Building a Destiny Ghost

This was originally posted in 2015 to the blog on my site, but I’m migrating everything over to Medium. Enjoy.

3D printing is one of the most fantasmical innovations of recent history. The only thing better than the technology actually existing is the emergence of online 3D printing startups like Shapeways, allowing anyone to print just about anything they can throw at it. (I’m still waiting for the day we can print edible bacon. Until then, the technology is just a neat parlor trick) In order to celebrate the rise of 3D printing, I decided to make a prop from one of my favorite video games: Destiny. I bought the print from this Etsy shop (Etsy is a beautiful thing and at some point I will express my love of it) and painted it up. So, without further adieu, I present my build thread.

I started by giving the Ghost several coats of Rustoleum Primer Filler, which is commonly used in the automotive industry. 3D prints often have visible stepping lines, since they are made in layers, so I smoothed out the model to look better once painted.

All nice and primed , in its *prime* glory, if you will. Heh.

I followed up by sanding it for several hours. The only thing keeping my sanity in tact was the iPad constantly playing episodes of Doctor Who in the background.


Eventually, I had the Ghost to a point where I could paint it, but of course sanding all day exhausted all the daylight and the sun got tired of waiting on me, so it slithered away behind the horizon and plunged me into the eternal darkness that is waiting for the next day to paint.

It looks like a cheap wooden birdhouse at this point!
Taping this thing to keep the paint from bleeding was pretty tedious.
No longer a cheap wooden birdhouse!!

I don’t have any sort of airbrushing equipment, so everything was painted by hand with acrylic. The weathering was done with watered down black acrylic, and a delightfully named color called Mississippi Mud. Seriously, I think this is my new favorite dirt color.

Mississippi Mud is great. Seriously.

After painting was complete, I made the horrible decision to coat everything with a matte clear coat, which completely removed all the luster of the silver details. Next time, I’ll be sure to use a glossy coat, then forget to by it and end up using matte again. You live and you learn. Anywho, time for lots of pictures of the final product!

WOWZERS. This image is just back, which holds the mechanism for turning the light on and off. You can easily stick a coin in the slot and turn, or handle it like a pro and use your fingers.

That’s it! I tend to build an assortment of different things from time to time, because they either don’t exist or are far too expensive for my limited funds, so I’ll try to show the processes for all of those.

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