Blade Runner - Deckard's ID badge

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  1. spoudastis

    spoudastis Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I wanted to share my progress on making Deckard's ID badge from the original Blade Runner. Below is an original as photographed by Carl Tate and Richard Coyle at worldcon.

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    I started off with a free blank ID badge by MikeJ located here:

    https://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=281807&highlight=blade+runner
    MikeJ did an awesome job and the measurements align almost exactly with the original. Because the file is a pdf I was able to open it in illustrator and strip out the "x" and move a couple of things around slightly. Below is the ID freshly imported into photoshop and after I added the wear with various brushes. The badge is really small, only about 2" across so most of the wear will probably not be very visible although if you look at the original it is pretty beat up inside the lamination.

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    I also worked on setting up a photo. I wanted a picture of deckard in a patrolman uniform so I snagged one off the web and stitched it with Deckard's head.

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    I have some amberlithe for the orange "x" and I will later laminate and add the clip. Stay tuned.
     
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  2. Mike J.

    Mike J. Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hey, glad it works for you! Looking forward to seeing your progress.

    -MJ
     
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  3. Ectropy

    Ectropy New Member

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    Nothing new, but here's a full-sized screengrab of the production artwork for the badge from the 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray:

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    The only part that does not match the Worldcon badge and screengrabs from the film is the name. The final versions had the names centered and without any roman numerals.
     
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  4. joberg

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    Looking very good and yes, that piece of amberlithe is a must!
     
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  5. Stojespal

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    "OF THE AMERICAN PENAL COED" Not every original prop is perfect, after all. I wonder if that was something done to make spotting replicas (with the proper spelling) easier, like a canary trap?
     
  6. The Searcher

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    Who knows? Good eyes though, I didn’t even spot it myself!
    Anyways, for what it’s worth, here’s a couple screenshots I had laying around. I know there’s a better one out there where Deckard is pointing at his ID that shows good detail on his ID photo (especially when viewed in native 2160p)
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  7. spoudastis

    spoudastis Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks for sharing this! Although it may not be new I have never seen this before and it is making me reconsider the name Im using, I think I may switch it to "R. Deckard XV" :cheers

     
  8. Stojespal

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    Idly, I wonder if the red X over the badge was supposed to be a symbol of Deckard's retirement; maybe 'active' Blade Runners of the era wouldn't have it? We never get to see Gaff's ID to compare, sadly.
     
  9. spoudastis

    spoudastis Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    There is the "James Jacobson" badge above that has the X. Interesting idea but I guess there are not too many examples to compare.

     
  10. spoudastis

    spoudastis Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I finished printing and gathering all the materials I needed. I printed the badge itself on 180g glossy brochure paper and the photo on glossy photo paper. The brochure paper is a perfect satin finish as opposed to a gloss, everything was printed on my inject printer and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and that all the worn detail was picked up.


    Below is everything I need including a 1/4" corner cutter, amberlith, and 10mil laminate sheets. I also have three varieties of clips, none are an exact match to the reference pick but they are close enough. I am going to make this badge like the "Jacobson" badge even though Deckard never wore one in the film although there was a badge in his wallet.

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    I cut the amberlith "x" and used spray adhesive to attach the photo, cut nice and crooked, over the top. I then masked the badge and did a very light mist of spray adhesive on the amberlith to hold it in place.

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    I trimmed the amberlith corners and will try and finish it off in the next couple of days. Just need to add a signature, laminate, and add the clip.

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  11. Hirohawa

    Hirohawa Sr Member

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    Looks great! Are you going to do a run? I'll buy one if you do.
     
  12. joberg

    joberg Master Member

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    Very well done for sure!
     
  13. el toro

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    Nice job! I'll second hirohawa's comment.
     
  14. spoudastis

    spoudastis Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thank you. I had not thought of doing a run but time permitting I may be able to make a few more until I run out of amberlith. I'll think about it and get back to you.

     
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  15. Admiral Beltar

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    Agreed, these look awesome! I'd also be interested in one if you were going to do a run! :)
     
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  16. rickhoward

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    Nice work. It is all about the layers. :-D

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  17. LTsmash1200

    LTsmash1200 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'd be totally all over a run of this.
     
  18. spoudastis

    spoudastis Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I finished up the ID and am pretty happy with how it came out. I laminated with 7mil then used an ID hole punch for the clip. Ill probably make another for myself that weathers the badge a little and improves the signature on the back. This one will be in the mail to my friend.

    I ended up getting clips from office depot, hobby lobby and ebay. They were all pretty close to the screen used one but not 100% so I ended up using the ebay ones which are a little less refined/machined than from the big box stores. I will be doing a limited run so keep an eye out on the project runs thread.

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  19. LTsmash1200

    LTsmash1200 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    ...Any idea when you might be posting that? I'll be on vacation for the next two weeks but I don't want to miss out.
     
  20. joberg

    joberg Master Member

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    Beauty:cool
     
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  21. spoudastis

    spoudastis Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    It wont be for awhile most likely. I wanted to get it rolling but my wife and I are having our third child in two weeks time so I anticipate I will be out of commission for another month or so. This will happen though.

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    Thank you, much appreciated!

     
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  22. LTsmash1200

    LTsmash1200 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Okay, awesome. Also, congratulations!
     
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  23. Fragment

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    I just wanted to post to possibly be on the list. Very nice work and congratulations! I have just spent the past year with my new Son. It will surely consume your time but hopefully you will get moments for yourself to do projects like this.
     
  24. spoudastis

    spoudastis Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that I am 85% done with making the badges for a limited run and should be done in less than a week. I will be making a thread in the runs forum when they are all done. Ill offer 7 completely finished badges (limited only by my small piece of amberlithe) and 3 "kits" that include everything except the amberlithe and you assemble. I wont hold spots in response to this post, but will post here 1 day before i post in the run forum.
     
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  25. spoudastis

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    posting to run forum tomorrow.
     

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