Steampunk Nerf
February 21, 2008

First, let me kind of react to some of the comments about the Nerf Sniper Rifle post. My issue is not with the toy's existence, it's with calling it a "toy." I don't want to legislate crap like that. I am for involved parenting.

All of that said, and as fun as most of the Nerf guns are for ALL ages, I still don't think a sniper rifle that shoots foam darts is truly a toy. Do some mods on it like the good folks out at and get better accuracy and firepower out of it and go play a nice game of "foam-paintball." Now, if my 10 year old wants it ... I doubt it. Not without a buttload of rules like, "never point it at a person or animal." Not because it's as physically dangerous as a BB gun, which kids have been playing with and surviving without shooting up their schools for decades, but because I believe in involved parenting, as several of my commenters on the previous post stated. Involved parent who lets their kid play with a Nerf sniper rifle under rules and such ... okay. I'm just saying how many parents are NOT thinking and just buying Nerf?

Anyhow. Enough said.

For a complete change of topic, I bring you to the realm of Steampunk. What is Steampunk, you ask? From Wikipedia:

Steampunk is a subgenre of fantasy and speculative fiction which came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used--usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England--but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of "the path not taken" of such technology as dirigibles or analog computers; these frequently are presented in an idealized light, or a presumption of functionality.

Think 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Or Steamboy.

Need a visual? Try the Datamancer. Or this iPod gelaskin from

Now, enter my goofball self.

As I was running some preliminary research on the Nerf sniper rifle, I discovered Nerfers and Nerf Wars ... well, really that was a re-discovery. I already knew about the sport/hobby, but hadn't really gotten into it. But then I found Chris (from the weekly geek show) and his Steampunk Nerf Maverick gun. Oh my. I haven't done a good modding project in quite some time. Most of my equipment is in the basement, including my big-ass box of Citadel paints that I got and then never opened. (I know, I know.)

So, of course ... I HAD to! Click the images to see the larger size version. (Oh, and the blue "lights" on the gun look better in person, more glow-y and less paint-y)




Fun times!!

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I love the steampunk genre! I want that gun. I'm such a dork...

February 22, 2008 9:49 AM


Joe said:

I am also a dork, and I have that gun, although it isn't that color or modded in anyway. I actually have two of those...:( do you hate me, once again, our duct work is taking a pounding, the cat got lit up once, besides that no issues. I make sure rules are in place and kids now their boundaries and more importantly that I do to...I have been tempted to pop a foam dart at my prodgeny from time to time. ;)

Steamboy...bah. Akira, much better. Steampunk is just not interesting to me for some reason.

February 25, 2008 10:23 AM


thewatchlist said:

You say:

I'm just saying how many parents are NOT thinking and just buying Nerf?

I says:
It's not just the Nerf stuffs that people don't consider when purchasing for their children. I love it when people complain about video games that they've bought for kids when they are marked Mature Audiences. Or take kids into a movie or buy unedited cds or or or...

More than once I've seen people get up and leave a R movie with under 10s with them.

Nice paint job on the Nerf gun. The most I've done along those lines is blacking or removing orange safety caps on toy guns. I used to sort of paint miniatures I guess too but that was a really long time ago. I'm horrible at that sort of thing and I've got a great knack for giving up. A friend recently got me some minis though so I guess I will give it another go.

Oh, and I'm here from BM

February 29, 2008 5:52 PM
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