Today we will learn how to survive an apocalypse. Due to chemicals, energitical, natural or industrial, when our world falls into mayhem, it is always because of the similar weakness : Mankind. Rapes,acts of barbary, hold-ups... in any of those scenarios, the main danger remains Man.
The following tutorial sticks to many scenarios, and especially against Zombies. It will teach you how to craft an armour to avoid bites.
Step 1: Make Our Weapons
In this first step, we will design weapons to defend ourselves against walkers.
THE CHAINSAW BLADE :
The main notion was to combine a blade and the efficiency of a chainsaw. I use a material called « expanded PVC » (also known as Sintra) in different combinations of thickness, from 2 to 5 millimeters, which I stick with cyanoacrylate glue, brand of Loctite n°401.
As I always do, I first design it on Illustrator. It allows me to print the pattern on A4 sized pages to 1:1 scale.
I carve the different pieces and glue them together. For the stiffening of the blade, I insert 4 mm diameter steel spindles, held in place by hot glue.
I carve my chainsaw's pikes with my jigsaw. A quick use of sandpaper makes it sharp enought to cut out bloody zombies. Add some details as I do : 5 mm PVC screws mak it look awesome. Tip : drill the PVC with a 4 mm broach and screw on to simply create the thread.
The handle is a PVC tube glued by Loctite.
THE PIPE :
In survival mode, any object can be used as a weapon : a hammer, a wood plank, a pipe. For this tutorial, I designed a dummy one using a PVC tube. I add a bend and a false handle to give the impression it has been withdrawn from a wall.
Step 2: Prepare Our Project
A checklist is necessary to craft the armour. It is important to avoid deadly wounds and bites. Some of these are defensives, some are offensives :
Hands : protecting it with gloves is primordial. When the threat stands right in front of you and you can't use your weapon properly, your future gloves and your close-combat skill can make the difference.
Head : HELMETS ! We will learn how to customize a batting helmet.
Arms : arms are the most bitten part, so protecting and making them offensives is essential
Torso : we will need a very special fabric prevented form tears
Belt : what would Batman be without his utility belt full of gadgets ?
Feet/Calves : Rangers obligatory. No discussion about that. Impermeable soles to crush heads and they hold firm ankles. Best shoes ever for survivors.
Step 3: The Gloves
To craft gloves, once again I use expanded PVC (width 5mm), for the really first layer. Some details are added with thiner PVC (3mm). To reach a more offensive capacity, 4 spikes are added to crush heads without effort. It can be sharpened at anytime. The entire glove will be maintained by leather stripes.
Step 4: The Helmet
Then, we will retrain a baseball helmet.
The eyeshade has been sharpened, allowing headbutts to explode your ennemy's skull. Wood or metal spikes are added to give your helmet a badass style. The deterrent aspect should not be underestimated, Mankind is true threat in that kind of situation. I have worn this armor several times, and I can assure you bullies will think about it twice before attacking you.
Step 5: The Armlets
Armlets has been realised using 5 mm PVC, and also maintained by leather stripes coming from military surplus. Authenticity and solidity guaranted ! Once more, I add some spikes for both style and threat in close combat.
Step 6: Belt and Shoes
Belts are an essential point in survival times. What would Batman do without his gadgets ? You will need at any time your knife, drugs, or simply, grenades. You MUST hold those things at your fingertips for a quick draw. The belt is also supporting my leg protections, indispensable to avoid bites.
If you are wearing slippers when the great invasion begins, or laying in front of TV broadcasting the very first video of the Rising Death, the first thing you'll need is a high-standard pair of shoes. RANGERS ONE THE TOP !
Step 7: Gadgets
When I have crafted this costume, I kept on purpose a grey/red major color to give a « metal » and « retrained » touch to it.
I fashioned a necklace with a quick zipper to catch some walkers and blend in them. As a true TWD fanboy, you will know you have to tear apart your new pet's paw and crush his jaw. Its smell, his necrosing flesh will help you to walk into them without being spotted.
I collect a bag on a brave soldier down for living ones.
Step 8: The Jacket
Our jacket is designed into a fabric prevented from tears and keeping your body's natural warm.
i protected my neck with an old piece of fabric.
Step 9: Do You Need More ?
My dear survivalist friends, I hope I did not offend you. This tuto had a voluntary offbeat humour. I do not believe in a close Armageddon. Our world will end for sure, and by human hand. This costume replies humorously to a serious question of mine : How shall I survive in case of plague ? How will I be able to live ? To face my fears ? To end somebody else's life to protect people I love ? I hope you have been pleased by the reading of this.
Don't hesitate to ask me more questions about technical or practical aspects, or if you want more pics I'll gladly answer you all.