Hellboy Samaritan bullets


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I finally got around to something I've been meaning to do for ages - make some alternative rounds for the superb TipTop Workshop / Anders Pedersen 2004 and 2008 Hellboy movies Samaritan kit (my build of which is here). The kit comes with a set of four luminous 'tracker' rounds with the included electronics. Of course, in the movie(s) we see some other 'specialist' rounds for the gun.

I decided to make some silver bullets and the really cool-looking 'glass' bullets filled with a mix of (I think) holy water, white oak and silver.

I bought an extra set of rounds from Tip Top Workshop, which contributed a set of casings, and modelled my own bullets in blender, printing them on my Elegoo Mars resin printer before moulding them with two-part silicone. The plan was to cast the 'glass' bullets in 2-part clear resin, adding the magical components while the resin was still liquid. The wood was... well... wood. And the silver was folded and trimmed strips of aluminium tape to look like trimmings from some larger silver artefact.

My first attempt was a failure, since I hadn't factored in that the ingredients would just float to the top of the resin (which of course meant they'd all be at the bottom of the bullet when it hardened)! I also had a lot of small bubbles too. Still, the result was good enough to show me that I was on the right track.

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The second attempt worked better. I did three small pours, warming the resin and hardener each time before mixing to avoid bubbles (there were still a few but not nearly as many). First I poured the 'tip' of the bullet. Once this was hardened I used tiny blobs of UV-activated clear resin to glue the small pieces of wood and the silver trimmings to it, before doing another pour of 2-part clear resin for the 'middle' of the bullet. Once that was hardened I added a few more bits of silver and wood and did a final pour to the top of the mould. This method distributed the ingredients nicely throughout the 'water'.

Once fully cured and removed from the mould, the bullets were given a couple of coats of Rustoleum Crystal Clear to make them fully transparent. They were then glued to the casings with canopy cement.

I created another casing in Blender to roughly match in size and proportions the ones from the kit and printed multiples of it; it's not nearly as good as the originals, since my modelling skills are fairly primitive, but not too bad at a quick glance once printed. All the casings were then primed and basecoated in satin black before being airbrushed with Alclad II 'Polished Brass'. The original bullets I'd modelled and printed to create the mould were painted with 'Polished Aluminum' to look like silver.

I'm happy with how these came out, and I think the various different bullets set off Anders's and Tip Top's wonderful model really well. The Hellboy Samaritan kit can be found on Tip Top Workshop's website here.

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