About Me

Hello and welcome to my really short bio!

I started making custom replicas and props in 2009 when I painted my first Nerf blaster that I made for my son.  It sparked the artistic part of me that had been dormant for many years, but I really made up for lost time and have been at it ever since.  Over these past five years I have branched out into doing work for major film and video game companies as well as many others.  I could never have planned for that kind of response to what I do, but I am always honored when the opportunity is offered to work on a project as an advisor or builder.

My other current services:

  • Custom painting and weathering (of just about anything that can take paint)
  • Replica resin kit restoration and finishing
  • 3D design and printing
  • Concept and prototype weapon design – (non-functional only)

I’m also always open to new opportunities, so if you feel I can be of service, please do not hesitate to drop me a line :)

JohnsonArms76@gmail.com

Brian Johnson

Http://johnsonarms.deviantart.comhttp://www.youtube.com/JohnsonArms - Johnson Arms on Facebook 

 

 

 

 

34 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Matt

    Awesome stuff! I’ve always loved custom Nerf guns and your level of detail is incredible!!
    (hoping this is what counts as the contest entry as well haha)

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      1. The_NERF_Lover_:P

        Hey, could you make a Star Wars type Rifle wich the clones use in the movies but a reacon version if u could make this u r truly a ledgend:))))))))))))))

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  2. Dragonman

    Your work is amazing sir. I’ve wanted to do paint mods on some of the nerf guns I’ve accumulated for a while and wanted to ask a few questions from someone more skilled than I. 1. What kind of sandpaper do you suggest for the pre-paint removal? 2. The little details *like the screws on the mavericks* do you go in and do those after the primary paint job is done? 3. Do you use tape or something else to cover areas you want to retain their color/paint later? I appreciate any pointers you can dole out for a neophyte like me, keep up the good work!

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    1. Johnson Arms

      Thank you very much! I use 220 for the smaller logos and then go over it with 500 before I put on the basecoat. For the large logos, 100 grit can still be cleaned up using 220 grit afterwards to remove the really deep scratches. Concerning the detailing, I do the smallest details last, including the screws and such. Less chance of messing up that stuff later :) I hope that helps and send me links of your work!

      Brian

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      1. Dragonman

        It does it really does. This will go a long way towards a finished, and hopefully professional looking, job. Assuming I ever figure out how to work my digital camera and upload pics of the end result, I’d be glad to send you the fruits of my labors. Thanks for the pointers, Peace!

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      2. The_NERF_Lover_:P

        Hey could u make a WWII style longsrike C-S6??? if so plz reply.(It would be nice if it was the same type in ‘Saving Private Ryan’) thanks

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        1. Johnson Arms

          I can replicate just about anything you need, Ian! I can also do the Starwars themed rifle if you’re interested and have the budget for them. The rifles can get a bit expensive, but they’re worth the time spent, promise :) Just shoot me an email at johnsonarms76@gmail.com when you’d be ready to get started!

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      1. Dragonman

        So lets say I’m about to paint the handle of the gun and I’m taping over the grip. You remove the tape and spray the grip afterwards and just try to be accurate?

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  3. Static Kyota

    Johnson I used to have you as a friend on my facebook but I deleted it. Been seeing your work uncredited so I been calling the people out and posting a link to your blog. Nice to see your still doing your thing.

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    1. Johnson Arms

      I appreciate that very much and thank you for your continued support :) I know the photos get used for different purposes and I’d really only be upset if the work was attributed to someone else! Sometimes I’m sure the photos are found 2nd and even 3rd hand so they may have never known who the painter was. Kinda like a lot of Meme’s that spread like crazy! I know I’ve posted a few, but always say they’re from reddit, etc :)

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  4. Ethan Schoonbeck

    I’d Like to see you do a nerf nitron with a black base coat and green flames, that would be awesome…. But you are definatley the best painter I have seen ever.

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  5. Ethan Schoonbeck

    Yeah I also forgot to mention that I did get the Nitron for chistmas and I think it is pretty fun and cool. I could just see some cool paint themes for this blaster!

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  6. Benjamin

    Hey Johnson, I’ve come upon your site several times in the past, and I have to say, I’ve always admired your work. I’ve done a few projects myself when it comes to painting Nerf guns, and I’d thought I’d become relatively proficient in it. Whenever I come back to this site, though, I get a lesson in humility when it comes to my own skills; your stuff blows anything I’ve done straight out of the water!

    If it wouldn’t impact your business by giving up some of your tricks of the trade, I had a few questions. Primarily, what kind of paints do you use, especially for detail work? (I’ve been using a mixture of spray paints for large surfaces and medium detail work, and model paints for detail work.) When it comes to painting “metal” effects onto paint, I’ve seen a few guides online talking about “dry brushing” techniques to get that worn-down, metallic look. Is this the way you paint for that effect? (In essence; how do -you- get that wonderful metallic look on a Nerf gun?) Lastly, do you use a clear finish coat on your projects to preserve the paint? I’ve had the problem in the past with those finish coats coming out cloudy; are there any specifically you use?

    I apologize for the wall of text, but I’m very curious. Thanks much!

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    1. Johnson Arms

      Hey Ben! If I missed this message before, I apologize. I’ll shoot you an email so we can chat about the paints!

      Thanks for your patience, it’s been a crazy month!

      Brian

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  7. Marcus Wong

    I’ve painted one nerf gun so far but I want Tory more. I’m wondering about how to make the nerf gun look weathered. Do you apply a layer of light gray before your base color, then scratch before apply clear coat? Is there a technique you could share?

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  8. Michael P.

    Great blog and great work. I’m posting an article about your work on my blog after catching the article on Tested. My son is going to love this and I am also looking forward to Modding and painting some of his many Nerf guns.

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    1. Johnson Arms

      Thats very cool! Yeah, I was honored to have them ask my opinion. I know I don’t go as deep into the performance mods, but I know a few things about cosmetic mods, lol.

      If you need me for anything related to your story, just let me know :)

      Brian

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  9. Dylan

    Hey, your stuff is truly amazing!! Really neat stuff!!

    I was wondering… I’m trying to make a steampunk costume. I kind of want to have an SS AS-1 Nerf gun and a basic Dart Tag Pistol painted steampunk style, with the SS AS-1 attached to the side of the pistol. Theoretically, if I sent you my guns (I live in Northern Utah) how much do you think it would cost me, and do you think you would be able to get it to me before Halloween?

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  10. Spencer

    Have you ever considered doing anything from Peter Jackson’s “District 9″, i think there is plenty to work with with the alien weaponry in that film that would translate perfectly to this application.

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  11. Lucien

    Basically repeating Benjamin’s “wall of text.” My fiance and I are huge into costuming as well as her parents, so being able to make somewhat decent looking guns would be a huge boon to our outings. If you wouldn’t mind maybe just copying the email you send Benjamin to me on just the basics of paint removal and what paint seems to work best and whether you dry brush or use some other technique to get that amazing metallic realism on your guns, I would be forever grateful. I’ve seen so much of your work popping up over the internet and it really is amazing. I was colored very impressed from the very first one i saw.

    p.s. I do not plan on selling anything I make, I would never try to profit from someone else’s knowledge, but f this is something you would rather not share I would completely understand, just respond and tell me so.

    Thanks man, and please keep them coming.

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  12. joshua

    how much for the following:a custom star wars alpha trooper
    steampunk style lanard x8 revolver
    steampunk style nerf double barrel shotgun painted+modded
    custom stryfe with paintedblack/modified/ stock, with custom
    ak 47 style black painted nerf clip
    and please make all of them shoot nerf darts and function

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  13. BiZZuRKS

    You’ve inspired me. So I took a look at Psyk’s tutorial on YouTube. Here’s the thing I’ve always been horrible with gas propelled pigment. Have you ever used vinyl dye? If so is it a little more forgiving than K Fusion or model paint / enamel? Also do you ever end up with a finish you’re just not satisfied with, and end up sanding and re-painting sections? You’re doing an amazing job. If my financial situation ever changes, a Johson Arms commission is on the top of my list. Keep it up.

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