11th May 2013: Bow Build Plans So, I've a few weeks of trying to work out the best way to build GAs bow, and getting rather stressed over that fact that I couldn't....
Then my Mother pointed out a way to build it that I have used for another project before. I've also found another prop-smith who uses the same technique, and he's already built a bow similar to GAs.
So now the plan is to wait until the middle of summer, and buy a few sheets of MDF to build the bow.
See this Facebook page for my Bow Build inspiration - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.126175474190699.25211.121954484612798&type=3
11th May 2013: Trick Arrow Plans Ok, so I've been reading the comics and playing the game, and I've worked out that GA has about 10 different Trick Arrows:
Now, I'm not going to make them all, but I definitely want to make the Broad-head, Explosive and Bolas arrows. I do fancy making the Boxing Glove arrow as well, but I'm not sure how I'll get it into, and out of the Quiver.
As well as the ones seen in the game/comic, I'm going to make the kryptonite arrow that Ollie uses in Dark Knight Reurns. Not fully worked that one out atm, but I have plenty of time....
27th April 2013: Beard Colour While reading this weeks edition of the Injustice comic, I noticed something interesting about GA....
His beard appears to be much more ginger than usual. At first I thought this was an colour error, but it's even like that when GA is in the background.
Maybe I won't have to colour my beard and hair after all...... :P
17th April 2013: Game released on Friday!!!!! I've just preordered the game, and will hopefully get it on Friday!!!
Whatever happens with my copy, with the release of the game, I should be able to get a lot of new reference pictures.
We shall see how many I can get :)
20th March 2013: This will all be so much easier..... ....once I have the Game and Figure
I'm getting a little tired of scrutinising screencaps I've made from the Battle Arena videos.
At the moment, it seems like there's going to be three different referance sources for this costume: The Game, the Comic and the Action figure.
All three are very similar, but each seems to be slightly different to the next; e.g. - Taking the Game model as a base, the Figure has a different Bow (it's a compound and not a recurve), and the Comic version seems to have a different Quiver (although this might change by the time the story reaches the games time)
I am primarily basing my costume on the Game version, but I will take elements from the comic or the figure if I prefer parts of them to the game version. I have already decided that I prefer the Quiver from the comic to the one in the game, but I may have to change back to the game version long term....
17th March 2013: Bow and Arrowheads So, after randomly trawling through Google looking for Pepakura files relating to another project, I found some that should hopefully be quite useful for GA.
It seems that one of the Bows in Skyrim looks not too dissimilar to the bow for Injustice GA. So the plan is now to build the bow from the Pepakura file I found, and them make the alterations for Ollie's bow.
This will probably be a fair bit of work, but it will hopefully get me a bow that looks a lot closer than the one I would have ended up with building it the way I was going to....
Along with the bow, I also found some files for Arrowheads. Some of these look quite cool, and so I will be building and modifying them for GA.
10th March 2013: Quiver and Arrows After a couple of quick measurements, I've decided that the Quiver needs to be about 18" tall x 9" wide x 3" thick (Approx 45cm x 23cm x 7.5cm).
This seems rather small to me, but we will see when I've built it.
Based on the Quiver being 18" tall, as well as the length of my arms, I'm estimating my arrows to be about 24" (60cm) long in total.
All this might change when I come to build everything, but those are my guess-timates at this point.
5th March 2013: Finding Fabric After searching eBay, I found a suitable style of fabric for the bulk of this costume. The issue was, I didn't think it was quite the right colour.
Once I looked closer, I found their website. On the website they had a larger choice of colours with a colour I thought was alot better, so I ordered a couple of samples.
The sample on the right was the colour that was found on eBay, and the one on the left was the colour I found on the website.
The website sample was the colour I was hoping it was, and this will be the fabric and colour I buy for this costume.
3rd March 2013: Things get more difficult the more I look..... It seems that the knife is not permanently attached to the bow, like I originally thought it was....
After looking at a few reference pics this morning, I discovered this pic, which obviously shows that it is easily removable to attack separate to the bow.
This should be an interesting build.....
25th February 2013: Well, F*ck...... Messed up on the Blade.
I accidentally gave one side too many coats of paint, and it's gone funny.
I'm having to strip all the paint off and start again.
Hopefully this won't take too long......
24th February 2013: Knife Handle Complete; Blade WIP Knife Handle Complete: I've put the last coat of paint onto the handle, so it's now finished. I'm considering putting a thin layer of spray varnish on to protect the paint, but I haven't decided yet.
Blade WIP: The Blade is getting it's last few coats of paint. The sides have been done already, but the edges need a couple of coats.
I will be trialing some spray varnish over the chrome paint on a spare section of Sintra to see if it'll be worth varnishing the Blade.
9th February 2013: Primer Stage After lightly sanding the epoxy putty on the bone handle to get rid of any fingerprints, I've started the primer stage.
I've coated both the handle and the blade with "Plastic Primer" which will hopefully allow me to paint them up without worrying about the paint coming off.
Handle & Blade in foreground
Sentinal Katara body in background
Starbucks dad - 23rd January 2013
Dammit you're good at weapons! Looking very good indeed.
Tony-Jay - 6th February 2013
I've always had an interest in weaponry, so it's something I like to put alot of effort into making right
This Little Nephilim - 3rd March 2013
if this is worn at the London MCM in oct i'll be happy since i'm going as Black Canary with my own Green Arrow and Deathstroke. Keep up the good work
Starbucks dad - 7th March 2013
It's always interesting reading your journal on how you put these together. Hope you can recover the blade and hope to see this one day.
Starbucks dad - 27th April 2013
This is going to redefine awesome if you pull this off. How many of the trick arrows are you thinking of making? BTW love the Kryptonite idea.
This Little Nephilim - 13th May 2013
Looking good can't wait to see the full finished outfit. My Black Canary is now finshed but no update pics yet sadly
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