2013 commission requests are now OPEN EDIT: 2013 is pretty much booked solid until the end of the year, so commissions are now closed for 2013. Thanks for the awesome response and keeping me busy, and I’ll be posting when commissions become available again.
I have been keeping the books shut on next year for a while, and for a very specific reason. For the 2013 schedule, I will handling commission requests a little differently.
This album on my Facebook page currently contains a list of things I would be very interested in making. I feel I do my very best work when I am motivated and feel a specific passion for a certain prop or replica, and I have been very selective in the kind of props I’ve made on commission, preferring to take on jobs from games and franchises I am a fan of myself. This isn’t a set in stone list, and I will be updating it as time goes on with more items I’d like to build.
Some of the items in this gallery are specific (like the Dagger from Uncharted 2) while some of them are more generic (Borderlands 2 guns can take on hundreds of variations.) They all have many different enhancements that could make them truly amazing – guns with glowing lights, a Portal Turret with motion activated voice interaction, chrome paint or metal filigree – but they can all be built to a more budget-conscious level as well if you’re after a more static display piece. Please note that “budget” does not mean “cheap” – just less complex and therefore less expensive.
Will this mean I won’t schedule other projects in the coming year? Not necessarily. Some of my replicas in the past have come from franchises I have had no familiarity with outside of an affinity for the designs themselves. I have never played Warhammer 40K, but building the Bolter Pistol was a great experience and it is a replica I’m very proud of. If you’re interested in something not on this list, you are still more than welcome to email for a potential quote, and I will he happy to provide one if the project is one I would like to undertake.
The short version: if you’re interested in having one of these pieces made for your collection or costume, then I want to build it for you!
OKAY, HOW MUCH?
The eternal question! More than a few people have already posted to this gallery asking about pricing information and cost of each replica. My personal policy has been to not discuss pricing on a public forum. While a rifle or helmet at a toy store may run $50-75, these are not prices I can compete with nor emulate even remotely. An issue arises in the comparison of the two items however; both seem to be little more than painted pieces of plastic and metal.
When emailing to request a commission quote, please be aware that some of my most intricate work is the result of hundreds of hours of build time combined with an equal investment in material expenses. A few examples: Chroming a Daft Punk helmet runs $250 without shipping costs. The raw aluminum parts for the Fallout Terrible Shotgun cost over $100. One gallon of Smooth-On mold making silicone can run anywhere from $90 to $300. There is nearly $1,000 in electronics alone in one Daft Punk helmet.
On some projects, I have over 200 hours of labor invested in their creation. That represents about a month’s work of time, a pretty standard amount of work for something like a rifle or helmet sculpt and mold. Back when I worked at Best Buy installing car stereos, my hourly wage peaked at around $16/hr. This is far more complex work, and I charge less to do it, but the numbers might start to give you a vague idea of the time and cost involved in some of these replicas.
When I provide a quote, you can rest assured that it represents the fairest price I can provide for the absolute best work I am capable of. I will continue to make the most accurate replicas I can possibly produce, and there are dozens of examples of my current work for you to look at on my website. I do not ‘kit bash’ or modify existing things into facsimiles; every piece is scratch made and sculpted to be as exact as possible to the source design. If you choose to go forward and commission a piece, you will love it. I have yet to deliver a replica to anyone who hasn’t.
2013 commissions are open as of today – thanks for following, sharing, watching, and (potentially) commissioning! The commission inquiry form can be found here, and I look forward to the coming projects in 2013.