Apr 18, 2010

Legion is Done!

Hi all, hope you enjoyed the process of making this, is sure did. Used some new techniques and they are very rewarding!

So here are some specs,

  • 7 1/2 inches height, base is 2 inches
  • Has a light up eye, with switch embedded in base
  • Custom base - the works

In this project, we've learnt :

  • Accurate measurement armatures
  • Measured thickness and proportions
  • Telescopic armatures
  • built in LED
  • Rifle scratch build
  • awesomeness of dremel, yay!
ok, enough talk. here's the final pic -

Apr 7, 2010

Finishing II : Legion Part VII

Hi people, it always pleases me when a sculpt is finally done.
here are some pics, sorry about the quality. i will take better ones once i get it painted.

A comparison picture, the pose is off, but the proportions are still acceptable, glad the compass tool really helped out with getting the proportions right.

the base is a solid block of resin cast from an empty tupperware, so it's rock solid!
will figure out how i'm gonna fit the electronics under it, to keep the presentation nice and clean.

so stay tuned for a lil more update here and there.


Apr 5, 2010

Finishing I : Legion Part VI

Hello! some more updates, Legion is heading into finishing, left remaining are some face details and maybe accessories, and we will be done!

Here are some pics


Detour : Legion Part V

It's my Birthday!

Slight detour on the sculpture, to show you a new tool i recently acquired.
My girlfriend got me a dremel tool for my birthday, and i am really exited about it!
The Proxxon dremel tool is used for grinding, sanding, cutting, buffing, -you name it.
A multi purpose precision rotary tool. SO i'll stop geeking out and show you how i'm using this new tool for the legion project.

So, using the dremel tool, i made a Telescopic armature upgrade for the legion sculpture.
a telescopic armature is basically a re attachable armature, it enable you to remove certain areas like limbs, to ease sculpting, and then re attach them. The name comes form the construction of this armature which is similar to a traditional telescope, where two or more cylinders are placed within each other, allowing the telescope to be extended and retracted.

So to start, you need two angular brass rods that slide into each other.

So using my new dremel tool, i cut small segments of two different size angular brass rods.

Here is the brass rod cut, you will have to clean up the insides with a knife and sandpaper to ensure smooth connection.

The sizes of the rods only vary slightly, allowing the smaller rod to slide in and out the larger rod.

So, if you noticed in the background, there are both of his arms prepared with a telescopic armature.

Scroll down more, to see how i made the hand armatures.

i used the same technique as before, twisting fine wire to form the skeleton of the fingers and forearm. Later, with the help of some epoxy, stick the wire armature of the hand to a segment of the brass rod.

Super glue the loose wires so they don't run when you sculpt.

when the epoxy hardens, you have one part of your telescopic armature ready!

For the other half of the telescopic armature, i've attached the larger brass rod segments to the torso of the sculpture, again using epoxy putty.

When the epoxy cures, you can attach the hands and they slide in like butter! now you can bulk you clay on them, and when you want to move into fine detail, pull them out and put you full focus on each individual piece. A great advantage to really sink into those details!