Spartans Never Die ✊
Picked up a model yesterday at the Toy Fair, so I can start planning my own #halo build. Much excite, such surprise.
In honour of my excitement here's a group shot from PAX and a little behind the scenes of the photoshoot too ✌️
Hey, did you know that @timmcosplay put out his @officialfxv video this morning? Did you also know that he also found @drlongshot and I while we were derping around outside the con to get some much needed sea breeze? You should go check out his cosplay videos to see some awesome camera work and some equally awesome local cosplayers! 📹 @timmcosplay
Happy #odstuesday to one and all!
Hopefully you guys aren't getting sick of seeing me play around with the new M7, I love this thing to bits and I need to show it off through glorious action shots! There's also a glimpse of the detailing of the two day build backpack I made for carrying things (snacks) around the convention.
Thanks to @awildshannoncosplay for dealing with a dumb Halo nerd like me and to @cywhphotography for his hard work with all these photos! 📸 @cywhphotography
I hope everyone is ready for #odst spam over the next little bit! I've finished up the M7 and the backpack for the costume to mark the first upgrade for it in at least 18 months. But first, a mini run through of how I paint my goofy space guns because of a request on one of my last posts.
After sanding and body work (Bondo and other fillers on imperfections) everything is dusted and washed to remove as much residue as possible and help adhesion of paint as much as possible. For 3D prints I use an automotive filler primer to further fill in minor imperfections on the surface. This makes it easy to spot anywhere that may have been missed by making everything one colour. After the filler primer is a high grit sand (300+ grit) to get a smooth surface.
After that I move onto a base colour primer that suits the needs of the prop. For human space guns black is usually a good choice. For guns with moulded plastic and rubber parts I like to use a satin finish paint to save on effort later on.
Mask off sections that'll be left black and grab your handy airbrush or spray can of choice! I like @acrylicos_vallejo and usually start with "Black Metal" and work through "Gun Metal" and "Aluminium" for highlights while using "Dark Gray" for shadows and recesses. If there's a general tip I can offer for painting, build up depth of colour to make things look more natural looking and add highlighting that exaggerates the form of the prop in its natural held position.
A quick clear coat and then all masking comes off so that some drybrushing and detail can be added with other acrylics. I have a bunch of @privateerpress paints from my miniatures building kit that I use to add a bit more story to the prop like scratches and scuffs. Depending on the style of gun maybe some extra grease and rust residue but for a UNSC special forces prop, this thing is immaculate aside from some edge wear.
As a last step, I use acrylic vanishes to protect the paint job with a hard top coat because I'm clumsy and every bit of protection helps!
I've started up a thread on the 405th for my Halo prop builds so if you want a more in depth run through of the finishing process, you should check it out!