Monday, December 7, 2015

Project Destiny: The Jade Rabbit

I had been wanting to make this one for a while. More of a personal interest because frankly I just loved the way it looked and besides that there is a lot of mystic behind it in the Destiny universe, especially since one of the first gold chests you come across gives you the Jade Rabbit Emblem.

It just so happens one of my regular commissioners wanted one for a Xmas present. So I got to work collecting my various references. Once I had everything in order I started to draw out a blueprint since, at least for now, it was going to be a one off and was going to be made of EVA foam.

So I got to work on it and started blocking it out and then slowly refining the look by adding more and more details to it. Early on I 3D printed the stock and the sight for it to get a head start on some of the smaller details. Here are some progress pictures.

Then I printed out some of the tiny details like the Jade Rabbit emblem that goes on the gun. and the tiny diamond patterned parts up top.

I liked the Jade Rabbit and I needed two to be identical so I decided to make a mold of it.

I had gotten it to the point of paint so I gave the entire thing a few coats of Plasti-Dip and started on the final paint.

All in all I love the way it came out and almost wished I had molded it so I could keep one for myself. Here are the pictures of the final product.


So tell me what you think in the comments below. If your interested in having your very own Jade Rabbit head over to my Etsy Store and send me a Custom Request and we can talk about it. Who knows maybe one of these days I'll make a hard version and start making them. 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Project Destiny: Exclusive Elemental Kinblades?

I may be busy in my shop, pretty much constantly, but I do try to keep up on things. With Destiny easily becoming one of my favorite games, and a big part of my props recently, I just say the new "Refer a Friend" thing they have going on. With exclusive rewards I'm starting to think who of my friends doesn't already play. The 2 biggest things that caught my eye was the Sparrow with neon but more importantly the new melee option "Elemental Kinblades". As if i wasn't busy enough now there is yet another sword to make. Here are pretty much all the images of these new Kinblades I could find. Judging from the trailer the only one being shown right now is the Arc Kinblade.

If you head over to armory you can find they look just like the Infinity Edge weapons.

Now I'm not sure if they are simply mislabeled somewhere or if the refer a friends version will have different stats or perks. I guess time will tell but one thing is for sure, I have even more new swords to work on.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Destiny Project: Lord of Wolves

Right around the time that I was getting the Monte Carlo to paint "Mr. Japan" asked for another. This time a Shotgun from the (at the time) new expansion "House of Wolves. The Exotic shotgun Lord of Wolves.

I took a look at this one and really wanted to do it. It was very different shape wise than most of the things I had been doing. It was huge too. I will fully admit I very much underestimated the effort it would take to build this beast. Once I had gotten started on it I quickly realized that it was a ton of details all over the place. I would have to pretty much sculpt every little detail and then reproduce it, some up to 34 times, so I decided to build this one with the thought of making a mold of it in mind. This one was a very long process. First I made myself a basic blueprint. As with most of my blueprints they are mostly just for basic dimensions and over all most of the building of the actual item is based on reference images.

After building the initial base structure of the gun.

 I started building all the little details.

 Each on was a process in it's self, build with all the little details, take a mold, cast 2 or more. With so many molds in just the small details it seemed it would be a waste to not take molds of the big base pieces.
 After all the pieces had been molded I assembled the original for final paint and details. Here is the base paint after the first evening.

Here are the final pictures. A ton of work in this one but I really do enjoy the final product turned out just about perfect. Also the first ever gun I have made intended for a for someone with 4 arms...

If you hadn't guessed by this point this one will be up for sale so that anyone can get there very own. I will admit I was very happy with the final product of this guy by it was a long journey to get there. Reproductions consist of 104 different cast pieces, assembly of those 104 pieces, paint, detailing, and aging. This gun measures almost 4 feet and is a pretty impressive sight. Let me know what you think in the comments below and head over and follow my Facebook Page for updates on my current projects.