Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Metalchaos

02788, Leorelex the Dragon Lion (WIP)

97 posts in this topic

Hi everyone, I just started working on this beautiful model.

Leorelex was sculpted by Geoff Valley and was released in 2004.

 

For now, I only started working on the putty base.

I want to make it look like it's an eroded sea shore.

 

I'm mixed between sculpting waves or using realistic water effect.

Should I sculpt green stuff waves like I did for my Karkarius or Scuttlebones,

or should I try using realistic water to creats a more transparent aspect?

 

post-5669-0-17048900-1351728993.jpg

 

post-5669-0-98072300-1351728995.jpg

3 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

ooh... I like this concept...very cool. I'd be certain to put a little rock texture on the underside of the integrated base where it's got a hole beneath it, just so it doesn't look so unnaturally flat on the bottom.

 

I really liked your GS waves. If you see this as a windy, wave-crashy environment, I'd stick with those, since you'll want a lot of whitecaps and froth (very little transparency, there). If it's a calmer, lagoonish/tidepool kind of environment, go with the Realistic Water or Water Effects. You'll want something fairly viscous when you apply it.

2 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

ooh... I like this concept...very cool. I'd be certain to put a little rock texture on the underside of...

 

Yes! I’ll be working on this spot.

But for the waves, I'm not yet sure.

 

post-5669-0-15573400-1351738257.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like the idea of dynamic waves, which just look so amazing. But you're right- a peaceful lagoon with vines, or even yucca/sea oats might also look cool. I'm getting a mass effect Virmire vibe.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Awesome model! I'll keep an eye on this. Interesting basing.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

...If it's a calmer, lagoonish/tidepool kind of environment, go with the Realistic Water or Water Effects. You'll want something fairly viscous when you apply it.

...But you're right- a peaceful lagoon with vines, or even yucca/sea oats might also look cool. I'm getting a mass effect Virmire vibe.

 

I like the lagoon idea too, I think I‘ll give a try. I saw that LiquidLimn is also looking for information about Woodland Scenics Realistic Water and it could well be used for my project.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I reworked the base a little and looked for more informations about the way to contain Realistic Water while pouring it on an even base. The finding is I'll probably need to build a temporary formwork to hold the liquid until it's dry.

 

post-5669-0-29396600-1352045014.jpg

 

post-5669-0-77319100-1352045016.jpg

 

post-5669-0-24027800-1352045019.jpg

 

post-5669-0-38494400-1352045022.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

nice! The nooks and crannies are perfect for flora and fauna! :;): Fiddler crabs, perhaps?

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I can never figure out how you pronounce this miniature's name. Leor Elex? Leore Lex? Le Orelex?

 

I think I'm just gonna call him Leo Relax.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

nice! The nooks and crannies are perfect for flora and fauna! :;): Fiddler crabs, perhaps?

Turquoise water lagoon, with coral sand, sea star, shells, yes that kind of environment. I could add Reaper’s crab from the 03608 Aquatic Familiars pack.

 

Finnaly a WIP of yours I can follow because it's not for a contest I'm running. ::D:

 

For water effect vs sculpting. The water effect would look amazing, but it's hard to do. Thankfully the Massive Voodoo guys have some how to's.

 

Creating Waves

 

Making a epoxy based water base (above the rim stuff)

 

Also, from freebooters, CRABS!

Thanks for the link MonkeySloth. I don’t have Tesa strip at hand but I may try something like that. And yes, to my great pleasure you’ll be able to comment on my WIP. As long as you as you're not also judging the WAMP contest. Are you?

 

I can never figure out how you pronounce this miniature's name. Leor Elex? Leore Lex? Le Orelex?

 

I think I'm just gonna call him Leo Relax.

I thought of a some other names too. What about Skylion, Leóncielo or Leoncéu?

 

Today, I retouched the rocks and patched the gaps between the wings and the Lion body.

I also cleaned the entire model with a toothbrush and soapy water to avoid dripping primer.

 

post-5669-0-17990100-1352068506.jpg

 

post-5669-0-07230500-1352068509.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nope, I'm not involved with the WAMP contest. For the epoxy they used any type you mix should behave similar, but I worry about the Woodland scenes stuff as you can get a lot of bubbles with it unless you do really thin layers at a time--or so has been posted on this forum many times, so those techniques should work regardless of what you use.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

...but I worry about the Woodland scenes stuff as you can get a lot of bubbles with it unless you do really thin layers at a time...

I believe bubbles may appear when you mix the product when it's dyed. Or, maybe it's the air between the grain of sands that's trying reach the surface while the product is drying. Anyway, I'll try to make some tests before applying anything on my base.

 

The beast is now primed and ready to paint.

 

post-5669-0-50928800-1352157270.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I think I'm just gonna call him Leo Relax.

Don't do it, when you want to go to it.
1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

...but I worry about the Woodland scenes stuff as you can get a lot of bubbles with it unless you do really thin layers at a time...

I believe bubbles may appear when you mix the product when it's dyed. Or, maybe it's the air between the grain of sands that's trying reach the surface while the product is drying. Anyway, I'll try to make some tests before applying anything on my base.

 

The beast is now primed and ready to paint.

 

post-5669-0-50928800-1352157270.jpg

Wow I have been underpriming my minis, also very nice man.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By knarthex
      So I got the box in August of 2015, and proceeded to paint the terrain portions of the box...
      (WiP here)
       
      Now it is finally time to start on the main piece of the box!
       




       
      Nathavarr the Dragon!
       
      I spent much time last night removing mold lines....
      Then scrubbing all the parts....
       
      Hey! I am using Bones Superglue on Bones!
      I glued his hind right leg, and tail to the body, and will be doing some putty work after my postings tonight...
       
      As a side note, the blocks of wood with the single nails are the ones I used when I was painting Takhisis, over a year ago now....
       
      I plan on using Blue Liner as my primer, and will be air brushing it on....
       
      So I hope you all will follow along, because most of the initial work will be done with my air brushes....
       
       
      PS I was talking with our Haminister of Trooth whilst taking pics, and we agree that if you could get 2 (or more!) of the same wings from this guy, they would likely make cool looking sails / masts for a fantasy ship!
    • By Rahz
      Because I apparently suffer from extreme ADHD when it comes to miniature painting... squirrel!! 
      Ahem, the following are in various stages of WIP.  Everything on the blob and rat has been applied by airbrush and mostly inks and washes to this point.  The Abominataur has had some brushwork done since and is nearing completion. 
       
      Tried something I picked up from a French Youtuber Hutif who mixes some satin varnish in with her inks when she sprays them.  Will be doing a comparison on some different models at some point to see if it's actually doing anything but it seems to be helping the ink settle into the recesses better.  Applying inks/washes through the airbrush has also been neat as you spray at such a low pressure that you can get really precise.  If nothing else, it was great practice. 
       
      These are not meant to be works of art, just messing around and hoping to get them on the table with 3 or so hours of work each.  So far, the minotaur is the farthest along has had about 2 hours total. 
       

       
      Thanks for looking.
    • By ub3r_n3rd
      I saw amazing French sculptor Gautier Giroud posting up WIP pics of this amazing bust and knew I just HAD to have him, picked him up from Cinemodeles-creations. He's jumped up in my queue today while I'm home from work on a personal day. 

       
      Here's the the cast in resin pieces, held together by some blue tack so I could take the pics of the resin - 


       
      I've used my airbrush for the first time today, primed up Deadpool and 4 giants (the giants first to get the hang of the airbrush).
      Here's where he's at now -




       
      I drilled holes in his nose so that I can do the smoke sniffing scene as it's meant to be from the movie, which I'll probably use cotton or some other material to complete the effect.
       
      Going to get started on some painting of him now.
       
    • By Silvervane
      Well this month I decided to join in the hangouts mini.  Got started on mine tonight on the hangouts.  Went with the green skin as all my other's I have are painted up as greenskins.  I mostly base coated tonight during the hangout.  Here is what I got accomplished.
       

    • By Gargs

       
      Next up in my painting journey for my current Pathfinder game.  The Stag Lord, a.k.a. the first Big Bad that the party will encounter (likely at the next session, so I may need to speed up the painting process near the end to get him done).  This is also proving to be my first "Moby Dick" mini, or perhaps "Murphy's Law" if you prefer.  When I first opened him up, I learned that he was missing his bow arm.  While it's certainly plausible he'll lose that arm when he encounters the PCs, it seemed a bit premature to me.  :)  Fortunately, Reaper Customer Service is awesome and even though it was months after I had placed the order, they still replaced the entire mini for free, which is doubly awesome since as a newbie painter I don't have a lot of random extra bits lying about for basing materials, conversions, etc., so getting a full package was pretty sweet (even though I'd have been thrilled with just the one missing piece).
       
      Next thing I noticed as I assembled this guy was that he required a lot of gap filling.  The helm was a rather loose fit and the cloak didn't really line up in back either.  Ironically, this actually didn't bother me much since i saw it as a chance to practice my gap filling which I have not had to do too much of to date.  So with that out of the way, I set about priming and getting the base coat on the skin done.
       

       
      Can't really see it here, but I then noticed a weird issue on the skin.  For some reason, the paint on his skin began to crack.  This is puzzling to me as I am not sure what could be causing it.  I had used the same bottle of paint very recently (like less than a week ago) with no problems.  Any thoughts on what could have caused it?  I've gone over it with another coat and will see how it holds up, but hopefully he won't need a Simple Green Bath.  That said, I'm open to suggestions here.  
       
      The initial plan from here is to go with kind of a dirty bone look on the helm, gray for the cloak, and Coal Black for the armor pieces.  Haven't quite decided what to do with the leggings yet, but I'm thinking possibly a darker brown, but I am very much open to suggestions as I freely acknowledge I only have a basic grasp (if that) of color theory.  
       
      Anyway, thanks for looking and please feel free to provide C&C as I go.  I am always looking for pointers, tips, etc. as I continue to slowly improve to a somewhat passable state.  :)  Ultimately I will be aiming for Table Top quality which I don't think I will have too much trouble achieving (well my version of TT anyway).  
  • Who's Online   18 Members, 0 Anonymous, 0 Guests (See full list)