I use a neoprene diver’s hood to cover my neck while wearing the gas mask. The downside is that it’s yet another layer to wear so things get pretty sweaty!
With regards to the materials, this is going to depend on your prop making skill level and the range of tools you have, how much time and money you have or are willing to spend on the construction, as well as factoring how much potential crush-and-knock the props’ll get. We don’t travel anywhere interstate so our props aren’t deconstructable but they are pretty sturdy. And with sturdiness does come weight!
Looking at the Backscratcher and the Detonator, these are my prop-making partner’s thoughts:
I followed your conversation with blondedumonde and I feel compelled to throw in, that the Medic’s German isn’t the best either. Though I do give them credit for digging up the word “Schweinehund”, I’d never thought English speakers would even know that one.
But the grammar Medic uses is so English, I always feel sad for it.
Especially since many fans use Medic’s language and spread the use of english grammar in german language *sadpanda*
(to illustrate what I mean, we don’t just throw an “s” at the end of a word to make it plural - it’s neither “Fräuleins” nor “Schweinhunds”, the plural of the former is simply “Fräulein” and the latter “Schweinehunde”)
Of course I can’t say anything about the other languages, and I do like the fact TF2 uses different languages at all.
And of course only the natives might hear the errors, after all.
Sniper sounds pretty convincing to me xD— no-one3
Hahaha, yeah the Sniper’s accent is pretty ham salad!
Haha! Well, yes I see your point. I could say that generally Sniper’s accent is decent in comparison to a lot of non-Aus voice actors doing an Australian accent. Lowry does tip a wee bit into cockney in some spots, but considering white Australia’s cultural heritage, that can sorta be excused. And when I listen to Aussie accents from the 60s and 70s, they are pretty heavy on the Strine and occasionally sound ludicrous by today’s standards.
“Gawd save the Queen” is one of those Sniper lines that makes me cringe. No one says that in Australia but I do realise he’s probably referencing TF2 universe’s Australian Queen which seems to be different to the commonwealth’s current monarch.
There you go, fanficcers!