The release of Fallout 4 in November couldn’t come fast enough. Every day is slogging by and I feel like a turtle stuck in peanut butter as time moonwalks past me. To put some jam in my life, I’ve decided to cope with the Fallout wait by crafting Fallout props. Lately I’ve been working on a Fallout 4 advent calendar, which counts down the last 20 days until launch. I thought I’d share these photos with others to help cope with the pain (or entice it). If you like what you see make sure to visit my Etsy shop, I’m doing a special ‘thank you’ discount for those of you that visited my page. Just enter “UPFC132” for a 15% discount.
I found this drawer at a thrift store and decided it would make a great advent calendar. I washed it (I think) and removed the drawers and spray painted them a few times with yellow primer and then for the body I used a brilliant blue hue. Pictured above is what the front of the calendar looks like. Its measurements are 10″ x 9″ x 6″ (25.4 cm x 22.86 cm x 15.24 cm). I used typewriter stickers for the numbers and spray-painted some washers blue for texture/effect and adhered them to each slot.
Both sides of the calendar have the Vault Boy giving the thumbs up. I made sure to mod podge over the image so it stands up to wear and tear. Wear as in, this is my Halloween costume, and tear as in emotional eye elixir. I’m not a Pisces…
This is the back and I made sure to mod podge over this a few times to make sure it can withstand the emotional intensity of the next twenty days. It has some slots in the back in case I decide to hang it up on my wall, but I don’t think I’m ready for that kind of commitment. It’s not you, it’s me.
I made a bunch of tiny skill books (roughly the size of a dime) to fill a lot of the slots. Each slot is packed with at least 1 skill book. I try to surprise myself– so I kind of put stuff in the calendar and then spin around until I’m outside of my house. It doesn’t really help, and I don’t really like spinning, I think I should rethink my process.
One of the slots contains all of the above. I didn’t reveal everything that is contained in the calendar, I just wanted to give the reader a preview experience.
Some Blamco and Grognak
Another one of the slots…
I didn’t actually put any real pirate tattoo’s in the Bubble Gum, but I have also been compulsively reading, “Lying, Congressional Style.”
So, don’t take my word for it.
Tiny Vault-Tec tool box (includes working scissors, this is strictly a defense mechanism to thwart any potential thieves that may run off).
I even made a tiny calendar, to go inside of the calendar. When Bethesda released their newest trailer, I saw this on the fridge. I thought I’d take a stab at replicating it, and I’m pretty happy with the results (Bottlecap for scale–I was all out of bananas).
I have also been working on a 1:24 scale VW Vault-Tec Bus. The doors and hatch open and the axle’s work as well.
Last but not least, here’s the VW bus in front of the calendar. I hope these pictures made you smile a little or cry, a lot (Schadenfreude!), and helped bring November 10th a little closer (or farther, depending on your answer to, “How Much Of A Sadomasochist Are You?). Thanks for looking, I’ve had a lot of fun being able to create these and share them with other Fallout fans. If you guys enjoy my work, I hand-make a bunch of Fallout Fan-made items at my Etsy store. I would love to craft something for you.
*These items are designed, built, and photographed by Underground Stockpile. They are to be considered fan art, and not an officially licensed product. I do not claim ownership over any brand names, images, graphics, or characters; I am simply a fan of these items and enjoy using my artistic abilities to create unofficial fan art for cosplayers, larpers, collectors, and fellow fanatics. Trademarks belong to their respective owners. Careful attention was paid to avoid infringing on copyright laws in the making of these items.