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Hunter Rose

1/6 Spacebase 2000 Inspired Astronaut Sculpt

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Thanks Brian! Yeah im really going to wrap the already baked body well in tinfoil to protect it, thats the bit im worried about

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Right so I started to get a little paranoid that I was going to drop the hands and ruin them, so I decided to just go ahead and cure them.

 

For small bits like these I tend to boil them rather than bake them, the way to go about it is get the water boiling and put them in for 4 minutes, its important not to put them in before its at a full boil as the sculpey can absorb water and fail to cure properly

 

40294740915_6550dd8cd5_c.jpg20180330_145237 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

40477401164_7d87c7a795_c.jpg20180330_145432 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

And I had a plain bit in between the buds at the front, which is also where there is a lump which is the head of one of the support bolts that needs disguising. So I added some more of the spherical coral like growths to the area.

 

26317939027_b52de66512_c.jpg20180402_153916 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

41145696912_0322273748_c.jpg20180402_154354 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

40477381104_944e4fde41_c.jpg20180402_154948 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

26317927737_93069c9f15_c.jpg20180402_155325 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

27316642078_6d57b3bf34_c.jpg20180402_155337 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Then I wanted to add some more of the growths to the back to add more detail, again this was done by rolling balls which are then detailed with various sized ball stylus' to make the dents

 

41190938691_577c47456e_c.jpg20180402_155825 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

41190916831_21e8ae78e1_c.jpg20180402_160125 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

41145665172_d3920e743e_c.jpg20180402_160613 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

40294693125_b34a8d2a64_c.jpg20180402_161048 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

39380178130_7499ca8ba8_c.jpg20180402_161059 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

You may also notice I dragged a wire brush over a lot of the vines just to add a base blanket of texture detail to break up the smoothness.

 

Next up I'll add more details and add the support tentacle that will be reaching up to his thigh.

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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Okay update time! I got the support tentacle sorted, I made a sturdy armature for it with thick wire and brass tube for strength

 

40560439764_be79601399_c.jpg20180403_132331 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

I pushed it into where I wanted it to go to make sure it would be on a firm standing

 

40560438074_5bce2030dd_c.jpg20180403_133752 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

and then drilled a hole to attach it to the guy

 

40378253705_e7df2c087f_c.jpg20180403_134123 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Then just before I got it into position I rolled some more sculpey which I got really warm and soft in my hands so when I press it in it will conform to the support bits really well with no gap

 

26403107507_7d29d6de04_c.jpg20180403_134848 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

41275072541_c4a7542d32_c.jpg20180403_134944 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Then it was just a matter of getting on the clay and smoothing together with my tools, and I added more vines and details to the base to disguise where I've smoothed it onto the base and also to give more support to its base.

 

40560429694_fd9bd85261_c.jpg20180404_133546 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

39465443760_ea53611edb_c.jpg20180404_134601 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

40378246635_1439715956_c.jpg20180404_135031 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

26403100217_bba80f80f9_c.jpg20180405_131915 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

41275058701_d2bb44c1f8_c.jpg20180405_133008 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

26403098167_912abcdb89_c.jpg20180405_134040 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

26403095567_165b81efc1_c.jpg20180405_134059 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

I want it to look like its shooting out of the tangle of tentacles to grab you unawares! But it did look a bit weird on its own, so just to help I added a couple more tentacles as if the whole mess of vines is trying to get him

 

40378232925_4a53f7b0fc_c.jpg20180406_131435 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

26403092567_a992f47e04_c.jpg20180406_132737 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

27402064428_f99a32c327_c.jpg20180406_133226 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

27402061378_96661f7d26_c.jpg20180406_134223 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

39465430080_b1ab7c075d_c.jpg20180406_134236 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

39465430380_4dc187dd50_c.jpg20180406_134250 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

 

So I'm pretty happy with that, I feel like I've built up a good layer of tentacle vines which I'm looking forward to painting,  so I'll add a few little details and texture bits here and there and then its time to bake (dont panic!!)

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

 

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Time for a quick update, decided its time for this guy to boldy go into the oven once again.
 
But first I wanted to fill some of the big cracks which is easier to do with sculpey before baking than mucking about after.
So I rolled some clay into thin bits and pushed it into the crack and smoothed over as best I could to fill and hide them.
 
41365715952_e9a3cab234_c.jpg20180410_131426 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
41365715932_e3e7d30c28_c.jpg20180410_131613 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
27537436338_b584a28d24_c.jpg20180410_131801 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
27537435868_0f2c31732c_c.jpg20180410_131859 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
41408213231_ab4f0ac362_c.jpg20180410_132117 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
41365713262_16313c6431_c.jpg20180410_132126 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
26537461447_a4cf10f727_c.jpg20180410_132414 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
39599314630_c326ab8688_c.jpg20180410_132614 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
40694373254_c368a10012_c.jpg20180410_132810 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 

Then after wrapping his head and upper body in foil (not taking any chances with burning or more cracking!) I whacked him in the oven for half an hour at 130c.
 
40694372964_23c8b3c3b0_c.jpg20180411_131929 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
And after he cam out I'm pleased to say there are no cracks! I think thats mainly down to the detail on the base is all much thinner layers than the body, they do recommend on the pack not to go thicker than 1/4 of an inch as it increases risks of cracking.
 
39599313630_5816dc6cc6_c.jpg20180412_132127 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
So now for the dramatic bit, I started to cut away the rod in his back, and helpfully after some panic and stressful wobbling caused by the cutting, the vibration freed the rod from the inner nut and surrounding clay so I could just unscrew it.
 
40512934815_ea2dcc8d0f_c.jpg20180412_133240 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
40512934965_3283680f02_c.jpg20180412_133917 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
40512934905_7995d5448e_c.jpg20180412_133927 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
And he's way more solidly posed than I thought he would be, there practically no wobble to him at all, so pleased to be at the stage where the armature can come away!
 
Its not the end of the sculpting though i have to sculpt the last open flower thats going under him, which will be baked and painted separately then glued into place.
 
So thats what I'll do next, get going on the flower and then all sculpting is done and dusted.
 
Thanks for looking more soon :)

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Judging by the way the vines and tentacles are going, this guy is toast....

 

Alan.

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Nice to see someone else with my aversion to gardening :) 

Looking good H.

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He's been "Mr Gray" for so long, it is going to be odd seeing the paint go on.

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1 hour ago, Carts said:

Nice to see someone else with my aversion to gardening :) 

Looking good H.

 

Chees Andy!

 

1 hour ago, John_W said:

He's been "Mr Gray" for so long, it is going to be odd seeing the paint go on.

Yeah im really looking forward to seeing him with colour, been staring at the gray too long!! :)

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Wow i bet that was scary cutting him off the bolt ,he is looking to have a lot more movement now he is not attached and definitely looking forward to seeing some paint.

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Oh man it was crazy scary, he was wobbling and vibrating all over the show! Was so happy when i tried turning it again and like a miracle was really loose and just unscrewed! 

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Small update! I got started on the last bit of sculpting; the large open flower that will be under him.

 

I rolled out some sculpey and wrapped the armature, started with a thin layer that I could really press in to the wire to ensure good contact and a solid base to work on.

 

41539141922_3204d67bb1_c.jpg20180413_131253 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 

Then I added another layer on top that I could smooth over


39771928350_5c4677b1df_c.jpg20180413_132925 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
27710194748_f9325e370c_c.jpg20180413_134412 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
40687273865_398f83ceef_c.jpg20180413_134607 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 
41579980941_5bbac579ac_c.jpg20180420_133942 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 

And I poked a hole in it, this one is going to have its small inner mouth open with some smaller tentacles coming out


41579981661_f6fe32df44_c.jpg20180420_134340 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 

And I made a start on the inner ridges.


26711701787_e23f47c647_c.jpg20180420_134802 by Nick Frost, on Flickr
 

Next up I'll add the lip to the edge with more sculpey and neaten up the ridges.

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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Rreminds me of a friend who used to make flowers out if Marzipan and Icing for wedding cakes.

Except for the tentacles and the jet pack...

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Well if this guy was edible I think he'd keep me going for a few days!! :lol:

 

Update time, I've finished off the open flower

 

I started by rolling thin sausages of sculpey and smoothing them on the outer side to leave the same inner lip as on the first one I did.

 

26807350657_183159fb5c_c.jpg20180423_131112 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

41635211452_e672512861_c.jpg20180423_131402 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

40784560315_64b1f0d846_c.jpg20180423_132615 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

40965047594_7ea5e9de63_c.jpg20180423_134305 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Then I cut some triangles to replicate an open version of the inner mouth I created in the open damaged flower, and as I was blending them in to place I also used some surgical spirit to smooth the inner petals and remove tool marks

 

27806251698_17116513c9_c.jpg20180423_134309 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

39868179500_de9876a50a_c.jpg20180423_134529 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

40965037344_124f8506b5_c.jpg20180424_131944 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

40965037344_124f8506b5_c.jpg20180424_131944 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

40784549285_881463afc2_c.jpg20180424_133137 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

27806219808_ae91093a37_c.jpg20180424_133149 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Then I put it in place just to see how it looks, and I'm pleased with it, it fills the big gap nicely and the base looks nicely detailed with it there

 

27806221058_e5259f8273_c.jpg20180424_133454 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

26807316577_615897e32d_c.jpg20180424_133502 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Once its baked I'll add some some thin tentacles coming out of the mouth, I'll make these with greenstuff.

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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Cheers Brian! Yeah looks like it!! Its resin from the cheap pine, it dripped from the top bit, there was a bit in the vines but thankfully the flower covers it

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Just a quick update!

 

I've boiled the flower now, so thats all done, just the same process as before plunged it for 4 minutes into boiling water

 

40839270335_04e026737e_c.jpg20180425_132508(0) by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

41697596652_118a848ee5_c.jpg20180425_132521 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

41738288271_a84f956ba6_c.jpg20180425_133446 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Aaaaand I primed him

 

26870056157_e059abb8f0_c.jpg20180426_132652 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

41738280351_8892095a5c_c.jpg20180426_132658 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Think I'm going to paint his face first, for no other reason than I really really want to! So for now I've just given his whole head a light flesh undercoat to prepare for painting.

 

41738276861_3a7f4ca8b4_c.jpg20180427_132340 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

40839259645_49fecea411_c.jpg20180427_132514 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

So next up I'll make a start on his face, following the "inside out" philosophy so I'll start with his eyes.  Feels good moving him onto the modelling bench and getting to put some paint on him.

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

 

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Looking Great Hunter. Never has watching paint dry been so looked forward to by such a large number of people, LOL 😉

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Did someone say paint! About time too! :clap2: :yahoo:

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Paint! I can't believe it's really happening! Swoon!

 

I really like that first primer pic, it's all making sense together now and looking really good. Also can my Tyranids come and play in your jungle?

 

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NB: I think the above was inspired by your work with the ball stylus earlier in this thread :)

 

Cheers,

 

Will

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On 4/27/2018 at 6:23 PM, Sentry1 said:

 

Looking Great Hunter. Never has watching paint dry been so looked forward to by such a large number of people, LOL 😉

 

Thanks Sentry! :D

 

On 4/28/2018 at 11:49 AM, noeyedears said:

Did someone say paint! About time too! :clap2: :yahoo:

 

Yeah thats pretty much how i feel too!! Thats why I'm just going to go for it with the face already! :)

 

11 hours ago, Will Vale said:

Paint! I can't believe it's really happening! Swoon!

 

I really like that first primer pic, it's all making sense together now and looking really good. Also can my Tyranids come and play in your jungle?

 

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NB: I think the above was inspired by your work with the ball stylus earlier in this thread :)

 

Cheers,

 

Will

 

Cheers Will! Yeah i think a load of your Tyranids would look great running around the base, still love the paint work on those guys, and if my sculpture has been inspirational then thats a high complient indeed!

 

 

Thanks again all :)

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Ooooo paint! I'm,actually excited :)

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On 4/30/2018 at 5:15 PM, Carts said:

Ooooo paint! I'm,actually excited :)

 

Me too! :lol:

 

 

Right, I've been working on the eyes, Im not much of a figure modeller and where I have done them its not been subjects with proper faces, I've only done eyes on a Groot and Rocket Raccoon model I built some years back

 

 

And I was pretty happy with how they came out so I wasn't too nervous at giving a go on my sculpt, but eyes can make or break a figure so I was a bit apprehensive.

 

I started off by painting the entire eye area white, and then carefully painted a black circle in both trying to keep them looking the same, this will become the black edge to the iris

 

27985026188_44269aab3a_c.jpg20180501_133605 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

So then I added some brown paint for the colour, taking it just enough to the edge to create a black line around it

 

27985025008_ae25229afc_c.jpg20180501_134404 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

I then added a slightly darker brown just to break up the colour a bit and also dotted on the pupils

 

27985023818_a912dc6a15_c.jpg20180502_131035 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

At this stage they do look very rough, but I think the key to eyes is the same as with sculpting in general, when you start they look crap but once you refine and neaten them up with paint thats when you start to see results of your hard work.

 

So with that in mind I mixed up a much better base flesh tone using enamel paint, and covered all the skin with a big brush and then started to neaten the eye area and define the edges more

 

41853572811_c48b67a97e_c.jpg20180502_132425 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

41853622421_8b2da9a291_c.jpg20180502_133054 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

41853567971_83ca369bcf_c.jpg20180502_133104 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Then I neatened up the edge of the irises a bit more and added more white where I had got a bit of the flesh onto the white, I dont have fancy small brushes so for this job I actually used paint loaded onto an old airbrush needle!

 

27984960338_4e6864daa1_c.jpg20180502_133803 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

40954836285_0b8c56010f_c.jpg20180502_133819 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

And then used a cocktail stick (I clearly spend a fortune on tools!) to add the catchlight to each eye

 

41810848772_15e7bc9687_c.jpg20180502_134035 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

41810845622_8b238f68ed_c.jpg20180502_134044 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

So they are pretty much done, only thing I'll do, but not till the rest of the face is finished, is add a wash to the whites to make them more off white.

 

Next up I'll start adding shadows and highlights and make a start on his hair and brows.

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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