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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.
  3. 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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    Samus Aran (Metroid) Amiibo head resculpt

    Thanks! I was wondering about the same thing. I suppose you could do a 3D scan of the larger sculpt and then have it 3D printed. Probably too expensive for personal use, but might be a sensible thing to do if the model were being produced in large quantities. For all I know some companies already do it this way. I've seen comics done that way - my father is a comic book nerd and has a few huge comic pages on bristol board. It makes a lot of sense. Of course 2D scanning and printing is much more developed than 3D :)
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    DIY photo turntable

    Thanks! There are some newer results here: https://gfycat.com/@pragmatique/albums/minis I love how this thread keeps getting resurrected year after year. Unfortunately I took apart my latest turntable photo setup because I moved recently, but I should put it back together soon and post some pictures. I also recently was gifted a 3D printer (!), so maybe it's time to make a custom stand that will hold the motor :)
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    DIY photo turntable

    I recently made my own little turntable for shooting 360-degree pictures of minis to turn into animated gifs. Some forum members were interested in hearing how I did it, so here it is in detail. It was pretty straightforward, so hopefully by following these instructions you will be able to make pictures like this: Things I used An analog clock A screwdriver, to take apart the clock A 0.7mm mechanical pencil with a removable tip A round plastic lid to act as the stage Some glue A digital camera The manual for said camera, you will probably need it A tripod Deep-seated obsessive-compulsive tendencies Turntable construction First, acquire an analog clock. In this case, a clock that was left in the laundry room of our apartment building, in a place where people usually leave things they don't need any more. Then ponder how we see fewer public clocks in the age of smartphones. Once you're done pondering, take the clock apart to get the mechanism that drives the hands. The one I have contains three circles to drive the hands of the clock - an outer plastic tube for the hour hand, an inner plastic tube for the minute hand and a tiny little metal pin for the second hand. It's the second hand we want, or else it will take an hour to get our picture. The challenge is attaching something to this tiny little pin. Fortunately, it turns out that this little pin is just the right size to fit snugly over the the end of a 0.7mm mechanical pencil. So I removed the tip from a mechanical pencil, and glued the pencil tip to the bottom of the plastic lid with white glue. The pencil tip has to be well-centered on the lid or else the mini will wobble back and forth in the photos. Finally, stick the cap on the clock mechanism. There, a simple little miniature turntable. Camera setup The main thing with the camera setup is to turn off all automatic features of your camera. Usually a camera will automatically determine things like the white balance, length of exposure, and focal distance. This is bad for an animation like this, since those parameters will change every frame and lead to flickering in the animation. On my camera (Canon EOS 400D) there is a switch on the top that I have to point to "M" for manual, and another switch on the lens that you have to set to "MF" for manual focus. The downside to manual mode is that you have to know how to choose good settings for your camera. I don't know how to do this. Luckily, a simple way to find good settings is to first set up the camera on the tripod with the mini in front of it and shoot a picture in automatic mode. Then once you switch to manual mode the setting should hopefully (!) be preserved. Image capture We have to set the camera up to take one photo every second for a minute. I couldn't figure out how to get my camera to shoot that fast, but I managed to get it to shoot once every two seconds. To do this I used tethered shooting mode, connecting the camera to my laptop via USB. Since I run Linux, I can then control the camera via the command-line utility gphoto2: gphoto2 --capture-image-and-download -I 2 -F 30 This tells it to capture 30 images, one image every 2 seconds and download them to the current directory. Once this command is done I have pictures named capt0000.jpg through capt0029.jpg in the current directory. Image processing To process these images into an animated gif I used another wonderful piece of software called imagemagick. First I import one of the images to my favourite photo editor, gimp, and adjust it as needed. I crop the image, do a global levels adjustment, and resize. As I go along I keep track of all the settings I use so I can put them into the command to imagemagick: convert capt*.jpg -crop 1200x1200+368+44! -resize 300x300 -level 0%,90%,0.8 -layers optimize damien.gif This tells it to load the jpg images we shot, crop to a rectangle 1200x1200 starting at a location (368,44) from the top right, resize to 300x300, then apply a global level adjustment with a white point of 90% and gamma of 0.8. It then converts the whole series to an optimized gif animation. A 30-frame image at 300x300 comes out to about 1.5 megs, which is small enough to attach to the forum. Conclusion There it is, hopefully others will give it a shot. When you do, post links in here. I'd be happy to answer any questions, or take suggestions on how I could improve the process.
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    My family and I recently watched a lovely tv series called Ronja the Robber's Daughter. It was co-produced by studio Ghibli and based on a novel by the author of Pippi Longstocking. It was a really sweet show, thoughtful and gentle, with a strong young female protagonist. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. Anyway, one of the antagonists that featured prominently were harpies, and I really liked the design. Here is an example: So I was inspired to try to reproduce it with my own harpy. Unfortunately reaper's version is not suitable for the board due to bare breasts, but I can include some pictures from the back, and a link to a 360 degree view: Here is the NSFW LINK to the 360 degree view. Comments welcome and appreciated!
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    That's awesome. If more people watch Ronja because of this thread then I have done my job.
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    Yes, thanks for the extra info! Those stories may be out of fashion in the outside world, but not in our house. I vaguely remember reading Pippi Longstocking as a kid, but I don't think it really grabbed me. Though I think it just might appeal to my very independent-minded daughter.
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    Bones 3 Brain In Jar

    Cool! The jar looks like it's filled with a pinkish liquid, how did she get that effect?
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    Mayahuel, sorceress of thunder

    The skin, headdress, and the freehand on the cloth are all superb! The spell effect doesn't really stand up to the rest of the piece though. Compared to all the colorful parts it just looks unfinished.
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    Copper golem 30 min speed paint

    Nice verdigris, especially for a speedpaint. What color is that coppery orange? It doesn't look metallic.
  14. I haven't used cork before, but lately have been having a lot of success with a combination of bark and filling in gaps with putty and clay (green stuff & sculpey).
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    What can I say, I know how to steal a good thing when I see it :)
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    Summoning Circle and Conjured Face

    What a cool and unique model. The OSL looks great, at least from the angles you show here - it looks like glossy specular reflections from the metal of the cauldron.
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    WIP: Adventuring party

    My neighbor is DMing a new pathfinder campaign soon, so I have taken it upon myself to make minis for the party. Our first game is tentatively on Tuesday, so it may be a short-lived WIP. The characters are: Dirk, the flaxen-haired and violet-eyed elf fighter. He's not too bright, but that doesn't bother him, he's just here to fight bad guys. A seventh son from the elven kingdom, he will be dressed in rich reds and gold. A'con, a fighter with anger issues. She comes from the forest kingdom, and will be dressed in bright gold and deep emerald green. Ani, the ego-driven bard and A'con's sister. She's convinced that she can do anything better than anyone else. Her favorite color is orange, so I think she will be dressed in a bright orange vest. Cathal, the dwarf cleric. I honestly don't know much about this character. So I'm just going to wing it. Varian, the spell thief. He is laying low after stealing from the wrong wizard. I am going with a red/purple/blue color scheme for him. We also possible have a sixth character, a half-halfling half-giant. He's been described as having the appearance and proportions of a halfling, but the size of a human. I am honestly completely at a loss for what to do. Any suggestions? I am looking through my many minis from the first two bones kickstarters, but nothing has jumped out at me yet.
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    WIP: Adventuring party

    Also, just because I can, here is a 360 degree shot that shows her off a bit better (though the face is in shadow)
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    60025: Gray Maiden

    Beautiful metals, what's your recipe?
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    Bones 2 Mouslings

    Adorable! I like the way you highlighted all the little gems. I second the request for some closer pictures.
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    WIP: Adventuring party

    Is that a good thing? I'm pretty sure if you said this to her face, Mari would challenge you to a duel :)
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    Sail Away

    Well I am not an expert by any stretch. But I painted a kilt pattern on my storm giant with some success, and that is not too unlike what you're doing here. What I did was to first paint and shade the background color with washes layering etc. Then I blocked the freehand pattern over top (this took a lot of passes because it was red over blue). I may have done a dark wash at this stage to sort of tie the two colors together and make the shadows match up. Then I added highlights to the pattern. There were a couple of "oops" moments along the way, though not as many as you might expect -- you just have to be willing to go back and fix them up.
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    WIP: Adventuring party

    Thanks, the rapier was kind of a pain to make but it turned out well in the end. So here she is with lots more paint on her. I apparently still haven't figured out this whole "post pics as you go along" thing. This picture is a little washed out, but she is basically done. I might weather the bases a little more, but after that the party will be bound for show off. And just as I say that I see I forgot to add a dab of gold to the little cloak pin ... *whispers* ... do it ... do ... it .... dooooo ....... iiiit .........
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    Sail Away

    Actually some freehand would really knock this out of the park. I think it's worth trying even with the hat already attached. A brocade pattern on the vest would also be awesome if you are up for a challenge :)