First, some news. I have determined that, at the rate I am going, the T-45d armor will not be finished by NDK, not unless I take the next month off and focus entirely on it. Given the lack of time, and lack of funding, I don't think that's truly an option. Instead, I will be focusing on the Mass Effect armor take two, which is coming along nicely. Expect more posts about that soon.
On that note, I wanted to announce a big endeavor I am planning as soon as the ME outfit is completed. I am going to attempt to create each of the Mass Effect single player weapons. Every. Single. One. At least the ones from 2 and 3, since the ones from 1 are all the same as those just with actual names. Many will be easy: human weapons are all simplistic compared to, say, Collector weapons. Many, many will be hard, and they may not be able to all be made out of the foam I use. We shall see.
This is where you come in, dear readers. Some of these weapons are going to be difficult, and many of them I only intend to create once. A few I will make two of, one for myself (for obvious reasons) and a second to satisfy the list. This list will be there for my benefit as well as yours. Should anyone be interested in acquiring one of these weapons, be they a one-off or one that I decide to add to the Shop, can contact me to put their name on the list. The one-offs will be first come, first served, so if you want it get on there quick. If you want your name on there, you must be willing to put half down on the one you want; each category will have a general price list with certain exceptions depending on difficulty/quality.
I have created a page under the "Builds" section, titled "Mass Effect Insanity". In it will be a list of each weapon, divided into categories. Those who want a certain one, contact me via the form or in the comments below. In a matter of fairness, if more than one person wants an item, I will go with the timestamp of the request that came first. If four or more people want the same item, I would be willing to replicate enough to give to all of them. Again, the half down still applies.
In other words, even if you see a name up, send a request anyway! Yours may be the one that pops it over the line!
I hope this doesn't sound too greedy (I am flat broke at the moment), but just what it is: a fun, grand, insane project I want to do. And dang it, I want to do it! :D Also, if anyone sees a weapon I'm missing, let me know immediately! I want to do all of them!
So I've had some better luck with the sledge, but only time will tell if it works or not. I added some expanding foam to the main head section, for future stability and to fill the cracks that were caused by the unfortunate incident detailed in the last post. Everybody has one big one, and I'm hoping this was it for mine.
After adding the foam, however, the top ended up being heavier than the shaft, and a whole lot more bouncy. I was forced to remove the shaft, cut a hole into the head, and extend the pipe that has been sitting in the shaft since I first connected the two parts. Once I had the hole cut, I started securing the cracks.
I've since covered the duct tape (which turned out to be the smooth variety amazingly) with bondo, or at least most of it. I still have some sections to cover, but hopefully soon I will be able to get back to painting this beast. The shaft is still separated, which I will have to re-secure and bondo again.
In other news, I have added a layer off fiberglass cloth to the helmet, as well as a layer of rondo. This thing is hard as a rock.
I've also added a layer of bondo to the outside to smooth down the hard edges. Here's a picture halfway:
I've covered the whole helmet and have started sanding the bumps and edges, though my phone died so no pics just yet. One of these days I'll remember to bring my camera with me (and hopefully eventually upgrade to a better quality one).
Things are starting to look up again! Still pretty upset over the accident, but at least it didn't shatter the whole thing.
...I have some bad news to share. The Super Sledge, the one I have been working on since the beginning, all the way back to November of '11, has broken.
It fell over because I had nothing sturdy enough to brace it while I was painting the primer coat. Here I was thinking that if I added another coat or two of bondo it would be too heavy to carry around long, but maybe I should have because it fell right on one of the heads and smooshed straight in.
I don't even know if it is fixable without completely overhauling both that side and the other side. And I sure as hell don't have enough time to do it by my original deadline for NDK. I'm in such a bad mood right now I can't even think straight. Gonna take a breather for now and come back to it eventually.
Might just scrap it entirely and do it again later. Dunno.
Hello all! I just wanted to get some really awesome news out to you, some of which I promised via Twitter yesterday. Firstly, while randomly browsing the interwebs for inspiration for new items for the Shop, I came across a neat little link:
Apparently, my Etsy listing for the M8 rifle was featured on walyou! It's a short, simple one, but they were very kind and hey, it's my stuff! I'm honored! Thank you to Jude Cavale, the writer of the article, and sorry that I didn't see it sooner (was posted in June)!
Next, the really super awesome exciting news! I have been a long time fan/supporter of Child's Play, a great organization that benefits children in hospitals. I have looked up to them since first hearing about them, and have always wanted to be able to donate (stupid lack of moneys). My chance to help, however, may have just arrived at my doorstep! I have been approached by Mass Effect Marathon, who are holding their third main event this October/November, and raise money for Child's Play while doing a huge run of the Mass Effect series. They do fun things all the while, like donation based silliness (see the site - it's awesome) and other fun things like raffles and auctions.
In a nutshell, they have asked if I could donate something for their event, and I have wholeheartedly agreed. I've got some extra items left over from Steam Fest that I may send, and I would like to send one of each of the weapons I make for the Shop, so go keep an eye out on their website! This may be a great chance for one of you to win one of these awesome toys, and for one of the best causes out there!
Have I mentioned I love Child's Play? No? Well I do!
Anyway, on to the final bit of excellent news: I have finally finished pepping out every piece of the Fallout armor! I saved the third helmet for last, and here it is:
Ain't it a beauty? The awesome thing is....
It fits perfectly! Admittedly it is a tiny bit big, but that means it'll have room for padding and gizmos and me being able to breathe/see in it. I'm so happy! No more superglue all over my fingers! No more backache from all the bent-over cutting! Woooooo!
The first one was too small. The second one was too big. The third one? Juuuuuuust right. ;)
...and the final pile. The forearms are hiding inside the biceps and are great at holding up the pauldrons! The belt/cod is still a bit big, but I plan to cut it down a good chunk anyway. The rest of it, though, is ready to head to the resin/bondo stage. Yay!
Keep an eye out on my twitter feed, which I update constantly with new pictures. I'll update the blog when I have gotten some good progress. Now to find my respirator again! Wheeeeeee!