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Wow this is such an awesome project! Just read the thread start to finish and I've found it really fascinating and have learned so much about the process of making a miniature, I'm ashamed to say I never knew quite how much work went into it(or thought about it too deeply at all!) but I definitely have a new level of appreciation for the craft!

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3 hours ago, haldir said:

Will the sorc's hat have the pin/nail or whatever it's called in it?

 

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I can't wait to get these!

 

Uh, no, considering that that is a hair pin holding the hat to his hair, and the turtle doesn’t have hair, so a chin strap instead. I get the desire for the imagery, but I couldn’t see how it could make sense in this context. 

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I had grand plans last night on getting the Sorcerer's hand done and then working on his clothing.  As I was sculpting the hand though, I realized that I had too much material in the armature to sculpt it right.  I used my carbide rotary bit to clean it up and reduce it.  It was going great until I slipped and the tool caught on the edge of his hand and popped off the wand. <_<  It turned out for the better though, because I was then able to totally rework the armature there and make it more accurate.  I then glued the wand on using epoxy.  Since that was clamped and could not be touched, I switched to the Rogue instead.  I gave her the pants on the other side and then sculpted one forearm and underpinned the arms where the sleeves will be.

 

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18 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

 

Uh, no, considering that that is a hair pin holding the hat to his hair, and the turtle doesn’t have hair, so a chin strap instead. I get the desire for the imagery, but I couldn’t see how it could make sense in this context. 

 

Understandable & after noticing the strap, it totally makes sense. Great sculpt nonetheless.

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Will the sorcerer's collar be connected to another garment, or will it be a stand-alone item, hanging from its metal brace?

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20 minutes ago, klarg1 said:

Will the sorcerer's collar be connected to another garment, or will it be a stand-alone item, hanging from its metal brace?

 

Connected similar to the cleric 

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Progress from last week and this morning:

 

Sorcerer:

I finished his clothing last week.  Today, I sculpted the gem on his chest and the two jade, ginkgo-leaf medallions on his sides.  I still need to sharpen up the gem a bit, add a bezel, sculpt a belt pouch, and add the slot tab.  I expect to be done with this one sometime tomorrow.

 

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Rogue:

I tried gluing the fan on, but it broke off, twice. <_<   So, I drilled a hole in it and the hand and pinned it in place.  Then I underpinned the belt armor and raised hand.  This one will be progressing quickly now.

 

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Ranger:

I have found a reference for the eagle and have it scaled and ready to make into wing and tail armatures.  I plan on using a repousse technique to shape the wing armature and give it life.  We'll see how successful I am.  I'll try to take pictures throughout the process.

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ok, that's a pretty sweet technique!  Looks perfect!

Also: huh- I was always a fan of Peterson's.  Will have to check Sibley's.

 

Happy New Year!

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On 12/27/2018 at 10:07 PM, TaleSpinner said:

3. Now the wings from the landed eagle in my reference photo are not fully spread, so I cut slits at all the joints and re-positioned the wings to match the bird in the photo, gluing it to a piece of paper.

this confused me the first three times I read it, until I realized you were talking about Mori's sketch, which I had to scroll back quite a bit to find.  So to make it easier for others, you kind find it here: 
http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/78554-boxer-rebellion-box-turtle-folk-wip/&amp;do=findComment&amp;comment=1772699

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12 hours ago, Corporea said:

ok, that's a pretty sweet technique!  Looks perfect!

Also: huh- I was always a fan of Peterson's.  Will have to check Sibley's.

 

Happy New Year!

 

OH wow, once you find Sibley, you'll never look at Peterson's again, it is so out of date and has none of the modern features Sibley introduced.  But, don't buy the book.  Get it on your phone or tablet (or both) (it sells for about $20).  The Sibley app has everything the book does, plus the full Cornell Bird Song Database and a really good smart search.  I never even bring my books out of the house anymore; I have it all on my phone.

 

8 hours ago, kristof65 said:

this confused me the first three times I read it, until I realized you were talking about Mori's sketch, which I had to scroll back quite a bit to find.  So to make it easier for others, you kind find it here: 
http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/78554-boxer-rebellion-box-turtle-folk-wip/&amp;do=findComment&amp;comment=1772699

 

Good catch.  I added the reference photo to the above post to make it easier for readers.

 

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I spent a lot of time sculpting over my Christmas Week vacation.  I also spent a lot of time with my son, building him a welding station in our basement (we got him a MIG welder from an estate sale for his Birthday/Christmas present).

 

Rogue

 

I didn't take a lot of in process pictures, I just got it done.  Here is the finished rogue:

 

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Ranger

 

Continuing the saga of sculpting a bird from my last post:

 

Sculpting a bird with spread winds is one of the most difficult undertakings one can do.  They are very finicky, and easy to mess up.  I think the only thing I am less comfortable with are human faces, and that is only because I haven't had as much practice with them as I would like.  That said, I was much better and faster at it this time than I was the last time I did it; YAAY for leveling up!

 

Here is the process:

 

1. Lay down a very thin layer of putty on the underside of a wing.  I use Apoxie:GS mix so that it will harden and stiffen the wing, and also to remove some of the memory from the GS.  It is essential that you do this right and have as little air trapped between the putty and the metal as possible. 

 

2. Sculpt in the feathers from a good reference. (Note that I didn't take a lot of pictures of these steps, but I did for the upper parts of the wing where I will go into more detail about how to do this).

 

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3. Repeat for the other wing and the tail.

 

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4. Let it cure naturally.  You should never heat harden after laying down a sheet like this as it will cause any air bubbles you missed to expand and show up in your finished piece. 

 

5. Bulk out the wing muscles and air foil shape of the wing.  Remember that for casting the wing should be an average of at least 1.5 mm thick over-all and range from 2 mm to no less than 1mm.

 

(Note that many of the pictures were taken after doing the first wing, sorry for the confusion.)

 

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6. Apply a sheet of putty (this time I used 1:2 Apoxie:GS mix) to the upper surface of the wing.

 

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7. Spend some time defining the surface of the wing and getting everything tapered correctly and smooth.

 

8. Cut in the main feather areas.

 

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9. Cut in the primaries and secondaries.

 

10. Sculpt the covert feathers.

 

11. Sculpt the shafts and vanes of the primaries and secondaries.

 

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12. Clean up and fuss over it until it is perfect.

 

13. Repeat these steps for the other wing and the tail.

 

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I also prepped the head and added eyes and sculpted the head and body after it had cured.  The head is wrong.  It is the bill; it is too long and the wrong shape.  Tonight, I plan on grinding it down ad rescuplting it using putty.  You'll note that there are no feet.  this is because the bird and the stand need to be in separate parts.  The feet will be part of the stand.  I'll work on that complexity tonight or tomorrow night.

 

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Also, the bow broke off of the ranger's hand.  I really think that it will need to be a separate part anyway to ensure that it fills right, so I'll just sculpt it and the hand separately.  I did widen the bow (it still needs sanding) so it will fill right.

 

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That's all for now.  I start sculpting the Ranger body at lunch today.

 

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Last night, I cut off the top of the eagle's head and ground away about 50% of its beak.  Then I resculpted the head.  Now it looks like an eagle.  The lack of feet is still reading "seabird" to me, the the head is definitely raptor now.  The feet issue will change when I make that part later this weekend.

 

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 On the ranger, I sculpted his arms and legs.  Last night, as I figured out the quiver, I decided I needed the arm further forward than I had it, so I cut and bent it.  I may need to cut away and resculpt the upper arm yet; we'll see.

 

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I also started the quiver by cutting the heads off of a bunch of pins and sticking them together.  From this base, I'll sculpt the quiver at lunch today.

 

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Tip: Always keep your used hotel key cards when you travel, if they let you.  The plastic in them is perfect as a flat surface for sculpting flat things on.

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