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Cosplayer Spotlight – Wasteland Workshop

I loved the candid responses of this cosplayer. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from his 13 years of cosplay experience!

Hi, what is your name?

Steve Fletcher aka Scapey / Wasteland Workshop

What is your favorite beverage?

Rum! Old J specifically. Also a pint of cider with a shot of Fireball.

When did you start cosplaying?

Roughly 1994, at a Star Trek convention in Glasgow but only really got into it when I put together a Boba Fett costume for meeting Jeremy Bulloch in 2005.

Why did you start cosplaying?

I’ve always been a science-fiction and fantasy fan, and love making stuff – When I stumbled across The Replica Prop Forum and the Aliens Legacy forum, and started talking to other like-minded individuals, costuming was inevitable!

Who are your cosplay idols?

Volpin Props, Mike from What You See Here, Gary from Beermoney Props, and of course the guys at Overworld Designs are all high on the list, but there’s too many to mention really- and I love seeing all cosplayers at all experience/skill levels.

What types of cosplay do you do?

I’m a founder member of the UKCM Colonial Marines group ( From “Aliens” ), and am proud to own a set of armour made by Terry English himself ( Armourer on the film ). I tend to lean towards more real-world / post apocalyptic stuff ( Hence “Wasteland Workshop” ), so Fallout, Borderlands, Mad Max are perennial favourites.

What are your favorite cosplays?

My Krieg from Borderlands 2 is way more fun to wear than anything has any right to be – Hanging out with my girlfriend as Moxxi, and our kids as Tiny Tina and bandits, just hilarious and absurd. Mad Max from Fury Road is probably joint favourite as I’m very proud of the work I put into it… And the tac vest lets me carry a LOT of adult-oriented beverages, should the event be suitable for consumption of such 😉

What is something you want to cosplay but probably never will?

Never say never! There’s stuff on my wish list that I know will be extremely hard ( T-60 power armour from Fallout 4, Megatron from Transformers G1 etc ) but I know that there’s always a chance I’ll find myself in a position to build and wear them one day.

Do you make, buy, or special order your cosplays?

I usually combine found parts with scratchmade pieces – The “Junksmith” part of my business card title – and more recently I’ve been using 3D printing in my builds. Part of the fun to me is working out what the propmakers used to build the stuff I see on screen in the first place – a good example is the motion tracker from Aliens. It’s a power drill, with various bits of photographic equipment and toy parts stuck to it.

What do you love about cosplay?

The camaraderie and shenanigans! I’ve made so many good friends through costuming, and had so many ridiculous adventures at various events. It’s a whole different world.

What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?

Definitely the bloody politics. The con scene, amazing as it it, sadly has a few toxic people mixed in with the good guys, and I’ve been on the wrong end of spiteful B.S. a few times, and have seen too many friends have lies spread about them as well. We’re all geeks together, you’d hope the high-school bullshit would be gladly left behind, but some folk seem unable to help themselves.

Who is your favorite character to cosplay?

Krieg. I can yell inappropriate things at people through a large speaker, and not get into trouble for it 😉

If you could live in or visit any fantasy world, where would you go?

Pandora from Borderlands.

Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?

Lots of places – Comics, games, friends, bad jokes… I rocked up to Dragoncon in 2016 wearing an Iron Man helmet with no faceplate; maroon shorts, jogging trousers and hoodie; and strips of black and white checkerboard vinyl with spots in each square. I was Iron Man without the CGI! All because of one drunken “Heh. Wouldn’t it be hilarious if someone…”.

What are your “fandoms”?

Borderlands, Fallout, Mad Max, Aliens, Star Wars, Assassin’s Creed, Overwatch… The list goes on and on.

What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?

You don’t need to be perfect. Look, listen and learn. And always let contact adhesive dry until it’s just tacky before putting the two pieces together!

What tips do you have for other cosplayers?

If you’re cutting foam, use a curved blade in your modelling knife, Goes through it way better than a straight one… Or get a scrollsaw 🙂

What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?

Not to bloody touch us without asking! I’ve had so many bits broken off – One guy punched me full in the chest to see if my armour was metal. It was. He regretted it. But I still had to clean blood off it, and work out how to panel-beat it back into shape with a beer bottle and a bannister!

What cosplays are you working on?

Next up is gonna be Mordecai from Borderlands I think.

What cosplays do you want to do if money and time were no object?

The aforementioned T-60 power armour from Fallout.

Where can people find your cosplays?

What are your favorite conventions?

And those would be Dragoncon, Capital Sci-Fi, Glenrothes Comic Con and Rai-Con.

Please remember I do not own any of these pictures and the opinions in this survey belong to the interviewee.

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