This is amzing!
I have to agree, compared to the pulse rifle and m56 it just seemed rushed. The pla+ is an olive green from 3dfillies in aus, its fast becoming my favorite colour to print with. They also have a desert sand brown which looks awesome, ive done a pulse shroud shroud in it and nearly didnt want to paint it.Honestly, I wasn't a big fan of this weapon when I saw it in the movie and subsequently in real life, but you've changed my mind. Your choice of printing it in colour really makes it pop.
It could be they looked a lot better for the actual production. By the time they pop up on auction or whatever they'd seen a fair degree of usage. But it's also true that they mostly got seen in near dark with a ton of other "stuff" around them. But you're right, it most comes down to budget.The real props look terrible. I know they are only going to be seen online for seconds at a time, but geez. I like paulsboutique design better, since it can be admired at length. If the prop makers for the movie had time (and money), they would have done it properly. But budget always plays a part.
The miniature alien queen that got built for the battle with the power loader was equally bad. Bendy wire skeleton (I think. That was a long time ago) with foam latex skin on the outside. It had so much mold flashing that every single seam was visible. But somehow you never see it on screen.The real props look terrible. I know they are only going to be seen online for seconds at a time, but geez.