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Offline Klaus, not Santa

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Boudicca goes goth = GOTHICA
« on: Wed Nov, 22, 2017, 07:50:AM »
Hi all,

as previously noted I'm in process of moving. The house is coming along nicely with most of the renovation already done. Our target date for the move is still the 16th of December.
So most of my man-cave is already packed.
The "Executioner" diorama is also packed and awaits unpacking and re-evaluation on how to finish it. But I need some time away from it to determine if there's still anything to do or if I call it done.
With everything packed away I thought I wouldn't do any hobby work until the move. I started some computer games, but none really captivated me.
By sheer luck I came across a second hand Boudicca bust.


Many of you have already seen this wonderful sculpt by Pedro Frenández.

It is available at FeR Miniatures - http://ferminiatures.com/shop/women-by-pepa-saavedra/boudicca/

Most Boudicca's I have seen so far follow the traditional paint scheme of a red haired woman.


There aren't many modifications I have seen so far, except for this really nice Elf version.


The bust I came across was dirt-cheap, and when it arrived I realized why.
It was in bad shape with many small pieces of the hair and braids broken off. There was also a considerable amount of some kind of plaster in some of the deeper recesses.
Apparently the original owner tried to make a mold, was VERY unsuccessful and decided to sell it and cut his losses.

I'm not very upset, as the price already suggested there was something wrong.
However, in the state she was in I'm unable to make a "standard" Boudicca.
So after some back and forth I decided to try a Gothic vampire warrior princess *lol*

Unfortunately I forgot to take an image of her initial condition.
Here you can see her after I shaved most of front tunic and belt off. In addition you can see some of the pencil marks of what I plan.
She will wear some heavy leather armor for the chest and arms, with lighter leather mesh underneath. Most likely in a very dark red.


First she got some longer eye lashes, a gem on her forehead as well as some neck/throat armor.


On her chest I also added some structured material - not really chain mail, but similar.


I used the same structure for her arm.


In addition her main braid got a new ornament as well as the gem on her forehead.


I have never done a bust before and haven't spent much time on a plinth so far. As a working base was planing to use this piece...


But for the time being, I glued her to a metal lid.
Here you can see additional details on her chest line as well as the leather mesh for her lower abdomen.



The lower part of the arm also got the mesh structure.


The following day I started with the lower section of the leather armor.

 
With some first details at the seams and the hip armor.

 
The next evening I added the actual beast armor - as you can see I'm aiming for a worn and battered look with marks and scratches.


With the cure time for the GreenStuff of several hours I can only do a small section per evening.
So the next evening I completed most of the chest armor.


 
Then I closed the last gap on the front with a gem and ornament and mounted her arm.


As you can see I also changed her spear against the weapon I had originally created for Allayah - http://fischers-design-shop.blogspot.de/2017/03/allayah-barduch-9.html

 
And I started to sculpt her leather armor for the upper arm.


I'm quite pleased with her appearance so far.


So what do you think?
Any suggestions or criticism?
Thanks
Klaus
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Re: Boudicca goes goth = GOTHICA
« Reply #1 on: Wed Nov, 22, 2017, 07:56:AM »
Crazy-Awesome work  , Klaus !

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Re: Boudicca goes goth = GOTHICA
« Reply #2 on: Thu Nov, 23, 2017, 08:10:PM »
Loving the evolution on this one, Klaus.
Looking forward to seeing how she turns out in paint
"There must be some way out of here," said the Joker to the Thief.
"There's too much confusion. I can't get no relief."
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Re: Boudicca goes goth = GOTHICA
« Reply #3 on: Tue Nov, 28, 2017, 10:11:AM »
Hi all,

thank you for your feedback - it means a lot to me.


Speaking of feedback - Anvildude on DakkaDakka pointed out that the weapon was probably too long and the shaft too thin.
I based the size on the original spear


But the new weapon has a bigger and heavier blade, so I cut the shaft shorter.


and started with the arm and shoulder armor.



Then I added ornaments to the shaft, making it thicker at the same time.


Looks better now (Thank you Anvildude)


obviously the lower part got the ornaments too.


Another armor section for the upper arm.


While the shoulder armor cured I added a new seam to the coat on the finished side.


Then the final shoulder section.


And the next evening I added a new seam and folds to the other side of the coat


Close to finished. I'll add a new ornament/medallion for the coat


So this is as far as I got.

What do you think?
Cheers

Klaus
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Re: Boudicca goes goth = GOTHICA
« Reply #4 on: Wed Nov, 29, 2017, 12:19:AM »
Looks really good, Klaus
"There must be some way out of here," said the Joker to the Thief.
"There's too much confusion. I can't get no relief."
--Bob Dylan, "All Along the Watchtower" 1965--

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Re: Boudicca goes goth = GOTHICA
« Reply #5 on: Tue Dec, 05, 2017, 08:57:AM »
thank you for the feedback and suggestions.

Since my last post I was thinking a lot about adding a shield.
I don't know why, but somehow I have the feeling she needs a shield.

So here's the first try.


That was too big!
So I made it smaller and positioned it lower.


Putting this aside for a moment I finished her right arm by sculpting an armored glove.



Based on feedback from Facebook I decided to make the shield smaller once more.


Ah!
That's a lot better now, and I think it balances the figure nicely.


I used Milliput to sculpt a leathery and worn finish.


In position.


I think the original sculpt of the shoulder (red) pretty much suggests the position of the arm and thus the position of the shield, does it not?


So here she is :)



Finally I added rivets to the shield and completed the brooch for the coat.


Gothica, the Vampire Warrior Princess :)


I'd like to call her (sculpting) complete. But I'll let her sit a few days before I decide.
In the meantime all the paints and stuff are already packed, so I won't be able to do anything else anyway ;)
The move is still scheduled for the 16th of December.
Cheers

Klaus
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Re: Boudicca goes goth = GOTHICA
« Reply #6 on: Tue Dec, 05, 2017, 10:44:AM »
Good luck in the move Klaus
See you at the other end ..
Oh, the sculpting is looking great !
Cheers
Bruce
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Re: Boudicca goes goth = GOTHICA
« Reply #7 on: Fri Dec, 08, 2017, 12:05:AM »
The shield definitely adds a needed touch
"There must be some way out of here," said the Joker to the Thief.
"There's too much confusion. I can't get no relief."
--Bob Dylan, "All Along the Watchtower" 1965--

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Re: Boudicca goes goth = GOTHICA
« Reply #8 on: Thu Jan, 11, 2018, 06:32:AM »
Hi all,

the first post of this year!
So Happy New Year to you :)

The move to the new house is complete and went well.
However my little man-cave is a lot smaller than my original Santa's workshop and I still play Tetris with the existing furniture to make everything fit.
It's complete chaos.

To gain space I decided to build a paint rack for my colors.
So I used a wooden board - 100 x 60 cm - and mounted L-shaped racks.


I thought with this I would have enough room to get all my paints stored...


Aehm, not quite


So I built an additional rack for the smaller Citadel and GW paints, keeping the Vallejo in the main rack


The Scale75 paints are still in a box on the side (but I don't use them often, as I don't really like them).
Despite the racks, the man-cave is till chaos



But hey!
The book shelf looks orderly :)

Kind of :)

 
I left off last year with my Gothica being ready to be painted.
Since I want to have a specific light setting, I decided to take some photos of the model with the proper lights.


I printed some of these photos and keep them on my desk as guidance


With this covered I primed her black.


I had a basic idea of the colors she would wear, but wasn't sure if they'd work.
So I gave her a quick lick with these base colors.


I think they work well together.


But these colors would be "daylight" colors and not in the atmosphere I'm looking for.



My first attempt was to paint the desaturated colors and shadows on top of them


However this didn't work the way I wanted.
So I repainted her using a completely new (very limited) palette, based on ONE (dark blue-grey) color.


At first it wasn't quite convincing


But once all colors were done with this palette it came together quite well.


So now I have all the base colors


in the proper atmosphere


and I can start adding


shadows and lights.


So what do you think?
Cheers
Klaus
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Re: Boudicca goes goth = GOTHICA
« Reply #9 on: Thu Jan, 11, 2018, 05:31:PM »

  Merry New Year  !  Klaus   ;D

 Glad to hear you're all moved  -  hope nothing got damaged .
Really clever with the colors for this .

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« Reply #10 on: Thu Jan, 11, 2018, 06:14:PM »
Looking really good there, Klaus.
Nice choice of palette
"There must be some way out of here," said the Joker to the Thief.
"There's too much confusion. I can't get no relief."
--Bob Dylan, "All Along the Watchtower" 1965--

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Re: Boudicca goes goth = GOTHICA
« Reply #11 on: Wed Jan, 17, 2018, 07:04:AM »
Thank you Quaralane and urumomo,

Well progress is rather slow right now as the wife and house still need some attention ;)
But I got some painting done.
After I had my basic colors down I started to add the first shadows.
Oh, and I added a freehand to the shield


I started off with the coat and then did the chest armor.


I'm happy with the chest armor and the gems.


The dark areas of the chest armor already border close to black.


While I was happy with the chest armor and the gems, I was totally not satisfied with the coat.
So I re-painted the coat, smoother shades, less blue, more black.


It now fits better with the armor and everything.


Once pleased with the new coat, I painted the arm.


There are quite a lot of transitions into almost black.


And last night I did the rest of the coat.


It's like 50 shades of black :)


So this is where I stopped last night.


In this video some of the paint is still wet...
but you get the idea I think :)

So what do you think?
Cheers

Klaus

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« Reply #12 on: Thu Jan, 18, 2018, 12:09:AM »
Can hardly wait for you to work this effect up onto her skin
"There must be some way out of here," said the Joker to the Thief.
"There's too much confusion. I can't get no relief."
--Bob Dylan, "All Along the Watchtower" 1965--

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Re: Boudicca goes goth = GOTHICA
« Reply #13 on: Thu Jan, 18, 2018, 08:50:AM »
Great paint work going on Klaus..
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Cheers
Bruce
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