Feb 172014

In case you guys hadn’t noticed, January was REALLY COLD. So I finally caved and agreed to make the coat I’d had materials for since last October: a winter-thick black duster for Bob that could double as a Harry Dresden costume.

First Thread

Breaking out the trusty machine again~!

The outer layer is canvas, with a fleece lining I added to the pattern. Fleece, my assistant informs me, is incredibly difficult to cut. I reminded him that that’s why I asked him to do the cutting while I was at work 🙂 The pattern we used is the more elaborate view, labeled “Australian Drover’s Coat”.

Pocket pinned in place

Pocket pinned in place

  Fun fact: Did you know you have to thread a sewing machine with the presser foot in the up position? Thinking back, my instructors always had the foot up when they threaded the machine, but I don’t remember being told why. Turns out, the tension disk will not open to admit thread with the foot down. That’s what’s been causing my jamming problems on the last few builds. Well, that and I keep having trouble winding bobbins with the thread taunt enough. They keep coming out loose. I think it’s a lot more persnickety than I want it to be.

The finished pocket on the coat

The pattern felt really straightforward and familiar after doing so many coats and tops in recent years for men. It had me attach the pockets to the front first, which was kind of strange, but pretty straightforward as they’re purely exterior pockets. Then I had to stitch the back pieces together.. and hit my first snag. I was told to attach the fantail to the back “matching notches, squares, and circles”. Except the back had several sets of squares, notches, and circles. Where the heck does the fantail go? What IS a fantail? The pattern didn’t say. If you ever find yourself in this position, folks, the best thing to do is google for other patterns. Sometimes their preview images will show you what you’re doing in more detail, helping you understand what’s going on. In this case, I used Folkwear #137, which I plan to purchase should I ever need to make another one of these coats, as it has better instructions and includes the leg straps that Kae suggested I add after I’d already picked out a pattern 🙂

This is where a fantail goes, by the way.

This is where a fantail goes, by the way.

Once I had the fantail attached to the right spot, I continued on, attaching the front bits. Here, it says to do the collar and front facing; however, because I was adding lining, I skipped over that to do the sleeves. Then I stitched the back, front, and sleeves together in the fleece, leaving it inverted so the nice sides of the seams were facing down, towards Kae’s body. Finally, I inserted the fleece into the canvas and hemmed the sleeves, anchoring that in place. The collar was a bit difficult to add in after the sleeves, but I managed, centering it with difficulty. It was around this time that my arms began to seriously ache from hauling this heavy coat around, pinning and stitching, but I persevered, as it was Sunday and my time was running short. After another round of fittings, I decided to finish the last details over the next few days, particularly since the university would be closed due to snow so Kae didn’t have to go anywhere until Thursday. The stupid buttonholes took forever, though. I kind of hate using the buttonholer because when the machine inevitably jams, it’s nearly impossible to pick out all the thread. I got enough buttons stitched on that he could button the front closed and took a week off, coming back to finish up the last few details later.

Finished coat, front

Finished coat, front

Finished coat, back

Finished coat, back

Oh, so there’s this thing out there on the internet, I guess it’s called Pintrest? You may have heard of it >.> Anyway, since we’ve been getting a little traffic from Pintrest lately, I thought I’d throw out something for you all to pin:

Duster Pin

Nov 242013

Sorry this took so long to get up. Here’s a step by step as to how I did Bob’s head wound for the halloween special; I meant this to go up just after Halloween but with my car accident, my whole schedule has gone into disarray. (Nobody was hurt, and I finally have a replacement car, but I missed out on some work I had to make up and generally fell way behind in my blogging).

Anyway, so! To apply one of those latex fake wounds, something like this from Ben Nye:

Generally you want to stick it on the face before applying foundation, so you can use the foundation to mask the edges of the prosthetic. As I did here:

just the item

Then apply foundation. In this case, he was being a ghost, so I used super pale white makeup for a foundation:

starting to apply color

With a light layer of foundation on (I planned to apply more later to help mute the blood color), I applied dark coloring to the edges of the wound: red for blood, purple and black for bruising. I use ben nye cream makeups for this, and some stage blood that came with the wound for a fresher, wetter blood look. (It claimed to clot “just like real blood!”, so I let that be the top layer).

Applying Color (1)

color 2

Then, to top it off, I broke one of those little vampire-blood capsules and let it drip from the wound itself:


Tadah! Freshly dead bob!


Some more white to finish out the ghost effect:

Whited Out Red Eye

(See how the wound looks older with the foundation on it?)

And there you have it: The making of Booberry Bob.

Oct 312013

We bought a new camera 🙂

Happy Halloween!


Nettie was always a hanger-on of no account.. until the day Dracula turned her into one of his Undead Brides, apprenticing her in the ways of Streaky White Makeup and Posing In Front Of Bats.


Lucas was always such an erudite social climber; after his hunting accident, however, he found his tongue thick and clumsy, and a strange temptation to howl at the moon…


Bob got shot. He doesn’t care much for cereal, even in the afterlife.

Some outtakes from the photoshoot:

May 272013

Kendandra here!

A while ago I provided a demo of what direction I was taking Bob’s theme.  When I recorded that demo I was naïve about a couple things.  First of all I had no idea how to record audio; now I do.  Second of all when Kaelas (Robert Owens himself) listened to the theme and simply shook his head.

“It’s not Owens,” he said.

And I thought to myself, “How dare him!”  How dare he offer criticism to his own character’s theme?  Now to be fair I knew a good two thirds of the theme were subpar.  But that last third was the part I stole from Ricky’s theme, and I loved that part.  Seriously, how did he not see sacrifice I was willing to make by giving my own character’s theme his character’s instruments and….

Suddenly I realized what I was doing wrong.

Of course the theme didn’t fit Owens, it was originally gallant and upbeat, dashing and daring, bold and heroic.  That’s not Bob at all.  He’s down to earth, gritty, and a bit ill-tempered.  Just because the guitar fits the cowboy theme doesn’t mean I can put any melody to it.  So I got to thinking:  How was I going to come up with something that would fit Owens?  Well first of all, there was a piece of improvisation I did during the first demo that Kaelas did like.  So more like that, I guess.

At Steampunk Symposium it was joked that Kaelas should carry around a guitar to complete his cowboy look.  This would have been cool, except Yami’s guitar is BRIGHT RED.  Though I guess it would match the bandana.  Anyway, if Kaelas did carry around a guitar that would mean that Owens would be able to play one right?  That got me thinking about how to go about hashing out his theme:

What would it sound like if Owens was playing his own theme around a campfire?

I can’t imagine that Owens got any formal training on how to play the guitar.  Not to mention that’s half the reason the guitar exists, it was a cheap instrument designed to be easy to learn and play.  So how does an amateur that’s held the instrument for years, but put no effort into it sound?

Now many of you may or may not know, but Radiant Vanguard meets usually about once a week to talk, game, and marathon movies or shows.  This last week’s meeting I arrived at my usual time.  Late.  Kaelas was busy playing (read, abusing the sneak skill) in Skyrim and while we were all talking and watching Kaelas be thrown about the place by some Nordic zombie with the power of the force, I picked up Yami’s guitar and began trying to hammer out the Skyrim theme song while we chatted.

Now I don’t play the guitar, and in this context I don’t mean like when I say “I don’t play the piano.”  Because that’s just me being modest.  I actually don’t play guitar.  Which meant, first of all, I attempted to try and treat the thing like a keyboard, substituting the keys for the frets and generally failing to get anything that sounded remotely good out of it.  Secondly I couldn’t hit the notes in tune.  (One of the two reasons I dropped the viola, pianos are just magically in tune.)  Anyway, all that sliding around and frantically trying to hit the note gave me a good feel for how to do a rough demo.

So, have a listen.  Try to see if you can visualize Owens kicked back against a dead tree.  His hat askew over his eyes.  He twists the tuning pegs slightly after hearing a sour note.  The firelight flickers illuminating his jaw as he taps his thumb against the side of the guitar in rhythm with his melody-less song.

That’s it for today, buckaroos.  Next time I might have something more concrete for drum practice, really.  Unless I get distracted again.

–Kendandra, we’re done here.

May 262013

Details is an image-heavy feature in which I discuss accessories I’ve created or purchased and how they fit the overall vision of a character. 


This is Bob’s post, so let’s talk about guns, shall we? I’m always on the lookout for new guns. NERF, squirt, cap, nonfunctional plastic… you can find cheap guns at dollar stores, Wal-mart, Target, even goodwill. A fresh coat of paint and voila, ready to go. Chaos is handling guns going forward, but he and I worked together on the first few.

Bob- Gun and Holster

Painted Maverick with holster

This was the first gun we painted for Bob; it’s your standard Nerf Maverick (the unofficial gun of beginning steampunk), unmodded, painted with brass and bronze spraypaint. You can see how the paint welled up in spots and how the wind mussed the paint as it dried; we plan to make another, better-painted model with Rub ‘n Buff later. Still, for having no idea what we were doing, I’m proud of the way it came out.

Bob- Holstered Gun

Maverick in holster


The holster was purchased on amazon. You can find a lot of good Maverick holsters out there, again, because it’s everyone’s first gun. In this shot, the gun is still peacebonded from Ohayoucon, hence the yellow binding strip around the handle marking it as having passed inspection.

Bob- Holster and Sidearm

Pistol and holster

His new sidearm should look familiar if you follow Chaos’ column. It came in a set of two with a sheriff badge and plastic cow-pattern holsters on a matching plastic belt; I pulled apart one of the holsters and traced it onto pleather to make a pattern that I knew would fit the pistols. Ricky’s holster I left as a belt holster, but Kae requested that his be able to go onto his leg, so we attached belts so he could strap it to his calf.

Unfortunately, the darned thing wouldn’t stay up. It had a brief second life as an upper-arm holster before one of the belts ripped off during adjustment. I’ll have to come up with a better plan, or resize it for his thigh.

Bob- Knife and Holster

Knife and holster

The knife is plastic and quite bendy. It spent most of the Symposium tucked into the small of Ricky’s back. Kae insisted that Bob would want backup weapons hidden so well nobody would find them — hence, hidden on his companions.

Bob- Hat

Cowboy hat

The hat is from Party City, and is the only halloween-costume hat we’ve found that looks even halfway decent. It’s actually not bad, considering it’s not custom nor expensive.

May 192013

Details is an image-heavy feature in which I discuss accessories I’ve created or purchased and how they fit the overall vision of a character. 

One of the things that stood out to me last year was when we met a guy with an awesome costume and he handed us a calling card so we could find him again. Calling cards are the predecessors to modern business cards; while they are not meant to contain information about your business, I figure tucking the blog’s address on the back would be a great way to ensure any new friends we make can find us again. To that end, I designed a calling card for each character that will be portrayed at the Empire Symposium and had them printed on cardstock.

Business Cards

Four business cards, front

While it’s not really good manners to put your employment on a callling card, Lucas can’t resist; so much of his identity is tied up in the running of Warren Industries that it’s become almost like a title. Still, in a nod to convention, he’s put the company name in much smaller font so it doesn’t take too much emphasis away from his name.

Ricky, by contrast, is very no-nonsense. He put a small, subdued flair above his name, but he elected for block-printed cards off a newfangled printing press rather than the more classic hand-engraved cards, and his military rank is displayed prominently  as that was perfectly acceptable to put on a card.

Erika’s card is the most elaborate; as an unmarried woman, her card size is smaller, which makes it seem a bit crowded in comparison. She spared no expense promoting herself as both elegant and ladylike as well as mechanically-inclined, as though there were no contradiction inherent in her dual identity, and she managed to pull it off well, I think.

Bob doesn’t do frills. Or frippery. Or borders. He has his name, his profession, and a hat. So what if it’s not done to advertise yourself so blatantly? He doesn’t care.

Cards with Holder

The reverse side of Kendandra’s card, propped in front of a holder

The reverse of each card is the meta-side; it contains out-of-character contact information, including a link to this very blog. This is the practical side; we hand these out anywhere we go in costume, so it needed to have actual contact information in case people want to find us again. Or I suppose you could collect them like baseball cards?

The cardholders were a lucky dollar-store find Chaos made a few days before the Empire Symposium.

Bob Card

Bob’s card again, with the envelope he uses to carry them

Originally I planned to make a custom holder for each character; however, as time grew short, this was the only holder that got made. Bob wouldn’t bother with a leather card holder, instead going for an old envelope he had lying around. The envelope was fairly fun to age; we used some underflavored teabags we bought a while back and weren’t fond of, brewing 2 of them in minimal water then saturating an envelope with the tea. We let it soak for a while, then poured off the excess tea and baked until dry. Voila, aged envelope, just add crinkles.

Apr 142013

Kaelas apologizes for losing his train of thought so often. Yami apologizes for the sound quality.


Yami:  Hello everybody, today I’m  here with Kaelas.

Kaelas: Hello.

Yami: Why don’t you tell me how you got started with Steampunk?

Kaelas: Mostly you, like I had mentioned in my blog. I mean, I had read a couple of books that were steampunk-oriented, I had seen Wild Wild West, which is Hollywood steampunk, so you know, there was some interest in it previously. We went to OhayouCon [2012], we saw a few people there, we saw Aloysius [Fox, co-founder of the Steampunk Empire] at a panel, which was awesome, and things kind of snowballed from there.

Yami: What would you say is your biggest Steampunk influence?

Kaelas: Probably the Emporer’s Edge series [by Lindsay Buroker], it’s a pretty good one. It’s vaguely steampunkish, they kind of go towards clockwork stuff that’s powered by magic as opposed to steam, but the feel of it is there even if it doesn’t quite fit the definition.

Yami: How did you come up with the idea for Bob?

Kaelas: Um, Bob is a steampunk version (with a little bit of Wild Wild West [Clarification: he did not mean the movie here] thrown in) of an RP character who’s a little bit of a self-indulgence. It’s Clint Eastwood, it’s Rambo, Terminator, the stereotypical badass mercenary type. So I basically just move him into like what he would be having grown up in the West in a steampunk setting.

Yami: So, what sort of settings have you played him in before?

Kaelas: Amusingly enough, his biggest setting that he– well, his original setting that he was created for was actually a Western sci-fi, kind of a Firefly feel to it. He was a mercenary in that one; he’s also done a urban fantasy setting, um, so that one’s definitely not steampunk but the original did have a little bit of a steampunk feel thanks to the Firefly influence.

Yami: What would you say is the driving force behind your character?

Kaelas: Particularly this early, since he’s been reset to have no character development, right now, uh, he wants to do his job. He’s being paid by Lucas to keep him and his airship safe. He’s also– part of the the reason why he wants to do his job, to be the mercenary,to be the soldier, is, he wants to prove that his way of doing things that he can be this perfect soldier, there’s, you know he’s got that stereotypical tragic backstory, very overbearing domineering father. He definitely wants to prove that regardless of what happened to him, he can still be the perfect soldier.

Yami: Where do you see this character developing in the future?

Kaelas: That could go a lot of ways. In other incarnations he– one of the balancing factors for him is that he’s pretty mentally flawed. He has almost zero emotional understanding of people; he doesn’t really know how to react  in social situations, so one of his defense mechanisms is he’ll basically assign a person as his anchor, his social anchor, and just kind of go along with wahtever they tell him to do if he doesn’t have an answer for something. So a lot of that depends on who he ends up– I mean, presumably one of the three of the other crew members–

Yami: Or any of the honorary members who haven’t made characters, or something–

Kaelas: Yeah. So it pretty much how he’s gonna develop is gonna depend primarily on who he ends up associating with because he’ll start trying to follow that person socially.

Yami: I understand he has sort of a physical handicap of sorts?

Kaelas: Yes. The experimentation that I mentioned earlier [in a cut clip], his dad was trying to breed — or rather,[produce] Frankenstein-style — the perfect soldier — Dr Jekell would be more accurate. Ah, he was trying to create super soldier serum: better reflexes, no pain toler– er, complete pain tolerance. So when he was a kid, his dad fed him a bunch of beakers full of things. So at this point he’s basically in constant low-level amounts of pain but there’s nothing above that. So he also has an issue there that if his hand is on fire he might not notice. 

Yami: What caused you to pick this particular condition?

Kaelas: Um, to be honest I’m not entirely certain where my first idea on that one came from. I wanted to do the whole genetic experi– well, maybe not genetic experiment, but some kind of, you know, perfect soldier program that came out completely morally wrong, particularly in a moral sense: experimentation on kids, the original incarnation was basically tortured and had brain surgery to the point where he can’t distinguish pain anymore. I wanted something that was incredibly just wrong in so many ways and then still came out wrong, so now he’s just doing his own thing because it didn’t work.

Yami: Now, how do you see him interacting with the other party members?

Kaelas: Erika probably confuses him a lot.

Yami: She does that to everyone.

Kaelas: Yeah… yeah. Lucas is his boss; as far as he is concerned he is… Lucas isn’t even so much of a person as almost just a way of understanding what the universe’s rules are. Lucas, when he gives an order or something, as long as it’s within, ah, Bob’s understanding.. it’s almost like it’s a law of gravity. You just follow it because that’s the way the rules are. So Lucas almost isn’t even a person to him, just how the universe is expressing that the rules have changed. And then there’s the new pilot, he hasn’t really known him yet. He’ll probably look down on him a little bit because he’s just a soldier, and he’s not even a good soldier because he’s just a pilot, he can’t even shoot a gun properly — and by “properly” he means he can’t shoot someone in the eye at fifty paces. But…. Bob’s a bit of a gunslinger.

Yami: Now, we heard from Kendandra a few weeks ago that he sees Ricky as being a very straight man. Do you see Bob as being the Costello to his Abbot?

Kaelas: I would say yes except that most of the time Bob doesn’t realize that he’s doing it. He’s very funny because he doesn’t understand that the things he’s saying are going to be understood differently. So you know, Ricky will say something, Bob will make a reply that probably sounds like he’s making fun of Ricky but to Bob it was a perfectly logical question.

Yami: Okay

Kaelas: You know, ask him whatever comes to mind, his filter is not as intact as it should be, which is why in strange situations or in a formal setting he usually will just default to silence.

Yami: I see. Well, it looks like we’re running low on time, so is there anything else that you’d like our audience to know?

Kaelas: I love my duster.

Apr 122013

Kendandra here!

Okay.  First off, I’m not late.  It’s still Character Theme Thursday.  Though now that I’m actually working again, we’ll have to see how often I can keep these updates up.  If I can’t, feel free to make Character Theme Thursday into Taco Thursday.  If you don’t like tacos think of another T word.  I suppose sometimes people abbreviate Thursday with an R, so it could be Radical ThuRsday.  Or something.

Ahem, anyway.

Oh good ol’ Robert Owen.  What is there to say about Bob?  Not much, considering Yami beat me to the punch.  So thanks, Yami.  Basically Robert’s the muscle of the group.  He’s rude, crude, and full of attitude.  Let’s go down the list shall we?

Ridiculously skilled?  Check.  Gruff?  Check.  Questionable morals?  Check.  Tough as nails?  Double check.  Tormented past?  Check.  Funny Hat?  Check.

Yeah.  Not many other people fit that list.  Batman is one of them.  Jayne from Firefly is another.  So Robert is a gun-toting Batman.  Or Jayne from Firefly.  Oh, or Jayne is Batman.  Oh.  Yeah.  That’s head-cannon now.

Ahem, anyway.

When I started doing these themes, for the most part I had little in my head (like always) except for a few instrument collections.  Bob’s was acoustic guitars and no drums.  I want to avoid having any “true drums” in there (there will probably be a few percussion tracks, like a woodblock.  You know, something sporty.).  With that in mind I set out to lay down a rough melody and harmony.  So here’s a demo.

Now normally I record a MIDI track and then spruce it up a bit before releasing it to you, single reader of this blog.  However this theme’s main attraction is the guitars and I’ve yet to find a satisfying guitar sample in Fruityloops.  Which, quite frankly, is odd.  I was, however, marginally happy with the guitar sounds Privia makes.

[Oh yeah, I got a new keyboard to celebrate my return to the working world, that’s important, I should have mentioned that first.  Perhaps I’ll cover Privia (keyboard) and Samick (piano) in a different post sometime.  And yes.  Those are their first names.]

Ahem, anyway.

So I set out on the arduous task of trying to capture audio from Privia to my computer.  So obviously my first thought was that I could just place a mic against Privia’s speakers.  Then I noticed Privia has speakers.  Plural.  And it balances the stereoscopic sound between the high and low ends of the instrument.  Which is amazing.  If I wasn’t recording sound.  Clearly that wasn’t going to work.  So I got clever.

I took a quick stroll out to my car and grabbed a male-male headphone cable (that I use to pipe my phone audio to my car stereo).  I hooked it up to the back of Privia and straight into the mic jack on my computer.  I had to spend like… forever balancing the levels between the two to get a decent sound.  Then I realized something.  With the audio going to my computer, I couldn’t hear what I was playing.  So I had to Beethoven it.  The final recording has a lot of noise that I couldn’t remove because Fruityloops’s built-in recorder is… gah.  For a music composing software it… just… GHAH….  You would think that… bah! <Incomprehensible garble of frustrated noises>

The original theme I had it my head was much faster than what I recorded for the demo, but it works well enough.  The more I listen to it the more I only like the third part of the song (which is the chunk stolen from Ricky, if you’re wondering).  Before I scrap the other parts though I’m going to see what I can get out of some refinements:  cleaning up note placement and duration, and fixing the velocity of the strumming part.  It should have a more punctuated beat, something Privia couldn’t convey well enough.  Though to be fair, Six-Trak couldn’t convey it at all.

Ahem, anyway.

That’s all for today lads and lasses.  Next time, I’ll have a small excerpt of Lucas’s theme.

–Kendandra, we’re done here.

Apr 072013

Let’s talk about cowboys.

Just to get this out of the way

In the 1800’s-1840’s, America was a crazy place. On the one hand, you had the Industrial Revolution transforming the East Coast into a grim, smog-filled place full of child labor; head a few hundred miles south and you had the booming cotton trade built on the backs of slaves. Head west, however, and you had a different story: a vast wilderness, just starting to be tamed by the ever-encroaching edge of the Manifest Destiny. California was still part of Mexico until the 1846 Bear Flag Revolt, while Texas broke away in 1835 and Arizona held on until 1912 (becoming the last of the continental 48 states to be added to the union). The city of San Francisco, however, was established in 1776 with the erection of Mission Dolores, making it as old as the USA itself.

The mission is the building on the left.

But that’s the real world. In the world of Radiant Vanguard, the rebels lost the American Uprising, failing to break away from the glorious British Empire, which continues on strongly. The seeds of that notion helped form an interesting backstory for Bob: his father fought in the Uprising and, like those people today who fly the Confederate Flag and insist that “The South will rise again!”, never let go of the idea of restarting the war, turning back the clock and finally breaking free of the “British scum”. To that end, he devised a super-soldier serum ala Captain America which imbued his son with the inability to feel pain — or anything else — but no superpowers.

Let’s break away from the narrative a moment and discuss Bob himself. Bob is a character from several roleplays that Kaelas and I have done, and was the obvious choice for steampunkification. Always, he doesn’t feel pain, though the reason for this varies from a medical condition to some kind of super-power to high-tech nanobots depending on the setting. Being a comic-book fan, I decided to borrow from the superhero genre a little in this instance.

Fleeing his father’s legacy, Bob fled to the Wild West, which was full of promise: Manifest Destiny along the Oregon Trail. As an adult, he works as a mercenary; his inability to feel pain makes him reckless and bold, taking on jobs most would decide are too dangerous. His costumes are patterned not on true cowboys and mustang-herders but on the cultural idea of a cowboy.

Technically, according to Wikipedia, Bob wouldn’t be a mercenary because he doesn’t fight in wars. He finds work as a bodyguard-for-hire, which is the job he’s performing for Lucas, and a thief-taker, what might be called a bounty hunter in fiction except that he’d be paid by a private individual rather than a bail bondsman. He’s worked as a guide and a wagon-train Honor Guard too. For the right price, he’d be an assassin, but he won’t advertise that particular service. He is, in other words, the Han Solo of the group: reckless, lawless, and violent, but a good enough person underneath to be a hero rather than a villain.

Kaelas and I are both fans of The Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher, so naturally the focal piece of Bob’s outfit is a canvas duster. Harry Dresden employs an enchanted canvas duster with the strength of body armor, but since we’re going for non-magical (or rather, “technology as magic”, the concept that supposedly the pieces we employ obey physics but really physics don’t’ work that way, ala science fiction) his is a plain canvas duster. Brown is more steampunk than black, so it’s brown.

Harry Dresden: Wizard for hire

Under that is more of an homage to the classic cowboy concept in the form of jeans and a plaid linen shirt. Which, by the way, do you have any idea how hard it is to make jeans and a button-down shirt look like a costume? He wears literally the same pieces in his daily life, including the duster (he’s grown rather fond of it). My solution to that is to add a more formal “meeting clients” outfit, something more like Will Smith wears above; Kaelas’ solution is leather. Lots of leather.

I kid, I kid. I think he meant something more like this:

So that’s what’s coming down the pipeline for Bob as far as costume pieces.