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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 5:18 pm 
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Hello Marines and bugs! My name is Dustin, and I'm from Illinois (no, not Chicago). The first time I saw Aliens was at a cub scout camp out. We were going to do a weekend camp, but when we got to the site we found it flooded. So we went to the scout master's house and camped in her living room. Yeah, it was a slumber party... Anyway, we were watching Aliens while we ate our aluminum foil campfire breakfast (bunch of chopped up food stuffs like potatoes and hamburger and onions and whatnot all wrapped up in aluminum foil and cooked over a fire) when the Bishop dissecting the facehugger scene came on. I realized that my food looked a lot like the nasty bits on the facehugger and couldn't eat any more. However, it made a permanent mark on my memory, and I have loved the original trilogy ever since. In my adult life I work as an EMT. I have also been a volunteer firefighter and an auxiliary police officer. For several years I was an American civil war reenactor, and now I'm a WWII and Vietnam war reenactor. I'm also a geek. Surprise! I started making reproduction movie props and costumes with Ghostbusters, and now I'm working on various props and costumes from Star Wars, The Terminator, and of course Aliens. I'm hoping to one day help fill a spot in the ranks of the Colonial Marine Corps!!

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Hello and welcome Dustin!
You will find quite a few Vietnam war reenactors, GB, SW ... fans here and the pasion for the Alien franchise.
Feel free to post pictures of the props you have made and ask for help if you need any.

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HI, I'm Ian from the UK been an ALiens fan since the day it was released (God I feel old!) I remember the glee when I got hold of a bootlegged copy of the directors cut long before it was finally released on VHS.
I have set of marine armour, some of it Spats stuff from Spatcave, the rest was bought at discount from Alien War after they finished their first run in Glasgow.
I've built a motion tracker prop mostly from the same parts they used in the film (minus a couple of pieces I had to get resin casts of) and am currently working on making the electronics from a Raspberry Pi Zero, a digital compass, a cheap TFT screen and hacking the software from a Python script which you can download from my site at https://www.virtualfrontiers.co.uk if you want to have a go yourselves.


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Hello and greetings Marines. Im new meat here and I wanted to introduce myself. Im Chris "Pony". Let me get this out there first...I am an airsofter first and costumer second. But I do enjoy putting together costumes of various types and genres. But Aliens and the associated universe has always fascinated me since I was a kid. To be a Colonial Marine like Hicks, Hudson and Apone battling it out with the vicious Xenomorphs! Im looking into Enlisting with the USCM once I get my uniform and equipment up and running. Thanks again and happy bug hunting!


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Hello, my name is Jason. I love horror movies! I spend a lot of time on The RPF, altnough I
Don't have as much time as I like finishing props! I am huge H.R. Giger fan, so at a young age
I was horrified, and strangely attracted to the original Alien.
I do enjoy Aliens, and the props involved, so I thought I would try to be a little more active.
I have some prop replicas, as well as figures (Ok! Dolls! Lol), as well as some autographed
Items from Alien, and Aliens (which I could post if anyone is interested).
Anyway, just looking to expand my collection, and just have fun.


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Hello, my name is Jason. I love horror movies! I spend a lot of time on The RPF, altnough I
Don't have as much time as I like finishing props! I am huge H.R. Giger fan, so at a young age
I was horrified, and strangely attracted to the original Alien.
I do enjoy Aliens, and the props involved, so I thought I would try to be a little more active.
I have some prop replicas, as well as figures (Ok! Dolls! Lol), as well as some autographed
Items from Alien, and Aliens (which I could post if anyone is interested).
Anyway, just looking to expand my collection, and just have fun.



Greetings friend. Im on the RPF forum too


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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 7:15 pm 
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Hello forum! New member from the Alabama area here. I'm a huge Alien/Aliens fan. It all started with a fascination with the AvP series until I grew tired of Predator and found myself loving the Colonial Marines vs Xenos aspect. I only recently came around to watching Aliens and I am deadset on becoming a Marine now. I hope to make lots of friends and learn more and more about the films/props/etc as I piece together my USCM uniform.


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thanks Marine. glad to be here.


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Hello forum! New member from the Alabama area here. I'm a huge Alien/Aliens fan. It all started with a fascination with the AvP series until I grew tired of Predator and found myself loving the Colonial Marines vs Xenos aspect. I only recently came around to watching Aliens and I am deadset on becoming a Marine now. I hope to make lots of friends and learn more and more about the films/props/etc as I piece together my USCM uniform.



me too friend. i watched it as a kid, but only recently has it grasped my interest. i too am new and starting to piece my uniform together. i hope to start on my armor soon.


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Hello everyone!

New member here. Been a long time fan of the Alien films and also have a history with fan props, cosplay, etc. I have always wanted to pursue a CM uniform with armor and recently decided to start on that journey.

Congrats on the great forum BTW. Very friendly and cordial from what I can see.


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Hello everyone!

New member here. Been a long time fan of the Alien films and also have a history with fan props, cosplay, etc. I have always wanted to pursue a CM uniform with armor and recently decided to start on that journey.

Congrats on the great forum BTW. Very friendly and cordial from what I can see.



Greetings pal. Im a new marine too. Welcome aboard.


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The first time I saw Aliens was at a cub scout camp out. We were going to do a weekend camp, but when we got to the site we found it flooded. So we went to the scout master's house and camped in her living room. Yeah, it was a slumber party... Anyway, we were watching Aliens while we ate our aluminum foil campfire breakfast (bunch of chopped up food stuffs like potatoes and hamburger and onions and whatnot all wrapped up in aluminum foil and cooked over a fire) when the Bishop dissecting the facehugger scene came on. I realized that my food looked a lot like the nasty bits on the facehugger and couldn't eat any more. However, it made a permanent mark on my memory, and I have loved the original trilogy ever since.


Awesome story and pretty awesome scout trip. When I was in scouts we did a 3 day bike trip that was capped off each night staying at a church or community center where the scoutmasters would put on a movie for us. Knowing this I brought a VHS copy of Aliens to see if they would let us watch it. Needless to say my scoutmasters weren't as cool as yours and they confiscated my tape until the end of the trip. But I grew up near a Marine Corps base, so most of my troop leaders were Marines and I remember the troop leader who returned the tape said it was too awesome a movie for a scout troop.

Anyway, great story!


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Knoxvilles Joker here with my wife Harley Quinn.

You have all probably seen my motion tracker thread. For my hobby work I build and invent and recode/hack existing code to make things work with some help. My focus on my builds is documentation and trying to help other new comers to the obsession. Due to the experiences with my father and his creativity in fixing anything mechanical or build anything someone says can't be done, I picked up a little bit of that. At work I fix computers for a living and invent fixes to odd problems from time to time.

I have a thread over on predatorium for my predator build and that unit has 7 sound buttons and plays almost 20 sounds. username is ksj there. Though not as accurate, the suit looks OK. I wish I had more time to play with Peppakura to get a screen accurate build. I had to focus on comfort more than accuracy on that build as I could be in the suit for 8 or more hours a day in the cosplay locations I go to.

My focus on builds is adhering to movie accuracy where financially possible and also making the build easily repeatable. I also do documentation on how I make things look a certain way so if someone wants to do their interpretation of things, that is much easier to do. I have been acquiring the comics as well and have been trying to amass source material to see where else we can make things more accurate.

My other hobbies include improving the family 8 acres of property along with maintenance, stoking father and grandmas stacks with firewood, taking on foster kids for respite (periods of no more than 72 hours typically,) finding new enriching experiences for my spouse and the occasional child we have.

I look forward to future contributions. My next project will be a smart gunner build.

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Dupe, sorry.

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So, I bumped into the USCM folks at Awesome Con in DC this weekend while doing a BSG cosplay (as one of the "other" Colonial Marines...go figure!) and actually didn't realize there was a costuming group for Aliens until then. Seeing as I was probably looking for a second cosplay option as it was (if nothing else, at the bigger/longer cons like D*Con it's sure nice to have something to alternate between) since I basically fell off the Star Wars wagon with the new universe.

I've done airsoft in the past (it has presently been far too long since I've been out on a field, sadly, though I think there's actually another gentleman in this group who I went to a Namsoft event with a few years back).


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Howdy everyone! New member of the board here. I've been a fan of Aliens since I saw it the first time in high school, back in 08. As a long time fan of military sci-fi, Aliens has always stood out to me as the quintessential example and the basis of most other mil-sci-fi. All of my favorite series' in the genre were either inspired by or are derivatives of the film and the Colonial Marines therein.

So, after years of dreaming, I've finally decided to take the plunge. I'm starting to assemble a kit and am getting ready for cosplay. I've got Polish desert camo fatigues (closest to the original look I could find without breaking the bank), boots, full set of patches and nametapes, and a pulse rifle all in the mail to me, and I look forward to meeting everyone out on the ready line!


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Greetings guys!

Polish camo is awesome. If you look at group shots with Polish and film repro camo side by side it really holds up.

Star Wars, pffft. How stupid is a film series that goes back and makes some prequels that destroy all the mystery?? Oh, wait... ;)

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Hi everyone, I'm Peter from Poland.
I've worked on props for me, family and my friends for several years. Props are mostly from SW Universe (Me - mandalorian pilot, son - Boba Fett/TIE pilot, wife - Mara Jade) Always from scratch.
Some of my works are here : https://www.facebook.com/PejotStudio/ It is my props cave - my garrage :D.
Some years ago I promised my wife, that I make Vasquez for her with smartgun. I'll do it someday. Now, me with my friends from Poland get started to create Polish CM Squad :D. So, for my wife and me I want to prepare costumes of Ferro and Spunkmeyer.

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Woohoo, I'm in! Introduction commencing...

I'm Greg and I'm yet another long term Aliens obsessive. From seeing the films to buying the comics to visiting Alien War back in the day (I went round twice) - and it was a special inclusive of a Predator appearance in the cocoon room :o .
AVP2 - the PC game, is to date the best FPS of the franchise and I would possibly be recognisable to some by the two handles I had over the years - kilphuqdie (a profile stolen by my brother who joined a clan using it after I'd put all the work in...) and then MYASS. If that rings a bell give me a wave ;-). I was usually creatively using my time playing survivor for hours on end.
I can't stand Prometheus and I hope never to see Alien Covenant or anything that follows that line of idiocy.
I've lurked and poured over this forum on countless occasions and felt it was time to join the fun.
In my spare time I keep snakes and jump about onstage in my metal band... But something has been missing... So I'm currently waiting on a box full of latex....
I may marine someday, but I'm really all about toothy death.
Anyway, look forward to spending time here with fellow enthusiasts.

Log complete... This is Greg... Eating the log enterer...


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Hey, everyone!

Long time Alien universe fan here. Has been one of my favorite things since middle school. In fact, my description of high school in the early 90's was playing hockey and drawing xenos and yaujta. Now I have jumped into the armor/prop/cosplay world since the little ones have come along. I joined the 501st a couple years ago after dressing up my 3 year old as a stormtrooper.

THe past couple months I've been putting together a couple marine helmets out of plastic liners, eva, and junk. Was such a blast. Just finished a foam mini pulse rifle a couple days ago.

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Now I'm onto making my son an alien warrior costume so I've been scanning the web for ideas and tips.

I'll share the build on here! Look forward to chatting with you folks.

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Welcome aboard folks!

Merr-Sonn: massive respect on those builds! I can't wait to see what you make for Colonial Marines.

Gregmonsta: more power to anyone who enjoys Prometheus, but I'm with you!

Red_2: that is great! I made a Xeno suit for my son last year, it was really fun. I'm still working on his Marine uniform. Awesome stuff.

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Thanks, retro!

Do you have a build thread on that mini-xeno?

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I had to dig around but I did find one! Now I need to update it with pictures of the finished build!

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Sweet! Thanks, man! I'm starting this week.


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