If you’ve recently booted up the Genshin Impact reddit, one of the first things you’ll likely see is a superb replica of the Engulfing Lightning Polearm – fan-favorite Raiden Shogun’s trusty weapon. This handcrafted piece was created by Russian user Selerinity, who is trying to maintain activity on Reddit by creating such replicas.
Along with their craftsmanship, Selerinity has been a fan of the free-to-play action RPG for about a year and a half. At AR 58, they try to log into the game every day. They had created and sold weapons like the Engulfing Lightning through online marketplaces like Etsy, before the platform became unavailable to Russian users on April 4. This is the result of the reprehensible Russian invasion of Ukraine and subsequent sanctions, which left many people present. in the country with work dependent on international websites and online storefronts with new business difficulties.
As such, their typical work order was around 2-3 orders per month before the war in Ukraine. Asked about their current status with work orders, Selerinity told me via DM “if I’m lucky then one a month”. They turned to the Genshin Impact Reddit as a source of work as a last resort: “The thing is, I’m from Russia and due to recent events, my usual avenues for finding work are no longer available. It’s all I can and would like to do in my life, but many paths are now closed. I have to look for clients here.
Rather than shipping its replicas via popular delivery services and getting paid via Paypal or online marketplaces, Selerinity can currently only accept payments via Cyptocurrency as online banking and marketplaces have become unusable in Russia since the start of the invasion of Ukraine. As for how these projects are actually delivered, they used a courier service with extended delivery times. Using this method they say “there are always chances of it breaking along the way, but I’m ready for that and have reinforced my packages”.
Selerinity has been working in workshops for about four years, but parted ways with their former director to pursue their own direction, building a new personal workshop where projects could be created at their own pace. For about a year, they have been creating Genshin Impact weapons based on their own enjoyment of the game and the “good design and interesting execution ideas” present in the RPG.
Each replica weapon takes approximately two weeks to complete from start to finish. “The first step is a sketch, after which I cut out the PVC parts and make all the necessary cutouts for the electronics. Then I glue the parts together with the LED and align according to the sketch. Using a building hair dryer, I bend small details, finally I cover the seams and irregularities with putty and treat the surface with sandpaper for painting before applying the paint with an airbrush.
The results of these processes are fantastic copies of some of the game’s most beloved weapons, including an ancient version of the Primordial Jade Winged Spear, which, like engulfing lighting, is filled with LEDs so the spear head glows with energy as she would in-game. The result of this work is overwhelming praise from the community center that this creator now relies on: “Each of my work is very popular with people. After so many years, my skills have found recognition, that’s really important to me. Well, it’s always nice to get money for that, of course.
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