Sunday, March 3, 2013

UFO Sightings in the Workshop

I've got a few dozen things in the works right now, so I haven't had a lot of time to spend writing about them.  Here's just a few of the UnFinished Objects rattling around in the workshop right now...

Since I'm on a roll with Warhammer 40,000 stuff, I've decided to make a Voxcaster to go with my Imperial Guard costumes.  It's nearing completion:
Vox Box Green

Vox Box Light Added

I'm also working on some other small bits and pieces for them.  Notably this hostile environment mask:
Facemask Beginning
After over a year on the backburner, I've finally made molds for my Helghast Assault Rifle from Killzone.  Here's the first two casts with the paintjob nearly done:
STA-52 LAR Pair Painted

While I was planning on just making the rifle to hang on the wall, the more time I've spent on it, the more intrigued I am by some of the other elements in the game.  So I've started working on the helmet worn by the Light Assault Infantry troops as well:
I don't like the oversized look of the rivets I added, so I've already plucked them off.  I'll probably put in carriage bolts instead.  Once the helmet is done, I'll get to tinkering with the facemask and the glowing eyes.  Then I'll just have to talk myself out of making the whole costume to go with it.

The thing taking up the most space in the workshop right now is the Ironman project:
Parts Seated

This is my first all digital build.  I'm making the smaller pieces on my Objet 30 3D printer and carving the bigger pieces on my Craftsman Carvewright CNC machine.  Here's one of the shoulder parts during test fitting:
 first printed shoulder part

This one's going to be a lot of fun when I'm done with it:
First Casting Test Fit

While the Ironman project is taking up the most space right now, it's about to be eclipsed by something I'm currently referring to as "Project D."  Right now it's mostly just a couple pairs of digigrade stilts.  Here's one pair coming together:
Digitigrade Stilts Coming Together

Once I've got the stilts together, I'll be building up an armature so I can sculpt out the skin for this particular creature.  I don't want to go into details about what it's actually going to be on the off chance I have to scrap it somewhere along the way, but if it works it's going to be one hell of a thing.  Possibly two.

Last, but not least, I've finally made a mold for the bayonet attack version of the combat garden gnome:
Bayonet Attack Gnome ready to mold
The hands and rifle will be cast separately.  Once I've got a few painted up, I'll be offering them for sale in the Etsy shop:

All of these things are shaping up simultaneously, so expect a whole string of posts as I finish them in the coming weeks.  Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any updates.


  1. Halo elite, or tyranid warrior with those stilts? Either way I'll be very happy.

    The WIP stuff is looking amazing! Please keep sharing.

  2. Ive got a pretty good idea of what project D is. I've seen those sorts of stilts before, and the skin nailed it for me.

    We'll see if my hunch plays out. Not gonna give out any clues though. Spoilers and all.