in Lower Alabama
[more to come soon]
This began as a small & easy costume to change into during conventions. After wearing Vader for 3 hours, you tend to get
tired & hot.
HISTORY of my costume
I never really understood the "depth" of The Punisher. I knew he was a comic book character, and
they recently made a movie based on the comic book. I studied what pictures I could find on the
net, and talking with friends who are big into comic books.
As I found out at the very beginning, his costume was rather simple. A long leather trench
coat, black BDU pants (military Battle Dress Uniform), and the shirt. Oh, the
shirt. The hard part. Luckily, there is a store (Hot Topic)
that sells the Punisher t-shirt. Plus the belt buckle. Lucky me.
SO after I got my BDU's and my shirt, I already had the coat (another BIG plus), now the next
trick is to get the weapons. I knew he carried basically as many weapons as he could get on him
at one time. So, I ordered a double shoulder holster, a right leg tactical holster (which also
works for my SG-1 costume. Talk about multi-tasking), and
a bunch of airsoft pistols. I ordered 3 1911 combat airsoft pistols from Cheaper Than Dirt.
For about $20.00 a piece, you can't go wrong. And another plus, the pistol works as my sidearm for
SG-1. Again with the multi-tasking. I also had an MP-5 airsoft
weapon that got from Cheaper Than Dirt for SG-1 (any doubts on that one?). So there
is one error in my costume. The Punisher uses an M-4. But I plan on ordering an M-4 Airsoft from
Cheaper Than Dirt soon to make this one
As with most costumes, especially ones from comic books/movies,
you have to pick one concept and go with it. For those of you who know comic
books well, you can tell from my pics that I have chosen to re-create the movie
Punisher. For those of you who do not know the comic book, to the right is a
picture to show the comic book version. You can look
at the picture at the top and see there is a difference.
I preferred the movie to the comic book mainly because of
simplicity, but also easier construction.
In the process of "updating" not only the Punisher, but SG-1
as well, I bought from Cheaper Than Dirt
an airsoft M-4, an airsoft P-90, plus all the side arms I would ever want. SO now I have 3 pistols,
an MP-5, a P-90, and an M-4.
Now for the specs I have decided on. Again, I based my Punisher on the movie. The bio created
from the movie shows him as Francis (Frank) Castle, born in 1968, "died" around March/April 2003.
Height and weight are not given, but here is where you can use the comic book
for fill-in. H/W is 6' 0" and 200 lbs. Hair is black, eyes blue.
The general bio information that most already know. Background in the
Marine Corps, F.B.I., etc. That is the information on Frank Castle, and
as stated in the movie, "Frank Castle is dead." The Punisher was "born"
in August 2003. (again, extracting all this information from the movie and the
dates given within.)
Now for the pics. Here is how I have done it. I will be adding more as I get them made. I will
also add pics of the individual parts/pieces soon.