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Evolution! A game of Unnatural Selection

Evolution! A game of Unnatural Selection

Dearest Readers, I helped to design a game and kickstarted the heck out of it. It’s an evolution based tabletop card game where players compete for dominance through changing environments and challenges over evolutionary time. However, in the name of fun, the time for creatures to evolve has been substantially reduced such that the entire game can be played in under an hour. Also, evolution ... »

NSFW Balloon Animals

NSFW Balloon Animals

For reasons too complex and bizarre to explain in full, I found myself needing to learn the craft of ballooning such that I could create sculptures of genitalia to support a lecture series at a museum. Such a ludicrous skill should not be kept secret, so I shall share it here. What follows is a not at all safe for work guide to balloon making. Sperm Let’s start with something tame, a spermat... »

Design Diaries – Cap Shield

Design Diaries – Cap Shield

This week, I made a WWII Captain America shield. Video of how I did it below. Sadly my primer was misbehaving so I need to repaint the whole thing. This is my grumpy face. »

Happy Birthday to Us and Free Stuff to You

Happy Birthday to Us and Free Stuff to You

I wrote and published a fantasy novel, partly due to the support offered by the members and readers of this blog. Last year, I though I would show my thanks by giving away my novel for free during our anniversary week. While it may be disappointing to get the same present twice, stop whining. It’s our birthday, not yours. This is your loot bag. But to make this celebration a little more fun,... »

Design Diaries – Lady Sif Shield

Design Diaries – Lady Sif Shield

This week, I share some experiments with backing materials for repoussé while building a replica of the epic shield carried by Lady Sif in Thor the Dark World. »

Design Diary – Pan Sword

Design Diary – Pan Sword

Remember Hook? That wonderful whimsical film of the early nineties? Well I do and this week, I made the Pan Sword from it. It was fun, and for a bit of extra fun, I got it signed by Rufio. »

Design Diaries – Quizotron Championship Belt

Design Diaries – Quizotron Championship Belt

Last year at Dragon*Con, Phil “The Bad Astronomer” Plait defeated reigning champion Scott “The Dark Overlord” Sigler at the World Quiz-O-Tron Championship. He proceeded to complain bitterly at the lack of tangible reward. We at Mad Art Lab are nothing if not willing to Pander, so we designed and built a championship belt for Phil. Partly to appease Phil and partly to annoy ... »

Design Diary – The Saga of Darth Shakespeare

Design Diary – The Saga of Darth Shakespeare

With the rediscovery of Verily, A New Hope by William Shakespeare, I had the pleasure of being contacted to create an authentic period helmet for a reproduction of Lord Vader’s garb. BEST PROJECT EVER! It is rare that one gets the opportunity to work on something so utterly brilliant. It was a challenge to my craft that I haven’t yet had and it was intensely pleasurable to create, whil... »

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