Ponies and Props

UPDATE:

On the news of the Monte Carlo, sanding it was a horrible idea, as it ruined the swirly carving on one side, and left cavities elsewhere on the prop. I’ve decided to start over completely on the prop, this time marking it out with washable marker, which I’ll remove prior to painting. But more importantly, my silicone and resin will arrive tomorrow, so I’ve already built up the box mold I’ll be using and built up a clay bed for the knife to stay on while I’m making the first half of the mold. It should take two days to make the mold, and a day to cast it. Then I can paint it up and add the rope around the handle. Since the resin and all is so expensive, I’ll also be selling some castings on Etsy. I’ll aim for 5 castings sold, each for 40 dollars, which is REALLY affordable compared to the other ones on there. That is all. Bye! Also, I’ll link to the Etsy page once they’re finished.

UPDATE:

Welp, I applied a second primer in some spots and painted over it again, but nothing. Now, the sharpie AND some spots from the primer are visible. I might just sand down the parts with the sharpie, as a last ditch attempt, and put on one last coat, but that’s my last idea. After that, I’ll just finish it up and know that I did everything I could to fix it. That’s all. Bye!

UPDATE:
I’ve made a lot of progress since last update. There’s still a lot to do, though; I have to install the acrylic to the scope, clean up the paint by the top, add the details to it, like screws and emblems, and I want to mask the sharpie marks that are still annoying visible through TWO COATS OF PAINT. That is all. Bye!

UPDATE:

I’ve made a lot of progress since last update. There’s still a lot to do, though; I have to install the acrylic to the scope, clean up the paint by the top, add the details to it, like screws and emblems, and I want to mask the sharpie marks that are still annoying visible through TWO COATS OF PAINT. That is all. Bye!

UPDATE:

The Monte Carlo, as you can see, is completely carved. Since this prop has quickly become a labor of love for me, I’ve even gone the extra mile and thermoformed a piece of acrylic so it’s curved to the scope, just like in the game. I’ve also primed it already, so it’s ready for painting. Clearly, anticipation for Destiny is an excellent catalyst for prop making, compared to the time I took on the Archer. At this rate, it could be done by Monday! Anyway, that’s all I’ve got. Bye!

UPDATE:
Been working on the Monte Carlo today. Most of both sides are done, as well as the blade, so all that’s left is the scope and a few details on the magazine. I’ll keep you posted.

UPDATE:

Been working on the Monte Carlo today. Most of both sides are done, as well as the blade, so all that’s left is the scope and a few details on the magazine. I’ll keep you posted.

50. Archer Heavy Rocket Launcher

Well here we are again; it’s always such a pleasure. It’s finally done! This prop honestly required a ton of work in every field. The barrel is two sheets of foam glued together, and the majority details are additional foam pieces glued on. You’d think the sight would be pretty easy to make, right? Wrong. Because it’s just a small piece of foam hanging off the size of this massive prop, it’s broken off innumerable times. Also, it was a massive challenge to make sure everything was smooth and nice, which is always hard on cylinders, especially something of this size. Painting was probably the worst, since the Archer has so much surface area. I also lost my inspiration to finish the prop half-way through making it, since after playing the Destiny beta, every other video game seemed dull and repetitive. Also, painting the reticle was difficult, as the paint wouldn’t stick to the acrylic. I solved this by scraping up the areas on it that I’d paint with a piece of metal, giving the paint a rougher surface to adhere to. Ultimately, though, I’m very pleased with the results, and I’m glad I pulled through to finish it (mainly so I can get on to making the Monte Carlo for my Hunter cosplay photoshoot)!

UPDATE:
Voila; c’est fini!

UPDATE:

Voila; c’est fini!

UPDATE:
The Archer Heavy Rocket Launcher is coming along nicely; I’ve completely finished the upper part, and the handle assembly should be quick, since it’, all just about 3 colors. That is all. Bye!

UPDATE:

The Archer Heavy Rocket Launcher is coming along nicely; I’ve completely finished the upper part, and the handle assembly should be quick, since it’, all just about 3 colors. That is all. Bye!

UPDATE:
I painted a decent portion of the Archer Heavy Rocket Launcher today. I decided to bite the bullet, since the faster I finish this prop, I’ll be able to start making a weapon from Destiny to costar with me in the official photoshoot of my Hunter cosplay.I have to do the black, yellow, and red parts on the main barrel, the grey and black bits on the handle array, and assorted details around it. That’s about it. Bye!

UPDATE:

I painted a decent portion of the Archer Heavy Rocket Launcher today. I decided to bite the bullet, since the faster I finish this prop, I’ll be able to start making a weapon from Destiny to costar with me in the official photoshoot of my Hunter cosplay.I have to do the black, yellow, and red parts on the main barrel, the grey and black bits on the handle array, and assorted details around it. That’s about it. Bye!

UPDATE:

Over the past month or so I’ve been super productive. I’m not being sarcastic at all. That said, I’ve finished my destiny cosplay! The belt and grenade was finished off today, and the Archer Heavy Rocket Launcher has been primed, though I don’t know when I’ll paint it, since it’s a pretty big job and I’ve lost my enthusiasm for Titanfall. To boot, I’ve also carved out a Hunter’s knife, which I won’t paint, but I’ll make a silicone mold of it and cast a copy in resin. It’ll be a nice experiment, and hopefully I can eventually apply the process to my larger props (even though it’ll cost a small fortune in silicone and resin). With any hope, I can work in a trip to Chelan to take photos of the Hunter cosplay, as that place looks almost identical to Old Russia, the only fluke being it’s not dusted with snow and plane wrecks. That is all. Bye!