Art Time with Medic – How to make a clay Medi Gun

Why clay? Because I have lots of clay right now. I recommend Paper Clay (I use a combination of FIMO paper clay and cheap paper clay from Thailand that I got in the nearest toystore). This isn’t too hard, but it does require patience as clay is a pain in the ass at times.

You will need:

Paper Clay – Depends on the size, I got my 500g block for €1.50. That should be plenty for anything small-scale.

Modelling tools – Cheap plastic ones are perfectly fine.

Something sharp – A box cutter is good, because we’ll need straight lines.

Wire – If you’re making this big, you WILL need to make a wireframe first.

Glue – In case it breaks

Paint and varnish – Optional

A gemstone – I used one for the glowy light. This is optional too.

So let’s go!

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So this is our starting point. A lump of clay and some tools. Please excuse my filthy desk. Hot glue is hard to remove.

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The trick with any sort of thing like this is to break it down into parts. Right now all we have is a bunch of balls and sausages (heh) but even like this, we have an idea what the shape will be.

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This is the end of the Medi Gun. You want to make two spheres, one smaller than the other, and flatten them down to make cylinders.

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After that, we need a fairly squat sausage shape, which is the neck of the Medi Gun. Once we’ve done that, we need to make a rounded square. Now, you can cut a cube shape out with your knife, but I prefer to make a cylinder and squish that into a cube shape, especially since this is more of a dice shape than a perfect cube.

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The rest of the Medi Gun develops in the same way. The handle is made by pinching the edge of a sausage to form a point. The handle is made from a long sausage bent into a Π shape, then with a tiny sausage added afterwards. The body, where the handle connects to, is a second cylinder. Those little balls will attach the handle to the body.

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You can now start stacking the pieces together. There are several ways you can do this: 1. use water to stick the bits together, 2. use a piece of wire like I did in the next picture or 3. wait until everything is dry then glue it together. But you’ll have to finish the body before you do number 3.

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It’s starting to come together now. The wire is great because you can hold it in place. If the wire slips out, you can use a small amount of hot glue to keep everything together. Also, yes I am using a book to prop up my laptop. Just in case I spill my water.

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The handle goes together really easily. Remember those 4 small balls from earlier? Press one on each side of the body, then press on the handle. Then press the two remaining balls on top to sandwich it all together.

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Make a very very long sausage and wrap that around the barrel/neck/whatever. Alternatively you can use thin black ribbon once you’ve painted it. I used a little pink gemstone as a light, then pressed the lid of a pen into the end to make a hole-shape.

To paint this, wait until everything is 100% dry, then go over it in a grey. You then want to do the red/blue then add in the different shades.

Here’s something else I made earlier – a Skag from Borderlands.

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One thought on “Art Time with Medic – How to make a clay Medi Gun

  • December 5, 2014 at 2:47 pm
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    That’s so awesome!! So this type of clay just hardens on its own, without needing to fire it, right?

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