Building a Cosplay 40K Bolt Pistol – OK, three of them

So sooner or later My imagination will resurface and it will be time to start building more Cosplay props again. So I had a great giggle at Gloucester Comic con and Lincoln Comic con. And there was a lovely feeling of “completion”. Lets face it, it had been a build that had taken me 2 and half years to complete with it’s “off & on” schedule. But I wanted to build more props. So I had spare foam floor mats kicking around. So I figured “why not build some Bolt Pistols?”

Pepakura Designer 4 – Now I think this is the unfold pattern from Heinrich Pilerud’s Blood Angle files. I jigged the scale to “fit” my build. And by sheer fluke this meant that the wall thickness of the foam caused the build to need next to no tinkering to get the dimensions to come together. OK, that’s a bad sentence. I mean that when I cam to but the two parts of the body together, the thickness of the foam was the same as what the is was on the pattern. So I didn’t need to add or subtract material to make it all fit together.

So all the patterns are printed out and cut out. Some are for reference. Others needed to be modified to work in foam. So thicknesses and angles needed to be taken into consideration. You can see on the bottom middle where I’ve added a lot of material to the lower body of the prop. As always, some patterns are symmetrical and there for only one of a pair is required.

That all the parts cut out. So some cheap floor foam mats, some 6mm sleeping roll, some wood & PVC pipes. Oh, I’ll also need a couple of milk bottle tops.

Some of the parts coming together. What I’d learned with my bolt gun was that there needed to be internal support for the grip. Or else it would start breaking from the twisting force. SO the grip is a bit of 3 ply sandwiched between some 10mm flooring foam.

So it was all coming together. It wouldn’t be long where I would need to start thinking about painting and final assembly.

And built. Now the part that I’m not overjoyed about – painting. Seriously not my thing. So I went and helped out with the Muse Games Booth at PC Gamer Weekender (See other blog post) and then buggered off on my first ever holiday abroad (see the other blog post about that). But when I got back, I started painting up the props.

And done. This is painted in Flexipaint form The Cosplay Forge with basic weathering using Rub & Buff metallic waxes.

For comparison – On the left the first ever foam weapon prop I ever made. And on the right what several years and some practice will yield.

After there is always the obligatory “Very Chuffed” photos.

I’m very chuffed that the bolt pistol ties in well with my Bolt Gun.

BUT WAIT!

I did say some Bolt Pistols? Three of them? Yes I did…

Yes, I built three Cosplay prop 40K bolt pistols – And then gave them away. Why? Well the top one went off to The Cosplay Forge with a customisation of a Vexed Cosplay & Props logo. This was a thankyou from me to them. I originally met them all at CoxCon 2017 and they were an amazing friendly and helpful bunch. It was their help and input that helped me to finish my Space Wolf build. And for that I’m very grateful. So from maker to another, I gifted them a prop I had built with their help and products.

The other two Bolt Pistols went off to Arron & Jack at PizzaGamesFuntimes who I met at Gloucester Comic Con 2017. Their enthusiasm is infectious. So for a growing YouTube channel, what’s better than a bit of fan mail? And if your wondering “why the hell did you go to all that effort to build three props and then give them away?”, well just watch this video from PizzaGamesFuntimes channel…

When Arron & Jack got fan mail – Youtube Video