Post by Dusty's Corner on Jan 7, 2010 17:26:34 GMT -5
Hi guys, Sorry it's been ages. To get the wings more detactable so that it'll be easier to paint and swap with other wings (or put the wings on something else later if need be), I extended the clothing on his back, giving him back-straps. Here the pics to explain it better than I am:
Scythe extension This is actually a slight unintended modification. Because the wings are so large and sweeping forward kinda, the scythe originally (the end bit) got in the way. So while I was at it, added two extra blades to poke out the eyes of victims with (as well as chop off their head). Or if attacking straight on, plunge the eyes, drag it down and you'll be left with a corpse sandwich (sorry getting carried away).
Post by Dusty's Corner on May 12, 2010 9:27:52 GMT -5
Got some finished pics finally - Woot! Actually I've drafted a part 2 to the comic - yeh short series. But it's on doodle hold at the moment as I want to get some model projects outta the way. And here they are:
And these are alien pod thingies.
I got a smaller pod, but I squished it by accident before it had a chance to get baked (d**n my big bum!). Toodles, -Dusty
Post by Troll Forged on May 15, 2010 19:48:18 GMT -5
Those bases look very good. Casting them?
Troll Forged Miniatures trollsforge.com/ "TBH the professionals out there still put their pants on one leg at a time. everyone is faking it, the very fact you're out there doing it makes you professional." Borak
Post by Dusty's Corner on May 17, 2010 8:41:29 GMT -5
Not too sure. They're on GW bases. So I either I could cut/grind off the GW base and cast what I've done. Or I could do them again without having them stuck onto a GW base. Or another option would be to put like a bed (level with the bottom of what I've done) to cover the GW bit (molding without molding the GW part). They're fairly quick to make, so doing them again isn't a biggie. I need to do larger size versions at some point. Got some more pics, models are a bit old, but pics are newly taken.
And here is some early go's at GW Greenstuff on a Jar lid that got cracked.
I've been determined to do a roast chicken for ages!
Post by Dusty's Corner on Mar 30, 2011 19:08:41 GMT -5
Hi everyone, Thought I'd update this as it's been a long time. I wanted to make sure it was ok.
This I call the Cryostasis Tube.
Behold what's underneath the masking tape.
Inside are skulls. Shake the thing and they float about. Other things could be put in there like a brains, skull +spine, head (shorter cylinder), Dice, anything small really. If you've seen the Warpshell project, you'll see the experiments with colour liquids. Electrics/lights is another option. Or if you've seen that film The Rock, you could have some crazy nuclear device/ gizmo thing inside. It's possible to run air through this thing creating bubbles.
This one I've called Sheamus.
Bullet holes. 2 sets, one on either side of wall:
And a poster. First the area had to be scratched smooth to remove the texture paint. Care not to scratch too deep past primer.
And here's the wall with blood. One side has splatter, the other has blood dripping from the bullet holes.
Post by Dusty's Corner on Apr 28, 2011 10:15:13 GMT -5
Thankee very much Yayale ;D Oki, time for a little confession; I’ve been holding off showing my sculpts here because I wanted to get my skills to a decent level. Not sure if I’m there, but I’m somewhere. Here are my practice attempts: Penguin.
This was supposed to be a smaller penguin, but turned into a duck last second lol - all because of the beak.
I call this one 'BadBird', he looks grumpy because his feet are pooey.
Here are skulls, moulded/casted and an example of how they would look painted.
Here's some Pumpkin Heads. They're bloody small, like 2-3mm tall. 7 versions (one plain, no face).
Ok.....now something serious. It's been bothering me for quite a while.....whatta think?
And this figure has sat around for ages. I needed to practice sculpting hands and this chap just so happened to need hands and feet. It's become quite a mess so at some point it might get chopped up and resculpted in places.
A little bit of greenstuff to finish it off then a firey paintjob.
This one needs a name and maybe a caption.
Concept sketch and mock up sculpt:
I've lost the head now woops. I've been trying to sculpt ghoulie type hands, but they keep coming out kinda Eldar (erm...) This is a quickie for a Alien Pilot Baby, made whilst in the kitchen making dinner one evening.
So many things to sculpt, so little wine (I mean time <heck>)....
Post by Dusty's Corner on May 7, 2011 6:48:55 GMT -5
Still working on some of this stuff. Like this spiral stair kit, I’m still ironing out some bugs with the handrail.
This one had to be repaired. Resculpted part of the collar and had to glue some of the moveable joints.
A couple of Mantic Ghouls. Gave them a sewer/drain style base. I’ve now got 30 ghouls and the Dwarf King’s Hold game – lots of models to do!
The blood splatter was fun to do.
The chains coming off the wrists are glued at an angle to help give the idea of movement. And the signboard can be hooked over the pipe behind him if it's just too silly around his neck. Not sure when he'll get a repaint. Hopefully soon.
Truescale chaos marine
For some reason, this model didn't like the camera and lights much, so I took loads of pics. Here he is!
The backpack is from the rhino accessory sprue (the spikey front ramming bit). It was clipped and then mostly shaped with piercing saw & files. The exhausts are missile ends I'm producing. Chain gun - yeh It's a bit on the long side, but I was a bit rushed for time. It was a kinda mockup/prototype which ended up being used. The only real gimmick is that the barrels can rotate The chest took ages to think of something different, then the idea of antlers, big F---off antlers to intimidate people came to mind. They however obscure the shoulder pads a bit. Other areas which took ages to think of something were his lower left leg + knee pad + left forearm. The base became tight for space, I didn't want to go over the top, but it could quite easily have tons of skulls added. The figure is removable from his plinth, so painting will be easier. Haven't decided on any paint scheme yet, just relieved it's a finished build!
Post by Dusty's Corner on Aug 13, 2012 7:49:07 GMT -5
Howdy, Sorry it's such a long time. But here's some stuff I've been doing:
3xend pieces as a example. Took a bit of time to nail the red marble. On the right being demostated is a set of 40mm Plinths with 25 & 30 mm bases inserted for models of that nature.
30mm Plinth plugged into the 40mm Plinth. On the right is the 30mm Plinth extended.
Fountain Kit Cast pieces.
Half the kit could be used against a wall as a feature. Drill out the marknigs and it can also be a altar type stand.
25mm based models can butt up to it and fit inside the fountain. The grey stones are bits that were additionally put on (sculpted).
I realised it needed somethign to help fill the bottom in, so it got reworked. If you wanted you could pour water effects in.The 2 halves are pinned together.
Examples of arrangments. Also tubes could fit.
Pendants Based on the Cryostasis project, these pendants can fit things upto 6mm. Small skulls fit nicely. A chain with clasp is attached, but it could be used for necklaces, keychains etc.
I needed a rack for these.
Dug out some old Epic models to have a go at. Had fun painting these, easyish n' simple.
Epic inside Pendant, m'yah! However, they don't bob about as much as skulls (tight fit).
I've been trying out other mediums and also doing something a bit different to get me outta the chair more. Here are some canvas paintings. Cutting the dolphin out with the other bits was a pain.
Did this to show support for Earthrace.
Here's the sculpts I've been working on. Sculpting has improved, I'm much more nick picky. For an idea of scale - some bits have been blue-tac'd on.
Piglingz Not sure what people think of these, but I've started to do accessories like a blindfold for shot-the-pig (hopefully a whole series). There's an example of a keychain & bopper. The square base is 20x20mm and is also detailed on the underside. I'm having trouble with casting but hopefully the cast would come with a guinea pig too!
Skulls After studying torsos for a bit, I went back to reapply what I learnt to some new skulls. Areas of particular attention are the bridge of the nose and how the cheek bones connect down to the mouth and also going for more realism.
Skull A The front of the mouth had to chopped flat to get rid of the beakiness.
Skull B Looking at it now, the nose needs doing.
Skull C Might be a bit on the big size.
Skull D Pretty big (as big as a torso). I want/need to put in the squiggley lines to seperate the actual different bones that make a skull.
Post by Dusty's Corner on Nov 30, 2012 7:31:50 GMT -5
Lots going on... Working now on the Mk3 design with a more precise approach. I've gone a bit overboard and I had to upgrade my tools big time. Loads of material has been cut up to give me backups and spares and additional pieces incase I want to make additional stuff. It's all being systematically cut to ensure everythin tally ups correctly.
Looking at the previous designs, I couldn't help noticing that it was very "panely". Apart from the upper and lower block, everything was thin panels stuck on the sides which didn't really give the impression of a high tech device. So less panelling and more chunkier blocks to be a bit more realistic. By cutting things systematically, parts can be paired or mirrored instead of using 2 cast pieces for each side. Machining is a good practice. Mark up test material, test cut, use calipers to check, make adjustments, do again. Always cut additional spares/backups. The production process also makes the design juices flow and it allows you to tweak it on the fly. That's an advantage over 3Dprinting; you can make further adjustments without reprinting. You get a truer look and feel as the piece is being made and ultimately more in-touch with the workpiece. Don't get me wrong, I would love to get this 3D printed, but the point I'm trying to make is that; I don't believe 3D printing could ever really replace the skills of a craftsman. It should be considered as just another tool to add to the arsenal. Without a creative mind, a 3D printer would be like using a light saber as a glow stick.
Here's a peek at what's going on.
Chunky new upper block sides.
Lower block with new side inserts
Bits for the back of the lower block
It's critical that the lower block, cradle and upper block all line up with each other. So very pleasing for me to see this after all that drilling.
Here, we're marking up the lower side pieces with where the next cuts will go. This cut will end up dictating where the back piece will line up and thus where the lower block will actually sit in relation to the sides (it butts up against the back piece).
Loads more work to do, it's slow progress but 1 or 2 major fuk ups and it'll be ruined, and then I'd cry. So lots of thinking and making sure I get things done in a sensible order. Also a lot of reviewing is required to help keep track and check how things line up. I'm trying not to allow any chance of mistakes by making sure things are rigged up in such a way, nothing can slip and can only pass through as intended (It's also much safer and less risk). It's a bit like chess, and I'm going for a checkmate hopefully. I know it's madness and it is driving me to breaking point, but I'm determined to make this thing badass. There's still miles to go.... my head hurts....the battle continues!