Basic Craft Foam Psycho-Pass Dominator Tutorial
I’ve had quite a few people ask how my Dominator was made so I decided to share how I went about making mine in hopes that some of you may find this helpful in making your own! By no means is this most exact or realistic way to make a Dominator but it makes due for a fairly decent con-safe cosplay prop that doesn’t weigh a ton or cost a fortune.
What you are going to need:
- 1 (12” x 12” x 5/8”) sheet of white styrofoam (I used Smoothfoam brand, it was in the flower arranging section of Michael’s)
- 3-4 (12” x 18”) sheets of white craft foam (I used Creatology Fun Foam, I can’t remember exactly how many sheets that I used but I think it was around 3, it’s safer to have more)
- Black acrylic paint
- White acrylic paint
- Brown acrylic paint
- Silver 3D fabric paint (in the little squirt bottles for detailing)
- Teal or green metallic 3D fabric paint (same as above)
- Glue gun (make sure you have lots of glue sticks)
- 2 small red gems
- Fine tip black sharpie
- Small paint brushes
- Tracing paper (or regular printer paper works as well)
Save THIS picture to your computer. It’ll come in handy for all the detailing later.
Next you are going to want to scale your Dominator. What I did was I brought up the picture linked above and zoomed in until the gun measured about 13” in length on my screen.
Next, if you don’t know how to print to scale, you’re going to want to gently secure some tracing paper (or regular printing paper) to your screen and lightly trace around the scaled outline of the Dominator in pencil. You’re also going to want to be sure to include the following lines (don’t worry about the finer details or the trigger yet):
Cut out the paper outline of your gun (and cut out the space for where the trigger would go too).
Secure this to your sheet of styrofoam so that it all fits on 1 piece. Then use your exacto knife to carefully cut around the entire thing. Now you have your base.
Cut a long strip of craft foam 5/8” inches in width (or however wide your sheet of styrofoam is. Then taking this craft foam, carefully hot glue it along all the edges of your gun, including in around the trigger area. Once you are done your gun base should look something like this:
Take your styrofoam base and place in on a sheet of craft foam and trace around the outside (and inside the trigger area), then flip the styrofoam base over and trace the other side onto craft foam. Cut these 2 pieces of craft foam out and (after carefully aligning them and trimming any edges that may overhang a bit) hot glue them to their respective sides so that your styrofroam base is now completely covered in craft foam and no styrofoam is showing.
Take your paper outline and cut along the blue lines.
You should now have 5 separate pieces (see coloured areas below) to use for your raised sections, discard the rest.
Cut 2 of each of these pieces out of craft foam and then carefully align them, 1 set on each side of the base and hot glue them in place.
Take your remaining paper sections and cut along the green to get the next layer:
Cut 2 of these from craft foam and then align and hot glue them in place. Your Dominator should now look something like this (minus the trigger, don’t add that just yet):
The details. Cut 3 small inch x inch squares of craft foam and glue them together. Then trace out the trigger on the top and cut it out and glue it in place.
Cut 2 small ovals out of craft foam where it says DOMINATOR on the gun and glue them onto the base.
Cut 3 5/8” x 1/8” strips for the detail on the top of the gun and glue them in place.
Prepare your paint. I went with a dark grey mix so that I could do the details in black and they’d still show up. Keep in mind how many parts of black to white you use for future mixes because if you run out of paint during a coat you don’t want to have half of your Dominator being 3 shades lighter than the other side.
Then go wild painting the entire thing. I used 3 thick coats to evenly cover everything. Make sure you wait for each layer of paint to dry before painting the next layer. If you can airbrush the entire thing, that would probably be much more efficient but I just made due by painting everything by hand.
Then mix a bit of black with the brown paint you selected to darken it a bit and carefully paint the 2 brown handle pieces on both sides of the gun. These will probably need 2 coats.
More detailing! Use your silver 3D fabric paint to add all the rivets based on the original drawing of the Dominator. Use the teal or green metallic paint for all the areas that are supposed to look lit up (you may want to find screen caps and/or other references depending on what stage you want your Dominator to be in).
These paints will take a long time to dry so only do 1 side at a time before flipping it over. I left mine to dry overnight before working on the other side.
Once everything is painted and dry, now comes the tricky detailing. All the line details I did freehand using a fine tipped sharpie. Depending on how exact you want things to be, you might want to measure things out and lightly draw your detailing with a white fabric pencil before committing to drawing on the final lines.
Once the lines are all added, paint on (with a very fine paintbrush and just using some of the leftover fabric paints) the Dominator and Sibyl logos on both sides and the little silver star on the handle based on the details in the original picture.
Once everything is all dry, glue a red gem over the star on both sides and everything was good to go!
You should now have a super lightweight Dominator that’s perfect for cons! And it didn’t cost you an arm and a leg!
If you have any more questions, feel free to leave a message in the Ask Box and I’ll do my best to try and answer it for you!