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Re: The Armory
« Reply #45 on: Apr 26, 2021, 07:56 PM »
That looks so cool!  :o Now I want a glowy stabby too

Was the graphite powder messy? I've heard it's an awesome technique for getting that worn-metal look but it seems like it would get everywhere

Yes! Glowing stabbies are the best.  :P  Yes to the graphite powder.  It is messy, I only use it outside and usually on a piece of cardboard to try and keep it contained.  It is also not good to breathe so wear appropriate stuff.  ( I use a bandana, which doesn't really help but makes me feel better, since I despise the respirator)  I do love the final look  and its pretty cheap so I use it quite a bit as finish.

And my new knife is done!!!

I started by painting the patches of gold on the hilt and base of the blade, then mounted the wire and beads using super glue.




Then another layer of graphite powder after a light coat of clear spray paint to seal in the gold.



Then I added the gears inside the PVC pipe rings on the blade.



After which I addressed the hilt.  I had to pick my wrap...couldn't decide for a bit but after a family poll I decided on the grey.



Now I had left the top bit of the hilt a touch rough because I planned on wrapping that section as well, enter the red cotton cord.



Lastly came the weathering.  Some black and brown acrylics and Voilą! a glowing stabby 







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Re: The Armory
« Reply #46 on: Apr 30, 2021, 02:26 PM »
I finally made a sheath for the new blade.  Because I used the same pattern for both of my beskads it almost fit in to the same sheath as the other one, it was just a tiny bit too small at the top where I added the rings. 

I always like to line my sheathes with either foam or felt to protect my paint job.



Then heat, fold and drill some holes for the lacing



The only lacing that I currently have on hand is either a tan or the white.  I went for the white since my kit colors are grey, white, red, black and gold.



The sheath was then weathered with a sanding block followed by my black and brown acrylic washes.




The beskad will be able to be mounted right onto the same holder as the other beskad. 

I also worked on my zenji needle for the exotic weapon for the assassin brigade.  It's made out of an ebony chopstick that I repurposed after the kids snapped it. 





I think it came out pretty good.

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Re: The Armory
« Reply #47 on: May 31, 2021, 07:45 PM »
It's been a hot minute since I posted in this thread.  Here's what I am currently working on or have finished since I stopped posting.. :-[

Cuffs (technically not weapons but I felt like I could sneak them in here)




Amban Sniper 1.2 (remember way back when I was working on two of them, well finally got back to the second one)



Westar-35 1.2  (also got a pair and only finished one!???) got some primer on this one...might need another sanding before I am satisfied with the print line removal.



And I got a box of wonderful goodies from PSessum.  Some amazing 3-D prints to work with for my next few projects.



I just couldn't wait to get started so I did  :).  Cleaned up the print lines and sanded down the knives.  Also lightly sanded the shells and a did a tiny bit of sanding on the grav bombs. 



Then I added my epoxy/resin to help smooth out and strengthen the prints.




Now I just have to wait for them to cure and do another sanding with a high grit paper before I can either add another layer or go right to paint.   :porg2:

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Re: The Armory
« Reply #48 on: Jun 01, 2021, 12:39 AM »
 :like: Looking good.

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Re: The Armory
« Reply #49 on: Jun 01, 2021, 08:50 PM »
:like: Looking good.

Thanks!

Update:  Throwing knives and grav bombs

I got three layers of primer and sanding done and then one layer of silver.  Still want to add at least one more silver before I clear coat it and maybe add graphite powder.  Thinking about adding a thin wrap to the handle.   I don't wan to loose the skull though so maybe not. 


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Re: The Armory
« Reply #50 on: Jun 08, 2021, 08:01 PM »
Throwing Knives: I added a second layer of silver several days ago but the humidity changed causing the 'orange peel'.  I had to sand them all down and start over with the silver base coat.  I decided to try and give them the Beskar steel look that you see on the bars of beskar that are given to the Mandalorian in the show.  Here's the first attempt at it.  It still needs a layer of clear gloss and then another coat of graphite powder.  I also plan to paint the skull gold to match the rest of my kit. 

I taped and painted the first one:

 


One layer of graphite:



Taped up a second one:




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Re: The Armory
« Reply #51 on: Jun 08, 2021, 08:40 PM »
Okay, that is freaking cool.

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Re: The Armory
« Reply #52 on: Jun 09, 2021, 06:42 PM »
Very nice work, love the stabby paint jobs. :like:
It will be cool to see how you approach the smaller sheathes.

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Re: The Armory
« Reply #53 on: Jun 09, 2021, 09:14 PM »
Okay, that is freaking cool.

Thanks!  Not quite satisfied with the look though.

Very nice work, love the stabby paint jobs. :like:
It will be cool to see how you approach the smaller sheathes.

Thank you!  :)
Oh! Yeah I do need a way to carry them don't I.   :blank:  I guess I can't just stare at them the whole time.  Will have to think about this for a bit and figure out where I still have room for stuff...

And Update

Throwing Knives:

I added two more layers of graphite and clear to the black and silver blade for a total of three layers.

Layer 2

Layer 3

Doesn't look quite right to me...so I grabbed my dark grey glossy spray paint for the second one.



Haven't added any clear or graphite to this one but I think I like it better.  The color difference isn't quite as extreme and I got the wavy lines a bit more consistent then with the first one.  I used a different method to cut my painters tape and it worked much better.

I still plan to put gold in the skull for both blades.

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Re: The Armory
« Reply #54 on: Jun 10, 2021, 09:10 PM »
Throwing Knives:  I hand painted another color onto the inside of the grey one to give it a bit more variance and hopefully depth of color.  I should probably watch some painting videos because at this point I am just making things up and looking a pictures.    I also painted both the skulls gold!

   

Then I put another layer of graphite on the black one, sprayed a layer of clear on the grey one then coated it with graphite as well.

Some glamor shots for the black.

 

   

   


And some comparison photos

   

   

A few close-ups of the grey

      


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« Reply #55 on: Jun 11, 2021, 06:49 PM »
I think I found the pattern that I want to go with.  I drew out the full pattern before adding it to the knife unlike how I had with the other two.  It is a bit time consuming but I think the result is worth it. 

   

   

Next was the grey and black spray paint.

   

Then I did a crazy and hand painted on the off gold and light silver highlights onto the grey blade.

   

I experiment with several different colors on the black and didn't like any of them.  After a bit I remembered that I have a silver gel pen that I use to highlight when I am doing the coloring sheets with the ankle biters.  I ran and grabbed the pen.  It worked nearly perfectly.  (rubs off if I am not careful)  I used that to add the second set of silver lines to the grey and all the extra silver lines to the black.  Took about a third of the time that hand painted had taken.

   

   

Sprayed both knives with a sealer (not the glossy clear) and added a coat of graphite.  I did this twice and here they are.  I think I will stick to the black version as I like that one better.

   

   

   




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Re: The Armory
« Reply #56 on: Jun 15, 2021, 09:00 PM »
Grav Bombs: These had the same orange peel problem as my throwers, but with a bit of sanding (and a touch of filler) they have been repainted to the base silver color.  The red button will be next.

   


Shells:  I got these sanded down, a touch of filler and a few of the low spots I missed on the first pass and silver for them too!

   

Glow knife:  This is another amazing item I received from PSessum.  The blade itself illuminates red from a flashlight that fits into the handle.  I did some sanding to the blade but not too much because I didn't want to weaken it just knock down the highest points.  I don't want to use filler on the blade itself because I am pretty sure that will mess with the light diffusion through the blade.  So I coated it with resin to help fill in the print lines, add strength and hopefully not cause and problems with the light coming through.  I also sanded down the cross piece, handle and end cap.  All three had some filler added then sanded again.  I also sanded out some of the lines on the handle section to match the one bit that had separated when the print was made.  I coated all these pieces with resin as well.

   

   

Clan thrower:  So I glued the two halves of the blade together the other day and did a basic sanding.  I also touched up the sigil just a bit to ensure that I wouldn't loose any of the lines when I added the resin for strength. 

 


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« Reply #57 on: Jun 18, 2021, 09:32 PM »
Grav Charges/Bombs:  For the finish on these I added a coat of sealer, then graphite and repeated that process a second time to get the right shade of silver that I was going for.  After which they were taped and the button spray painted red.  I have a tiny bit of clean up where the tape wasn't 100% but they came out pretty good.  I still need to add the magnets to the back but that it just a few minutes work.

   




Clan Thrower:  I did a second layer of resin for this blade.  Then I painted it with two layers of sandable primer, after which I did the silver base coat.  It is ready for the beskar pattern. 



You can see a few spots where I didn't get quite enough precision with the clean up on the sigil but I can fix that when I paint it gold later.

I also started the base/holder for the grav charges.  I decided to go with two charge holders since I really don't have a lot of waist space left to add things.  I may pass one pair on to my sister as we will be starting her kit in the near future.

   



Shells:  I got the lettering painted gold.  They just need the key chains added and they are ready to be handed out at the next con.


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Re: The Armory
« Reply #58 on: Jun 19, 2021, 12:34 AM »
That is all looking AMAZING!   :like:

I'm digging the cartridges as key rings. That would def make a cool thing to hand out during a troop.

The holes made me think of a thing from the military. I think this is a sniper thing (I'm not a sniper but I heard the lore.) Long story short, when a person graduates sniper school they are called PIGs for Professionally Instructed Gunmen. If a sniper kills another sniper, they are a HOG or Hunter of Gunmen. They retrieve the round that was in the chamber of the other sniper's rifle and wear it as necklace. This is called a HOG's tooth and signifies the "bullet with your name on it." The belief is that everyone has a round with their name on it and until it is fired, they can't be killed, if they carry that round (the HOG's tooth) they are invincible.

So, if you added a cord to the round, it would look like you took out an enemy, and took the cartridge from their blaster and wear it as a trophy. Sorry, random thought.

Your stuff looks great tho.

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« Reply #59 on: Jun 21, 2021, 10:41 PM »
That is all looking AMAZING!   :like:

I'm digging the cartridges as key rings. That would def make a cool thing to hand out during a troop.

The holes made me think of a thing from the military. I think this is a sniper thing (I'm not a sniper but I heard the lore.) Long story short, when a person graduates sniper school they are called PIGs for Professionally Instructed Gunmen. If a sniper kills another sniper, they are a HOG or Hunter of Gunmen. They retrieve the round that was in the chamber of the other sniper's rifle and wear it as necklace. This is called a HOG's tooth and signifies the "bullet with your name on it." The belief is that everyone has a round with their name on it and until it is fired, they can't be killed, if they carry that round (the HOG's tooth) they are invincible.

So, if you added a cord to the round, it would look like you took out an enemy, and took the cartridge from their blaster and wear it as a trophy. Sorry, random thought.

Your stuff looks great tho.

Thank you!  That is interesting, and shells are cannon in the Star Wars Universe.  I was planning a sniper build (ended up giving the idea to my sister) but that is cool bit of real life lore we can totally pirate into a build and keep it warzy.  I might be tempted to put the shell on a cord with a bit of kyber and maybe a tooth of some sort.   Hmmm...something to consider for the future.

Update:

Clan Thrower:  I got the beskar pattern taped onto the blade and I went with the black for this one.

   


Shells:  Key chains came in the other day, finally got them assembled.  They are ready to be handed out at the next event!




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