Cosplay, Costume, Science Fiction, Sewing


Howdy-ho cosplay kids!

Don’t get too upset, but this is the penultimate recipe in the Captain Black cosplay series. Missed the earlier installments? Use this time machine to go back and read them.

If you’ve been building along at home, you should have the entire outfit. I hope you’re wearing it right now – and nothing else 😉 That’s what I’m going to imagine anyway. Of course you’ll need a gun to avenge the human attack on your Mysteron friends, and that’s what I’m covering today (gun making, not vengeance). I’m also including the holster design, because you can’t just keep it in your pocket, even if you like people to know you’re pleased to see them.


A4 sheet of thin black plastic

Large turkey baster (unused)

Potato gun

Rectangular wooden doweling cut into little cubes

Black leather style material (ideally use the same material as you used for the hat)

Black thread


One small sewing machine, with added grit and determination (and spare needles if using a thick material)

Masking tape

Silver spray paint (or paint paint, up to you)

Scalpel & steel ruler

Chopping board

Gaffa tape (around 92.37% of all cosplay outfits are made from this, with the remaining amount being the maker’s tears)




The Spectrum gun is a small pistol with a long barrel. The top and rear of the body are the colour of the agent (black in our case) and the remainder is metallic silver. The on screen guns did not have triggers (what with puppets lacking fingers and all) and I chose to be true to the original (as well as saving myself from having to make a trigger).


Here you can see both the top and bottom piece.

To craft the main part I used a cheap potato gun and turkey baster. Once I took the potato gun apart I ended up with a nice handle that had a cylindrical point. I cut the squishy end off of the baster and pressed it over the potato part. I also snipped a little off the end of the baster, making it look more gun-like. If you are keen on precise details, you can also sand off the measurements from the side of the baster. Admittedly it is hard to see these once you paint it, so really depends how anal you are. I’ve discovered I’m full anal, but that was no real surprise. Now paint or spray paint this whole bit metallic silver.

For the body of the gun, start by looking at the on-screen version to get the shape. I made this by cutting ‘flat pack’ shapes out of thin black plastic. It consists of; two sides, a top piece, back piece, front piece (with hole for the barrel) and a bottom piece. Use masking tape to stick it together from the inside, and try putting it over the first bit. This will help you to check it all sits together nicely, the sizing is right, etc. Once you’ve made any refinements, and are happy, use masking tape to cover the top parts and sides – all the bits you want to keep black. I used black plastic, as it suited Captain Black. If were making this for another agent, simply use their colour of plastic. Now paint these pieces as you did the handle and barrel. To put this all together I used small cubes of wood.

I forgot to photograph mine, luckily the internet didn't.

I forgot to photograph mine, luckily the internet didn’t.

Glue gun these cubes to the inside corners of the plastic. IMPORTANT – do this on the inside (i.e. the part you don’t see). What these cubes do is give you something to attach the pieces onto. If you try and glue the tiny edges of the plastic, it’s nearly impossible to get them to stick and hold. I destroyed two sets of parts before I devised this solution. Leave the bottom part off until the rest dries.

Finally, place the top piece on by putting the barrel through the front and sliding it into place. This is where having a bit of the potato gun body left comes in handy, because it gives you something to glue on to. Turn the whole thing upside down, and if you love glue gunning as much as me, fill the inside body full of glue. If you don’t love glue gunning (what’s wrong with you!?!) or are on a budget, just use enough so that it sticks. Then stick the base into place (mine was problematic, however, you don’t really see it).

My untidy bottom.

My untidy bottom.

Now have a Spectrum gun. When fully dried, spend at least 45 minutes re-enacting the opening titles.      

Dun dun dun dun dun dun dunnnnnn - yeah, I rock!

Dun dun dun dun dun dun dunnnnnn – yeah, I rock!



Don’t leave your beloved gun out in the cold. Give it a nice place to hang out! My holster was made using the same material as the hat. To get the pattern I needed, I began by getting a cheap kids cowboy set, this usually comes with a holster that you can take apart and use as a template.


Scale the template up as needed, ensuring that the tip of your gun barrel protrudes slightly from the bottom of it. Thankfully the way it attaches to the belt is nice and simple. Leave a rectangular stump at the top that you’ll fold back on itself to create a loop.


The great thing is you can easily masking tape or pin the template together, tweak it, and get it perfect before committing.


When happy, cut your material, leaving around a half inch spare to do some hemming. Hem it up, sew it together and you’ll have yourself a lovely holster.   



You’re now ready to take down those evil humans and with their own weapons too, awesome. As always please holla at me if I can help in anyway, just scream into any of the social media voids listed below, and I’ll hear you. I’ve also had some enquiries about costumes commissions, happy to provide a quote, and even happier to give you advice to undertake them yourself. For me the making of them is the best part, but I know not everyone has the time for that in this busy age!

I’m confident you’ll be made up by the next, and final, installment of this cosplay recipe, quite literally, as I cover the makeup and hair styling to accompany this costume. You’d think a Scotsman couldn’t get any paler, but you’d be surprised!

And remember, if it wasn’t meant to be fun they’d call it Coswork.

Love and hugs,


Tweeter me @OzPlayOnline

Book of Faces



Cosplay, Costume


‘Sup players of cos,

It’s the third instalment of my recipe for the Captain Black costume. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, where have you been!?! Seriously? I kid, but you may wish to start at the beginning. Not that I’m telling you how to live your life, actually, just read whatever, whenever.

In this blog we’re covering how the shirt, trousers and boots were made, or to be more precise, acquired. After the success of creating the jacket and surviving the hat build, it’s a relief to find out these minor elements are mostly straight up buys! Crafters worry not, there is still some assembly required.


Grey turtle neck jumper

Grey trousers

Grey thread (only if either jumper or trousers need altered)

Black riding boots

Spectrum logo (digital version on memory stick or file host (e.g. Dropbox))


 One small sewing machine, small in size, but big in heart! (Only if any pieces need modified)

Gaffa tape (roughly 87% of all costumes, however I didn’t use any in the making of these items, but I still strongly believe you should have it to hand. Always.)



Turtle Neck Jumper

Underneath the awesome Spectrum jacket each agent wears a dark grey turtle neck jumper with a Spectrum logo on the cuff of each sleeve. It is dark grey. For every colour of agent. I have looked with extreme close up. I am laying this on thick in preparation for the nitpicker retaliation. I know in comics, paintings, toys, drawings, they may have made them black. But the genuine uniform is dark grey. Please allow me to put my soapbox to the side, and carry on.

When purchasing this item, you really want something the same thickness as a t-shirt. You don’t want a woolly jumper, with crazy patterns. I searched for mine online, and could only find one suitable jumper, although it wasn’t in my size. I took the bigger one and modified it by taking up the sleeves. It was a bit long, but you tuck that bit out of sight anyway. It’s important that you make any modifications prior to printing on the logos, else you may mess up the placement. The logos go on the outside of the sleeve. If you stand straight, arms straight down, it should be on the outside, with the crease or seem line in its centre, a few inches from the end of the cuff. If that is confusing, watch some episodes, they do wicked close ups with human hands that show it perfectly. With the logo, make sure you get the correct original logo, not the CGI new series. I have nothing against the series, but this guide is for making the original 1967 series costume.


Grey trousers

Pick a grey colour that compliments, or ideally matches the turtle neck. Buy in your size, or alter as needed. The only real thing to make sure of with the trousers is that they have a sharp crease down the front of each leg. Colonel White undoubtedly insisted upon a perfectly pressed uniform, and, Mysteron or not, we owe it to him to oblige!



For my costume, I used black riding boots. They weren’t too pricey, and really looked the part. They are not precise in screen accuracy. They miss a band that runs across the part where the ankle and foot meet, and a band that runs round the top of the boots. Alongside the ticking clock of being ready for Andercon, I also didn’t want to attempt to add these two bits, because I thought it would look obviously altered, and kinda crappy. I’d welcome suggestions from others on making 100% accurate boots, as well as how to get them in solid red, or the other agent colours. Again, this is one of the reasons why I chose Captain Black, I knew black boots would be obtainable, red or blue, not so much!


That’s us two thirds of the way through our Captain Black costume recipe. After the trials of the jacket and hat, it is nice to pull together these easy to obtain elements. You may wonder why I haven’t provided specific links to buying items online – this is intentional! I don’t get paid to promote products, so I don’t! If you really want a link, message me and I’ll happily oblige.

Don’t forget to join me next time, when I’ll be having glue gun fun and getting loaded for bear with the Spectrum gun and holster.

And remember, if it wasn’t meant to be fun they’d call it Coswork.


Tweeter me @OzPlayOnline

Book of Faces