Thursday, March 15, 2018

Coming up Fast: the Bay Area Maker Faire

The other day I got the following email:

"We are excited to inform you that your application for Maker Faire...  has been accepted. Congratulations. We are delighted to have you participate in Maker Faire Bay Area 2018!"

Maker Faire Bay Area

So yeah.  I guess it's time to get cranking on some new stuff.  For those of you that didn't make it last year, here's a snapshot of the display filled with the old stuff before we filled the tables with more exhibit items and the crowd flooded in the gates:
Booth Closed for the Day

This year I'll have even more interesting things on display as well as (hopefully) a bunch of copies of my book.  Be sure to stop by and say "hello there."

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

March UFO Sightings in the Workshop

I'm on the cusp of having all sorts of new finished projects to brag about.  But since it's been entirely too long since my last bloggage, the very least I can do is give you dear readers a glimpse into my current collection of UnFinished Objects currently piling up in the workshop.

First off, I'm coming up on the last little bits of work for my Grey Knight Terminator from Warhammer 40,000:
Grey Knight Top Half Dry Fit

So far the helmet is the only part I've painted, but once the rest of it gets some color, this thing is going to be phenomenal.  Here's my shop assistant Chuck trying it on:
Grey Knight Chest and Shoulders Test Fit with Helmet

She's only about 5'3" tall, so here's a pic that'll give you a good idea of how massive it'll be once the whole thing is rigged together:
Size Testing in Progress

Of course, I've still got a lot of Star Wars stuff in progress.  First, there's the Boushh costume for my friend Mallory:
Small Boushh Collar Test Fit 1

She's doing all her own work on that project.  So since she's only around one day a week, it's slow going:
Mallory Sanding Collar Armor

Because I'm a person who needs all the distractions I can get, I'm also working on a couple of helmets:
Distraction Helmets in Progress

And when my 3D printers aren't doing anything more important, I've got them turning out parts for this little guy:
BB-8 Head

On a completely different note, my Fallout 4 T-60 Power Armor is starting to come together as mentioned in a previous post.  Here it is during a recent test-fitting:
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I've also been making slow occasional progress on the War Machine build I'm working on in collaboration with my friend Jon.  Most of the time, my contribution just looks like this:

But the other day I decided to put the robots back to work on this beast.  Here's Maria the Robot Whittler (Carvewright CNC machine number three of my four) carving out some of the slices of the back armor: 20180313_115049

A few days ago she made me the slices of the lower chest plate:

So at this point, all of the grey parts in this render have been carved and/or printed: Digital WIP map

Most of those parts have even been molded and cast.  So hopefully I'll have a full set of parts ready to paint and rig sometime soonish.The thing that's likely to be finished soonest is the Lady Thor costume I've been working on.  I still need to prototype the cape harness, but otherwise, all of the hard parts and most of the soft parts are made:

There are countless other little projects going on right now too.  More on those as I dig them out of the usual project avalanche in the workshop:

Stay tuned...

Sunday, March 11, 2018

My Segment on the Daily Planet

I'm late to posting this, but a while back I ended up on a Canadian TV show called "Daily Planet."   You can check the show out here:

I've captured a couple of my favorite frames below.

The shoot was a good time.  Even if I do look all kinds of tired.
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If nothing else, it was a good excuse to drag some of my favorite works out of storage and talk through them in front of the camera:
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The highlight though, was that it finally prompted me to strap my friend Lewis into the Fallout T-60 armor parts in progress and see how it would work:
Daily Planet 06 Feb 2018 04

The final verdict?  It was a success:
Daily Planet 06 Feb 2018 03

Leeloo got a lot of screen time as well, but she was not impressed by this:
Daily Planet 06 Feb 2018 02

Stay tuned, more updates on the way.

Friday, February 9, 2018


If you're reading this, you probably have an internet connection.  And if you've had an internet connection at any point in the past few days, you've probably seen the trailer for this summer's Solo, the origin story for Han Solo in Star Wars.  If not, here it is:

There's also some nifty teaser posters:

So far they've got four different character versions:

I was disappointed that there were only four, so I started making up some of my own.  Call it wishful thinking:

With a bit of free time on my hands, I decided to make a few more posters for characters that are unlikely to appear in the film, but might make things interesting:

So that was fun.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Shore Trooper Blaster from Rogue One

I've been getting pretty neck-deep into building costumes from Star Wars: Episode VII, but don't think I didn't notice Rogue One along the way. From the moment the first trailer came out I've been trying to resist the temptation to dive in and start adding all of the newly revealed Imperial trooper gear to my to-build list, but I've known all along that I was going to fail.

While a lot of other makers have already jumped ahead and started making Deathtroopers, Shoretrooper armor, and Tank Driver helmets, I decided to reign myself in and just make this particular blaster rifle prop carried by this guy:

That's a new version of imperial soldier that's being called the "Shoretrooper" on a lot of the forums and a "Scarif Stormtrooper" on the action figure packaging.  While I like that his armor will make it possible to sit down and possibly even jog comfortably, what I really like is the weapon.  While it looks like some of them are just carrying the same old Blastech E-11 that stormtroopers carried in the original trilogy, others are armed with this beauty:

This is the Blastech E-22 Heavy Blaster Rifle.

Here's my version:

For details on the build (and better, focused pictures) read on...