Ares' Prop Weapon FAQ

Discussion in 'New Recruits' started by Ares, Oct 12, 2007.

  1. Ares

    Ares Well-Known Member

    I have noticed that not many of the newer forum members here are up-to-date on prop maker's techniques and laws and how to make prop weaponry.

    SECTION I: Airsoft and You

    Airsoft? No, not the BB gun you had as a kid. Airsoft is a game in which players battle using realistic weapons. Airsoft weaponry come in 3 variants-electric, spring, and gas. Springers (as they are called) are airsoft weaponry using a spring to power the BB (It IS BB, NOT pellet). They are the most reliable out of all airsoft guns. Next is gas guns. They are usually quite realistic. The pistols are cheaper than the rifles. They are usually quite realistic. They use "Green Gas", HFC134a, "Red Gas", and Propane. Electric (AEGs) are most common and use a gearbox powered by a toy-car like battery. They are excellent to use a bases for props.

    Airsoft guns NEED to be treated as a weapon. You should NEVER play airsoft in an area where a non-combatant could see you. ALWAYS have an orange tip when transporting.

    SECTION II: Prop Weapon Basics

    Prop weapons are quite simple to make. We have 3 main ways to make them.
    -Resin casts
    -Cardboard
    -Metal, PVC, resin, parts

    Resin casted weapons are created by a silicone mold and are the most realistic and least expensive to make when compared to the third option, which will be called "Works" props. Next is cardboard/cardstock. These also tend to be semi-realistic, and are extremely cheap. They also take the least time. Next is 'works" guns. They use various parts, and are THE most realistic. They usually have real metal parts, LED counters, etc.

    Section III: Excellent Links

    How to Wood Grain (You might not use this in HALO, but others are desperately looking for this!)
    http://sci-fire.com/how_to_wood_grain.htm

    How to Metalize
    http://sci-fire.com/how_to_metalize.htm

    SECTION IV:

    User-submitted questions. Got a question? PM me with the question and I'll post it here. I'll leave you anonymous if you'd like.
     
  2. Shadow Killer801

    Shadow Killer801 Jr Member

    Is the "metalizing" come out a black color or just makes something look metal?
     
  3. Ares

    Ares Well-Known Member

    Clicking and reading the sticky WOULD work, you know? :sleep:
     
  4. Ares

    Ares Well-Known Member

    Would be GREAT if someone read this, it's pretty important to you noobs.
     

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