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Subject: The things I do: Part 1, sculpting a dwarf and adding a dragon, or two...
Last exam starts in 30minutes. Should go well hopefully, almost missed it as my girlfriend was convince it would be tomorrow
The others all went well enough.
And yes, I was surprised too, but at least I have you for company! The dwarf will definitely be a display piece with a special place in my heart.
@facelyss: it definitely is fun and challenging but also very rewarding!
@Syro: now I’m done with all exams, I think I passed all!
Alright, I swear this time he’s really done
After doing some minor work on the small dragons head I had a look at him again. And for some reason he didn’t seem quite finished anymore and I realized that his right shoulder looked tiny compared to his left (due to his new companion). So I quickly came up with a design for a shoulder blade (cookies to whoever guesses the inspiration) and went to work.
I have to say I’m happy with how it turned out, gives him a bit of a gladiator feel. But now I’m really done with him. I took him off his egg and he now sits on my desk making me happy
Oh and there not be much going on here until I’m back in Germany in roughly two weeks. Thanks again for all the feedback and I’ll hopefully see you back again in two weeks
I have some more pictures in the spoiler for anyone interested, but first let’s take a trip down memory lane:
This pretty much sums up the entire process of sculpting him. I quite like the layout of these and will probably keep using them for future projects as well.
But now to the final result! I hope you guys like him as much as I do.
Such awesome work, it's been really enjoyable watching the whole process of you making him. This sculpt definitely deserves a special place in your heart. Congratulations on finishing the exams, and I'm glad you think you did pretty well. Are you excited to be on your way home soon?
I agree with facelyss, it's so great watching this sculpt from start to finish, I hope you have plans for more like this when you get home. Also congratulations on getting to page 2 of the blog.
Thanks! Maybe page two will help in getting more people to come around
I am looking forward to going back home (although my apartment is rented out for another month, so I’ll stay with a friend first). Been in Australia since February and while it’s a nice country the Uni kept me quite busy. Now at least I habe two more weeks of vacation and then it’s over.
And don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of projects to do when I get back home. I have some unfinished ones lying around such as a Fateweaver conversion based on the Balrog, Truescale Abbadon and many more in my head. Oh and I already have the shadspire box waiting for me when I get back, so there’ll be some painting on that as well.
So, I know I said I’d be quiet for a while.... Well it turns out I still have a bit of GS left and now I actually have loads of time. So I thought why not use it. I did a few more heads, a hand and then carved a sword out of a coffee stick. But then I needed someone to hold that sword, so this happened:
Thanks Syro, just keep practicing and playing around! It’s the best way to get better
And I’ll throw these in here. Got done with my the sword an shield guy and did some more work on the spear one.
Due do these being extremely tiny I probably have enough GS to make a third one.
I’m thinking either an archer or a wizard? I already started on a little bow but now I’m leaning more towards a wizard...
What do you guys think?
Thanks monkeytroll! If there’s ever any questions on anything I’d be happy to throw together a tutorial too
I got the spear brother done today, not 100% sold on the hand as the spear looks like it’s floating in it but oh well. Packed him up and he’s done!
I also started work on the wizard and all that’s left to do is to finish his hood and arms. The left arm will get a bit of fire in its hand
Hope you guys like it and as always, let me know what you think!
That would explain a lot! But don't worry I've been there too, just grab some putty and start pushing it around. You'll be surprised how quickly you can achieve decent results!
Although I have to say I don't think I ever used it to fill gaps
And this truly is the last update from Australia! I finished the mage and this now brings the group to three members. I quite like his pose and how the fire turned out. He doesn’t really have a left hand but I kind of picture him to be able to turn into a fire daemon. This means I don’t have to do a hand and I also have a few nice modeling ideas for the future
The fire looks good, and these models are impressively small from that shot on top of the coin. Are the meant for a certain game? And do the fit a scale of one you play?
Also congratulations on going back home, I'm looking forward to what you create from Germany.
Thanks Syro! They are quite small, I’d say as tall as a SM leg
They don’t really have a purpose, I had no game in mind and just wanted to play around with the rest of the GS that I had.
And now I’m back! Unfortunately not at my place as that is still rented out for the month. I did manage to make a supply run to my basement tho. I picked up some paints and most importantly sculpting supplies (I grabbed all the putty but somehow missed most of my tools).
I landed on Wednesday and had to go to work on Thursday :(
Nevertheless I have been quite busy!
Let’s start with an old project of mine that I found laying around, it’s roughly 50% done as only the fingers aren’t baked yet.
Again, this was just me fooling around trying out things for learnings sake.
Then my newest project which I have started last night at 2am
And since my buddy has ordered the shadespire box as well as the sepulchral guard here’s some unpacking, building and spraying pictures.
And finally, because I was so damn productive yesterday until 2am, the first of the skeletons is already painted! I’m not the greatest painter but I prefer the results to unicolored plastic
All in all I’d say this wasn’t to bad for one afternoon of work
I'm looking forward to when you'll be 100% back home, but I'm glad you're finding time to do some much even with being back at work so quickly. Those little cloaked guys you made, really seem like they should be for a team based dungeon crawl, like Hero Quest, Gauntlet, or the like. I doubt you have time, but it would be fun to create something like that for them. The hand looks good equal parts creepy and cool. Reminds me of a combination of Pan's Labyrinth, and that character from Naruto who uses explosive clay. The second clay guy, looks robotic, I'm looking forward to seeing what it becomes. Nice job and the skeleton too. I wish I was as productive as you were, now that I'm studying far from home. I'm so tired and busy, and most of all don't feel any inspiration.
Don’t worry Syro, I’m not always this productive . But I do know what you mean, it seems you always have the best ideas when you’re away from your supplies. Glad you like the hand and yes a small scale game would be great for them. They kind of remind me of the wizards from the PC game Magicka. Who knows what the future holds for them.
And now on to updates! I have been quite busy again. So let’s start with the start of a true scale Abbadon conversion, seeing how he’s achieving more things now I thought it online fair for him to get his unique upsized miniature from me. The legs are obviously fixed in place but everything else can still be moved. I’m not to happy with the fist/soon to be claw arm tho, any better ideas for it? And what do you think of the general pose?
Our next candidate will be the not quite that robotic new guy from the last updat. I will give an old idea of mine a new shot, as the old one never got done due to massive setbacks (the picture isn’t even how far he got, he had one massive wing already sculpted too. Oh well...). It should turn at some point into a Khorne DP in terminator armor, inspired by KrautScientists Eternal Hunt (specifically his leader Lorimar). I just love the models and fluff that he comes up with! The last picture shows a scale shot next to my old versions torso, as you can see it was waaaaaay oversized too .
And then we also have another update from out Shadespire friends, now with the first of the stormcast finished too. I went with the classic gold and blue as I think it’ll look great on the table. Probably wouldn’t paint an army in that colour tho. The last picture is a, I think well deserved, scale shot of our little minions. Just to show how tiny they really are .
And last but definitely not least I have finished the hand. I’m especially pleased with the veiny back and the face in the front. The fingers are alright, but not quite at the same level. I might slap some paint on it in the near future too, but I only have bone colors, no actual skin tones. Ah well
As always let me know what you think! Looking forward to some feedback on my WIPs.
i'm hoping that cork is enormous, otherwise that's crazy how much detail you got on the hand. The daemon prince is definitely looking much less robotic, very sweet sword he's holding, did you make that? Also you are so right about those little guys you made looking like they are the wizards from Magicka! As for Abbadon, I really like how dynamic you made the sword arm. I'm don't know if it's just the picture, but to me it looks like he's pointing with his powerfist slightly to the left of where he's looking. I think it would look good if you could get the arm or head positioned to seem to be looking and pointing in the exact same position.
Keep up the good work
The hand is about 3cm tall, so not to tiny . The sword was carved out of plasticard, though I might not end up using it as I won’t be able to bake it. Abbadon is still in its baby shoes, neither the arms nor the head are glued in place yet. I mainly just stick them there so that I won’t loose them . I do see your point though, rest assured it will be changed.
Today I only have a small update for you. I started another sword for the DP, as I might need to bake it with the rest of the model. I’ll throw it in the oven tonight and then file it into its final shape.
The other update is more progress on the Shadespire war bands. I managed to finish the skeletons over the weekend, this means that for now only the Khorne boys are left unfinished. Unfortunately for me my buddy has already ordered the Orks as well...
Guess there’ll be more painting to do
I have good (or bad, depending on how you look at it) news! I have reached out to KrautScientist and he has agreed to work on my DP version of Lorimar together. For me this means, that I can practice working towards a specific goal and according to someone else’s ideas. For you guys this most likely means that progress on the DP will slow down a little bit. Still, I’m stoked about this
To make up for this, I started another project. This one has to be done until Christmas as I want it to be a present to a friend of mine. I asked him to come up with a few ideas for a board game (because he wants to create one with me) and he answered “chainsaw hamsters Vs laser dolphins”.
So I’ll make a little diorama of exactly that
This is only the early stage, I’m blocking out most of the space with aluminum foil in order to save on putty and also to reduce weight.
Alright, I managed to put in some more work on my little diorama. I think it’s coming along quite lovely
I covered the aluminum foil with a layer of milliput terracotta (it’s not that great for sculpting but it’s rather cheap, I’ve yet to try mixing it with GS and trying out then). The ground of the diorama was then textured with a simple stamp made from crumpled up foil. The dolphin got his fins and the hamster got a bit of bulk around his torso.
I think the hamster will need quite a bit of work in order to turn him into something that actually resembles a hamster. The dolphin on the other hand is already recognizable.
Now our little hamster friend will have chainsaws as his front arms/legs starting right at the shoulder with the mechanical parts. With the dolphin I’m unsure what the best way would be to add lasers, my ideas so far have been:
1. Lasers shooting from its eyes
2. Lasers mounted on his fins
3. Lasers mounted on his head
What are your thoughts on this?
Are you thinking of these animals as being more cyborg like with these weapons installed, Or more holding them? I suggest you looks at pictures of the old 80s cartoon called 'Dinorider" if you want some inspiration. I'm looking forward to seeing more
oh wow, I didn't realize the chainsaw hamster would be cutting into the laser dolphin, you don't like things to be easy do you? I expected them to be charging each other but not having come in contact yet. I'm looking forward to your continued progress, it's moving along quickly.
Hey insaniak, welcome to the party! Glad you like it and the harness is currently the most likely option.
I have a few more updates for you guys. I gave both the dolphin and the hamster a first layer of bakable putty and then started working on our hamster friend. Definitely happy with how he’s looking so far, quite a bit more like a hamster I’d say. He’s still far from done though and not yet baked. The face is only roughed in and the fur still needs finishing touches as well.
Hey guys, quick update. It’s not really anything I did but I just had to share it.
My personal winner of „Not my f****** job“ for not ringing the doorbell when delivering packages goes to the person who delivered my Matte Lack spray! Im sure the 35 degrees blazing sunshine were no issue at all for it
Anyway, work on the hamster is slow as the putty almost melts off the armature with our current tropical climate here in Germany. I did receive some skin tones though so I’ll probably get around to finishing the Khorne band for Shadespire soon.