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How We Painted A Mech Robot Laser Tag Prop – We Are Creative Works [Episode 16]

We Are Creative Works Episode 16

This is the sixteenth episode in a series called We Are Creative Works. In these videos, we show off different projects that our talented team is working on. Below is a transcript of the video.


Quick note: this has not been edited at all. I actually paint this fast.

That’s gold.

Hi Jay here with Creative Works. Today I’m gonna tell you all about how we painted our mech robot base for our Pandora themed laser tag. We’ve kind of got an alien world jungle theme going on and these are our large mech bases for them.

Like with all of our props, walls, and everything else, we base them out in black. Black is the blank canvas of every laser tag we do.

Then after we base mount in black, what we do is I generally spray a light haze over them with a blacklight reactive color. That way I can actually see what I’m doing.

Then we’ll go in add base coat, usually white for the robot, which gives it a kind of a nice low metallic look. So I went in and I added my base colors. Your blues, your whites and then I go in and I hand-picked some stencils and kind of etch in little details here and there. For this particular robot, I added blue accents.

Now we actually did two robots and on the other one I did red accents that way when they’re in the laser tag arena, they can be distinguished between one another. Say you have a red team and
a blue team.

And the really cool thing about this black light paint is you’re actually painting using a light source itself so it is able to trick the eye into seeing three-dimensional figures even though I’m painting it two dimensionally on this three-dimensional prop.

So one of the challenges that comes with painting with this black light paint is we have a very limited number of colors we can use. If you went to any art store in itself, you could pick out 50 different hues of red, and 20 different shades of green but here we have a basic palette of your white, red, yellow, blue, green, so we have to get a little creative. You have to do some fading, some shadowing, some custom mixing.

But once you get it down and you find the right process, the end product can be phenomenal and you can find out you can do a whole lot more with a whole lot less.

The bases are part of the gameplay themselves and we have them wired up with targets so you can actually interact with them when you’re shooting the laser guns.

Our Pandora theme is very prop heavy. We’ve got giant towering center props. We’ve got alien plants coming off of the walls. We’ve got incredible murals of this alien lifelike world.

It’s one of my favorite themes to do and probably one of my favorite props to do.