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Guts' Dragonslayer by meanlilkitty Guts' Dragonslayer by meanlilkitty
Behold, the Dragonslayer!!! Made for a commission in 2009. The blade alone on this thing is five feet long with a foot long hilt. I felt pretty badass running around my backyard with this thing.
The Dragonslayer is constantly described as a hunk of iron, and it doesn't exactly look like Guts has been taking care of it, so I took care to scratch the crap out of the blade to make it look as if this had been through years of deflecting attacks and causing general gore and destruction. When I painted it, I highlighted the damage by using a light and dark silver, then brushing red on everything and using a scrap of linen to wipe it off. The effect gave it a very aged look with tarnish and stains. When I was planning this prop, I noticed in the reference pictures that the dark part of the blade was constantly portrayed with cross hatching or speckles, making me think that there needed to be a texture there. So, I got some acrylic texture glass beads and mixed the paste with acrylic paint and after a few layers, the dark portion had the look and texture of sandpaper, and gave it a really nice effect.
I'm super proud of this gorgeous thing, and the commissioner loved it. A good experience overall for making a prop I loved.
Made from insulation foam, paper clay, polyurethane, wooden dowels, Styrofoam, linen, acrylics, plastic beads, and glue.
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JeremyESB Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
I know you do commissions, but I'm wanting to make one of these on my own. This will be my very first costume prop I ever make, can you give me any advice, or tips on making the DragonSlayer?
meanlilkitty Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
No prob, advice is always free! =) I'd recommend sandwiching a layer of plywood in between layers of pink insulation foam adhered with wood glue. Before you glue them together, cut a rectangle in the wood slightly larger than the dowel you're going to use for the handle so when you drill the foam it'll be a lot easier.The texture in the middle of the blade is made with a acrylic medium you add to paint that's filled with plastic balls, giving the final look of sandpaper without being nearly as unpleasant to touch. The grommel and half circle on the blade is made of more foam coated with paper clay, which makes the foam a lot tougher while still keeping it lightweight. You can also coat the blade with either coating resin or oil based polyurethane, you'll just have to make sure you don't get drips built up because they can be a pain to sand down.
Let me know if you need anymore help and I'll be happy to advice! =)
TheSkullKnight Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
that thing is so fuckin badass!!!! holy shit how much u charge to make one of those bro i want one!! LOL
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TheSkullKnight Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
fuck yeh man i totally am ill hit you up ! thanx
meanlilkitty Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
No prob! If you're serious, send me a note and I'll give you my email for paypal!
TheSkullKnight Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
yeh fer sure hook me up with ur email i just gotta get the cash flow goin so ill let u know when i can do it but im definatly serious :D
Worren Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010
:jawdrop: it's just perfect! awesome work.
how long were you working on it?
I could never do something awesome like that T__T
just for my curiosity. How much do you take for a work like that? Bet I never could afford it...
aw sorry for the indiscreet question ^^' I'm too curious :3
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Worren Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
wow awesome
a lot of work, but it really is worth it ^^ it looks just great ^-^
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