Mass Effect 2 Prop Rifle Will Blow You Away

Mass Effect 2 Prop Rifle Will Blow You Away

Zander Brandt is back with an all-new, all-awesome Mass Effect 2 prop rifle that looks like it could take a Krogan's head clean off.

Zander Brandt, the guy who put together the amazing M-29 Incisor rifle we showed you back in October, is back in action and this time he's brought some serious Mass Effect firepower to the party: the M-96 Mattock heavy rifle, a semiautomatic assault weapon the offers the low heat production of an assault rifle and the punch of a sniper rifle. Brandt's version doesn't actually produce any heat - it's made of wood - and although it could probably mess you up pretty good if someone clobbered you in the face with it, the relevant point to our story is that it looks fantastic.

As he did with the M-29, Brandt documented the M-96 build process from the wood cutting to the final paint job, which includes just enough artificial wear and tear to make this gun look like it has some serious miles on it. Not that his breakdown is really going to simplify the process for anyone; rather like those old "learn how to draw Yogi Bear" things from back in the day, this project seems to suddenly transmogrify from a pile of wood scraps to a space-age machine gun, more or less magically, about half-way through the process.

Brandt said the complexity of the construction is intentional. "I chose [the Mattock] because it is arguably the most complicated rifle in the Mass Effect universe that still looks like it was made by human hands," he wrote on his blog. "I like a challenge. And headaches, apparently."

Headaches or not, the final result is brilliant and about as spot-on to the original concept art as you're going to get. This is the kind of gun I'd be proud to have mounted over my mantel.

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This guy's sex life must have taken a beating while he was working on this:
"Can it wait for a bit? I'm in the middle of some calibrations"

By Odin, Why doesn't someone hire this guy to so that he can make more of these and sell them?!

Argh! I want it!

OT: That is awesome.

EDIT: Typo :S

Evilsanta:
By Odin, Why doesn't someone hire this guy to so that he can make or of these and sell them?!

Argh! I want it!

OT: That is awesome.

I agree, this guy could make a killing selling these things.

I will give this man whatever is in my bank account to have this rifle.

Seriously.

Looks kinda like the assault rifle from Deus Ex: HR

I'm currently trying to make somthing similar at the moment, i'm trying to build a Fallout 3 laser rifle, but seeing stuff like this makes me think my efforts are feeble.

OT: It's so awesome, i want!

Do want.

I want a workshop where I can go crazy trying to build things like this.

One day...when Skyrim is finally beaten.

Seriously, I would be so happy to have my hands on this weapon. Life would be glorious.

Its the dlc gun, I bought it and omg was it so good. Made replaying me2 the second time so much better.

BEST GUN in ME2 Hands down. No matter what class I chose I would always pick up the assault rifle as my optional weapon when you infiltrated the collector ship just so I could use the Mattock.

Let me tell you a VanGuard with a Mattock is bad news.

want one.....
ohh the fun!!!!

Zander Brandt is one talented guy

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That is very cool. See, if I were to buy a gun, it would be one like this - completely harmless, but totally awesome-looking.

It is awesome! I do love these replicas! One day I would like to see a replica of the Banana Gun from Timesplitters 3!

Something tells me that even begging wont get me one.

So instead, im going to try screaming and crying.

UPDATE: No, it turns out that only angers my neighbors and causes a dozen police to show up at my door.

That is indeed a ME2 rifle. And it did indeed blow me away. Bloody nice replica.

I love the M-96 Mattock heavy rifle.
It's usually my weapon of choice.
This is so awesome.

Wow, I've never played Mass Effect (I want to, but I'm not pleased with EA right now) but when I glanced at this my first thought was that someone had customized an FN F2000. This is a rifle that FN Herstal has been pushing with for the past 8 years or so. I remember because a guy at a gun store wanted to sell me one for $2400 back in 2008. I politely declined. Seriously though it looks very similar, I wonder if the folks at BioWare saw this:


So, I suppose for $2000-ish, you could get one of these and refinish it with the right colors. It's by no means an exact match but hey, it fires real bullets. That's 65% more bullet per bullet.

That is a damn impressive prop, though. Hire this guy for a Mass Effect movie.

love that its wood. Gots some heft to it :D

Impressive! I always thought the Mattock looked like a hunk of wood, but I'm glad it's getting all the love. However, I wonder how it got this popular.

I think it's been in all the marketing, promotional vids and combat demos up to now. Yeah, it's very gratifying to use, but it wasn't even available without DLC. I guess it's the signature ME3 soldierShep weapon just like that Avenger assault rifle used to be.

Awesome. The dude has the kind of woodworking skills I can only dream about. Though one time I made a lopsided spice rack.

This would look great on the wall in my future wife proof nerd room. This is the rifle that got me through insanity difficulty!

Seneschal:
Impressive! I always thought the Mattock looked like a hunk of wood, but I'm glad it's getting all the love. However, I wonder how it got this popular.

The reason why it gets so much love is because it's overpowered, and it was fun. The sound it made with each shot, the reaction enemies had to being hit by it, everything about it told you that it was strong, reliable, and effective. I wasn't at all surprised to see it in marketing, as it was a clear way for Bioware to show how they were aware of their fanbase's preferences. It also neatly showed the fact that you get to keep any weapons you had in ME2.

OT: Applause all around, it looks great! Side note, when it first came out, the silhouette reminded me of the assault rifle in Halo Reach.

Look at the grip!

WTF

Man, people really liked that gun. Only used it a few times as I mostly did playthroughs with non-assault rifle classes (without acquiring the skill on the Collector Vessel either)

Personally, I'd just like a solid, quality replica of the Carnifax heavy pistol. Design wise, I thought it was the most aesthetically pleasing.

Oooh... shiney! I was always a fan of the Mattock. :3

Also, props for this.

DVS BSTrD:

"Can it wait for a bit? I'm in the middle of some calibrations"

That's some insanely good craftsmanship right there. Very impressed!

 

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