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.
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.
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).
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.
That’s it! Warhammer 40K Imperial Guard Laspistol prop finished!
Hope you liked it, till next time good people.