The first step was going online seeing how previous individuals tried to pull off the costume and taking away the likes and dislikes of what those individuals did. it was MANDATORY for US to look as AUTHENTIC as possible even down to the platform we stood on and weapons/props we held . We wrote down all needed clothing materials and props and set out to locate these items spending the least amount possible. Do not worry about buying cheap props because the paint and color scheme in the long run will make them look realistic. The 5 stores used to locate ALL necessary clothing and props/materials were a local army surplus store, Goodwill, Party city, Lowes hard store, dickblick.com. Gather your cloths and props and get ready to rock and roll. For those 21 years or older, we recommend your seasonal samuel adams to assist in moving the project along ;)
Step 1: Priming Gear & Props
I want to first start off by giving complete HONOR and RESPECT to all who have served and are currently serving in our MILITARY FORCES. Our freedom exists because of you and we don't take for granted what you have done for us while we were doing this project, THANK YOU. We picked up real army jackets at the army surplus store for a steal at $24.99. We also decided to splurge on a couple patches because believe it or not they do pop out and give jacket more realistic look. The pants were wayyyy to much $85-$95 and we found those at the Good will brand new for $9.99 which was a steal. We also found the boots at the Good will for $13.00. We picked up the helmets at Party City for $19.99, the grenades for $2.00, dog tags for $2.00 and the knife for $2.00. I also purchased the bullets for $8.00 and machine gun for $10.00...Splurge on the better helmets at Party city like we did, they look realistic and better than the $9.00 cheap plastic ones that don't fit your head anyway. FIND a coupon always online for Party city, we found a 20% off which came in handy to save $$. We grabbed a gallon of Kilz primer at Lowes for $20. If you don't use primer obviously the paint will just get soaked in the cloths. Prime away on ALL cloths and gear, we chose to use a paint sprayer to get the primer as even as possible.