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.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Project Destiny: Abyss Defiant

This was part of a larger commission order (list and links at the end.). I really do love organic shapes, not sure what it is about it but I love to work on pieces like this. Originally I had thought about making this one to kind of continue with the Word of Crota theme, but as often is the case, it got put on the back burner. When I got asked to make it by the commissioner I was very happy to have a reason to make one. It was a hard decision to make this a master copy to mold or to make a one off. When I realized the time did not permit the build of a master (that and a ton on my plate at the time) I decided to do a one off scrap build on this one. As those usually start, I drew up some blueprints.

Granted the blueprints for this one were more for size and general reference than a spot on plan. A lot of the pieces where made by eye. The pieces running down the side where a bit of a stumbling point for a little bit as they had to be the same going down the side of the Gun. I woke up one morning and had an Idea but had no idea if it was going to work or not. I had made the first of them and thought "hey I could make myself a mold" but I didn't want to commit silicone to something that I wasn't planning on making more than one of, so here is where the "I don't know if it's going to work" came in. I decided since I was planning on this being a foam build I would cast the pieces in flexible foam, in which case the mold did not necessarily have to be flexible. I decided to make a plaster mold and hope it worked. If it did I was betting on it lasting long enough to get myself 4 casting out of it. If it didn't my pieces may be ruined and I have to start it over again. Lucky for me the chance paid off, it worked and I pulled 4 nearly identical side pieces out of it.

After all the pieces had been assembled, and there where a lot, I gave it a few plasti dip layers and started painting it. The paint it's self was fairly simple with this build but took a lot of aging and highlight dry brushing to get the worn organic feel to it.

After I was happy with my paint job I tried something I had not tried before. I wanted to make parts glow without having to integrate electronics into the build (mostly due to it going oversees and not wanting things damaged before it reached the customer). I took a page from my Strange Coins and mixed up some glowing resin, again kind of a gamble especially since it was all but finished, but it worked beautifully. Set it in some light for a bit and suddenly you get the unearthly glow from various parts all over the gun, the eyes were probably my favorite part. In the end I was very happy with the scratch build and while it was hard to let it go I know the customer was very happy with what he had received. Take a look and judge for yourself.

 I was very happy with this build in the end but I have to say it was one of the more challenging guns I have made. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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.