.hack (pronounced "dot-hack") is a series franchise revolves around a major global computer network disaster in the year 2005.
I was commissioned to make Haseo’s weapons from the the .hack series.
I cut the body of the weapons from 3/4″ MDF.
The points were cut from 1/4″ poplar and then edged on the sander.
I cut a channel to house a 1/4″ steel rod that I hand bent to shape.
I started to shape the bumps on the belt sander, rounding the outer edges.
Using a sanding drum in a hand drill, I shaped the depressions.
Gradually moving toward the final shape…
All major shaping done it’s time to sand!
Both are sanded smooth.
The points are glued in and the whole thing is primered.
I glued on 1/2″ MDF pieces to support the guard.
The pommels and the guard rings were shaped on the lathe from MDF.
The master for the guards were carved from layered MDF.
I vacuum formed some .04 styrene for the detail on the guard.
I cut out each piece of piping and CA glued them to the master.
With the guard ring glued in place the guard master is done.
The back view.
I made a mold and cast two copies of the guard with resin plastic.
A test fitting of all the parts.
The guards were sprayed with a gold base coat and then hand painted black and red.
I left a section of raw MDF so the guard would have a better surface to epoxy to.
I glued acrylic gems to silver-painted washers and then attached them to each side of the points.
The final props!
The props in action at YoumaCon 2008 in Dearborn, Michigan!