Sci-fi Inspiration: '70s Era Uniforms

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Malcadon
November 25, 2013 - 10:15pm
This is a first in a series of inspirational picture-grabs, based on sorted sci-fi elements (spaceships, space stations, uniforms, blasters, devices, etc.) within an era or sub-genre.

Yes, sci-fi outfits form the 1970s...

The vibrant colors mixed with neutrals...

The ass-hugging tightness...

The eponymous hairstyles... (in this era, the hair is a package deal)

Lets start off with some classic Battlestar Galactica:



(this is what they look like without the pilot's suits)

Some Buck Rogers in the 25th Century:



Star Trek: The Pajama Party The Motion Picture:



I dont remember hearing about a lunar base 14 years ago, but Space 1999:




Ark II:



Space Academy and Jason of Star Command:




It may not be the '70s, but what the hell:



Oh, and just for the hell of it: Wink



Sweet! Foot in mouth

So do anyone else have any inspirational pics related to this?
Comments:

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jedion357
November 26, 2013 - 4:39am
Here's a sketch of the Frontier Four holo show from before it was cancelled though I understand its done well in reruns. I believe it was based on something from humanity's past called Charlie's Angels.

And we should not forget the cover to the Alpha Dawn box.
Here's a blog post that analyzes and deconstructs the art direction on the AD box cover and why it was so spot on.
http://www.blackgate.com/2011/04/13/art-of-the-genre-star-frontiers/

Oh heck I might as well upload the picture
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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jedion357
November 26, 2013 - 4:54am
Seriously though

Something I just noticed that many of the pics posted there is a prominent or large belt buckle, Even in the Star Trek picture they have a belt buckle with out the belt.

Points for Ripley since that is the outfit that she appears in at the open and close of the movie and it was a '70s era sci fi flick BUT Aliens was the vangaurd of something different in sci-fi and led to a trend in darker grittier sci-fi as a counter weight to the clean happy, no more money, no more poverty of STar Trek. So if Sesame Street did a "One of these things aint like the others" Aliens would be it.

Points for V since they introduced baseball hats as a sci fi uniform element. And the orange was cool since is suggested ship suit for operations abourd a space craft though the outfit wasn't all that sexy the actresses usually made up for that. Though the post cateract surgery glasses were a bit goofey I dont remember caring at time.

Jason of Star Command, Space Academy, and Ark II formulaic Saturday Morning pulp that had me glued to the TV and sad when they cancelled them. A geek's dream prop to own, for me would be the the Star Command asteroid since Planaron asteroid from WoWL was based on that.

Battle Star Galactica. Loved that show too and if I was to put together a costume and wear it to a convention these day if would be from this Franchise. I would kill to have a prop quality cylon suit with a voice changer and the LED light going back and forth.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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Jaxon
November 26, 2013 - 2:13pm
I think other people would kill too if you had a Cylon suit!

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Tchklinxa
November 26, 2013 - 3:23pm
Science Patrol

Ultraman Science Patrol note the ties. 
"Zoinks!"

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Tchklinxa
November 26, 2013 - 3:35pm
Forbidden Planet
"Zoinks!"

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AZ_GAMER
November 26, 2013 - 4:02pm
With exception of the trek pj party (and I am a trek fan just not of that movie) and the Ultraman uniforms there are some really well thought ideas for what sci-fi uniforms may look like in the future. While more recent series have taken advantage of advanced fabrication and higher budgets these 70's uniforms had some good stuff for their time.

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Shadow Shack
November 26, 2013 - 4:04pm
What, no pics from the greatest sci fi flick of them all? 

Hint: 1977 release.



Spoilers:



No, I'm not overly fond of Zeb's Guide. Nor do I have any qualms in stating why. Tongue out

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jedion357
November 26, 2013 - 6:33pm
Note the wrinkles in the rebels uniforms and the pristine ironed look for the empire troops not in polyplate armor.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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Tchklinxa
November 26, 2013 - 7:07pm
Flash Gordon

The Royal Guard

Ming

Ming

High Tech


"Zoinks!"

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jedion357
November 26, 2013 - 9:03pm
Ming had been ripping off James Bond without realizing that the bad guy didn't succeed with this particular ploy to laser the off a good guy's member.

You can count on bad guys like Ming to be both a dick and to fail like other bad guys who went before them.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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Tchklinxa
November 26, 2013 - 9:17pm
jedion357 wrote:
Ming had been ripping off James Bond without realizing that the bad guy didn't succeed with this particular ploy to laser the off a good guy's member.

You can count on bad guys like Ming to be both a dick and to fail like other bad guys who went before them.

LOL yes, and they always give the evil plan away! Lol, it is actually a mind wiping and reprograming machine. Mad Scientist Toys. 
"Zoinks!"

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bossmoss
November 26, 2013 - 9:27pm
Malcadon, you nailed the exact uniform inspirations I have been using in my game for years.  I have screen grabs from all of those things, and I routinely show them to my players. 

Er, except the one from Alien.  As Jedion said, that was the start of a grittier trend in science fiction, leading into how it's done today.  I've managed to keep my game in a "retro" feel, as some of my players put it.

Tongue out

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Malcadon
November 26, 2013 - 10:10pm
Who could I forget!

Logan's Run:


(Yes, the Farrah Fawcett hair is part of the uniform. And yes, she was in that movie. And how many times would throwing "and" around makes a statement redundant? Undecided)

Oh, and how can I forget '70s sci-fi anime uniforms!

The crew of the Space Battleship Yamato:


(Note: Female suits shows ass!)

The crew of the Arcadia (Captain Harlock):


(Space pirating never looked more sexy!)

The crew of the Whitebase (Mobile Suit Gundam):


(Color-code alert: Officers are gray; Boys are blue; Girls are pink; and no one questions this.)

I know their are more (especially when the style blended into the '80s), but I can't remember anymore... So far!

I would leave you off with this:


(In the production of this movie, they wanted all the ladies to wear a scant gown like this, but the logistics of covering everyone up was considered too much. And question is: "Why is that a bad thing?" Cool)

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Malcadon
November 26, 2013 - 10:31pm
Tchklinxa wrote:
Forbidden Planet

I always like the uniforms form that movie. They are simple, utilitarian, bun stylish enough to convey a sci-fi feel. This type of uniform also conveys a tighter relationship between offices and crewmen, as oppose to the conventional system where they are separate, with offices being aloof to enlisted dregs.

I have seen some notes about the ranks. Captian Frank Drebin John J. Adams up there has the pin of a Commander, and the guy next to him is a Lieutenant -- Officers have their pins an their epaulettes. The guy at the back is a Crewman -- they have colored circles on their pins, and are mounded on their shoulders.

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jedion357
November 26, 2013 - 11:04pm
This one is actually outside the parameters of 70s (1984) but it was a bit of a spoof so its looking back to the sci fi of the 70's.

Cast still clearly influenced by Alien and Mad Max


Here is there send up of the eunuch scene from History of the World with 70 ish uniforms


And of course one cannot bring up Ice Pirates without mentioning the space herpie, a spoof on Alien:


Kudos to posting Logan's Run and getting the best costume from that show but you left out the male outfits:


And just because that was such a great costume, lets have one more look:

the metal slave choker is interesting- sort of a pre-princess Leiah slave girl vibe going with that.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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jedion357
November 26, 2013 - 11:28pm
Silent Running

And our first view of an ag ship:



And Solaris  from 1972 though the outfits were not that memorable except the wet shirt on the girl showing her nipples
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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jedion357
November 26, 2013 - 11:41pm
Having brought up Silent Running I'm reminded of Dark Star which used mechanic one piece jump suits with a bunch of patches sewn on them


Lets not forget Zardoz with Sean Connery rocking the Sumu wrestler meets mexican bandit outfit and still he looks pretty bad arsed.



I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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jedion357
November 27, 2013 - 12:11am
Moon Raker (1979) is this classic Bond or classic 70s sci fi?


Andromeda Strain bubble helmet containment suits were very 70's sci fi


Battle Beyond the STars
John Boy Walton as Luke Skywalker? didn't work but there was so much eye candy on screen in the way of sci fi costuming and space battles. True it was 1980 and at times looks more like an 80's film than 70's sci fi but how can we overlook Sible Danning? Did I mention there was eye candy in this film?




And we should not forget Space Cowboy's belt buckle accessory that dispensed scotch, ice and water, even if it made George Peppard look like he was trying to pee. And what was up with those quilted chaps?
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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jedion357
November 27, 2013 - 12:38am
Black Hole gave us more ship suits but the images of the Cygnus and Maximillian really inspired me


Roller Ball


Planet of the Apes was classic with Nova in a skimpy ripped jungle outfit and the ape costumes were great.
With all the acting Roddy McDowall has done this for me is his iconic role


Damnation Alley only had George Pepard in a uniform which was nothing to impressive but the armed explorer was great inspiration for Star Frontiers.


Lets not forget the forgotten Star Crash
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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Malcadon
November 27, 2013 - 2:30am
jedion357 wrote:
Kudos to posting Logan's Run and getting the best costume from that show but you left out the male outfits:


Actually, I did post an image with both of them, and an other guy, but it would not show (hot-linking issues).

jedion357 wrote:



Where Farrah Fawcett hair is standard issue for women, thick chest-hair was standard for men. Wink

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Shadow Shack
November 27, 2013 - 7:55am
jedion357 wrote:
Note the wrinkles in the rebels uniforms and the pristine ironed look for the empire troops not in polyplate armor.

That was Lucas' brilliance in depicting that things in the future are still quite "used and abused" outside of a well disciplined militant outfit. Versus the pristine and sterile appearance of EVERYTHING in every sci-fi flick preceding it.

Now, what I really want to see is technical schematics depicting exactly how the drive line works on the Landmaster, what with the way those triplets of wheels would rotate as they traversed bumps so the wheel on top would end up on the ground etc...

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Tchklinxa
November 27, 2013 - 10:09am

Barbarella

"Zoinks!"

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Tchklinxa
November 27, 2013 - 10:14am
Maria
"Zoinks!"

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Tchklinxa
November 27, 2013 - 10:23am
Space babes
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rattraveller
November 27, 2013 - 11:40am
So we are going with functional and stylish sci fi uniforms from the 70's then here's my vote:

Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

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jedion357
November 27, 2013 - 2:14pm
Shadow Shack wrote:

Now, what I really want to see is technical schematics depicting exactly how the drive line works on the Landmaster, what with the way those triplets of wheels would rotate as they traversed bumps so the wheel on top would end up on the ground etc...



LOL, Shadow, pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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Jaxon
November 27, 2013 - 11:10pm
The Stormtroopers were the BEST!

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Malcadon
November 28, 2013 - 2:43am
Jaxon wrote:
The Stormtroopers were the BEST!

Unless you count marksmanship... Or personal protection... Or strong minds. Wink

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Sargonarhes
November 28, 2013 - 5:34am
While only animated and wasn't aired in the US until 2001. Gundam started back in 1979.





And can't forget Sieg Zeon!



I know, Gundam 0083 wasn't released until 1991, but it's still the same officer's uniform from the original Gundam 0079.
In every age, in every place, the deeds of men remain the same.

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Jaxon
November 28, 2013 - 9:34am
O liked Venus Wars, Akira and Vampire Hunter D.