Introduction: Borderlands Handsome Jack Shield Generator Prop for Cosplay
Welcome to my tutorial on how to make a 3D printed Handsome Jack's shield generator!
My name is Lazaro Gomez and although I am not brave enough to Cosplay, I do enjoy making props for other people to build, modify, and enjoy out on the convention floor.
Here is how I made this prop / kit.
Step 1: Step 01 : Modeling
I started modeling the piece using photo reference from the internet and 3D Builder that is native to Windows 10.
Once I was happy with the results I exported the STL file and moved on to getting the piece ready for printing.
Step 2: Step 02 : Slicing
I imported the STL file to Cura and began setting up the parameters for the slicing.
Once I was happy with that I exported the GCODE for my Anet A8 printer.
If you are not familiar with what Cura does it basically creates information that a 3D printer can understand in order to create the print.
Step 3: Step 03 : Model Prep
At this point you can sand, add material, smooth out or just simply leave the model the way it is.
Usually I take the 3D print and make a "dummy" cast and then sand and prep that to make a master mold and create a better quality piece when hired to create props.
But for this tutorial I went with the simple paint job to demonstrate how easy and fast it is to create this prop.
Step 4: Step 04 : Painting the Prop
Once the piece was printed I primed it using a rattle can and then moved on to painting with Acrylics.
At the end of this tutorial you can view my video of me painting the piece on my Livestream.
I used Waverly Acrylic paints that are available for purchase at Walmart.
Step 5: Step 05 : Finishing Touches
Once all the paint was dry and cured, I used a Sharpie marker to add the black lines and marks that give the prop it's signature " Cell Shade " look from the game.
I then used a Matte gloss rattle can to protect the paint job and the prop was complete!
Thanks for watching and following along with this tutorial.