Mafia Graves gun complete. Ready for Dragon-Con now.

A little too close for comfort, but I am officially finished with the Mafia Graves gun, before the start of Dragon-Con.  In addition to learning about the wonders of Shell Shock, I have recently learned just how great stuff like WonderFlex is, as it’s what’s used as the gold trim accents to the gun’s wooden components.

But yeah, the gun’s officially finished, and for the most part, I am satisfied with this being my fairly novice foray into making a prop, with chemicals and pretty badass materials.  There are a few details omitted due to time and lack of foresight, but I’m not going to point any of ‘em out to face scrutiny.  Maybe I’ll address them another time.

So with that done, I’m ready for Dragon-Con now.  Mafia Graves costume comes out on Saturday afternoon.  La Parka’s appearance is up in the air.

My suitcase is 90% packed, and I blew about $45 on booze; that I intend on drinking myself throughout the weekend.  And yes, there is Four Loko, as reckless of a plan that is; but they’re like starting pitchers of drinking, they just simply do the meat of the work, and then I can nurse and sustain from there.

Three people have volunteered to be wingmen/women for me this weekend.  Somewhere in this supposed generosity is a sign that I seem to exude a sense of desperation or some people really think I really need to have a girl in my life these days.  But I guess one thing’s for certain, if I have another encounter like I had with the blue haired girl from last year, I won’t pussy up and let an opportunity pass again.

Anyway, with this post, I’m probably done for a few days as well as the rest of the month.  36 posts in an entire month, I don’t know if I’ll ever top that any time soon, but hurrah for me.  But expect a lot of activity, photos and stories after Dragon-Con wraps up in ensuing days.


  • By cedricsx, May 29, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

    this is absolutely amazing work. I am quite fascinated as to how you made it and what material was involved. I will be attending a con in August for the first time in my life and I really want to make this perfect, so anything is appreciated !! :)

  • By dannyhong, May 29, 2013 @ 11:22 pm

    I have several in-progress photos that are scattered throughout the month of August 2012 that shows the progression of it, but in short, it’s insulation foam, coated in Shell Shock plastic coating for all of the small components. The gun pipe is PVC, and all shell casings are PVC as well, and the wooden stock and handle are more of the foam-and-coated shapes, covered in wood adhesive paneling. And very carefully held together with nuts, bolts and screws.

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