I’m currently working on a sort of Barbarella-meets-Lara-Croft ensemble, and I will undoubtly show more details for this costume as I put them together. But an intergalactic bounty hunter needs weapons. So at the moment, I’m focusing on those.
I’m always very careful about adding weapons to a costume. One reason I’m careful is because it needs to be pretty clear to everyone who sees a gun that it is NOT a real gun. Otherwise, your Halloween could go south in about a dozen different ways really fast. And I don’t like the orange tips on “real looking” fake guns. It seems like they just scream “It’s not a real gun!” Which is, of course, why they are there. Which then defeats the purpose of carrying them. Same with many threatening looking weapons. If you make them innocent enough that they clearly aren’t threatening … then they don’t work with the costume.
My solution to this? Avoid realistic weapons. Find a way to make the costume work without the weapon – or make the weapon so cartoon-ish that it can never be mistaken for a real gun. Modern mercenary? Strap six, two-liter bottles of coke together with a long pipe and paint the whole thing silver. Make it HUGE. Daniel Boone? Use a wooden pop-gun – the kind with the cork in the barrel. Anything that works with the costume instead of against it.
For this costume, I knew that I wanted guns. But as a futuristic bounty hunter, they would be space weapons. And as such, I had some leeway in what they looked like. I wanted something shiny, silvery and bulbous. Like a squirt gun, only silvery and metallic. The next time I was in the super market, I found these.
While these are totally the wrong color, they are absolutely the right shape. So I bought them, plus a can of silvery spray-paint, and went to work. First, I masked the little details – the yellow tip of the small one, the triggers, the green thingie and the blue swoops on the larger one. Then I put three or four layers of silvery spray-paint on. Here are the results.
I got exactly the result that I was looking for. These are obviously not real weapons – but from a costuming perspective, they play like real weapons. Or at least, real space-gun weapons. Now I just need a way to attach them to the costume.