Papercraft Robot Skull

Skull-A-Day was a project started by Noah Scalin on June 4th 2007. On that day with the initial crafting of an orange paper skull, Noah determined to make an original skull for every day of the year. It’s really impressive to see all of the different skulls that are created by what Noah has on hand at the moment. In October 2008 a book based on the Skull-A-Day, SKULLS was published by Lark Books and featured150 images from the first half of the project’s first year.

Skull-A-Day has now completed two years of skull crafting, which you can view on their website.

Recently, a semi-Steampunk papercraft skull was created and posted to the blog:

It’s very neat on its own, but it is even cooler when the PDF of this skull is available free of charge here. So print out a copy and break out those scissors and glue! This would be great decoration for a desk, especially with Halloween not that far off.

If you are in love with Skull-A-Day, you should mark your calendars for June 4, 2011, for the first official international Skull Appreciation Day.

Steampunk and Bioshock

A few years ago, it seems like every gamer was playing Bioshock and with good reason. The game was positively amazing. The graphics, the setting, the story… it was all so creepily captivating that we couldn’t help but be entranced by the underwater city of Rapture.

The trailer for the newest version of Bioshock Infinite is now out. In Infinite, we are pulled out from the waters of Rapture and into the skies themselves to our new setting, the flying city of Columbia. Would you kindly take a look at the trailer below?

Bioshock and Steampunk? I don’t know if I’m going to be able to handle all of the awesomeness that is likely to come from this game. Unfortunately, though, Bioshock Infinite is not set to be released until 2012. And yet, for being so far from the release date, there is a respectable amount of information available about the game’s story, inspiration, and development available on Wikipedia (so take it with a grain of salt, please.)

Supported platforms will include Windows, the PS3, and the Xbox 360.

Steampunk RPG: Lady Blackbird

Lately, I’ve been discussing the virtues and downfalls of the various Dungeons and Dragons versions when the topic of a Steampunk RPG was brought up.

To that end, I’d like to present Lady Blackbird, a free quick-playing Steampunk tabletop RPG module for two to six people from One Seven Design. The story centers around Lady Blackbird, who is on the run from an arranged marriage aboard a smuggle skyship called the Owl.

The free download contains a starting situation, setting, pregen characters, and quick-play rules perfect for a no-prep game of 1-6 sessions or more.

To download this RPG and get to gaming, click here. Don’t forget to visit their website.

Spudnik

Who can forget the classic Mr. Potato Head, a staple of American childrens’ toy chests since its beginning distribution in 1952. We all know what he looks like:

Iconic, yes, but hardly Steampunk. For those kiddos you are attempting to steep in Steampunk from a young age, the original Mr. Potato Head is not really one to inspire clockwork driven thoughts. We need to mod this tuber…

Mwahaha!

Allow me to introduce Spudnik, an incredible mod by saritamarianyc of Flickr. You can check out the Spudnik photostream here. Steampunk Makers will be particularly interested in  the Process folder to see photos of the production of Spudnik. Saritamarianyc, also know as Sarah Calvillo, has her own website, Among Mad People to check out more of her work. Although she is not a singularly Steampunk artist, it is clear she has a lot of talent. If you ask me, I think she should do Steampunk more often!

Steampunk Nintendo DS Mod

Today, I’m following up on a request by one of my readers to help him in his quest to mod his Nintendo DS. This request comes on the heels of a number topics he has asked for help in preparing for SteamCon II, and while I was going to refer him to The Antiquarian Guild of Inventors and Engineers to peruse their knowledge database, I sadly discovered their site is down.

So! A modded DS… Yes, let me see here… *rummages around the internets*

Ahah! Observe!

But perhaps you are thinking to yourself, “No, no, my dear Audelia. That’s a cigar box, not a Nintendo DS. Look! It even has the Republic of Cuba stamp.”

But then, I open it up and…

It’s perfect! This DS was modded bysteampunk10. You can check out the post that announces the DS’s completion here on his blog, but I think modders will find his Destructoid.com post far more interesting and useful with regards to creating your own modifications. There, you can find a bit more information about the materials used to construct the modded DS.

So, I hope this helps! I’ll be looking into resources for my reader’s other requests as I come upon them. And for all the rest of you, if you ever need help trying to find Steampunk info, just let me know. I’d be happy to help you in your search.

The Gamer’s Realm

While I was sitting in line for hours for the Abney Park concert, I was randomly given a flyer by someone for a Steampunk themed game shop in Richardson. Admittedly, at the time, I didn’t pay much attention to the flyer. I was way too excited about the concert to think about anything else at all, really.

Fortunately for the person handing out this information, I was together enough with it to slip it into my belt pouch where it sat until I starting gathering all of the business cards and other Steampunk goodies I had gathered throughout the course of the weekend so I could share them all with you.

And after finally reading the flyer and paying even the smallest amount of attention to it, I became very excited indeed.

The Gamer’s Realm is a Steampunk themed gaming store in Richardson, TX. They carry a variety of table top and strategy games, miniatures, science kits, etc. They even have a meeting room that can be reserved for private gatherings.

Sometime soon, I’m hoping to drop by and check this place out for real. In the meantime, I wanted to let you all know about it. If you happen to make in there before I do, let me know what you thought of it! The very notion of a Steampunk gaming store anywhere in the DFW area excites me to no end, is definitely an establishment I would like to support!

Guns of Icarus

There’s yet another Steampunk themed game for your amusement, this one called Guns of Icarus by the independent developers at Muse Games. In Guns of Icarus, you play an as the captain of an airship running cargo through hostile skies.

This is a decent looking game that has been browser based for a while. You can click here to preview the game to see if it is to your liking. If I wasn’t so deeply into my current MMO and was into areal combat simulators, this game would have me irrevocably attached to my computer. I like the fact that it has both a single player campaign and a multi-player option; having these options keeps gameplay fresh and interesting.

Guns of Icarus is now not only available to play in your browser, but can also be purchased through Steam, a fine purveyor of computer games, and the world’s largest gaming platform. There are both Mac and PC versions of Guns of Icarus for you to download for 10 USD.

If you still aren’t sure about this game, allow me to encourage you to watch the trailer below:

Steampunk PS3

Today, I’ve got a very special modification for you all, a Steampunk PS3 by Herr Doktor.

This PS3, found on the Brass Goggles blog, is beautifully rigged for the Steampunk gaming experience. Who wouldn’t want to bring this baby to a gaming party with a few friends? For me, it would give the added bonus of distracting them from my atrocious console gaming skills (I hate those damn controllers).

This PS3 was a prize awarded at the release of the Western Steampunk game, “Damnation,” along with this PC by Jake Hildebrandt, which is ridiculously awesome.

If all this modification has got you interested in the game itself, you can learn more about Damnation here. I’m very sorry to say that it has not gotten positive ratings by the critics, but if you are interested, don’t let them stop you!

A.G. Paper Toys

Sometimes, one needs to break out the scissors and glue and create something purely for amusement’s sake. It’s just something for yourself to get your mind off of the stresses of the work week or something to do with friends while chatting over tea.

Today, I’m bringing you one of those divertissements, a collection of papercraft toys by Alexander Gwynne, with a focus on his more recent release, the Steam Rider:

This paper contraption reminds me of the tin toy soldiers of yester-year and has all the look of a vintage toy. It’s totally free to print out and make your own papercraft Steam Rider.

If you liked the art of papercraft, there’s all sorts of different patterns for your enjoyment on Alexander Gwynne’s page, including a pair of Steampunk robots that remind me of R2D2 and C3PO. There’s other patterns too for your friends who don’t quite understand but tolerate your Steampunk obsessions, and best of all, they are all free!

Steam Wars – A New Hope

Steampunk has a talent for attracting all manner of nerds into its embrace. It’s just edgy enough and enamored with technology to inspire things like the Steam Trek film I presented to you a few weeks ago. When it comes to all things nerdy with a sci-fi appeal, where there are Trekkies, there are almost certainly Star Wars fans as well.

So what would Star Wars do with a Steampunk palette? How about this:

That’s a set of Steampunk inspired Star Wars action figures. And they are amazing.

Created by Sillof, these action figures re-imagine the main characters of the original Star Wars series in the Steampunk aesthetic. He insists that they are “kind of Steampunk, but not really” but I am sure that this will appeal to any Steampunk and Star Wars fan with a passion for action figures.

I really like the reinterpretation of Obi-Wan. He’s got a medieval knight feel to him while maintaining the hermit aspect of his exile on Tatooine. That, and Obi-Wan has always been one of my favorite Star Wars characters.

If you like Sillof’s work, you can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and DeviantArt. You can see his current auctions at his Ebay store.