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Tobias Frost, monster hunter. Formerly of HM Parachutist Regiment

Tobias Frost, monster hunter. Formerly of HM Parachutist Regiment

For those readers that don’t know, the Asylum is probably the biggest Steampunk gathering in the UK.

For those readers that don’t know, Steampunk is set in a time that never existed. A time when Queen Victoria ruled and men and women explored the world, inner- and outer-space using technology that we find in our times, but with a distinctly Victorian, steam-powered twist.

Steampunk is also a fabulous make-do-and-mend movement. Clothing is heavily altered, fantastic ray guns are constructed, and rocket packs built.

As such, I shall attempt to write a series of articles showing what I’ve got, and how I’ve adapted it.

Hopefully it won’t look too crap. Some will have just been bought with little work needed, whilst other stuff such as “Tobias Frost’s Patented (applied for) Monster Hunting Acid Throwers” will be heavily modified.

An example of the makery can be seen in the photo the left. The jacket is from somewhere like Top Man, but Karen added all of the piping, I made the medal, and the Sam Browne and bowler hat are both from my late grandfather.

My wife is also attending and we shall be trying to sell some of her amazing steampunk cuff links and jewellery at the Illicit Market in Lincoln’s fabulous Castle Grounds! She might even be looking to have one of the pop-up stalls. Which would be truly splendid!

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7.

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