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Made in us
Nasty Nob





USA

Thanks Pneumo, I've been considering buying the green stuff tube tool. The carapace plates are looking good on the worm.

   
Made in de
Hellacious Havoc





Germany

Well it's certainly been a while once again...
But I've decided to start and share a few projects once again. Special thanks to Syro for checking up on me to see if I'm still kicking around.
Enjoy the pictures of all my current WIPs

First off a sculpting project I started (and almost finished) today (sculpted in Beesputty, so it needs to be baked). It'll either be a stone or an ice golem, not sure yet which one. It mainly needs finishing touches and smoothing.
Spoiler:

Step 1: Rough shape over a wire armature. I added a lot of blobs to bulk up the shape.



Step 2: Blending in all the blobs to get a more complete shape.





Step 3: Adding more blobs of clay and blending them in until I was happy with the shape. Then I carved in sections for the individual stones. I'll refine the shapes and smooth everything out before baking him. The plan is to sculpt him in one baking session.




And then I did a bit of painting on some Tau inspired models. The goal here is to create a small and diverse Kill Team ready to take on any task. (I have some more basic Tau laying around and a few old school Stealth suits, might convert up a crisis suit as a leader)
Spoiler:

Melee focused Tau Auxilliary




Test Kroot model, although I didn't use the scheme any further



Human Auxilliary, more tank focused with the shield



First Tau model, although I still need to glue it up and pin it to the base


Kroot with bow and the paint scheme I settled on





And a group shot of all the finished models




That's it for today, I'll keep you guys posted as soon as I get some more work done.
As always, let me know what you think

Have a look at my scupting blog The things I do  
   
Made in hk
Nasty Nob





USA

Nice! I've been looking forward to this post. It's nice to see more of the kill team, and your golem is looking very cool!

   
Made in de
Hellacious Havoc





Germany

Thanks Syro
It’s good to be back too, I do still enjoy sculpting quite a bit

So whenever I finish a sculpt or project that I particularly like, I literally take it with me at all times. So when I sat down yesterday to read a bit in the sun I snapped a few pictures of my new favorite sculpt in his natural habitat.





And the proof that he’s with me at all times:
Spoiler:







I also ordered some silicon and resin to try out my hand at casting a miniature and since I really love this guy, I gave it a shot.
In theory these supports should be enough to get resin everywhere, I think, it’s all a guessing game right now.


Turn him upside down to cast, looks like it might work...


Took too long Mixing the silicon, the last bit of it was already kind of solid. Hopefully it won’t show in the cast.


You can clearly see where the silicon was to solid to pour...


Despite initial setbacks, once cleaned up it looks kind of alright


And I managed to retrieve the model, he did receive a few cuts and bruises though


And now last but not least, a first try to cast him. I’ll take pictures as soon as he’s done and upload them





So quite a process to get all that done, I hope he turns out nice and I’ll keep you guys posted

Have a look at my scupting blog The things I do  
   
Made in us
Enigmatic Exalted Daemon





Albany, NY

Good to have you back, dig the golem sculpt and hoping the cast turned out!

KOW BATREPS: BLOODFIRE
INSTAGRAM: @boss_salvage 
   
Made in de
Hellacious Havoc





Germany

Thanks!

I think the cast turned out quite good. It did break on all four limbs though, but nothing a bit of glue and green stuff can’t fix.
The cast had quite a few small bubbles, not sure if it’s the silicon or the resin. I’ll try a different resin later today, that one takes 24h to cure though.
All in all I really like how it turned out, I’ll paint it up as soon as I can





As always, feedback is appreciated!

Have a look at my scupting blog The things I do  
   
Made in hk
Nasty Nob





USA

I can see why you want to cast your golem, it looks like an official miniature you would buy somewhere. I'm glad the cast copy turned out well despite breaking. I don't have any experience casting in resin but I've heard if you vibrate the mold as the resin is setting up it can help get rid of the air bubbles. I don't think you want to try to get some kind of pressure vessel. Do you have any plans to sell your golem in the future?

I like how your favorite sculpts travel around with you. For me, I keep going back and just staring at mine, like "wow, did I really make that?"

   
Made in de
Hellacious Havoc





Germany

For this sculpt the micro bubbles actually add more character to the golem. But I had a few issues with the mold too. I took to long to mix my silicon so I suppose that has something to do with it as well. A pressure pot is not in planning right now, I think I’d only need it if I would cast and sell the minis.
I didn’t plan to sell casts of the golem, however if someone is interested in a cast then I guess I could cast a few models. So if anyone wants a copy just send me a PM, I’m sure we’ll work something out.


The next project, besides painting the cast golem (he’s base coated as of right now), is a friend for him. I found this picture and it looked like a peaceful giant of a golem. It’s a four legged version, so different pose and slightly larger in terms of bulk. I’m terms of height it’s roughly the same.

This is how I started, can you see the similarities already?


Next step was to bulk out the model, again with beesputty. Still doesn’t look like much, does it?


And this is the current stage, once everything is blended together it actually kind of resembles a miniature at this point.



I’ll try to cast him up as well and then see what else I can add to the collection. Might do a few different elementals, although I really enjoy the rock sculpting right now.
As always, let me know what you think.

Have a look at my scupting blog The things I do  
   
Made in de
Hellacious Havoc





Germany

I've finished painting the cast golem, quite happy with how he turned out. I did make another cast but the mold leaked, since I forgot to add a rubber band, so the golem is missing his lower legs.

Painted golem:





I've also managed to get the rough shape of the big golem to where I'm happy with it. Now it's just a matter of smoothing out everything and defining all the shapes/ rocks that I want to have.
I am struggling to reach stomach to sculpt there, not sure how to get around that yet since I do want to sculpt him in one baking session.

Big golem:







As always, let me know what you think!

Have a look at my scupting blog The things I do  
   
Made in us
Longtime Dakkanaut






Your golems are great. Excellent work. Look forward to seeing how the new sculpt turns out
   
Made in hk
Nasty Nob





USA

Both the cast and the big golem are looking great. As for being able to sculpt details on the stomach, that's a tough one. You may need to create some custom sculpting tools specially made with the angles you would need to make those hard to reach details?

   
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Norn Iron

Really nice work sculpting and casting. I enjoyed watching the process.

For the stomach, I'd go for two bakes: leave the stomach until you pop it off the cork after the first bake.

   
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Enigmatic Exalted Daemon





Albany, NY

Painted lad looks grand I'm digging where the big 'un is headed, great art inspiration for it.

KOW BATREPS: BLOODFIRE
INSTAGRAM: @boss_salvage 
   
Made in de
Hellacious Havoc





Germany

@youwashock: Thank you very much

@Syro: Thanks! I kind of went with Vermis suggestion and popped him off the cork, but good idea with new tools.

@Vermis: I did go for one bake, but I went with your idea and popped him off the cork. Made it easier to reach everything and didn't distort to much while doing it.

@Boss Salvage: Thank you, was a lot of fun painting them too.


So now, here's everything I did since the last update:

Off the cork, stomach still a mess.


Basically everything done and smoothed out.






Relaxing hot break in the oven


And the final result for now. I have absolutely no clue where the white dots came from, they cleaned up easily with a soft toothbrush, so not really a concern either.
It did have a few minor cracks but all in all went well, nothing a bit of cleanup can't fix. I'll try to finish him up today, bake again tomorrow and then get to casting



As always, let me know what you think

Have a look at my scupting blog The things I do  
   
Made in us
Longtime Dakkanaut






Looks great. They are sort of reminding me of the Shard from VOR, only more friendly.
   
Made in us
Enigmatic Exalted Daemon





Albany, NY

 youwashock wrote:
They are sort of reminding me of the Shard from VOR, only more friendly.
Whooooooa nice callback! I appreciate how much stouter these lads are, as opposed to the stringy Shard sculpts. But yea, good point. Also I liked the VOR factions way too much, for as derpy of a game as it was

KOW BATREPS: BLOODFIRE
INSTAGRAM: @boss_salvage 
   
Made in gb
Buttons Should Be Brass, Not Gold!






Norn Iron

The Beesputty smooths out nice. Did you just use tools for that, or some kind of thinner too?

I like it, kind of reminds me of the rock monster from Galaxy Quest.

   
Made in hk
Nasty Nob





USA

Looks good, I'm glad you went with Vermis' suggestion, it was the better idea

   
Made in de
Hellacious Havoc





Germany

@youwashock: thanks! Took a while until I found out what you were referencing, I’m afraid that was before my time I can’t really see the similarities, but I guess it’s a bit nostalgia too

@Boss Salvage: yes, I wanted to make them quite sturdy

@Vermis: I use both, tools and alcohol as a smoother. I have some pictures below. It smoothies out nicely with just tools though. And I had to look up the rock monster too, I can definitely see the similarities

@Syro: more tools is also never a bad idea




A friend stopped by yesterday and I had to do a bit more at work, so I didn’t get to bake everything yesterday. I did however finish a small elemental to go along with the big guy.
Let me know what kind of element you think it is, that way I can see if I did a good job
It’s baking now, I’ll clean it up later and then post more pictures.
Enjoy!



Tool smoothing:


Smoothed with alcohol and brush:


Have a look at my scupting blog The things I do  
   
Made in us
Enigmatic Exalted Daemon





Albany, NY

I'm gonna say air? Could be water but I'm gonna say the bulges up top are more cloud than surf. Also a side note, there's a real lack of air elementals on the market

KOW BATREPS: BLOODFIRE
INSTAGRAM: @boss_salvage 
   
Made in hk
Nasty Nob





USA

I'm thinking air elemental also. Looks good.

   
 
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