Fallout 4 Raider Power Armor

Fallout 4 Raider Power Armor

The irony of building costumes for fantastic video games is that you have to stop playing the game long enough to actually make the costume.

I’ve been a fan of the Fallout universe since it was called Wasteland in 1987, but Fallout 4 really goes above and beyond any other game I’ve ever played. I won’t get into the specifics too much, but if you’re a fan of video games (especially RPGs), and you’re not already playing F4, you’re missing out. I’m actually such a Fallout fanboy that I have the Thumbs-Up Fallout Boy tattooed on my right arm, so I might be a bit biased.

I’ve made a few Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas prop weapons in the past (back before I took pictures of anything!) but this will be the first time I’ve tackled a Fallout universe full costume. I chose the Raider Power Armor because a) it’s amazing, and b) it looks like a challenge. The goal is to get it done for Dragon Con 2016, so if you’re going, let me know!

Here are just a few of the reference pics I’ve taken (and have been meticulously studying) so you know what I’m going for:

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Besides the scrappiness of it all, I love the fact that it has some really functional parts. There’s an endoskeleton made of rebar, a covering of rusty scrap metal, and some wires and breathing tubes that really make sense for the protections afforded by the suit. I’ve been studying this armor for about three months now, piece by piece, and I’ve finally started working on it.

For the thinner rebar frame on the shoulders, I bought some cheapo plastic hangers from the dollar store and began cutting and shaping them with a heat gun.


The main frame of the armor is made from much thicker rebar, so I searched my shop for some ideas. I grabbed some 1/4″ fuel line, stuffed some 14 gauge wire from Lowe’s inside, sprayed on some rusty brown primer and viola! Fully poseable lightweight rubber rebar. I’m going to add some weathering effects and plug the ends to really make it all look like real rebar, but this is my start.


Stay tuned for much more to come!



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