This was one of the coolest shoots I have ever done! I had the idea in my head for these photos for a long time. I just needed a model to have the "look" I was interested in... and to obtain a bunch of weapons! It's not every day you ask a stranger to bring swords, nunchucks, etc to your garage studio. :)
Gear from this shoot: Canon 60D, 24-70mm lens, 35mm lens, 580EXII, 430EXII, light modifiers, black background, fog machine
Edited using: Lightroom 4.1 & Photoshop CS6.
For the shoot, I used a large black background. Two lights: 580EXII to the right of the model through a softbox and a 430EXII through an umbrella to the left and behind model, but I took the umbrella off for some shots. And a fog machine (yay! never used one before!) - which was to the right of the model and aimed between her and the background. The robe she is wearing is something I picked up at a thrift store years ago and thought it might work. And it did!
I took the following set-up photo before we got it just right so things were slightly adjusted for different shots.
Afterwards, we took some other different-style photos for fun.