Moar Mass Effect! Haven't done a new gun build in a while, and this one had a really close deadline. Unfortunately that meant this turned into a quick build, and I had to cut a few corners (and things got a little bit sloppy unfortunately), but let's go!
(Also, this build does not include the scope pictured in the preview shot above, since that's an optional attachment.)
This build started in the usual way, with one new method.
Decided to try using some of the 1" foam I got as the core of the Saber. For the outer bits I still used the 1/2" foam. A little different from the puzzle sections I do with the M8 Avenger, but got pretty much the same result!
Assembled all the pieces as per usual:
Blocked out all the detail lines, then tried out a new method to etch them in. Instead of using the wood burning tool like previous builds, I lightly scored the lines in with an xacto knife, then used a heat gun to spread the lines out. Much cleaner line, and looks nicer in the end.
Still pretty sloppy though, since I was in a major rush, but passable. Once all that was etched, I took it to the band saw to cut in the slots on the stock, and cut out the barrels from PVC pipes. Then it was right on in to the Plasti Dip!
Since the upper barrel is the main part of the gun, rather than being the segmented sections (see the preview pic at the top again), it was a bit harder to blend it all in properly. Still, I wanted to keep the look, so I cut another PVC pipe section, then cross-cut a slice off the side, long enough to fit in the trench and simulate the barrel continuing down further. Not pretty, but again it worked.
After that was all dry, I taped off the grip and lower stock, then threw on some silver.
Coming along nicely, but waaaaay too shiny. Weathering time! Did a black wash on the silver area, similar to how I did the AC3 Tomahawk, and a silver wash and dry brush on the black area.
Muuuuuuuch better. Quick-painted the M-99 onto the side (should have made a quick stencil, but was in a rush).
Couple of quick clear coats to seal it all in, then boxed it up and shipped it. Didn't have time unfortunately to get any finished shots of it, I was cutting it that close. Did get a lovely surprise though from the person it was for, in the form of one of the awesomest mashup cosplay shots I have ever laid eyes on!
Mass Lolita! Isn't that the coolest thing you've ever seen??? :D
She was super happy with the rifle, despite the rush job, and her outfit was a big hit. I'm still trying to pick my jaw up from off the floor after seeing the picture. Sooooooooo awesome!