To most people, the world of Nerf guns looks one-dimensional. Many only see it as a child's game, something that they themselves may have grown up experiencing.
Others however, who take a deeper look into the realm of Nerf, come to realize there are many, many other layers. There's a layer of college students that play Humans vs Zombies, and even one that is made up of working class tie-wearing-office-folk that have an office Nerf war or 2 a week.
One of these layers (the one that is the main point of this article) happens to consist of incredibly artistic individuals and fans of Sci-Fi.
So What Exactly is Steampunk?
Steampunk is defined as a A sub-genre of Alternate History that generally deals with advanced technology in the altered past. Another definition states it to be "an imaginary Victorian age, that features brass and copper clockwork and steam-powered inventions that go far beyond 1800's technology. Steam powered mechanical wonders, optimistic gear driven computers, dirigibles, clockwork firsts, and stuff like that. (But don't forget the goggles.)"
So how does it apply to Nerf? When it comes to painted Nerf guns, a popular term has been bouncing around. This term is "Steampunk."
Chances are you've seen it around and mistaken it for a person (me being one of them, heh), but alas, it happens to be a word that describes this genre that has a dedicated following of fans, fans that are naturally drawn to Nerf.
It only makes sense why Steampunk fans are drawn to Nerf guns as most posses a Sci-Fi look, making them easy to paint and transform into a cool Victorian style gun that fits the Steampunk genre.
Example of a Steampunk Nerf Gun
This great example of a Steampunk style Nerf gun was made by LittleThingsinTN, who actually is in the business of selling creations like this.
As I am writing this, the above masterpiece is up for grabs on Etsy for $125, which actually isn't too bad considering some modified Nerf guns for sale sell for over $125.
Etsy seems to have a good amount of buyers for this kind of stuff, as I'm seeing a couple have sold, like the one below.
Now You Know
As you found out above; Steampunk is not a person, it's a genre, and now that you know the true nature of it, you have another area of Nerf to delve into and appreciate
On an ending note: if you'd like to learn how to paint your Nerf guns to look like the ones in the pictures above, then sorry, we don't have that yet... but we do have a tutorial that shows you the basics . You can find that tutorial here - Paint Your Nerf Gun.