As I mentioned, Margot has been busy and still is.
One of the projects she’s working on right now is the Boudica bust, an epic miniature by Origen Art.
Sharing some in progress pictures seemed a good idea, so here we go:
I am sure that I am repeating myself here, but this is another project that I started early 2014, maybe even late 2013. Who will tell? It has been lying on the shelf for lack of confidence probably, as it involves some serious sculpting. You know, sometimes you started something and end up thinking: “what did get myself into now?” Well, this is one of those projects.
Here are some in progress images. The steampunk bicycle is from Smart Max, with some scratch built additions. For the figure I used a plastic miniature, to have the proportions right at least 🙂 All details and most of the plastic was scraped off with a scalpel and I added a mix of Magic Sculpt and Green Stuff, or only Magic Sculpt.
The plastic arms were completely left off, and used for measurement purposes again. I replaced them with wire and putty and are not done yet, as you can see from the pics. The guy is going to hold an umbrella and has to hold on to his bike, and frankly it took me a while to figure out a way to get it all done. Not regarding the umbrella of course, but the way the right-hand/arm-to-the-bike connection could be done leaving space for painting after sculpting and construction is done and to sculpt in the first place and still have everything still fitting at the end. Pretty tricky really. The right foot will be firm on the pedal, but the left one will be positioned in such a way that it appears to have slipped off the pedal. Think about it: you have several attachement points between the two subjects: right hand-bike, his butt on the sadle, and one foot on the pedal. Perhaps I’d better stick to building little tankies.
Head and hands are from the Hornet range, and I used Green Stuff to add hair, beard and side-whiskers,
The coat has a lead foil base, and the cuffs are from lead foil too. Shoe laces are fashioned from thin lead wire.
And in case you are wondering where this is leading to: hang on, as it’s getting weirder as we go. Water, waves, driftwood and a shark. Don’t ask. I haven’t called it My Worst Nightmare for nothing.
Enough talk, he’re the images of the story so far:
To be continued
I actually managed to finish this project during the holiday season. For some obscure reason I was a bit frightened to get started with the groundwork. The Fieseler Storch was ready for a while, although I still had to attach a number of parts that were left off, or had broken off, during previous weathering and painting steps, and I didn´t want to attatch them until the aircraft was about to be fixed to the groundwork.
In hindsight I decided to use only a part of the Storch’s left wing,. Seemed better to me that way. Here’s a peek at the completed diorama, and more pics are avaiable in my Diorama Gallery
The Aerosan went through some serious weathering. Looking at earlier pics I decided it was too boring and too clean, and that I should take it a few steps further.
So, here´s a shot of the almost finished Aerosan. Almost? Yes, indeed. When I was in the process of making the protective acrylic cover for my diorama I realized that the windscreen of the Aerosan was much too clean, so that was fixed after all the photo’s were taken. Well, you know what they say: I know it’s there 🙂
More images of the finished Aerosan can be found in my Vehicles Gallery
For those interested in making the groundwork, I have added some snapshots I made during the process.
I found a too large gap between the ground and the botton of the aircraft, so I filled up the space with some cork strips and covered that with more wall filler. Why not just wall filler and no cork strips? A thick layer takes too long to dry and will certainly crack.
The next step was making traces of where the aircraft hit the ground, disturbing the smooth top layer of the snow. I used cling film to prevent the model being covered with wall filler.
I used a mix of various brands of artificial snow, as well as some extremely fine aquatic sand that was absolutely white. You can also use white wall filler instead of that sand, but white wall filler tends to turn yellow over time. Same goes for other natural products like baking soda, reason I never use it. Anyway, the white sand came in handy as I didn’t need to colour it. It also has substantial volume, something the artificial snow lacks. I added water and plenty of white glue to make a nice white paste and covered the base again, with a thin layer of the mix.
After the mixture was set, I sprayed white glue, thinned with water and a drop or two of dishwashing detergent over the whole base and sprinkled an even finer artificial snow with a sieve over the whole surface. The snow I used for this last step is by Techstar, a former VLS brand which is no longer available, I believe, and an extremely fine product from Scenery Workshop, which is in fact very fine glass. So, be careful when using such products, and wear a dust mask when applying it, as it is dusty a h#ll.
The aircraft, Aerosan, figures and the trees are all fixed to the base using two component epoxy glue, the rapid drying, 2-minutes, version.
The trees were the last elements to be attached to the base, in order to have better acces to everything that was already attached. I always need to touch up things during the final process, so leaving the trees for last seemed logical. For the snow on the trees I sprayed them from the top with 3M Photomount and sprinkled the Techstar and Scenery Workshop powders over them, and repeated the process until I was happy with the results.
On to the next project that has been lying idle for too long as well.
Some time ago I considered that I needed an additional figure for my eternally-in-progress- diorama Snow Crash, and I found a suitable one from the Alpine range. I gave him an Ultracast head and sculpted the hat from Magic Sculp, and a piece of thin wire on top (including a nice knot in 1/35th scale)
This guy will be standing on top of the dio, next to the Aerosan. Just felt a bit more logical that there was a third figure present.
Anyway, here he is, painted in acrylics:
And now for something completely different I take you back to the fallen star of this dio, the Fieseler Storch. During a recent club meeting one of my fellow club members pointed out, in a very polite way, that was I about to make a major mistake using the tail decal the way I did. I followed the instructions 1:1, but fact is that the decal is not the Wolfsangel for which I, for some reason took it, but just half a Hakenkreuz and that the decal actually consists of two parts, making in into a proper and historical correct, yet politically incorrect, Hakenkreuz.
I was about to tear my few remaing hairs out, but in the end it worked out oké. I stashed the remainder of the decal sheet, so I was able to fix it. I had to spray gloss varnish over the weathered parts again to make sure that the second decal would go on flawless, but I managed.
Now, I understand to some extend why they left out a full and ready Hakenkreuz, although I completely disagree with this practice, but hey, it is what it is. But even in the instructions they don’t even mention this and happily depict the plane in the camo examples with that halfwit Wolfsangel. And that is beyond me, really. Rant mode off.
Here’s the story in pictures:
and after (still glossy)
Signing off for today folks.
Here are some in progress pics of the Ronin project.
The house was made of blue HD styrofoam and Evergreen. I covered the walls with, how appropriate, wall filler and sanded it back to achieve a slightly smoother look.
The roof was fashioned from bristles from an old paint brush, and I raided my “green” box for the window covers; cutting of stems from dried “something”. No idea what, but it served the purpose.
My green box is a collection of stuff I use for my dioramas: natural and manufactured products, purchased stuff as well as all kinds of goodies I found in the garden or wherever you find useful things. Which could be everywhere you go, really.
The tree is a dried root and I sculpted new roots at the bottom. I covered the sculpted area and lower part of the stem with Bark Paste from Anita Decor, a railroad brand. Kewl stuff!
The wooden base has an interesting colour pattern and has actual cracks that inspired me to fashion the base the way I did. I sculpted the “tree” leading to the actual base from Magic Sculp, wrapped around a twisted wire armature, and let the roots drape over the edges and run into some of the crevices of the wooden base.
I wanted the blossoming tree to work as a sort of natural frame for the figure, as the figure is obviously what it’s about. The scenery is merely decoré, but effectively used to “box” the figure, so to speak. My wife and I, together with some friends, were recently invited by our friends Goetz Siepmann and Nicole Siepmann-Eppinger for a weekend of figure painting, base making and to hang out. Goetz and Nicole really inspired me by their approach of making bases for their figures. So I owe them a big thank you, as this project, simple as it may seem, has made me realize that thinking out of the box is the best thing to get you any further in this wonderful hobby.