January 2

This week I continued to work on a few different projects:

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Buckler

It was still cold out and even though everything jumped around when I was hammering, I chose to finish constructing my shield inside. Turns out my work benches are pretty resilient : /

Everything was checked for sharp edges and sanded smooth. I then cut out a grip and panel details for the front. All the parts were joined together using aluminium rivets and much hammering. I think I got the hang of peening rivets by the end – there’s a bit more technique involved than simply hitting them hard.

Rather than leave this one with a base metal finish, I plan to colour the main body black and leave the panels and boss polished silver.

Thor Swords

Slowly getting closer to casting these. Just want to make sure they are perfect before doing so. Still ignoring that urge to just do it and It can be tempting to just ignore small dents and blemishes, but these will show when cast.

Mask

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I Started adding the central details to my Darth Nihilus mask. Just two more parts to add then I’ll begin making sure everything is symmetrical and then smooth it over.

Screwdriver

Annoyingly, it still does not fit well together. I did some further sanding on the interior of  to no effect. May just re-check the model and print these to parts again 😦

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Random hammer that I did while waiting for things to dry. Might put this on my store when done.

January 1

So it was going quite well, I finished the sea creature sculpture and did more sanding on the sonic screwdriver. 20180102_201137This has mainly been on the inside, as despite modeling it to do so, I’ve been having a little trouble with getting the neck to rise/lower smoothly. This may require a bit more work.

 

I also did a little more sanding on the Thor sword grips, and they are now one step closer to casting. I was doing so well.

Unfortunately I noticed a challenge to make a shield in the Punished Props group I am part of… and a soon as I saw it I started designing some in my sketchbook. 20180106_124612After settling on a design similar to the one I build in 2016 I began work on it yesterday. Since my workshop isn’t really equipped to do metal work, I worked outside and manged to get most of it done. I may have been able to complete it, but it’s a little cold at the moment, so I didn’t want to stay out long.

When I came back in I started another project as a gift for a friend: the mask of Darth Nihilus from star wars: knights of the old republic 2. This is being sculpted in Chavant clay on top of a polystyrene head. When ready, I plan to cast/ paint it.

Reminder: START NO MORE NEW THINGS.

 

Sea creature thing

Finally sat down and painted my sea creature thing, that was inspired by a Celeric. Painted the skin a blue/grey with mottled off white spots. The leg colouring was based off a mud crabs shell. Finished with a coat of varnish to give it a wet look. Not sure what the expression is on it’s face…..

Well that’s one project fom last year done. Of course it could do with a base now …….

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Year 2 (2017) Review

To build upon a post I did last year, this post will serve as a way to reflect on the progress I have made and to plan for the year ahead. It can be useful to give yourself some achievable goals to aim for, even if it is strayed from.

I’m going to start by looking back at last years aims and then set some further goals.

1. Develop my 3d modeling skills. At the start of 2017 my modeling skills were pretty much limited to simple objects. As the year progressed, I feel my skill level increased along with the use of printed parts. While I am now able to create some quite detailed parts and whole props, I still use the simple program 123D design. Although I did attempt to use the more advanced Fusion 360 I kind of gave up for the easier program. I have also learned about which way to position object to get the best print.

Future goal: It would be good to try to explore Fusion 360 again.

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2. Develop my casting skills. Previously I’ve had limited casting experience. In 2017, following the recreation of a sculpture, I attempted to make a kit and created some single and two part moulds. I learned the importance of seam and pour/air hole placement and after solving these, I managed to cast nearly all the sculpture successfully. The last part which has some small thin parts has had problems with air bubbles. I would like to solve this and finish off the copies.

Future goal: Successfully cast the final part and try casting a whole prop.

3. Props. I had 5 project ideas for 2017. These were: Thor’s Hammer, Fallout Fatman, WH 40k Bolt pistol, Borderlands Railgun and Fallout laser musket. Well I started the first three and finished 2 of them with the Fatman taking many months and a little longer than I expected. The bolt pistol I attempted to 3D print, which failed and kind of got left behind. I may try to do this again as a future project. I still want to do the Borderlands Railgun and would like to go all out on this with sounds and moving parts which will take some planning. Considering the size of the Fatman I am happy with the 5 props I completed, along with other projects. I am mostly happy with the way Mjolnir turned out and think it is one of the best things I have made, in terms of construction, details and painting.

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Future goal: Finish off some props I began at the end of the year

Finally, a few other things I did this year were making my workshop more comfortable with insulation/heating and setting up a small Etsy store selling blueprints.

2018

So I ended last year with quite a lot of projects unfinished. Before starting anything new I would like to complete the following:

  1. Research the issue and successfully cast the final part of my sculpture. Then  assemble and paint.
  2. Finish the two Thor swords I modeled and printed. Perhaps I could attempt a large cast on one of them.
  3. Finish the Sonic Screwdriver I made as a present for a friend.
  4. Soliare costume: Re-do the Sunlight straight sword and scabbard. Finish the tabbard, source some belts and work on the shin guards and cuffs. Would be nice to wear this to one of the three cons this year.
  5. Finish painting the sea creature sculpture I made.
  6. Finish sculpting the Dishonored 2 Overseer mask I started and cast.

While this should keep me busy for a while I have a few things I would like to also do this year:

  1.  Props – make a second Mjolnir. The Borderlands railgun.
  2. Try to sell things that I make rather than fill the house full of props. ——
  3. Design my own props and/or create things that aren’t from other’s properties. I enjoyed making the foam hammer. ———
  4. Sculpt more stuff.

 

Have a Happy New Year and may it be creative and productive 🙂

 

 

 

December 2

So, I still haven’t gotten around to fixing/finishing my Sunlight Straight sword, but there has been progress on one of my Thor swords.

With all the the parts printed out and given some initial sanding the grip and blade have been glued together. These are now going through a process of filling and sanding until there are no visible joins. I’m happy with the strength of the blade after it’s been glued together, despite it only being 6mm thick. I would like to test a few different joint types though to see which might be the strongest. Since this one is turning out so well  I have begun printing out the second.

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In addition to this I recently created a scupture after seeing in a strange looking vegetable while shopping, called a Celeriac. This inspired a strange sea creature with crab legs and tentacles. The main part is done and I am now adding some details like barnacles and sea weed.

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December 1

So last week I had an accident while working on the Sunlight Straight sword :,( Even when covered in worbla, the thin balsa wood still proved to be too fragile and snapped where the blade met the guard. It happened when I was waving it around to test it’s strength. Although a bit annoying after the all the work on the blade, it’s better that I found out here that it hadn’t worked, rather than when I had finished. It may not a total loss however and I plan on removing the worbla and then giving it a coat of fiberglass, before re-covering it.

However I got side tracked…….

During my weekday evenings, I have been modeling a few different things including Thor’s swords from Thor Ragnarok, which are going to be completely printed. Rather than sort out my other sword this weekend, I began sanding down the parts I had so far.

Must try finishing one thing thing I’m working on before moving onto another.

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November 2

Work on Mjolnir is almost complete with the pommel now painted and the strap made. Going to glue them together latter when the varnish has finished drying . Final images and build write up to follow in the next few days.

Between sanding/filling and painting the pommel, I began work on the sword for my Solaire costume. Originally I was using a statue for reference which had the Astora Straight Sword. After looking for some images to work from, I found out that Solaire’s sword is actually the Sunlight Straight Sword. Well this one is a lot easier 🙂

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The core of the sword is 5mm balsa wood which I shaped with files and nail files. This is now being covered with worbla to give it a nice hard coating.