Friday, March 24, 2017

Project Halo: Cortana Chip

Halo has been a long standing FPS for quite some time now. Some of the weapons from the game have always stayed in the back of my head and maybe one of these days I'll get around to making a few if for nothing else than to have a few "trophies" on my wall. When GamerCrates came asking me if I could make a Halo related item for the November Crate I started thinking of something small I could make for the fans. Now generally I make pretty big props, Guns, Swords, things that are fairly iconic to the game play. A lot of ideas made it to rough prototype but I had to give this one some thought. I needed something that fans could easily identify from halo, but it had to be small. Something I could bring out of the game and they could hold in their hand...

That's when one specific image came to mind. This one.

So after a bit of 3D work I printed out the first version. Gave it some post print details and cleaned it all up. Then got to work on the molding process. This one took a lot of work to get into production and even more with the post castings clean up and shine.  Here are some progress pictures.
Here is the original very rough one.

Once I got down the molding and clean up I had 200 of these beauties to make.

 This is a progress pics from left to right. Original prototype, first test casting, with aging, buffed to remove some of the aging, polished and shined, and packaged.





 Ever wonder what 200 old Cortana chips looks like? yeah me neither but I did get to find out, and now you do to.

Here are a few of the final shots of the finished products.

If you would like to pick yourself up one for your master chief armor cosplay, to hang on your wall, or to wear around your neck head on over here to my Etsy shop and grab one while they last. This will be a limited run item when they are gone they are gone, so don't wait.

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