Halo Reach Brute Spiker

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Strode, Jul 2, 2015.

  1. Strode

    Strode Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys,


    I always wanted to build this gun.

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    Something about giant illogical blades attached to rifles which fire hot spikes really does it for me. Also I needed a break from my other more-or-less-always-incomplete projects so I decided to start another one I will probably never finish. Anyway, onwards!


    I decided to build the Halo Reach version cause it had the best references in terms of multi-angle shots. These shots allowed me to draw up a bunch of blueprints that I printed out, transferred them onto 2mm PVC sheets and then cut them by hand.

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    Once I got the main blueprints marked out, I started to put it together. Apologies for the crap pictures, I have a camera phone and I work mostly at night after work.

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    Barrel parts

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    Barrel internals

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    Lower body round thing parts

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    Upper main body parts

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    Test fit. By this time I had filled in the main body with Plaster of Paris and epoxied two threaded bolts to hold the barrel securely to the body. I still haven't decided whether this was a good move or an extremely stupid one :/

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    Lower round thing, I used aluminum from a beer can to round it out...

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    Here is a dry fit of all the parts so far. I had a PVC pipe lying around that fortunately were perfect for the barrels. I also filled the upper body with more Plaster of Paris, and sanded it down to make the contour.

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    I cut the pieces for the side plates of the barrels and attached them.

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    By this time, I decided to add light to this thing. Brilliant idea but I've never added LEDs to anything before or worked with electronics ever. Also, I never designed it to have space for a battery. Joy. But anyway, after some reading, questioning and not burning my house down, I managed to light 5 LEDs. Honestly, it was a big moment for me, because I have never done anything like this before.

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    I moved on to the sights on top of the upper body. The black stuff is plumber's putty and the amount used is a testament to my skills :/

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    Added more putty to the barrel side plates and those things that go on them.

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    I then moved on to the upper body shroud. I measured and cut everything and the thing still turned out too small. So I sliced it through the middle and added more putty to make it fit. I used auto body filler and sanded it to make it smooth.

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    The lower round thing was a bit more complicated. I only have 2mm and 3mm PVC sheets on hand. This lower round thing had to have channels. So I measured out a piece of 2mm PVC sheet and sanded it tediously down to what I hoped would be 1mm and cut the channels in. I then rolled it over the round thingy and added more putty to blend it in. Everything was sanded smooth later.

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  2. kialna

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    Nice! I look forward to seeing this finished.
     
  3. Strode

    Strode Well-Known Member

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    Started on the barrel. Added more plumber's putty and bondo to get a bit of thickness.

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    Then I tried to complete the barrel, adding the upper and lower parts. Lots of bad fit. Lots of bondo and sanding :/

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    Unfortunately, it seems after this point, I worked on all the little bits and bobs but I failed to take pictures. The angular stuff that holds the blades were quite fun to do and I'm glad they worked out cause I had nothing more complicated than a cutting knife and a ruler. Both blades are pointing in the same direction and have the exact angle so that's awesome.

    I used a hacksaw blade and cut the blades out of 2mm acrylic sheets I had lying around. Including the tiny little blade at the bottom of the handle. I added more detail pieces and filled in all the gaps. I couldn't resist putting it together at this point to see where I was.

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    Lot's of sanding left to do at this point. Many bits and bobs still missing. A LOT of filling and work left.
     
  4. Strode

    Strode Well-Known Member

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    After tons of sanding, filling, more sanding, filling and days filled with bits and bobs, all of which I've forgotten to take a picture of, this is where I am now. it's held together by friction hence the tape and the bad angles.

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    All the reference pictures I have indicates this gun is treated very badly. Lot's of scratches, cracks and scars so I didn't concentrate on getting the parts perfectly smooth. Especially the harder to reach places. Mostly cause I was lazy and couldn't be bothered and it fit the story perfectly. There's lots of work left but I'm close to finishing it.

    Now I am a bit confused. I'm wondering whether to paint it up as is or should I cast it. I've never casted anything before so that's a bit daunting. If I do want to cast it later, can I cast it after paint? Thoughts guys?

    Hope you liked it so far.
     
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  5. B Wo

    B Wo Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That looks awesome! I've always had a Playstation, so I missed the whole Halo franchise. I always enjoy seeing new weapons from the series.


    Thanks for sharing your build progress. Looking forward to seeing it completed.
     
  6. FirstPick

    FirstPick Well-Known Member

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    Looks great
     
  7. I Athena I

    I Athena I Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I can't wait to see it done! Wow I just can't believe it. :eek

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  8. caseyweederman

    caseyweederman New Member

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    That looks really pretty.
    You've got to cast it! One for each hand at least.
     
  9. Strode

    Strode Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys. Paints are coming tomorrow. Never painted anything before so this should be fun :)
     
  10. nate2297

    nate2297 New Member

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    love the build!
     
  11. Strode

    Strode Well-Known Member

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    A final picture.

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  12. TonySingh

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    Holy....
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    ..Yeah thats about all i can say.
     

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