Fan Creation Feature: M-6 Carnifex Rubber Band Gun

The BioWare community sends us the coolest things.

Travis Ng, an industrial design graduate from San Jose State University, created this one-of-a-kind rubber band gun based off the M-6 Carnifex heavy pistol from Mass Effect. Using sheets of birch wood and a laser cutter, Travis designed the pistol from the ground up, layer by layer. Complete with a loading mechanism, the model is actually semi-automatic! See it in action:

 

We took a moment to talk to Travis about his creation.

What inspired you to make the Carnifex?

I was inspired to make the Carnifex after successfully making a test prototype of the M-3 Predator. I decided to go full detail with the Carnifex, as it’s one of the most iconic weapons in the Mass Effect universe. It is a weapon most gamers and cosplayers would easily recognize.

How long did it take you to build it?

Although designing the laser-cut pattern did not take too long, it was the test fit of the firing mechanism that took the most time. The firing mechanism was designed based off another rubber band gun that a YouTube user had originally designed (RBguns). All in all, adding up all the time it took to design, test fit, and fully finish: 2-3 months total. It was truly a labor of love.

Want to make a Carnifex yourself? Travis has created an instructables page with all the necessary materials and steps to get you started. Thanks Travis!

You can find more of Travis’ work on his personal website.

Safety disclaimer: This is not a toy and is not intended for use by children. Never shoot rubber bands at other people, pets, and do not shoot it at yourself. Eye protection is recommended when using the rubber band gun.

Print Your Dragon Age Keep Tapestry

If you’ve ever looked at the Dragon Age Keep’s artwork and thought, “dang, that would look nice on my wall,” you’re in luck! We’ve teamed up with CanvasPop to bring you high quality, customizable prints of your favorite tiles and tapestries from the Keep.

To kick off this new feature, we’re giving away a free 8×52 canvas print. Just RT this tweet for a chance to win. If you’re a Keep user, you’ll have the option to print your own tapestry. Not a user? That’s cool too. You can still enter to win this magnificent set of tiles:

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One winner will be chosen by February 29th, 2016.

How it works:

Print a tapestry based on your preferred world state in the Keep or customize the appearance of the CanvasPop print however you like.

Print Your Own Tapestry

If you’d like a print based on your personal Dragon Age world state, visit the Keep, load or create your desired world state, and click the “print” button in the upper-right corner. Once you’ve chosen your tapestry, you can customize it further by swapping images in and out.

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Customize the Print

If you would prefer a custom layout of Keep artwork, visit the Dragon Age section of CanvasPop to start fresh—or just scroll up and choose another layout if you’ve already selected a tapestry print.

Once you’ve made your purchase, your customized Keep art will be on its way to you in no time. For detailed instructions on how to print a tapestry, see our tutorial.

Visit the Keep to print your tapestry or create a custom collage today!

Ask BioWare #2

For the second installment of Ask BioWare, we take questions from @CmdrNinja, @Devon_DB, @Flickamatuta, @HylianDeity, and @lamananna. We’re still cringing over choosing between romancing a rachni or a vorcha…

Want us to answer your questions for our next video? Find out how here.

Coloring Age

Dragon Age: Inquisition is all about choice, as are coloring books, which is why we’re sharing three pieces of uncolored concept art for you to get scribbly on. You don’t even have to color between the lines if you don’t want to, you rebel.

Just download the pages and get coloring! Once you’ve finished a page, tweet at us with the results, and we’ll share our favorites.

Concept art courtesy of Matt Rhodes.

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Fan Creation Feature – Hannah Friederichs

The BioWare community is full of talented artists of different stripes: illustrators, animators, cosplayers, photographers–you name it.

One such illustrator is Hannah Friederichs, who crafted these fantastic Dragon Age: Inquisition-themed pulp fiction covers.

 

We took a minute to talk with Hannah about her inspiration for this unique project.

What inspired these covers?

I love pulp magazines and novels! They have a lot in common with Dragon Age: both play with tropes and have created enduring characters. There’s a purely over-the-top joy in writing all the juicy titles, too; I get to include all of my favorite Thedas experiences.

Why did you choose to use Dorian as the damsel in distress?

I was almost finished with a sketch of Josie in that position when my husband stepped in a made a case for Dorian.  Dorian’s definitely more comfortable in the role. It’s against type for Josephine, and Bull obviously runs a bit faster in Dorian’s defense.

You can check out more of Hannah’s work on her tumblr, DeviantArt, and personal website.