Category Archives: 40k

Plasma Pistol

Warhammer 40k Plasma Pistol prop

I saw this plasma pistol prop on thingiverse a while ago and its been in the back of my mind as a possible build for a while. As I wanted something to distract me that wasn’t too mentally challenging during the COVID lockdown, I broke out a roll of filament and started printing.

This is a really nicely designed project. It’s broken into logical pieces and the sub-assemblies all go together really well. After many days of the printer running constantly, I had the parts run off and ready for priming… and sanding… and priming… and…

Plasma Pistol
Trying to look cool while balancing an unglued Plasma Pistol and take a selfie.

It needed lots and lots of sanding to get smooth. Followed by priming with spray putty. I got through nearly a whole can of the stuff as well as grey primer. It was really hard to find some of the bit that needed redoing sometimes and it wasn’t until I thought I’d finished a pieces, i’d find another one that needed to be reworked a bit.

The plasma coil/core/hot bit was painted seperatly and hit with loads of lacquer to ensure it was nice and glossy. I’m not great with an airbrush but it came out well.

Plasma Pistol core
One Plasma Pistol core

Painty painty.

Plasma Pistol being assembled
Loads of test fitting to make sure it was all coming along ok.

Once I was happy with the basic paint job, it was time to start sticking together and filling bits that needed to be filled.

Plenty of oil paint on the dangerous end. Blues, browns and blacks to get a proper grimy look.

And then one final attempt to look ‘ard.

Anyone know any Inquisitors that need a bodyguard?

Its a weighty beast, coming in at over 700g.

It has a new owner already and will be joining him once the lockdown is a little less lockydowny.

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Warhammer 40k Inquisitor Rosette

Thanks to some recent work on updating the blog I unearthed this unfinished post about the Inquisitor Rosette I made a few years ago. It was half written in 2018 and deserves to see the light of day.

The main parts had been laser cut for me and the cog parts went on to become part of my Mechanicus Purity Seal. The bits have been glued together and then the skull was donated from the normal purity seal casting by using enough resin to mould just the skull. It was a nice way to keep a similar design motif going. Oh who am I kidding, it was to cut down on the effort of making a new one.

It was pretty quick to prime and prep for casting.

I then had a go at casting in brass, bronze, copper, cast iron and two in a white finish. One to stain as if it was bone or ivory, the other to paint up in Inquisitorial colours. Already to kick ass for the lord Emperor.

And heres the Google Gallery: https://goo.gl/photos/gmJfjXaprHUFRA3N8

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Adeptus Mechanicus Purity Seal

After I made my original purity seal, I’ve been meaning to make some new ones for a while. I even managed to start making a couple several years ago before forgetting about it. I finally got round to finishing and casting one based on the Adeptus Mechanicus logo.

It had been sitting unloved in a drawer for a while so with a little polishing up I managed to get round to casting it with some spare Dragon Skin silicone left over from remoulding Cthulhu. I used a trick I’d picked up a while ago for measuring the volume needed by pouring rice into the area to be moulded and then measuring that volume.

To test the mould, and also some different pigments I have, I mixed up some red resin and poured some test pieces.

I’m also trying out some new weathering process which look nice and is a little quicker than my current process. Using oil paint instead of black polish means I have longer to work with the weathering.

Adeptus Mechanicus purity seal
Adeptus Mechanicus symbol on the scroll as well

I’m pretty pleased with the end result. It looks nice and battered but the detail is still clear.

Adeptus Mechanicus Purity Seal

The finished Adeptus Mechanicus Purity Seal is now available, along with the standard Purity Seal, in my Etsy shop.