Drafting 2 Electric Boogaloo: I missed it the first time!

So, yesterday I posted a video of my process behind drafting props for use in future builds.

Well, today I’m posting another!

Blueprints are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/cb4r0yy8ym8m5qx/TorgueBlueprint.pdf?m


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.

AER-9 - Profile

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…


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.


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.


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.

AER-9 - Profile

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.

AER-9 - Profile

More photos are available on my Flickr.

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

AER-9 - Profile


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.


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



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

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.


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!

Snark & Adam Syringe

I originally wrote this nearly 3 months ago, but due to some serious problems with one of the items this post contains, I delayed this post until it was properly repaired.

With Christmas at our doorstep, I thought it would be a good idea to do a little post on some stuff I’m making for my significant other, Alyx Ookami, as presents. Let’s kick this right off and tackle the short(er), simple(r) project:

Plush Half-Life Snark:

This was a project that I’ve been eying for a few years now, ever since my discovery of a website called 3D2TOY (the website is a royal pain to navigate). The people who run 3D2TOY have created some really fancy patterns for making plush creatures from the Half-Life series (Alyx loves animals and thinks that the HL critters are very cute).

So, with many painful hours of cutting and many more (and even more painful) hours of sewing, this was the output:

Bioshock Little Sister Syringe:

The second gift to Alyx was one of the Little Sister’s needles from Bioshock. We originally came across this project on another prop maker’s (Volpin) website, and she immediately started asking for one.

Personally, I was impressed with the amount of thought that Volpin had put into his needle, as well as his props. I’ve grown an intense respect for Volpins work, and the thought that he puts into it.

So, referring frequently to what he did, I produced this:

The whole syringe started out as an ancient 1920’s gas pump handle I picked up on ebay. You can’t see it here, but the handle was covered in rust, which needed to be sanded, ground, and burned off with acid. Really nasty processes, but it cleaned up and was workable in the end.

The long body of the syringe was made using PVC pipe that was torched open to receive the aluminum fuel tube. The charred black of the pipe had a nice texture to it, giving it that distressed look I’d need in the end.

The jar housing was made using simple PVC couplings I found around my garage (my dad and I are spud-gun enthusiasts, so we’ve got plenty of PVC). A brass pneumatics male-male coupler was drilled and tapped into the back of the pump handle to hold the jar to the rest of the mechanism.

I used Krylon Hammered Bronze for both texture and color, as well as Tester’s Silver.

Next came a bit of distressing. And by “bit”, I of course mean a few jars worth of Tamiya transparent red and black paints for grunge and blood.

I (somehow) managed to stuff a pair of AAA batteries into the body of the pump handle, attached to 5 red LEDs and a rudimentary two state switch.

You can see the switch at the bottom of the handle.

Light test…

And viola! Final product!

Many thanks go out to my parents for assistance with sewing and electronics, as well as Volpin for inspiration and refrence!