Often concept art doesn't make it into the games or films they are designed for. Borderlands, while proudly baring its loose and comic book-esque style, still has to dumb-down certain parts of their designs for them to fit into a restrictive game engine. For this reason, I decided to base my prop directly from the concept art which the standard in-game Dahl assault rifle was from. Doing this gave me some artistic freedom too, since the reference pictures I could scavenge were far from all-encompassing and I prefer to tweak my creations according to the things I can recycle.

This project turned out really well and was a thoroughly enjoyable build. In total I spent somewhere in the region of 300 hours on the build, although if I had made fewer mistakes and done certain parts more efficiently, this time could be reduced to under 100 hours. The cost for me was around £120, the main expense being the paint followed by the sight. Bearing in mind I work in such a way so as to favour using things I already have rather than buying new things, someone who has less materials or tools than me could spend well over £250.

I don't expect anyone to read this instructable from beginning to end, but I hope that people interested in prop-making or similar will find some of my methods resourceful.

Victor Does10 months ago

Thanks for sharing the mistakes made, not every one is brave enough to let people to know that one is simply human. Lovely end result! A nice adition to the cosplay costume!

gagemurphree10 months ago

really nice piece wish i had the patience

gagemurphree10 months ago


Could you please do a template design for the shapes? Thanks.

Ikkalebob (author)  The Gristinator10 months ago
I'd be happy to, but honestly I didn't really plan much and most of the sections were done by eye. You can use my blueprint in step two - for the initial shape I cut around the whole thing, then made two more cutouts from thinner wood leavin out the parts I wanted to stay relatively thin (i.e. handle, stock).

Really nice work. I like the awesome amount of details. The last part of your instructable – the lessons learned – is a nice way to close the case – I got to use that in future instructables... Btw. here is one of my latest props...


Could you please put a link for this instructable. If not could you please make an instructable?

I didn't make a instructable on that one yet, but you can find all the principles in this instructable:
Ikkalebob (author)  inspiredwood1 year ago

Cheers! I love that railgun, is it made of MDF?

Plywood and paint – in the same way I did my other guns (as shown in my instructables...) But I never thought of using padding and acrylic too as you did – nice idea!
becurry11 months ago

Nicely done. Very nice. It looks Film set ready.

I also found your walk thru entertaining as well as informative.

Thank you for sharing this

riverswamp11 months ago

amazing I would love to have one of these in my colection.

JM199911 months ago

Wow! I like it!

Dude! Boss! Great prop and a great Instructable. Thanks for sharing.

Grimmyn1 year ago


Video please

syates31 year ago

I have to know how you did the sight.

Ikkalebob (author)  syates31 year ago

I explain in step 10 - I actually cheated and bought a real one!

not sure what this picture is supposed to be: http://cdn.instructables.com/F7C/CIW7/HYVDQ71K/F7C...

Ikkalebob (author)  themanwoaname1 year ago

That's the main handle which has been masked off and sprayed with a coat of textured paint before I put the coat of matt black over it.

Morgantao1 year ago

That's a really good instructable. Lots of good pictures, easy to follow, very detailed.

The prop is looking excellent, very detailed and really cool looking.

I now officially hate you :p

You got my vote!

I think thats pretty cool, only scrolled through alot of it and didnt have enough time to indepth read, but what I did see is that potentially alot of it could be made out of MDF and wood in one block, maybe requiring less sanding. I guess it depends on your tooling. I love the idea (the fact borderlands has 29 million guns) be nice to make several as a wall display! Alas I have other projects to finish first!

Darthorso1 year ago

Super job, my congratulations!

gearup5001 year ago


OMG I WANT IT JUST I dont want to make it
this would look great as a paintball gun. Very gnarly
Porda1 year ago

Awesome project! I'm a huge Borderlands fan too. where did you find the concept art of the gun?

excellent details, especially good photo quality/angles.

One thought... include a snapsot of the gun from the game, or perhaps from an official rendering/wallpaper
deus ex1 year ago

do you think you could turn the gun into a casing and actual place a gun inside

Great work!
Eldalote1 year ago

Wow. Just wow!

AmpOwl1 year ago

In addition to being unusually large, it's also pointed, which is something you definitely don't want in the part that transfers recoil to your shoulder. Video game logic, am I right?

Epic build. Point blank. Great work!

Looks great!

Definitely a one of a kind creation, but detailed enough to let anyone make their own version. And good call on the yellow, really pops!

Very nice, I love all the details. Thanks for sharing!