Introduction: Star-lords Blasters
This is a guide on how I made my star-lord blasters, this was a bit of an uphill battle so I wasn't sure what I was doing half the time. Because of this there's isn't a whole lot of pictures but I'll try my best to explain what I did.
Step 1: Sketch Out Blasters Body
The fist thing I did was print off an image the size I wanted the blasters to be. I then traced a rough shape of the blaster using cut out peices of the printout out. I call it rough because this body does not include the tip of the barrel, the wings and has a hole. Sorry for the poor explanation but it will become clear later on, i then cut out the shape of the body from pink foam insulation.
Step 2: Shaping
I then started to sand my life away in order to get a flat rounded barrel top. Make sure to smooth out the flat areas aswell in order to have a more polished look.
Step 3: Add the Wings
This part was fairly straightforward in which I cut out some little wings out of craft foam and glued them on, make sure to measure them to the picture and sand the foam down in order to have a smooth edge between the two pieces.
Step 4: Building the Tip of the Gun
Remember when I said the body is missing the tip of the gun, now is when we fixed that. I once again used the print out I have to trace the shape of the tip however I had to add extra length on the top and bottom of the pattern. I then cut it out of thin craft foam and glued it on bit by bit to the very end of the blaster.
Step 5: Nosel
Now that the tip of the gun is on we can make the model using the same idea, cut it out of foam and glue it on with hot glue however they will need a circle cut out of foam glued to the bottom for a stronger hold.
Step 6: Building the Handle
The handle was cut out of children's play mats. I traced the shape of the handle making sure my hand would fit in first I cut out two and used a stove to lightly heat the edge and smooth out rough edges. I then glued them together with hot glue and applied extra to the outside edges and smoothed it down with a tool I had although I would suggest a playing card or an old gift card to make it smoother
Step 7: Sculpting the Bottom Gold Bit
I made the gold bits out of polymer clay and some clay tools but air dry clay would work. The tools I used was a needle tool, a small scoop like tool and a rubber end which was used to smooth everything out. I started by rolling out a log of clay that's the same size as the picture I had. I then marked out my lines for the middle dip and carved it out, I also drew lines on it so it looked similar to a screw. Then I carved out the hole in the tip and added the side slits. Lastly, I added some wire through it so I could attach it to the other pieces that will be added, make sure it's nice and long.
Step 8: Building the Top Gold Bit
I followed the same steps as the previous except I round the middle to make it look like two halves. This was done by drawing a line down the middle with the needle then rounding the two parts with my fingers and rubber bits, there also was no need to make a hollow tip.
Step 9: Top Inside Details
Now that the gold pieces are done I moved onto building a sort of kebab for the inside of the upper gun. However, I did a terrible job taking pictures of it so I'll try my best to explain it here, using the printed picture for the size I using the wire I had baked into the clay to stab through the piece of foam so I could trace around the shape of the top gold detail I had made. I took the foam off and shaped it through cutting and sanding, once happy with it I cut out a small piece of the kid's mat and glued it to the edge making sure it overhung by a bit. This piece got put on with the kid's mat pressed against the gold detail. I then repeated what I had done with the pink foam previously and made a piece for the back. Once all the pieces were together I poked a hole using the wire through the overhang of the inside of the gun and into the handle to make sure it all fit. If it's all good glue all the pieces together and into the holes that were made.
Step 10: Bottom Inside Details
The bottom was handled the same as the top but it had different pieces that needed to be made. The bottom used a circle which was made the same as all other foam pieces and placed into the hollowed tip of the gold bit. I then made the back foam pieces, fitted it all and glued it on like in the previous step.
Step 11: Gluing the Handle On
I then glued the handle on and used some air dry clay to fill in the holes. This was done by jamming a log in and smoothing the end out until it looked nice. A little tip for air dry clay used lots and lots of water so it won't crack.
Step 12: Glue and Paint
Finally we made it to the last step, this step starts with me slathering this poor thing in layers and layers of white glue. I think by the end I had done five to seven layers, however, something I did later and should have done sooner is use a pencil the carve the line details in and burnt lines in the foam (ill explain later). Please do this before you add the glue or else you'll end up with bubbles as I did. This is to help make it a bit tougher as well as making everything have the same texture for painting purposes. Now we paint everything black so the colours will all turn out right. I then took a pencil and carved in the line details on the gun but like I said do this before now. I then painted parts of the gun a grey silver and burnt in the lines in the blaster. This was done by cutting the slits with a craft knife then heating the blade to make the spaces larger. I then taped off and painted my gold details and added some weathering by splattering water down black paint on the gun and wiping it off. Lastly, I blended yellow, purple and blue on the tip of the blaster. Once dry I added glue over the yellow, purple and blue and with that I was done.