Frequently Asked Questions
What is Faltion Prop Works?
Faltion Prop Works (FPW) is a small prop making business run by and operated solely by me (Faltion) with a specific focus. I am a full-time dad which directly affects my time spent creating props.
All props are made to fit into certain specifications:
- Individually 3D printed
- Designed to be as true to the original as possible
- Based off only fictional firearms from video games
Why only 3D printing?
Before deciding to start FPW, I’ve been involved in 3D printing for roughly three years. I wanted to add my own touch to the prop-making culture by sticking with 3D printing as a manufacturing process rather than more traditional methods of creating forms, molds, and casts.
By 3D printing, a prop can easily be recreated if so desired by a patron.
Why only video game guns?
I have a fascination with the mechanical aesthetics of firearms. Physical replicas of video game guns also rarely exist, compared to props from movies. I love to bring into reality what only existed digitally. I also wish to stick to a specialization rather than spreading myself too thin with different sorts of props such as melee weapons, armor, or accessories.
What do you mean by fictional?
A number of games have representations of real world firearms, especially in games of the shooter genre. If a gun has a real-world counterpart I don’t want to make a prop version of it. If a gun, however, is a heavily modified version of a real gun that would have no actual counterpart in the wild, then that is free game. A good example is the Khvostov I made from Destiny, which resembles an AR-15.
Can you make me x, y, or z?
If you are interested in commissioning a piece from me, first does it fit into this criteria:
- It is a fictional firearm from a video game
If so, the answer is: Probably.
As an artisan who wants to produce works I prefer to defer projects that would take significantly more design work because they lie outside my skillset of computer aided design (I don’t use normal 3d modelling programs). Examples would be very organic-looking weapons (the bone-clad guns of Destiny’s Dark Below expansion) or extraordinarily decorated designs (Gjallarhorn or some of the insanely engraved guns of Bloodborne).
Does this mean I absolutely wont do such projects? Absolutely not. If someone really wants Gjallarhorn and is willing to pay the two or three thousand dollars it would take to create, I might accept, but it depends on what kind of workload I am currently dealing with.
How does the commission process work?
Once you’ve decided that you want a prop commissioned, email me and I will return with a price estimate. If it is a rebuild from my library the estimate is a fixed price, but if it is a unique build then the estimated price can change. Keep this in mind. If you agree with my estimate, I will invoice you via paypal for a percentage of the estimate, usually enough to cover the material costs so I can get started.
After that it’s just a waiting game. I’ll send you updates as the build proceeds (with pictures if you request them). Once the build is complete I will send you pictures of the final product along with a final invoice which will include shipping costs.
If for some reason you decide to cancel the commission during the process I cannot refund you the price of materials unless it is within the time between funds clearing my account and me purchasing materials. If you do not want the prop once I am done with it, then let me know you will not be paying the final invoice. I will keep the prop and be unable to refund you anything at this point.
Will you make me something you've already made?
I definitely can make a reprint, in fact, that is one of the major reasons behind 3D printing prop parts. Replicating a prop also means the cost of design that normally accompanies a unique commission is significantly less. Reprints, however, are very popular so I must limit their acceptance. Do to production, time, and work space constraints I can only take one reprint per calendar month, with preferably a three month lead (depending on current work load). Understand also that reprints are secondary to novel commissions, which may delay their completion.
How do I commission a work?
Please use my contact form!
How much do commissions cost?
The cost of a commission comes down to number of factors:
- Material cost
- Design time
- Artistic value
- Shipping costs
Material costs makes up one of the most significant parts of prop building cost. It is not ony 3D printer resin (which is not cheap), but also things like a resin tray for my printer (which is consumable), sandpaper, paint, and also things like shipping those items or taxes. I don’t charge for printing time.
If you are commissioning a unique piece (which is very likely as I have a small, albeit slowly growing library of works), the cost of designing the parts for the prop is also a significant fee as it can take dozens of hours of 3D design before parts are ready to print.
Building the piece, doing finishing, painting and weathering can also take many hours and represent the major labor costs of the process.
Also these props have their own intrinsic artistic value by nature.
In the end I also have to get the piece to you, which could incur significant shipping costs depending on its size and fragility and where you live.
If you are genuinely interested in commissioning a piece, please do not let potential prices stop you from doing so. All costs are subjective.
What 3D printer do you use?
I use a Formlabs Form 1+ named Succinct Walrus. He doesn’t talk much.
The material this printer uses is a photosensitive resin.
Print resolutions are mostly at .05mm.
I also have a Makerbot Replicator 2X which is unlikely to be used for prop making unless it has a unique application.
Will you make me something that fires an actual projectile?
What is the deal with the F with a crown over it?
That is my maker’s mark. It can be found somewhere on everything I create.
I can't afford the cost, will you do it for $X, take a trade, or send me it as a kit/3d model?
No, no, and no.
While I completely understand that a prop can at times be incredibly expensive, asking an artist if they will accept a different price than what they set is considered very rude. Please do not do this.
I am not entirely against trades, but it is something I’d rather discuss in person at a convention with another artisan, like a cosplay costume maker or someone who creates works outside my realm.
I consider the sum of my work to include the entire process of design, printing, building, painting and so forth, so I will not provide anyone with parts or design files to do it themselves under any circumstances.