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Commander Shepard Cosplay WIP1 by RebelATS Commander Shepard Cosplay WIP1 by RebelATS
I'm cosplaying as Commander Shepard for this year's International Comic Con in San Diego(as well as a few others like the midnight release of ME3). I will be dressed in her casual uniform, the one worn when she is on the Normandy.

Even though Shepard does not carry a gun around on the Normandy, I will be. With all the enemies she has, I would have a weapon at all times. I didn't want to do one that is seen in Mass Effect, I wanted my own design to be proud of. So I took a bunch of reference photos and began working away. Shortly after starting, I received the Game Informer magazine with the article on ME3. They mentioned completely customizable weapons so now my gun will fit right in!

1 - Stock Nerf gun: The Recon C5-6.
2 - The Nerf gun stripped apart so all that is left is the base.
3 - Beginning with the modeling clay.
4 - Modeling clay set and ready for paint.

Step 1-4: VIEWING
Step 5-8: [link]
Completed: [link]
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PandaSamuraiX Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it!
Dose it still fire darts?
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This ones does not. Well, it can if you load it manually. The Mantis is fully functional though.
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PandaSamuraiX Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool!
I could do a micro clip mod to the one I build and just breach load the built in clip, and fire off at least four shots.
Thanks for the inspiration!!
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ThePitbullLover Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
What kind of modeling clay did you use, and how does it set? Does it just dry or something? I'd be terrified of bumping into something and the whole thing falling apart.
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For this one DAS air-drying modeling clay. It dries by itself over a few hours. It's pretty tough as is but I find by adding just a little bit of water to the top and setting it out in the sun it makes it significantly stronger. I haven't had any issues with it falling apart and I've dropped this one a few times. Another clay that people use is Bondo Body Filler (for cars). If you use that, make sure you use the right amount of hardener cream otherwise it'll be soft for weeks.
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ThePitbullLover Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Awesome, thank you.
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redirectLightning Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ho-lee-cow who would have thought you could turn that into a mass effect weapon. Really nice work and thanks for the step by step--makes it a lot easier for us noobies to see the process
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I definitely plan to show more step by step weapons once it gets warmer.
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VP-Land-of-La Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The transformation is amazing! What type of clay did you use?
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] - DAS - I used the pre-made air-drying white version.
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VP-Land-of-La Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Thanks :D
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finex666 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
i applaud to this amazement. you turn a toy gun to a actual ME weapon. kudos to thee.
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Fluidfyre Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So the gun is able to be baked then to set the clay?? That's what I keep wondering about!
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RebelATS Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually just set the clay out in the sun to harden. I live in Louisiana and it was hot enough that day to just do that.
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Fluidfyre Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Was it sculpey or something like that? I'm impressed it hardened in the sun :)
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RebelATS Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The one I like to use is called Das. It's an air-drying molding clay. I got the one that is already made and sealed (I think they have a powder form too). The trick to getting that one to harden perfectly is to run some water on top of it really quickly and set it outside in the sun. That's once you are done with everything (molding/sculpting/detailing). You can put it in the oven but with Nerf guns, I've had some melt before. Could be my oven... but that's the technique I'm using.
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Fluidfyre Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tips! :) It's really well done, love the finished product.
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RebelATS Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem and thank you!
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totalexistancefail Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
For a commission of the jacket you can always check out :iconcosplayer-commission: ! There's a lot of talented artists on there (I'm there too! It's rather exciting. If you want to allow people to custom commission your guns you are making then you can join too!) and I'm sure you can find someone to help you. :) I would offer to make it for you but a) I have no idea when the con is and my finals are approaching in a few weeks, and b) I might be a bit far away, although I can do dummy work. Good luck!
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a great idea! I'm going to go post a request for my jacket there now. Yeah, Comic Con is at the end of July, so lots of people are already backed up with their own requests.
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totalexistancefail Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! Well, the end of July isn't so bad. The only con I have to worry about is in the beginning of June so I'm pretty footloose and fancy free. If you have no luck with Cos. Commission I'll be open after May 13th to take commissions (end of finals week. Woo!). Good luck with your search! I hope you'll find somebody who can help you! :)
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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vampirepanguin123 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Student General Artist
oh my god.... looking at the process that you used to make it... this is EPIC!!! and i have to say... before looking at this one i was so freaking impressed... but the fact that u repurposed a NERF GUN!?!? thats just beyond all words... :O

i bow down to you....
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It's actually my first attempt at anything like this too and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

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VanDii Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
I would die of laughter if I saw Conrad Verner. I would be willing to Cossplay him... I'd be able to "act" just as corcky and pathetic too Lol
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd shoot you in the foot. :P

That would so kickass if I found Conrad!
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VanDii Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
It'd be an awesome cossplay
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Dragonwyrd316 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This looks awesome! Looking forward to seeing what comes next :)
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K-Becca1123 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Very Nice! :D
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I should have the painted steps one up soon.
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Chesca01 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Looks good can't wait to see the finish project and btw bought my parking for all 4 days of con
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!

I still haven't even gotten our hotel! I'm so behind!
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Chesca01 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Wow I got mine when the block was first released got the hard rock hotel for saturday night
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
We're waiting to hear back from some guys my husband knows, they usually get a bunch of suites and separate it amongst us. Once we know what's going on, I'll strap down and figure out the rest.
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