Monday, November 24, 2014

Combat Garden Gnomes: Gearing Up for the Holidays

I've been having fun making up meme posters for my Combat Garden Gnomes. Here's one:
Combat Gnome MEME6

If you're interested in getting some Combat Garden Gnomes of your own, you can order them at http://thorssoli.etsy.com



If you are planning on having them in hand in time for the holidays, you're running out of time to place your order!


For more (better) meme posters read on...


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lifesize ED-209 Build Part 8: IT IS DONE...again.

Earlier this year I made a lifesize replica of ED-209.  It was pretty cool.

I've often stated that I almost never make just one of anything I make.  Since I'd hate to have this project make me a liar, my crew and I have been slowly cranking out a new and improved version.  We've been calling him "2nd ED."  Here he is in all his glory:
2nd ED in Warehouse

Since I parked First ED at the Make Magazine headquarters, it only seemed appropriate to pack up 2nd ED and haul him down for a few quick photos at Make:
2nd ED at Make HQ
The new one is the one in the background.

While I was there, they asked me to shoot a quick video explaining why there were suddenly two:


For more photos and some additional details about the improvements built into 2nd ED, read on...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October UFO Sightings in the Workshop

I've been feeling like I'm not writing nearly enough lately, so it's time to for another round-up of UnFinished Objects currently in progress in the hobby department of the workshop.

First off, in preparation for Star Wars Celebration: Anaheim, I've been making some progress on a set of Sith Acolyte armor from Star Wars: the Old Republic.  Here's a snapshot of the chest prototype:
Sith Acolyte Chest Shiny

And I've been helping my friend Matt put together Death Watch armor from the Clone Wars animated series.  Here's the mold for the collar, chest, and abdomen armor:
Death Watch Armor Chest Mold Cleaned Up

Then there's yet another helmet mold:
Nite Owl Jacket Mold Thickening

I've finally gotten around to making a new Bolt Pistol for another one of my Space Marine builds:
Bolt Pistol Weathering Progress Right

Speaking of 40K stuff, I've pulled out the old prototype for my Space Marines and started modding it into the beginnings of a suit of Grey Knight armor:
Adding the Collar

Speaking of huge stuff, there's still 2nd ED:
2nd ED Legs Progress

Why?  Because I never make just one of anything.

And since I've already detailed the building of ED-209 (click here to read all of that) I suppose the next thing I'll have to do is write up the building of a much smaller robot:
Funbot Face 2

So there's no shortage of interesting things going on in the shop.  Stay tuned for more details as things get wrapped up.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cosplay World.

A while back, I was answered a few interview questions to be published in a book about cosplay.  I didn't really think much of it at the time, but fast forward a few months and Cosplay World is now available for sale:
Cosplay World Cover

The book profiles all sorts of prominent characters in the cosplay hobby.  There are write-ups about the history of cosplay as well as many of the cosplayers, makers, models, and photographers involved in cosplay from all over the world.  Here's a snapshot of my own profile:
Cosplay World Profile

They also included this other spread from MAKE magazine:
Cosplay World Centerfold

I haven't  finished reading the whole thing yet, but I've been enjoying the parts that I've read so far.

You can get yourself a copy HERE.


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Fleet Week With the Crew of the Sea Scout Ship Compass Rose

It's been a while since I've posted anything nautical.  Time to fix that.

If you're a San Francisco Bay Area resident, you're probably aware that Fleet Week has just wrapped up out on the bay.  The Petaluma Sea Scouts were invited to attend the commissioning of the USS AMERICA (LHA-6) on Saturday.  Then on Sunday, the SSS Compass Rose steamed out of the Petaluma River and took station off of Alcatraz Island to watch the airshow over the bay on Sunday featuring the Blue Angels.

The crew had a pretty good time:
Petaluma Sea Scouts Aboard USS AMERICA (LHA-6)

For more photos and details, read on...