Products and Design

Shaping Dutch Design: Game of Thrones Weapons Master Tommy Dunne

In celebration of Dutch Design Week 2017, our Shaping Dutch Design series once again takes a closer look at a few of the dozens of designers who are part of the Shapeways Community EXPO this year. Make sure to visit us in person if you’re in Eindhoven this week, and follow us here, on InstagramTwitter, and on Facebook for live updates from #DDW17. 

You might not know his name, but you’ve seen his work many times, particularly if you’re a Game of Thrones fan. He is prolific weapons master, armorer, and consultant Tommy Dunne.

With more than 25 years in the film and entertainment industry, Dunne has quite the impressive CV. He started out in the film industry making weapons for Braveheart, and has gone on to work on films like the Fifth Element, Saving Private Ryan, V for Vendetta, and many more. Just from looking at the weapons themselves, you can tell that what drives him every day, on every project is his love and appreciation for the crafts of weaponry and armor.

Each weapon is conceptualized and designed specifically for the character and scene it will be used in. Dunne takes everything into consideration, such as the size of the actor wielding it and marks of age and wear on the weapon. It’s important to carefully craft each prop so that it looks like it comes straight out of the world it’s from.

In a previous post, we raved about the Game of Thrones Dorne Dagger which was printed in our Frosted Ultra Detail plastic. When choosing materials, Dunne focuses on what they’ll become: The materials themselves impact how the weapons will be decorated and finished. He also chooses materials that have the most appropriate weight. Aside from Frosted Ultra Detail, Dunne has also printed with our Strong &Flexible Plastic in white.

While Dunne’s been intrigued with 3D printing for a while, this is only the beginning of his foray into our world and industry. Fans of historical fiction and fantasy, 3D printing, and Game of Thrones can expect to see many more incredible creations from Dunne and Shapeways to come.

The artist at work

This Saturday, October 28, we’ll be hosting a Q&A with Tommy Dunne at the Enversed VR Center where you’ll be able to hear Dunne speak about his work and the processes he goes through. His work is also presented at the Shapeways Expo until October 29. If you’re not in Eindhoven, you can tune in from Enversed’s Facebook livestream that we’ll also be sharing on our Facebook page. And don’t forget to head over to Dunne’s website for high-resolution documentation of his works.

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