December 19th, 2005

proplady chris sword

Finishing Touches...

I've got most of the blog design settled at this point. (I chose this color combination because it seemed the least annoying and this layout since it seemed the easiest for me to wrap my html-challenged brain around.) And that's all I have to say about that. For now. </p>

I've managed to get my Yazoo's Velvet Nightmare Gunblade project in mostly a finished state. (I am planning on making a tutorial for this project at some point in the future. As such, I've already posted a an online directory full of screencaps which I shall most likely refer to, although I've set date on when this tutorial will be posted - it depends how well I can work it amongst all my other projects.) Here's a pic of the gunblade:

A good method to recreating a gun prop is to buy an airsoft replica which looks similar to it and altering it in some way. Unfortunately, in this case, I was unable to find a gun which looked similar to it. (Special thanks, though, to my friends Lord Crimson from The Video Game Firearms Site" and Dust Traveller (my Navy friend) for helping me out research-wise.) It turns out making the handle of the gun wasn't as hard as I feared it would be. (I used balsa wood to make the initial shape and I covered it with craft foam and thick styrene plastic.) For the "blade" part of the gun, I used PVC pipe (to create the double barrel) and then covered that with craft foam and layers of styrene plastic. The "round" ornament I made by cutting a plastic Christmas ornament in half and gluing it into a plastic setting. The scroll decoration was probably the hardest thing I had to do since it took a very steady hand. I squeezed it on using hotglue. Of course, I could have used an easier-flowing substance like Gem-Tac adhesive, but that takes a day to dry between applications (and who, frankly, has that kind of time these days?) If anyone has any comments or questions about the gun, they're welcome to leave them below.