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1 hour ago, Cyradis said:

*SQUEEEEEE* I love this turtle. 

Me, too.


I'm gonna want the whole line so I can make a crazy WuXia turtlescape.



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*** Luckily I have no worries for my wallet, I mean I don't collect anything reptile or amphibian ****


*** nervously paints another snake warrior, glances at lizards and tortoises on his shelf***

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 A friend of mine once bought his snapping turrets a $65 fish dinner ... all his fish ate other fish (about 120 gold fish every few days) so he put his new ($65 dollar) Japanese fighting fish in his one tank that did not have other fish, just a pair of turrets ... safe with no other fish to fight with right ... what could go wrong ...



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Firescale? That's a named, real thing?! Well that's going to be a character's last name now. :lol: 


I love that you forged a tiny sword! Just to make sure I understand, you made a flattened tiny sword, and then added the putty on top of that? It doesn't look like you made it nearly as flat on the third one. Is it worth the extra work because it keeps it smooth and straight all the way through?


Going through this whole thread all at once has been a real treat. I love whenever you show the trees haha. That photo with all the swords lined up is incredibly satisfying to look at!


I love these guys! :wub: 

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On 5/14/2018 at 10:56 AM, Morihalda said:

Firescale? That's a named, real thing?! Well that's going to be a character's last name now. :lol: 



Yes, fire scale is the name of one of the oxidization types that forms in alloys that contain copper.  It is a real issue for silver jewelry smiths.



I assembled the other two armatures this weekend.  This guy is going to have a second, matched sword in his other hand, curving up around his body, but I will need to sculpt his body details first.  You will note that he has a lot of fire scale (the purple-red patchiness) in this picture.  This was caused when I soldered his sword and annealed his body.  Since I took this picture, I used a brash brush and removed the fire scale, so he is now shiny.






And the third one with the butterfly swords:





And for the record, I will never use this type of bronze for armatures ever again.  It is just way too hard and difficult to work with. It is nice for the weapons though.  One of the swords actually took an edge as I filed it to remove the mold lines.

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I made considerable progress since the last update.


This guy started getting hands.  I have his fingers done on the one hand but it still needs a thumb and knuckles.  The other hand is ready for the detail overlay.  I may work on him at lunch today.





This one started getting her armor.  I actually got quite into this and worked on her to the exclusion of the other two this weekend.


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I am adapting the armor from ancient Chinese armor designs. It is requiring considerable redesign though since I need to make it fit the turtle anatomy. The one with the sword will also have similar armor.





The belt will have a large buckle in the center and two smaller ones on the hips, fastening it to the shell.  I'm still toying with designs, but will probably go with some sort of Oni or Foo dog face with matching pauldrons like this:





Finally is the fighting monk. 





His outfit will be derived from this:





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I made major progress this weekend. I am shooting to have these guys done by next week at this time.


I ended up cutting off the curved sword fighter's arm, as it was impossible to solder the second blade on without damaging the putty I had already laid down.  I then drilled out a hole for the new arm, soldered the second sword to it, and fit it in place.  I also prepped it so that the arm will be removable when I am done without cutting, since it will need to be to case correctly. I then sculpted the arm muscles.  I didn't get the anatomy quite right in the shoulder of the upper arm, but I'm not concerned as that will be completely covered by armor.







I sculpted the hands on the monk.  I left his forearms a bit skinny as he will have cloth wrappings over them and if I sculpted the arms to full size it would end up too bulky when finished.  I then started his robes, which are a piece of cloth looped around his back and will cross in front of him draping behind each leg.  A sash will wrap his center.  This is my first attempt at the back section of this.  I went WAY overboard with it and will be pealing this off and trying again.  It is just too much material on his back and looks...wrong.





I got some more work done on the armor of the single sword fighter.  It still needs the helm, pauldrons, buckle, belt and sash shell attachment points, armor straps, and scabbard and belt pouch.



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I worked on the monk last night.  All that I have left on him is his arm wraps and a sheath for the butterfly swords on his back.





I also had a good conversation with my client.  We are planing on running a KS with these guys after the new year, but I need at least 9 of them for that.  At this point, we want to hit the major character classes.  Here are the ideas I have so far for those:


Spell Caster Pack


- Druid, nude, but with a bonsai growing on her back.  I'll probably have her talking to a bird or something and wearing one of these hats:





- Cleric, likely in a meditation pose of some sort with prayer sheets tacked to the shell.

- Mage, Not sure but it will be wearing one of these:





Other Pack:


- Rogue, not sure on this one...ninja maybe? ::P:

- Bard, playing a bamboo flute

- ???? (Not sure yet on the last one, but I have time as I won't be hitting this one until this autumn)

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Mage suggestion:




Definitely the hat!!

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a drumplayer or a bell ringer?

chinese traditional wedding gear is pretty cool- you could do a noble or a courtesan-type character in fancy dress.

baby turtle?

does alchemist count?  something with potions and shrunken heads or something weird like that

bouncer? with crossed arms

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20 minutes ago, haldir said:

Mage suggestion:




Definitely the hat!!




18 minutes ago, Corporea said:

chinese traditional wedding gear is pretty cool- you could do a noble or a courtesan-type character in fancy dress.



I like this, but adapting it to the shell will be tricky....hmmm...

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