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Thursday, May 9, 2013

New name & website

As Chainmaile isn't a very frequent part of what I do anymore, I decided to re-name my business and start up a new website & blog. To see my current work and what I'm doing now, please go to my new website:

http://mechmadnessdesigns.com/

Thanks!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wastelander's Pip-Boy!

I recently made this for a client of mine. He wanted me to make a re-imagined version of the Pip-Boy from the Fallout games. So, what I constructed is what I imagined the Pip-Boy would end up looking like after a decade or so in the wastes: Rough, gritty, almost all of its' components replaced with scavenged bits of tech as the original pieces, one by one, either broke down or were smashed in fights with mutants.

The control panel and speaker grill were stripped off a vintage CB radio (manufactured in the early 70's). The screen housing was also taken from a piece of 70's tech: an old 35mm film editing machine.

There is a compartment below the screen housing into which a smart phone can be inserted. The flap then is wrapped back around to cover the edge of the phone (the phone used as an example is larger than my client's, hence it sticks out a bit.)

The entire back of the Pip-Boy is covered in black leather. Every piece of post-apocalyptic wear is better with leather. And sports equipment. LOTS of sports equipment. Tina Turner's guards in bartertown would've been in a bad place without their sports equipment. But I digress.....  the Pip-Boy is attached to the forearm with stretchy & comfortable broad elastic straps.

As you can see from the status of all of his limbs... this vault-dweller is a-okay!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Life-Sized Incredible Hulk Costume Mechanics

My design work has given me the opportunity to interact with and get to know some very fun, interesting and awesome people. Today I sent off my most recent project to an awesome fellow in Alabama by the name of Alfred Norris.

So what does this man of mystery from the other side of the country want from the likes of me?

!Hulk Hands!
Silly Alfred.... get out of that tree!
Al is building something amazing that I am very happy to be a part of. When his plans come to fruition, he will transform into a nearly 8 foot tall version of the hulk. Together we co-designed some hands with articulated motion for the costume. I put the final touches on them today and sent them on their journey. Before I sent them, however, I had to take 10 minutes and play around with them a bit.


I'm holding my arms out to the side because that's how Alfred will be inside the suit. Hulk's head will be located above where my head is in the video, and Hulk's shoulders will be above where my elbows are. Hopefully that will help to give you a better sense of the size of this thing.

It'll be about "thiiiis big!"

Once Al gets the hand skeletons, he will give them flesh and incorporate them into the costume he's building. Once he's completed it, I'll be sure to share whatever media he creates so you can see it. His artwork is amazing and I am certain this Hulk will be something you don't want to miss.



Thank you, Al, for inviting me to take part in this build. I look forward to the result of our collaboration with great anticipation!!!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lending Rex Velvet a Hand (Mechanical hand, that is)


The secret purpose of my most recent mechanical hand has been revealed! I crafted it for the use of Seattle's evil mastermind, Rex Velvet. Watch the video to see what he has done with my diabolical creation.

What have I done? WHAT HAVE I DONE??

MWAHAHAHAAAAA!!!

Rex is on a quest to rid the Seattle area of self-appointed, troublesome heroes. If you haven't already, check him out and hear what he has to say: Rex Velvet's Facebook Page

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Post-Apocalyptic Street Sign Armor



This armor was one of my most fun projects to date. Inspired by the wholesome goodness of post apocalypse films, medieval armor and the Fallout games, I had the privilege of working with a nice fellow who found me via Etsy to bring his ideas to life.

As you could probably guess from the pictures, the armor plates were made from a stop and a dead end sign (obtained through legal means, of course). These are affixed via arming points to a harness made from belts that features ammo loops and two straps to hold equipment. The plates were formed, in the spirit of the end of the world theme, the old fashioned way; with a ball peen hammer and an anvil.



To top it all off, the extremely tallented Jen Owen of Jen Martin Studios (http://www.jenmartinstudios.blogspot.com/) captured images of the armor at an abandoned mental institution in Washington State. This created the perfect setting and really brought everything together. Now that's what I call a road warrior!

Special thanks to Eric L. for modeling the armor!
More images of the armor can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.254780294533679.73230.176049985740044&type=1

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Evil Got into my Hand.....


This weekend I focused my energies and produced a hand plus a devious device in the space of 24 hours from start to finish. I don't want to ruin the surprise, so I'll simply say that the intended use of this hand by a certain secret associate of mine will be.... diabolical.


As with the other hands that I've produced, this one is articulated and cable controlled.


Don't ask me why, but I felt compelled to include strange, gilded designs on the finger loops. It appears that they imbued the hand with strange, useless powers.


With it I can gain the trust of tiny animals.......


And then trap them and bend them to my will. BWAHAHAAHAAAA!!!


Until they discover the substantial gaps in my design and thus escape and later mock me with their bulbous eyes. CURSE YOU TINY DOG!! WE WILL MEET AGAIN!

............. when I fill your water dish tonight.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Metal hand of DOOM


My latest custom project for one of my clients is now complete. A video of it can be seen here:



My client, Mr. V, commissioned the hand to go with a costume he’s been imagining. Mr. V told me that he was putting together a steampunk costume where half of his body was going to look like mechanical prosthetic devices. With that in mind, I built an enclosure to hid his human hand and added extra-long springs to act like tendons on the back of the hand and give it a more bio-mechanical feel.

Thanks for the fun build Mr. V!