Mass Effect 2 & 3 - Carnifex/Paladin Heavy Pistol

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  1. chinbeard

    chinbeard Active Member

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    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.
     
  2. darkchylde80

    darkchylde80 Well-Known Member

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

    chinbeard Active Member

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    Yes I will! =)
     
  4. Ki Djowac

    Ki Djowac Active Member RPF PREMIUM 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 :)
     
  5. NexusFX

    NexusFX Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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

    Sluis Van Shipyards Master Member

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    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.
     
  7. chinbeard

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    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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  8. chinbeard

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    Woohoo! The first pull is out of the mold and it looks pretty clean! =D Time to get this painted up in time for a wedding!

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  10. Shin Yodama

    Shin Yodama New Member

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    Awesome work - give me a shout when you're doing a run, I am so very interested in this.
     
  11. Volpin

    Volpin Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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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.
     
  12. chinbeard

    chinbeard Active Member

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    Thank you, good sir. =)
     
  13. NexusFX

    NexusFX Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    suuper clean..great work!
     
  14. cosmic_x

    cosmic_x Well-Known Member

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    Very nice
     
  15. Pipersaurus

    Pipersaurus New Member

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    Amazing. If you're doing a run of these sign me up - huge Carni fan!
     
  16. Sluis Van Shipyards

    Sluis Van Shipyards Master Member

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    You nailed it. Very cool! Can't wait to see one painted up.
     
  17. chinbeard

    chinbeard Active Member

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  18. Weaselhammer

    Weaselhammer Sr Member

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    I've been following this build on Facebook also, I have to say you made it look so easy ! The replica looks super !
     
  19. chinbeard

    chinbeard Active Member

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    Last edited: May 7, 2012
  20. Pipersaurus

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    Absolutely incredible. Paint job is top notch!
     
  21. cosmic_x

    cosmic_x Well-Known Member

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    very nice, for the letters you used decals?
     
  22. tk421mv7

    tk421mv7 Well-Known Member

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    Great work!
     
  23. captainPlank

    captainPlank Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Been following you on facebook for a while. It looks really good. I might get the nerve to try one soon. Thanks for posting.
    Darrin Plank
     
  24. chinbeard

    chinbeard Active Member

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    The letters and decals are all painted with cut vinyl stencils.
     
  25. NexusFX

    NexusFX Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    the ONLY way to go
     
  26. chinbeard

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  27. chinbeard

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  28. darkchylde80

    darkchylde80 Well-Known Member

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    Awesome work :D
     
  29. cosmic_x

    cosmic_x Well-Known Member

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    wow, looks awesome
     
  30. KaanE

    KaanE Sr Member

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    Any frontal pic? Good work BTW :)
     
  31. cosmic_x

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    did you offer castings from this?
     

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