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Steampunk Gruenwald Pepperbox Pistol 1.0 by Arsenal-Best Steampunk Gruenwald Pepperbox Pistol 1.0 by Arsenal-Best
This is my Gruenwald Liquid Aether Pepperbox Pistol, I build in May 2011.

Originaly it was done as a quick build instead of a far more complicated design I originaly developed, due to the lack of time for finishing it till the Role-Play-Convention 2011 in Cologne, Germany.

Of course I could have simply converted a Maverick like most others do as their first Steampunk gun, but already being sick of so many Maverick NERFs as definition of being steampunk, I was adamant of doing something else.
However the multi-barrel design was quite appealing so I researched weapons history and found the Gruenbaum pepperbox pistol from early 19th century, which I adopted for my design as it was simple but still looked cool.

I used a cheap toygun as a basis, some PVC tubing, some brass tubing, some bathroom appliances, some watch parts and of course quite an amount of putty.
The rear of the barrel is covered with a viewport which can be opened and within you can look into the fusionchamber, seeing a plasma discharge.

But as usual, although started as a quickbuild I was beginning to like the pistol very much and started to think of upgrades, making it far more elaborate than the original design.
And as so often a design from Kevin Mowrer's Frahnknshtyne Project supplied some very beautiful inspirations, which I'm currently working on to create the "Gruenwald Atlas Pepperbox Pistol".

WIP pics of the Gruenwald Atlas will follow very soon...
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terrorsound Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
would be nice to get one of these to send out a projectile, not your standard lead tho, maby a plasma or high pressure air.
Its time to separate from the norm and find out what really works, never know someone on here could
go into non lethal weapons research.. I bet it would be one hell of a paycheck ;)
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Feel free to go ahead and try to work it out. ;)

If you need a Froggy to start your research, no problem, there will be some available soon in my etsy shop.. :D
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LordKabraw Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Awesome what did you use to make it?
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Thank you. :D

Simply read the description above:
"I used a cheap toygun as a basis, some PVC tubing, some brass tubing, some bathroom appliances, some watch parts and of course quite an amount of putty.
The rear of the barrel is covered with a viewport which can be opened and within you can look into the fusionchamber, seeing a plasma discharge."

As for what is what exactly, I'm afraid, I won't reveal all my magicians tricks. I hope you understand.
But simply take a good look at the pics, go to the next appliances shop, and take a look there and I'm sure you will figure it out. ;)
Also that trains the eye and mind to disect designs into "how to achieve them with easy obtainable parts" for your own future projects.
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LordKabraw Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Just wondering are you going to reveal your tricks in the future, also what kind of putty did you use?
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I usually do reveal most of them. Keeping only a few out of the web. But as I said, if you put some thoughts into it, I'm sure you will find out, how I did it.

As for the putty: I usually use milliput 2-component putty, as I use it already for my airplane modelling and I like to work with it, as it's easily used like clay and not as sticky as other putties. But in general for such like the Gruenwald any kind of putty from modelling to cheap automotive putty could be used.
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Zenoxen Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Thank you.
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Hyperwave9000 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   Digital Artist
Woah O.o
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
...not sure how to comment on that...

:D jk.
Thanks! Always appreciate direct statements like yours!
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Hyperwave9000 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013   Digital Artist
lol
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ChanceZero Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
What I still do not understand, even after reading the description, is if it is still part made of plastic, or maybe has eventually found its way to consist of only "appropriate" materials...
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
I hope this is not disappointing you, but it is even mostly done from plastic.

Basicaly the only "appropriate" materials consists of the gears and watchparts and the brass tubes on the sides and inside.

However the 2.0 Atlas Version will add a bit more of the real deal. The Atlas figures will be cast from whitemetall and the whole new grip will actually be true glass and brass.

Still the rest will be plastic with an "appropriate" paintjob.. ;)

If you have further questions, just ask. I'm happy to answer them.
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ChanceZero Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, I'll just wait if the day comes when you make a prototype of wood-metal-glass-etc. It would be an interesting one, I foresee.
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
It's already in the making.
The Medusa rifle receives besides brass and glass a stained layered wood corpus.
This is how it should look like:
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But it will take quite a while till it's done.
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thomasofseattle Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
very lovely gun. I have done a couple Mavericks as awell and have downsized to a different nerf model for a change of the norm. I am working on a riffle stock blunderbust now and seeing your wee pepperbox makes made me smile and get excited in starting back on my blunderbust. Rock on sir!
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Thank you so much.
That is the most I can ask for, to inspire and excite others with my work and pass thus a bit of the same motivation and joy I myself received from many other artists through their artwork.

:woohoo:

and yeay for the Blunderbuss. They are cool! So go on and don't let anything stop you! ;)
Love to see it when it's finished.
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joepfish Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Nice!
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Wyvern088 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Very nice, I'd love to see one of those with a walnut stock and grip.
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Thank you. :thanks:

That surely would be a nice variation.

Although without any wood, maybe the 2.0 upgrade will please you anyway, as it will get a glass griphandle.
A preliminary view will be available later today in the WIP section.
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Shadow-wing2 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The pepper-box pistol had always this out of this world look to me.
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Jep.
For whatever the reason, a multi-barrel design always look far more menacing, than a singlebarreled revolver, even if the later is technical in advantage and deadlier.
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MechanicalMichael Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh my that is epic
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
:D

:bow:
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Great!
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
:thanks:
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IamHaden Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is perhaps the first steampunk gun ive seen where the gears actually make sense. love it! =D
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Then I have a complished what I was aiming for.
:woohoo:

Thanks a lot for that feedback!
It's very much appreciated.
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IamHaden Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Youre very welcome! =D
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Hypercats Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous! What does it have for a holster?
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Thanks.

At the moment only a simple leather one with open front end were the six barrels are going through hanging from the hips. I kept it as small as possible to leave as much of the pistol to be seen.

I'm waiting for the Atlas upgrade to be finished before I rework the Holster aquivilantly to the Holster belt.
--> see my Aztec Holster belt pics.
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Falifer Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, looks really cool.
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Thank you very much my dear.

But if I may say so, the 2.0 will be way cooler. ;)
Hope to upload a preliminary view of it tomorrow in my WIP section.
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DerVulf Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fine pistol-work.
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Thank you.
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Thank you.

Yes, indeed.
I heavily burned (rather melted) my finger tip while sticking it into the fusionchamber during a plasmacharge occuring.. OUTSCH!

;) Just kidding. But yes, the "could-be-working"-sense is always a main goal of my design philosophy.
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ArrayOfStars Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Nice design. Looks like it's actually functional.
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Thank you.

Yes, indeed.
I heavily burned (rather melted) my finger tip while sticking it into the fusionchamber during a plasmacharge occuring.. OUTSCH!

;) Just kidding. But yes, the "could-be-working"-sense is always a main goal of my design philosophy.
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