Category Archives: Prop Building

Corporal, Colonel, Captain, Colonel Gascon!

With my love of everything Star Wars, but most specifically, Droids. I was sitting at work the other day, thinking of a time when R2-C2 is done and how he basically looks like R2-D2 and if other R2-D2s are around, it might look odd. So I decided I’d build a secondary dome for him, one that I can swap out. I wanted something simple, where I don’t have to pay several hundred dollars for. Why don’t I do an R4 dome? OooOo What about that frog guy from Clone Wars that sits in an R4 dome… I could make him too!

Well I started working on the incompetent Colonel.

I started with making a wire armature… I took some 14 gauge wire and twisted it together using my drill. This is to give it a bit more strength. Made some loops at the feet and hands. Then wanted to add some bulk to the head (basically to save on clay) So I grabbed one of the dog’s unused tennis balls. Next up, was the eye stalks. I twisted some more wire and drilled it into the head.

Wire armature

Wire armature

After this was done, I needed a way to have him stand up. So I glued on some nuts on the foot loops. This will allow me to screw the armature into a base board that can stand on my desk as I work on him.

Support nuts

Support nuts

Well just having a bit of super glue holding the nut in place isn’t enough. I grabbed some of my JB Weld putty. This stuff essentially turns into steel as it hardens, and coated the nut and the foot loop with it.

Covered foot

Covered foot

I did this to both feet, then added some at some of the other weak joints like the pelvis and clavicle. I also need to add some at the base of the tennis ball and at the base of the eye stalks, but ran out.

More JB Weld

More JB Weld

Once I pick some more up and finish that, I’ll move on to making the armature for the hands.

ComicCon is over :(

All this work and the con went by in the blink of an eye.

We had a team show up on Thursday afternoon, and as expected it took little to no time to assemble.

Set up

Set up

Jail

Jail

jail

Dirty Scum

I wanted to have Dianoga, or as he’s been affectionately named Blinky in a toilet… the toilet build failed, so we decided to turn him into a piss pot monster 🙂

dianoga

Dianoga

Here is a view of the Tatooine set. I have to say it came out way nicer than I expected and people loved it. As big as it was, it felt smaller on the con floor. Rob M brought a menagerie of aliens to help decorate, as well as several R2 builders brought their droids. People seemed to love the more practical set over the backdrops we used in the past.

tatooine

Tatooine

And here’s a view of the whole set area.

set

The Legion Experience

 

It was A LOT of work, it was stressful, I got tired and frustrated, but over all it was fun. I can’t wait for next year. Hopefully I’ll be able to take things in and enjoy more of what the con has to offer.

Booth is built

So we spent the weekend working on the booth and it is now complete. But damn am I ever sore today.

Only thing left is painting.

Friday night, Luc and I went to get the wood needed for building the Tatooine wall.

Got Wood?

Got Wood?

We then spent all of Saturday working on the walls and got them completed. We also started the door. However, we noticed that we were missing some of the brackets we believed we had built for the jail. So he had to go back and get more wood.

While I cut the 2X4s, I had Chris L working on the crates that will be used for set decorations. They look awesome. Hank will be making stencils to spray on labels on them.

Crates

Crates

 

So that’s what it looks like inside Mod Eisley? No, this is just the back of the wall panels. They’re built so solid!

Inside Mos Eisley?

Inside Mos Eisley?

Richard is admiring the construction. Once everything was built, he, luc, RobP and myself assembled the wall with the tarps underneath so we could start painting

Wall Assembly

Wall Assembly

 

 

Here we have the door being made. This is to represent the door that R2 and 3P0 hid in, while the Sandtroopers are looking for them. We re-used the frame of the door from last year, and I cut up a layer of MDF, that is laied on top of an other to add the depth of the texture.

Tatooine Door

Tatooine Door

Since these need to be stored flat, we couldn’t go with the texture I originally wanted, as it would just flake off. So Corey went and got several earth tones. Here we’re painting the base, which is a cork like color. Once this is dry, we’re going to sponge on darker and lighter tones on it. The braces at the top and bottom will be painted brown, to simulate wooden beams. And the door will be a nice orange color.

More Painting

More Painting

Painting

Painting

 

John painted an other stand up for us, this time of Darth Maul, considering Ray Park will be in attendance. Also ironic, since John is our local Darth Maul too 🙂

Maul

Maul

Matt started painting an other mural, this one of Hoth.

Hoth

Hoth

And Hank started Coruscant. These are in the back of the lockers and will accompany Bespin and Tatooine.

coruscant

coruscant

 

Now that this is all done, I need to finish my costume. Most of it is done now, and I have shims installed on the sides to cover my big ass gut… But I still need to finish the thighs and weather everything… And of course… this weekend is full so I have to get it done by Friday if I want to use it on Saturday at Four Wishes

The Jail is complete

So we spent the day working on the jail. It’s mostly complete, we just have to finish a few more U Channels in order to solidify the structure.

It’s BIG… which is awesome, it’s solid, someone could ram it and it would take it. The best part, is it took us about 10 minutes to assemble it.

I had to go get more PVC pipes for the front, as well as some hinges for the door.

Jail is complete

Jail is complete

Nicest part, we had materials left over to start the Tattooine wall… 2 of the 7 wall pieces are done.

Also to note, Hank started painting the back of one of the lockers and Matt started sketching the last one. We’re looking good

Dianoga Part 4

Started work on the tentacles this morning. Using some pipe insulation tubes that are attached to small pieces of PVC pipe. I’m going to cut them tonight and add metal wire in them to hold the shape better. Then attach suckers I’m making out of latex before texturing them and painting them.

Then I’ll add a servo to make them flail a bit. I can’t get over how much fun this is to build. Kinda don’t want it to end… Any suggestions as to what I should build next?

Tentacles

Tentacles

Detention Block 613 Part 3

An other day and more building 🙂
Today we had quite the turnout.

Everyone was hard at work, we had some people covering the frames with MDF.

Paneling the frames

Paneling the frames

Some people were sanding down the PVC pipes that we’re using for the prison bars, in order to get paint to stick to them.

Rubbing it out

Rubbing it out

Others were working on the channels in order to have the wall sections stay put

Channels

Channels

And some were working on the new cut out to add to our collection.

John setting the projector

John setting the projector

Darth Maul in all his glory

Darth Maul in all his glory

Once assembled, the prison walls are quite solid (and heavy)

Can we leave them locked up?

Can we leave them locked up?

Attached with the channels

Attached with the channels

Hank found his new home

Hank found his new home

 

Detention Block 613 Part 2

Well today we started to build. I have to say, the addition of Dave MacDonald was so appreciated. He’s quite handy and pointed us in the right direction.

Dave Cutting Wood

Dave Cutting Wood

We basically built frames, just like for house walls using 2X4 wood and then cover it with thin MDF. Here you can See Luc and John drilling away.

Drilling

Drilling

Lock em up

Lock em up

By the end of the day, we had a few frames done. This brings a whole new meaning to a wretched hive of scum and villainy

Detention Block 613 Part 1

So for Ottawa Comic Con this year, we wanted to go over the top… more so than last year.

At our Christmas party, Andy mentioned how the Mando Mercs do a Jail and Bail event at cons. So we ran with it.

Tonight, we ended up going to get the materials.

Wood

Wood

Since it was raining and snowing, we had to cover it all up before bringing it to the hall.

nuts

All loaded up

This is going to look AMZING!

Dianoga Part 3

Started the painting process yesterday. I first primed it black as I want darker richer colors

Primed

Primed

Once that dried, I started mixing purples, reds and browns to make the base coat. Tonight I’m going to start dry brushing lighter colors on it. After that, I’m going to be adding “slime” and then can start on the eye lid. To start, it’ll be static but after all the excitement from comic con, I’ll be adding the servos.

Basecoat

Basecoat

Dianoga Part 2

Well more work went into this.

If you look at the pics of the movie used version, there’s all these little tendrils sticking out of it’s “face” Hmmm how to do these? I started cutting some butcher’s twine and attaching it with more tape.

Tendrils

Tendrils

Now to start turning it into an alien and not just a taped up tube! I grabbed one of my many bottles of liquid latex and a cheap glue brush and started applying it to the surface. I believe in the end, there was about 8 coats applied. Now, liquid latex STINKS! So make sure you’re doing it with a window opened. Or if winter ever left, outside!

Latex

Latex

Looking and feeling right, I now needed to make those tendrils thicker! Hmmm it’s a trash monster… how about TP! Grabbed a few sheets and started coating the twine with latex, then wrapping it in toilet paper. This was probably the most frustrating part… as for those of you who don’t know, latex sticks to itself. When working with it, you need to coat it with talcum powder to prevent this. So all these strings… were getting stuck. Once they dried, I’d coat them with more latex and more TP and more latex. This is actually the stage I’m at right now and still have tons of latex on my hands as I type this.

Tendril Buildup

Tendril Buildup