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!

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!

Ookami’s Mk-VI

Alyx wanted this to get put up on the 405th, but due to continuing computer problems, I think I’ll just give her a post here.

More or less the same construction process as what went into my Mk-VI, but with alot more weathering. She did the bulk of the work, and I mostly taught her the concepts of pepakura, fiberglassing, and bondo.

Alyx Ookami's Mk-VI

Alyx Ookami's Mk-VI Right

Alyx Ookami's Mk-VI left

Alyx Ookami's Mk-VI back

Messerschmitt BF-109 E4 TROP 1/48th Scale Model

Many apologies for taking so long on getting a new post out. I kinda doubt that anyone out there is actually watching, but I like imagining that there are. So to all you imaginary followers, thank you much, and sorry for the delay!

Like I said, the next project I was going to post was the Tamiya Messerschmitt BF-109 E4 TROP 1/48th scale model, a plastic aircraft model I picked up for Christmas last year. A little history on the BF-109 E4 TROP…

(Copy-pasted from Wikipedia, BTW)

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was a German World War II fighter aircraft designed by Willy Messerschmitt in the early 1930s. It was one of the first true modern fighters of the era, including such features as an all-metal monocoque construction, a closed canopy, and retractable landing gear. Having gone through its baptism of fire in the Spanish Civil War, the Bf 109 was still in service at the dawn of the jet age at the end of World War II, during which it was the backbone of the German Luftwaffe fighter force. An inverted Vee-piston engined fighter, the Bf 109 was supplemented, but never completely replaced in service, by the radial engined Focke-Wulf Fw 190 from the end of 1941. Originally conceived as an interceptor, later models were developed to fulfill multiple tasks, serving as bomber escort, fighter bomber, day-, night- all-weather fighter, bomber destroyer, ground-attack aircraft, and as reconnaissance aircraft. It was supplied to and operated by several minor Axis states during World War II, and served with several countries for many years after the war. The Bf 109 was the most produced warplane during World War II, with 30,573 examples built during the war, and the most produced fighter aircraft in history, with a total of 33,984 units produced up to April 1945.

Bf-109 Left

So, now to my model. my model is a regular old Tamiya 1/48th scale styrene model, which is fairly cheap. It was also my first project with an airbrush, so I got alot of learning in on this one! I elected to go with a Battle of Britain color scheme, which has a yellow nose cone, geometric camouflage on the top of the aircraft, forest camo on the sides, and sky grey on the bottom.

I forgot to take pictures as I worked, so all I’ve got is a finished set of pictures. Sorry ’bout that.

Bf-109 Top

Bf-109 Back Perspective

Bf-109 Front Perspective

And that is it for this post. I don’t know what I’ll put up next, but hopefully, it’ll be cool.

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was a German World War II fighter aircraft designed by Willy Messerschmitt in the early 1930s. It was one of the first true modern fighters of the era, including such features as an all-metal monocoque construction, a closed canopy, and retractable landing gear. Having gone through its baptism of fire in the Spanish Civil War, the Bf 109 was still in service at the dawn of the jet age at the end of World War II, during which it was the backbone of the German Luftwaffe fighter force.[2] An inverted Vee-piston engined fighter, the Bf 109 was supplemented, but never completely replaced in service, by the radial engined Focke-Wulf Fw 190 from the end of 1941. Originally conceived as an interceptor, later models were developed to fulfill multiple tasks, serving as bomber escort, fighter bomber, day-, night- all-weather fighter, bomber destroyer, ground-attack aircraft, and as reconnaissance aircraft. It was supplied to and operated by several minor Axis states during World War II, and served with several countries for many years after the war. The Bf 109 was the most produced warplane during World War II, with 30,573 examples built during the war, and the most produced fighter aircraft in history, with a total of 33,984 units produced up to April 1945.

UNSC MJOLNIR EOD Variant Helmet

Since I decided to stick my website on Stumble Upon, I realized that people would probably want to see more then just one post about my MJOLNIR Mk VI and an intro post. So instead of putting the EOD post up this Friday, I decided to throw it up today so that all of you can see some more (hopefully) cool stuff.

On to business. The MJOLNIR EOD Variant Helmet.

The EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) helmet is one of Halo 3’s multiplayer helmet variants that you can unlock for a certain achievement. I don’t know said achievement, and nor do I own a 360, but the EOD helmet is pretty cool. It looks more engineer-like then most of the other helmets, and it’s a homage (insult) to the Killzone series.

Same as before, model came from here, and the Pepakura designer software came from here.

First step, just like the Mk-VI standard helmet featured below, was to build the whole base model out of paper. Being the homely dolt that I am, I didn’t take a single picture of the helmet. I do have pictures of the resin and fiberglassing, though, so you should get about the same results.

Hayabusa Is Stoopad.

Long view Pep'd EOD

Then the bondo:

Bondo'd EOD

No finished, unpainted versions of the bondo phase, so we’ll jump right on into the final painted version. I gave the EOD my own, personal multiplayer paint scheme, steel and green, and I tried to get the most game authentic paints I could get my hands on. The helmet was heavily weathered with an airbrush, and the silver chips you see were silver spots that I covered with mustard before adding the main color coats. After the main color coats dried, I chipped the mustard off and cleaned the excess mustard with a moist paper towel.

Dramatic EOD

The eyes were done using a transparent acrylic plastic that was vacuum formed over a clay mold. After I cut the plates out, I airbrushed a light coat of an aluminum metalizer over them to create a silver, reflective surface, but still retain a decent amount of visibility. Once the metalizers were dried and polished with a soft cloth, a 5-1 mixture of transparent amber to transparent red paints were airbrushed over the metalizer, giving the eyes their golden color.

Visibility really sucks, and I wouldn’t try to read with the helmet on, but its more then enough for navigation and obstacle avoidance.

Right EOD Complete

With the way things turned out, I think I prefer the EOD over my MK-VI in terms of quality, but the MK-VI still remains my favorite.

Next posted project after this will be my 1/48th scale Messerschmitt BF-109 E4/TROP model.

UNSC SPARTAN-II MJOLNIR MK-VI Helmet

Since the creation of my blog, nothing new has been done, and I’ve promised myself to update this every Friday with SOMETHING. For the first few weeks, I decided to just do posts on past projects.

So today, we have my first armor project, the UNSC SPARTAN-II MJOLNIR MK-VI Helmet. Finished this in mid-2008, it’s been the center piece of my armor collection so far, despite a number of short comings (how smooth it is, number of details removed, visor, etc etc etc). All the same, I’m quite proud of it, and it bears a lot of sentimental value.

Of we go then!

We start in early 2008 with the base model, a Robogenisis (405th Infantry Division member) Mark-VI MJOLNIR Helmet, better known as the Master Chief’s helmet from Halo 2-3. The base model was a form of cut+paste paper components that fit together like a 3D puzzle.

This is a process that has been dubbed Pepakura, and the software is available for download and purchase here. Models are best located by Google, but most of the best Halo models are available here.

Pepakura Mk-VI

Once the paper pattern was finished up, the whole thing was coated in automotive fiberglassing resin (available at most hardware stores) and covered the interior of the helmet with fiberglass, which gave it a significant degree of durability.

With the whole helmet coated in fiberglass and resin, you can now toss it around fairly safely. It can still shatter in an impact, but it’s no longer floppy and flexible.

Next step: apply bondo to all of the places I want to be smooth on the helmet, then sand. This is probably the trickiest step of the process.

Rough right

As you can see, it looks smoother then before. This isn’t a fully finished version of the helmet, so there are still a few nicks and bumps in awkward places.

Painting time!

Near-Complete right

Helmet received an olive drab coat of paint over a black under layer that was masked off to create the detail places you can see in this image. This coat of paint was a satin coat, so it had a slight sheen to it, which I didn’t really like on this helmet. Next step is lights and the grills that fill in the gaps at the front of the mouth piece.

Ignoring the poor image quality, you can now see the helmet has received three finishing touches: LEDs on the sides for sweeto-blindo vision, black grime in the grooves, and the grills on the jaw plate.

This was the final iteration of my MK-VI helmet before I repainted the whole thing with a cherry red and flat black coat for my local robotics team.

Next week, my UNSC MJOLNIR MK-VI EOD variant helmet!

UPDATE March 4, 2012:

So I’ve repainted my Mk-VI more times then I can count, so I’ll just post my most recent paintjob of the Mk-VI.

Along with the new cherry paint job, I also sealed off the gap between the visor and the helmet’s jaw, as well as added the triangular inserts on the front.

Mk-VI - Red (V5) Right

Mk-VI - Red (V5) Left

Mk-VI - Red (V5) Back

Up and running to a degree

Decided to make the switch from Blogspot to WordPress, and so far, I’m liking WordPress. Seems alot more customizable then Blogspot was, and the interface is a tad more intuitive.

Anyway, I’m working on making it look good, etc. So hopefully by the end of the week, it’ll be lookin’ snazzy.

Hopefully.