Product Review: Steamworks winged goggles

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Steamworks seems to be a mainstream brand offering cheap/affordable range accessories and to a lesser extent, garments, for the steampunk on a budget (although with shipping and possibly also customs included for those ordering outside the US I’m not sure that cheap and/or affordable still apply). Google only came up with shops reselling their products, so if you want to know a little more about their range I’d suggest using a search engine as well. (And I do admit that in my enthusiasm when they arrived in the mail I tossed the packaging rather spectacularly quickly so I couldn’t get info off it, I do apologise!)

Now onto the actual goggles.

The official image already lead me to believe that I was going to have to repaint the wings to make them look halfway decent so I’m sure you can imagine my surprise when they actually looked better in real life. After a couple of test photos I still decided on repainting them though, simply because I knew I personally would like them better and whilst they may look alright they didn’t quite photograph as well as I would have liked them to (again this is how I feel about this, I’m sure plenty of others will be quite pleased to use them as they are!). I must say that the brand’s photo isn’t really that close to the reality, as the goggles themselves are far more golden, with black details whilst the wings are a kind of earthy brown. I took some extra photos that are far closer to the real thing (on my screen at least).

Steamworks - winged goggles

Tenzin wearing my winged goggles

Whilst the wings are a sturdy enough kind of foam and attached to the body very well, the goggles themselves are entirely made out of plastic that is to some degree flexible. Don’t expect lenses that will protect your eyes here, this is just coloured plastic and as the body of the goggles is made out of one piece I do worry about a bit about durability. I carefully tested to see how much it would bend, and they seem to give along fine for wearing them, I would advise caution so you don’t accidently snap them. Better safe than sorry. The elastic is easy to adjust and proper good quality, it’s actually better than the one on my welding goggles oddly enough. But of course, you need sturdy goggles rather than a sturdy elastic.

I got these specifically for a couple of steampunk projects I have lined up for this year, and yes they needed some work (at no real extra cost after buying because I already owned all the paints) but I’m quite pleased with them. This isn’t the greatest quality product, and I can’t (and won’t judge) the brand in total as I’ve not seen anything else in person by them, but if you need winged goggles, don’t want to or can’t make them yourself and don’t need to wear them very often then I’d consider this.
It’s an alright product, I’m sure I’ll get quite a bit of enjoyment out of them, but I don’t expect them to last for ages due to the full plastic body. All in all, they’re still rather on the expensive side for what they’re worth in my opinion. I am happy with how they turned out after I repainted the wings but I do feel like they’re not worth the cash I shelled out for them as the quality is just so-so.

And for those interested in how I modded mine: I first used a mix of Decoart Venetian Gold and Creall Gold (19) as a basecoat and then drybrushed the fronts roughly and the back very lightly with Vallejo Smoke (70.939) using a Citadel tank brush for the basecoat and a Citadel large drybrush for the drybrushing. If you don’t know how to drybrush: I’m sure that YouTube has a tutorial ;). I didn’t make any spectacular changes, I just made sure the wings matched the body colour a bit better really. But the fact is, should you wish to overpaint the wings: you can do so easily with acrylics.

photo of the day: 1.2.2013

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