Chrow's Nest

Firstly. Spearheads! They got really fucking ugly for a while.. Then they got better again. Now I think they are ready for copious amounts of paint.

Secondly. Lu Bu Boffer Halberd for my bestest bro in the whole world. Made it a few months ago, but forgot to take any pictures. I don’t LARP or anything, but I’m certain if I did, they’d ban every damn weapon I made.

Right, so I took the pictures and I figure I should use them, since this tumblr is just gathering dust.

I made that huge ass juggling club type thing and I figured it needed to be part of a pair, so let me break down the steps for you.

  1. Get some gatorde bottles and wash them out. I used to big ass ones because I had a lot of them laying around after a particularly shitty flu.
  2. Take a dremel tool and cut a hole in the bottom. This is going to look like molten shit, but that’s because PET bottles melt instead of cut. Keep the area well ventilated and don’t breath that shit in.
  3. I took about 36 inches of PVC pipe and ran it through the two holes in the bottles. To keep it from rattling around, I taped a little chunk of foam on the end and near the opening of the inner bottle. Then I taped the whole thing together and put a ring of foam around the middle of the bottles.
  4. I cut out an ass load of these slightly taped chunks of foam. I can’t remember the measurements, but one end is slightly narrower than the other by about half an inch or so.
  5. Then I started taping them to the bottle. 7 segments around the top and 7 around the bottom. It’s going to look like ass at this point.
  6. Repeat the same process for the top on the bottom.
  7. Added another strip of foam around the middle for good measure. Then I taped the shit out of the top and bottom, constricting it a bit and giving it a more uniform shape.
  8. Wrapped up the handle next. Did a couple layers just to be sure.
  9. Tape that shit up! I chose blue this time. It was looking so fucking nice with those first two stripes of blue wrapped around.. then it started getting really awkward because of the strange shape of the whole thing. Also, I wrapped the handle in electrical tape so it has a nice squishy grip and wrapped some foam around the end to create cap at the bottom of the handle.

Now you’re ready to reenact your favorite episode of American Gladiators!

More boffer shit!
So, I was giving some thought to doing Cod-Tier Gamzee a couple weeks back and I got to pondering his juggling clubs. Now, being the speshul snowflake that I am, I figured that I didn’t want to just buy a couple of shitty juggling clubs off ebay or whatever and just drag those around, because I’d feel like a goon for not being able to juggle them.
Instead, I got the idea to make a giant club, sort of based off some random fucking picture I can’t even find any more. Seeing as I was still sort of in boffer mode and I still had a fuckhuge pile of foam to use, I figured I could make a giant boffer club instead.
I finished this the other day after a sudden burst of GETSHITDONE. I don’t know if this means I’m doing Gamzee or not (In fact, I’m leaning towards doing a Xelor costume from Wakfu) but maybe I’ll put together a second one and actually take progress photos for it. Thinking about making a blue and a purple one.
If you’re curious, the whole thing is a little over 3 feet long.

More boffer shit!

So, I was giving some thought to doing Cod-Tier Gamzee a couple weeks back and I got to pondering his juggling clubs. Now, being the speshul snowflake that I am, I figured that I didn’t want to just buy a couple of shitty juggling clubs off ebay or whatever and just drag those around, because I’d feel like a goon for not being able to juggle them.

Instead, I got the idea to make a giant club, sort of based off some random fucking picture I can’t even find any more. Seeing as I was still sort of in boffer mode and I still had a fuckhuge pile of foam to use, I figured I could make a giant boffer club instead.

I finished this the other day after a sudden burst of GETSHITDONE. I don’t know if this means I’m doing Gamzee or not (In fact, I’m leaning towards doing a Xelor costume from Wakfu) but maybe I’ll put together a second one and actually take progress photos for it. Thinking about making a blue and a purple one.

If you’re curious, the whole thing is a little over 3 feet long.

Figure it’s time to update!

Every so often, I get bored and toss together a boffer sword. I don’t really LARP or anything, but these are still fun to have around just as the occasional distraction. I have a younger brother who is shaping up to be just as much of a dork as I am and it’s great fun to take him outside and clash swords.

The process is pretty simple, really. While scavenging for cardboard, as I usually do, I often come across this plasticy white packing foam. Often used to protect electronics and such because it doesn’t create as much static electricity as the crumbly typical styrofoam.

First thing I did was chop a long, rectangular length of the stuff down the middle, lengthwise and then cut a channel down the center of that piece. This will come in hard later.

The next step was to give the whole thing more of a blade shape. I tapered down the edges, so both sides were more of a trapezoid shape. From there, I cut a triangular shape out of the top (reason why in a second) and beveled down the edges by cutting along the surface at an angle.

From there, you tape one side of this vague bladeshape to a length of PVC pipe. Then I taped the other half to the half that was secured to the pipe. For the tip, I cut out two diamond shaped pieces of foam andshaped them a bit so shwne they sandwiched together they would come to a point.

The rest is just a matter of covered it nicely in tape so it looks fancy and neat. Once everything is covered in duct tape, it should more or less hold itself together. To spiff it up, I created a hilt from a piece of leftover foam and added some decorations, like the diamond. I also covered the bottom of the handle just because that’s kind of a safety thing. For that, I just wrapped some leftover strips of foam that I had carved off the blade and taped them in place. I used some shiny fake aluminum tape along the ‘blade’ to make it shiny and covered the rest in black and silver duct tape.

As a last touch, I wrapped another strip of that leftover foam around the handle to give it a better grip. I later wrapped it with electrical tape to make it look better, but I didn’t take a picture of that.

I’ve gone and vanished again.. Holidays and all that, y’know.

How about we jump in the wayback machine and look at some of my older stuff?

Also, apologies on the pictures. I didn’t take any of these and they all date back to 2006.

So, like many budding weeaboos, I was a Narutard many centuries ago. My favorite character was Kankuro, but thinking back, I’m not sure if I liked him because I thought he was awesome, or if I grew to like him because I cosplayed him.. Anyways, I liked the whole ninja puppeteering thing and when Sasori showed up, I was dead set on making a costume for him.

This was definitely one of those costumes where I learned a lot from making it and wearing it. The whole thing wasn’t all that heavy, but it was quite awkward to wear, and seeing as so much of the costume is situated on my back, it’s even harder to get a good photo of.

Overall, it came out quite well, unfortunately, I’ve since stripped the large pieces down for their components, which have already because parts of other props. I held onto the mask, the arm, and the tail-tip, I think.. they are scattered around here somewhere.

Additionally, I’d say that a lot of the work I did in the future wouldn’t be possible without the stuff I figured out from working on this costume. The whole wire-frame structure thing made my Monster Hunter armor and Big Daddy costume possible.

Random old commissions from several years back when I didn’t have a reliable digital camera. As you can probably tell, several of these pictures weren’t taken by me.

From top to bottom

Sanshuuou - Kankuro third puppet, made mini-sized. Mostly cardboard and paper mache. Came out nicely, but it’s a fairly simple puppet to begin with.

Keyblade - Lots of cardboard and hot glue, but this is honestly not my best work. The glue is sloppy and the edges were unnecessarily rough. Last time I saw this prop, it was kind of beat to hell.

Zangetsu - Really simple prop. Apparently got busted before the con. Never got to see it in any photos with the costume. Shit sux.

Benihime - Urahara’s sword. I have no progress photos of this sword because it was made in a matter of hours at an Ohayocon several years back. It was actually some pretty damn good work if I do say so myself. It’s just a shame that I never got any more pictures of it besides these two.

You’re sick of that ugly sword, so let’s dig into the archives and pull up some other shit I’ve made. Y’know, since I haven’t updated in a few weeks.

How about the Chargin’ Targe from Team Fortress? This was a commission for a friend (friend and friend’s crotch partially pictured above).

As you can probably tell, the majority of this prop was just cardboard cleverly layered and assembled to give it that sort of cartoony bulk that’s so prevalent in the designs for TF2. This prop was made before I discovered Gesso so I went through some difficulty getting certain things properly covered, but an abundance of hot glue seemed to do the trick.

Like several of my previous projects, I started working on this far earlier than expected, then stopped for a while, then rushed in the last couple weeks to get it done. I need to stop doing that.

The paint job was another thing I wasn’t too proud of, mostly because it looks like shit here. Before I handed it off and received payment, I did touch it up with some more metallic paint and tried to hide some of the more obvious flaws. It came out looking much better than these last two photos would imply.

SO. MUCH. PAPER MACHE AND SPRAY PAINT.