Hey all, I recently discovered the site in my ceaseless search for steampunk goodies, and I thought I'd toss up a few pieces I've been working on. First up is a current WIP of a nerf gun that I'm painting as a costume piece for a Borderlands character I have in mind. Here are some links (since I'm new and evidently cannot post pics in a topic yet):
Pic quality aside, I hope you can get an idea of what I'm trying to do here. Here's a pic of what the base model gun started as:
First things first, I had to break down the model into its component parts. This is a large gun, and it took me quite some time to unscrew everything (carefully) and store all bits and screws so nothing got lost. I wanted to preserve this gun's ability to shoot, so I didn't bother adding any shiny bells or whistles to it; I wanted a sci-fi gun with a little paint pizzazz, and thankfully the base model gave me a lot to work with here. Next step after complete dismantle is to prime every piece black. I've been painting miniatures for over a dozen years now, and in my experience,nothing ever gets painted without a black primer coat first. The primer gives me a solid base to apply paint to (preventing chipping), and the black helps to prevent "oopsies" in the painting process later. If I miss a tiny spot of paint over a black coat, it's very difficult to spot. If I miss a tiny spot of paint over the original high liter yellow/orange...
Next step is to spray red primer over the main body, doing my best to avoid areas that won't be red in the end. A little sloppiness is ok, as this is another coat of primer which I can paint over no problem. Now it comes down to hand painting all of the gun's details. I won't bother going into too many details here as I could write an essay on just the gunmetal portions alone, so I'd be happy to answer any questions people may have via PMs. I will note, however, that the black and yellow hazard stripes were made using painter's tape to mark off clean lines. I plan on putting some LED lights in the gun for a cool glowing effect, and I'll likely sequester the battery pack in the gun's removable ammo clip for ease.
I'll try to take a few more pics tomorrow, until then I'd love to hear what you all have to say!