Saturday, February 13, 2016

February 2016 UFO Sightings in the Workshop

I've been running behind on bloggage again, so if you're waiting on the last three articles detailing the building of the Death Watch Mandalorians, the final articles about finishing the Ironman armor, or the next installment in my series of Possible Demises, I'm sorry.  The wait will continue.

Instead, I'm just going to share a stack of photos of things that, like all of my recent blog entries, haven't been finished yet.  These are just a few of the UnFinished Objects (UFOs) sitting around the shop.  First up...

A bunch of Star Wars stuff.

As you may have guessed from the last few posts, I'm neck-deep in Star Wars builds.  I started by just making a Flametrooper helmet.  That was cool, but then I decided I needed a Captain Phasma helmet.  Then the Lady Shawnon mentioned she'd be willing to wear that complete suit of armor.  It turns out that was all the inspiration I needed to get started working on that.  Here's how it looks right now:

Somewhere along the way, inspired in the way that only sleep deprivation and toxic fume inhalation can achieve, someone mentioned that we could use the same molds to make the TIE Fighter pilot armor too, so we should hurry up and make that helmet as well.  There were a few hiccups along the way, but here's a snapshot of the prototype in progress:
TIE Visor/HUD Fitting Progress

Of course, shortly after starting on that helmet prototype, someone pointed out that the shoulder armor for the TIE Pilot actually isn't quite the same as Captain Phasma or the standard stormtrooper armor.  Instead, it's a bit elongated.  The gauntlets are different as well.

As it turns out, the gauntlets are the same ones worn by the flametroopers.  So now I've got another reason to make the rest of the armor to go with the helmet I've already made.*  The shoulders are the same ones worn by the snowtroopers.  So I'm on my way to making those as well.  To that end, I had my friends at churn out the models for the snowtrooper parts I didn't already have:

Then, since I was feeling like keeping them busy, I also tasked them with modelling the heavy repeating blaster:

I need this.  See, once I've built the codpiece for the snowtrooper, all I'll need is the ankle spats for the standard stormtrooper, then I'll have accidentally made all of the variations of First Order armor in Episode VII just in time for the next movie to come out and really mess up my sleep schedule again...

On a (slightly) more serious note, I'm very near to finishing my book.  You can pre-order it here: LINK.  To illustrate some of the processes that I'm writing about, I've been building all sorts of cool stuff.  Like these big-ass rifles for example:

Here's an early work-in-progress photo of the armor that goes with them:

There are also projects that aren't science-fiction centric, like these wolf dagger stabby things:

So that's all kinds of exciting.

I'm really looking forward to wrapping up the last bits of the book though, because then I can move on to some of my other fascinating projects.  

The next thing I'll break ground on will be the T-60 Power Armor from Fallout 4.  Here's a preview of the digital models:

Somewhere along the way I'll be dusting off my aborted Halloween project from last year, the Deathstroke armor:

And finally, since I need a new project to distract me from my distracting projects, I picked up the first couple of pieces of the motion tracker prop from Aliens:

So there's a lot to look forward to.  Stay tuned...

*The first reason was FLAMETHROWER!