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Author Topic: Rave about your steampunk characters/personas!  (Read 16300 times)
Zeppelin Admiral
Scotland Scotland

Caledon MacHinery (they/them)

« Reply #50 on: October 01, 2017, 08:59:25 pm »

here is some art for illustration:
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spoilered because huge.

Not seeing them here. Image links from Facebook tend not to work very well on BG..

they're from FurAffinity, actually. weird.

let me try from another site:

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« Last Edit: October 01, 2017, 09:14:17 pm by Caledonian » Logged

I struggle and arise
von Corax
Squire of the Lambda Calculus
Board Moderator
Master Tinkerer
Canada Canada

Prof. Darwin Prætorius von Corax

« Reply #51 on: October 02, 2017, 07:37:51 am »

Is that first one perchance a Crocodile Dundee reference?  Cheesy

By the power of caffeine do I set my mind in motion
By the Beans of Life do my thoughts acquire speed
My hands acquire a shaking
The shaking becomes a warning
By the power of caffeine do I set my mind in motion
The Leverkusen Institute of Paleocybernetics is 5838 km from Reading
Prof Marvel
Zeppelin Captain
Western Sahara Western Sahara

too depressed for words

« Reply #52 on: October 02, 2017, 10:01:54 am »

I came onto this genre' via a circutious route - "Mountain Man Rendezvous" and Historical Reenactments, where a persona
is virtually mandatory for anyone playing those games seriously. It began for me first with the SCA, and
later when I wandered onto the "Feast of the Hunters' Moon" reenactment at Fort Ouiatenon, near Lafayette, Indiana

near the site of the
historic "Battle of Tippecanoe" ( site of the battle between Wm Henry Harrison and the Natives led by Tecumseh)

I was literally a "walk-on" to the Feast, with no gear or costume, but was welcomed warmly by the re-enactors
when they learned I wanted to "participate" rather than "watch". On a college-student budget I immediately bought a correct
shirt and clay pipe and borrowed a Voyager Cap, and managed to fit in for the weekend.
I was gifted Kinnickinik to smoke and loaned a Tomahawk for the 'Hawk Throw competition. Ironically,
as a unaffiliated "walk-on" stranger, I won the Hawk throw.... and the prize was a forged custom Tomahawk!
My Hawk collection now stands at nearly two dozen, and one of my current hobbies is restoring or remodeling old crappy
axes into useful tools and tomahawks.

Jump ahead about ten years ( with more SCA and Science Fiction conventions in between) and things progressed in earnest
when I took a part-time volunteer postion at Historic Fort Snelling in Saint Paul, MN as a blacksmith's apprentice.

Besides blacksmithing, I learned about serious re-enacting and the requisite persona development.

By that time I was including Native American Powows and developed the first part of what became Professor Marvel:
a runaway blacksmith apprentice, lost and starving on the American Great Plains, found and taken in by the Lahkotah Souix.
First of all, who is your character?

~~~~~Professor Algernon Horatio Ubiquitous Marvel The First~~~~~~
President, CEO, Chairman,  and Chief Bottle Washer of

Professor Marvel's Traveling Apothecary and Fortune Telling Emporium

Acclaimed By The Crowned Heads of Europe
Purveyor of Patent Remedies, Snake Oil, Cleaning Supplies, Dry Goods, and Picture Postcards
Offering Unwanted Advice for All Occasions and Providing Useless Items to the Gentry Since 1822

What do they look like? What kind of clothes do they usually wear?
What gadgets do they carry around with them, and what kind of weapons do they use?

Professor Marvel commonly wears, by preference, browns, tans, and blues. and black. yup, defintiely black.
- Fedoras, Vests, collarless shirts,  trousers, stout leather gear and sensible shoe/boots.
Sport Coat, Morning Coat, Frock Coat, and/or Great Coat as req'd.

Goggles are used as needed, but they look good!

He wears Specialty attire as req'd. This can vary such as Airship Jumpsuits & boots, Blacksmithing apron,
Laboratory and workshop Safety equipment, exploration gear, fancy ballroom dress, Snake Oil Show outfit, Powow
Outfit, Travelling clothes, etc.  Proper Headwear is always necessary, usually a fedora but on occasion a modified
topper or bowler. Vests are always worn except in exceptionally hot weather ( including as part of the Powow rig).

The Powow rig consists of traditional muslin trade shirt, re trade cloth breechclout, fringed deerhide leggings, hardsole moccasins.
broad leather belt supports belt knife & beaded sheath, beaded flint & steel pouch, beaded moosehide "misc pouch", tomahawk, pipe bag.

Deerhide possibles bag holds "possibles & shooting gear" .  Elkhide medicine bag holds esoteric ceremonial items and herbs.
both bags are slung from broad straps over a shoulder and rest on the opposite hip. I get a sort of cross-bandalier effect.

Traditional archery rig of bow, bowcase, quiver, arrows, and very heavy rawhide shield slung across back, via a strap across the chest.
face is painted per event. One year for holloween I did the full above powow rig, painted my face for a raid, and danced around a fire in front of the house until midnight. Younger kids loved it, came up and got candy. Older ones with T.P. and eggs truned and left.

Weapons and tools are selected based upon the tasks at hand, and include a variety of Archery Gear, (some of my own
manufacture) cap and ball revolvers, shotguns, and rifles, a wide variety of folding and fixed blade knives, tomahawks,
hatchets, axes, machetes, hammers, tongs, shovels, picks, saws, pliers, forceps, powerful lenses, drills, files,
chisels, turn-screws, planes, adzes, etc.

Always, a small medicinal kit of emergency herbal remedies and "first responder" bandages and gear and accompanies me.
Often, a "mid-size" herbal and culinary kit is included, and at an event the Large Apothecary Box is de riguer.

These days, Professor Marvel participates mainly online in this forum and several late 1800's oriented forums, and at
Cowboy Action Shoots. I hope to have a complete 1/2 hour snake-oil show in the near future.
Do they come from a past version of this world, an alternate history, the future

Prof Marvel lives in the alternative 1870-1899 Victorian period of alternative scientific development and exploration.

What makes this world (or the part of it you're concerned with) steampunk?
Victoriana and Steam Power! I am still striving to acquire a small live steam engine and put it to good use. I may have to settle for
a lister diesel running on veggy oil.

steampunk character type:  
mildly annoyed scientist
amateur martial artist
collector of walking-sticks and umbrellas
collector and refurbisher of Hats
student of a wide variety of mythos and origination stories
Librarian! ( our private library must by now number in the several thousands of physical books, as well as uncounted
             digital tomes)
instrument maker
amateur clock maker
student of various languages and religious practices including but not limited to
Buddhism, Zen, Hindu, Mohammedanism, Talmudic Jewish teaching, esoteric Christian Teachings,  
Native American religious ceremonies, spiritualism, and debunker of fakes and shysters.

How have they changed over time
Through continued education and development ,as in real life.., and via attending and presenting symposiums, lectures
and snake-oil presentations.

How would you describe your character in a single sentence?
- Totally friggin nuts, but in a good "quirky uncle" sort of way... aspiring to become a Buddhist Bodhisattva, a calm fellow; very hard to anger - but Do Not make him paint his face black.

What are some of your character's quirks?
Disregards time as a fallacy.
Old Fashioned Gentleman.
Man of his word.  
Defender of the weak.
Values truth and honesty.
Will not abide charlatans, liars, cheats, thieves or bullies .
Amateur Shrink. He had to actively work to break out of his Introvert Shell.  
Once considered a High Functioning Sociopath until he demonstrated altruistic actions
with utter disregard for his own safety. Did I mention "Do not make him paint his face black." ?

Above all else, Do No Harm
"Do not make me paint my face black."

You must understand that there is more than one path to the top of the mountain.

As the spirit becomes like water and adapts to its container, so you must adapt.

A man cannot understand the art he is studying if he only looks for the end result.

Truth is not what you want it to be; it is what it is, and you must bend to its power or live a lie.

In time, all things work to your advantage when you pursue them with an open heart.

How does your character interact with others?
via wit and humor until it becomes necessary to paint ... (never mind Mrs. just hit me in the with the fry pan)

How would they respond to the characters already introduced in this thread?
rather well I should think, thank you kindly, as demonstrated by our decade long interactions on Brass Goggles.

Are they similar to you, or completely different?
Well.... we share the same ... head?


photos will follow (eventually - see "disregards time above") in a separate thread

I remain,
Your Humble Servant
Professor Algernon Horatio Ubiquitous Marvel The First
« Last Edit: October 02, 2017, 10:22:35 am by Prof Marvel » Logged

The world is in Hell and I am too depressed for words
Zeppelin Admiral
Scotland Scotland

Caledon MacHinery (they/them)

« Reply #53 on: October 02, 2017, 11:01:49 am »

Is that first one perchance a Crocodile Dundee reference?  Cheesy

It's actually a reproduction of this meme

Except Bread (the sergal/brown creature) is actually an irish character so i opted out on calling him an "english spoof"
J. Wilhelm
╬ Admiral und Luftschiffengel ╬
Board Moderator
United States United States

Sentisne fortunatum punkus? Veni. Diem meum comple

« Reply #54 on: August 31, 2018, 02:26:06 am »

Necromancing this thread (has it REALLY been that long?? Sheesh!) because I don't know quite where to place these pictures, since these costumes are not mine, but rather they resemble some of my concepts.  Roll Eyes I wonder if someone has been looking at my pages?

Anyhow, I stumbled on these pictures posted on Pinterest. The original source is an Austrian cosplayer on Instagram and Tumblr who goes by the name of @endlessteatime. The two costumes resemble some of my character designs and I thought they were rather clever.

The first one is an "Ouji" ("Prince") Lolita Goth ensemble, by definition androgynous, which in some way resembles my Steampunk character design for the 3rd gender "Engelfolk" (in civilian clothes) in my story, "The Valkyrie and the Eagle."

The second one is interesting because it follows somewhat the "coat modification thread" in Anatomical, whereby you are putting together a military costume entirely out of store bought items, modified or not. The gender blurring in high fashion is pretty obvious. In this case it fits perfectly what could be a Regency Era (or even Georgian) uniform:

« Last Edit: August 31, 2018, 09:56:27 am by J. Wilhelm » Logged

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