Warhammer 40k Bolter & Bolt Pistol (pic heavy)

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  1. SerGregor

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    Hi, I am pretty new here but thought I would post my progress shots of making a Warhammer 40k Bolter. I am using the Space Marine game pep files from Shiney over at Obscurus Crusade and translating them for use with pink insulation foam. My plans are to eventually cast this and make plastic or fiberglass pulls from it. I am using a mix of the Warhammer miniatures as well as the look and textures from the game as references. A lot of work still to go.

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  2. cosmic_x

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    Re: Warhammer 40k Bolter (pic heavy)

    nice start!
     
  3. ReproMan

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    will be watching this, wouldnt mind doing my own sometime so will be interesting. 40k has some cool stuff.
     
  4. dwarf

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    nice work,looks promissing
     
  5. nog3

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    Whilst I'm not a fan of foam builds I like this build's progress thus far and am looking forward to seeing more
     
  6. SerGregor

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    So here are is a shot of the pieces so far just laid out together.

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    I realized that in order to get the approximate thicknesses on the ribs and even the 2 body halves as well as the upper reciever portion I was going to have to plane down my foam. So I made a hot wire wand and am using remnant wood framing pieces as a ghetto foam planer.

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    So the results where pretty good. Here is the upper receiver portion with the ejection ports added in.

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  7. SerGregor

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    Couple of more pieces cut out. Front and rear sights.

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    Bottom portion of the ribs.

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    and some misc. boxes and levers.

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  8. C0mmand3rC0dy

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    looking great! nice job so far!
     
  9. SerGregor

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    Working on the handle. Have just been using files on it for now. Will hopefully shape up a little more with sealing and bondo.

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  10. EZBSVS

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    Love seeing someone else use the Foam and Bondo construction method :) Also, all your parts look great so far! Can't wait to see it finished. Out of curiosity, what do you use to seal the foam before you bondo over it?

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  11. SerGregor

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    Im planing on using either PVA glue or acrylic gesso. Had a few questions though if anyone has used either of these to seal foam against bondo, how well it has worked? Last night I was browsing the smooth-on site and saw Shell Shock and sent them an email asking if it will work over Formular foam and they said it would. So that might be an option as well.
     
  12. mes83

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    Looking really good, SerGregor. Cannot wait to see your next update.
     
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  14. SerGregor

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    Thanks guys. I pepped the barrel portion just to get a feel for what I will be working towards. I am going to cast the barrel and other round parts along with the handle separately, but am looking for some advice on creating the master first. I am leaning towards inner and outer diameter pvc with milliput for the bevel on the inside? What's anyone's thoughts? As for casting it, I was thinking cast the walls solid? Then drill out the muzzle brakes after casting?

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  15. SerGregor

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    Started attaching parts now. I guess I for got to take some pictures after cutting out the parts in-between the sites and the top plate before I glued them.
    Made some modifications on the body pieces. Cut the handle section off both in order to shape them as well as made the bevels on the back end of the gun body.

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  16. SerGregor

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    Oh, also started work on a Bolt pistol, should I just post pics in this thread or start a new one?
     
  17. PepMaster

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    I can't wait to see how this turns out. Hoping I can get a set of foam pieces from you in the future as well. As for the muzzle breaks on the barrel I would recommend glueing a piece of paper on the inside on the back of the holes. So when you make your mold and do a casting, you should just be able to pop out a thin circle of plastic when it comes out of the mold very little cleanup to do around the edges. But that's only if you cast the barrels solid which I'm sure you'll be doing.
    As for the Bolt Pistol I think it would be fine to have them both in this thread, just change the title up a little bit.
     
  18. SerGregor

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    Couple more pieces glued. Got the bolter clip pretty much done.

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    And here are the pics so far from the bolt pistol build.

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  19. locusta

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    Great foam shaping going on. Look forward to see this one finished. Thumbs up!
     
  20. SerGregor

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    Got some more of the bolt pistol done. Im thinking since the bolt pistol came together so quickly it might be the guinea pig for sealing and bondo. Incase somthing goes horribly wrong it doesnt have as many detail pieces, so it wont be as hard to cut a new one.

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  21. SerGregor

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    Got the top portion of the ribs on along with the receiver portions and misc boxes and knobs.

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  22. WireFox

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    Great progress, can't wait to see more.
     
  23. SerGregor

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    Made some inserts for the breach to maybe make it look like the bolt is closed? What is anyone's opinion on how these look?

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    Then with the bolt lever sitting on top.

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  24. CyberPunked

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    Looks wicked keep up the good work. You could do a storm Bolger as the next one. Would only require slight mOdification
     
  25. SerGregor

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    Got the bottom ribs attached now, the square on the back as well as the round pieces on the back.

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  26. SerGregor

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    Clip for the bolt pistol done, think it might be a little tall though.

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  27. nog3

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    Nice work so far! I really don't like how most folks make the rubber grip part of the body but I guess it works?
     
  28. SerGregor

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    Which part are you referring to for the rubber grip?
     
  29. glenthornetms

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    Great build - you may have something there that would go with the SM armour I'm building ;)
    What's the scale/dimensions, Astartes or 'Man' sized?
     
  30. SerGregor

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    It's "man" sized scale. It's scaled to the same proportions as the SM armor I am working on also for approximately 6'2". Needless to say it is still quite big. Ill take some measurements and put them up. The bolt pistol is to the same scale also.
     
  31. SerGregor

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    I'v been looking over my as yet unfinished bolter and finding things I can do better or different heh. I was checking out screenshots from Space Marine looking for additional details and saw some things in textures that I liked. Circled in red on this pic. I decided to recut some new receivers with those details in them.

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  32. SerGregor

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    Here is the bolter with all the large pieces pretty much done. These are upside down because the handle is going to be cast separately (and will work for both bolter and bolt pistol) so it is not attached. Now on to some more of the detail work with styrene. Anyone have experience attaching styrene to foam? Was thinking of trying hot glue.

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  33. Alric

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    Wont' hot glue melt the foam ?
     
  34. SerGregor

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    I'm not sure, heh. I dont think it will get hot enough temp wise to melt it but I will give it a test run on a small piece and report back.
     
  35. glenthornetms

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    I use contact adhesive to bond foam/styrene with good results, maybe worth a try? Looking great, the grip/handle is a really nice shape!
     
  36. SerGregor

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    contact adhesive, like rubber cement?
     
  37. glenthornetms

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    It's the stuff you apply to both surfaces, let dry a bit and press together (Google it) - anyway it worked well on the stuff I've done.
     
  38. SerGregor

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    Been working on some of the smaller details. Here is the clip release with some half circle styrene added.

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    And here I added some ribbed styrene around the little knob on the side.

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  39. fotokid

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    very interesting build. subscribed!
     
  40. BritNerfMogul

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    Try low temp hot glue just in case standard hot glue does melt through your foam.
     
  41. SerGregor

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    Did some work on a different style of clip that I like better. It is more like the clips on the miniatures.

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  42. SerGregor

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    Been working on getting the handle to the point where it can be cast.

    After the first layer of joint compound.

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    And after some sanding and filing.
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    Off to do another coat.
     
  43. SerGregor

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    No posts in awhile. Started a new job, but have gotten back on this. Here is the handle again with some more filling and primer coats. Think it is time for a first cast, then rework the resin cast with some filler and cast again.

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