Maker Faire 2012
After such a successful Faire in 2011, I was determined to go again in 2012. I was surprised when Shawn Thorsson from the 405th contacted me and asked if I would help him exhibit at his booth in May. I happily obliged and went to the San Mateo Expo Center again for a weekend of crafts, assembling, disassembling, duct tape, free beer, and trooping about in a Master Chief suit. The goal this year was to display replicas from all genres, not just halo. This was also the debut of Shawn's amazing Warhammer 40k Space Marine build. We spent the entire Friday afternoon as well as Saturday morning putting the booth together, hammering bolts, strapping vacuum-formed panels, stringing zip ties, repairing armor, etc. When the Expo Center opened up later on Saturday morning, a few of us suited up in Master Chief suits and others of us in the Space Marine suits. There was also a Halo Marine and an Isaac Clarke costume to go around. For my Master Chief suit, it turned out that when the right boot was being cast, part of the sole caved in, so I ended up with bruises and blisters after walking around in 40 lbs. of armor for several hours. Sunday was an eventful day as well; I learned how to pick locks and I met up with Adam Savage after he talked about costuming and propmaking (to my surprise) and he signed one of my Dragon Priest masks. I was also glad to meet Chris "Ammnra" Myles, who is well known for his Assassin's Creed stuff. Sunday afternoon was also the time the lunar eclipse occurred, so we all went outside and stared up at the sun with visors given to us by some smart fellow. Except for me; I wore a Republic Commando helmet.