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Nick Valentine is Fallout 4's best cosplay so far

Boston's best gumshoe is still a work in progress

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Just the other day Reddit lit up with some amazing Fallout 4 cosplay. No, it wasn't a vault dweller or a member of the Brotherhood. Instead, it was everyone's favorite gumshoe Nick Valentine.


First seen in the original Fallout 4 trailer strolling down a dimly lit street, players meet Nick Valentine along the course of their adventure in Diamond City. Eventually players can take him as a companion, traveling through the wastes with him by their side. There's even a few noir-themed side quests tucked inside his detective agency.

If you're curious about Nick Valentine and his in-game storyline, check out our Fallout 4 guide.

I fired off a few emails trying to track down the person who put it all together, but the folks at Some Nerd Thing beat me to it. Along the way they snagged a few more pictures as well.

This is all the work of a cosplayer who goes by the handle Arcanum Order. And as it turns out, he's not even done yet.

"I’ve been making costumes since I was about 11," he told Some Nerd Thing. "I didn’t actually know it was called cosplay until I was about 14 or 15 years old, and I started going to conventions when I was 16. So about six years actually 'cosplaying.'

"I think the biggest offender was the Institute Rifle. That was roughly $200 of a commission. The outfit itself I’d have to think on because the shirt, pants, and tie are thrifted. The coat ran me close to $30 so I think $40-ish all together for the outfit, and around $11 for latex. It wasn’t super terrible to my wallet."

Be on the lookout for the final costume, which will be roaming around Katsucon and Wondercon before the year is out. Arcanum Order even wants to share a tutorial, so perhaps we'll have a few more synths dropping by in years to come.


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