• Mon. Jul 15th, 2024
Warhammer 40K Imperial Guard Laspistol prop

Warhammer 40K Imperial Laspistol scratch built prop gun

A quick scratch build blog post for those interested in seeing how my Warhammer 40K Laspistol prop came into being. I started out by looking for a Warhammer 40K wiki and sourced an image of the gun I liked. When I’m doing a scratch build I like to have at least one image to work from, so I can keep looking back at it for reference (good tip). Usually I would find a few images of different angles and work off those essentially trying to replicate the image in 3D, now and again I’ll work off blueprints I’ve either made myself in photoshop, or a friend with way better skill at it has made for me. For this Warhammer 40K Laspistol prop though I used one image from the Warhammer Wiki page. A quick credit note here, I had assumed the image was an official image, turns out it came from someone called DoctorNoob at pimpmygun. I have contacted the good doctor for permission and to let him / her know I used the image as a reference, but I’ve had no response, so I’m guessing the email address I found is dead in some way. Just wanted to give credit where it’s due, you can see the image inset in the following image.

Warhammer 40K Laspitol mdf scratch built prop gun
Here she is sans scope. I love the scooped grip on this, shoulder slingin badassdom

This entire thing is made from different thickness MDF sheeting (barrels pvc). I find this sort of layering technique is great for texture and depth and you can use this technique in any material. The cool thing about a timber / timber composite base is it’s weighty, strong and you can sand it to make it really smooth.

Warhammer 40K Laspistol prop WIP of Laspitol scope and mounts
The Laspistol scope and mounts WIP The mounts were attached with wall plugs and glued into drill holes in the blaster and mounts themselves for extra strength.

After the actual Laspistol build it was time to connect the top scope. I lucked out here as I found old Nerf gun scraps I had that looked awesome as a scope, this also fit nice and snug in the scope brackets I had made.

Time to hit this baby up with more sanding, priming, sanding, priming, sanding, priming (you get the idea), then some black base coats and metal weathering. Even if I know I’m going to be painting over the majority of the metal weathering, I do it all over as it gives a cleaner look (imo).

Laspistol Imperial sidearm prop Warhammer 40K pistol mdf
Here’s the Warhammer 40K Laspistol prop, scope attached and with the full metal weathering effect all over, even if you’re going to paint over majority of it.

Next up the finished paintjob, I went simple here because I was basing it off that image (it was green) and it turned out pretty sweet with some simple taping off and edging techniques.

Warhammer 40K Laspistol prop build finished mdf gun display prop Imperial Guard
Here she is all finished! The Imperial Guard Warhammer 40K Laspistol, ready for action.

That’s it! Warhammer 40K Imperial Guard Laspistol prop finished!

Hope you liked it, till next time good people.

For other Warhammer 40K props, check out my Warhammer 40K Foamidable Bolter props and my full-sized Warhammer Ork Boyz knife.

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2 thoughts on “Warhammer 40K Imperial Laspistol scratch built prop gun”
  1. One little detail I noticed, no trigger…? Probably added later but was wondering. Otherwise, wow!

    1. Not added later, I didn’t think it needed it as it’s for cosplay and sits more comfortable when slung and you’re finger is in the guard, so for that reason I didn’t bother with it.

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