Reblog / posted 5 days ago with 8 notes
Sasha and Aleksis Kaidonovsky
Models: J.R. Blackwell & Jared Axelrod
Photographer: Sapph Knight
Anime Boston 2014

Sasha and Aleksis Kaidonovsky

Models: J.R. Blackwell & Jared Axelrod

Photographer: Sapph Knight

Anime Boston 2014


Sasha and Aleksis Kaidonovsky
Models: J.R. Blackwell & Jared Axelrod
Anime Boston 2014

Sasha and Aleksis Kaidonovsky

Models: J.R. Blackwell & Jared Axelrod

Anime Boston 2014


Guardian of the Galaxy
Anime Boston, 2014

Guardian of the Galaxy

Anime Boston, 2014


TARDIS costume
Anime Boston, 2014

TARDIS costume

Anime Boston, 2014


New Raygun
While I have a pretty vast collection of rayguns, most of them are either static piece of welded steel or ultimately fragile works of glass. All of them are really too large or heavy to say, lug around a convention or costume party. I wanted something that was simultaneously lightweight but sturdy, small but visually striking
I also wanted a raygun that would work with my anime-inspired costume based on Tears of the Machine, my retro-space hero Guardians of the Galaxy jacket, and my grunge-future Bulldogs! outfit. I figured, if it could work for those three, then it could work for any other raygun need I might have.
A tall order, too be sure. But I do adore a challenge.
The base of the raygun is a Nerf Nite Finder. I decided to only use the back half,  mimicking the style of the shortened pistols in Ghost In The Shell and Witch Hunter Robin. The existing design of the Nerf gun actually lends itself to this style.
As it turns out, when you cut one of those Nite Finders in half, the LED “sight,” normally at the bottom of the gun in front of the trigger, can easily be moved to the barrel position without damaging the electronics. This means that the trigger is pulled, a bright red light comes out of the barrel, with me having to do barely anything at all.
The body already has those grooves in the sides, which are just wide enough for a piece of left-over EL tape I have from my Ghost Host coat. After several attempts to hide the battery pack for the EL tape—should I shove it inside the gun? Solder it to the existing LED? Have  it jut out the back?—I decided to put it in front of the trigger guard as a faux clip. This gives the gun a bit more presence without making it unwieldy.
I scraped the “Nerf” off the discs on the side, but they still looked like they needed something, so I attached wing charms.
After everything was screwed back together and glued into place, I gave it a couple coats of “hammered metal” spray paint and then covered the grip in flat black. A little weathering, and the gun was done.
The result is exactly what I wanted: light, sturdy, compact and striking. While it does require four AA batteries, that adds a small amount of heft that makes it feel more than a toy.
The only issue is that this raygun will work with so many costumes, I now have less of a reason to make another!
Though I’m sure I will find one…

New Raygun

While I have a pretty vast collection of rayguns, most of them are either static piece of welded steel or ultimately fragile works of glass. All of them are really too large or heavy to say, lug around a convention or costume party. I wanted something that was simultaneously lightweight but sturdy, small but visually striking

I also wanted a raygun that would work with my anime-inspired costume based on Tears of the Machine, my retro-space hero Guardians of the Galaxy jacket, and my grunge-future Bulldogs! outfit. I figured, if it could work for those three, then it could work for any other raygun need I might have.

A tall order, too be sure. But I do adore a challenge.

The base of the raygun is a Nerf Nite Finder. I decided to only use the back half,  mimicking the style of the shortened pistols in Ghost In The Shell and Witch Hunter Robin. The existing design of the Nerf gun actually lends itself to this style.

As it turns out, when you cut one of those Nite Finders in half, the LED “sight,” normally at the bottom of the gun in front of the trigger, can easily be moved to the barrel position without damaging the electronics. This means that the trigger is pulled, a bright red light comes out of the barrel, with me having to do barely anything at all.

The body already has those grooves in the sides, which are just wide enough for a piece of left-over EL tape I have from my Ghost Host coat. After several attempts to hide the battery pack for the EL tape—should I shove it inside the gun? Solder it to the existing LED? Have  it jut out the back?—I decided to put it in front of the trigger guard as a faux clip. This gives the gun a bit more presence without making it unwieldy.

I scraped the “Nerf” off the discs on the side, but they still looked like they needed something, so I attached wing charms.

After everything was screwed back together and glued into place, I gave it a couple coats of “hammered metal” spray paint and then covered the grip in flat black. A little weathering, and the gun was done.

The result is exactly what I wanted: light, sturdy, compact and striking. While it does require four AA batteries, that adds a small amount of heft that makes it feel more than a toy.

The only issue is that this raygun will work with so many costumes, I now have less of a reason to make another!

Though I’m sure I will find one…


Reblog / posted 1 month ago with 6 notes
Aleksis Kaidonovsky & Mako Mori
Photo by JR. Blackwell.
Models: Jared Axelrod & Avalon Batory Waegel

Aleksis Kaidonovsky & Mako Mori

Photo by JR. Blackwell.

Models: Jared Axelrod & Avalon Batory Waegel


Will Graham
jrblackwell:

From the giant wig photoshoot.
Model: Jared Axelrod
Wig from The Five Wits: http://thefivewits.net/

Will Graham

jrblackwell:

From the giant wig photoshoot.

Model: Jared Axelrod

Wig from The Five Wits: http://thefivewits.net/


Guardian of the Galaxy uniform
Photo by J.R. Blackwell

Guardian of the Galaxy uniform

Photo by J.R. Blackwell


Thor
Photo by J.R. Blackwell

Thor

Photo by J.R. Blackwell


jrblackwell:

From the Ghost party at my house last night, where we told ghost stories, drank wine, and took a few photos.