An Interview with Sauce Boss
Well it’s Friday and so I communicated with Sauce Boss about his newest photo shoot set with him dressed as Max Payne from the awesome Bullet Time perfection game series of the same name!!! The mods he has done to his toys are amazing and I have always been a big fan of the M4 S-System painted and posted below!
Impressive photo! Who is it that you’re portraying? The one and only Max Payne! From the third game of the Max Payne trilogy. Max has left New York for São Paulo, Brazil, and is now a bodyguard for the wealthy Branco family. I’m portraying him as he appeared in the favela (slum) levels of São Paulo. The Nova Esperança favela plays host to a violent turf war between rival gangs and private militia groups, and it’s in here that Max must find the people responsible for kidnapping his employer’s wife. Please give us the run down on the modifications you have done to the toys used in the photo shoot? The sawn-off shotgun obviously required the most work – I took out the electronics, cut the stock off, then filled the grip with lead fishing weights embedded in 5-minute plumber’s epoxy putty (love that stuff). Of course, removing the stock left a gaping hole, which I filled and re-sculpted with more epoxy putty tinted with brown acrylic paint, I mixed to match the colour of the grip. I also cut the barrel down a bit more, then filled the screw holes with more putty before applying a spray coat of satin black and a very gentle dry brushing with silver. The Desert Eagle only had minor mods, namely removing the LED in the muzzle and the micro switch for the cocking sound (although I kept the one for the trigger). I also filled the screw holes, followed by painting and dry brushing. The Micro Uzi only received a coat of satin black and subtle silver dry brushing. The M1911 is completely stock, although I do have plans for it. What research was taken prior to the cosplay beginning? I played the game a lot. I also compiled a folder of officially-released game wallpapers and screenshots, as well as other Max Payne cosplays. Gathering reference material is part of the fun. How long did it take to create/put together? To be honest, it was quite easy. I already rock the beard and shaved head every day, plus I already had the pants, boots and sunglasses, so I just needed to find the distinctive Hawaiian shirt. A quick eBay search fixed that. The custom shoulder holsters were the most involved bit. I made it in a couple of hours out of some leather-look vinyl I had in the garage. It super-glued great so I didn’t do any sewing either! My hobby motto is “Do what I can with what I’ve got.” Of course, my reference images of the shoulder rig were invaluable. It’s not 100% accurate, but it’s good enough for me. I’ve seen you at Melbourne conventions with your family. Does your family get involved dressing up too? We’d been to a few cons before, but didn’t actually cosplay till Armageddon 2013. My older daughter (now 8) and I dressed up as Private Military Contractors, while my wife went as Mako Mori from Pacific Rim. My wife didn’t get into cosplaying like I did, but she gives me free rein, which I truly appreciate. When my toddler (now 4) is old enough, we may dress her up too! That SCAR-L mod you posted a few weeks ago on my Facebook page! Very impressive! Tell us the basic idea behind creating it? I’ve always wanted one, and the closest thing available was the CZ-805 Bren. I have to admit I was disappointed with the stock Bren, with its oversized rails, undersized mag, and crappy stock, so I had absolutely no qualms about chopping it up to make my SCAR. My M4 SIRS (S-system) gave up its gas block and folding front sight, as well as its top rail (again, “doing what I can with what I’ve got”). It was a bit harder for me to slice that one up, as I’d already given it an awesome paint job. But you know what they say about omelettes and eggs. What’s your favourite Armoured Heaven product? I’d have to say the M4 S-System. Odd choice, I know, but it looks fantastic painted up, and I like the firing sound effect – it’s not the silly “pew-pew-pew” of the other guns. Also, the operating charging handle and fire selector are the icing on the cake. What’s your favourite cosplay to wear at a convention to date? I’ve only worn my PMC gear at conventions so far, but I will debut my Max Payne at Armageddon 2014. I will say right now it’s a lot less gear to haul around! – I’m turning 40 this year and I hope to keep doing this for as long as I can. I’m an old man compared to most cosplayers, but, to quote George Bernard Shaw: “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” A fantastic interview and I personally LOVE the Max Payne photographs! They capture what you do in the game series perfectly as well as the general personality and attitude of Max himself. Can’t wait to see you at Armageddon again and say Hi to the family!!!