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Replica Firearms

Back to some Steampunk stuff!


Tonight’s photos are a mix-match of topics, but the one I’m really getting into is the Longstrike based Steampunk Rifle. I worked on it last night for about 3 hours and completed most of one side.  Embellishments will be added later and weathered to match the rest of the gun. The photos don’t show the recon extension, but that will also be painted to match the rest of the gun. I hope I kept close enough to the core SP colors to make the loyalists happy.

Enjoy the photos and I will have some much better quality shots from the DSLR in the next few days!

A gray variant of the N7 Stampede. I used a smaller decal for the N7 this time, partly to avoid the poorly located screw hole on the reverse side. Definitely check out the larger photos that I’ll be posting soon, they show the weathering and I think you guys will dig the look 🙂
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A little weathering practice for a District 9 gun I’ve been working on for the past 3-4 weeks. I felt weird taking brand new plugs and making them look nasty
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My latest TV Show “Firefly” Lemat pistol is getting closer to being done. I have more work on the main body, but the grips are basically done and I’m happy with how they came out. One photo shows the resin gun with the Denix metal Lemat that was apparently used for making the kit. The 2045 on the original is still visible on the cast 🙂
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Grip detail
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Metal prop vs my resin casting.  I did a small amount of painting on the Denix grips
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Progress on a grenade prop also from Firefly

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Last night’s progress
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Steampunk Longstrike
from last week..
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Progress made last night
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I’m making a gauge with one of the decals. I’m not sure if it will be one of these or the others provided by Christopher Glas at http://vaultLOL.com. Check out his sweet Carbon Fiber Longstrike he made a while back. It’s very cool 😉 If anyone visiting knows a source for cheap steam punk appropriate bits and gauges, please shoot me a message, I’d really appreciate it!
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This baby isn’t going to get painted, but it’s going to be a lifesaver as it gets colder (yes, I’m a Floridian and 50F or lower is cold after hours of exposure, hehe.

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My sincere thanks for visiting my site.  You guys make this all worth the long hours.  Without you I would not get the enjoyment I do, so thank you.  🙂  I’ll hopefully have my kidney stone passed soon and I’ll be back to full-speed, heh.

Brian


Mal’s Pistol Complete in Bronze and Steel


Hi Gang,

These two Firefly pistols finished up at the same time so I was able to get a few photos with the guns together. I hope the contrast of the two guns is interesting to some of ya. Check back soon for Jayne’s pistol which should be done shortly and will be available to anyone interested in owning it. Thanks!

Brian


Shop Update 11-16-2011


Hi Folks!

I’m just getting caught up with the holiday rush that’s begun so forgive the slowdown on posts 🙂 I’ve also had the opportunity to work on some projects that I’m not able to share right now, but hopefully I will after the first of the year. It’s pretty cool stuff so I’m bummed to not be able to share right now. I hope these photos will do until I get a chance to edit and upload the other photos still on the memory card! 🙂

Starting off, I’m working on a Nerf longstrike with a recon barrel, trying to make a cool steampunk style rifle. The scope is from a Longshot
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next we have a Nerf Element with some screw holes being filled and internals gutted to make it a prop only. It’s strating to look a bit like something from Terra Nova maybe.. 🙂
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Buzzbee Tommy 20 being done in a 50’s deco style, might end up looking like something out of Fallout, I hope
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A detail shot of last week’s Lasertag LTX blaster. It shows a bit of the smaller stuff sometimes lost in the full gun shots
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What’s taken most of my free time over the past few weeks 🙂
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A little test mule nerf scout. I decided to try out some carbon fiber vinyl, I hope it’s decent for a first try (second photo)
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and a halo themed Scout for good measure 🙂
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The Resin Mass Effect M5 is getting some much-needed attention
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Some results from doing some shopping and thrift store rummaging 🙂
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and proof that sometimes the post office breaks things. :/
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Some goodies for the Firefly fans
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First coat of paint on the beast rifle. Gray goes on next
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and lastly, proper photos of the Recon/Longstrike Assault rifle in HALO looking trim
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Thanks as always for visiting. Please let me know if I can make something for ya!

All the best,
Brian
johnsonarms76@gmail.com


Shop Update 11-3-2011


Hi Folks,

Almost another week gone with lots of progress on the guns I’m working on for clients and for my own enjoyment.  🙂   Hope you enjoy them!

Completed Guns

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Projects under way..

Got this in the mail from my wonderful folks as an early Christmas gift 🙂
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and now I can brand the customs!
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Borrowed the Pin-point sight 🙂
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Welcome to the shop! Haha
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Most of the finished guns are available for sale immediately if you’re interested.  Just shoot me an email – BCJFLA76@Gmail.com.  Thanks for visiting, please let me know if I can help with your commission ideas!

Brian


Firefly Resin Replica Complete – Mal’s Pistol in Steel


Hope everyone’s getting ready for Halloween and putting the finishing touches on their costumes and decorations.   For anyone who’s not into celebrating that sort of thing…happy Monday?  😉

So I finished the Wilco resin kit of Mal’s pistol from Firefly.  It’s a really clean cast, but unfortunately the handle is not 100% authentic.  I guess you gotta make some concessions when it comes to the more reasonably priced models.  Beyond that, the gun is unmistakable.  This particular version was done in the TV show’s steel color.  The movie used a very bronze / brass color that also looks great.

Based on the response I plan to order more of these kits to offer to anyone else looking for a very nice display piece.  You can email me directly if you’re interested.  I also am more than happy to paint your provided kits for this or any other gun you happen to be a fan of.   I promise you won’t be disappointed in the final results!

Enjoy the pictures and I’ll be posting some other completed projects in the next day or so.  I also just received two of Jayne’s Lemat pistol as well as some other really cool resin prop kits from the show and movie. Be sure to check back soon!

All the Best,
Brian
johnsonarms76@gmail.com

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Twitter Updates


Hey guys! I’m going to be doing a gun give-away soon and wanted to get as many people involved as possible. If you’re interested, please add me on twitter!

http://twitter.com/#!/JohnsonArms/johnson-arms-2

Thanks and see you there! More updates and progress photos, plus it easier to make suggestions or contact me 🙂

Brian


A few things done, more things started!


Hey All,

Lots of new faces today, many thanks to IGN.com and Kotaku.com for the very cool articles on my Mass Effect themed Stampede.  I truly do this for fun of it and being able to share it with others is a real cool deal.  I appreciate every visit and hope you guys will continue to enjoy the guns as I move into more modified bodies and less of the stock variety.  That’s just been a limitation of time and having the right space for the equipment I’d like to have.   Something to work for, I guess 🙂

Here’s a few more photos of some recent stuff – mostly finished or almost-so.  More photos soon 🙂

Brian

You guys can also check out a few videos I’ve posted on Youtube if you want.  Mostly older stuff, but some of that is pretty cool.  You can find them here:  http://www.youtube.com/user/BillofWrongs?feature=mhee

Ok, photo time!

Steampunk Proton finished!
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Alien (Needler looking?) Blaster – Buzz Bee Tek 6

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Two of the three..Stampede v2.0 is coming soon 🙂

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Mass Effect themed Vigilon is almost complete, just a few more detail and some decals!

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Gun prop for a small video, logos didn’t need to be sanded…whew. 🙂

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Had to do another on of these! Kinda District 9 influenced coloration

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Check back soon – possible drawing coming up – world-wide just so long as your country won’t try to put me in jail for mailing it to you!


eBay listings up!


Just put a bunch of extra stuff on eBay for anyone looking for a Halloween costume prop. Mixed bag of goodies and even a few of the “specialty” guns up as well. I just love fall cleaning time! 🙂

http://www.ebay.com/sch/dransifl/m.html


Mobile Update!


Hey folks! Been on the run this week so in leu of having a full blog update I will be posting photos from the iP4. Sorry for the quality, but I’ll get the DSLR versions up as soon as possible 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you have any commission work I can help with. This includes unfinished resin replicas!

All the Best,
Brian

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Photos from the Shop 9-26-11


Welcome back guys! Just some phone snaps from last night showing progress on a few of the smaller guns and such. I also got my first LED working! Quite excited about where that’s going lead on the guns (mmm glowing lights..heh). Anyways, check out the photos and let me know if you’re needing something unique for Halloween or anything else coming up!

Brian

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Photo Jackpot Edition!


Welcome back folks, you’re just in time for the photo avalanche! I got a lot of stuff moved along enough to get some photos. I’ve also included a few that are just starting the trip, but thought you’d enjoy seeing them “before” and after.

The Vulcan is probably my favorite for this week, but I’m really liking how the N7 Maverick is coming along. That should be done soon. Expect more photos soon, I kept a lot of stuff secret for now…mysterious, right? 🙂

Have a great weekend and we’ll meet back here soon!

Brian

Ok, with all the lip flapping out of the way, on to the photos! Sorry some might be the dreaded iP4 versions, now in “Low-Rez w/ bad color correction!” 🙂

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Another one of the tiny cap guns. Very cute little thing! Steampunk Baby? Hmm..
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Your basic oddly-green pistol
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Standard issue Maverick ready for steampunk embellishments

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One of my little squirt guns. I was testing out the water-slide decals made by Chris over at http://vaultlol.com. Check out his awesome Fallout props!

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I think this one is Mars themed? I made it to test out doing chipping and ended up liking the different color scheme. This was kina what started all the red guns..plus I bought a lot of red paint. Waste not-want not! 🙂

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The Vid-Phôn from the movie Blade Runner in a custom color scheme

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Retro Mass Effect Maverick. Just for fun and still in progress

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Yep, had to make some kinda Mass Effect themed Scout too

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Going for a kinda “Covenant” coloration on this one. the perp color is a bit off in this photo

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Just a simple brass squirtgun. I really like these for some reason..

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All I can tell you is that I work long hours…and I’ve wanted to paint one since last year 🙂

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Blue Halo-themed Scout with a lot of subtle color changes and whatnots..yes, I want the decal a bit (read: a lot) smaller, but the vinyl is very tough to separate when the pieces are any smaller

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Ok, my clicky finger is tired. Hope you enjoyed the pics and if you like this stuff, please tell a friend. Or an enemy BEFORE you hit em. Please and Thanks! 😉


“Vera” Callahan Fullbore Autolock NERF custom complete!


Finished up the last few bits on Vera and I think she would be recognized at a convention or something Firefly related 🙂 Hope you guys approve of how the gun came out!

(The magazine is non-functional, but I like how it came out – thanks for the assistance and blood-letting, Dad!)

Progress photos..

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and finished

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Project Updates 9-13-2011


Hey Gang! Just wanted to post a few progress photos. Full update soon!

Brian

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Praxis and Proton obtained!


I hope you all are finding your own Vortex guns at the local stores, I know I’m seeing people posting on Facebook with their “early” finds.  I managed to grab a Proton and Praxis after work and have spent part of the evening shooting my walls with little green frizbees 🙂  I took a few photos of them in stock form so no shocking spy photos here, but I figured I better post a few just in case you haven’t found better ones already online.

They shoot great and I think they’ll make great props.  Expect to see them worked into the schedule next week.  Let the spring and screw losing being!

 

So I really like the packaging on the new guns.  I expect more from the dart guns now.  I do not want to be able to touch the gun before I open the box! 🙂
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The Praxis – the cocking mechanism seems to delay shooting the next round for just a fraction of a second, but maybe I’m just imagining things…still love the gun and it’s design. For the price I kinda expected some scope that would compliment the gun. Ah well…just gotta buy the big daddy for that bit of kit 🙂
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The Proton – It’s small, but it’s awesome in my opinion. using the little side levers to load the disk makes me smile for some weird reason. I’m going to have fun with this one for sure 🙂
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Bonus photo of some post-apocalyptic weaponry for a Fallout style costume
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More photos soon – lots of new stuff 🙂

Brian


Labor Day Update!


Hi folks! Just a few photos of the projects currently under-way (more unphotographed, but I’ll get those photos up soon!)

The Vigilon is just about done, just waiting on the decals and the PDK is getting close in it’s Patrolman iteration.

Vera got her bullet mount on the stock and a pretty cool slanted magazine to look more like the source material.

There’s also a semi auto pistol with tac light that’s going to pair up with a pistol-grip shotgun for use with a Fallout style costume. Should be a cool duo when they’re all done. The last gun is a simple little disk shooter we all probably owned at one time, this one just looks a bit more dangerous 🙂

Enjoy and I’ll have more to share soon!

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Custom NERF Vigilon gets some paint and Jayne’s Vera gets some character!


Sorry for a short post tonight, but I wanted to get a few photos up before heading out. I painted the rear part of the Vigilon to get a sense of the color-scheme (military/HALO-ish) and from that I think the gun will look pretty cool when it’s all done. I also started breaking up the canvas that is my NERF version of Vera from the TV show Firefly. That’s one heck of a detailed prop and so I’m doing my best to replicate the different surfaces. I’m certain it will look good when it’s done, but I’m shooting for great so we’ll see how the next week goes!

Enjoy the pictures and thank you for visiting my humble little blog site. 🙂

Brian

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Vera with parts missing, of course!
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A couple scouts that snuck in..
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Custom Nerf Vortex Vigilon in the works!


Thanks to a generous gift in the mail today , I started work on a custom painted Nerf Vigilon from the upcoming Vortex series. It was stamped with a few odd phrases…DO. NOT. SELL. 🙂 I didn’t pay a dime, so I’m going to assume I won’t have my doors kicked in any time soon! I posted some photos below of the gun out of the box as well as into the sanding phase. It’s got putty drying right now, but tomorrow I should be ready to base coat and then get after masking this weekend. I’m really looking forward to seeing how it comes out, because I have no idea what I’m going to do with it at the moment 🙂

Stay tuned, as the photos show there are some other cool props in the works as well! Add me on facebook if you want to see more WIP photos of this and all the other silliness! facebook.com/johnson.arms

Santa came today!
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Laying out some of the loot

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Sanding..still my fav!
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DO NOT….nope, can’t make out the last word 😉
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Weathering on the StrikeCon
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Vera from Firefly gettign close to detail painting stage
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I am IRON MAN! (Thanks to Pocket at Urban Taggers for the idea!)
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For the nature crowd, here’s a few shots of some of the skies we’ve had thanks to Hurricane Irene 🙂
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Double Rainbowz!
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Your’s truly 🙂
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Thank you for visiting and stop back soon!

Brian


Stuff that I found cool: The N7 Rifle from Mass Effect 3 by Volpin Props


Harrison Krix and his team made this awesome prop for Bioware’s Comic-con booth. They made it in about 2 weeks. Incredible work 🙂 Have a look, there’s even a speed video of some weathering of another very cool Mass Effect gun.

Check it out here!


Lanard Rotator X8 – Steampunk version #3 – Work in Progress 8/3/11


Just a few quick photos of the gold variation. I’m feeling a bit under the weather, so this is short and schweet!

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Here’s the steel one just for contrast. Have a good day/night guys!

Brian


Project updates 7-28-11


A Smattering of stuff from the past week. Sorry a lot of them are phone photos, folks, but I don’t bring out the heavy photo weapons when it’s 120% humidity 🙂

There a lot of things in the works, so I promise there will be some neat-o things to see soon. Until then, thank you all so much for the support and commission requests. I am truly honored to have such great people around me.

Enjoy the photos and don’t forget to tell a friend…or a movie producer. 😉

Brian

Fankenstein assault rifle – Recon Body / Longstrike Barrel with shortened front end / Raider Stock / Stampede Magazine 😉
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Steampunk Otterbox 2.0
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Special Unit 2 Replica – Resin Cast
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Sam Howe’s Stainless Steel Maverick with Leather Grip
With a WIP sparking pistol in bronze
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In an almost finished state
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Samus’s gun from Metroid – This was as close as I could get without more time!
WIP –
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Finished –
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Long Las (WarHammer 40K) and Space Marines Shotgun – Both WIPs
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Firefly WIP – Just the drybrushing base in this photo
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Standard Issue Steampunk Maverick
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Thanks for looking!


Ebony and Ivory inspired .50 Desert Eagles


Quick little update, but I’ve been working on these for a while and wanted to share. As always, sorry for the phone camera quality!

Best,
Brian

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Vash the Stampede’s Long Colt 45 Replica


All done with the Long Colt 45. Wanted to share it before bed! 🙂 This is a lower-quality cast, probably made from a nicer original. I did my best with fixing the imperfections, but at a certain point, the time spent starts to not make sense. Regardless, I think it came out pretty nice.

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Weekend Update


Happy weekend everyone! Finally have some blue skies here in Florida so I got some more stuff started and the current batch moved along nicely 🙂 Here are some phone photos to hold everyone over until I get the good stuff put up!

Also received the new Max Force Rifle so I’ll have a full review up soon!

All the best,
Brian

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Wednesday, June 15th 2011 – Shop update!


Hey all,

Here’s a smattering of things that I’m finishing up or in the middle of. Just got contacted today by Jakks Pacific regarding a new line of “tagger” guns along the lines of Buzzbee and NERF. I didn’t get home with enough time to check out all the great pictures, but I will tomorrow and they’re sending me a set of the new guns, so expect a review and my opinion on how they’re going to look painted up. Well of course I’m planning to paint them…hehe.

Be well,
Brian

More Mass Effect style Stampede love. This buyer hated the first one (that sold the following day so I’m not offended, heh), but I think I’m right on track with this version. There’s a lot of covered tape so don’t be mislead into thinking this thing will be so solidly red 🙂 More soon!
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The next batch just waiting their turn!
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Still love the 1911’s
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Tactical Nerf Nite Finders. Akimbo!!! 😉
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The reject. I like it a lot and my word is LAW!! 🙂
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More Steampunk-colored Maverick action for an upcomming photo shoot
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