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Model In-Progress / Guardian of the D20
« on: January 02, 2014, 09:24:05 PM »
Hey everybody! I’ve only made a few posts, and I’m still learning a lot, but I have been able to get a little experience under my belt, so I thought I would share.

A little bit about this project, this was a gift to my friend Kevin, as he showed me a little dragon 20 sided die holder a while back and asked me if I could make one for him. As I’m a bit of a scatterbrain during my semesters at school, I thought I would come through and make it a birthday gift.

Anyhow, enough jibber jabber, on to the pics!

Since I’ve decided on using super sculpey, I created the general shape out of aluminum foil to save on materials.

Covering the foil with sculpey

Creating bulk for the limbs

Adding detail while I figure out what to do with the limbs

Added a bit of loose flesh to the neck, like a turkey waddle

Adding more detail to the face, and defining the limbs a little bit

Here is the claw that will be holding the die. I’ve sculpted it onto a bit of wire that will also serve as a pin later on when I glue it. I burned it a little, but no matter, it’s going to be painted anyhow!

As you can see here, I have repeated the process for the other two legs. The right rear leg is under the body of the dragon and will not be in view, so I’ve omitted it. If you look closely, you can see a little more detail has been added to the face.

The start of the first wing.

Here is the wing being fleshed out. I started with just one wire hoping that the sculpey would support itself, but thought better of it and added another spine in the middle...

... to arrive at this!

Here it is with the claws placed in position and the wing added, just to check the look and fit. I like it!

Whoever heard of a dragon with only one wing? Here’s the start of the second, I wanted it to be smaller and folded up behind the body

Drilling the holes in the horns to pin them to the head with wire. As you can see it's been puttied and sanded to a very smooth finish. Giving my dragon a lobotomy for the pins was an interesting experience...

Here’s a pic the next morning of my work so far. I added some dice to give a glimpse into its finished form.

Puttying up the seams for the claws...

... and sanding the dickens out of them with a sanding stick in my power drill!

The result of the sanding, and a glimpse at the lobotomy holes. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest anyone?

All primered up, and an experiment with the color scheme. I ended up liking this a lot and continued the theme throughout the underside of the body and limbs...

As you can see here! I’ve done the claws and horns in silver leaf rub n' buff.

I added some pinstripes in a yellow orange to border the two tones of the body.
The eyes are also painted in, and looking fierce! I’ve applied a layer of ebony rub'n buff to the horns as I didn’t like the silver too much. I would eventually do this with all of the claws as well

The start of the painting of the wings

a little more...

Added the highlights to the blue skin bits

On to clear coat!

aaand HERE IT IS!

The decal was a pain to make, until I figured it out! I set the type in illustrator and printed it on the paper. Easy, right? Nope, the ink smudged! I didn’t realize it had to be sealed onto the paper, so once that was done it was just a case of applying micro sol and slapping it on.

Thanks for looking! I’ve got a couple more kits to put up here, and some advice would be greatly appreciated in their execution!

Model In-Progress / Re: 1:35 M48A2 Patton Tank First Build
« on: March 17, 2013, 10:35:40 AM »
MZ3: I must admit I have acrylic paint that I use primarily for canvas painting.

Now that I think about it this is probably not suited well to model painting. I would use enamels, but I have had bad results in the past, like brush strokes and clumping.

Dave: that tank of yours is gorgeous! I thought doing my road wheels was bad, but damn those treads looked like they were murder!

With you guys's comments I think I'm going to reconsider my painting strategy. I'm thinking I will go to the model shop and pick up a can of spray paint and a semi gloss clear coat I have future, but I think It will leave brush strokes over such a planar surface. I may use it for the headlamps.

This is the set of oils I have:

Please let me know if these are appropriate for my purpose

if possible id also like to try experimenting with pastels. I have a nice set of art quality pastels that I think will be appropriate when crushed into powder:

I'm going to read up on their use and application and see what I can learn. I know that they can really add some punch in the color department though!

I'll probably take a couple days to get more progress up since today is St. Paddy's and I have activities of a different sort planned, and tomorrow I go back to classes.

Thanks for the continued support, and drink responsibly!  :-) :sick:

Model In-Progress / Re: The Crow 1/6 Resin
« on: March 16, 2013, 01:26:31 PM »
That moss technique is really cool. Is it useful in smaller scales as well?

Man what a shame to seal away all that detail. I would have at least removed it before closing it up!

Model In-Progress / Re: Fils Scratch build, i have been busy honest!
« on: March 16, 2013, 01:22:44 PM »
Who doesn't love a big rusty mech? Looks incredible man!

Looks amazing! I liked the bright orange but it looks much more interesting obscured by the weathering.

*scribbles notes on a pad*

Model In-Progress / Re: 1:35 M48A2 Patton Tank First Build
« on: March 16, 2013, 12:48:41 PM »
Thanks Dave, that sounds like a plan! Would it be best to do the hull and everything with oils or acrylic? I understand acrylic dries much faster, but will it yield less desirable coverage than oil paint? I am ignorant to the advantages and disadvantages of these paints.

I've also drilled out the barrel further and compared it to some reference photos. Looks about right now!

 I was just recently checking out chukw1's helldiver build, and he does a lot of interesting things with filters and weathering with oils. I suggest everyone check it out, it was very informative, and a really fun read!

Anyway I've started priming things. I began with my acrylics on the hull, but then the mailman knocks and delivers my spray primer! The hull looks a little bumpy and I tried to minimize the brush strokes, but I think I'll sand it off and try again with the spray primer once everything is dry.

Here's the rest of it drying on the porch:

I must add, most of the stuff I'm doing is just monkeyshines. I understand why a lot of it is done and I realize when I'm doing it why it's easier to do this way, but my only experience doing this is watching others through WIPs on this site. Really makes you think how that scene in the Matrix where Neo plugs himself in and learns Kung Fu isn't too far off from reality.

Oh almost forgot, here's the base as it stands now. I realize now that I should have painted it before adding the grass, but it looks like really chalky ground like the cliffs of Dover or something. I may apply more grass to cover it up, but tell me what you guys think:

Is it possible to apply an even coat of Future with a brush? And should I add that before or after adding rust effects? And if I were to apply filters, would that go over the rust layer or am I to add another coat of future for every new paint operation?

Anyway, thanks for the encouragement and tips guys! And as always, advice and criticism are welcome!

Model In-Progress / Re: 1:35 M48A2 Patton Tank First Build
« on: March 15, 2013, 02:46:11 PM »
Thanks guys! Ha yeah that would probably be smarter, It would definitely help me skip a few steps as well.

So I've gotten a lot of work done since last post. I took most of the morning trying to straighten out the barrel. The halves of the mold were offset by a little resulting in a big ugly ridge down the whole thing. Putty and a couple hours sanding seems to have straightened it out:

I even drilled out the cannon tip, although it seems like too small a diameter for a shell to pass through. i think ill look up how big the hole should appear.

anyway, as you can see all the parts have been sanded and are ready for paint! I've set up a dry fit to see where seams lie and what the final fit will look like. I've also threw some props together for the turret 'basket'.

Originally I decided against using the figures that came with the kit just so I can focus more on the tank itself, but I think I'll try my hand with one of them. Most are posed with guns like the typical green army guys we all played with as kids which leads me to wonder if kits like this are the origin of those guys (this kit was originally made in 1966!). Anyway, the tank commander had a mostly normal standing pose, but his arms were bowed out to fit over the hatch on the turret. I've lopped off the arms and plan to resculpt them in a more casual standing around pose, which may or may not make it to the final display.

That's all for today. I'm debating priming it tonight, but we'll see.

Comments and criticism are welcome!

Model In-Progress / Re: Three Legs are better than Two
« on: March 14, 2013, 07:02:45 PM »
I'm absolutely blown away. Here I am struggling to get a tank together while yours seems so effortless!

Did you print those decals off yourself? Is there a home decal making kit? I'm pretty well versed in illustrator and photoshop and would love to make some of my own!

Again, just an amazing piece!

Model In-Progress / Re: 1:35 M48A2 Patton Tank First Build
« on: March 14, 2013, 06:58:10 PM »
Hey guys back again! I've cleaned up all the wheels and glued together some of the small assemblies. The plastic cement worked like a charm! I managed to get the parts together with a small gap in between. The previously superglued parts were run over with the cement. I think they will hold.


Now I know what you guys are complaining about around this stage! It will look great in the end though!

Since most of the sanding is done and paint time is looming, what do you guys have to say about brush painting? Any good tutorials or other wips that would be helpful? I have oils and acrylics, but I want to try the hairspray method with chipping. Will that only work with airbrush or spray paint? I do want to use an oil wash in the end to cover this thing in grease stains.

Thanks for looking, any advice and suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Model In-Progress / Re: The Dustbuster [Industria Mechanika Release]
« on: March 10, 2013, 02:33:40 PM »
This looks incredible. As a fan of the borderlands franchise I'd love to take this thing for a spin and run over some bandits with it! That rusted over and dirty chassis looks so real, I love it. Definitely taking notes for my tank!

Your kit is looking really great so far! I'm jealous of how quickly you seemed to get your apc done, that camo scheme is fantastic.

I like the figures you chose, it plays to the whole anachronism aspect of the Gundam universe, space nazis fighting in futuristic giant robots in the 1970-80s is about as cool as it gets haha.

Anyway,  I'll be watching your build closely as I think I can learn a lot from your GM build and diorama.

Model In-Progress / Re: 1:35 M48A2 Patton Tank First Build
« on: March 10, 2013, 02:06:12 PM »
Thanks Hunter those are great tips! Should I separate the parts that I have glued already and re prep the areas for cement or just brush over them again as they are?

So I've started work on a base as well. I've got some sculpey down on a piece of wood and plan to do some rolling hills to place the tank model on. I've got some woodland scenics fine turf and talus which I used to make a very simple scene so we shall see how that goes.

Here's a shot of what I've got so far:

I will stain the wood and bake the clay tonight and see how it goes. Once I see it with grass and rocks on it ill decide if it needs more detail (and if my wallet can handle any more scale plants and rocks!)

suggestions advice and criticism are very welcome!

Model In-Progress / Re: 1:35 M48A2 Patton Tank First Build
« on: March 10, 2013, 11:11:35 AM »
So I've gotten some more progress on the prep work while I wait for the rest of my supplies to come. All I have right now is a very rough grit sandpaper and superglue and a sharp exacto, so I've been removing parts from sprues and sorting them into containers. Also, I have been roughing up surfaces of the model where parts will need to be glued.

I've run into a hiccup with the main hull of the tank. The two halves fit together tenuously and need to be kept in place with rubber bands while it cures, but the main problem is where the rear 'cap' of the assembly butts up with the rest.

The part itself is warped. As you can see in the second photo it needs constant pressure to stay lined up and if I were to glue it I wonder if it will spring loose. Perhaps I should tackle this when the epoxy comes to ensure a secure hold.

How good of a model glue is superglue? It seems to be working now but I worry about it coming loose later.

Any suggestions or advice is extremely welcome!

Model In-Progress / 1:35 M48A2 Patton Tank First Build
« on: March 08, 2013, 04:12:06 PM »
Hey guys, I'm pretty new here, made an account years ago and have been lurking ever since.

Recently a friend of mine got into modeling minis for his games, and as an art student I thought I'd try my hand at it. I've gotten some pretty good results and thought I'd attempt a larger model. I've marveled at a lot of the builds here and thought I'd consult you guys with the things i dont have experience with in my build.

Anyway here's the kit I've got:

I know it isn't the best version, and it's a pretty old kit, but I figured I'd learn a lot from it.

The plan so far is to build it up stock (with the exception of some weld seams and such), paint it a bright color (I'm thinking yellow), and weather the hell out of it (oil stains grease and the awesome looking hairspray method). All I've got are acrylics and brushes so any technique tips would be greatly appreciated. I've got some sandpaper and tamiya putty and superglue on the way via amazon which should reach me on Tuesday. In the meantime I'm going to prep the parts by removing them from the sprues and washing them in soapy water.

I want to finish this over spring break so its going to be a semi-quick build.

Model Gallery / Re: G-System 1/100 Xeku Zwei
« on: April 18, 2008, 08:02:23 AM »
i really really love this model, but one aspect of it really irks me, and i hate to bring it to attention in lieu of all the hard work and effort put forth to bring this project to fruition, but its gotta be the nonchalant pose that its in. if it were crouching with a wider stance it would look alot less like a fat lady in black pumps standing on the corner, all dressed up with nowhere to go . that said, amazing paint job, and the color selection is really quite top notch!

Model In-Progress / Re: Walker Type SAFS (temporary name)
« on: April 01, 2008, 08:41:51 AM »
i was bored at work, so i thought id share a doodle inspired by this build:


whaddya think!?  ^_^

Model In-Progress / Re: Walker Type SAFS (temporary name)
« on: March 21, 2008, 11:54:55 AM »
this is such a great build! i would have to agree that it doesnt look very Ma.K, but thats only because when i look at those legs, i see alot of design elements from Steel Battalion, probably one of the coolest games ever for the original xbox, not many owned or played it because of the huge and expensive controller required to play it with, but yeah, a quick google image search will yield tons of inspiration to this build i think! model on!  8)

Model In-Progress / Re: MG RX-78 Airstrike
« on: February 11, 2008, 02:21:26 PM »
im flattered that you took my suggestion and ran with it!

i like your wing shape, very jet fighter-y! it looks like theyve got some hardpoints on the ends for MS-sized sidewinder missiles! Badass! :pirate:

p.s. it would be awesome if you gave the eyes some sort of fighter pilot visor/goggles! :D

Model In-Progress / Re: MG RX-78 Airstrike
« on: February 10, 2008, 06:36:22 AM »
maybe the loss of the leg armor is a blessing?  :embarrased: for a flying unit, such heavy armor might hinder maneuverability, so such sacrifices might need to be made. maybe you can omit/modify some armor plates around the body to make it lighter and more aerodynamic? anyway, just a suggestion  :-)

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