So the Bounty Bots cover is done! Took a little while because I wasn’t sure on the color scheme, but hopefully this holds up.
I will say, I’m already got ideas for a second chapter for Bounty Bots if this first one goes well. Might involve some certain Decepticon warlords and Autobots jazzy bots, and maybe a swerve here to there. :)
Manufactured around 1600. .30~50 caliber ball, eight-shot cylinder with individual covered priming pans, snaplock mechanism. A couple hundred years before Samuel Colt, a bunch of people were pioneering the path to more dakka.
I’m really sorry! I’ve made a good amount of props, but I haven’t had as much experience with them as I have other aspects of cosplay/costuming. I did as much research as I could to make up for the lack of expertise, but…it wasn’t enough. Thank you OHI Cosplay for the corrections!
It can be overwhelming to try and select the right kind of
supplies for a project, so it’s best to start small. These are some of the most
commonly used primer, paints, and sealants for props:
These are divided into two classes (primers often use the
same kinds of bases as well):
This is what you should be using. Initially designed as the
poor man’s oil paint, acrylic is is easy to use, durable, and has a nice finish
when dry. It is, however, more expensive than water-based paint and a little
harder to clean (but not by much).
When you buy a can of spray paint, the actual paint you’re
spraying is usually acrylic-based.
Poster paint is water-based. It dries quickly, is easy to
clean, and cheap. It doesn’t have the same smooth finish and lifespan as
acrylic paints, though.
You know that scene in The
Adventures of Tom Sawyer where he has to whitewash the fence? That was
pretty much priming. You’re completely covering up the materials you used to
make your prop, blocking out any of its original color and smoothing out the
surface so the paint looks the same way on the prop as it does in the bottle.
Very easy to use, provides great coverage, works for several
different kinds of projects, and goes a long way. If you apply it in layers
you’ll cover up any bumps in the surface of the prop. You need to sand it to
make it smooth.
Paper Mache Clay
Requires a little more skill than gesso to use, but allows
for molding and sculpting. It totally covers the surface of your prop. You will
need to sand this as well.
This doesn’t cover up any bumps; it only blankets the color
of the building material. Paints and primers share the same kind of bases
(water, acrylic, oil, etc.). You should try to match your primer to your paint,
but acrylic primer will work for most projects.
This goes on last and is essential to any project. It makes
it waterproof, protecting both the paint job and the material used to build the
prop. Sealants range from matte (don’t reflect light, like paper) to glossy
(reflect lots of light, like glass).
Also used as a glue, this sturdy and glossy sealant will
become your best friend. It really is one of the best products a crafter can
Works surprisingly well for how cheap it is. It’s extremely
easy to use but will get cloudy if you touch it before it’s dried completely.
Also used to make props, resin dries very hard, helping add
support to relatively weak crafting materials. It’s a favorite for paper-based
With the selection narrowed down, it’s a little easier to
choose what to work with. You can find all of these at any craft store.
I have finally got around to making this ridiculously long list of my favorite products that I use pretty much every day! I gave as much detail as I thought fit for each product and included various pros and cons. I will not provide links since a quick Google search will give you all the information you need on where you can purchase these items. All items are split into categories to make this post more organized. I do not have any affiliate codes or links. I created this list as a way to share my most loved cosmetics and to give honest reviews of drugstore and high-end products. Your feedback is welcome and much appreciated. Without further acknowledgments, let’s get started: