Why I chose to make this costume
The idea for this costume evolved organically and eventually became something of a statement. I think it started with a pondering of pulling together a Battlestar Gallactica Marine, and I quickly realized that if I made just one or two parts a little more generic that it could double for a SHIELD agent. As soon as I started thinking about using velcro to swap some patches the idea blossomed. I quickly realized how lazy Hollywood has been over the past several years - how many background characters could I do by changing out some patches and a couple of accessories? I currently have a dozen different patches for this costume...
How I made this costume
Most of this is some generic black tactical gear and a few basic accessories like a helmet and gas mask - all of which were easy and inexpensive to acquire. After that, I searched a number of sources for patches and had to sew velcro onto many of them - worth it!
Thoughts on this costume
This costume is an easy one that lets me wander around a convention all day being everyone else's hype-man, which is so much fun! Acting like the fan-boy Gotham SWAT team member for a Batman cosplayer? Great! Standing with a bunch of Avengers and being the star-struck random SHIELD agent? Yes! Being the random Torchwood agent assisting Dr. Who? So much fun!