Adventures in Classic BSG Costuming

August 22, 2013

jacket ad2Since ONE Battlestar Galactica costume is never enough, I embarked on a project to get myself a second BSG costume, this time from the original incarnation. I was an avid reader of Starlog magazine in the 1980s, and I remember the ad showing a little girl wearing a Colonial Warrior uniform jacket. I think I’ve wanted a jacket of my own since then.

As the organizer of a very large BSG club, I knew there would be others interested and we would all benefit from buying as a group. It was a three month coordinated effort of several people that came to a very cool result.

The Standard

There is an established standard for Colonial Warrior costumes. Blackstar Squadron is the main classic BSG costuming group, and you can find their standard here.
Colonial Fleets also has a nice resource list.  I’m not planning for official recognition of my costume, but some members of our group may do so, and it is possible that further customizing is required to meet the standard.


The uniforms (jacket, tunic, pants and belt, with all pins) were ordered from battlestargalactica.org We did get a fair discount for placing a large order, and the guys went to great lengths to ensure our product shipped on time, about 8 weeks after ordering. A pleasure to deal with.


The uniforms come in standard male sizes. Many of us had to order one size larger than normal just because the waist measurement was small. Of seven ordered: two fit very well, three fit with minor alterations and two weren’t even close. Mine required major alterations to fit a female frame. I ordered to fit the bust and hips, but had to cut a great deal out of the waist, and large chunks off the arms and legs. Since I’m short, my jacket will always be far longer than it should be. Alterations to the length of the jacket cannot really be done due to the detailing.


I have to give great thanks to the folks at Glendale Parade Store for going above and beyond to ship a large quantity of heavyweight pistol belts with brass hardware. Since they only ship in the US, we had a very short window to ship to a location I was visiting. One incorrect item was packed, so they went to even more heroic efforts to get the final item to me in time. Amazing customer service!  We bought white belts and used iDye fabric dye in Navy to match. We got a reasonable color, but the process was laborious and the ends didn’t absorb the dye so I had to colour them with a sharpie. In hindsight, I would have just bought the AF Blue belts to begin with.


Only one source we could find for the correct chocolate brown kydex holster….katarra8’s store on ebay We bought the flat blanks and used a heat gun to shape them when they arrived. Very satisfied. Warning: someone did get a little impatient with the heat gun and broke one of the blanks, so be careful.


Exact boots are tough to find. The originals were Sidi Full Bore motocross boots, painted brown. Occasionally pairs do come up for sale on ebay but the price is often very high…and quite frankly, who wants a 30 year old pair of boots someone else wore? Half of our group spent $10 a pair and got reasonable knock off boots at Ardene.


This is one area where I will remain mostly silent. I was extremely unhappy with the customer service I got from the place I ordered a solid resin replica, so I will not be recommending them here. We found another way.

Now, we’ve got our own squadron of Colonial Warriors here in Vancouver, and you’ll see us out at conventions around town and maybe even further afield.  Come by and say hello!


  1. Hello – We (Syfy) are in production for an online digital series with Nicki Clyne (Cally) as our host. We’re very interested in possibly using the Cally jumpsuit you created in exchange for promotion of your blog and/or fan club, or other such terms as can be negotiated. Please let me know if this interests you – thanks!

    • Contact me via “spacepug” at gmail “dot” com and I’m sure we can work something out.

  2. Just bought my vintage SIDI boots, looking forward to getting my uniform done my Katarra8 and looking at attending my first cons next year.

  3. Very nice blog, Spacepug! Thanks for the nod to the Blackstar Squadron–we appreciate it.
    As the former quartermaster there, and current CO of the classic series squadron over at the Battlestar Raven BFC–I have tons of info and resources you could surely use.
    I’m sure you 13th Tribe Warriors are gearing up for Galacticon 4. I look forward to meeting you all there, and extend my invitation to participate in some after hour events.


    • Thanks Rob! Absolutely, we will be looking forward to meeting members of Blackstar and Raven at Galacticon. We’re still in the process of figuring out where to stay and how we want to organize ourselves, but rest assured there will be a large contingent of 13th Colonists coming down from Vancouver, and from a few places further afield.

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