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Shadow of the Minotaur
« on: May 28, 2009, 08:57:40 AM »
http://fichtenfoo.net/blog/tag/shadow-of-the-minotaur/

Here's my first entry for this GB. Later entries will be completing a few Steampunk builds I've started. This is a large stone Minotaur based loosely on Shadow of the Colossus. I've never sculpted a creature before so I figured stone would be a great way to start.



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Re: Shadow of the Minotaur
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2009, 09:11:50 AM »
So about a foot tall when done? Very cool. At first I didn't realize that was the head, thought it was a stone axe head.

Very creative. I like the stone approach. Is the texture on the head pre or post baking?
I wonder about the guy that can sit through a David Lynch movie and say, "I saw that coming."

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Re: Shadow of the Minotaur
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2009, 09:33:35 AM »
Thanks! That might be the head... I'll have to see how it matches up when done. It could also look more "cow" like. Right now I think it has more of a lion vibe. Perhaps I'll save it for a future project if the horns don't "sell it".

The texture is pre-baking. Just digging in with tools then tapping it with an old zig-zag head toothbrush. The kind where the bristles from the side look like /^^^^^^\

I won't be adding the final stone texture to the beast until right before baking. That way there's less chance of rework after I manhandle it and fingerprint it up.
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Re: Shadow of the Minotaur
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2009, 11:04:19 AM »
So -promising start )

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Re: Shadow of the Minotaur
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2009, 05:36:09 PM »
More progress, but that's it till Sunday when I can get more Sculpy.

http://fichtenfoo.net/blog/tag/shadow-of-the-minotaur/

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Re: Shadow of the Minotaur
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2009, 12:33:39 AM »
Coolness, I love the concept, looks really promising. The bit of castle on its flank is way cool!
I really like the head but it looks a bit too cute right now, I'd say.
(damn, I really hope it doesn't end up melting/burning in the oven...)
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Re: Shadow of the Minotaur
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2009, 05:19:13 AM »
Thanks Ez... yeah... something about the head isn't sitting well with me either. I'm fine with a redeux though as I want it to look menacing. Matt said it should be fine as long as I keep the thickness within reason. So far at it's thickest it might be 3/8", but for the most part I've kept it under 1/4". I'm more concerned with it fitting in my oven! :lol:
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Re: Shadow of the Minotaur
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2009, 05:47:15 AM »
Someone at the Mig forum asked about size: My reply...

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Here's a pic of it with a 1/35 soldier which incidentally is the scale I plan for this creature to be. It's about a foot tall.

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Re: Shadow of the Minotaur
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2009, 05:58:45 AM »
Oh my God - it so titanic!!!!

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Re: Shadow of the Minotaur
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2009, 07:04:29 AM »
Any moss or vegetation growing on hanging from this guy?  Love the arch, are you planning a door?
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Re: Shadow of the Minotaur
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2009, 07:37:37 AM »
No door plans. Most of the back will be covered in grass and flowering weeds ala Shadow of the Colossus. The pilot will stand atop the back in a chariot-like dealie. There will be lots of bronze chains holding the bronze chariot and armor on. (Bronze Age!) The controls will be some crystals embedded into a rock as well as two swords (control sticks) thrust into the back and connected to the bull-head's nose ring by more chain. I need to look around to see who sells small crystals.

The golum's weapon will be a flail which he'll be holding in both hands with the chain dangling between. The spiked ball will probably be a large round boulder (or maybe 3 smaller ones) with bronze straps studded with spikes/knobs. At that size spikes aren't going to make much of a difference to what's essentially a wrecking ball.

My Druid pilot will be dressed in a white cloak and armor similar to Altair from Assassin's Creed. More cloak, less armor and weapons though.
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Re: Shadow of the Minotaur
« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2009, 10:54:36 AM »
have you seen this site for vegitation? Michigan Toy Soldier.

http://www.michtoy.com/MTSCnewSite/scenic_diorama_folder/fredericus-rex/fredericus-rex.html
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Re: Shadow of the Minotaur
« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2009, 12:55:23 PM »
I've heard of that store, but this is the first time I've checked them out. Funny thing is that I have TONS of this stuff growing around my house (wish I knew what it was called so I could plant more... not queen annes lace)

http://www.michtoy.com/MTSCnewSite/scenic_diorama_folder/Joefix_scenics/jfx115.html

I've been drying some for weeks now to use for flowering weeds. Just plucked some more.
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Re: Shadow of the Minotaur
« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2009, 02:37:04 PM »
I think a 1/48 or 1/72 fig piloting it would make it look even more massive. Cool, though. Definitely get the Shadow of Colossus influence. The only part about the head that bugs me is it looks like it jumped right out of the game. I think the first boss has a head just like that. It's been a while though, so I could be wrong.

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Re: Shadow of the Minotaur
« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2009, 02:45:43 PM »
Yeah... here's the first boss. It's similar, but not exact. I didn't remember that the first boss (or any) was a Minotaur when I started this. I think I'm going to ditch this head anyway and use it as scenery for a future project. Jungle relic or something. Instead I think I'll continue with my "bronze" plans and make the face a bronze bull mask of sorts with some boulder features sticking out. That can reinforce the "formed from rubble" idea.


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Re: Shadow of the Minotaur
« Reply #15 on: May 29, 2009, 07:26:28 PM »
I'm really enjoying sculpting this and am learning a lot of great new techniques in the process. Check out this SBS thread on sculpting creatures with Sculpey. It really taught me a lot and so far I've only gotten to page 4. The author worked on Starship Troopers, Jurassic Park and other films.

Anyway, inspired by all that I started the stone texture. Here's my lil SBS:

http://fichtenfoo.net/blog/tag/shadow-of-the-minotaur/



After photographic I noticed some areas that look odd so I'll rework them a but. The right ass-cheak looks like it's got a finger impression rather than a natural dip in the stone for example. The right thigh could use some more work too.
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Re: Shadow of the Minotaur
« Reply #16 on: May 29, 2009, 09:13:46 PM »
I actually know/have met Smellybug (the guy who did that tutorial). He works with a few of my friends at Tippett Studios and is a super cool guy. Amazing at scultping creatures/monsters.

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Re: Shadow of the Minotaur
« Reply #17 on: May 29, 2009, 10:02:04 PM »
Nice job so far, this beast will be huge. You definitely have captured the whole look and feel of a Colossus.

I am looking forward to seeing more progress photos, I have never used sculpey before. Depending on how your model turns out, I may give sculpey a try.

Keep up the great work.
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Re: Shadow of the Minotaur
« Reply #18 on: May 30, 2009, 07:17:51 AM »
Thanks! I was only using Sculpey for figure cores and such to save on Magic and Apoxie Sculp, but after reading that tut and playing with it more, I must say I'm hooked. This definitely will not be my last creature. :-)
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Re: Shadow of the Minotaur
« Reply #19 on: June 02, 2009, 06:13:37 PM »
Been busy since I got my additional clay on Sunday. Finished the stone textureing, shapes, baking, etc. Now I'm working on the mask, weapon, "chariot" and armor.

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