To Cos, or not to Cos Part 3


Unfortunately I still haven’t gotten any ‘actual’ work done on my Cosplay done yet 😔
Instead of getting a refill for my printer, so I could start printing templates. I got a chance to pick up the Numenera Starter Set by Monte Cook Games and have a piece of art commissioned for myself.
My middle daughter wanted to get in on making a cosplay, so she decided to try a little test costume.

In the meantime Andrew DFT, has released the first part in making a helmet for a Titanfall costume.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave 

Hobby Hack #3 – Engine/ Thruster glow


Painting engine/ thruster glow can be a bit difficult and time consuming, but here we have a simple and effective method for painting engine/ thruster glow.

All credit to Hivefleet_Horror, for this tutorial

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave 

To Cos, or not to Cos Part 2

I got a bit of work done on my Titanfall Cosplay this week, sort of.

I found a tutorial for armour on YouTube. It’s by AndrewDFT (the armour is actually for a Halo ODST but it’s a cool armour design, and using it as a base I can modify it),  and I actually bought the templates from his Etsy store. It only cost €4.18.

I also found a tutorial on how to make a CAR SMG from Titanfall, again by AndrewDFT, and downloaded the templates for free.

And then I hit a snag, when I went to print the Templates I found my printer was out of ink… D’oh. I’m a bit broke this week so the ink/ templates will have to wait till next week.
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave 

To Cos, or not to Cos

So my eldest daughter, who’s a very talented artist, has decided that she wants to try her hand at doing Cosplay. It’s not just fatherly pride in her skills when I say she’s talented, i’ld ask you to check out the Facebook page I set up to encourage her (https://m.facebook.com/mydaughtertheartist/) if you don’t believe me.
Anyway, It’s my own fault. As I was only half listening to her at the time I agreed to it (D’oh). That means, this muppet, has to learn some new skills, and I have an excuse to buy some new goodies.
So to help me along, I’m going to Cosplay as well. While my daughter still has to choose what she wants to cosplay as, I’ve chosen a pilot from the video game series ‘Titanfall’ for myself.

I’m using the above image from Respawn Entertainment as a basis for my cosplay.
As part of this experience I’m going to run a little series on how I do, and how much it Gona cost me. So let’s start…

•Army type jacket, this cost me nothing as my brother was throwing it out.

•grey long sleeve t shirt, this cost me €3 from Penny’s.

•Circle Scarf, I got the scarf in Penny’s, it was labelled €5, but when I got to the till I was only charged €1, score!!!

•Heat Gun, this cost me about €30ish in Argos. On the plus side I’ve already used it to defrost my freezer 👍.

•Sharpening stone, I got this in my local hardware store. It cost me about €6.50.

•Metal ruler, I got this also in my local hardware store. It cost me €4.

• Self healing cutting mat, I got this in my local stationary/ craft store called ‘The Works’, it set me back €4.50.

• Cutting knife with extra blades, cost me €3, I got this at work.
So… So far I’ve spent about €50 this week on bits and pieces, and that’s enough spending for 1 week. Next week I’ll pick up some more pieces.
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

Hobby Hack #2 – Self Healing Cutting Mat Care

A lot of us hobbyists have a cutting mat. Usually we have them so that either we don’t get paint on the table or that we don’t cut chunks out of our tables. 

But how many of you know how to maintain them?

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave 

Hobby Hack #1 – Panel Scriber

As hobbyists we are always looking to cut a few corners when it comes to our spending, cause let’s face it our hobbies ain’t cheap. 
So I thought I might as well share some hobby hacks I’ve come across. Sometimes they’ll be ones I use myself, other times it’ll be ones I’ve come across either on YouTube, one of the Facebook groups I’m in, etc etc.
First up, is a Panel Scriber. Panel Scribers are used to basically cut a line/shape into a model, to denote different metal panels in a models, an insignia/ mark on a model, or some such.
As an example, I’m currently (slowly, very slowly) building a model of the Battlestar Galactica.

As you can see, there’s a number of panels on the top and sides of Galactica’s head. Theses are nice, but a bit too shallow for my liking, so I’m going to use a Panel scriber to increase the depth between the panels. 
 Now I could go out and buy a Panel Scriber setting myself back at least €10, or I could make my own, which I did (costing me about €1.50).
What you will need is…

• a box of tacks

• a Bic biro

• a clippers

Take the plastic cap off the back of your biro. Taking one of your tacks, and using your clippers, you want to trim off the back of the tack, so that it snugly fits into the back of the biro.

Once this is done, your ready to rock and roll.

When you think your tack has dulled, simply trim the back off another tack, and away you go again.
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

Building the Galactica Part 1


With the Holidays over, and the kids going back to school (finally), I have time in the mornings to start my first project of the year… Building Revell’s 1:4105 scale Battlestar Galactica.

I had a day off work yesterday, so I got to work on the Galactica. It was time to take the old girl out of mothballs. 
First up, I had to wash the model parts in Luke warm soapy water to get rid of any release agent on the model. Then the boring part, I had to leave them to air dry.

Once dry, I began to cut them from their runners, dry fit a few parts, and start to plan out the build.
I’m starting with the Galactica’s alligator head. First up I’m going to be working on her armour panels.

She has some nice, very nice, panel lines between her armour sections, but they are a bit too shallow for my liking. I want them to have a bit more depth and feel of giant slabs of armour bolted on to her, so I’m going to panel scribe the armour sections a bit more. 

My hoping for doing this is firstly that once painted they’ll stand out even more and secondly have a more worn/ battle damaged look.

Using my home made panel scriber (no expense spared), I got to work. This is going to take a while, so be sure to check back every once in a while, to see how she’s coming along.
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave