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  1. I started sculpting rocks and things for my bases about eight years ago, but didn't have any real tools or magnification at the time. So for quite awhile my stuff was pretty limited as to what I could do. Eventually, I picked up some real tools and started doing a lot more with my scenery and making a few small animals - some of you might have seen pictures of the bits I've been tossing in the Box o' Goodwill - as well as doing some fairly massive sculpting conversions, even to the point where the original mini was basically just a sculpting dolly that I'd almost completely covered over or converted. I've even gotten so far as to have several (nearly) half-completed figures sitting in purgatory on my table. However, this is the first humanoid figure I've brought from bare armature all the way to paint. This miniature is based on a forum joke that occurred in the Randomness thread. Just before Christmas, someone playfully referred to forum member Guindyloo as "Little Guindyloo Who" (ref. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas)... Guindyloo uses a xenomorph from the Aliens series as an avatar. This gave me the idea to do a little xenomorph child dressed as Little Cindy Lou Who and clutching a stuffed facehugger. (There are reasons they call me Mad, lol) So I used this reference picture... And I bent some wire into sort of a smooshed question mark shape and started sculpting. The final figure ended up being 15mm tall. Twice during this project I had to stop sculpting and pause to make myself new sculpting tools because the ones I had were too big. I started out with the standard set of tools, and then ground out smaller versions of a couple of them from paper clips and another even smaller set from the tiny pins I use for pinning small things like hands onto arms, using my Dremel underneath my magnifier. It was then that I realized I needed more magnification, so after puttering around a bit and not coming up with any better solutions I ended up just laying another magnifying glass directly on top of the one I was using, lol. I then ground out another tool with an even smaller tip on it for the really fine detail work on it. The dorsal plates on the tail were done by adding a solid ridge of putty along the entire tail and then using the snapped-off end of a jeweler's saw blade with about seven teeth on it to file notches in it by hand. If you look closely at the individual parts on each side and compare them, you can really see where in the process I finally figured out how to do what I was trying to do and where I began using each smaller set of tools and better magnification. THis whole thing was one long learning curve from start to finish. I'm not entirely happy with my blending and especially with the way the teeth turned out (I really should have put them inside the head instead of on the front), but I'm reluctantly forced to concede that I've reached the physical limits of my current tools and magnification... And possibly my own dexterity as well. In any event... Without further ado, may I present to you Little Guidyloo Who, who was no more than two... ...centimeters tall, that is. Here's the link to the Show Off thread... Little Guindyloo Who Criticisms welcome.
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