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    03655: Iron Cobra

    Painted over the weekend and got the gems done. I have since finished painting the floor and done some touch-ups, but no pictures of that yet. I also got the display base cut and polished, though I might reduce it a bit yet, not sure on that. Things left to do: - Go over everything again for touch ups - Add a bit more "Pop" to a couple areas. - Do a bit more darklining here and there - Glue the chest in place - Add magnets to the bottom of the display base - Glue it all to the display base
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    03655: Iron Cobra

    I'm feeling a bit low about my painting right now. I seldom get the block as hard as I did on the Cairn Wraith. I am really hoping it was just that figure and my lack of a plan for it. I decided that I still need to do something before tackling BBD. My wife asked me if I was ever going to paint my Iron Cobra. I had completely forgotten about it. Man that usually doesn't happen to me. Heck, I even had a copy mostly deflashed and ready for painting (that turned out to not be true, but it was mostly ready). I filed away the base, attached it to a Calvary Base, and sculpted flag stones. I'll be adding some jars and treasure later. I'm going to paint this in the TMM style, which will be useful for my glazing class (the way I do TMM is mostly a series of glazes). The main body will be a blue based-steel. I'm thinking of bronze or gold for the neck spines. For the belly, I want to do a black based steel color, maybe. I'm still debating on what accent color to use for the gems on its belly, eyes, and the webbing on the hood spines. Should I go with a cool analogous color like purple (since the steel will be bluish; though the gold would be complimentary); or complementary like orange to golden (though the spines will be analogous). Hmm, maybe I need to rethink the spines, or belly. Color theory makes my head hurt. I think I should print some photos out and paint up a few test ideas. I think I'll do that tonight.
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    Getting To Know You August

    "It will kill." Fruity Pebbles Granola I don't know the name, but I just heard a country song at the dentist yesterday where the singer spent the whole song romantically comparing his girlfriend to a cigarette. Sculpting tools and a Tilly Hat Anything where I would have to color the truth to flatter others. I'm the world's worst brown-noser/salesman.
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    Weight Loss Support Thread

    OK, after some searching, the last time we did a weight loss support thread was over five years ago. It didn't seem to make sense to threadomancy that since it is long out of date. Anyway, I need to lose weight. I'm at my highest point since 2000, I'm out of shape, I'm struggling to do some of the things I love like fencing and backpacking, and I am unhappy about it. My plan for losing weight it to track my calories using the Tap&Track app on my iPod. I also want to increase my aerobic exercise. Now I know from experience that I do way better at this sort of thing, if I know that other's are holding me accountable, essentially I will disappoint myself but hate disappointing others, which is why I am starting this thread. My intention will be to post my weekly progress or lack there-of in this post, editing it as I go. If you wish, I'd like to invite you to start your own tracking post in this topic. Maybe if we stand together, we can help each other succeed. If you have no issues with weight, please through your support to those who need it. I've been yo-yo'ing my whole life and i am sick of it. My goal is to weigh 225 lb (102 Kg)* by ReaperCon 2015. That gives me 43 weeks to lose 51 pounds, which means I need to do between 1 and 1.5 pounds a week. I haven't been that low since I was 24 years old. * This is a weight that my doctor and I decided would be best for me given my barrel chest build. So here goes: Start date: June 20 (I already started but am just now having issues keeping it going alone) Height: 6' 3" Age: 43 Gender: Male Goal Weight: 225 lb (102 Kg) Initial Weight: 276 lb (125 Kg) Progress: - 6/30/2014: 274 lb (124.28 Kg) (-2 net lb) - 7/8/2014: 272.5 lb (123.6 Kg) (-3.5 net lb) - 7/22/2014: 276 lb (0 net lb) - 729/2014: 274 lb (-2 net lb) - 8/5/2014: 270 lb (-6 net lb)
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    Ittie Bittie Kitties...Again

    I have a private commission to sculpt a set of cats. The client (a member of this forum) wants them as a gift for someone. I don't want to go into a lot of details or show reference pictures in the case that that someone happens to see this post, but the client did give me permission to share this here. I'll let the client decide whether or not he/she wants to reveal him/herself. The cats are to be 1 inch tall at the head if they were standing, which puts them roughly in scale for a 50 to 60 mm human. One will be sitting and one loafing. Here are the armatures with basic skulls, eyeballs, and underpinning.
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    Ittie Bittie Kitties...Again

    Face Time I really struggle with cats. I guess I am more of a dog person, because I have never really gotten a cat face right on the first shot to date. I started working on the loaf's face earlier in the week. I worked for about 45 minutes and ended up scrapping the whole face and walked away in disgust with myself. Today, I tried again. This time I took it more systematically, breaking the face down to its components in my mind. I started out rather rough and kept refining things until I had the shapes right, then added the details. Here it is with the basic shapes blocked in: Here it is with details: They always look a big off until I get the ears on face ruff on, but I think it turned out pretty good. Thoughts?
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    03655: Iron Cobra

    I'm confused
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    giyomuSan messing up with clay

    Your underpinning is looking good, nice and smooth this time. Well done!
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    03655: Iron Cobra

    I had all day yesterday to spend painting this project in my studio, so I painted...a chest. Seriously, I spent about half a day painting a chest (I may or may not have spent a bunch of that time laughing and joking with the boys ; it was a good day). I'll let you judge if my time was well spent. This is a chest I sculpted for one of the Bones Kickstarters (II, I think). I want it to be warm with golden browns to play nicely with the orange and blue on the cobra. The chest will be positioned behind the cobra. Brown Liner: Sienna liner: "Something" Leather: Polished Leather: Tanned Leather and a bunch of touch-ups and dark lining: An entire TMM process that I completely forgot to document: So after that my lovely wife took us all out for my birthday sushi (mmmmmmmm...Spider Roll for the win!). When I got back, I finished the cloth (orange) parts of the hood. They still need darklining and I slopped onto the metal a bit here and there which still needs to be fixed, but this is what I was able to get done last night. Colors here included Cinnamon Red, Volcanic Orange, Sunrise Orange (the base color), Lantern Yellow, Candlelight Yellow, and Canary Yellow. (The transition in shade from the upper set of spines to the second seems abrupt in the photo of the back, but it looks totally natural in person; strange.)
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    Happy Birthday Talespiner!

    I busted my and my boys' butts on Saturday and we got the whole house clean, the shopping done, and went to church. Then yesterday, I was able to spend the entire day in self indulgence; I spent the whole day in my studio painting my RCon entries and talking to/laughing with my boys. The only time I went out at all was when my wife took us out to our favorite sushi restaurant. It was pretty close to the perfect day.
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    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    A client of mine has commissioned me to produce a new line of oriental-themed turtle people, based on box-turtles. I'm pretty excited about this project as I love the subject as well as the challenges that it will present me. We are going to take a modular approach to this, with me creating a fully sculpted shell with arm and leg armatures. This I can then cast in bronze and use to make many different minis. I am also planning on making several heads and casting them to be added to each sculpt. A turtle head is pretty generic with little possible expression, so I should be able to make a few variations and reuse them. I will also be sculpting and casting various oriental weapons, hats, and other accouterments to be added to the sculpts. After all that, I will be making three sculpts to begin with, and we'll see where we take it from there. If it all turns out, you'll likely be seeing all of this on the KS page at some point. Here is the basic concept (this is very rough and I am not very good at drawing; the 3D sculpts will be a lot better): Here is a close up of the basic armature concept: Last night, I began the project by making the armature and underpinning the shell Here is the top view: And the side view: I will be basing the turtle parts on the Eastern Box-turtle: And finally, as I was typing this, the bronze came: Now, I am going to have to figure out how to cut that up into chunks that can fit my crucible. More to come soon. Andy
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    Getting To Know You August

    But in your case Guindy, the whole nurturing thing gets a little scary, considering the body count necessary to "nurture" a xeno-brood.
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    giyomuSan messing up with clay

    A little critique though. Right now, your teeth look cut in. You wan to take a tool and work the edges of each tooth, rounding them and smoothing them. Also cut in a gum socket where they meet the gums. Don't think in the terms of all the teeth, but in terms of sculpting each tooth, and making it as real as possible.
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    giyomuSan messing up with clay

    I would ask @Rainbow Sculptor about the baking of it. I'm not a polymer clay person, so I'm not the best person to answer that question. I'll ping her on FB so she knows to come here. Andy
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    Getting To Know You August

    Full time Miniature Sculptor/Jeweler. I'm not done with the career I currently have though (I've only been doing it full time for two years, so it hasn't lost the excitement yet, and it makes a lot more than I'd ever be able to do as a sculptor or jeweler), but I am working on developing my sculpting/jewelry business as my third (retirement) career. Oh, and I'd like to welcome @Glitterwolf as our newest Quisitor. He'll be questioning you in November.
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    MiniCrate #1 - Swamp Siren (Try #2)

    That is several levels of fantastic right there. Your highlights on the hands and hips are spot on, as are your color choices. The only possible nit I could add would be to consider bumping the highlights on her head crest a notch or two, as it is not quite as bright as the hand which is lower. That said, it is only a suggestion and the piece is fantastic as is.
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    03655: Iron Cobra

    I cleaned up the fabric portions of the hood using a coat or two of creamy ivory. Then I base coated them with Sunset Orange. I had expected to get further than this, but it took 5-6 coats of the orange to get full coverage. That paint is going on my list as an excellent glaze color. I'll start the shading and highlighting tonight. I really love the way the complimentary orange makes the blue steel look more real.
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    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    I cut off the arm and finished it last night. Here is a picture of all of the finished parts:
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    giyomuSan messing up with clay

    Great start. I look forward to where you take it. What king of clay are you using?
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    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    Final Sculpts They are done, except for a slight engineering task on the one with two curved swords. I sculpted the slot tabs and added some grass and stone details. Engineering for the Mold Before I can send them into my client, I need to cut the front arm off of the one with the two curved swords. It crosses the body and that will not cast as is. The blue line shows where I will cut it. I will then carve a divot in one side and add a post to the other so they index properly. Then they will be done. After ReaperCon, I'll be starting the next 6 of these figures. I'll post them as I do.
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    Getting To Know You August

    I have added you to the Quisitor Message. Welcome to the Quisitorial ranks. You should have a message from me there.
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    Getting To Know You August

    He's not supposed to have to do August so he's extending July by a few days, but we are out of Quisitors. If any of you could step up and take August, we'd sure appreciate it. We really need more Quisitors or this thread will eventually stop.
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    Getting To Know You August

    A day stretching in front of me with no obligations and nothing to do but sit in my kayak fishing in Rock Creek or to be ensconced in my studio with sculpting tool or brush in hand. My birthday is Sunday, and that later is exactly what I have planned for that day...ALL DAY! d2, 2
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    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    Welcome to the madness! So, I'll be driving down from the Minneapolis area Tues and Weds. Sounds like you have a similar location, where are you coming from (might see you on the road)? On another note. My first entry is about 2/3 done now. The part I hate the most is past, so now I am on to the gems and cloth. I want to get this and one other entry done yet, but that may have to wait for the Con itself. I should remind everyone, that we have almost two full days at the con to finish entries, being that they are not due until 5:00 pm on Friday.
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    2018 ReaperCon Forumite Bingo Signup

    I'm game again. TaleSpinner Forum Pic All week It is actually a bit hard to attach a photo to a PM. There is no direct option like there is here, so...
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