After about 100 working hours, the bowblade is finally finished. Actually made for sale, but now I need it for my serah cosplay (which I haven`t planned to cosplay, but I wanted to have a costume until connichi, so I have bought the serah cosplay) I don´t wanted to make the starseeker, because I like the colours of the rune feather more XD
This prop was made from 249 single parts; 202 of it are selfmade and were put together to 23 main parts. The remaining 47 parts are screws, pegs, strings, etc.
Features: - transformable - pull-out handle - removable strings OR strings hidden at the back
Materials: PS, PVC, Worbla Material costs: about $ 105
Another commission for AX, these are Noel's Petrified Flames. Made from wood, pvc, craft foam, and a drawer slide, the swords do transform so it can become the spear. THIS WAS SUCH A PAIN IN THE ASS. I've never played the games, my internet is rarely good enough to watch videos, so I had trouble doing some of the research, never being able to watch it transform so I can see the movement, or even finding a picture showing just how deep the gold sword goes into the tube, so I am hoping that I achieved enough accuracy.
Another commission finished! This is Vincent's gun from Final Fantasy, the Dirge of Cerebrus. Made of poplar and oak wood, pvc, plastic German shepherds, a few screws, craft foam, paint, and a FF keychain.
Oerba Yun Fang's default spear, named "Bladed Lance". Cosplay prop from Final Fantasy XIII.
I finally finished it! It's as tall as hers, but it's... huge ;_; The blades are made of wood, the body is made of plywood and polystyrene, the joints are wonderflex. And my hands are full of bubbles because of the hot glue... The blades can fold, they need a screwdriver, but it's wonderful anyway *_* The only thing I hate is that it slightly folds... I really didn't want it to fold when hold, but I cannot make miracles... it's a REALLY hard prop to make. I made a bigger joint in the middle to try to fix this problem, in fact there's a different joint in two pics. I've spent 15 euros/20 dollars, and it was all for the satin tapes. My dad gave me the sheet of plywood (I'm an unusual daughter...), while my boyfriend gifted me wonderflex and polystyrene (I'm an unusual girlfriend too). I love those guys!
THANKS EVERYBODY FOR THE 50+ FAVS!
Pics of the lance "worn": Badass heroine (full lenght) [link] The best of Fang [link]
Aqua: Ultima Weapon Keyblade. I've been working on this for about 7 days, my father made the "sword", I made all the rest (with plywood). It's 120 cm tall, I love it even if it's very heavy when kept horizontally <3 I worked A LOT on this, it took one whole day only to calculate the proportions, the other six were spent cutting and colouring. Often newspaper sheets flew over the drying pieces and riuned the whole colour, I felt like "WHY MEEEE, FUCKING WIND?". The good thing is that those pieces, after several layers of paint, now look VERY good (see the keyholder). Each piece has 5 layers or paint: primer, colour, trim, and again colour and trim. This was because the trime I've bought is quite matt. WHY transparent trim should be matt? ;_; Anyway, more layers make it look better. And this is a good thing <3 I think that sanding is a terribile work. This is why I scrapped many people at the convention with the corners, I smoothed them only later *runs away*
Yuna's staff from Final Fantasy X Commission for a friend, made entirely of wood. This prop was very important for many reasons... first of all, because I really like this staff. I wanted to make it someday, but I cannot make everything comes to my mind... so I'm really glad that someone commissioned it. Then, because I learned a lot of stuff, such as making screws to detach weapons... I used different techniques before, I love having smaller pieces to bring at the con than a single huge one, and I guess I'm not the only one. This technique is not visibile in any way, it's a bit hard to make, but it's priceless. It requested a lot of work, especially cutting and sanding, and also a bit of drawing. I wanted it to look EXACTLY like the original one, even it's a pretty complicated prop. I hope you like it <3 If you have any question, please feel free to ask me. Check my gallery for more props and see Yuna and Lulu's accessories here! [link]
I started my replica of Lightning's Gunblade about 1 year ago, and never got to finish it. It's actually a good thing, because since last year I've learned quite a few things. So in the end this gunblade looks much than it would have if I had finished it a year ago.
For the colors, I didn't want exactly the same colors as in the game : I wanted to give it a more realistic touch, a more aged looking. I'm quite happy with the result although I'm sure I could do better ... I'll probably change the colors in the future ... one day ...
Haaaa Tomb Raider ... I LOVE the spirit of adventure that goes with Tomb Raider. About a year ago I made Lara's Mjolnir ([link]), and now I'm done with another props from Tomb Raider. This time it's from the upcomnig TOMB RAIDER (which I'm pretty sure will be totally awesome) ... it's Lara's ice axe !
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The finished results of the bow/blade. A lot of time was spend on this weapon and I had a lot of help during the process. Mostly, I got help from my boyfriend, father-in-law and my own father.
In sword form, the blades are kept together with a small magnet. Small, but very strong. The strings for the bow form are (of course) detachable and are hold into the blades with little hooks made of paperclips. (there are small holes in the blades for the hooks) The weapon itself isn't that heavy and is fairly easy to wield.
It's made out of MDF wood, thin but strong card-board, foam, pvc pipe, wonderflex and more stuff to keep it all together (of which I don't know all the words for xD)
The little extra we added, was the slide-able silver/pink handheld. We made it slide-able like you see in the game when shooting an arrow. More realistic, right?
Luckily, it was finished right before Animagic so I was able to show it off a little. Hehe XD
Also a big credit to *Laitz for sending us the illustrator file of the Starseeker blue-prints! Without it, we'd be lost.
In my former journal I asked if you would like for me to explain how my Starseeker weapon was made. Since there were quite some people that would like me to do so, I decided to make this FAQ journal. So, I hope I'l answer some questions you might have about this curious weapon and I hope I can explain it well enough for you all to understand. Note that I made the weapon a couple of months ago and I don't remember everything very clear of the making of it. But, I'll do my best.
So, first things first: The Starseeker
Serah's weapon is quite the interesting one. This because it's a transformable one just like her sister's, Lightning. Nonetheless, it's a transformable one from bow to blade, which original form is none other than the cute moogle companion, Mog. Of course, Final Fantasy is all about 'Fantasy', so making an exact working replica of this weapon is just impossible. The transformation cyclus is the thing that makes it impossible since it goes automatically from bow to sword in a zip. However, there are always some tricks to make it almost exact to the original. We've got all kinds of materials that we can use in the hope we can get that far and the most of us achieved it: A working, transformable bow-blade.
So, how did I managed to make it? A little summary of how it's made: First off, we cut the forms out of wood, made the details, painted it afterwards and constructed it.
It all sounds simple, but there was a lot, and I mean, a LOT of work in the making of it.
Materials used: - MDF wood thickness 12mm - MDF wood thickness 6mm (note that I'm not entirely sure of these two measurements anymore. I have to measure the weapon for that, so they might change when I know the exact measurements.) - thin cardboard - split pens - screws - thin and thick wooden sticks - rings - elastic wires - wonderflex - paperclips - rounded PVC tube - copper pipe rings (I don't know anymore what they were called, but I'll look it up and change this when I know it again) - iron pin - agnet - plastic rings - black tape
Tools - laser cutter - files - saw (sawing machine) - super glue (industrial) - drilling machine - spray paint (acrylic) - black paint (acrylic, brush) - hairdryer - pincers - sanding paper - black marker
The whole progress of construction:
Analyzing: The first thing that comes in mind, is analyzing. It's an important start before beginning the actual construction. We had to think about all kinds of important parts to the weapon such as the transformation cyclus and what parts would move when transforming and which not. We didn't only looked at original artworks and CG's of the weapon, but also movie clips. Watching movie clips helps a lot since you are able to see how the weapon exactly works. It might go a little fast, but it's still helpful.
Drawing: After knowing some more about the weapon, we roughly sketched the bow a couple of times and making notes about important parts. The most important parts, are probably the blades and the arrow base part. These parts need to connect to each other when in sword form perfectly.
Digitalizing: When we wanted to make a digital version of the weapon, we got kind of stuck. We didn't quite know were to start and how to make a digital version of it. This is what helped us out the most:
It's a blueprint of the weapon in sword form and bow form and it's made by the wonderful *Laitz This blueprint was extremely helpful for the progress of the weapon. Without it, we wouldn't have come this far and it wouldn't look like it does now. After asking, I got the Illustrator file of the blueprints of which ~borSmulders edited it so it would fit my height. It was made in separate parts since that was needed for the next process.
Laser cutting: This progress was for me the most interesting one. ~borSmulders told me about laser cutting, which can be done for free at a Fabrication Laboratory. If you want clean cut-outs and/or sharp details, laser cutting is the place to go.
We cut out the smaller MDF wood and cardboard, which was easy for the machine to do. It had some difficulties with the thicker MDF wood. For that, we had the laser graph the form into the wood so that we could saw it out at home. My father in law helped me with sawing out the parts that couldn't be cut out by the laser.
File and sand: To create the exact forms of the blades and arrow, I had to file a lot. The wood, of course, was all messy after sawing and the sides of those parts had to be more roundish. I spent hours on filing those parts to get them to the exact shape the original bow has. After that, it was just smoothing it all up by sanding it all. Results:
Paintjob: I must say, I loved painting it all. For painting the parts, it easier to use spray-paint. First, I used a base layer so the paint would stick better to the wood and the colors would 'pop' more. After that, I painted all parts that had to be silver and purple. It was funny to make the gradients on those small parts close to the blades. For the blades it was slightly difficult. I had to cover up some parts with painters tape to spray the pink and purple parts on it. Getting the painters tape of the blades was a hell since it loved to stick to it... Be careful with that! Most of the black parts, I used normal black acrylic paint and a brush. This because there's not that much black in the weapon and it's all small parts of it. Results:
Detailing: Now, there are still some details missing to the weapon, which were added later. I made the gem(s) out of wonderflex and painted them pink before glueing them onto the weapon. Small and thin wooden sticks and cardboard were used to make the details on the body of the weapon (above the silver handle, underneath the arrow part. To make the other handle above the body part, I used a rounded PVC pipe and covered it with black tape. The purple/black/silver parts that stick out from the sides of the handle are thick copper piping parts, covered with wonderflex.
Construction: First off, we glued the purple parts to the body and added small holes to them to put the small gradient parts onto it. The gradient parts are movable due to the split pens so, when the weapon transforms, they can transform along.
The blades are constructed in between the purple parts with a screw. There's a small wooden brick in between the purple parts as well to avoid the blades from moving too far down to the body when transforming into bow form. The blades have a small magnet around the top parts that will keep them connected to each other in sword form. It's a very small magnet, but really strong. You hardly see it in the blades. The etro script is written on the blades with a black marker. It was easier with that than with a paint brush. It's only on one side though since we lost the marker half way through stupidly enough...
When in bow form, the weapon has wires like the original in game. The wires are elastics. The wires are connected to paperclips, which were bend into small hooks that go into small holes in the blades and in the silver handle. They are wrapped around thick, wooden sticks and are secured with super glue. (industrial glue to be precisely. Very strong, but also dangerous. It's a hell to get it off your skin).
The black handle is constructed on it's place by, again, screws. With a plastic ring around the end parts, they are connected to small wooden parts that connect to the body of the weapon. Those wooden parts are connected to the body with a iron pin that goes all the way trough the body. It's stronger that way and it keeps them on their place.
Now, as stated in my finished Starseeker deviation, the silver handle is slidable. How this is constructed you can see here:
As you can see, the handle slides over a smaller part. It's like a sword sheath meganism. The handle can't go any further due to the screw at the bottom of the inner part. When extracting the handle and the wires are connected, the wires move along and tighten their grips on the blades. This makes it look like you're firing arrows just like in game.
Well, that's about it. I hope this journal was somewhat useful and I hope I explained it all well enough. If there are still some unanswered questions that I haven't treated, please, do ask and I'll put it in here.
Good luck to you all if you want to make this weapon!
Progress so far on my remake of my Lightning costume. These are the parts I have painted. I have made more parts already (and painted a few), but my camera was being a bitch to me and denied taking pictures of those parts >__>;
On the picture: - Chest piece - Back piece - Hand covers - Waist piece (front) - Shoulder
Not shown on the picture: - arm covers - Waist piece (back) - Waist side pieces - Smaller shoulder (which will come on top of the shoulder on the picture)
I hope to make pictures soon again, if my camera won't deny my services. First I want to finish some more parts (mostly all of the shoulders and make a start on the leg parts)
Expect some more progress pics soon here or on my Tumblr!