Chapter 6. – Behind the Scenes

A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters features a large zombie attack photo spread in the chapter The Dreaded Locomotive of the Living Dead. The shoot included seven models. The chapter also features my costuming assistant and close friend, Catey Lockhart, portraying a zombie with make-up effects by a local artist named Ryan Lawrence Flynn.


Creating the Prop Flamethrower

This chapter features many steampunk props and guns, including one of my favorites, The Mukow Flamethrower. Inspired by the ridiculous items you can find in the Ratchet and Clank games, and with a name inspired by that wonderful series, I created a flamethrower for the characters to use in this chapter.

I built the weapon out of a small garbage can, pieces of a clock, toy flutes and some belt pieces.

The first parts of the Mukow flamethrower.
The first parts of the Mukow flamethrower.

I glued the clock to the garbage can. I added some wine taps, some sewing machine pieces, and a toy flute, which you can see in their natural colors below.

The flamethrower pieces are glued together.
The flamethrower pieces are glued together.

After spraypainting the pieces, I turned them into a backpack and attached them to an antique blowtorch.

Below you can see Brin wearing the finished flamethrower.

Brin and the Mukow Flamethrower!
Brin and the Mukow Flamethrower!

Brin also got to choose her own outfit for this chapter. I didn’t have one prepared, and she chose these pieces from the extras I had on the rack.

Brin invented her own costume to hunt Zombies.
Brin invented her own costume to hunt Zombies.

Photographing the Zombie Attack

The main photos included seven models fighting off zombies.

The Steampunk Monster Hunters fight the zombies.
The Steampunk Monster Hunters fight the zombies.

The costumes of five of the models were created by myself, while the costumes to the female zombie and Missus Mister were created by Alisa Kester.

The zombie team waits for me to get ready.
The zombie team waits for me to get ready.

The photoshoot took the majority of the day, starting around noon and lasting until after sunset. The Missoula Community Theater donated some prop tombstones.

Jeremy portrays Percy, Caenaan portrays Sir Hammerhorn.
Jeremy portrays Percy, Caenaan portrays Sir Hammerhorn.

Lizzie Hatfield, who portrays Brunhilde Bamfield, took a few hours to do the make-up and hair of all seven models. This left plenty of time for goofing off while waiting to shoot.

Brin and her big gun.
Brin and her big gun.

I also had to spend about a half-hour setting up Lizzie’s yard to look like  a graveyard and to light the scene for when the sun set.

Zombies!
Zombies!

The zombie models and hero models all had some fun while waiting.

The zombies attack hair/make-up artist Lizzie Hatfield who also portrays Brunhilde Bamfield.
The zombies attack hair/make-up artist Lizzie Hatfield who also portrays Brunhilde Bamfield.

 

Zombies Love Swing sets!
Zombies Love Swing sets!

Natasha portrays Zombie hunter Missus Mayfair Mister.

Natasha as Missus Mister, professional Zombie slayer.
Natasha as Missus Mister, professional Zombie slayer.

Caenaan portrays Sir Hammerhorn and appears with his robot friend.

Sir Hammerhorn and his robot First Mate.
Sir Hammerhorn and his robot First Mate.

The final image can be viewed below.

The monster hunters are attacked by zombies in this image from the book.
The monster hunters are attacked by zombies in this image from the book.

Behind the Scenes with the Steampunk Zombie

My friend and co-costumer, Catey Lockhart, decided she would portray the steampunk zombie. We asked local artist Ryan Lawrence Flynn to create a prosthetic for us, which he graciously took the time to create and apply.

Below you can see step by step images as he prepares and applies the zombie effects.

First, he applied a base coat of make-up.

Ryan applies the base make-up for the zombie application.
Ryan applies the base make-up for the zombie application.

Next, using spirit gum, he applied his prosthetic and stipple painted to blend the skin tones.

The zombie prosthetic is applied to Catey's face.
The zombie prosthetic is applied to Catey’s face.

When that was finished, I took over and added the “beauty” make-up, including eyelashes, make-up, blood, the wig and the steampunk jaw piece.

When the make-up is blended, the eyelashes, blood, wig and steampunk piece are added.
When the make-up is blended, the eyelashes, blood, wig and steampunk piece are added.

Below you can see a close up of the jaw piece.

The zombie jaw piece is displayed here on a styrofoam head.
The zombie jaw piece is displayed here on a styrofoam head.

And here’s the final image of Catey as the Steampunk Zombie:

Catey in the final zombie image.
Catey in the final zombie image.

Finding the Train

For this chapter I also went around Montana looking for the perfect train. I looked at many train displays and museums.

I went on a trip looking for the perfect train.
I went on a trip looking for the perfect train.

The final train I chose was the Timberjack train housed on the land in Fort Missoula, Montana.

The timberjack train I found for the final image.
The timberjack train I found for the final image.

The train appears in the book in the image below.

The final image of the death train from A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters.
The final image of the death train from A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters.

I hope you enjoyed seeing many aspects of the what went into making this chapter.

The portrait of the Monster Hunters appears in the first chapter. This outtake shows the heroes messing around.
The portrait of the Monster Hunters appears in the first chapter. This outtake shows the heroes messing around.

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