June 22, 2014

Hellboy Gun - Comic Book version


Blind Squirrel Props - Hellboy gun

I've been on a Hellboy kick for the 20th Anniversary and I'm still not tired of it. I decided after the 3D printed Samaritan project, I'd try adding the comic book version of Hellboy's gun to the collection.

I found Blind Squirrel Props while doing a search for Hellboy props and the owner, Mike Iverson, has done some amazing prop work and  luckily for me he had a comic book version Samaritan kit he was selling. Even though rgriesbeck on the Replica Prop Forum was offering a 3D printed version, I opted for this version as the kit was built over an airsoft pistol and kept the action functioning. So I promptly ordered the airsoft pistol from Speedy Toys and the kit from Blind Squirrel Props.

I have to admit I was a bit intimidated when I got everything in and realized how much work was involved. This wasn't going to be a straight trim and paint job.

UHC Airsoft Pistol + Blind Squirrel Props Hellboy Samaritan kit

Mike provided very good instructions for the teardown and removal of the airsoft components. After some fussing, I got it all back together and proceeded to modify the pistol to accept the kit parts.

UHC pistol prepped for project

With a Dremel, some files, and a lot of elbow grease, the pistol was ready. I next proceeded to trim and clean the resin parts. The only challenge was getting the barrel to fit snug enough, but with some extra sanding, it all came together.

Blind Squirrel Props - Hellboy gun

Next I patched some of the resin kit's air bubbles and filled extra gaps between the resin parts and the pistol.

Blind Squirrel Props - Hellboy gun

Blind Squirrel Props - Hellboy gun

Blind Squirrel Props - Hellboy gun

Blind Squirrel Props - Hellboy gun

After sanding, it was ready for a coat of primer.

Blind Squirrel Props - Hellboy gun

Blind Squirrel Props - Hellboy gun

After some more finessing and filling, I gave it an undercoat of gunmetal.

Blind Squirrel Props - Hellboy gun


I picked up a Paasche airbrush and compressor and it made the next paint steps so much easier. I wish I had bought the airbrush for the Colt and movie Samaritan projects. Next, I gave the recesses a coat of flat black and everything else one more coat of gunmetal. (It looks darker in the photos than it actually is. It's also much more metallic looking).

Blind Squirrel Props - Hellboy gun

Blind Squirrel Props - Hellboy gun

I then gave the grips a coat of brown and then used burnt umber to simulate woodgrain. (I dropped the cold cast BRPD medallion in there to test).

Blind Squirrel Props - Hellboy gun

Blind Squirrel Props - Hellboy gun

Last was weathering with strategic placement of silver flecks and dry brushing, permanently attaching the BRPD medallions and voila, it was done.

Blind Squirrel Props - Hellboy gun


For a comparison of size, I placed it next to the Sideshow Collectibles Hellboy II Samaritan. It's definitely Hellboy size!

Blind Squirrel Props - Hellboy gun & Sideshow Collectibles Samaritan

Hope you enjoyed the process. Til the next project!




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