Acquisitions Mandalorian Build Log: Planning

I’ve been horrible at maintaining this blog, and I say that each time I get back into it I’ll be better. That always seems to fail. However, I now have an idea to help me with this, and that’s with build logs. As my first I’m starting with my Mandalorian build.

Thanks to the peer presure of Eitanya Designs I’ve decided to make the jump inot making a Mandalorian kit. There seems to be a level of creativity you get with a Mandalorian build that you don’t seem to get with any other Star Wars costume; however, there is also still a structure and level of standard. As such, the Mandalorian Mercs have brigades, which is basically different classes or specializations of Mandalorians. The one I’m decided on is the Acquisitions Specialists. To put it bluntly, they’re thieves, cat burglars, and hackers.

The out line for the costume is light armor, sleek over feel, and muted colors. I went ahead and done up a basic sketch of my character. I’m no sketch artist, so cut me some slack.

Mando Scan

The design will probably change, but basically, I’m hoping to portray an urban thief. Most of the fabric will be snug fit, so as to no get caught on things. However, the hooded jacket thing is to help conceal the look of a Mandalorian. The color pallet I’m shooting for is a drab grey pallet: grey green, grey brown, etc. Thanks to Eitanya I’ve already got my armor ready.

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The helmet I’ve picked out is the NME Props Mandalorian Stalker sans the range finder. This helmet I think embodies the idea of a sleek thief’s helmet.

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Finally, one of the interesting requirements for the costume is some kind of climbing harness/gear. The challenge of getting a costume accepted in the Mandalorian Mercs is that it can’t look to “Earthy”. The idea I have for my climbing harness is basically. the 3D Maneuvering Gear from Attack on Titan.

Mando harness

The more I thought about this the more I felt it would fit and be a epic thing to watch. Imagine a Mandalorian zipping through a place like Coruscant like Spider-Man with this thing. The challenge though is making it and incorporating it into the costume as a whole. I know I won’t have the big drum/keg thing, but there are some challenges.

 

That’s what I’ve got planned for my Mandalorian. Let me know what you think.

 

 

Geek Out Studio: Another Update

I just realized that it’s been over a year since I posted an article. I can assure you that things are still going well. I’ve just been extremely busy and forgetful. Mainly forgetful.

I’ve also become more relient on Facebook. It’s quicker to snap a picture and write a two sentence blurb than it is to write a whole blog post. If you’re interested in keeping up with what all we’re doing on an almost daily basis, then go and like Geek Out Studio’s Facebook page.

In the mean time, I’ll bring you up to speed on what all has happened in the year I’ve been away.

For starters, the cosplay side of things has grown. We made our first cosplay guest appearance at Emerald Coast Con in Fort Walton Beach at the end of October. I premiered my Halo ODST armor. There’s still some things that I want to add before I call it fully completed. However, here are some pictures from that weekend.

ODST Armor

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The humorous thing was walking across Hwy 98 to get something to eat wearing this armor. I got a lot people shouting out their windows saying Master Chief. Then actually eating food in the armor was an adventure and challenge. I actually don’t have a lot of movement when I’m wearing it.

Of course it was our RWBY cosplay that got us to this point. We premiered a large RWBY group at last year’s Pensacon.

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There are plenty more photos of our cosplay work over on our Facebook page. You might see more as we’ve put in to be cosplay models for a local photographer. I’ve also been ghost writing for her blog for a few months. Another reason why I haven’t been keeping up with mine.

We’re still doing miniatures too. Recently I’ve begun work on the Robotech Tactics miniatures. I started working on them mainly to see where all the negative press was coming from. I have to say I don’t know what people are talking about. The miniatures are not that difficult to put together, and they paint up well. I haven’t “finished” any, but here are a few quick work in progress pictures of some of them.

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There’s much more, but I won’t bore you on every single detail. Just know that I do plan to get back to posting on a regular basis. You can look forward to Youtube videos, prop building blogs, and regular topical articles. I hope to post a new article at least once a month, but like I said at the beginning, if you’re really interested in keeping tabs on everything that goes on at Geek Out Studio on a more daily basis, then like our Facebook page.

Studio Update: Geek Out Studio is Growing

This past few months have been incredibly busy around here. I promise you I haven’t stopped. I’ve just been spread pretty thin. However, I will show you things that have been keeping my attention. There’s going to be a lot of pictures and a lot of things I gloss over. You can keep more up to date by following Geek Out Studio’s Facebook page, Twitter feed @GeekOutStudio, or Instagram.

I’ve still been working on various miniatures; however, I haven’t taken any studio shots because the clients have all decided to do their own bases. I haven’t had a chance to meet up with them and take some studio shots of the fully completed miniatures, but I’ll go over some of the work-in-progress pictures.

After I finished the Heldrake, I got started on a couple of costume commissions that were sent in. Both were for Kill La Kill props. The first being Ryuko’s Scissor Blade.

Scissor BladeHere’s what it looked like in some photo shoots .

Kill La Kill CosplayI also got a request for Sasuki’s Bakuzan. This took a little more time, and I’m still trying to figure out how to do the sheath.

BakuzanHere’s the two props in a nice photo shoot from this year’s Mechacon in New Orleans.

Kill La Kill GroupBack to the miniature side of things. There have been three projects that have come across my desk that I’m still working on as more pieces come in. The first was a collection of Bolt Action Marines.

Bolt Action MarinesThis project was a bit time-consuming since I basically had to hand paint all the marines, but they turned out good.

Bolt Action BARBolt Action NCOBolt Action SniperI should be able to get some nice showcase photos of these guys soon, so keep an eye out for them.

I still work on Warhammer stuff (I promise); however, I have gotten to work on a Warhammer Fantasy piece.

OrionThe Wood Elves Orion. This was an interesting piece to work on manly due to the fact that the client wanted it mostly done in fall colors. It was another time-consuming piece because again, I had to hand paint most of it.

Orion BackThis is another piece that I should be able to get some showcase photos of soon.

Grey Hunter FrontWe’re back to 40k Space Marines. This and one other miniature was done as a test model for a client that wanted a white color scheme Space Wolves army.

Grey Hunter BackSpace Wolf Plasma Front

With the completion of these two, the client has decided to go ahead and get his whole army painted.

I did have a rather random but cute commission come in. One of my wife’s co-workers wanted me to re-paint a Skylander. Her son wanted a girl Skylander to give to his sister.

SkylanderThis was the starting model. The kid wanted typical “girl” colors: pink and purple. Since it was for a 6-year-old, I didn’t go to crazy with painting it; however, bot the mom and kids did end up absolutely loving it.

Skylander Re-paintSkylander re-paint2Now for some of the personal stuff that have been distracting me. I continue to plod along with my ODST armor, but with most of it reinforced, I have actually begun putting it together.

ODST armorODST BracersSome of the other parts like the hip and thigh armor hang off a belt that I need to get. The helmet has been soaking up a lot of time though.

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A nice metal undercoat that will help with weathering.

ODST WeatherODST Weather BackMasked off scratches with liquid rubber.

ODST Helmet GreenODST Helmet BrownThis is where things got tedious. I plan to do a digital camouflage scheme for my armor. That means lots and lots of stencils over four different colors.

There have been two big events that have distracted me though over the last couple of months.

DragonCon BadgeThis was the first. Our first trip to Dragon*Con.

DragonCon MarineThere were lots of pictures taken. 🙂

Last week I was busy working a haunted castle out in the middle of no where, so I guess that was fitting. I got to play a crazy and bloody doctor.

Mad DoctorFinally, the big reveal of what has caused me to not post much recently is that I’m moving into an actual studio.

StudioStudio 2We did some major home renovations recently, and along with that was convert a spare room into a studio. I soon hope to have it completely done and running. I no longer will be cramped into a small alcove, but have a whole room.

Anyway, that’s about everything that’s been going on recently. I should get back to posting regularly, so make sure to check back. As always, share, follow, comment, and all those other wonderful internet stuff.

Khorne Heldrake: A Mechanical Dragon from Hell

Finished another commission the other day, and I was able to deliver the model to the customer. Considering that he took a selfie with it, I would say he was pleased with the results. I’m eager to know what you think.

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You’ll notice immediately that I didn’t use the standard plastic flight stand that comes with the model. I really hate them and feel the detract from the look of models. My method really reduces the profile which allows the model and base to blend better together. It’s also easier to handle, and it breaks down for easy storage and travel. I used the metal rods and adapters from CorSec Engineering.

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You can see here where I mounted the adapter. Actually, I secured it in the center of the cross with resin and then filled in the holes.

Final Heldrake Base

Finally, here’s a shot of the base. I went with a lava base seeing as it a Chaos daemon engine of hellish proportions. The lava was made with PVA glue that I airbrushed, and the rocks were made out of scupltimold plaster. You can also see how the rod attaches to the base.

Until next time, let me know what you think and go by Geek Out Studio to see more of my commission, miniatures, props, and costume projects.

Dark Angels Army: Picture Day for My Space Marines

I finished a Heldrake commission yesterday, so I took this morning to take some display pictures of it. I have a rule that I don’t post pictures of my completed commissions until the customer has gotten the first chance to look at and hold their commission. You’ll be able to see pictures of the Heldrake probably tomorrow. While I was snapping pictures on the drake, I figured I’d take some time and get some good pictures of my Dark Angels. Here are the fruits of my labor:

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We start of with a tactical squad.It’s a basic squad that I’ll be adding to as time goes. My plan is to simply build a few key sergeant options, the three assault weapons, and a few key heavy weapons.

DA Squad 2DA Squad 2cDA Squad 2dAnother tactical squad, this one comes from the Dark Vengeance box set. This squad makes for the back bone of really a second squad. I generally put the plasma cannon in the Devastator squad, and I rarely use the sergeant as is. Given how the Dark Vengeance box is still available and with the 7th edition mini-rulebook, I’ll probably have another one these squad soon.

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My Dark Angels Librarian. Again, this model is from the Dark Vengeance box set, and again, I’ll probably will have another one of these guys floating around.

DA Drop PodDA Drop Pod 2A Dark Angels drop pod. I magnetized the doors to prevent them from flopping open. It’s proven to be very nice.

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My Dark Angels Rhino can also serve as a Razorback since I magnetized the top hatch. I didn’t magnetize everything to make every take. I tried that last time with my Space Wolves, and it was more of a pain that what it’s worth.

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The start of a scout sniper squad. I really need to finish up the rest as I tend to bring at least one squad every time I play.

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I don’t actually use dreadnaughts all that much in my games, but I had this fellow laying around. I striped the old paint off of him, and painted him in a nice Dark Angels color scheme. The arms are not glued or magnetized. I just use the peg and holes that come as is in the kit.

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A squad of Deathwing Knights. These guys were fun painting and are a fun squad to play with.

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My squad of Deathwing terminators from the Dark Vengeance box. I’m working on some more at the moment, so I’m sure you’ll see more of these guys.

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Finally, this is my Ravenwing Stormtalon. I know Dark Angels don’t have access to Stormtalons. This is for the times I ally with regular codex Space Marines. It has also stood in for my Nephilim a few times. You’ll notice I didn’t go with the standard GW base and mounting rod. I hate that plastic stand that come in the kit. This a set I picked up from CorSec Engineering. I personally think it looks better. It has a lower profile than what comes in the kit. It also unscrews for easy transport.

I hoped you enjoyed my show and tell. Let me know what you think, and if you’re interested in a commission message me here or at Geek Out Studio.

How to Paint Imperial Guard Infantry: Airborne Guard Armor

The other day I posted an article on How to Paint Imperial Guard Infantry Camouflage. Well, today, I’m going to continue the process and show you how I painted the armor. The process is not difficult, and if you’re a seasoned guard player, you probably have your own method that works nicely. The process of painting the body armor for my guys is a bit different. I needed a color that would work well with the camouflage scheme that I gave them, but contrast enough so that the model and details would not be lost. I choose to paint the body armor a solid color to help contrast it from the camouflaged fatigues.

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I’m just blocking in the colors at this point. The armor gets a coat of Vallejo Model Color Yellow Green, and all the parts that are supposed to be black or going to be metallic are painted with Vallejo Model Color German Grey. I rarely paint anything pure black anymore. Black is a difficult color to work with. You can’t shade black, and it has a tendency to obscure detail. German Grey works better as it appears to be almost black. Once it’s highlighted with another color, a black wash will shade the recess into a black color giving the illusion that the object is a black color.

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Next, I go in a paint the webbing and leather objects with Vallejo Model Color Red Leather. This will get highlighted and then washed with a brown wash to give it a worn leather look.

Stromtrooper Highlighted Stone Grey

I now begin to highlight the armor and leather objects. I mix the base colors, Yellow Green and Red Leather, with Vallejo Model Color Stone Grey. The Stone Grey helps to lighten the color softly with out it becoming too chalky or pastel looking, which using White could do. To help blend it into the other colors, I mix in glaze medium. I don’t use exact ratios, but instead, I just eyeball it. If you go to extreme in one direction or the other, you can take the base color mixed with glaze medium and blend it together. You’ll also notice in this picture that metallic parts get a coat of Vallejo Air Color Black Metal.

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At this point, I make a mixture of Vallejo Game Color Gun Metal and Vallejo Air Color Black Metal and paint the parts that I want a stronger metallic look with it. The main body of the gun remains a black metal color as does some other details on the model. This just adds variations on the model.

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The final step is to add color to the flamer nozzle and handle. I used Vallejo Air Color Aluminum for the flamer handle and pilot light. The nozzle is painted with a coat of Citadel Tin Bitz. To add some contrast and depth, I mix some Vallejo Air Color Aluminum into the Tin Bitz and paint the top portion of the nozzle.

That does it for this round. The next tutorial should be quick one as all that’s left to paint are the goggles and high light the boots. Check back later, but don’t forget to go back and check out the first article.

How to Paint Imperial Guard Infantry Camouflage

Geek Out Studio Commission: Gambol Shroud Prop WIP

This is a slight deviation from the normal 40k topics that I ramble about, but I’m trying to diversify the blog and show off my commission service Geek Out Studio. Just in case I’ve forgotten or you’re new, Geek Out Studio is a commission service that offers services for miniature paint, prop construction, and costume making. I just started, and things are still a bit frayed. Juggling doing commission services and doing my own stuff, I’m finding things to be a bit strained. I recently finished my first commission: a Dark Eldar Wraithknight.

But enough with the pleasantries, let’s get to the main point of this post: Gambol Shroud.

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Give a bit of a back story for this commission, my wife and I met a Alice Infinity at Pensacon last year. She was cosplaying as Blake while my wife was cosplaying as Ruby. Long story short, we became friends, and I agreed to build her Gambol Shroud for the next time she wanted to do Blake. I started work on this prop last month. It’s been a challenge matching my schedule with that of the workshop that I get to use, so it’s taken my a lot longer to do than I like. This prop is not as difficult or big as my wife’s Crescent Rose, so when I can get to the shop, things progress quickly.

Gambol Shroud Plans

I started by printing off the plans for the sword and sheath. There are a number of people out there that have posted plans for Gambol Shroud, so you just need to look. This one is actually just a touch on the big side since the computer I printed it from didn’t format it. In the end, it will be barely noticable. Once the plans were printed and taped together, I cut everything out.

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The sheath and pistol part of the sword are going to be 1/2 inch EVA foam. This material is easy to work with, provides some rigidity, but is very light. The sword blade will be sandwiched between the two pistol pieces, and a piece of Masonite is sandwiched between the two pieces that make up the sheath.

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I’ll need to router out the interior for the sword to go in. Once that is done, I’ll line the interior with some corse felt to prevent the sword from sliding out.

Alice's BladeExtra Blades

I actually had enough material to make three swords. Alice’s blade is made from 1/2 inch thick striated bamboo, and the other two are made from 1/2 inch poplar. Both are strong and light weight.

 

Blade EdgeThe swords are sanded down to a blade.

Really, the only thing left to do down is start putting things together. I’ll still need to cut the blade edge on the sheath, but since it’s foam, that shouldn’t be too much of a challenge. I’ll also embed a strip of sheet metal into the sheath. I plan to make Blake’s back unit that she uses to attach her sword to her back. The sheet metal will be used to attach to a magnet that I place in the back unit. Once everything is done, I’ll seal the foam and coat it with Smooth-On 65D. This will give the whole surface a smooth plastic shell.

Anyways, it was a quick and dirty post, but I’ll certainly post more as things get done.

 

Did I Fall Off the Planet?

Oh my lord! Almost a year with no new content. That has to be a sad state. The truth of the matter is that I’ve been busy behind the scenes with a variety of projects. Add on top of that the juggling act of having a job. I’ve been doing a lot of gaming over the past few months. Some of it not Warhammer 40k. I’ve been sucked into the world of Infinity, Song of Blades and Heros, Flames of War, and Full Thrust. There’s a local Infinity escalation league starting next month that I’m jumping in on, so I’ll try and be good and start adding more actual gaming content. There’s also the small fact that I’ve been getting a very big project up off the ground. What is that you ask?

Drum roll…

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I’ve started a commissioning service that focuses on props, costumes, and miniatures. Right now you can check it out at Geek Out Studio’s Facebook page. It probably won’t be long until I get a proper web page for it along with Youtube channel. Naturally, content from this site will no doubt morph into including more content for Geek Out Studio.

I’ve been toying with the idea of a commissioning service for some time; however, it wasn’t until Pensacon that I decided to take the plunge. Most of my time over the winter was devoted to putting together my and my wife’s costume. Mine fell through and my wife’s costume almost did too. However, we managed to pull it off. Here she is in her RWBY cosplay as Ruby Rose.

Ruby RoseRuby Rose CosplayDuring the build of her costume I was getting a lot of praise from people, and when I showed them my miniatures, the praise just grew. Most of those comments were along the lines of I should do this professionally, or could I do something. I was also inspired when I ran into an old friend from high school. She was making a career of following her love and passion, so I figured I had no excuse.

Just my Warhammer peeps don’t feel like their being left out. Here is a small collection of my miniatures that recently won a handful of prizes at the Blue Angel’s Scale Model and Miniatures Expo. The pictures really are bad, and I’m in the process of making a light box. Just humor me and keep an eye out for better ones.

Dark Angels RhinoDark Angels SquadDeathwingRavenwing Storm TalonRavenwing Storm Talon topThese last minis aren’t Warhammer, but I think they’re easy to look at.

ShowgirlsI run a handful of these as my war band for Song of Blades and Heroes.

Anyway, I’ve got a lot of projects on my table, so I’ll have plenty to go over through the next few days. Thankfully, I’ve been moved to part time, so I can devote more time on working on Geek Out Studio and my blog. Right now though, I trying to organize and clean the chaos that is near and dear to all of us: my work area. As all ways, if you have questions or comments leave them down below.