Introduction: Steampunk Dystopian Sniper Rifle (Mercury Bow)
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Ok, i decided to pull out the big guns with this one (no pun intended).
Ive made a mercury bow, which is described as
"Unlike its low-tech namesakes, this "bow" fires a compressed sliver of frozen mercury at ultrahigh velocity. Damage comes both from the initial trauma of impact and subsequent mercury poisoning. It kills all but the strongest enemies with one shot."
the idea is taken from the game "oni"
I decided to make it recognizably steampunk, while staying true to my own style.
Ive used alot of metal, and alot of card. and alot of other stuff, so much infact that there is no point me creating a list of items. The main barrel is made from metal, and the handle and stock is mostly card, dense card with a layer of corrigated.
Ok, this is about 5 weeks of work, off and on, i will try my best to explain, but its pretty length, so im gonna try and keep it short and sweet.
Thanks to bumpus on this one, he help in the chatroom has made the difference, also thanks to all the other chatroom rats out there.
There are more final pictures in the final step.
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Step 1: The Main Base,
Ok, The main base is made up of three main sections,
The cardboard stock and handle, this is made in my usual style, with two layers of dense card sandwiching corrigated card, and stuck together with PVA.
The Metal barrel, this was made from two metal rods, which were jammed inside of two brass shelf brackets.
The Brass hand grip, although this section was added part wat through the project, it is a key feature of the design.
I started by laying out the metal 'barrel' peices, and the Stock shoulder pad, and basically drawing the shape i wanted.
Then after cutting out the three cardboard layers, and assembling the metal 'shelf' sections, i glued it all into place.
Step 2: Further Modelling
• Pictures 1-4 show the building up of the barrel end, It was made from built up cardboard, and a couple of 90 degree brackets, These were superglued, then PVAed into place.
• Pictures 5-9 show the building up of the Stock, This was done by creating a series of small 'bridges' down either side. I then made two 'cover' sections, which had score marks in them to allow them to bend. I then just glued it all into place with PVA, and superglued to padding section on.
Once these two sections are done, it best to leave it over night to dry.
Step 3: Building Up the Shape.
Ok, more modelling here
• Pictures 1,2 +3 show adding bulk to the handle, and also to the side of the gun, basically add an extra layer to where you would like the depth to be a bit more.
• Picture 4-8 show where i decided to remove a brass 'shelf' section, and add my newly found round brass barrel. There was a metal rod running straight through this, so i built up card around either end, and glued it all in place with PVA - Remember pva sets solid like plastic, so it will hold up very well.
• Picture 9 shows the adding of the trigger, and trigger guard - the trigger was glued into a hole i made in the gun, and the guard is just a slip of card that i glued into place with the help of some paper.
• Picture 10 shows some small molding of the general shape, including the shape of the grip, and the stock.
hold all these sections in place with tape as they dry.
Step 4: Adding the Scope.
Ok, next we add the scope.
This was made from a couple of lenses, and a cardboard tube.
• Pictures 1-4 show how i curved out a section on either side, and filled it in with card, The smaller end also had an extra ring of card added to make it fit the width of the tube.
• Picture 5+6 show the addition of some 'focusing cogs' to the scope.
• Picture 7 shows the system i used to fasten the scope onto the gun, the main weight is taken on the two hinge like sections, and the tiny slab of card toward the front.
Again, let all this dry over night. Using tape to hold things in place.
Step 5: The Cryo Chamber
At the back you will notice the cryo chamber, this is where the mercury bow gets it mercury from.
This was a section that i already had left over from the scope, quite simply, i traced around it, cut a massive hole in the stock, then glued it in place.
See pics for reference, Essentially, you would have to find your own unique peice to insert in here. i very nearly inserted a 'glass capsule'.
Step 6: Adding Decoration.
Ok, now, to my usual style, we need to decorate the gun, to give it more substance, i added cogs, chips, and all sorts, Look through the pics, and see what items you have that are similar,
Also note that throughout i drilled small holes, and added left over screws to give it a bolted together metal look.
Step 7: Handle, Mask and Paint
Ok, i decided to cover the handle first, as it saved trying to glue ontop of paint.
• Picture 1 shows a simple denim cover to the handle. i used black denim, which actually worked really well, a couple of strips of cardboard underneath added a ribbed effect.
• Picture 2 shows the gun masked then painted - mask off any section you want to remain exposed, for me, this was the lenses, and all the brass. but non of the silver metal work.
I than gave it a coat of black spray paint - using my favorate, direct to metal spray paint.
as always, LOTS OF THIN LAYERS, dont just cake it in paint. Take your time, and the results will be better.
Step 8: The Final Step.
Ok finally, now we have this nice black coat, we want to 'dry brush' it with a gold or copper paint,
Make sure you get a really dry brush, dab a bit of paint, then little kinda brush it onto the gun. Repeat depending on the strength and coverage.
I finally added a couple of bits of silver foil tape to the stock, to add a bit more.
And thats it, find the final shots below.
Let me know what you think.
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