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Author Topic: X-59 STARHAMMER Ray Gun (new paint, new pics)  (Read 10185 times)
Uriah
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« on: June 10, 2008, 04:43:05 am »

Introducing: the X-59 STARHAMMER Ray Gun, the latest in molecular disrupters for the discerning spacefarer.

Had a couple requests for images of the new paint job.  The old was fine but I didn't feel it was as antiqued enough.  the goal was to have an industrial, natural looking patina.  The original paint work was a flat black spray, followed by a flat aluminum dry brush by hand and then a wash of umber brown to finish it off.  This time I went with an umber brown base coat with a mixture of brown and aluminum for the dry brush.  The result is a more subtle and natural aged look.  Also added a couple knobs to cover some holes I drilled (I had filled some hollow cavities with BBs to give th gun more weight and wanted to completely fill any left over void with spray foam to avoid rattling).  The STARHAMMER weighs 2 pounds 6 ounces even.

(New paint)




(Original post)
Inspired by Weta’s awesome ray guns but unable to afford one due to skyrocketing fuel prices, I set out to build my own scavenged/found-parts sidearm.  The STARHAMMER is the product of multiple trips to local hardware and craft stores and about 30 hrs of garage engineering.  The design is original but owes a lot to Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, the Steampunk movement and of course the brilliant Greg Broadmore.  I tried to modify the existing parts to elaborate and disguise them but if  you look hard enough, you can identify the original parts used (which is fine).  I’ve always been fascinated with how the props in the original Star Wars films were built from existing items they cobbled together – so I guess you could ad those props to the pile of inspirational sources.  As time and parts permit, I hope to build more ray guns before the imminent invasion.

Hope this first attempt at Steampunk art hits the mark.

(Original Paint)







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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2008, 04:46:12 am »

Quite exceptional work, sir Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2008, 04:48:16 am »

You hit the mark and shattered it. That is what I call an entrance!
She is beautiful, and attention to detail is incredible. I am sorry for resulting to profanity, but all I can say is phucking phantastic!

You wouldn't happen to have any in progress pictures? I would love to see each item.

And lastly, welcome to this here forum, it appears you will fit right in!
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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2008, 06:24:45 am »

pew pew Grin Grin
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2008, 09:07:21 am »

Darth Saber, you have met your match. Damn, now I've got to replace DS as my arch-nemesis on all the legal documents. I'm beyond impressed.

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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2008, 09:47:45 am »

Truly amazing. The bar has been set at a level that will require breathing apparatus to pass. I'll go have a cry now, I'm getting all emotional... Thank you for sharing...
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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2008, 10:25:22 am »

What a beauty!
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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2008, 10:39:07 am »

Aye, I'm no fan of rayguns, bit this contraption does seem extremely well-made. Definitely among the best I have seen lately! Good job!
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« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2008, 10:58:41 am »

 That looks totally brilliant, you can see the hours that have obviously gone in to making it. It's totally aspirational too, I'm building a rifle at the minute and if it comes out looking half as cool as that I will be stoked.
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« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2008, 11:30:37 am »

I very much like the Projection end of it, Me thinks it would make a nice Zap.

Well done.
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« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2008, 12:46:46 pm »

Very well done! If this is your first I cannot wait for your second!
Also, welcome to the forum! Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2008, 04:49:05 pm »

Thank you for the unmerited accolades.  The STARHAMMER was a labor of love.  I must look into the work of Darth Saber and Commander Obadiah to review their delicate instruments of mass destruction.

A question for my fellow steam- device developers:  how do you display your ray guns?  Have you found existing displays or have you had better luck fabricating your own?  The odd shape of the STARHAMMER may dictate that I pursue the latter.  Any thoughts would be welcome and appreciated.

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« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2008, 04:58:00 pm »

I like the stand you have for it now. You could elaborate on the theme by sticking to the industrial, mechanical, and cobbled-together look..
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« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2008, 05:00:33 pm »

I would personally mount WMD like a hunting trophy on a wall, with a few brackets supporting the gun backed with an aged piece of wood. Then, when the invasion starts, simply lift out of its mount, and charge her up!

For reference, here is Darth Saber's Work in Progress thread: http://www.brassgoggles.co.uk/bg-forum/index.php?topic=4133.0

and have a look at Mechanical Craniums lovely beast here: http://www.brassgoggles.co.uk/bg-forum/index.php?topic=6316.0

Unfortunately, I cannot find our good Commander's world renowned matter-obliterator, as he has SO MANY FRICKEN POSTS TO SIFT THROUGH! Sorry bought that Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2008, 05:26:26 pm »

Beautiful. And now you're obligated! to post work-in-progress pics of howyadunit!

That is the curse of excellence here. For examples of true excellence and true curse see the steampunk space helmet thread:)

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« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2008, 05:29:41 pm »

That is truly amazing!  Now I don't want to post mine...  Undecided
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« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2008, 05:34:46 pm »

That is truly amazing!  Now I don't want to post mine...  Undecided
Don't be silly, go ahead! After all, you are one step ahead of me Cheesy
And lets face it, by receiving criticism you can get better a lot faster. And plus you have gotten me all curious!
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« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2008, 07:03:52 pm »

Don't be silly, go ahead! After all, you are one step ahead of me Cheesy
And lets face it, by receiving criticism you can get better a lot faster. And plus you have gotten me all curious!

Done and done.
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« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2008, 08:02:29 pm »

Very nice. Me I would have added a cloth covered electrical cord to the socket, but then I am just a bit Bizarre.
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« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2008, 09:49:07 pm »

   
Congratulations on the piece.
You could include the construction process...
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« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2008, 10:05:33 pm »

Whoa, Mr. Uriah, that is one interesting design for a gun! I especially like the two pointy, uhm,... converter...focussing -things at the muzzle. Somehow they remind me of the technique used in the anti-asteroid laser aboard the Empires first Orbital Habitat Station...  Wink

Hmm, I have to admit, I do not recognize any of the parts you used. But then, I have never held one of these so called NERF guns in my hand, nor do I know all of their variations.  Undecided
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« Reply #21 on: June 10, 2008, 10:09:26 pm »

Well, NOW we know where the latest shipment of Awesome Sauce vanished to...

The mark, sir, has been hit, shattered and raised. Do you have any history of building props?
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« Reply #22 on: June 10, 2008, 10:10:50 pm »

Quite the lovely piece of design.  I'm not sure how one would holster such a gun, but I certainly wouldn't want to meet one pointing my way.   Grin
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« Reply #23 on: June 10, 2008, 10:13:53 pm »

That looks fantastic!
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« Reply #24 on: June 10, 2008, 11:57:43 pm »

would love to see some pics of this in progress or before painting, to see all the separate parts breakdown Smiley
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