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Ray Beethoven Firing Away by Puppetcancer Ray Beethoven Firing Away by Puppetcancer
Dang impressively professional photograph by Steve Houle

Taken at the Des Moines Science Fiction and Fantasy convention, Demicon 2003

Costume design, construction, and model are all me.
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MandiPope Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*fangirly sigh*   Wow...  you...  look amazing.  I wish I could say something more productive, but...  yeah, wow!

MLP
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DarthRonius Feb 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, the other day I was playing Team Fortress 2, and was astounded at how much the Medic reminded me of Ray Beethoven.
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:iconpuppetcancer:
Yeah, I'll bet it's the lengthy gloves and the front-throat-covering collar that was (is?) traditionally common amongst the shirts of dentists and physicians. Plus, although I've deliberately never chosen a nationality for Ray, the grey wool coat was an East German surplus military greatcoat, so the medic's thick German accent could've easily triggered your association with Ray.
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DarthRonius Feb 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it was the coat and the gun; the Medic's healing cannon reminded me of your minigun.
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:iconmaska13:
Awesome!!!!!!!
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UniquelyYours Sep 13, 2008
I really like this character. I am not sure if it's the hair, clothing, or accessories... but he is very appealing. :)
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:iconpuppetcancer:
Thanks! I've always thought that the biggest psychological draw for this costume was how with only a slight tweak (ditching the wild hair) the overall image is frightening instead of friendly. From the head down every button is buttoned, every clasp is closed, every emotion is tucked away into neat compartments. Then from the neck up, the head's wild hair and gadgety eyewear contrasts with all this. The result is that he's literally a combination of the 5% of him that is creative combined with the 95% of him that is a proper, uncomfortable, humorless, practical, workaholic citizen. (That's my guess of why the overal image works for the audience, anyway.)

Every time I put that costume on before a costume contest, the wig would generally be the last thing to put on, and without the wig I would see this Nazi skinhead staring back at me in the motel mirror. Not good. On the other extreme, without the 95% of the costume from the face downward, he would just look like an irresponsible fool. Not good, either.
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:iconravenfeast:
Looks great, and a wonderful use of PVC pipe! :D

I must ask: where did you get your gauntlets?
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:iconpuppetcancer:
Thanks! They're leather gloves that I ordered online, but I've switched computers since then, so I don't have a record of where I got them anymore. Sorry. I remember that at the time, they were unexpectedly hard to find with the lengthy cuff that flares out as it approaches the elbow, but nowadays I've noticed such gloves seem easier to find around Halloween. Otherwise, try searching online for an equestrian riding gear retailer. (Walking into the Western boot and clothing store downtown didn't cut it, but it was a step in the right direction.)

The odd thing is that the gloves were too light in color at first, so I rubbed brown shoe polish over the naturally golden-brown gloves to get an unexpected bonus: not only did the gloves later look brown instead of yellow, but they look soot-or-grease-covered as if Ray Beethoven had been hard at work inventing something while wearing the gloves. It really helped give a subtle detail to the costume's overall appearance.
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:iconravenfeast:
Thank you for the information!
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