Posts Tagged ‘Prop’

News: Spotted by the RPG Business

Posted: September 13, 2011 by Patrick Dubuc in General, News, Prop Documents
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Did I told you guys my mind was hyperactive? I always have a couple of projects running at the same time in my head …

Last winter for example, I worked with Colin Chapman (Author of Atomic Highway RPG) on his next supplement that should see the day before the end of the year. I also whipped out a very cool character sheet (For fun) for ICONS Super Powered RPG. I posted that sheet on my Deviantart account (DerekFrost) and kinda forgot about it.

I logged back on my Deviantart about a week ago only to realize that Dan Houser, the head illustrator for ICONS loved my character sheet and used it at JAFAX earlier this year!

I pushed my luck and wrote back to Mr. Houser to see if the sheet could be included in a future ICONS product (as long as I get the credit for it) and he wrote back to tell me that they might even buy it! Cool! Anyway … While I wait for a reply, here’s the character sheet … I know it’s not really related to Props but let’s call it a shameless plug!

Have a nice Dorky Day!
Patrick “Hyperactive Cortex” Dubuc

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Things have been going crazy this week in my life so unfortunately, I didn’t had as much time as I wanted to work on my projects … There is although some work that has been done on my Futuristic Armor (See Work In Progress: Pat’s Futuristic Armor) … Here are some photos of what’s in the work:


Well … That’s it for now … I should have another update by the end of the day … Paint job mostly … But things are looking good! I should be ready for ComicCon!

Link: Basic Leather Working

Posted: August 15, 2011 by Patrick Dubuc in Links
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Sooner or later, you will have to make something out of leather. We found, on E-How, a serie of leather working videos with some very interesting techniques you might appreciate … Go ahead! Go see them right away and start building that Catwoman suit you always wanted your girlfriend to wear … Meeeowww!

Basic Leatherworking Videos on E-How

Made this one years ago (Can’t remember for how long as a matter of fact) … Pretty simple but the effect was really impressive.

I went at McDonald to eat and saw a Duel Masters Card Case that was given away with Happy Meals. I bought the toy separately (99 cents I think) and brought that home. The only thing I had to do is to paint this little sucker silver and used a dark brown acrylic paint that I wiped roughly … leaving dark brown paint in all the cracks and details of the case. The final result now …

J’ai fais ce projet il y a de celà plusieurs années (En fait je ne me rappelle même plus quand) … Très simple mais l’effet était impressionnant.

Je suis allé au McDonald pour manger quand j’ai aperçu un étui à carte Duel Masters qui était donné gratuitement avec les Joyeux Festins. Je l’ai acheté (99 sous je crois) et je l’ai rapporté à la maison. Tout ce que j’ai eu à faire c’est de peindre l’étui avec une couche d’argent et ensuite, une couche de brun foncé que j’essuyais au fur et à mesure et de façon très négligée … laissant ainsi de la peinture dans les fissures et les détails de l’étui. Et maintenant le résultat final …

Time has gotten the better of this one though … the paint is now flaking …

Leaving now … Later!
À plus tard …


Work In Progress: Pat’s Futuristic Armor

Posted: August 2, 2011 by Patrick Dubuc in Props, Tips, Update, Work In Progress
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As you can see, both me and Wil are making a Futuristic Armor. I try to use a very precise methodology and I would like to share today with you what i’ve done so far:

1. Research:
When I decided to go ahead with a Futuristic Armor project, I decided to search the Internet for some references. I gathered from across the web 11 designs that I liked more than the others (A 12th joined the rank later on). I layed them in front of me and highlighted/circled the details I liked the most about each models. As you can guess, I will not show the references chosen here due to Copyrights Infringement …

2. Sketch:
I took my sketch pad (I suck at drawing … badly!) and I layed down a sketch of the armor I wanted. I have to be honest with you. Even though your sketch rocks … Your final armor will most probably be different from that sketch … Use it anyway as a reference point just in case you tend to sidetrack. Won’t show my sketch … You might believe it’s a smashed fly on a piece of paper anyway.

3. Measurements:
Since we’re building an armor here … Measurements are pretty straightforward.

A - From armpit to armpit / B - From shoulder blade to waist

Ok so with this being said … Wil is an average size bastard … I hate him … I’M NOT AVERAGE SIZE! The issue i’m having is that an average size EVA Foam mat is 24″ x 24″ (Or 22″ x 22″ if you take away the connecting parts) Sooooo … I decided to go ahead and make the biggest vest I could and decided that I would put additional lengt of EVA along the way in the details. Optionally … You can do like me. Since I can’t draw, I took an old sleeveless shirt from my drawers and cut it with scissors. Don’t tell my wife … SSsssshhht!

4. Making the pattern:
I layed my shirt on carboard and traced around it as accurately as possible in dotted lines. Then, using a ruler and a black marker, I carefully retraced the lines so it curves smoothly. Then cut your pattern.

Trace only half of it ... That way, you'll be sure that both sides are the same size!Facing and Backing done.Facing and Backing done.

5. Use pattern on EVA Foam:
Using your pattern, carefully trace your lines using a black marker on the EVA Foam. You can still make modifications and or adjustment at this state … LAST CHANCE!

6. Cut the EVA Foam:
Using a sharp knife or a scalpel that you lube/grease or heat, cut along the lines you just made. Try to be as steady as possible and keep your blade straight. I learned from my mistakes. Some of my cuts are inclined … It should not be noticeable at the end though.

I could have make the neck part more round ...

Pretty satisfied with this one!

7. Details:
Start designing details to add to your armor. I decided to start with a central point. For me, it was the spine on the back …

Could have made this one into one part and could have added details using the Dremel Tool though.

I first measured the length of a single piece by taling my reference picture, measuring one piece of the spine and then one of his finger. Then, I measured one of my own finger and using a simple mathematical formula (I let you guess that one), I was able to determine the length of each piece of the spine. I then drawed it on cardboard and traced it on EVA. Cut it using the same methods than the base of the armor and smoothed each piece using the Dremel Tool. The end result should be interesting …


8. Assemble your armor parts and for now, tape them together using masking tape.
9. Replace/Modify the armor parts as needed to get a nice finish.
10. Glue the parts together using Contact Glue.
11. Add details using 3mm. and/or 6mm. EVA Foam sheets (These can be found in scrapbooking department).

And the rest is yet to be added here … As I work on my armor …


Work In Progress: Wil’s Futuristic Armor

Posted: August 2, 2011 by Obi Wil Kenoballs in Props, Work In Progress
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Okay… So I’m a noob when it comes to blogging, so please be patient if this entry seems a bit unruly or just plain confusing…

I’ve been working on this project for just over 2 weeks now. I can only spare something like 4 to 6 hours a week to props and costume building, you’ll understand if the progress is somewhat slow… AND this is my secondary project, I’ll talk bout my main project in another post shortly…

Here we go: (I wrote neat little captions and descriptions to go with the pics but kinda forgot to save them… And it’s 0h22 in the morning. And I’m tired. And I’m a noob (did I mention that somewhere…?!?). So here are just the pics, I might add descriptions later.

Hope this makes any sense even without the descriptions…

See ya’ll later.