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Hare-Brained Scheme… Revealed!

So, those of you who follow me on Twitter might have noticed me referring to a trip to Washington DC and hinting at some crazy plan I wanted to enact when I got there. Well, today is the day I go out and do it, so rather than keep everybody in suspense until I get back to Boston and upload today’s photos, I’ll just reveal things now.

I’ve been a fan of the Fallout games since the very first one, and of course recently a brand-new game in the series, Fallout 3, was released by Bethesda, makers of the Elder Scrolls RPGs. Fallout 3 moved the action from a devastated, post-apocalyptic California to a devastated, post-apocalyptic DC known in-game as The Capital Wasteland. See where I’m going with this?

Fallout 3 uses a number of well-known DC landmarks as significant spots in the game. The Jefferson Memorial becomes Project Purity, the focus of the game’s main quest. The Washington Monument is home to Galaxy News Radio‘s (“This is Three Dog! Awoooo!”) broadcast relay. Other spots like Dupont Circle, the Willard Hotel (subject of several of my hints), and many of the DC Metro stations, have cameo appearances in the game.

So, what’s a nerd to do? Obviously, dress up as the game’s main character and wander the city asking random passerby to take pictures of him. Obviously.

I had the idea for all of this last Saturday, so I had to rush things. My pal James helped out with the jumpsuit, sewing on the yellow trim and the big 101 on the back. (The game’s advertising tends to use the Armored Jumpsuit, but we went for the plain Vault Jumpsuit instead.) He also loaned me a bit of Sculpey, which I used to mold a Pip-Boy 3000. I made a sleeve for the Pip-Boy from posterboard and some foam I had lying around, then I painted both.

For four days of work, I was pretty damned impressed with what I managed to pull off. A lot of the details are off from the game, but in broad strokes I think it looks awesome. (Again, muchos kudos to James for helping on the jumpsuit.) So here are the photos of it on Flickr! I’ll get photos from my actual DC trip up as soon as I can, which probably won’t be until Monday.

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