I am starting research and preparations to try my hand at “prop making” and I am looking for feedback and recommendation. This is from one of my favorite games. I am going to mill out the basic shapes twice. I will then sand and chisel the details into it. If it is not obvious, it is the Oblivion iron dagger. I will be using these images as reference, the second is is not the original model, but it has more detail. http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/elderscrolls/images/3/37/Oblivion_IronDagger.png http://staticdelivery.nexusmods.com/mods/101/images/43852-1-1375216757.jpg
I have 2 ideas on how I can do it.
Idea 1: Mill everything out twice as one whole object, line it up and glue it together and do the detail work.
Idea 2: Mill everything out twice as two sides of separate objects, with the blade serving as the core of the prop. I would glue the individual parts together, do the detail, then assemble the parts.
To make the blade, cross guard, and pommel, I will take some techniques from Adam Savage and use aluminum plumbing tape. You rough it with steel wool and/or a steel brush. You then brush on black /dark gray paint and wipe it off with a rag to weather it.
For the base material, I was either going to use MDF, LDF (If I can find any), or Pine. Which would you recommend? What would be a good Feedrate, DOC, and Dewalt Speed for the High Speed Steel 2 Flute Upcut Spiral that you buy with your X-Carve?
If I use pine, since wood thicknesses are not exactly what is listed, how can I have easel scale depths so they maintain the same ratio as if it was exactly 1/2" thick. For my first prop “replica”, exact measurements are not as important as the experience. If I were to use a fiberboard, which you can get in “exact-ish” thickness, how could I do wood grain for the hilt?
Thank you for all your help.