Last Spring at MTAC (Middle Tennessee Anime Convention) we had a table right next to a creator/builder of trinkets, toys, ray guns and all sorts of props for fans of Steampunk. Ronan Hayes produces these and sells them at conventions everywhere. My daughter bought a steam gun and still loves it. Now what stood out to me about Ronan was not the fact that he had a ton of folks storm his table or that his props are intricately and beautifully constructed but Ronan himself. I’ve mentioned before how much of a joy it was to work with Davy Fisher on Haven because of his talent and humility and now I’m finding myself in the same situation with Ronan. At one point, he was concerned that folks that were walking by could not see my table in their line of sight so he moved a large display of his back so that folks could better see my table.
That’s when I knew I wanted to work with Ronan.
After that, we talked sporadically and primarily about convention stuff. When we came up with The Jupiter Chronicles I was having a really tough time finding an illustrator that fit the project so we thought why not take pictures of props and use those for the visuals in the book? Ronan was happy to do it. The first thing I needed to do was come up with a list of items he would need to build. I’ve included some of those with a very brief description below:
Coil Eruptors – Hydrogen disruptors that strap to your arm designed to immobilize your enemy when they are tagged with a dart that shoots out from the device. These are primarily used in the Drifterdash games.
Steam Rifles – Used by the Doomslayers. Bulky and crude, these fire a hydrogen torpedo.
Repulse Gun – Reconstructed from the Coil Eruptor, this weapon fires an energy pulse that instantly dismantles machinery.
Orb of Winds
Orb that can scan and influence the winds of Jupiter.
Orb that can scan and influence the heated core of Jupiter.
Orb of Water
Orb that can scan and influence the liquid surface of Jupiter.
Here’s one of all three.
Now how cool are those? And yes, those are moving parts. You can check out the videos of these by visiting http://www.facebook.com/jupiterchronicles.
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If you’d like to check out Ronan’s other props, please visit his website. There’s a ton of stuff there for steampunk aficionados. You can get there by clicking here.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on how things are progressing with The Jupiter Chronicles.
Leonardo Ramirez is an author of prose fiction and graphic novels in the genres of Young Adult and Children’s Books. For more information please visit http://www.leonardoverse.com.
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