Mass Effect 2 & 3 - Carnifex/Paladin Heavy Pistol

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chinbeard

Active Member
Hellooooooo RPF! Guess what?! I started another Mass Effect pistol! I was tapped to make the Carnifex heavy pistol from ME 2 & 3 for PAX Prime. However, I was also asked to make one for a wedding photo shoot in May, I was excited to get a start on this one much sooner than expected!

Since I have more than one commission for this gun, I will be making a mold of it. The master is being built from a bunch of scrap wood and plastic that I have lying around.

I nabbed my references from troodon80 on deviantArt: I used the Paladin images because it is more robust and the color is better for reference:
Mass Effect References by Troodon80 on deviantART

I started as I usually do, by drawing detailed vectors from said references:
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The core layer of the gun was cut from 3/4" MDF. I'm starting to think that the MDF that I got is grainier than other MDF I've seen folks using. I've only used one sheet of it since I make mostly small things like pistols.
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The next two layers were cut from 1/8" (white) foam PVC and 1/4" (black) foam PVC. The colors are irrelevant; that just happened to be the colors of the scrap I had lying around.
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The handle bit was rounded a whole bunch with my rotary tool and a sanding bit.
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I used a paper template for all of the details on the side of the gun. This thing got pretty nasty by the time I was done with it, but it got the job done.
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The details on the rounded hand guard bit were carved in with some wood carving tools and small files. The circles were made by cutting discs off of a 1/4" acrylic rod and stuffing them into holes drilled into the PVC.
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The first round of priming and sanding is always pretty satisfying. The holes that go all of the way through the black PVC layer were drilled and then cut/refined with an X-Acto knife and small files. Some of the shallower detail bits (switches and the groove on the bottom MDF part of the hand guard) were filled with Magic Sculpt and then sanded to preserve the edges.
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The detail on the front of the gun was a little jenky. I ended up using more 1/8" foam PVC to fill in the grooves and accommodate the full girth of the barrels.
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We got barrels (PVC pipes, clearly)! I also added the switch details with some 1/16" high impact styrene. The cross-hatched bit under the barrels is a piece of PVC pipe that I cut to shape and then carved the lines in with some small files.
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Finally, I did a crap ton of priming and sanding (and priming and sanding). This sucker is ready for a silicone bath. I'm building the mold box now and will be pouring goo later today!
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I will have more updates later this week when I get the cast pieces cranked out!

You can always check out my daily updates at my facebook page and/or twitter.
 

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darkchylde80

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Saw your updates on Facebook, this is an awesome replica. Great job, will you be offering any casts to RPFers?
 

Ki Djowac

Active Member
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Big mass effect fan and i'm loving your work :thumbsup

Love the cast idea mentioned before, definitely interested and looking forward to seeing more :)
 

NexusFX

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radical dude!! I love to see these trends kick off on rpf....and all scratch builds too!!
 

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Sluis Van Shipyards

Master Member
That looks really cool! I'm not familiar with PVC foam, what was the reason you used that? Maybe I'm wrong in assuming it is spongy? I guess it wouldn't matter though if you're molding it.
 

chinbeard

Active Member
That looks really cool! I'm not familiar with PVC foam, what was the reason you used that? Maybe I'm wrong in assuming it is spongy? I guess it wouldn't matter though if you're molding it.
PVC foam is rigid, it's just not entirely solid (it has tiny air bubbles in it). I used it because I have a lot of scrap of it lying around and I'm very familiar with it.

ALSO!

It's ready for silicone:
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Volpin

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that pic of your pull had me saying "wow" out loud. Exceedingly clean, very nice job with the sculpt and the mold.
 

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