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Hunter Rose

1/6 Spacebase 2000 Inspired Astronaut Sculpt

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Right! New year and back sculpting! I've made a start on the tentacle vines going around the feet, just been smoothing over and strategically positioning the ones on the right foot to cover the almighty crack there

 

39518526861_96caf01d2a_c.jpg20180102_133726 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

39518525991_2644594927_c.jpg20180102_134106 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

39518524241_692a389c5d_c.jpg20180103_133626 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

24650554377_f29b854094_c.jpg20180103_134433 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

39488094542_7437b0bcaa_c.jpg20180103_134446 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

39518515231_8875874f19_c.jpg20180104_132340 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

39488082822_11c1cf5973_c.jpg20180104_132733 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

27741955909_e27d8f085d_c.jpg20180104_132740 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

And I filled the final gap on the base with some more vines, once I've worked out whats covered and whats not I'll start on some detail work on them.

 

39488059182_40c3e260f3_c.jpg20180105_133653 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Want to make a start on one of the closed buds of the alien plant, so I've used tightly compacted foil wrapped in wire for support and to bulk it out.

 

38622379575_10779171ff_c.jpg20180105_134105 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

39518501801_16ed51e21a_c.jpg20180105_134353 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Next up I'll continue with that and look and start similar support bulking out of the other flower bits.

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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Cheers Brian :)

 

I've made a start shaping out the small closed flower bud with sculpey.

 

I started by rolling some sculpey into a thin strip and wrapping it around the wire support frame

 

25773243198_41207694c3_c.jpg20180111_133901 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Then I used my fingers and tools to really squash it in around the base making sure its tightly on the wire with no gaps.

 

39614758472_4a5e189a57_c.jpg20180111_134005 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Then I covered the top bit and worked the shape a bit more.

 

38936329994_5a0e85ca91_c.jpg20180111_134602 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Next up I'll start adding the details, these will be opening up into three gruesome petals so I'll have to section it into thirds and add some lip details on the joins.

 

I'm also going to try something new, I want to add some vein details to the petals and the nest way to do that is rolling thin sausages and then brushing over surgical spirit (which dissolves sculpey for smoothing and making "slip") to blend it on. Thats how people get veins in muscles when sculpting, so i'm looking forward to giving it a go.

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

 

 

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Just a quickie, been working on the bud again in my lunch break.

 

Added a bit more sculpey to bulk out the middle a bit and smoothed it over a bit

 

25777895698_668c83ae9b_c.jpg20180112_131641 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
39649815951_a67900260f_c.jpg20180112_131646 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
27871716649_3033426874_c.jpg20180112_131905 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
24780793137_d0138969b3_c.jpg20180112_132324 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
39619274332_59be1739bd_c.jpg20180112_132849 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

And I've marked out the petal separation, and rolled some clay to blend in as a thicker lip detail.

 
25777870658_08f4566bbf_c.jpg20180112_133450 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
38753061885_a4937d13b9_c.jpg20180112_133458 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
24780777127_a64b0ffa49_c.jpg20180112_133906 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
39649799821_d24da7fdca_c.jpg20180112_134409 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
27871702079_b684f8c9ce_c.jpg20180112_134549 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
38753042315_0d63feb3ae_c.jpg20180112_134559 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Didn't get a chance to use any surgical spirit but thats the plan next time, when I'll add the other lip bits and start putting some veins onto the surface.

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

 

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On 1/12/2018 at 4:24 PM, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

This is looking great so far. Keep up the great work.

 

On 1/13/2018 at 3:45 AM, GMK said:

Great to see more progress on this. 

 

Thanks guys, I'm trying my best to keep the ball rolling with this project :)

 

Right so I got the rest of the lip detail on all the petal edges of the bud I'm working on, again just rolling thin bits and using a flat tool to smooth one edge to blend it onto the petal.

 

27948834649_f04aa08d84_c.jpg20180115_131154 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
27948830709_b31a5141b0_c.jpg20180115_133631 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
39018380304_098bfe9aab_c.jpg20180115_134016 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
39696656802_91b524975d_c.jpg20180115_134657 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
38829498035_4626f79c02_c.jpg20180115_134707 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 

Then I got out the surgical spirit to try out some smoothing with


39696650032_9ca8961afd_c.jpg20180116_131938 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

So I brushed it over to smooth away all tooling marks and where it was still a bit rough, in all honesty just to see how it behaves as I've never actually used it and it actually works really well. In the same way you would use water with clay this is what you can use to smooth and blend bits with polymer clay like sculpey.
 
24858317987_4b8c14bdc1_c.jpg20180116_133856 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
24858315837_9571a9aa14_c.jpg20180116_133914 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

And as you can see I also added a bit of extra detail around the lip, which I'm not entirely sure I'm happy with but I'll see how it grows on me.

 

Next up I'll add some more little roots around the base to blend it in so it looks less "stuck on" and I'll add some spherical growths to help with the alien look! I'll probably start detailing all the roots in that section too just to make a start.

 

The main large flower which will be open right under him will also need an armature sorting out so I'll get going with that too. I haven't bedded any support in for that as I'll do it separately and glue it after baking and painting to make much easier and less fiddly.

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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I know what you mean about the lip detail. Makes it look a bit like a Cornish Pastie.

You were going to change it anyway, you are such a perfectionist...

;o )

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wow - this is coming along nicely once again - I see from your pictures that there is another use in life for Nitty-Nora the head expolorer's comb ... !

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19 minutes ago, John_W said:

I know what you mean about the lip detail. Makes it look a bit like a Cornish Pastie.

You were going to change it anyway, you are such a perfectionist...

;o )

 

:lol: it does! Yeah screw it i actually think i preferred it smooth with no detail, more plant-like that way i think :)

 

17 minutes ago, Gimme Shelter said:

wow - this is coming along nicely once again - I see from your pictures that there is another use in life for Nitty-Nora the head expolorer's comb ... !

Cheers Gimme! Yeah its a great and inexpensive tool for raking :D

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Just a quick update, I've now removed the cornish pasty edges from the plant bud. I brushed some surgical spirit on to get it soft and then used a ball stylus to effectively "rub it out"

 

38845782235_0c5e065987_c.jpg20180117_132016 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

And I made a quick start on some smaller roots coming from the bud to tie it in more to the base

 

39034841024_d263c31a0f_c.jpg20180117_133901 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

39034838934_ce311114b5_c.jpg20180117_134254 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

27965247629_2ef567bba5_c.jpg20180117_134556 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Then I added some balls of sculpey as little growths just for a bit of extra detail

 

38845755255_c14f5990cf_c.jpg20180117_134755 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

24874658977_d763aa7d71_c.jpg20180117_134759 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

27965232179_db40653435_c.jpg20180117_134847 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Pretty happy with that, next up I'll add a bit of more detail to the bud and the surrounding roots.

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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looks suitably organic

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2 hours ago, rockpopandchips said:

Aliens pod crossed with the Audrey II, love it. 

:lol: "feed me Ripley, feed me!"

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Right update! So to fight the Audrey-lien look of the carnivorous  flower bud I thought I'd give it some leaf-like veins.

 

Started by rolling some thin tapered sausages of clay and laying them in position.

 

25983157498_bcb0fb4c65_c.jpg20180119_133000 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Then I used one of my tools to press in one side and then the other into the bud to start to carefully blend it in

 

28077037039_6b1ff0392b_c.jpg20180123_130959 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

24985545367_e9e6b4381a_c.jpg20180123_131408 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

39824186992_f0c0460800_c.jpg20180123_132002 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

39824181132_fb05ee7f2c_c.jpg20180123_132311 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Then after that I brushed over some surgical spirit to smooth over the tool marks and further blend them in

 

39856547021_1e5fd4a9b4_c.jpg20180123_132348 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

38957517795_8ceeff14f0_c.jpg20180123_132524 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

25983139218_4eb6bfbb27_c.jpg20180123_132532 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

39824169522_6d70ce5bdb_c.jpg20180123_134217 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

39856536321_32c6442566_c.jpg20180123_134617 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Dont think I've mentioned it but I where I used the surgical spirit to "erase" the awful crimped edge I originally put on has created a much more subtle dimpled edge which I really like, and yeah I feel good about the veins, now to copy it on the other two leaves.

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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Those veins make it very organic. Can picture them pulsing with hunger for a medium rare astronaut.

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6 hours ago, rockpopandchips said:

That has made a massive difference, looks so much more sinister. 

 

Thanks Brian, glad you think so, it definitely was to plain an area to leave blank

 

4 hours ago, John_W said:

Those veins make it very organic. Can picture them pulsing with hunger for a medium rare astronaut.

 

Cheers John, yeah i better hurry up and do his gun so he has protection! :D

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Right so I've added some more veins to the other sides, which I again blended in in the same way by smoothing the edges then brushing over with surgical spirit.

 

39894347001_50ce2ab66e_c.jpg20180124_132023 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
26020667388_d7601b5966_c.jpg20180124_134005 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 

And I whilst I was doing that I grabbed my ball stylus' and added some detail to my little growths on a whim, and was pretty pleased with the result form simply pressing them in to give a dimpled effect (gives it an almost coral look to my eye)


39861514322_1ddd3784ea_c.jpg20180125_130952 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Then carried on blending and added the same detail to the other growths.
 
39861505632_ffdae04b20_c.jpg20180125_131517 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
39894330681_68c4242f46_c.jpg20180125_132127 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
28113365139_0e394181e4_c.jpg20180125_132604 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
26020640888_18e9ac8774_c.jpg20180125_133156 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
39183480324_6ef7636f77_c.jpg20180125_134303 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
39894315951_f3a5098dac_c.jpg20180125_134317 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

So thats one bud done, next up I'll detail some of the vines around the bud and make a start on planning out the position and structure of the main open flower underneath him.

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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just itching to see this masterpiece all painted up and completed

 

such an intriguing subject and build

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Thanks Gimme appreciate the kind words! I must admit its a way off yet but I just cant wait to have a go at painting his face to bring him to life more

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Excellent progress as always - any chance of an overall pic with something alongside for scale reference (bottle of beer, Eiffel Tower, aircraft carrier?)?

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