View Full Version : Assassin's Creed III - Ratonhnhaké:ton’s Hidden Blade

12-01-2013, 03:06 PM
On a whim, I ordered a print of the Connor Replica Toy Kit from Ammnra Creations. It's an SLS Nylon kit that creates a gravity-fed hidden blade. The instructions made assembly straightforward, and right away I had the blade flipping in and out.

http://i.imgur.com/lsjoouol.jpg (http://imgur.com/lsjoouo)

The material has a porous surface and took paint really well.

http://i.imgur.com/eIBQApvl.jpg (http://imgur.com/eIBQApv)

After a while, though, the kit irked me with how inaccurate it was to the in-game design. I really wasn't invested into this prop enough to scratchbuild an entirely accurate Hidden Blade, but I figured I could at least modify the dagger handle to include the rear flip-out blade from the official artwork.

Concept Artwork (http://imgur.com/kW4RtEa)
3D Render (http://imgur.com/rcgFLgQ)

This involved cutting into the rear of the dagger handle to make room for the rear blade. The handle wasn't thick enough to carve a recessed area to house the blade, so I instead made the main blade thinner. Styrene was too light for the gravity-fed mechanism to overcome friction, so I opted for 0.063" Aluminum. The rear blade would then be held in with a screw to allow it to pivot.

http://i.imgur.com/4KKmA6jl.jpg (http://imgur.com/4KKmA6j)

Afterward, the kit was repainted, clear coated, and then weathered. The wing details on the blades were accomplished with careful paint masking. The blades were painted up in gunmetal, masked, and then painted over in silver. This left the "engravings" slightly recessed. It was a neat effect, but, sadly, the clear coat smoothed everything out.

http://i.imgur.com/aPL8NY0l.jpg (http://imgur.com/aPL8NY0)

http://i.imgur.com/ELrqDNql.jpg (http://imgur.com/ELrqDNq)

http://i.imgur.com/R7sC4xMl.jpg (http://imgur.com/R7sC4xM)

The rest of the image gallery is available on my site:
Assassin's Creed: Ratonhnhaké:ton's Hidden Blade - Kouri Kustoms (http://kourikustoms.com/props/assassins-creed-ratonhnhaketons-hidden-blade)