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Good. Ness. Gracious! I've been busy!   On my last post, she still needed a tree trunk, an arm, both hands, a sword, and a head. I was doing a little bit every day, so nothing really stood o

We'll focus on the left mini for this post. She is a mini for a good friend because she does good things.     I planned to make her with Green Stuff because I was going to be periodically ho

Hi all! Most of the Randomness thread folks noticed that this chatterbox wasn't around much last year. 2018 was spent working on my brain. I think I made a lot of progress so hopefully that means I ge

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On 4/7/2019 at 11:24 PM, Rigel said:

This is fantastic work! Love the posture on Adaya there. 

How did you do that sweet chainmail? Was it a texture stamp, superhuman craftsmanship, or sorcery? 

Thanks! I'm not sure I would explain it very well over text, but I did find this tutorial online that is super similar! 



11 hours ago, Rainbow Sculptor said:

That chainmail looks familiar, did Bob Rodolfi teach you chainmail?!

Yup! That was during our class with him! That means I kinda successfully did it then  :D

I think the chains are a tad big, but I haven't made a nice curvy tool for it yet.

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1 hour ago, Morihalda said:

Thanks! I'm not sure I would explain it very well over text, but I did find this tutorial online that is super similar! 



Yup! That was during our class with him! That means I kinda successfully did it then  :D

I think the chains are a tad big, but I haven't made a nice curvy tool for it yet.


I think Bob taught everyone how to do chain mail, or at least taught those who taught everyone else. :lol:

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Good. Ness. Gracious! I've been busy!


On my last post, she still needed a tree trunk, an arm, both hands, a sword, and a head. I was doing a little bit every day, so nothing really stood out for a post. And then she was done..... 


The tree trunk was initially done in Beesputty, but I made some of the roots too little and fragile. I kept the majority of it Beesputty and crumbled off the thinner parts, redoing them in Green Stuff. I was really happy with it and I completely forgot to snap a close up photo.


It took a few attempts to make the giant sword. I combined 50% Apoxie Sculpt and 50% Procreate for a stronger, sandable material. Each time, I did one half of the sword on a very smooth, lubricated surface, let cure, sand, did the other half, let cure, sand....


I finally made one I was happy with, though of course now I see issues with it close up in a photo. :lol: I put the cured blade in a pin vise to sculpt the crossguard(?). I shaped her hand wire into a hook in which the sword can nest. It's removable for safer shipping and so she can paint under it. Her shoulder keeps it from falling down the back and the hook keeps it from lifting up in the front.



Then I spent about 2 weeks working on the head. A new head every day.... These are all done in Beesputty. This is a practice thread so you guys get to see the ugly bits! I still have some dignity, though. You don't get to see my head "attempts" in Procreate. ::P: 



Several times, I made one I could deal with and improve upon, but my hands would get too shaky and I would goof things up, like dropping it on the carpet (the left and center mini are the same face, before and after the carpet) or my thumb brushing up against the face. :( 



Here's Adaya, completed. It's the best I could do last month and I know with practice, I can do better this month. But I do eventually need to mail things out, so she was sent to her new home last Monday! Apart from a couple animals I've done, she is my 3rd finished humanoid!



It's time to start packing for our move, so my sculpting this month will be minimal practicing bits. Hopefully I can get some time in on painting Ma'al and sculpting my Kiara!

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52 minutes ago, Rainbow Sculptor said:

This looks so great!! The posture, expression, textures, just everything. Great job!!

You are so good to me, friend! T_T I know there's a lot I need to work on but I appreciate nice words LOL. It's been a good day so I started working on Kiara's legs and her cute little boots. :)

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Next project of 2019 - Kiara and her little griffon buddy, Tierney.


Kiara is my hexblade warlock that I modeled off of my Guild Wars 2 character, Kiara Foster. She's excellent at hiding her emotions, she's tired of people looking over her (emotionally and physically - she's only 5 feet tall), and she's willing to do almost anything to uncover her family history. If you like to attach music to characters, this song came out the day we started our campaign. It's perfect for her currently unsettled mood, ha. But it's so hard to play her!! It has been super fun to weave between her active story in our campaign and a few bits from her life in GW2, though. Her family history is from her namesake 10 generations ago in Guild Wars 1, Kiara Jihn.


She's Portuguese, so I went for high cheekbones, deep eyes, and wide jawline.

It's hard to portray different ethnicities in most games and at mini scale, but I love this world so I do my best!

Portugal worked out surprisingly well since I was initially going to work off the Iberian montante.



Her solid, defensive pose was nice but I love how aggressively birds dive. I wanted the two of them to be working together, so I dropped the defense and realism and went for "magical throwy sword fun time." I recorded my favorite attack of hers and grabbed a screenshot for the pose. It won't match perfectly since body parts tend to get stretched around to make the animations look good.



It took me about 2 hours for the armature, the too-tiny ribcage (I was running out of putty), and the pelvis. I stuck the extra wire of the right leg into the cork because I figured it would help keep the mini steady while I sculpted. I also need to bend her back at the hips a tiny bit after the putty cures. I hope to get Tierney started this week but it might not happen.



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Holy moly, none of us thought about just how big a griffon is, even a baby.


Based on some minis on hand, I figure I've got a really big fledgling, a juvenile, and an adult sketched out here.


Sculpting immature birds could be fun and headache-inducing with their feathery fluffiness and changing to weird proportions.


I think I'll do the middle one to save me some stress. He'll have larger claws, paws, and bill. Add some fluff....


Edit: Even the middle one looks gigantic next to Kiara. I might do an even smaller fledgling that is just Trying His Best. 

Image result for tiny bird fear me

Text on animal photos.... What year is this?!


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Maybe Tierney is a Golden Eagle / Bobcat sized Griffon. Where the Golden Eagle’s Head is actual size, the bobcat part is about 18 pounds out of what would be a 40 pound cat, and therefore not arbitrarily Huge™️ DnD size. 

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30 minutes ago, TGP said:



Maybe Tierney is a Golden Eagle / Bobcat sized Griffon. Where the Golden Eagle’s Head is actual size, the bobcat part is about 18 pounds out of what would be a 40 pound cat, and therefore not arbitrarily Huge™️ DnD size. 


That's true! He could be from a species that doesn't get as big as the adult griffon I have. My references for him are falcons for diving, but ravens and panthers for the characteristics. My current issue is that baby size is still huge, and sculpting any smaller will be painful. It's making my head hurt haha.

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5 hours ago, AuralEntropy said:

Some amazing sculpting work. Definitely looking forward to seeing more of your work. Gives me hope of improving my own skills.


Thank you! That is the point of my thread - we all start somewhere!


I hoped that showing a peek into all the ugly practice it takes to improve an art skill would make some folks feel like it's a bit more of an attainable goal. :)

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