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:
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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:
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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...