Drafting: How the hell do I do that?

So, today, I thought it’d be fun to draw up blueprints for one of my upcoming projects, the basic Maliwan SMG from Borderlands 2. I also thought it’d be fun to show people how I go about drawing things like this. The drawings were made in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

So this post is pretty short and principally focuses on the drawing itself. Further updates on construction of the gun will come in the future, so stay tuned for that.

Get your own copy of the blueprint HERE!

AER-9 Laser Rifle

This is an old project that’s finally getting it’s own page. A shame, because I feel like this was one of my best projects, too.

The AER-9 Laser Rifle from Fallout 3/New Vegas.

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Inspired by the work Volpin had done on his Laser Rifle, I set to work on my own laser rifle back in 2010.

I started with making a rough-cut, Laser Rifle-shaped box out of 1/2″ MDF.

Slapped together AER-9

Top Down AER-9

More AER-9

Top of the AER-9

Obviously, this won’t work. So I had to next round the edges of the Laser Rifle, as well as add the front grip. The front section of the main barrel was also tapered inwards for vents.

All cleaned up!

Barrel close up

Butt-stock close up

And a nice first person shot.

First Person

Next came the primer and wet-sanding…

Primed

As well as a slot for the MFC catch.

Slot Detail

Raised sections were added for the flaring at the front/back. These were made of Sintra sheets.

Stuff

The rim of the buttstock is nailed-on styrene strips, giving the weapon a stamped metal feel.

Butt Stock Edging

While there were a few extra steps here, I’ve got no photos. The under-slung tube was lathed from a piece of wood, and the drop down at the front of the barrel was added.

Overshot

Fins were added to the back of the barrel in the control panel…

Control Panel (?)

And at the front of the muzzle.

Front Barrel

Raised sections were also added to the grip for depth.

Butt Stock again

After a second coat of grime, I attached a Micro Fusion Cell (lathed from a block of MDF) and the yellow laser sight cable to the top.

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The new grime coat really helped make this weapon look complete.

AER-9 - Backside

If you look closely at the fins at the muzzle, it looks like they were welded on. This effect was achieved using hot melt glue.

AER-9 - Business End

AER-9 - Top

So there’s my AER-9 Laser Rifle. Took about two months total to complete.

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More photos are available on my Flickr.

The Buffalo Longbow – A Modified Righteous Bison

So, even though its about 6 months after the fact, I’m finally going to write a post about my modified Dr. Grordbort’s Righteous Bison: The Buffalo Longbow.

A little background, first. In spring of 2011, the Replica Prop Forum paired up with the Weta Workshop and Weta NZ to hold a competition for the RPF’s members. The competition involved Weta making a limited run of unfinished Righteous Bisons, providing them to members of the RPF at half-price, and asking each member to modify the Righteous Bison as their individual imagination dictated.

We were given a few months, and in August of 2011, we were asked to submit photos of our final creations to be judged by a panel of Weta employees. I didn’t win, unfortunately, but I did manage to get my own self-designed steampunk raygun!

Now, for the process itself!

Righteous Bison Blueprint

The Righteous Bison is probably one of the best known Dr. Grordbort rayguns, even being featured in the Grordbort Industries crest. What better candidate to modify?

I started with the creation of the above rough blueprint so that I could create my own unique variations of the Bison.

Condensed Designs

These were a couple of my better designs. Part of the requirements for the contest was that the raygun had to maintain a bovine-themed name. I had three paths of thought for this product.

The topmost design was meant to be a repeating rifle type of weapon, similar to a wild west era Winchester shotgun. I was hoping to pursue a more western variant of a traditionally British/Victorian styling, a design style I’ve rarely seen.

The next two designs were going to go by the name of the Chinashop Bull. I thought it a clever use of the phrase “Like a bull in a Chinashop”. The aesthetic of these weapons were meant to invoke a classical Chinese style through the use of dragons, thin paper screens, and Chinese lanterns. While I didn’t go with this design, I think that the style was very clever, and with a proper use of lighting could’ve looked very good.

The final two designs were meant to be a more utilitarian, soldier-esque design. The lore of the contest was that Lord Cockswain was trapped on Venus and required rearmament. With that in mind, these designs were also called the Chinashop Bull, but mainly because the weapon was meant to serve as more of a grenade launcher then a direct energy weapon. Making use of a metal stock, the gun was meant to have a lever on the front which, when pulled down, would eject a rather large vacuum tube. This was in part inspired by the modern day M203/M320 grenade launchers, in the sense that they were a single shot support weapon.

At around this time, my girlfriend made the Naptown Roller Derby team here in Indianapolis, taking the name Killamity Jane. I myself took the name Buffalo Kill, and I wound up selecting the Longbow Buffalo as my design of choice due to her western themed name.

Longbow Design V1

The primary variation between the standard Righteous Bison and the Longbow Buffalo was the wood furniture, which I tried to split in style between the designs of classic lever action rifles and the Dr. Grordbort style. Cut out of layered pieces of wood, the furniture was the first part that was roughly completed.

Wooden parts

With the way the Bison was designed, I couldn’t attach the furniture without taking the gun apart. After messing around with it for a few hours and giving myself a wicked scar on my thumb from the improper use of a razor blade, I was finally able to remove the obstructing pieces.

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While I was happy with the furniture, I still felt that the Buffalow Longbow was missing something vital: a raygun theme. Part of my original design was to put a vacuum tube on the right hand side of the gun (which is missing from the final version), but even that wasn’t enough. Finally, I decided on utilizing a 1883 syrup bottle from the coffee shop I work at, and using it as an ‘aether vessel’. The bottle was to be frosted, then filled with a bank of purple LED’s to give it a nice glowing look. Unfortunately, due to a time crunch, I was unable to make said bank of LED’s, and instead I opted for using a product called Glowire, which was an electroluminescent wire that glowed with a continuous look.

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Also, because the weapon was meant to be a sharpshooter’s weapon and a western themed gun, I needed a carry strap.

Mockup

After assembling everything, the final product was fun to carry, easy on your arms with the strap, and an attractive piece that garnered a lot of attention at Gencon this past August.

Carried

Clock Dial

Final Side

Looking back on the project, there are a few things I’ve got planned to improve the design. Mainly the following:

  • Add a scope to the top fin
  • Add a forward sight
  • Replace the glowire with an actual purple LED bank
  • Add copper piping to the bottle to give the gun a unified look
  • Add copper piping and detail to the front grip to make it appear like an actual weapon
  • Add a copper plate to the butt stock

All in all, I had fun building the weapon, as it was the first time I was able to use my own creative license on a weapon.

And because I love the designs everyone else had, here are the winners and a listing of all the entries.

And lastly, holy crap! 5000 views!

Blueprints! News! Yay!

So, with school coming to a close (friggin’ finally…), I’ve found the time to start preparing for my collection of summer projects. Without further ado, here’s what I’ve got going on!

Dr. Grordbort’s Righteous Bison Contest:

Weta NZ and the RPF have come up with a unique project for people to compete in: modify a Dr. Grordbort’s Righteous Bison, making it your own! Exciting project to take part in! I’ve done some preliminary designs, and I think I’ve nailed down my direction.

Condensed Designs

Longbow Design V1

AR-2 Pulse Rifle (Overwatch Standard Issue Pulse Rifle):

My second summer project will be the AR-2 from Half-Life 2 that I meant to do last year. But this year will be different! I’ve got a blueprint now!

OSIPR Blueprint

Peacemaker Carbine

And my final project for the summer will be the Peacemaker Carbine from Bulletstorm. I keep going back on forth as to how much lighting I want in it, but it should be cool nonetheless.

Peacemaker Blueprint

So, if for some reason you follow my work, keep an eye out this summer for news as I finish things!

I’m Still Not Dead

Similar name to the last post, I know.

Anyone who has actually followed me, don’t worry, for I am still very much at work on my hobby and craft. I’ve just been under alot of pressure with my senior year and all.

It being my senior year, I needed to take some photos of my works for college portfolios. Here are a few!

Strider Diorama

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Ezio Auditore Vitruvian Man

Alyx's Gun - Left

EOD - Right

Mk-VI - Red (V5) Left

I’ll update as soon as I’ve got the time to put some meaningful work into my projects. Thanks for looking!

I’m Still Alive

But unfortunately, nothing in this post is about Portal or Portal 2. Sorry to you Google viewers.

Anyway, this post is merely a teaser of what posts I’m going to be writing up over the next month or so. The posts will contain detailed and in-depth descriptions of all the things I’m teasing here.My camera was also having problems, so a few photos aren’t too great. Sorry.

So let’s begin!

AER-9 Laser Rifle:
Fallout 3

Everyone who may have been following my work via Flickr may have seen that I have recently been working on the AER-9 Laser Rifle from Fallout 3. The deadline for this project hit way too soon for me, and thus it wasn’t finished 100%. Fortunately, I can still finish it, as it was only being submitted for judging at a local fair.

Overshot

Control Panel (?)

Front Barrel

Butt Stock again

Vault 101 Pressed Jumpsuit:
Fallout 3

This project was undertaken in two days. Pro-tip: Start a clothing project a minimum of a month in advance! This project had the same time constraints that the AER-9 did, and thus wasn’t fully finished either. But I still own it, and it will be completed in the coming weeks.

Vault 101 jumpsuit

101

Test-fitting

Front details

Strider Diorama
Half-Life 2

This project was my first attempt to see how well I can scratch build models, and I have to say I’m quite pleased with it. Strider is made from Styrene rods, clay, and resin, and the Overwatch soldiers are made from private military contractor 1/35th scale model pieces.

Diorama Complete

Overwatch Soldier 1

Overwatch Soldier Paint detail

Overwatch Soldier 2

Strider body

Alyx’s Gun
Half-Life 2

This is a birthday present for my girlfriend (who’s name, coincidentally, is Alyx), who wants to cosplay Alyx Vance sometime in the future.

Alyx's Gun

Barrel detail

AR-2
Half-Life 2

This was a prop that I’ve been wanting to do for a while, but has been shunted to the side multiple times because of the above projects. What you see below is everything I’ve done, which obviously isn’t very much.

AR-2

And that is it as far as my current projects go. I’ll be posting in depth updates, complete with better pictures, of each of these projects as I complete them, so stay tuned!