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Construction Crusaders!

It’s been raining a lot in Atlanta lately, and we were looking for a quick craft that could be done on a rainy day.  So, just like you did when you were a kid, we decided to make some superheroes of construction paper!

1. Here’s the template we made, which you’re welcome to download and use:

  • Cut out one head, body cape and cowl or domino mask (for secret identity of course!), one utility belt and one mouth
  • Cut out two hands, two eyes and two feet
  • Cut out four arms
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Click to enlarge and print – it fits on one page!

2.After cutting the pieces out of construction paper, we used a glue stick to glue everything together.  We didn’t have any construction paper that was the flesh tone we wanted, so we took white construction paper and colored it with a colored pencil. We made Batman and Huntress!

  • Starting with the body, glue on the head
  • Glue the arms on in a heroic pose of your choice
  • Glue the cowl or domino mask onto the head
  • Glue the eyes on top of the cowl, and use a Sharpie to give the eyes pupils
  • Glue on the utility belt, and use a pen to draw on the pouches
  • Glue the hands on the ends of the arms
  • Glue on the feet
  • Glue the cape on the back of the body

That’s it! Enjoy your construction crusader, and maybe by the time you’re done, the rain will be gone!

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Jaq – 2012

The rigger and pilot

For the Shadowrun costume for DragonCon 2012, Jen has decided she’s mostly satisfied with the base costume. So now it’s time for updates!

The rigger and pilot


The Shadowrun character is supposed to be a rigger – someone who specializes in vehicles and drones. In the game, Jaq flies the plane and rides an awesome motorcycle. For DragonCon, we have to scale down a bit. So instead, we’ll be making drones!
This is the “drone”. An RC helicopter that is controlled via iPhone. Here’s what the interface looks like:
It’s pretty fancy. And here are some shots of the helicopter:

The plan is to modify so it looks less like a police helicopter, as well as build an arm-mount for the iPhone so it looks very future-like.

Here’s another potential drone
Another screen image
And new elf ears
And new hair sticks!

Costume Aspects

To make the costume look more “biker-like”, I picked up some pleather pants
The most involved update is the arm protector. I wanted to mount my iPhone into an arm brace. I went with the Century Martial Arts arm protector
After a round with nail polish remover, I was able to take off the lettering and leave a nice, clean, black slate
I found a great hard case in green on Amazon. Why green? Because she’s supposed to have ties to the Ancients of course!
Using an Exacto blade, I cut a hole in the arm protector
I then used some hot glue to make sure the case isn’t going anywhere
Since Jaq has some history, I put the Ancients symbol on the back of the jacket using green electrical tape
And no Shadowrun costume is really complete without pimping out your favorite medical kids. Brian custom-ordered these Doc Wagon patches. They arrived too late to use last year, but it looks awesome!

Finished Product

And here’s the 2012 DragonCon Debut!

Day 2 - Shadowrun
Day 2 - Shadowrun
Day 2 - Jaq (Shadowrun)