Thursday, August 20, 2015

August UFO Sightings in the Workshop

A couple of weeks ago I finished up a major, super-secret project.  Here's the crew with some of the finished pieces:

As I mentioned, it's super-secret.  Hence the pixelating.

Anyhow, after the dust had settled, it was time to clean up the workshop:


It was a daunting task, but it worked out okay in the end:
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As often happens over the course of such cleanings, I managed to find all sorts of cool stuff I'd almost forgotten about.  So I managed to snap a few pics of this month's UnFinished Objects.

First off, there was the prototype flametrooper helmet replica I'm making based on the upcoming Episode 7 of Star Wars.  I molded it:
Mothermold 2nd Half

Then I cast and painted a copy. Here's the Lady Shawnon trying it on:
Flametrooper Test Fitting

It looks good, but then again she makes anything look good:
Flametrooper Shawnon

On the subject of prototypes, I've also been tinkering with a Judge Dredd (2012) helmet:
DREDD helmet smooth

There's a lot of helmets kicking around the shop. Here's the "mostly clone trooper" shelf:
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There's a War Machine helmet there.  Clearly it's an escapee from the "mostly Marvel helmets" shelf:
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There's also a few things I've finally gotten off of the back burner now that I've got a minute.  These are projects that will be used to illustrate a how-to book I'm writing.  Such as this helmet:


I'm also going to be disassembling this heater in order to build a compact vacforming machine:


There's a whole host of other things tucked away in the various corners as usual.  Each more fascinating than the last.

Stay tuned.  I'll get to them sooner or later...

Monday, July 13, 2015

A Giant Outlet in Downtown Petaluma

A while back I was busy doing something, close to nothing, but different than the day before when I received an email from the wife of a local artist which asked the seemingly simple question, "can you build a large, fiberglass outdoor sculpture?"

I replied that I could, but I'd need a lot more information.  How large is large?  Where is it going outdoors?  What kind of budget do I have to work with?  That sort of thing.

We ended up having a brief phone conversation before I was introduced to Joel Jones of Basal Ganglia Studios, who presented me with this concept sketch:

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That's a Photoshopped image of an historical building downtown next to an electrical power substation.  Basal Ganglia had been funded to add a sculptural installation to the side of the building.  My role: fabricate a giant rendition of a household electrical outlet with a cord plugged into it and leading into the ground.

No problem.

I had a few other projects in my queue ahead of this one, but once I'd started, it took a few weeks, a whole lot of fiberglass, and a few hundred pounds of steel to end up with this:


For more details and photos of how it was made, read on...


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Building the Trophy for the 2015 EVOLVE Proving Grounds Tournament

Back in late May I got an email from my friends at 2K Games asking me if I'd had any time or interest to work on a trophy for their upcoming Proving Grounds tournament.  Within a few minutes we were on the phone discussing it.

The total timeline from green light to completion?  Two weeks!  Here's the end result:

LIGHTS

To see how it all came together, read on...



Friday, June 26, 2015

Shae Vizla Blaster, aka How to build a Decent-Looking Science Fiction Weapon in About Four Hours

Somewhere toward the end of the big rush to prepare a bunch of costumes for Star Wars Celebration: Anaheim, I realized that I'd nearly finished the Shae Vizla costume for the Lady Shawnon but I'd neglected to come up with any weapon props to carry around.  If you saw the last entry about the Shae costume you know I managed to solve this crisis:
Shae Vizla at Celebration Anaheim

What you may not realize is that I knocked it out in a mad rush in the middle of the night while my crew cranked out a bunch of parts for the big Mandalorian project.

For details on the blaster build, read on...

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Shae Vizla Costume Build

If you happen to follow the Sexy Star Wars Girls page on Facebook, you may have spotted this photo a couple of weeks ago:
Shae Vizla at Celebration Anaheim

That's the Lady Shawnon wearing her Shae Vizla costume at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.

Shae Vizla is a mercenary character that shows up in the trailers for the MMORPG Star Wars: the Old Republic.  You can see her being a supreme badass in this video:


So here's Shawnon being a supreme badass:
Shae Vizla at Celebration Anaheim

To see how the costume was made (and a bunch more pictures of my smokin'-hot girlfriend showing it off) read on...