Thursday, September 19, 2019

Psycho Masks for Borderlands 3 Commercials

A few months back I was contacted by a friend of mine at 2K Games who told me that they were planning on shooting a few live-action commercials to promote the release of Borderlands 3.  They had everything else lined up, but in a mad rush they needed someone to create the masks for the "psychos" who show up on all of the box art:

No problem.

My crew and I turned out four copies of this mask in a little under two weeks and I couldn't be more proud of the results.  ere's one of those commercials:

To see how the masks were made, read on:

Monday, August 26, 2019

Building Sisters of Battle from Warhammer 40K Part 3: Soft Parts

If you're just now tuning in, be sure to check out Part 1: the Armor and Part 2: the Weapons and Backpacks.

If you're not interested in reading over those parts, here's the short version: my crew and I turned a bunch of sheet styrene and urethane casting resin into some plastic armor and weapon replicas.  We've been basing them off of this image:

We ended up doing okay:
2019 SDCC 0071

To see how the fabric and leather bits of that costume were maked, read on...

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Building Sisters of Battle from Warhammer 40K Part 2: Weapons, Backpacks, Badges, and Detail Bits

This is the second part of my Adepta Sororitas build log.  You can read part one here: LINK.

In this article I'll go into details on the making of the fun parts that make these ladies the the battle-worthy menace they're meant to be.

In case you're unfamiliar with the characters I'm building, here's a recently-released image from Games Workshop for reference:

While that particular miniature is equipped with the standard boltgun, the sisters also tend to carry flamers, meltaguns, and chainswords, among other weaponry.

Here's a snapshot of some of the weapons I made for my squad:

For details on how they were made, read on...

Monday, August 12, 2019

Building Sisters of Battle from Warhammer 40K Part 1: the Armor

Back  in March and April I spent a few weeks of quality time in Malaysia on behalf of the US Navy.  While I was there, I had a lot of time to contemplate my preparations for the Bay Area Maker Faire.  This would be my eighth time setting up an exhibit and, as usual, I wanted to unveil something new as a part of my display.
Given that I didn't have anything particular driving me toward a deadline this year, I decided to pull out something from my bucket list for this year's Maker Faire debut.  It's a really long list, so this is usually a pretty tough decision.  This year's winner: the Sisters of Battle, also known as the Adepta Sororitas.

Here's a recently-released image from Games Workshop for reference:

That's a painted gaming miniature that's probably just over an inch tall.
  For the past few years, I've had this on my bucket list for Warhammer cosplay projects.  With all of the updates regarding the impending release of new plastic Adepta Sororitas models, I've finally gotten to the point where it's made it to the top of the to-do list.  
Translating it into a lifesize, wearable costume in just under six weeks would be a bit of a challenge.  Of course, being me, there's no way I'd make just one.  
Here's a snapshot of how the first batch came out:
Standing Ground

For details on how the armor parts were made, read on...

Saturday, June 15, 2019

June 2019 UFO Sightings in the Workshop

As usual, I'm running behind on bloggage.  As usual, I've been overwhelmed with works in progress and failing to take the time to properly document builds when they're done.  So to hopefully keep your interest while I get around to actually writing something interesting, here's a shotgun blast of photos of UnFinished Objects scattered around the workshop lately.

A while back I acquired a vinyl cutter (finally) and after dragging the box around the shop for a few months, we finally decided to assemble it.  The main problem is that it was just a bit too big to keep it from being in the way wherever it went.  To solve this, we cleared out space under one of the benches:
Bench Clearing
Nobody thought to actually check the assembled dimensions of the new machine though.

In the end, I went ahead and removed the last four feet of work bench, cut it down on the table saw to make it narrower, and reinstalled it a bit higher so the vinyl cutter could fit underneath.  The newly narrow section of the bench makes an ideal shelf for three of the 3D printers and their high-tech, custom-fitted dust covers (which look strikingly similar to cardboard boxes):
13 June Progress 0007

Now I can make all the stickers I could ever need.

Since a bunch of stuff had been wedged under that forgotten corner of the bench over the past few years, it means that much of the shop has become unusually cluttered for a moment.  In the midst of all that are scenes like this:
13 June Progress 0008

And an array of nearly-finished things;
13 June Progress 0005

One highlight is my Sidon Ithano helmet:
13 June Progress 0004

This guy was a minor character who appears briefly in a scene in Star Wars Episode 7.  It's a silly project for me to take on, but for some reason I really want to make the rest of his costume.  The helmet and coveralls combo just isn't cutting it:
Sidon Helmet Fitting 2

On the subject of frivolous builds, the other day I got this helmet kit from a fellow maker:

Here it is all painted and weathered and awaiting eye lenses:
13 June Progress 0003

I've also set up a spray booth again, so I've been finalizing the prep work on everything that's been sitting around waiting to get shiny:
Blasters Assembled and Filled

That'll include this lady:
Rigging Test 1

In other news, I'm about ready to mold this beauty:
Morita Gloss Coat

And I've been printing out the pieces of the Widowmaker's rifle from Overwatch:
Widowmaker Rifle Parts Printed

Fully-extended it becomes somewhat huge:
Rifle Test Fit 1
If you need to print your own for some reason, you can download it here: LINK.

Somewhere on the backburner there's still this beast:
Minigun In Need of Barrels
I just need to make the ammo belt carrier and come up with a lightweight, speedy plan to mkae the barrels.

Then there's the ever-present Warhammer 40k thing in progress:
Auspex Parts Printed

I've also got a few other silly things we're tinkering with.  This will make more sense soon:
Wonder Womandalorian Parts in Progress

So will this:
Batmando Belt

In the meantime, we're grinding through the prep work on a whole platoon of Combat Garden Gnomes in progress:
Gnome Prep

Which you can currently order at

So that's a whole bunch of work in progress.  Stay tuned for the eventual blog article about finished things...