Wednesday 29 October 2008

Reward finaly

Did some rope's to see if i would have more luck with that. And i think i did. first attempt is on top and i think by the second one i was on to something. going to try some thinner wire and different knots to keep it looking real. really boosted my confidence

top half is another fail. Bottom half had a little more progress. don't like the verticals tho.

Finally something resembling a good weave. even more so where Ive split each of the sections a second time.

now that's what I'm talking about. only way i think i could have improved on this one is by taking a little more time to avoid the gaps and by lowering some edges to give the impression of overlapping. Also i need to do another test to see if i can get the pattern smaller.

looks like a weave. a lot more uniform then the one before. i like it and it gives me idea about a variety of patterns in one weave.

lots more tiles to go before i decide on one. Really inspiring me.

Tuesday 28 October 2008

Test tiles

Recently I've had to stop work on CC but not really. been doing lots of experimenting so i can get the finish just right. Lots of wicca weaves.

Fail. couldn't even bring myself to finish this one. the cut strips were too sharp and the rolled horizontals i couldn't get thin enough.

Wire seemed the next logical step since it was already nice and thin. i pressed it into a layer of GS as Super Glue wasn't cutting it. thought that i could press roles of GS over it to create the weave.... didn't work how i imagined at all.

The way forward seems to be pressing in the putty to leave the weave. though neither of these two really techniques sell it.

What a mess. the top layer is all the same height and it just isn't working for me.

tried pressing a blade in to get the horizontals but used too much putty and realised after the wire that the pressing in of roles just doesn't work.

This would have been a mould for resin or something like that but i think its over complicating things so I'm experimenting down other routes.

found some patio patterns and thought i would give them a go. think if i had spent a little more time on this one it might have been going in the right direction. especially to the left hand side.

Friday 24 October 2008

Fire + Cracks... ers

hummmm, hummmmm. Still questioning the cracks on her back. Think it should make her less chibby. Which is good.

I think loosing all my faith in this mini might do it good (can't get any worse right?). Now I'm not afraid to experiment with it. He might end up not looking anything like the Ingame character but hopefully will still look like a little happy go lucky willow the wisp ^^. those on his head are the beginning of flames btw. let your eyes go out of focus, little more, little more... see?

Thursday 23 October 2008

Samples and tests

pushed out some GreenStuff as thin as i could get it, across some Cling film. Ready to slice it up once its dry.

I twisted some wire to try and get a rope effect. I would like to get a thinner gage and try plating three strands. Maybe try twisting it too. oooo, could do a bunch of things to create a variety of ropes all tied together, some frayed.

Sliced a previously rolled out piece of GreenStuff (GS). Some thin to try wikka effects (baskets) and some thinker for material strips (Instead of ropes to hold on the baskets?).

Cut some lengths of wire and pressed them into a layer of GS ready to try a technique of mimicking wikka. Put some more wikka on a couple more Bases to make up other wikka test tiles and wikka moulds

and Finally rolled a pieces of GS between my fingers to try and get it as thin as i could. Again its for wikka and rope effects.

Wednesday 22 October 2008

Snip Snip

Need finishing but there they are ^^ I like um. Can't wait for for the rest of her to dry so I can get to work on them.

Tuesday 21 October 2008

Top and Bottom

Think i've borked her underside. Maybe i can Base her after all ^^.

More detailing on the claws. Just little Blobs. what, like they are hard to do? Well actually yes O.O Its hard to get them small. and to get them to stick to CC and not your fingers *Suddenly you gain a new found respect for me*. Beauty.

Monday 20 October 2008


Little post. What do you think about the cracks around the spikes in her back? think the one on her right side definatly needs some work. if only i had a nice new set of wacky shaped scalples from hobbycraft to help me form them (heavie hint to all thouse that know me). I think this is the right way to go even tho in "real life" the cracks would indent unless it poped out of her back O.o

Saturday 18 October 2008

Little Nippers

Just the little inner claw to go on these. They are going to be a little bigger than i first imagined.

I've spent so much time on her underside... i don't know if I'll have the heart to attach her to a base. Though, she is front heavy, so leans on her front claw instead of holding it up high like i want. Maybe once the baskets are on her back that will help.

Still no improvement on the Snoll ; ; Going to keep him going on the side till he finally starts to take on the shape he is supposed to be. Maybe by then CC will be done and he'll become my main piece.

Friday 17 October 2008


blobbys blobbys and more blobbys >.> exciting eh? beauty. Added more depth to the underside. ringed the claws. put the biggest blobs on the claws. Going to try and get some tiny blobs all over the place in between the larger ones.

I also added to the claws. Struggling to get crisp edges on the butts of the claws. I want them to look saw'n (swarn, sawarised, chopped, cut with a saw... you know what i mean) off. Haven't decided how iIwant the claws to enter her shell yet. Will they just go in neat? shall I make them look bashed in with a little cracking around the edge? no idea. I love seeing pieces come together. I guess that's one of the blessing about not knowing what your doing.

Thursday 16 October 2008

Sculpting gone wrong

What happens when a sculpting session go's bad O.o I don't know how I'm going to pull this guy back. It was disheartening to say the least.

So I did some more CC to pick me up. I know I said I was going to do belly and legs. After some careful consideration I squeezed a small length of wire around the front claw armature and twisted it to form the little pincer and then secured it with a layer of procreate. This sets me up *crosses fingers* to be able to do a bigger session next time. Plus! You can really see how close she is to being complete ^^. Yeah, yeah, I'm still miles off :P but she almost has all of her parts on (just baskets, bags and ropes.. I think). Even if everything still needs tweaking and finishing.

Wednesday 15 October 2008

Well formed underbits

Almost done with her underside! and i love it.... from a distance. seeeeeeeee?

Close up!


Its not like you'll have your nose pressed to her ass to see her so i can deal with it ^^ Feels like I'm saying the same thing over and over again. Only realised yesterday that at the front she has snipers and not just clawed. which might cause a little trouble since i didnt put a pin in for that. A couple ways i could possibly fix this? wrap another pin in parallel and bend it out to form the pincer. I could just solder on the pin. I could sculpt it out of just putty and hope for the best. Who knows? Going to start by tidying up the undershell, then the inside of the claws and then I'll get on with the pincers. least that's the plan.

Tuesday 14 October 2008

All outta names

Did some more work on the underside of CC. front claws are a little wobbly O.o which is worrying. I'm hoping that the collar's i will be putting on them as well as what i did this time should secure them. If you look at the bottom left corner of the first pick you can kinda see what she will look like once finished ^^ i love it.

Took a big chunk outta his mouth and had a blob of putty left over from a CC session. So blobbed it atop the Snolls head, which gave me the starts of eye holes. Symmetry doesn't appear to be my thing. Gotta try and keep that in mind. I think there are cheeky ways of avoiding it but I wont improve that way, now will I.

Monday 13 October 2008

Return of the Snoll

Haven't even touched this guy since I first covered that wire ball, way back when I started this journal. Glad to take some time to work on him, as I love these little guys. Great Bst exp!

Looks happy eh? Will drill out his mouth next. Was going to build him out more and work the mouth in that way but now that I have Carrie to go from I'm trying to keep them to scale.

What are they? sacks! (for CC's back). Looking at them now... I probably should have made them around pieces of wire so I could pin them on. Who knows what I'm going to do with them now. You think if I roll out a thread thin piece of putty and wrap it like rope it will hold them on? lets hope. Suppose I could always make more.

Nice Stems

Got the outside shell on the legs. Don't know if they came out how i wanted but they are there now and I'm just going to have to deal with it.

What do you think about the detailing on the edges? still think they have some work to go before i can start on the finishing details. Getting tricky figuring out what order to do each part of the sculpt.

Tryed adding a little battle scaring. if all else fails i still have plenty time to fill them in. going to try and add as much detail as i can by the time I'm through. May also use some white spirit to remove any lingering thumb prints.

Just read about the fanfest contests. would have been absolutely amazing to have had CC displayed. Sadly i doubt she would have been ready in time. Even if I could have got to the states. How lame is it that there is no EU event? though I doubt if there was, that it would be anywhere near as big as the NA/JP events respectively. How bad ass would it have been if it was though *dares to dream*