Quiet Buying Guide
Since most of what is worn by Quiet in Metal gear Solid V is actual military gear I decided to put together a little list of what I bought and any modifications I made instead of my normal construction write up.
Stansport Jungle Boots in Black, I got mine from Amazon
To match the reference images for Quiet I painted the strap on either side of the boots olive green with some fabric paint.
These were actually a far bigger pain to find than I had anticipated. I needed a combination of the backseam she has, as well as tights that were sheer to the waist and had a ribbed texture. I ended up going with Danskin Women's Durasoft Nylon Semi-Opaque Convertible Backseam Tight ( again from Amazon) I'm not 100% in love with the texture on these, but it is the best combination I found.
Obviously I ripped them up to match the reference images, the bigger holes have tiny dots of super glue at each end to stop them unraveling further. I also unpicked the seam attaching the big ugly waistband and got rid of it. I am not a thin or firmly toned person around my hips so the heavy elastic waistbands tend to give me horrendous muffin top, also the reference art for her is missing a waist band.
This is the only part I did not find an exact match for, the best I could find was a thigh holster from Golden Eye Tactical on Amazon (I make that Prime Membership work hard ok?)
I added some weathering with brown fabric paints, scuffed it up with sandpaper and a cheese grated, and also ended up shortening the top loop beyond what it was adjustable too. Anyone who is not 4ft 11 can probably skip that last part though.
Belts, Straps and Pouches
The belt I got was a green pistol belt with a black quick release buckle, mine came from army gear auctions on ebay.
On all of the surplus pieces I got my first step was washing them. I know it seems a bit much when I am going to add fake weathering after, but I am personally prone to break outs and was worried about whatever was on these things rubbing against my skin all day. After washing I weathered the belt with the same technique as the holster, removed the front snap pieces since they got in the way of the grenades attaching, and then added moleskin to the inside of the belt. None of these pieces are really meant to be worn on bare skin so I really recommend getting something between yourself and the stiff canvas and metal bits.
The suspenders are LC-1 Y suspenders. These also came from army gear auctions on ebay .
These were washed and weathered, I also shortened some of the straps to fit my height better without having a lot of extra hanging around, and put moleshin on the inside.
The pouches I got were Vietnam era ammo pouches, they looked right and fit the era of the game. Mine came from surplusguyrocks on ebay. Like the rest of the pieces these got washed, weathered and had moleskin put on the inside.
Just to make life difficult Quiet has to be wearing two different gloves. For her right glove I am fairly certain the in game model is based on Nomex sheepskin flight gloves with the cuff folded over. I got mine from outdoorshopping on Ebay.
The left glove needed more work. I started wet look spandex gloves from Amazon. I used the extra glove to create the band that goes across her glove, and then used white fabric paint to add some typography to the band section.
The knife started out life as a rubber knife from Amazon that I took the handle off of, and then added eva foam to to get the right shape, and then made a simple sheath with some scrap vinyl.
The flash grenades I made with some EVA foam and printable stickers with so wire and jump rings. I used a clip for shoe accessories to hold them to the belt, in hindsight it was not the best plan and I will be replacing those with pin backs.
To get a realistic ponytail I decided to go with a full lace wig. The best price I could find for a full lace wig in the right color was at Sam's Beauty. Styling was fairly easy, I straightened the wig, cut in bangs and pulled it into a ponytail. Its honestly a a pain to get on a full lace wig but the look is worth it, I used spirit gum to apply it starting from the center front and then working my way around. I'd keep a bottle of spirit gum in a pouch for long convention days, I had some problems with the very back of my wig coming off after sweating all day.
I hope that was helpful for anyone else wanting to make this costume, as always if you have any questions feel free to reach out to me via social media, of Contact Me