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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Anonymous Grave Marker on: November 30, 2014 07:47:59 AM
We are working on yet another one shot larp which takes place in a modern institution where lots of weevil things happen. Anyhow, in order to scare the bejesus out of the patients during their morning walk, we want to create a mini graveyard where the deceased are only identified by their number (in the same way that the patients players will). We're looking at having 15+ markers, hence the need for something simple.

So I whipped this prototype. The top is birch plywood and the bottom is pink insulation foam and some screws and nuts i had laying around. Everything is covered in drylock for texture and to be weather proof and on the day of, I'll probably treat it with hydrofuge spray.



I made the top part float over the bottom part so we can run hidden fishing lines to anchor them to the ground. It would be a shame if the wind took away our graveyard.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Skin Prop on: July 07, 2014 07:15:05 PM
A quick prop made for a werewolf larp. It's supposed to be a piece of animal skin, freshly removed, by someone who doesn't really know what they are doing. The reverse is a brown suede-like fabric. Made with tinted latex on fabric.

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Blinking Insect-Like Alien Prop on: February 09, 2014 01:21:44 PM
And yet another larp prop. It is about 2 feet long and made of urethane rubber and wire and fusible plastic for the wings. The body is hollow and holds the wiring.




It will be used in the woods at night, hence the need for a very bright prop that can be seen from far away.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Hand Rotocasting Advice on: February 04, 2014 01:40:44 PM
Has anybody tried to rotocast without a machine? In yet another larp prop project, I want to create a hollow bodied alien to stick blinking lights in it. But I am having a hard time getting even coverage. Problem is, when I get close to my pour holes (which are big because they were the support pillars for the sculpture when I was making it (I didn't want to bake it in order to be able to recuperate my clay), I can't get the urethane to go in the right place without things pouring out.

Here you can see the results of my first test for the body (legs, wings and paint job will come later). As a concept, I think it has the potential to works but my technique was obviously flawed. The tail ended up with way too much resin, I had pooling problem on one side and the middle section had missing coverage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr9blSeanLc

I know now that I should have done several layers instead of just one. But I'm wondering if it's ok to plug the pour holes? If it matters, I'm using Task 16, cast in a rubber mold supported by plasti paste mother mold. I'm a bit afraid that gasses might build up (or it could just be me being paranoid). Maybe plastic wrap with tiny holes in it?

Also, has anybody tried to stick two pieces of fully cured urethane together. I know there are some specialized products out there, but I'd rather not pay $30 to end up with a gallon of glue. Would run of the mill polyurethane glue (from the home hardware store) also work? This way I could create "patches" and glue the critter shut once I've put my electronics inside.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dissectable Alien Larvae (somewhat gory) on: January 26, 2014 09:33:52 AM
A test run for yet another larp prop concept. It's a larvae from where the players must extract a small pocket filled with something that is to be used as an ingredient in a chemistry experiment.

The larvae is made by roto-casting Task 16 inside a mold made with Rebound 25 and Plasti-Paste II. Task 16 stays fairly flexible after curing.



The body cavity is hollow and filled with blood (coloured gel)



And "organs" can be pulled out from there, which is where the players will find the little pouch they need.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mummified Hand on: January 03, 2014 05:29:06 PM
Inspired by Delta Green's D-Stacks Artefacts: "Purchased by an expedition in the T'aasii N'aajer in North Africa from a local Berber tribe leader, this odd mummified hand belongs to a creature known to the tribe as a "Selaama" or Son of the Desert. It is a dried sinewy piece of a forearm and hand whose fingers end in long bone talons. One finger is missing all musculature and skin. Apparently the natural heat and dryness of the desert mummified the hand."



Corpsing done entirely in paper mch and acrylics with a good layer of clay dust. The box is a cheap dollar store purchase with wood dye and foam and fabric inserts and I also used rusting chemicals to age the hardware.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Finger Pen on: January 03, 2014 01:19:12 PM
Cast replicas of finger bones, pen nib, wire, epoxy, fabric hot clue and some dye. It is a gift from my character to another in a larp I play in. I was inspired by the fact that the last phalange on fingers and toes actually does resemble a nib.

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Crown of Teeth on: October 06, 2013 05:39:36 AM
Because really, is your life complete without one?
Seriously though, it will be part of an upcoming LARP, as an accessory to one of the costume. I'm anxious to see if players will dare to put it on. It is made entirely of hot glue (the fabric kind) and coloured with wood stain. The stain gives great uneven and nasty shades but it takes a couple of days to dry completely.



The basic idea behind the techniques can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtpoCzC5qRY

But once yous start, why limit yourself to human sized teeth or just a small plate? It leads to a very flexible and solid product and frankly, I'd recommend fabric glue all around. It stays more flexible and isn't that hard to colour.
9  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Poorly Preserved Mummy on: September 11, 2013 06:25:00 PM
This is not a Halloween decor project per say but will be a prop in a LARP that I will run soon. But it will happen on October 26th so close enough Tongue. The measuring tape gives you an idea of the scale. I was going for a very damaged mummy ... more like the kind that they have in Europe rather than the traditional Egyptian ones.

10  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Cannibal Feast on: April 16, 2013 06:10:50 PM
This didn't take place on Halloween but I figure it is the best place to put it. We had a horror movie night where most of the movies pertained to zombies and cannibals; so it stands to reason to make the food appropriately themed.



The hardest part was the mashed potato brains (especially to keep them from drying) and the only atrocious failure was the lychee eyes (the green thing at the back) mold. I couldn't find melon or lime jello so I thought I'd be clever and use agar agar. The recipe I used must have been off because it gelled so much it was more akin to ballistic gel than food. But it was creepy looking nonetheless.





Ironically the most elaborate recipe was Gordon Ramsay's apricot pistachio sage stuffing roll. Somehow it seems the gravy in the lab glassware scared people and they barely touched it. I though the meat faces would be more off putting but people greedily stripped them.





And the recipe I am most proud of is the cupcakes since everything was made form scratch and the glass sugar held up far better than I though it would.



Not pictured were some rather mundane meatballs and a blood orange and lemon tart dyed deep red.
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