Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Castlevania Combat Cross

I wanted to make something cool as a gift for my best friend, who has been very supportive and encouraging of my prop making hobby.  A few years ago while trying to decide on a new project, he suggested the Combat Cross as a project, and I finally  made one as a gift for him.

After getting a few reference photos from the internet and figuring out the scale, I souced some of the parts from pvc tubing of the right size and diameter. For the large spikes, I built a box around some pvc tube and filled the negative space with some smoothcast resin to make square tubes.

I then made the pyramid shaped end pieces out of sintra

I put it together and made the raised parts with Smooth On's Free form earth, which is pretty much identical to Apoxiesculpt.

I made a prototype plaque-thing-detail-thing from sintra and cast 2 copies to be more durable and be the same on both sides.

I started on the top part, which detaches from the base and is attached by a chain. I once again made the spikes from sintra and cast them in Smoothcast..

Whenever I cast something in the shop, I often have a little resin left over which I will pour into a plastic cup. I will keep doing  this until eventually the cup is full and when I need to lathe a part, I just peel off the cup and chuck it in the lathe ! I used one of these to make the handle spike, getting the round shape right first and then adding the facets with the belt sander.

     The spike is attached to the handle by gluing a piece of a smaller diameter tube that fits perfectly into the handle, to the bottom of the spike. I then filled the smaller tube with resin, making it able to plug the spike into the handle like a lego.
      Finally, I attached the plastic chain to the spikes, and to a slide that slides up and down inside the handle, stopping at the top.

I bought some leather strap from Joann's for the handle, but it was stiff and new looking so I had to distress the leather. I rolled it, folded it, twisted it, and even whipped a maple tree with it to get it softer and distressed, and it worked !

 I had never tried to do the level of weathering that I tried on this project, I learned some new things and went through at least 5 paint jobs ! I finally came up with a prop I am proud of. Thanks for reading !

Monday, May 26, 2014

BOOKER CATCH ! Bioshock Infinite Whistler (Songbird flute)

I really loved playing Bioshock Infinite, and especially loved the weapons and item designs in the game. This is my 3rd build from the series, the Whistler !

There was very little reference images out there, so it was tough to see how this thing would go together. I started with some of the basic shapes in a mock up and went from there.

I was pretty proud of some of the round parts, no laser cutting here ! All done by hand with sand paper.

I used PEX tubing for the pipes

I added some details and drew a picture of Goku !

A few more details, paint, and weathering, along with sculpting the bird medallion and I had a finished Whistler !

Iron Spawn Helmet

This is a work in progress on my Iron Man- Spawn helmet crossover project. It's not finished, but I wanted to share what I have as this is taking forever!

I started off with an unfinished Iron Man Helmet project that needed help. It was made from a pepakura base of a Sharkmark file.

After looking at a bunch of Spawn faces on Google, I free handed a design for the "mask", Then cut some thin strips of Sintra to make the outline.
It was then filled in with sintra scraps, both to fill in the void, and to maintain the same depth.

It was all filled in with Bondo !
I cut out the Spawn symbol from some styrene
....and put them on some custom ear pucks I made

After tons and tons of sanding, I finally got the basecoat of black paint on, and masked it off for the white

After paint, I put in some green led's and experimented with teeth in the jaw and BLAM ! .... Iron Spawn !

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bioshock Infinite shotgun

Ever since building the Triple R  from Bioshock infinite, I have wanted to build another weapon from the game. I finally decided on the Shotgun as a quick build.

I started off by printing a screenshot of the shotgun to scale, and started cutting out parts.

I used poplar for the wood parts this time, the red oak I used on the machine gun was a bit too dense for my weak tabletop bandsaw.  I also cut out a prototype lever, hammer, and trigger from some Sintra, and after getting the fit right, I molded them and cold cast them in aluminum powder.

I stained the wood a light walnut and added the top rail to the barrel. I also added some details and did some light weathering, pretty simple build !
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Skyrim Ebony War Axe replica

The end of the year 2013 saw a lot of changes for me, mainly moving into a new house. The benefit of this move was finally having a proper shop space, rather that making props in my kitchen. My first real prop project in my new place is the Skyrim Ebony war axe. I really liked the shape and design, and it's one of the few Skyrim weapons that haven't been done to death yet.

First, using a pvc fitting and some Sintra, I made a "skeleton" 

Next, I used Apoxie Sculpt to make the blade edges and blend it all together

The collar was made from pvc fittings and pipe, the top spike was carved out of a block of sintra and shaped on a belt sander. The handle is a wooden dowel from the hardware store.

I then sanded, and sanded, and then..... sanded some more! Here I have stained the handle and sealed it with a clearcoat.

For the swirly bits, I printed up a picture of the axe head, sized to match my build, and used it as a template to trace the design onto the surface. I carved the design by hand with needle files.

Lastly, I did some dry brushing for the silver weathering, and sealed it with flat clear. I wrapped the handle good and assembled everything !

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

I haven't had much to update about since moving and I apologize. I have finally gotten my new shop space ready and should be starting a Skyrim prop soon ! Today I built a new workbench and organized ALL DAY ! here is my work area all clean and neat before I muck it up.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Bioshock Infinite Triple R repeater machine gun build

I played through Bioshock Infinite a few weeks ago and really loved the game, but right before I played it, my friend Bill Doran of Punished Props had posted a picture he liked of one of the in-game weapons, the Rolston Reciprocating repeater.

I really loved the design of the gun, and fell in love with it even more while playing the game, in fact I probably used it more than 80% of the time! I REALLY wanted to have this gun and quickly talked myself into building it ! I almost didn't go for it though, I was a little intimidated by the project to be honest with you. I read over Volpin Props write up for his Terrible Shotgun and decided to go for it, and here we go !

I first gathered all the reference pics I could (which wasn't much) and took a good side shot that could give me something to get my scaling figures. I found that the Triple R was possibly inspired by the old Lanchester sub machine gun so I scaled my build to be the same length, 33 inches or so long.

It was time to start building, and I started with the stock. I used 3 pieces of red oak laminated together with wood glue and as many clamps I could use.

After letting that dry overnight, I started shaping it on my belt sander with a 60 grit belt. I also went out and bought a wood rasp and a sure form recommended by some prop builder friends. shaping the red oak was a lot different than the MDF that I've gotten used to working with, it definately took some time to get it right.

My next step was that iconic barrel and heat shroud. I was in luck that the diameter and thickness was the same as some readily available PVC pipe I could get from the home improvement store ! I knew there were 8 rows of 1 inch holes in the shroud, each row offset from the next. I took some paper and wrapped it around the circumfrence of the pipe and trimmed it so the ends would just meet. I folded it to get 8 perfectly spaced folds and used that to mark the rows on the pipe. I then found the spacing of the holes through some measuring and the math stuff they tried to teach me in school and maked those off as well. Each hole was cut with a 1 inch hole saw in my drill.

I cut the inserts in both ends from 1/4 inch styrene and sanded them round by hand. No laser cut parts here! I shaped the front sight from a block of Sintra and the sight "cage" from a strip of styrene heated and bent to shape.

Up next was the receiver. I used some PVC and fittings of the proper diameters, and used MDF for the plate for the bolt. I coated the MDF with super glue which gave me a nice sandable surface ! Details were added with Styrene.

To attach the stock to the receiver, I made it so it would plug in like a lego. I glued the appropriate size pvc pipe piece onto the plate I made from 1/4 inch styrene. I then drilled a hole into the end of the stock and screwed a bolt into it so it would stick out into the pipe. I filled it with a batch of Smoothcast resin and it was solid ! That sucker isn't coming off ! I used Apoxie Sculpt to make the transition of the wood stock into the plate . I also made a butt-plate for the stock with more 1/4 inch styrene with a texture on one side.

The trigger guard was made by heating a strip of styrene over a wooden buck and trimming it to fit.

I made the Magwell from some acrylic sheet in my plastic bin, first making some paper patterns by hand. This entire gun was made without any blueprints!

after attaching the magwell to the gun, I made the clip from the same material. I installed some rare earth magnets in the end of the clip and inside the magwell to hold the clip in place while it is attached,

Next was the bolt handle. I cut a round piece out of 2 pieces of red oak, stuck a washer between them , drilled a hole and put a screw though them and finally chucked it into my drill press. The drill press was like a lathe and I shaped the knob with my dremel with a course sanding drum attached ~ ta da !

Finally it was the part I feared the most. The rear sights. It should be a little wider, but I didn't have room for it to be any wider with starting all over on the receiver .I made it the best I could out of Sintra and styrene and I feel it turned out pretty good !
And finally a mock up !
I finally got to start painting this bad boy !  First I added some detail to the ammo clip. I noticed in some of the pictures I had, that there was a groove/window cut lengthwise into the clip so you could see how much ammo you are pumping into that attacking fireman! I cut the groove into it and went by a local gun shop, who were nice enough to donate some empty rounds from the back of his pickup truck. I made an insert for the clip and now real bullet casings show through the groove ! Groovy !
I painted the main body a rustoleum oil rubbed bronze and stained the stock with light walnut stain.
And last but not least, the final product. I weathered the entire gun just like the video put out by Volpin Props using black and brown acrylic paint. I then used Rub'n Buff silver to do all the weathered edges and such.

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