Monday, August 18, 2014

Episode 79: Organized Chaos

Welcome back to another week in geek, this time with 75% more randomness.  You are in store for one heck of a special episode where Bat is running on little sleep and Hammer is left to run wild.  No movie this week but we make sure to fill your ears with wonderful randomness and plenty of tangents.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Bat attempts Pepakura

   After a few years of desire and no action, I decided to finally dip my toes into pepakura. I have never been a costume maker. In fact my first cosplay activity was just this year when I made the hammer for my wife's Harley Quinn.
                                                    My first ever creation. Sarah's Harley hammer.  

After making her hammer, I finally decided to tackle pepakura. So if you're interested in pep, join me as I share some of the knowledge I obtained after my first build.

First things first. So you've decided you want to attempt Pepakura? That's fantastic! So where do you start? Well with the program of course!


You'll also need:
A heat gun w/ glue
A razor blade or x acto blade
a cutting mat
a printer, preferably color
a metal ruler
card stock paper
beer and snacks (you know, the necessities)

Ok so after you download the program you need to get started on a project. I decided to build the Blood Dragon Armor from Mass Effect 2
yep this would be my first build. Go big or go home

Ok now you have all your tools and have printed out your pep file. I prefer for my files. So after printing out your file, it's time to start cutting, and cutting, and cutting. The first piece I made (the helmet) I made the mistake of cutting out every piece and then starting to glue. Holy cow what a mistake that was. Seriously learn from me. Glue as you go. I repeat glue as you go. It's so much easier to work with and keep pieces together. 

After you get your pieces cut out but before you glue them together, there is a technique I recommend called "scoring." This is where your ruler will come in handy. Basically what you want to do is line up your ruler on your valley or mountain folds and use the opposite side of your knife and draw a line along where your fold should be. This will make your fold so much easier. After you have your folds ready line your numbers up and glue. Rinse and repeat around a million times and you have your creation! It may take some time to begin with, especially if you have kids. It took me around a month to complete my Shepard helmet. My goal is to cut and glue a page a day. Simple goal to have. Of course if you have more time go for it. It may seem tedious, but I have a blast with pepakura. I've already completed a Tali Z'orah helmet and I'm working on my Dragon Age armor now.

While I'm not an expert feel free to send questions my way and I will do my best to answer them. I also want to see your creations, so post them in the comments below.

Embrace your geek!


some early progress pictures

early folds and glues

the early build of the helmet

the final product

my baby wearing the helmet

Monday, August 11, 2014

Episode 78: a Shell of a Good Time

Welcome back for another Summer Movie review!  This week Bat and I review TMNT.  Though the punny title (this one is Bat's fault) of this weeks podcast might give it away listen in to find out what we did and didn't enjoy of this new Turtle Powered adventure.  As always we provide you with both a Spoiler free and Spoiler-ific versions.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Episode 77: The Gardeners of the the Galaxy

Oh man you are in for one packed podcast dear listeners.  This week we review the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy and we bring along a few friends  for the ride.  Thanks again to Drawn to Comics very own Ken "the Web" Brown as well as to friends and listeners of the show Terry and Lars for joining us on this extra long SzG.  As always we give you our spoiler free review in the beginning and end the podcast on a Spoiler filled tangent fest.