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The ranger costume I made for the Fantasy Fair last April.
I've been working on it on and off for over a year, adding on bits and pieces here and there (the latest additions are the vambraces, the bow, arrows and quiver).

Deciding what kind of costume I wanted to make wasn't hard; when I think fantasy, I think Lord of the Rings, and in a lot of stories (in Babylon 5 for example as well) I think the rangers are some of the most impressive (inspiring, even) characters.

Most of it I made by hand (including the arrows), except for the cloak (sewing machine), trousers (bought at a second-hand shop) and boots.
I tried to make it as realistic as possible (I really don't like the washed-and-then-ironed look a lot of ranger-type costumes have), so didn't go for an exact likeness as in the movies. It's all very comfortable, though a bit hot in summer! =p

The vambraces I made with the help of Jedielfqueen's tutorial.



I'm also currently working on a small fan film about rangers:

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--> Ranger in the sun
--> Travelling the Wilds
--> They're coming


--> Quiver
--> Vambrace
--> Sword
--> Scabbard
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:iconricedog:
ricedog Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Love the look and good luck on Broken Bow
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BewareTheBear Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Great job on the costume. The unstrung bow is a nice touch.
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samhawkeye Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Thank you!
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OokamiCloud Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
that costume is beautiful, do you have a good cloak pattern by any chance? :D
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samhawkeye Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Thank you! The cloak is a simple half-circle cloak - it should be easy to find a tutorial for it via Google. :)
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OokamiCloud Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
thank you :D
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EmmaFlorian Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student General Artist
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:iconinnocentxxxblamer666:
MARRY ME. xD
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samhawkeye Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Noooo Dx
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innocentxXxblamer666 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Hawwwwttt xD
Yeah I said it.
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DreamingOfTheForest Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing!!!
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samhawkeye Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Thanks! :D
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DreamingOfTheForest Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob :D
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LegendofVelotron Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
That's amazing!
Just to ask, what kind of material was the cloak?
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samhawkeye Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Thanks! :D It is linen, which is not authentic or a useful cloak material really.. But it looks good. ;)
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LegendofVelotron Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Once again, really good job!
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Cospoison Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Great costume, compliments!! :clap:
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samhawkeye Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Thank you! :D
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RA-Meenan Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that is really awesome. Where did you find the other costume pieces? Did you make them? I'm particularly interested in the bow. =D
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samhawkeye Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Thanks! The bow is self-made, yes! It's just a strip of wood that's been sanded down gradually towards the ends, all the edges rounded off, then painted. There's a strip of fake leather around the area where you hold it and it's been strung with twine. It is the most dodgy looking piece of the costume (of the more recent versions) and really needs replacing...
It does shoot arrows though! :D

The leather jerkin is made of an old leather coat from a second hand shop that I completely took apart and put back together again. The shirt is also second hand, with the cuffs, collar and edges with buttons taken off and finished again by hand. The brown tunic and cloak were made from scratch.

Hope that helps!
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RA-Meenan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That does! I think I'm gonna check out some thrift stores and see if I can work toward making my own. =) Your costume is really convincing! Thanks!
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JackRellik Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
This is SPECTACULAR!! Only thing I'm not liking are the boots. They seem more like galoshes.
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samhawkeye Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Thank you! :D And I agree with you on that! This summer I'm planning to upgrade the whole costume, and the boots are at the top of the list.
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
I love Rangers! This is awesome! :) :thumbsup:
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samhawkeye Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
Thank you! :D
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Aileanjeune Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome outfit! I'm getting into Dagorhir, and my friends and I are doing a fellowship theme. I'm going for the Ranger!
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samhawkeye Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Cool! :D Never done larp myself, but a ranger seems eminently suitable!
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HarbingerHobbies Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Artist
Amazing.
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samhawkeye Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
Thanks! :D
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Chram-Avast Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
nice, I'm planning on going to castlefest as a ranger along with a girlfriend, any tips?
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lupevales Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
Say if I mailed you cash can I borrow that costume for a bit?
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samhawkeye Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
Er, I'm afraid not.. =P
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ronime Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love it! Did you engrave the Numenor white tree, or paint it on?
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samhawkeye Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
Thanks! It's both engraved and painted; the outlines are engraved, then the shape filled in with paint.
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ronime Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice! I have a lot of respect for leather engravers, still something I cant do at all, hehe.
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samhawkeye Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
Ah... it's not leather! =P Both are made of sheets of fun foam, which is a lot easier.
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ronime Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ooh! Well you made it look real!
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lupevales Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Caww Im jealous, My ranger costume I made doesnt even look remotely as fantastic! I must know were you an extra in LOTR?
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samhawkeye Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
Thanks. :) And nope, just a fan from way before they even filmed it. ;P
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shy-boy Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009  Student
oh my god, this is amazing!!!
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samhawkeye Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
:D Thanks!
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mistergrinn Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
That looks absolutely brilliant. It does look comfy to move around in too... And hey, that's what being a ranger is all about, yeah? Mobility and versatility.

Fantastic work, you.
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samhawkeye Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Thank you! :D
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ochetski Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009   Artisan Crafter
Pretty nice.
How the quiver belt is in and out the cloack at the same time? There is a hole on the cloack for it?
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samhawkeye Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
Yup, there's a hole in the cloak!
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ochetski Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009   Artisan Crafter
Hm... can you show it sometime? I'm trying to do the same on mine.
Thanks.
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samhawkeye Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
Well, where you put it depends on your cloak and how it falls when you're wearing it so there's no point in showing you how I did it.. It's probably easiest to have someone help you; while you're wearing the cloak, hold the quiver in the right position on your back and then see where the bottom strap (not the one going over your shoulder) leaves the quiver- that's where it has to go through the cloak- and mark it on the cloak so you can cut a slit the width of the quiver strap there.
If it's in the right place the cloak should just fall normally when you're wearing the quiver with the strap through the cloak; the cloak shouldn't bunch up anywhere. :)
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ochetski Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009   Artisan Crafter
I was curious about how was the hole finished. But I've decided to use the cloak over the quiver for now. I should post photos lather.
Anyway, thanks for help. ;p
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samhawkeye Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
Ahh, sorry! =P I finished the hole like you'd finish a button hole.
You're welcome, and I'm looking forward to the pictures. ;)
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zackgol Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Sweet.
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