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DSC03737Last week, The Fortnite team received a special treat from Kelly Haskell, the mother of Cody Haskell, a programmer on the Fortnite Team. How did the cake come to be? Read on to find out!

Flak: How long have you been making cakes?

Kelly Haskell: Over 35 yrs. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in cooking and baking. I loved my Easy Bake Oven! When my oldest nephew was born, I made his first birthday cake and it just snowballed. I’ve baked many cakes for nieces and nephews over the years and now I’m making cakes for their kids!

F: Have they always been so detailed?

KH: No, not nearly so in the beginning. The public library was my best resource back then to try new techniques and I’m still learning today from all of the great shows on TV.

F: What was the first “designer cake” you made?DSC03732

KH: A hand-painted 8 pt. white-tailed buck for my Dad.

F: What made you decide to create the Fortnite cake?

KH: That’s an easy answer – Cody!

Plus, I really love the creative process of every cake I make. I knew this cake had to be Epic! I was excited about the chance to do things with this cake I hadn’t done before. The array characters and fun look of Fortnite made it easy to translate to cake.

F: How long did it take you to make?

KH: When I get the “theme” for a cake, I have to think about it for awhile. I’ve sort of already assembled it in my mind before I actually start anything. The “construction” and baking for the Fortnite cake was around one and a half months.

F: Could you explain a little of the process?

DSC03738KH: For the Fortnite characters, I started by building a wire armatures, then gluing and wiring in LEDs. Everything was covered in gum paste, which starts as a sculpt-able edible clay that hardens when it dries. Then they were painted. One larger character had almost five lbs. of gum paste on him, so he was a bit tricky to anchor.

The portal was made by draping gum paste pieces over balloons. Using a “fire” LED set in the center, I stuck the hardened pieces together with the same gum paste. DurrrBurger has a rice crispy base also covered in gum paste. I really enjoyed making the Husk characters, but those extra heads were tough! The Troll was trouble – the only one damaged on the trip down from MI!

Since this was the largest and most electrified cake I’ve ever made, Cody and my husband lent a much needed helping hand in the final assembly and transport to Epic to surprise the Fortnite team.

F: Where can people get in touch with you if they would like to have a cake made?

KH: Anyone interested can contact me at dkhaskell@gmail.com

Thank you Kelly!

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skaarjpapercraftMetalfist from the Epic Forums posted a great Papercraft project in the Epic Gamers forum.

You can scale them to your liking using Pepakura Designer and you will need the Pepakura software in order to open the .pdo files.

Metalfist included some tips in the Readme file for this project.

 

 

The models included are:
- Skaarj warrior standing
- Skaarj warrior sitting and inspecting claw
- Skaarj Trooper
- Pupae
- Warlord
- Queen

utweaponspapercraftThe Instructable with download is available at http://www.instructables.com/id/Skaarj-Papercraft

Metalfist has also created a set of Unreal Tournament Papercraft weapons! Everything from the Bio Rifle to the Translocator is included.

You can find more information and the download at http://www.instructables.com/id/Unreal-Tournament-1999-Weapons/

If you would like to see your content posted on our community site, Facebook page and twitter, check out the Epic Gamers forum. There you can post your tutorial videos, cosplays, fan art and fiction, anything you would like to share with the community. For more information, check out this welcome post. To see more artwork from Epic Gamers, be sure to catch the EpicGamers group on deviantART.

 

It’s going to get awfully hot this weekend in the Special Event playlist! Everyone will be spawning with Scorchers in in Team Deathmatch and the event is live now. Be sure to keep an icy drink on-hand to keep you cool! We recommend Imulsion, but lemonade will do just fine!

Don’t forget to give us your feedback about our Scorcher event in the comments below, or this weekend on twitter using the #GearsWeekend hashtags.

King Of The Couch Gears of War Double Header Tournament

If you’re going to be near Nanuet, NY this weekend, be sure to stop by the Hilton Garden Inn for the King of the Couch Gears of War and Gears of War: Judgment Tournaments! The Gears of War tournament is a BONUS GEARS OF WAR 1 Throwback 4v4 Event!

Registration for the event begins at 9:00 AM so be sure to get there early.

Cash prizes will be awarded and there will be Gears of War: Judgment 2v2, 4v4 and Free-For-All events.

For more information, visit www.kotcnation.com.
For more information about the Hilton Garden Inn, Nanuet, click HERE.

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Saturday July 13th
Registration Begins at 9:00 AM
Hilton Garden Inn
270 West Route 59
Nanuet, NY 10954

 

The new event this week is Lightning Round Execution.

There will be no Boomshield, Breechshot, Flamethrower, Vulcan or One Shot.

Here are the rules:

  • First to seven rounds wins.
  • 1 Min. Round Time
  • 5 Sec. Bleed Out
  • Friendly Fire On
  • Classic Stalemates are on

 

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Also, in the VIP playlist we’ll have 24/7 Checkout EXE!

Thank you for your suggestions! Check back next week to learn about our next Gears of War: Judgment event.

 

 




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