A Skaarj for Your Desk!

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skaarjpapercraftMetalfist from the Epic Forums posted a great Papercraft project in the Epic Gamers forum.

You can scale them to your liking using Pepakura Designer and you will need the Pepakura software in order to open the .pdo files.

Metalfist included some tips in the Readme file for this project.

 

 

The models included are:
– Skaarj warrior standing
– Skaarj warrior sitting and inspecting claw
– Skaarj Trooper
– Pupae
– Warlord
– Queen

utweaponspapercraftThe Instructable with download is available at https://www.instructables.com/id/Skaarj-Papercraft

Metalfist has also created a set of Unreal Tournament Papercraft weapons! Everything from the Bio Rifle to the Translocator is included.

You can find more information and the download at https://www.instructables.com/id/Unreal-Tournament-1999-Weapons/

If you would like to see your content posted on our community site, Facebook page and twitter, check out the Epic Gamers forum. There you can post your tutorial videos, cosplays, fan art and fiction, anything you would like to share with the community. For more information, check out this welcome post. To see more artwork from Epic Gamers, be sure to catch the EpicGamers group on deviantART.

 

Infinity Blade II – Map of The Castle by DangerCZ

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In the “oldy but goodie” category is this detailed Infinity Blade II Castle map posted by Infinity Blade forum member DangerCZ. The map explains what you need to accomplish to get to the end of the game and has a legend which shows different items and fighting areas around the levels in the Castle.

If you’re having trouble finishing the game or just want to play through again, this map will be a big help!

 

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Epic Gamer Crotale’s Valentine’s Day Desktop Wallpaper

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Epic Games Forum member “Crotale” has been creating awesome Epic Games fan art for years. I first saw Crotale’s art when Unreal Tournament 2004 was released. Over the years, he and I have shared our artwork with each other personally, on the Epic Forums and on deviantART. Crotale is a devoted Epic Gamer who loves to share his work with other fans and has become a very valued member of the community. His wallpapers grace the desktops of many fans of Gears of War and Unreal Tournament.

Last year, he created this wallpaper is devoted to Gears of War, the Hammerburst and Valentine’s Day. Crotale says, “Pinkburst is a V-Day tribute to all lady gamers out there. But, hey guys, you all can use it, too.” I figured it was time for a repost so you’re ready for the holiday!

Crotale's Valentine's Day Wallpaper Hammerburst

GCON: Wingman Buyers Guide for 2013

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Valentines-COGTagsLooking for that perfect gift for your Wingman? Well look no further, GCON has got you covered!

They have gift ideas for your favorite Gears of War fan at all price ranges and styles. Or you could pamper your cute little Gearhead with a nice dinner, a footrest and a new Razer Sabertooth controller to play his or her  favorite game.

No matter your budget, the GCON Wingman Buyers Guide for 2013 has something for you!

Dale Harvey’s Boomshield Pendant

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Boomshield Pendant, by Dale Harvey

boomshield3For my first project of the year, I wanted to make a Boomshield to go along with my Locust Theron Guard Cosplay.  That build is going to be out of EVA foam, but of course I need to have a few templates created in AutoCAD.

Once this was done, I liked my current design and wanted to see if I could quickly turn it into a 3D design and make a cool necklace that my wife or I could wear if we wanted.

The 2D to 3D conversion wasn’t that difficult since I work with AutoCAD every day, and once I scaled the finished 3D model down to something a bit more wearable, I exported my work off to Shapeways. Within a week, I had the awesome first prototype sitting in my hot little hands.

boomshield2It wasn’t until I actually got the model in my hands that I cooked up the plan to drill out a few holes and see if I could wire the finished product up with a few LEDs.

Over the course of the last two nights I got to prime, and paint the white puck with its base colors. Using a sponge and paper towels, I added a bit of texture to the drying paint.  As the paint was drying, I cut four small pieces of wire and twisted them together in pairs and then went about attaching them to a coin battery holder and the LED lights that they would power.  Granted, putting a resistor on the wires would have been a good idea, but I decided to just go with the straight circuit as space was at a premium on the back of the pendant.

After a few applications of hot glue to hold the wires down and to keep the post of the LEDs from shorting each other out, we had our final finished necklace.

This is a base prototype and as always I learned a ton from making it! To make it nice and neat I was going to put I nice cap on the back to hide all the wires and such, but the Locust are inventive by nature, so I felt that leaving the wiring exposed on the back was a better choice.

Thanks for taking a look!

 

 

Epic Gamer of the Month: Mallock1327

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Epic Gamer and Forum Member mallock1327 aka Mike Staples has been sharing his amazing artwork with us for over a year. We first featured him on the Epic Games Community Site back in February, in THIS interview with Tim Fangon from Team Epic Gamers.

Mike sent us some of the sketches you see in the story and they have since been framed and are hanging on the wall in one of our offices, as you can see in the photo below. He has started a new Facebook page to showcase his work, be sure to give it a like! Recently, he tried his hand at wall sculptures made from Styrofoam and the results are amazing. You can read about these incredible pieces of art HERE and HERE.

Mike is a huge Gears of War fan and picked up the first game a few months after release and he says that he fell in love with the dark and gritty atmosphere. He and his girlfriend love to play Horde together, “It’s been nice to see the game progress through the series from the dark gritty streets of the first game to the towering columns and palm trees of Azura in the third.”

Mike is 38 years old and lives in Canada with his girlfriend. He moved there four years ago and he is from Boston, MA. He started drawing in grade school and continued to take art classes until attending the Art Institute and the School for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

As a thank you to Mike for his amazing contributions to the Gears of War Universe, we will be sending him an Epic Gamer t-shirt, a Gears of War 3 Epic Edition and a copy of “The Art of Gears of War 3” signed by Chris Perna.

If you would like to see your content posted on our community site, Facebook page and twitter, check out the Epic Gamers forum. Who knows, you could be our next Epic Gamer of the month! There you can post your tutorial videos, cosplays, fan art and fiction, anything you would like to share with the community. For more information, check out this welcome post. To see more artwork from Epic Gamers, be sure to catch the EpicGamers group on deviantART.

Gears of War: Judgment Statue by Alvaro Stuardo

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Some of the developers and artists behind Gears of War Judgment were treated to a first-hand look of the Baird statue sculpted by Chilean artist, Alvaro Stuardo. Alvaro sent us the statue a few weeks ago, and it arrived in a handmade Gears of War-themed box. We were stunned when we saw the statue in person.

As I carried the statue through the halls here at Epic headquarters, everyone stopped me to take a look. As talented as the artists are here at Epic, they were still blown away by Alvaro’s attention to detail. “Wow, he even textured the shoulder armor, this is amazing!” said Senior Environment Artist Bill Green.

Seeing their work come to life really put a smile on a lot of faces around here. We want to thank Alvaro for sharing his work with us. After everyone gets to take a look, the Baird statue will be put in a display case so people can enjoy it for years to come.

In addition to sculpting, Alvaro is also a very talented sketch artist and guitar player. “In matters of art, I’ve been drawing for a while; I love creating different characters with regular pen (not ink), and I also do airbrushing (I’m still learning). And I play electric guitar very often, for more than ten years now.”

Head on over to Alvaro’s deviantART page or the Epic Gamers forum to see more of his work. And remember, if you have awesome work to share, tell us! Head on over to the Epic Gamers forum, or let us know at the Epic Gamers group on deviantART.

Gear Soldiers Comic Strip Series

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Epic Gamer and Forum member Mike C. Clark Jr., aka ChemicalTaint, has been working on his Gear Soldiers comic strip series since April of this year. They’ve been getting a great response on the forums and we’d thought we’d post one of our favorites here. The strips just keep getting better and we’re really looking forward to seeing more from this talented up-and-comer.

New comics are posted at the end of each month, so be sure to bookmark THIS page so you can stay up to date!

Epic Gamer Fan Art: Gears of War Wall Sculpture #2

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We here at Epic Games are big fans of Epic Gamer Mallock1327. We have framed images of his work hanging in the Epic Games Studio and we have featured him in an Epic Gamer Artist Interview with Arukun14. He recently made an amazing Gears of War wall sculpture and has just completed a new sculpture with the Crimson Omen.

The skull is sculpted in Styrofoam and Aves Epoxy. Mallock added another piece of Styrofoam for the backing, beveled the edges of the COG and added some weathering effects to the foam.

He then added some ‘machinery’ and LED lights and starting the painting process, which Mallock would try to make look like old rusted metal. A black base coat was added, the the weathering effects were started.

The finished piece is fantastic! We’re always eager to see what our Epic Gamers are going to create next.

If you would like to see your content posted on our community site, Facebook page and twitter, check out the Epic Gamers forum. Who knows, you could be our next Epic Gamer of the month!

There you can post your tutorial videos, cosplays, fan art and fiction, anything you would like to share with the community. For more information, check out this welcome post.

Epic Gamer Artist: Blake W

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Welcome to a new issue of ‘Epic Gamer Artists’. Tim here, to bring you a feature this week from the Epic Gamers on deviantART.

We have Blake W. from Charleston, gamer, traditional painter. He has a few words about how he went with his Gears acrylic painting.

Tim: Tell us a little bit about yourself, and what you do.

Blake: Well I’m 30 years old, I live in Charleston, WV, and I spend my days working a day job, spending time with my fiancé, painting, and playing a video game or two.

T: Are you a gamer? Do you play Gears of War?

B: Yes I’m a pretty avid gamer, I started playing video games with the Atari and I haven’t really stopped since. Over the past couple of years I haven’t had as much time to play games as I would like, but the big releases (like the Gears of War games) I still buy on day one.

T: Do you work professionally, are you in school for art, or is this a hobby of yours?

B: I discovered I love to draw as a kid around kindergarten and I have continued to draw/paint since then. I have a BA in fine art from West Virginia State University, but I work at a full time job where I don’t get to do what I really love which is make art. Although it isn’t yet my main source of income, I do get take on some freelance gigs/commissions as well as sell my artwork online. The goal is to eventually be a full-time artist, and have my art be everywhere; comics, book covers, video game covers, that’s the dream.

T: Looking in your gallery, you seem to favor traditional mediums. Would you like to tell us a little bit about the stuff you use? You certainly use acrylic for most of your pieces!

B: I do in fact favor traditional mediums, acrylic paint being the one I use the most. I have used oil, watercolor and gouache paint in the past, but I prefer acrylic because of the quick drying time. I like being able to do a painting and scan the painting in the same day. I use a earthy toned kind of muted and limited pallet for all of my paintings to keep a consistent look.

T: The Gears entry you had for the “Gears United” contest. Tell us a little bit about that. What inspired you to create something so awesome? You have an interesting style, very painterly.

B: When I first read about the Gears United contest I knew right away I wanted to enter a piece. I looked at a ton of screenshots, watched all of the trailers that had been released and did a ton of sketches to nail down what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted the painting to feature Marcus in a kind of us vs. them moment and have some of the other cogs behind in the background. I just wanted it to be this very tense second right before everything goes down. I used some pretty broad paint strokes around the bottom of the painting to kind show this action/movement as well as paint the background to be very contrasting to Marcus and his lancer.

T: Have you taken a knack at digital painting at all?

B: I do have a wacom tablet that I use from time to time if there is a project I’m working on that requires a digital drawing/painting. I just would really prefer working on a traditional painting rather than digital. My feeling is if I’m working on a painting for hours and hours I would like something tangible at the end to show for it, prints just don’t really do it for me. I’m definitely in the minority these days working traditional, but I think there will always be a place for it. Or so I hope.

T: Do you have any words of inspiration you want to say to the Epic community?

 B: Just to keep doing what you love!

If you want to see more of Blake’s work, check out all of his acrylic paintings on his deviantART page. And of course, be sure to visit the Official Epic Gamers group on deviantART. If you have Epic fan art, show us!