Saturday, July 15, 2017

Back from WME

World Model Expo was great. Busy, tiring, but great. I took some classes, saw some friends, and this happened:

That's a bronze for the diorama. Considering the level of competition, I'm very happy with that.

I have some commissions to work on for a while, so posts will be fewer for a few weeks. But I do intend to get back to finishing things that I left half done to concentrate on the diorama. It'll also be time to start on my ReaperCon piece soon. Here's a preview of that:

That's just the start of layout. It's going to be the dancing girl on some kind of cobblestone or maybe dirt street, with a bowl for collecting coins. I need to cut the base off her and get a bowl. That one came from the Twisting Catacombs scenery kickstarter, but it's too big. The thing has a diameter wider than her hips! So, I'll need to sculpt a bowl, probably. I also need to decide if that's the right size base.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Diorama: Done!

All done, and with almost a whole week to spare!

I don't anticipate doing another project of this size for a while. Glad I did it, learned a lot and I'm pretty happy with the result (though it has flaws that I'll need to keep in mind and address in the next one). But I'm looking forward to getting back to smaller, faster projects for a while.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Oscar: Done!

I've finished up Oscar the Cat. Next time I'll place him on the diorama, and then that whole piece will be done. Finally. Yay! It's been a good experience and I've learned a lot, but I'm ready to be done.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Oscar: Fur, Shading and Highlighting

I did the fur texture, shading, and highlighting on Oscar's body today. I actually got a lot farther than I expected to. The idea was to put some fur texture on everywhere with a slightly lighter color, and then add additional texture and shadow by adding additional small strokes of a darker color. Same for highlights, just with a lighter color.

I'm not displeased with the results, though I think the first side came out better than the second. That's unfortunate because it's the 'outside' side, the side his head is turned away from, that's going to be more visible.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Diorama: Oscar

Here's Oscar. If he comes out reasonably well, he's the last bit for the diorama.

It's not going to be easy - I plan to try texturing his fur, which is going to be a lot of work and may not come out at all.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Diorama: Bits

Yes, it has been a while. I've been on vacation for a couple weeks. As usual, Origins was a lot of fun!

I've started adding bits and details to the diorama. New today is the cup, the drops of wine, and the sword leaning against the wall. I'm going to add some vases, and maybe a cat.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Diorama: Placing Barbarian Barbie

With Barbarian Barbie finished, I put in her place in the diorama today. I did also re-do her sword and I'm happier with it now.

Her feet aren't even, so I need to go back and try to put some putty under her back foot because right now it's floating a bit, which is never good.

But with her in place, all the major parts of the diorama are together. Now I just need to add a few details here and there.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

BB: Done!

I'm not thrilled with everything on her; in particular I don't much like the sword. But time's running out, so I'm calling her done.

Friday, June 2, 2017

BB: Armor

Worked on shading and highlighting on her armor. The sections on her legs are done, apart from any tweaking I may (or may not) decide to do. I also did shading on one of her shoulders.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

BB: Orc Head

I didn't feel up to working on all that armor today, so I did the orc head instead. I thought about grossing it up a bit, but decided that would probably not add anything and be more of a distraction.

Monday, May 29, 2017

BB: Jewelry, Armor

Finished off the gold bits and base coated the armor. I'm hoping to be done with her by the end of next weekend. I feel like I'm making good progress.

It's unfortunate that the main view of her will be from the back, as it's not the best angle for her.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

BB: Clothes, Leather, Gold

Shaded and highlighted her outfit today. Also figured out why her face looked off - forgot eyebrows again. So I put those in and also deepened the shadows on her cheeks a bit. I also did the leather bits and the base coat of the gold areas. I see from the pictures I missed the edge of one of those and will have to go back to it.

She's coming along. Not as fast as I'd like, but they never do.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

BB: Eyes, Hair, Clothes

Gave Barbarian Barbie eyes, did her hair, and started on her clothes...such as they are. I'm pretty happy with the hair, for once. Her face looks weird in this picture, though.

Friday, May 26, 2017

BB: Skin shading and highlighting, face

Finished the shading on Barbarian Barbie and put on highlights. Also moved on to her face, but didn't finish the eyes. That means she looks a little...odd. I'm pretty happy with her skin, but may go back and add a couple brighter highlights in a few limited places.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Barbarian Barbie: Shading Skin

Started the first round of shading her skin. I wanted to get farther, but while I was putting in the shadows the hole under her sword arm was driving me nuts, so I stopped to try filling it with a couple dabs of glue. Then while I was holding her upside down so the glue would stay put while it set, she fell and her sword broke off again. I had to glue that back on too. Then I had to clean up and smooth up the glue spots...

She's not a terrible cooperative figure so far.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Diorama: Putting it together

With the king done, tonight I put together the diorama pieces that are done. That was the club, the mounted heads, and the king himself. This was stressful, as an errant drop of glue or a failure to get something straight before the glue set could have ruined the whole piece. I think I made it through OK, though, and here's the result.

I'm pretty excited to see it coming together.

I also started working on the other main figure for this diorama, who I am calling Barbarian Barbie:

Once I started painting her, it became clear this figure has more issues than I thought. There are some other gaps I should have filled with green stuff. They're not visible unless you hold her upside down, though, so I'm going to leave it and hope for the best. I also found more surface roughness which I tried to cover with sealer.

Then there's her outfit, which is highly, highly improbable. I didn't notice until I started painting her that there's absolutely nothing holding that bra in place. So, I'm just calling her Barbarian Barbie and having a good laugh.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

King: Done!

I don't love that sword, but I'm still calling him done. I'm going to give him a once-over tomorrow for any cleanup, then put sealer on him, then start putting stuff together on the throne. It'll be nice to see everything starting to come together.

Finishing him means it's time to move on to the other main figure. I put her together today. Normal I think I'd have chosen to leave the arms off, as having them in place is going to make for a couple tricky spots for painting. However, there were gaps that were going to need to be handled. I suspect the mold she came out of was a little on the older, more worn side, so some of the edges are a little soft and the pieces didn't go together completely snug (though I've seen worse). So, I took care of that. You can see the green stuff around the shoulders. Next for her will be primer.

Oh. Her sword broke off too, so I had to fix that as well, too. I didn't line the blade and hilt up quite right, so that's going to look a little funny.

Friday, May 19, 2017

The King: leather highlights, sword

Put a lighter round of highlights on the leather, and then went on to the gold on parts of the sword.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The King: Highlighting Leather

First round of highlights on the leather. I need to do a second round of lighter highlights. Then it'll be on to the metals.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The King: Shading Leather

Not much difference visible in the pictures tonight. I put a bit of highlight on the dark bits of his armor, and shaded the rest. It's pretty much dark against dark, but once I put the highlights on it'll start to show up.

I'm hoping to be done with him by the end of the weekend. If I am, I think that puts me in decent shape as far as finishing on time. I'll still have to keep at it, but I'll just have one major component left to do. That last figure is pretty complicated, though, and will take longer than this guy.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The King: highlighting kilt, leather

It's funny how much faster it is to highlight something when you only have to do the front half. Putting the highlights on his kilt went really quick, so I also got to base coat all the leather bits.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The King: Shading Kilt

It's soooo much easier to shade something when it's sculpted with such deep folds that they're basically all deep shadow.

Hopefully I'll finish up the kilt with highlights tomorrow.