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M97 Viper M12 Locust - Finished. by Storm1822 M97 Viper M12 Locust - Finished. by Storm1822
Completed! (More pictures of the outfits to come soon).

These are my first Props :D VERY happy with them!!!! :D
Both of the Guns are from Mass Effect 2. I made the sniper for myself and the SMG for my girlfriend *Mijiko88

We performed a Skit at the Eb Games EXPO gold coast 2011 - We won!!! :D Very happy after the steep learning curve on each part I had to make - We havent done a photoshoot yet but there will be one soon.

Watch our skit here : [link]

I was Thane, and *Mijiko88 was Kasumi :D

Thanks to Pinin for the Photo!!! [link]
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kaff33nd Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Nice work on these. My 2 favourite weapons in the series. Nice! :)
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ManticoreEX Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I really want the Locust... So bad
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Storm1822 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha yeah, they are very sexy little gun arent they!! xD
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ManticoreEX Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know T_T between that and the Paladin, those are the two I wanna make! And the Falcon. But you did such a good job!

What did you use?
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Storm1822 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mostly MDF and putties to seal the join layers xD Learnt a lot of what to and what not to do while making them which was a bonus xD
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THEWULFMAN Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice job.
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Storm1822 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!! :D
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I want a Locust. I want it now. [link]
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Storm1822 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hahahahahahahah! xD Not for sale sorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyy xD *takes your money anyway*
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Fluidfyre Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The guns are awesome - and the skit is great too! Hahaha really awesome.
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Storm1822 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks heaps!!! ANDDDDD, it was really great FUNNNN as well :D
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Sakara-Siluria Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
they are fantastic!!!!
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Storm1822 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks heaps!!! =P =P =P
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LeszczuKiller Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice, mate!
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Storm1822 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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LeszczuKiller Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Np :)
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sergiosoares Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Looks cool
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Storm1822 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cheers!!! :P
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BuildMyPaperHeart Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very nice!
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Storm1822 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
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kkanimegirl Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That skit was very exciting.
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Storm1822 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And very fun as well!!! =P
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!!!! O_O

Nicely done for your first time!
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Storm1822 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!! Was a great learning experience, had a lot of great fun!!!
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realAniram Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
I... I want... :iconiwantitplz:
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Storm1822 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hahahahahahahahah xD Thank you!!! =P
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HamCowBoy Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
These are very nice guns as far as the finished product goes but for me there are a couple of bits that niggle me (Sorry).
The trigger guard and grip on the sniper rifle are a bit scrappy looking but I know how hard these things are to carve out. Have you considered using the grip from a toy gun or airsoft? That way the grip will have more of a defined shape and plus you'll have the machined texture to add the extra bit of 'realism' to the piece. I know that finding a gun that sweeps into the fore grip would be hard to find but you can always get around that with a bit of plasticard and Milliput (or any other modelling putty really).
The other thing that gets me is the fatiguing on the sniper barrel, which again I know is a pain to do. To be fair it looks fine but a little bit heavy handed. You could try toning it down a bit with some darker shades of silver or some black. Depending on how fatigued you want it to look, you can get a good rust effect by dripping super glue onto parts of the gun (Sounds weird but it's actually a standard technique used in movies) and then giving it a wash with browns, reds and oranges (And if you use Games Workshops acrylics their Tin Bitz can work well if you dry or wet brush it over the texture of the super glue).
The SMG looks fine, I just think that because the sniper rifle has such large spaces on it the things I pointed out stand out that little bit more. I am sorry if I've been over critical here because I do like these props, it's just those two areas that I pointed out.
Keep up the good work! :)
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Storm1822 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I didnt consider adding parts of a toy or any 'predefined' materials as a small challenge to scratch build the guns. These are from the game Mass Effect 2, So i had made blueprints from studying models of the gun. The trigger guard (as strange as it looks) is actually meant to be like that ><. It does look strange, agreed there :D. The fatiguing on the barrel I do realise is overdone, but it didnt have the time left on this build to go and fix it up - If I hadnt accidently put the gun down in a pool of acetone by accident 4 days before due date I wouldve taken more time weathering it - The acetone also created the lumpy look near the trigger - sad face. Thanks for the feedback! :D
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HamCowBoy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
No worries about the feedback and thanks for getting back to me about it.
Can I ask what you sculpted the props from? because I want to try making some scratch built handles (because finding toy guns with an FN-P90 style grip is frikkin' impossible! :\)
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Storm1822 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Started with layered MDF , then attacked it with my Dremel and other sanding tools.

As for handle grips (too bad the design didnt have this or I wouldve done it), try getting some plasticine, sculpting the handle, then mould and cast it into resin . Probably easier than hard shaping the handles. Bit more expensive though ><
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HamCowBoy Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
that's good to know, I'll be buying a Dremmel tomorrow XD

I'm not set up for casting resin yet (it's something I need to look into) but have you ever tried working with something called Milliput? It's an epoxy clay that you can use for just about anything, including modelling. I use it a lot with my props and once it's dried you can work it with anything (it can even be put through a lathe). It only costs a couple of quid so it's fairly cost effective.
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Storm1822 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah we have something similar here in Australia - Selley's 'knead it'. Same deal, you knead it til mixed, put it where it needs to go then it sets SOLID. Too bad the quantity is small :(
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HamCowBoy Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
Yeah, the fact it comes in 100gm boxes is kind of annoying but the stuff is still invaluable to me (especially when it comes to filling in the cracks in between my plasticard/ salvaged bits of detail.

Is casting with resin hard to do? coz it's something I really want to start doing :)
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Storm1822 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I use builders bog for the most part and ill use knead it when its kneaded....*pun intended* xD

Molding and casting is EASYYYY ... Well for smaller things such as handle grips at least. The results are great but the materials are expensive >< Although i have seen some tutorials on using silicone gaulk as a material to make molds, but havent gotten around to trying it yet?
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Majesticbob Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very sharp looking. Also very well made. The color choice is also well thought out. My only real critique is one i myself have been guilty of: Lumpy paint. Now at a distance it's not really noticeable. But zoomed in I can where you have too much paint layered on trying to get the detail just right. My suggestion: (you might have actually done this.) But try dry brushing in layers. But to be clear that's the only thing I can really critique on. And it's really minor to boot. You did an excellent job.
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Storm1822 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
If you're talking about the Sniper rifle, the 'lumpy paint' is because the surrface is lumpy. Had an Acetone accident 4 days before the con - Didnt have the time to take it back completely flat >< lol. But meh, they're meant to look worn as our skit was based at the end of the game.
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