Friday, March 31, 2017

Project Destiny: Byronic Hero Hand Cannon

Back in July of 2016 I had one of the most awesome custom requests I have had. Not necessarily because of what was being requested but because of how he requested it. In the initial request he gave me an exact description of what he was looking for with several reference images attached. Shortly there after he sent me another email with several more high res images of the gun.

This was a dream, to have someone do my typical first steps in any commission before I had even responded was awesome. On top of that he was incredibly respectful that this is what I do for a living as an artist and frankly a pleasure to talk with.

So after we talked shop and ironed out the details I got to work on it. It was great since I already had some great reference to work with I started the digital work on it the same day he sent payment.

I grabbed the base model from the wonderful DestinySTLGenerator and then proceeded to hack it apart into the separate pieces. I knew I was going to have to plan this out far ahead of time, not because of the fine details, but more because of the negative space in the gun. That's the one thing that made this one particularly interesting.

I got the digital work done in about a week with most everything planned out before I started 3D printing the parts. Once I had the part I printed out a handle (yeah being smart this time) and quickly realized it was way to big. So I scaled everything down a bit to where it was comfortable and got all the pieces printed out. Here's a few shots of the raw prints.

Once I had everything fitting nicely I started the long annoying smoothing process to get the parts nice and finished before I would mold them. Here are some shots of that long process.

 Here's one of it broken down into the various parts.


And one of two mostly fresh out of the mold castings, yes most of the parts were cold cast and here you can see I had already polished up a few of them

Then I got to work on the finishing paint, polishing, and finally the ageing to give it a more realistic look The results speak for themselves.

I personally think it turned out amazing and turns out so did the commissioner. Here are his own pictures of his new Byronic Hero

So let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Project Ghost in the Shell: Laughing Man

Back when I was working on the Section 9 badges and the Individual 11 pins I wanted to do a pin with the laughing man logo, however I was trying to 3D print it. The problem I ran into is i could not get the 3D printer to print fine enough to get the words around the edge legible without making the pin an obnoxious size. We're talking those big pins that were popular in the 90's so that one got put on the back burner.

Then about a month ago I had a 'just cut the head off the nail' moment.
Actually let me explain that reference. Once upon a time about 4 years ago I was making some throwing spikes out of 6 inch nails. I didn't want to have the head of the nail to interfere with throwing so I was shaving the edges off of the head with a grinder and then grinding it down to smooth. Basically taking forever to try and get a nice finish on the back of the nail. Then a very good friend of mine watched me doing this and when I was done put his hand on my shoulder and said in his most sincere voice.
"Cat, you know I love you, but why don't you just cut the head off the nail."
I literally had a face palm moment. I realized that I had way over thought the process and in doing so I had missed the easy solution. This same friend hangs out with me every week most of the time in my shop and I pass my thoughts by him all the time to try to make sure I'm not over thinking things, as I have a habit of doing.

Anyhow, I had one of those moments and realized I have a laser etcher. This entire time I could have simply etched the design into something rather than printing it raised. So I fired up my laser and got the design etched into some would. In both pin size and lapel pin size.

Unfortunately in my excitement to get it to mold I didn't think to get any pictures along the way. However I did get a few pictures of the glow enamel tests.

Once I got the enamel working mostly how I had wanted it to I decided to do 2 versions a silver and a white version of the pins. Here are the results.


I think they turned out pretty spot on to what I had originally envisioned and as you can see I managed to get them pretty small. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Project Commission from a friend: The Spacing Guild Pin from Dune

Back in July of 2016 I had something happen that surprisingly doesn't happen all that often anymore. A friend of mine actually shot me a message asking if it was possible for me do make some pins for her. She had two specifically in mind that she was hoping to get before heading to DragonCon.

The first one I want to share was from Dune. Now personally I grew up on Dune my mom was a huge fan of the book series and I'm pretty sure to this day has every book that's been published. I remember watching the original movie and then the extended 3 hour version. We even have a copy of the SyFy mini series. So needless to say I knew exactly what she meant when she asked if I could make her a Spacing Guild pin.

After sorting out exactly which Spacing Guild logo she was looking for I got to work making a 3D model it was a pretty quick process seeing as how the symbol was pretty simple, then sent it over to Jarvis to 3D print it up for me.

The smoothing ended up a little tricky but didn't take to long. Then I got it boxed up and poured the mold. I was working on quite a few things at the time so didn't get any pictures of the process but here are the results of the first casts.


 All in all a small side project but it had some awesome results. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Project Destiny: Age of Triumph and the record books

I am a big fan of Destiny, as if that wasn't obvious by this point. It's the one game I have played the longest in a long run of video games. Now don't get me wrong it does have it's issues, one of my biggest complaints is the lack of new content, which after the luster of the last DLC wears off it just becomes a grind again.
 I have pre-ordered almost all of the expansions as soon as I heard about them (only missed out on the dark below) I do my best to keep up with the news about upcoming destiny events and such. When I heard that this Age of Triumph record book event would be the last 'new content' I have to admit I had many mixed emotions about it. One part of me is bummed that the game I have loved will no longer have anything new to do, however another part of me is excited that they are focusing there energies on Destiny 2. I am hoping that they will give us a little more than the grind for better gear.

I do love that they are giving us a final celebration of all of our accomplishments over the years, even offering the 'you did it' T-shirt if you reach rank 7. As I was watching the live stream announcements of what this update will bring I saw something in there opening that made me have a 'I want to make that' moment. I wanted to celebrate the event. Share something with all the guardians out there that have trudged through the hive, broken the cabal lines, fought off the waves of vex, Gunned down so many fallen, and decimated the taken. I wanted to add my own small token to the memory of the years since we heard "eyes up guardian" from that wonderful little dinklbot.

I saw the crest that they are using for the Age of Triumph and thought to my self 'I want to make something with that.'

I sat down and searched out the crest, and finally found one that was high enough quality to do what I wanted to do with. Then I thought of the other record books and decided I would expand on the initial idea. I got to work on digital work and once I was happy with the results I sent it over to Jarvis 2.0 and started on the laser etches.

Once the 'smoke' had cleared here's the results.

I took these raw etches and finished them up a little more. I was very happy with the amount of detail I was able to capture.

I was very excited to get it to mold, as well as rushing to try and get it done to 'release' it on the same day the record book comes out.

So here we have the record book medals, the results were exactly what I was hoping for. It is a small gesture to celebrate the triumph of our guardians.

I present you medals from Moments of Triumph,
The Dawning,

 The Rise of Iron,

and finally The Age of Triumph.

If you'd like to have your very own Medals of Triumph you can head over to my Etsy Store and pick one  or the entire set. 


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Monday, March 27, 2017

Project Destiny: The Dark Drinker

Back when The Taken King came out Bungie introduced the first of the heavy weapons swords into the game. Being that I had made the Sword of Crota already I felt it my duty to continue making the swords of Destiny.

I had originally had the intention to make all of the various swords the had introduced all at the same time. However as usual plans did not go the way I had intended and I just couldn't manage to find the time, or funds, to take on all of them at once. I had started them and got the blades originally made in foam but I wasn't entirely happy with how they came out.

Then I got a commission for the Raze Lighter, I was very excited as it gave me the funds to get it finished. While that gave me the handle, cross guard and crystal all already molded the rest of the swords still remained on the back burner.

I had many people inquire about if I would make them the Dark Drinker after they saw my Raze Lighter, however unfortunately they all fell through for one reason or another. I still wanted to make it but I had so many other projects in the works it just wasn't on the table.

Then during my slow time I started work on the Young Wolf's Howl. Well this got me thinking about my various sword again. I decided to dust off my old unfinished projects and get them finished. I wanted to have a finished product instead of the old dusty foam blades that had been hanging in my shop for over a year.

I pulled down the Dark Drinker blade, dust it off, and immediately decided while it was a good start I wanted to start fresh. I wanted to be proud of it when it was done and the old foam blade just wasn't quite up to par. Seeing as how I had the wood left over from making the Young Wolf's Howl blade I decided I'd make it again, better, stronger... ok so yeah I cut it out of the wood.
I don't have a ton of progress pictures per say but I did take video of almost the entire process, so if i get around to doing so video editing there will be a link to that.

Here are a few shots in the shop as I was getting the paint on it.

And here are the 'glamour shots' of this massive beauty. Measuring in at a huge 56 inches

I'm glad to have another sword finished and frankly I think this one turned out beautifully. It rivals my Sword of Crota in size but has it's own beauty. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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