Sunday, May 31, 2009

the Kraken Club (Final Fantasy XI)

The Kraken Club is a rather imposing club weapon in Final Fantasy XI. They're most noted for their desirability and very high cost in-game. Also, they look damn cool.


I started by tracing some in-game screenshots into a vector file and cutting the basic shapes from MDF. The club head and neck were pieces of 1/2" MDF glued together and shaped on a bandsaw.


The neckpiece was further shaped using a dremel tool.


For the spikes, I made a master from MDF and a pine dowel, shaped to a point on a lathe. This was molded with RTV silicone so I could cast the 6 copies in resin. The master is the red primer one in this shot.


I added the dimensions in the side by cutting out 2 pieces of masonite, which were glued to the club head.


After measuring out the available space, I drilled a series of holes for the spikes to mount to.


These were then recessed so that the flat bottoms of the spikes would sit flush with the curves surface of the club face.


Each spike was numbered and a hatch mark made on the club head so that alignment would be perfect. Though they are cast reproductions, each one has slight variations which made them fit better on different parts of the club. This is impossible to see in the final product, but made a large difference in assembly.


A quick test with a PVC handle to see how things are coming along


A 3/8" threaded rod was embedded 12" into the club head and secured with gorilla glue to act as the "spine" of the piece.


I lathed detail pieces for the neck and pommel from MDF wood and Apoxie Sculpt. The handle is PVC pipe with a pine dowel inserted in the center for rigidity. All of these pieces were put over the threaded rod and secured with more gorilla glue and a 3/8" nut at the end.


The final assembly before another primer coat and steel wool buffing. iPhone shown for size reference.


Since I have plans for making multiples, I decided to mold the entire piece. In retrospect, it would have been easier (and a more economical use of resin) to make separate "head" and "pommel" molds and join them together with another steel rod, but this method works just as well. The original was molded in RTV silicone with a Plasti-Paste II outer mother mold. I get all my moldmaking stuff from Smooth-on.com and they have excellent shipping speed and the best prices of anyplace I've found.


Duplicates are poured one side at a time to reduce bubbles in the final cast. After they've half-cured, the mold is assembled and joined with more resin.


A cured piece before being pulled. This mold turned out pretty good with only minor cleanup needed to make the finished resin pieces paintable. The master and 2 duplicates are shown above. The red one in primer has been cleaned up of all flashing and the minor imperfections have been filled with spot putty.


The master was painted with chrome spraypaint, covered in matte clearcoat. This makes for a nice "steel" look. Darker areas were tinted with flat black primer, then the whole piece was weathered with acrylic paints. I found a deep burgundy vinyl that matches the screenshots I've seen perfectly. This was wrapped around the handle and also weathered with acrylic.


The finished piece is 24.5" long and weighs about 8.5lbs. The resin copies are actually a little bit heavier.

9 comments:

Moji said...

O_o! In the name of Altana!

Great job! Very detailed. This piece of work is an art! The metallic-looking paint is fabulous. It really looks like a hard-working club.

Bravo!

BlindSquirrel said...

Beautifully clean work, Harrison! Nicely done!

Preecha said...

you can sell that lol, i love it

mdudely said...

but does it occasionally attack 2 to 8 times?

Bert said...

hey just a quick question -

Have you thought about doing a slush with the resin and then filling with a rigid foam? You'd need an injection point, but would dramatically reduce the weight I would think.

Alex said...

Nice! I just happened across a great Xmas ornament which looks like phoenix down:

http://thegamerlifestyle.blogspot.com/2010/01/phoenix-down-plaque.html

More FF props!

Travis, Carra, River, and little bean Manley said...

very cool! would love to see more info on the mold/casting process.

Justin said...
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Mike c-v said...

What do you use to your molds?

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