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I need to start a WIP for this project so I'll stay motivated to finish it. This may be an entry for the 40mm+ category on the year long contest. We'll see how it turns out. Right now I'm just working on getting it done.
We're working on 03680: Thornwood Defender and it's actually further along than this, but I'm currently killing time in a Starbucks waiting to take the kids to see Marvel Universe Live! In the meantime, enjoy the prime pics :)
The Bee is mounted on piano wire as there's no real base to mount it on. I'm planning on the bee being on liftoff so the wire is extra long. It's kind of challenging to paint having a piece that size with only a wire to manipulate it with. I'm using medical gloves to handle it when necessary, but the vise is useless for anything other than holding it while it dries.
The little gnome rider is well, little. He's currently done up in green sparkly armor, but those pics will have to come later!
Thanks for checking out this project! See yall soon at reapercon!
Okay everyone! I'm speed building a Dr.Who diorama for my Nephew for Christmas. Yes, it's in a few days and I'm way behind, so I'm looking at a few "most of the day" workdays to have this ready for, well, Christmas Eve Night! However, I'm not very familiar with the series at all, so I've been asking questions here and there about the 10th Doctor.
At any rate, I've been using Willen's awesome diorama for a jump off point as it was such an amazing piece! He's also been helping me with reference as well, so THANK YOU VERY MUCH WILLEN! Here's a link to the Dr. Who diorama WIP he did for "Spaceship Superstar."
So here's some crazily spaced photographs as I was more busy building than pic taking:
This is what happened after I took a Dremel to the base.
Here's the reason:
I'm building this TARDIS up out of Matt Board as I'm still not overly sure exactly what plasticard that everyone uses actually is. The Matt Board was kind of a pain to cut, so I'm not sure if I'll use it again or no. The trick was getting everything to an approximate scale.
Here's the TARDIS where it currently stands. I'm about to do some more work on it after lunch and go until I can't go anymore! Keep in mind I still have to paint the 10th Doctor as well as Rose....
Inside view of TARDIS. I plan on adding an interior flashing light as well as a flashing beacon.
Now the question I currently have (I'm sure there will be more and I'll totally appreciate the help!): I'm trying to find an appropriate scenario for this diorama. As I I've only seen a few episodes, let me ask if it would be appropriate to locate the scene in some crazy environment. I was originally going to do a modern street scene with brick pavers and everything, but I don't think I'm going to get this project finished if I go that route. Instead, I'm thinking of doing some sort of ancient ruin, maybe with an artifact or something in the scenery. Here's a mock-up I put together around 4am this morning after I finally quit. The TARDIS would be located in the center of the obvious square, and I'd probably mount a gold face on the triangular piece and put the Dr. and Rose somewhere in the scene. I'd put in additional detail via Milliput, sand, flowers, etc., and trim up the overlying bricks. Would this be acceptable? I try to get things right when I do things like this as I don't want to offend the fans by my ignorance. I suppose something like this would fall into the realm of "Fan Fiction Via Creative Something Or Other...."
Here's a pic of the mock-up:
Any advice or ideas would greatly be appreciated! Thanks for reading!
Okay Ladies and Gents... It's time for Year of the Giants: Part Deaux, in which we finally give Kaya a place to hang her spear... or throw it, rather. At any rate, this is where I left off in October when I finished Kaya:
And here's a post as to where I'm kind of at tonight. I've basically started hacking at the cork, staining my base (I can't help it, I love the look of stain. I do paint some bases black, but something about stain just finishes a lot of projects off for me, if it matches), and figuring out exactly where to put the beasty.
I'm just going to put a teaser pic up now as it's late and I don't feel like editing a lot of pics. Here ya go:
Anyhoo, I'll probably be posting to this thread occasionally as I work out the kinks and figure out exactly what I'm doing. Thanks for checking it out!
Okay all! I've posted the collage over on the WAMP site, so I can now upload the finished pics of "Target Acquired." This diorama was made for a contest over on the WAMP site, and I think I like the way it turned out.
K963025 was never designed to function without a master. However, the Old Smudgester was separated from "the man" during the great battle of New D.C. Now, armed with his Lazegun 4000 and his improved power armor, this highly intelligent being roams about the country righting wrongs, blasting "bad men" and searching for his loving master. Will Smudgester ever find "the man?" Undoubtedly!
Here's the Smudgester...
Full Base Shot:
He is, of course, designed as a removable game piece for our occasional rounds of Munchkin...
Those wear spots on his lower back are a cover up for a super glue mishap. Somehow Smudgester ended up super glued to my finger, and the paint was stripped down to bare metal. Rather than try to redo multiple layers of blue paint, I make it worth the damage it was and weathered it. The rest of the weathering was intentional.
At any rate, he was a blast and I had lots of fun stacking that brick wall, brick by brick... by brick... by brick. I think it came out nice. I have no idea why I chose to go with a SciFi inspired base after that whole "Spaceship Superstar" contest, but I guess it was this charming little doggie who needed a home and a master.
Anyhoo, commentary is always welcomed and appreciated! Thank you for taking the time to view this project. Now, on to Year of the Giants! Kaya's been sitting in the case long enough...
Now for something neat! During the course of painting up minis for Hasslefighter, I got distracted and started painting on Bailey Silverbell. She's been sitting in the drawer 'o shame for quite a while, pleading for some paint and a base. I've been wanting to paint a dwarf lady for my wife ever since my first mini exchange as she really liked that Stonehaven Rogue a lot.
In addition to this, I've been wanting to get back to my Quest for Glory project after grieving for the Hero of Speilburg's misshapen face. I've moved on... Sort of... Anyhoo, if you're not familiar with the game, part of the hero's mission was to find the lost daughter of the Baron of Speilburg. Elsa von Speilburg had vanished when she was a little girl, never to be found again.
*SPOILER ALERT!* However, years later, a Brigand Leader had moved into the valley and organized the rouge band, much to the chagrin of everyone living in or traveling to Speilburg. You eventually penetrate the brigand fortress to face this chick:
It's not that difficult of a fight. You throw a potion of dispel on her and she turns back into Elsa! So, she became the inspiration for my version of Bailey Silverbell. I think she came out very nice. What's more, she's pretty much my 1yr Anniversary Mini! Yay!
So I used the idea from the old exchange to mount her on a rock, albeit a bit shorter rock so the figure would be more stable. I used my experiments with the Fall exchange with ink on metallic paints to try to give her sword a bit of an enchanted/ice brand look. Also her shirt started off as white, but after I finished, it made the rest of her look pretty bland with the leather armor and such. I reworked it with green ink and paint. Her pants are blue ink and paint as well. She's a pretty simple, small, playable or displayable game piece. She took about a week of work and I'm pretty satisfied with her overall. She doesn't have the hours of work that I put into Kaya, but she's still quite lovely Here she is:
Now I've got to go work on the Hasslefree entry, then finish the YOTG entry! Comments are wanted and appreciated!
P.S.: I'm going to have a get some pics where you can see her eyes well. They didn't come out in these and they're quite a lovely shade of blue... and one was particularly difficult. LOL!
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