Look what's arrived at the Tested office from New Zealand! Our friends at Weta Workshop sent us a prototype of their upcoming GKR: Heavy Hitters tabletop game, featuring awesome miniature robots designed at Weta's collectibles workshop. We check out the pieces and give an overview of the game, which is being launched as a Kickstarter campaign.
Time for some Star Wars prop building--Adam Savage makes an upgrade to one of his favorite costumes! Adam's never been satisfied with the original bandolier strap and satchel he made for his Chewbacca cosplay, so today he fabricates new ones from scratch with metal and leather. And of course Adam hides an easter egg into this Wookiee prop!
Our very own Frank Ippolito shows you how to make simple silicone molds to cast and paint foam replicas of props like shop tools! We go over the moldmaking process and show how self-skinning expanding foam can make great-looking stunt props for your projects.
With the help of a super capacitor and the LED lights he loves so much, Adam Savage shows how GE scientists were able to capture lightning and harness its energy in order to start a car! (Watch more here!)
This week's tip from Frank Ippolito is about actual tips--for spray cans, that is. Frank shows Norm how he uses different nozzle caps for different effects when spray painting props and signage in his shop. Whether you run a large workshop or just work out of your garage, we want to hear your shop tips that you rely on in your projects. Post them in the comments below!
This past holiday, Adam took part in Imgur's secret santa gift exchange, surprising a fan with a custom modded and painted Nerf rifle! For today's One Day Build, Adam shows how he took the Nerf toy apart and put it back together with his functional and aesthetic improvements.
In September 2016, Adam Savage visited the Toronto set of Syfy's The Expanse, and spent some time with their talented prop master, Jim Murray, and Jason Ehl from Backbone Engineering. Here are some photos from that meeting.
Adam visits the props department of Syfy's The Expanse, where armorists and propmakers engineer the weapons, helmets, and the gear that give weight and story to the universe of the show. Prop master James Murray shows Adam some of the unique props his team has made, revealing aesthetic and functional details! Season 2 of The Expanse premieres Wednesday, Feb. 1!
Adam recently went behind the scenes of Syfy's The Expanse, visiting the production and exploring the props, costumes, and sets created for the show. One of Adam's favorite places was the costume department, where costume designer Joanne Hansen let him get up close to the custom armor and outfits worn by the cast. Plus, a visit to the costume breakdown and aging room for a look at weathering!
Frank shares some of his favorite blades and techniques for cutting foam for prop and costume fabrication. Whether you run a large workshop or just work out of your garage, we want to hear your shop tips that you rely on in your projects. Post them in the comments below!
One Day Build time! Using some materials left from a previous ping pong-related builds, Adam makes a ping pong machine gun that he's wanted to make since he was a teenager. And this rapid-fire prop will be used in Adam and Michael Steven's upcoming touring show Brain Candy Live! Get your tickets today!
For the Reddit Secret Santa exchange this past holiday, Simone made a custom laser-cut star map using some internet searching, vector drawing, and laser cutting at the Tested office. She walks us through her one-day project so you can make one too!
Frank shows us his workflow and tips for keeping his paint brushes clean after using them, including what cleaners to use and how different types of brushes can be treated differently. Whether you run a large workshop or just work out of your garage, we want to hear your shop tips that you rely on in your projects. Post them in the comments below!