Saturday, June 11, 2011

OK-This one is a toy...

I built this one with my six-year old over my shoulder the whole time. I got him to help me paint it and pick out parts for it. When I was done, I gave it to him; he couldn't believe it and spent the day zapping imaginary aliens.

This is mostly a repaint, with a new tip and an antennae thrown in for good measure. It was more an experiment to see what I could do with this base. Have some ideas for future projects later down the road.

Still a pretty smart-looking ray gun...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

New Ray Gun

This is the newest addition to the arsenal, and is one my favorites. Its mostly a repaint of a toy gun I found at the store, with some additions fastened throughout. I started working on it around the time that I made the first batch of guns, and it looked more like this:

There had been a slit in the back of the casing where a tension lever stuck out to help propel darts. I took the lever out and covered it with electrical tape. I then added adhesive brads to the tape to resemble bolts.By the time I painted it, it looked pretty good. Still pretty cool, but I wanted to add some more to it; the hole in the grip was bugging me a bit.

 The green nodes are screw covers stuck to a decorative coat button, with little metal doodads glued to the ends.

I added a washer and a toy antennae-ish thing to the barrel. I found a cool meshy material that fit over the gap in the handle, and the gun started coming together. There was a fin at the front of the barrel that I shaved off so that it would holster better.

Overall, it came out pretty good.

Monday, June 6, 2011


I call this guy Steamhead, and I built him about a year ago, but just finished the paint job recently. He is truly an assemblage piece, using all sort of plastic odds & ends and mostly held together by a bunch of wire, and some good fortune.

I love the pot-belly stove look and the steampipe for a head. The face came out rather well, and definitely has a victorian gentlemanly look. The mustache cracks me up...

Again, a bunch of random pieces and clippings from other items. The mouthpiece is actually part of a foil doily (I think).The head was originally going to hang from the chest on a rod and look much more menacing. I'm glad I went this way with it though; he looks much cooler like this.

For some reason, I don't have pics of the back. There is keyhole in the back, that actually fits a small key. Sadly, the key doesn't really do anything; you'll just have to use your imagination.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Book Cover Above the Aether...

The premier of my friend Win Strock's steampunk novel is quickly approaching and now has a cover (which sadly, I didn't provide), but it is pretty good nonetheless. Very excited...

He also runs a cool blog as well, and is worth checking out: