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Borderlands 2 Echo Device cosplay prop EVA foam build

Borderlands 2 Echo Device cosplay prop EVA foam build

Hello lovelies, Nerfenstein here with more EVA foam prop making fun. I was looking for something non weapon related to make from the Borderlands universe and thanks to a FB friend (Alex) came across the Borderlands 2 Echo Device, a sweet little / well designed object.

As soon as I saw this I knew I wanted to try it in EVA foam, all that lovely detail. The designers / artists behind the Borderlands games really excel at bringing us things that look different as opposed to the carbon copy aspects of some other game design.

I found the official game art

as a starting reference point:

Borderlands 2 Echo Device Game Art Reference Image for Eva foam prop build

Always find some reference material, official game art is a great place to start.

I drew out the overall shape as a template, tweaking a few things because I knew it would be cut in foam (slightly thicker handle, that sort of thing). Everything I did was just done by sight other than the initial shape. Overall I’m pretty happy with it for the most part.

Borderlands Echo Device EVA foam cosplay prop Work in Progress shot by Nerfenstein

a WIP shot of the Borderlands Echo Device, lots of little details to cut in EVA foam.

I could have bought the proper wiring, but where’s the fun in that. Also the wires in those wire strips tend to be small and this looked chunky, so I made it myself from thicker wire and EVA. Also the screen is perspex which I cut on my saw to reveal the cracked screen in the reference art. The battery is pvc wrapped in foam, other other things that are not foam are the single LED, the screws and bolts, the gauge glass dome and of course main decal work. As my friend Lee said in an article over at the Prop Weapons Co-op, sometimes the real material is the best material… other times go with what you have. I wanted to make as much of this out of EVA foam as I could, both as a challenge and also as practice.

Borderlands 2 echo device eva foam cosplay prop build by nerfenstein

Borderlands Echo Device: Here she is all finished, loads of detail, right down to the specks of paint.

I’ll add in a few more close up pictures so they’re a bit bigger for the detail (though the above does link to a larger image if you click it). I pretty much tried to copy everything as closely as materials / tools allowed for from the Borderlands Echo Device reference art to the EVA foam finished prop.

Borderlands 2 Echo Device cosplay prop from EVA foam details

Loads of little detail on the reference image replicated on the finished prop

Borderlands 2 Echo Device cosplay prop from EVA foam by Nerfenstein

Borderlands 2 Echo Device cosplay / display prop. Pretty close. I wanted to re-cut the screen, but alas only had one piece of clear perspex. A few other things are slightly off, I’ll fix them if I do another for someone.

Overall I’m pretty happy with this one, I faffed with it for a lot of hours and even painting it took a lot longer than expected, overall though I love how it turned out and I hope you guys do too.

Till next time people… what do we say?! ….
DO GOOD THINGS!
Nerfenstein Out!

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Originally written for Nerfenstein.com home blog of Nerfenstein… Gold Coast based Nerf Modder, Prop Maker and Artiste who just happens to have a vajayjay. Catch up with her on her Facebook page, or if you Tweet… there’s always Twitter and guess what, she actually replies!

2 Comments

  1. Hai Angela, are you ever gonna do a tf2 baby faces blaster mod for the slingfire? Gonna look good with some styrene. I was thinking of doing a pretty. Boys pocket pistol from a reflex with preyend mgazine but ill be fine iif you do it vefore me, i would have the idea first, again hope to see it happen

    • Well you never can tell!

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