My friend Zach Macias wanted to be Ryan Gosling's Agent K from the film Bladerunner 2049 for Halloween, and asked me if I could make him a prop version of the gun seen onscreen. I jumped at the opportunity, because I had wanted to make a prop gun for a while.
Because the film was still in theaters, references were scarce. I was able to scrounge up a few pictures of the prop at various conventions, and then found a nice illustrated version a fan had made. It had a few very minor inaccuracies from the actual movie prop, but it became my go-to reference for the whole build.
I printed out the profile shot of the gun roughly at actual size, and cut the main shape out of EVA floormat, sanding the floormat texture off with my belt sander. Smaller parts were cut out for the grip and barrel of the gun, some of which intentionally used the texture of the floormat for detailing.
I shaped the grip with my rotary tool and a sanding drum attachment, and then some fine sandpaper. Details were added with thinner, 2mm craft foam I got from a local craft store (I used pink because it was easy to stand out, and I was going to paint the whole gun anyway).
I only had five days to make the prop, so I had to skip on the painting. I hit the whole thing with several coats of black spray paint, and touched up a few details with red acrylic. I unfortunately didn't have time to weather the gun at all.
The final gun had two magnetic tips made out of a small PVC pipe: black for accuracy, and orange for safety (such as when being used at conventions).
As with all "first-time" projects, I learned a lot during the making of the prop. If I were to make the gun again, I would do several things differently. But I did get a good feel on how to cut and shape foam, and I'll be much better prepared when I try my hand at another foam prop.
- Dremel with sanding drums
- X-acto knife
- Silver Sharipe
- Heat gun
- EVA Foam (floormat and 2mm)
- Rubber Cement
- Spray Paint
- PVC Pipe
- Super Glue