Post by Troglodytarum in machina on Jul 17, 2017 21:51:03 GMT
In hindsight, maybe I should have posted my Manticore thread in this section. Anyway I will be using this post for my future projects and progress. And will try to remember to take more pictures during the process.
Comments, constructive criticism, ideas and suggestions are very welcome.
My current project is this robot:ish guy. Of (to me) unknown origins. He will make an excellent stone golem/elemental I belive.
All I have done sofar is put superglue in the joints, since he had some actionfigure type movement in his neck and shoulders.
Post by Troglodytarum in machina on Jul 18, 2017 9:07:53 GMT
Ah, I thought the stuff around his wrists looked like animal feet for some reason. Now that makes sense, thanks!
He does have a warforged look about him, so I could see it work out. However I think he may be a bit too large. Warforged are roughly human sized I think? This guy is closer to ogre methinks.
Either way, I have decided on a stone theme for him. I experimented with making my own texture paint, but I did not achive the desired result really. Atleast it seems to make the small stones I put on him stick well enough.
I have some Games Workshop technical paint coming in the mail soon. And I think I will try some Agrellan Earth paint on him, to cover some of the smoother uniform areas. Also I intend to put a large gemstone in the chest cavity.
Post by Troglodytarum in machina on Jul 18, 2017 17:53:58 GMT
I most certainly applied it too thin. Having now gooped on a second layer, and stared intently at it for a while, it looks better. I'm debating with myself if I should finish it tonight, or let it sit to tomorrow just to be sure it's all cured. (Sorry I forgot to crop the images before uploading them)
Post by Troglodytarum in machina on Jul 18, 2017 21:35:09 GMT
I went ahead and finished this project before bedtime. All that's left is a base now.
Working with crackle paint was interesting, I never even heard such a thing existed before! I am pleased with the results, though I must confess... Inexperience and overhype had me expecting more for some reason.
Is this an interesting format, to update as I work. Or would you guys rather just see the finished results once I'm done ? Stone Elemental/Golem
Post by Troglodytarum in machina on Jul 23, 2017 19:49:53 GMT
That might be awesome! I'll have to remember that idea for later projects. Kind of reminds me of Bolvar Fordragon in World of Warcraft.
Speaking of dragons. By coincidence, my latest project is a green one. I got the toy cheap on Ebay, and the model is pretty cool...But the paintjob is kind of sloppy. Most likely a child laborer speedpaint, in some toxic chinese factory. Not that I'm that great at painting, but I think I can improve on this.
I'm still waiting for the quickshade to dry so I can carry on with the highlights. But I figured I'd share these WiP pics meanwhile.
Post by Troglodytarum in machina on Aug 9, 2017 9:38:00 GMT
So I'm pretty sure that you are all familliar with these small halloween decorations.
I got a bag of 100 very cheap on the Ebay. And I aimed to make me some swarm minis.
It was a simple job to paint them. I wasnt very meticulous, but the end result is playable imho. The bases I made from plastic lids from some sauce containers, acquired from our local pizzeria. And hotglued the lil guys on there. I made 2x6 swarms, 3x3 smaller swarms and 3x1 solos. So I can change the swarms as the spiders die off, just for variation, or if they decide to split up for some reason.
I decided on clear bases, rather than the plain black I usually like. Black can be considered a faux shadow in my mind, but all the tiny spoders would not cast a shadow that large. It just looked weird to me, and I really do not want to make textured bases, surfing a section of stone or wood floor in the forest would look equally odd imho. Even though I'd agree a properly based mini held in the hand look MUCH better than a just a black disc based one. It's just in the field I find it looks strange, if the bases does not mach the play area.
Problems I encountered in this project was: Wisping from the gluegun (of course) Overapplication of glue (you can see the blobs sticking out under some of them) Warping plastic (the lids I used for bases are rather flimsy, and wanted to curl from the heat)
My next project will probably be big mama spider. Also a cheap halloween decoration, I just have to figure out a good way to put some texture on her. As the larger size makes the plain smooth surfaces harder to overcome with paint alone.
Post by Troglodytarum in machina on Aug 9, 2017 18:31:13 GMT
Thanks Tauster. I was also strongly considering hotglue.
But I was worried because the spider is made of thin cheap plastic, and hollow inside. Seeing the heat/warping problem I had with the swarm bases. And I never even had the nozzle close to them. Instead opting to dab the glue to the spiders and plonking them down.
I'm unsure that it will go well.
Other options I was contemplating was white glue and some kind of fibers. Or just make some nasty greenstuff warts.
get some of that 'natural fiber' garden yarn ( looks like tiny brown ropes, no clue what they are meant for ) frazzle it and chop it into length fitting the model soak it in water down paint & dry on baking paper.
For gluing it down stick to white glue just maybe give the plastic a very light sanding first to give it something to stick to.
added bonus for sticking orange flicker leds behind the eye plastic - will be sure to give your players nightmares for years to come
edit: reason for that very specific fiber is that it gives a bristle sort of effect, like you see on large spiders
You should use the hollow spider as a statue or other decoration. It seems too blocky with too many mold seams to represent a real spider. If you have a Dollar General in your area they sell an amazing Tarantula toy for $1 in their giant insect toy bin on the bottom shelf of the toy aisle that is about the same size as the one you have but isn't hollow. Toys R Us usually carries it in its animal planet line as well. Its a pretty solid chunk of plastic and has tons of sculpted details. It paints up really nice.
There's a pic of it in the Miniature scale comparison thread heres a direct link to the pic: imgur.com/SQrSzYU
I easily see why the plastic of your transparent bases curled - it's just too flimsy, and I've had problems with that kind of transparent plastic myself before.
While I don't know how thick the plastic of your big spider is, I still think it would handle hotglue well enough. When I have that kind of problem, I usually let the gluegun cool down as much as possible so that I can just barely squeeze the glue out of the nozzle. That way the lower temp causes less or no problems, and also the texture gets rougher (which is what you want for your spider), as the hotglue doesn't continue to melt after being applied. Mind that you'll have to make several breaks when you use cooled-down hotglue because the gluegun has to be reheated from time to time, but the effort is totally worth it.
Another option is to have a bowl of water at hand and dipping the spider in immediately after applying a portion of hotglue so that it sets really quick (another technique to get stunning things done with hotglue, btw).
Whatever you'll try, I'm can't wait to see the results!
If someone tells you that you have enough craft suplies and you don't need anymore, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
Whatever you'll try, I'm can't wait to see the results!
Unfortunatly I will have to dissapoint, atleast for a while. The model has proven just too difficult to work with.
I was filing it gently, to clear up some of the mold lines that Indigo777 pointed out. And more or less immideatly, I tore a hole in one of the legs. Furthermore, the plastic while being thin, is also quite ridgid. Wich means it will buckle and fold, rather than bend nicely. So reposing her into a more dynamic stance, will be more work than it's worth.
But on a different note. I do have Nolzur's Spiders and Phase-spider. Along with a reaper bones spider demonesse, currently in transit. When delivered my arachnid horror-project can continue. These little ones will have a momma yet, aswell as larger siblings.
Post by Troglodytarum in machina on Aug 12, 2017 13:51:20 GMT
So I picked this guy up (along with other potential prospects) at my local thrift store. I belive it to be a Ben10 character, but I'm not familliar enough with the cartoon to know exactly wich one. However, I see a water elemental to go with my Stone golem in the first post.
Post by Troglodytarum in machina on Aug 12, 2017 18:01:32 GMT
Chop chop, off with his legs! I replaced them with paperclips and hotglue.
I wanted to give the impression that the elemental was lunging forward, like a tidal wave, ready to crash down onto the PC's. I wrapped some tin foil around the paperclips and added alot more hotglue. Then I based and primed....Now it's ready to paint. Until then, it sort of looks like Mr Stay-puft the Marshmallowman assploded
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