EGX Rezzed – London

The three day extravaganza that is EGX Rezzed at the Tobacco Dock in Wapping, London. Wendy asked if I would like to help out again. I was delighted to be asked and said yes without hesitation. Due to work, i didn’t get there till midday on Friday. But all was well. All the equipment was there. Everything worked first time. I didn’t get a chance to blow the electrics. Although the event staff did remember me from the PC Gamer Weekend, there was a smattering of mild good humored ribbing. And I got to embark on a three day adventure. I even got to accompany Wendy to an industry meet & greet after party event. That was a great blast.

So – to the photos!

Friday 13th April – Me & Jay in fine spirits after the first day of the event.

Later that night – Nearby in an converted car park, I get to hang out with way too many awesome people.

Later still – Me & Jay square up to Creams sugar coma. I have yet to finish one of these.

Sunday 15th April – a great final day. Although me & Jay have the menu hold music from the brawler game the next booth over engraved into our memory.

Again, BIG thank you to Muse games for having me along. Massive thank you to Wendy & Jose for continuing to be amazing hosts and accepting this semi-delinquent ginger bloke into your home & life 🙂 My undying thanks to Jay for helping me through the other side of the sugar abuse we put ourselves through. Thanks to Ben for always being awesome. More thanks to Arron & Jack from PizzaGamesFuntimes for stopping by the booth and playing Guns Of Icarus Alliance. And my gratitude to all that stopped by the booth and said hello & had fun. I was particularly touched to find that a family that I’d met at the PC Gamer Weekender had come in especially to say hello.

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

My First Trip Abroad

So I owned a passport long enough for it to require replacing, yet had never used it. Yep. Had a passport for 10 years and it was nothing other than a form of ID. Thankfully that’s something I finally put an end to March 2018. So after a lot of overtime and saving up, I joined 3 of my best friends on an 11 day adventure. Taking a cruise from Southampton to Norway, up into the arctic circle to try and see the Northern Lights.

March 21st 2018 – Depart Southampton & First days at sea

March 24th 2018 – Andalsnes

March 25th 2018 – At sea

March 26th 2018 – Tromso

March 27th 2018 – Alta

March 28th & 29th 2018 – At Sea

March 31st 2018 – Stavanger

April 1st 2018 – At sea

April 2nd 2018 – Southampton

If you made it this far through this blog post, thank you.