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14 hours ago, klarg1 said:

For the bard, I don't know the best balance between cost and options, but I would expect it to be easier to paint the face before attaching the hat. On the other hand, he has closed eyes, so maybe the face doesn't need full access for fine detailing.

 

I spoke with my client about it; he wants the hat as a separate piece.  That makes me happy.

 

I worked on the raven last night for a few hours.  Here it is finished:

 

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So, all I have left of the druid is her eye-lids, sculpting the chickadee (not really a chickadee, but an oriental version from the same family; I can't say the name because the chickadee family in the rest of the world is known by a T-word with vulgar connotations to a woman's mammary glands, and I don't want this thread blocked by my work.  If someone even types the B-word for mammary glands here my work will stop me from entering this thread), cutting the tree off, and making the slot base.  It is very possible that I will even be done with her today.

 

I just realized that if someone decided they want the raven separate from the druid for whatever reason, all you would have to do is cut the bamboo staff at the bamboo joint immediately below the raven's feet and you'd have 2 complete minis, a raven and a the druid, sans pet.  I mean, of course I totally planned that...yeah. It's a FEATURE! ::D:

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see, if my work had language filters like that I'd never get anything done...  :lol:

 

They are looking fantastic!!!  That raven is awesome... remind me later when this kickstarter is occurring or when they are at retail! Great job, Andy!

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41 minutes ago, Corporea said:

They are looking fantastic!!!  That raven is awesome... remind me later when this kickstarter is occurring or when they are at retail! Great job, Andy!

 

Thanks.  I will be posting it in the KS thread, linking here, posting on Facebook, telling random strangers on the street, etc...  The KS is supposed to be sometime this winter, highly dependent on when I get them done. I'm really pushing to have all nine done by the end of December, but we shall see.  I'm still hoping to have at least two (druid and cleric) done by the end of this month, and yes I know that that is on Friday. :B):

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1 hour ago, TaleSpinner said:

So, all I have left of the druid is her eye-lids, sculpting the chickadee (not really a chickadee, but an oriental version from the same family; I can't say the name because the chickadee family in the rest of the world is known by a T-word with vulgar connotations to a woman's mammary glands, and I don't want this thread blocked by my work.  If someone even types the B-word for mammary glands here my work will stop me from entering this thread), cutting the tree off, and making the slot base.  It is very possible that I will even be done with her today.

 

 

The irony here is that it would also prevent you from using your moderator powers to fix the problem. :upside:

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20 minutes ago, klarg1 said:

 

The irony here is that it would also prevent you from using your moderator powers to fix the problem. :upside:

 

Which has been a real PITA in the past.  I then have to turn the WiFi off on my phone and log in from there to fix the problem.

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Finished the druid at lunch, but the pictures aren't turning out.  I'll take good ones tonight under my lights at home and post them tomorrow. 

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I saw these "bookend" dioramas the other day, and decided I want to make a couple of my own.  I've been waiting for an idea to strike me that would work for the format, and this morning looking at your latest pics of these turtles, one struck.  ::)::wub:

Now I just have to wait to get them  ::(:

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55 minutes ago, kristof65 said:

I saw these "bookend" dioramas the other day, and decided I want to make a couple of my own.  I've been waiting for an idea to strike me that would work for the format, and this morning looking at your latest pics of these turtles, one struck.  ::)::wub:

Now I just have to wait to get them  ::(:

 

Cool!

 

Not too long though.  This client usually ships a month or so after the KS ends.  He gets the sculpts done first.

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On 11/26/2018 at 10:50 AM, TaleSpinner said:

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Some reason when I saw this post, I had Foghat's "Slow Ride" in my head & I could feel the guitar solo in my head. :lol:

 

Awesome work on all of them!!

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I don't suppose you could get your client to consider some other ranges using these same base turtles?   Like Space Ranger Turtles, or Egyptian Turtles, or Wild West Turtles or so many other things.   They just seem so right for a "Turtleverse" 

Of course, you may be turtled out...

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17 hours ago, kristof65 said:

I don't suppose you could get your client to consider some other ranges using these same base turtles?   Like Space Ranger Turtles, or Egyptian Turtles, or Wild West Turtles or so many other things.   They just seem so right for a "Turtleverse" 

Of course, you may be turtled out...

 

He's reading this forum, so you never know.

 

 

Progress from last night

 

Bard:

I should actually say regression from last night I guess. <_<  I was about to sculpt hands on the bard, but something seemed off to me about the arms.  I couldn't figure out what, but figured I'd better not ignore the feeling.  I broke out the scale and measured his forearms.  Sure enough, when I posed the hand strumming the instrument, I short-shanked it.  The forearms are supposed to be 7 mm from wrist to elbow.  When I located the wrists for doing the hands, that would put his wrist in the center of the strings. It was only 5 mm from where the wrist should be to the elbow. Elfing elf! :angry:

 

DON'T FEAR THE SCALPEL!TM (or in this case the grinding burr)

 

Thankfully, I had bulked up the arm armatures before casting and they are quite beefy.  So, I was able to grind away material from the upper arm to push that bone back and add length to the lower arm moving the elbow out 2 mm. I did have to scrap all the detailing on that arm, but that's not a big deal.

 

(@Sirithiliel: this is why one needs a rotary tool. This fix would have taken an hour or more with a knife, if I could have done it at all. With a grinding burr and scalpel together it took about 15 minutes. I can't/won't charge my customers for time spent fixing my mistakes, so the tool just saved me an hour of work I'd have to eat if I didn't have it.)

 

Reground:

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Measurement (black mark is where the wrist should be; end of scale should be the elbow):

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Reformed underpinning:

 

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Sorcerer:

I used a small diamond wheel on my rotary tool to carve a slot in the back of the shell.

 

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I then cut out the shape of his high collar from brass sheet and shaped it on my anvil.

 

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Finally, I glued it into the slot using Apoxie:GS.  I'll do a bit more shaping before I put putty over it.

 

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