Citadel minis) and doors/tiles, etc. New, “improved” rules, gorgeous art, etc. Reviews are largely positive and they say the components are some of the finest folks have seen.

    Looks like there are a few copies available in retail and on eBay for between $140-$200. Crap… this hobby almost bankrupted once…

  7. JB says:

    I know a lot about these costumes. I am the one in the Dark Angel costume. It’s currently stored in an attic near Chattanooga TN. I plan on getting it back out and doing some clean up and tweaking to it. I may try and do something with it for Halloween.
    While I did a lot with the design and fitting,the guy in the Chaos Marine costume was the main designer. He sold his. We also had 3rd costume we made. I don’t know the status of that costume.
    If you have any questions regarding the costumes I will be glad to answer them the best I can.

    1. Sean Michael Ragan says:

      Hello! Nice work! Could you maybe tell us a bit about the costume’s construction? Is it plastic, cardboard, human bone? =]

      1. JB says:

        They were blocks of foam rough shaped by a hot wire cutter.
        My frind in the Choas marine then shaped the detail with a hot knife. We had the coated with a type of spray on plastic. I don’t know the exact details of the plastic coating. My fried had most of that done by a co-worker of his.
        Underneath it all we had jump suits we attached the arms and legs using screws.
        getting in them was a sight to see

        There was a lot of trial and error at Home Depot getting something to attach sholder pads to rest of the costume with.

        They were heavy and got really unconfortable after and hour of it on.

      2. JB says:

        I’m going to shoot my friend a link and see if I can get him on to give some more detail about the plastic coating.
        If I can get up to Chattanooga this weekend I will pull it out of the attic there and take some pics. I need to bring and store it at my house anyway.
        Some of the paint flaked off the foot and some more tweaking could be done to make it fit better.
        We were kind of in a rush to make them fit for Dragon Con.

  8. JC says:

    Hey guys, I am the guy who made them. JB told me about the thread. I have tons of pics of all three of them and some construction shots. I also have some shots of the weapons. I am not familiar with this site however so I would not know how to post them. Thanks for all the complements also, I appreciate them.

  9. Sean Michael Ragan says:

    Thanks for chiming in! You can e-mail them to me directly at sean@makezine.com, and I’ll gladly post your pics. Or you can put them on Flickr or something and send me the link. Nice work on the costumes!

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