Custom Toys and Action Figures by Blayne

Monday, September 26, 2016

HOW TO: Hollow out a model for 3D printing

While looking for a way to save costs on 3D models printed through Shapeway's laser sintering SWF-material type, I came across a very easy to use tutorial that uses the (free) Autodesk Meshmixer.

https://www.3dhubs.com/talk/thread/how-save-material-costs-tutorial-how-hollow-out-your-model

Essentially, import your .obj or .stl 3D model, Click "Edit" > Hollow. Adjust where the 'holes' are in the model, click the confirmation button in that menu and it automatically generates a second surface between the inside and outside of the model. For some types of 3D printing, this can drastically reduce the cost and time spent printing.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Fallout / Mad Max Costume and Prop Photoshoot

Working with DROO Photography, I had a few photos taken of my 'Raider' work at FanExpo 2016. Includes handmade NCR Ranger forearm and hand armor, resculpted hockey equipment, and hand distressed/modified clothing in a wasteland style.

This is the first photoshoot I've done in a costume since I was a little kid, so it was pretty fun. :)






Saturday, September 3, 2016

Fanexpo 2016: Fallout 4 Raider - now with Special Pipboy!




In addition to some cosmetic tweaks to my Fallout raider cosplay, I've disassembled, repainted/stenciled and weathered the Fallout 4 "Pipboy edition" into a Vault-tec colored wearable prop. I wore it to FanExpo Toronto.


Here's an in-universe bio I wrote for this piece:

"Congratulations citizen! You've been randomly selected to receive a special blue, yellow and grey Vault-tec branded pipboy! This certainly isn't part of a nefarious social experiment wherein your overseer monitors the effects of social exclusion and jealousy surrounding perceived social difference. No sir! Anyone who said that is a liar, and should be reported immediately to your overseer. Enjoy strolling about your vault in style, with Vault-tec brand pipboy! Stylish and elegant: you'll be the talk of the community!"





Based on a modified texture design by "Taiwendo" at Nexus Mods:
http://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/423/?


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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

Copyright, fair use and visual mashups

An interesting article that I could see reapplied to 1-off (or short runs) of custom figures, cosplay armor or props based on existing properties.
A question I get asked a lot is, “How come you haven’t gotten sued?” Another thing I see a lot of is artists worrying about getting sued (for example, in relation to comic companies cracking down on fan prints at conventions). I also see a lot of terrible mash-ups whose makers by all rights *should* be sued. So for all these reasons I thought I’d put together everything I know on the subject
Via superpuch.net

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Fallout Vault-Tech Pebble Digital Watch Faces


A friend gave me a first generation smartwatch as a present called the 'Pebble', so I designed a few a square-face version of the Fallout 'Vault-Tec' Industries' watch face for it:

My favorite watchface among those I put together is a revised version of 'Vault-tec 24' by Microbyte: I changed it to look better on a square original Pebble watchface, and to use 12-hour time measurements instead of the grainy/circular 24-hour one it had originally.

Vault-Tec 12
 by Blayne: Download


How?: Using image editing software, as well as the Pebble Image Converter to properly dither image resources correctly while not looking too pixelated.


Then upload that .PNG image to the Watchface Generator v2 and add in/control the overall appearance. It lets you choose and adjust just about every conceivable detail.


Afterward, use a QR code reader App to easily open the URL on the phone which is paired to your Pebble watch. I made sure it opened in my default browser, so it could properly hand-off the URL to my Pebble iOS app. From there, as long as there's empty slots in you watch for watch faces, it then automatically transfers the new Watchface to the Pebble by Bluetooth.

Complicated to make, but fun to have.

Original 24h face:


Test shots of various faces on my Pebble + with my original GUESS wide-band leather watchstrap.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Papercraft Fallout 4 T-60 Helmet Pep file

A search of PapercraftSquare.com for Fallout 4 brings up a fan-modeled T-60 helmet. :)

Edit: I found a T60b full armor model (looks like it was exported from the game? Source Unclear) here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Cosplay Foam/Worbla Build example

I came across this build on Kotaku's Cosplay sub-site:



I'm not sure of the artists age, but she's certainly talented. What does detract from the video (and the general professionalism of her craft) are the intermittent hoots, teenagery-silly grunts, and 'extreme wacky faces!' she interjects into the video.  I understand adding some humor or levity, but in general that comes across as very forced, and almost derails the video for me.

Irritating presentation aside, the tools, materials, and procedures for building cosplay are a great resource for anyone considering starting or refining their craft.