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    Sculpting free-standing feathers

    I just learned a new word. I think you would want something that you could bend without too much difficulty. I have never used copper, brass or music wire for this purpose - I think my armature wire is made out of aluminum.
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    Sculpting free-standing feathers

    Feathers are hard. The thing is that you don't have anything to push against when sculpting. When I last did some feathers (albeit at a smaller scale) I decided to lay them down flat and sculpt just one side at a time. That way I could push against a hard surface to get the details. Then it can be formed into the shape you want to cure, after which you can go back to the other side and add details. I would suggest having a thin bit of wire running up the middle. It might not add much rigidity but will be helpful for attaching the feather to the rest of the piece.
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    Wyrmgear WIP

    I have been thinking about taking on this project for quite a long time now, and I thought that making a WIP thread might help motivate me to keep going. So far I haven't painted or even primed anything, I've just been working on the base and modifying the figure a little bit. Here is the base: The outer numbers were all done by hand in sculpey. About half the gears and the clock hands were made with a press mold from greenstuffworld, the rest of the gears came out of a broken clock. The rest of the bits on the base were random pieces of junk I had collected for just such an occasion :). Then there are three magnets to hold the feet of the figure, like so: I'd be interested to hear any comments or suggestions on the base before I bake and prime it. I am generally pretty happy with it, but there is still some time to move things around. I have also begun modifying the wings to make them poseable, hopefully more on that later. I have also been thinking of using a stencil to airbrush a sort of pattern on the wings, but I'm not sure exactly what yet. Steampunk tribal butterfly wings? Is that a thing?
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    Wyrmgear WIP

    Some minor progress. I cut out the stencil on some card stock (not shown) and did a zenithal prime. I kept the whole thing assembled so the shadows would fall in the right places. Now I'm not sure if I will disassemble to paint, or try to keep it all together as much as possible.
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    Wyrmgear WIP

    Quick update, I am planning out wing designs. I found a style called elven tribal that I am really digging. I photocopied the wing and made an attempt at reproducing the style: The plan is to cut out a stencil and apply it to the wings with an airbrush.
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    03439: Dicarus Darksword -- Pinning Issue

    Sounds like pinning is your best option. Honestly, if I were painting the same mini today I would probably pin it.
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    03439: Dicarus Darksword -- Pinning Issue

    I had to look back at my WIP thread to remember what I did with this guy. I'm pretty sure I left a little bit of the broccoli attached to the bottom of his feet in kind of an inward "V" shape. Then since I was making a base out of polymer clay, I just pressed it into the clay before baking to make an indentation. But that doesn't help so much with painting.
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    Wyrmgear WIP

    BRB, off to steal ideas from be inspired by your Wyrmgear WIP thread :)
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    Wyrmgear WIP

    So I thought I would share some of my process of making the wings adjustable. I tried a few different options before finding something that seems to work. It's not too hard to make (or buy) a hinge, the tricky part is making something that will support the weight of the wing and hold it in place. Here is the solution I settled on. First, I cut off the tab that holds the wing in place, and drilled two small holes at a 45 degree angle. On the body, I filled in part of the slot for the tab, and drilled matching holes at 45 degrees (these look a little rough because I experimented with lots of different designs, resulting in some of wear on the holes). Then I hold each wing to the body with two short pieces of wire. The wire is flexible enough that the wings are adustable, but strong enough to hold the weight of a wing. Here is what it looks like positioned at an angle: Simple, not super attractive, but quite effective. Has anyone else tried a modification like this? What did you do, and how did it go?
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    Wyrmgear WIP

    Thanks y'all! I am very happy with how it turned out. I tried doing a press mold of gears at one point, but it was not very successful. I think you just lose too much detail in the process, the corners become rounded and you lose the mechanical effect. You would almost certainly be better off buying a silicone mold, or even better just buy some gears and other steampunky bits.
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    Wyrmgear WIP

    Base primed! It took me a while to glue everything into the right place and I had to go over it with greenstuff to fix a bunch of gaps. I adjusted a few things here and there, but it's basically the same design. Still thinking about what to do next, maybe I will plan out some wing designs.
  12. Rare earth magnets work well, but are very strong. If you embed a magnet on one side, you can just embed a piece of metal like a piece of paper clip on the other side and it will be strong enough to hold foam into place.
  13. This looks great, and good idea to make it modular. Have you checked out black magic craft on youtube? He has a lot of tips for working with foam. One of them is to texture the foam with balled up aluminum foil. Also, in the spirit of modularity, why not make removable sets of doors?
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    Wyrmgear WIP

    Thanks, I hope it will look even better when primed.
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    Wyrmgear WIP

    Not joints, exactly. I was thinking about putting something like a hinged joint -- that would be an ideal solution --- but I couldn't find anything that would work. But yes, I want to be able to move the wings around after it's painted. Right now I have a setup where I have the wings connected with bits of wire that are flexible enough to bend. I will try to take some pictures later. The magnets are just to hold the figure to the base, while also allowing me to remove it.
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    Stand and Deliver!

    It's a very cool mini, I like the way you picked out the different types of metal. It made me think of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLkhx0eqK5w Your lupins or your life!
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    Dicarus Darksword, Hafling Assasin

    I have a soft spot for this guy, as you might have guessed from my profile pic. I'm a bit confused though. Are those metallic-looking areas unprimed? What is the method behind this madness?
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    Samus Aran

    Here is something I sculpted a while back. My son's amiibo of Samus Aran accidentally lost her head, so I decided to sculpt her a new one (thread here). I thought it would be fun to have her head without helmet. It was nice to be able to paint in a larger scale - so much easier to do the eyes! I followed this really nice tutorial on youtube. It didn't turn out quite as nice as the example (does it ever?), but I followed some of the techniques and I think it helped a lot. The end result turned out better than what I expected based on the quality of the sculpting.
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    Samus Aran

    Thanks! I think I captured the subtle facial expressions of the original: (not the 80s poofy hair though)
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    Diorama Advice

    Right now my eye is drawn to what the worm is looking at - the thumper/paint pot. If you want the focus to be on the fremen, then maybe have the summoner staring down the sandworm? That might also add a little drama to the situation.
  21. Line a bunch up and glue a popsicle stick to the top and bottom, you've got a balustrade. Or flip it over and fill with glue and coarse sand to make a brazier.
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    Dragons Don't Share, Dragon Edition

    You're doing a whole dragon in NMM? That's impressive.
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    Samus Aran (Metroid) Amiibo head resculpt

    Wow, that's pretty cool. I guess it would take a few passes to get it to 50% of the original size, but still I had no idea you could do that. Chemistry is awesome. Next I'm going to start painting, but first I have to ... Metroid Prime.
  24. Hey everyone! I'm back to the forums after a long time away - I recently moved and it's been a while getting everything set back up. I was recently inspired to get back into sculpting. You see my son is really into these Amiibo toys - little figures made by Nintendo that let you unlock various things in games. But his Amiibo of Samus (the heroine from Metroid) lost its head a while back. It was pretty clearly gone forever, and it was sad to see my childhood video game heroine sitting decapitated in our living room. Then I had an idea - I could sculpt her a new head! I decided that rather than a new helmet, I would sculpt her head underneath without a mask. And once I had the idea, the sculpting went really fast and I finished it in an evening. Here is the result, ready for painting: It was done mostly in sculpey (about 3:1 super sculpey firm to super sculpey) with green stuff underneath to hold the head to the armature, and a little extra green stuff here and there to hold bits together, and to fill a crack from where the sculpey split during baking. As you can see I decided to depict her with the ponytail she has in the more recent Metroid games, rather than the tragic 80s hairdo she sported during my youth :) Here are some close-ups: I have to say that sculpting at this scale is WAY easier than heroic scale. Like about a factor of 10 easier for each factor of 2 in size. I realize now that it's a bit rough in places, I would love to hear your comments. I am likely to start painting her soon.
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    Samus Aran (Metroid) Amiibo head resculpt

    Thanks! I have now fallen down the rabbit hole of seeing whether it is feasible to do 3D scanning of miniatures using a webcam.
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