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Mossbeard Arm Reversal Conversion

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  While I love the Mossbeard Treeman figure from the Bones 4 Kickstarter, it always bothered me a little that his arms, as sculpted, grew from narrower at the shoulder to thicker at the wrist.  This just looked unnatural to me since both branches and arms tend to grow from thicker at the shoulders to thinner near the ends.

 

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So this week I began working n revering his arms, so they would connect to his body in a more natural, to my eye, arrangement.

 

I began by slicing off the existing  external connector pegs.  This was made easier by soaking them in boiling water for 30-40 seconds (As Ed Pugh suggested to do with the Chicken Hut legs on a recent Reaper Live), after which it was a breeze to slice right through them.

 

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Test fitting.

 

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I then glued the pegs I had cut off back into the holes they were intended to go into to full those holes.  After the glue was set, I drilled some holes in the shoulder connections to peg them with sections of doweling.  After that, I glued the hands to the new wrist joints.  

 

My next step is to blend the hands to the wrists  with some greenstuff, and then I'll glue the arms in place.

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I'll have to follow this one - can't wait to see how it turns out. 

I felt the same way when I first saw it, but I decided that I could live with it - if anything, i'll call him an Oak Golem or something like that. 

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20 minutes ago, kristof65 said:

I'll have to follow this one - can't wait to see how it turns out. 

I felt the same way when I first saw it, but I decided that I could live with it - if anything, i'll call him an Oak Golem or something like that. 

 

...OR you could name him Popeye the Treeman. 

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I've been working on the arms some more the past few days.  I got the hands glued to the new wrists, and when the glue was set, used green stuff to hide and blend the joints.

 

 I also used some of the extra green stuff to blend the joint between the body and head a little.

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Looking good.

I find it ironic that you're using wooden dowels to pin together a plastic model of being that is essentially supposed to be made of wood. 

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3 hours ago, kristof65 said:

Looking good.

I find it ironic that you're using wooden dowels to pin together a plastic model of being that is essentially supposed to be made of wood. 

 

 

Thanks, kristof65!    An interesting point! I can now say my Mossbeard contains 2% real wood! ::):

 

I didn't have any wire that I felt was thick and strong enough to use for pinning, so decided on using the dowels; figuring they'd be thick enough to offer good support for the arms.

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Last night and this morning I glued the arms to the body; first one then the other.  Now I just need to blend the shoulder joints.  

 

 Really happy with how it is looking so far.

 

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Sat down this afternoon and blended the shoulder joints with some greenstuff. 

 

Next step is to prep a CD base and glue the feet to it.  Then nothing left but the painting! 

 

 

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This morning I primed his CD base and, when dry, I glued him to it.  That finishes the conversion and assembly phase.  He now joins his fellow Bones 4 models in the painting queue...  

Next time he makes an appearance will be in the Show Off section.

 

 

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The best conversions IMHO are the ones  where

1) you can't tell the figure  wasn't molded that way and

2) ones where the final result looks better or more interesting than the original.

   You have succeeded on both, congrats

 

on a side note- they really should have called this one Wood Golem instead of "Tree man".

 

does anyone know if these KS4's are even being sculpted by the known artists or starting life  straight from  some Plastic moulding  factory in Asia? 

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4 hours ago, Fencig said:

The best conversions IMHO are the ones  where

1) you can't tell the figure  wasn't molded that way and

2) ones where the final result looks better or more interesting than the original.

   You have succeeded on both, congrats

 

on a side note- they really should have called this one Wood Golem instead of "Tree man".

 

does anyone know if these KS4's are even being sculpted by the known artists or starting life  straight from  some Plastic moulding  factory in Asia? 

 

 

Wow, thanks for the kind words, Fencig!  

 

Yes, it is a bit more golem looking than a true Ent. 

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