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...