Last year I was invited to bring a couple of characters to walk around and spice things up at the local hobby expo run by the Sonoma County chapter of the International Plastic Modelers Society. It was a pretty good time and I got a quick chance to dress up and show off.
This year I was invited to come back and have a few characters in costume again.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so here's two thousand words about the day:
For thousands more, read on...
Since I only had a handful of people and I didn't want to deal with the logistics nightmare of moving the Space Marines around, I decided to haul out a couple of my suits of Halo armor. Specifically, I brought Agent Washington and Private Church from Red vs Blue:
I also dressed up my little sister and myself in UNSC Marine costumes to keep them company:
This gave me a chance to spend the morning strolling around with the Mister*:
In addition to my and my crew, the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers had a small contingent of Stormtroopers and Tusken Raiders on the premises. This made for some fun photoshops:
After lunch I busted out the Ironman suit for the first time.** Since one of the guys I'd brought along was just a bit taller than me and a heck of a lot skinner, we decided he should wear it. Since all I'd ever done was a few test fittings, this was the first time the suit would be seen in public. I'll admit I was a little bit nervous.
I strapped him into the suit and it was a perfect fit. Here he is in the dressing room with Darth Vader:
Vader loved the suit:
When we stepped out into the Expo Hall, he got completely swarmed by folks wanting to get photos:
I took a lot of pics:
This one might just be my favorite:
More insane projects in the works, so as always, stay tuned...
*Not "Mister" meaning some sort of gentleman, but "Mister" meaning a thing that turns bad guys into mist.
**I really need to finish writing details about the rest of that build.