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Offline Klaus, not Santa

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The Guardian
« on: Wed Apr, 04, 2018, 08:24:AM »
Thank you guys!

Well, it is happening again...my attention span is shrinking and I'm constantly distracted :(
I hope it is not the start of a "low phase"

But something new caught my attention.
I found a small piece of wood in my shed as I was preparing logs for the wood burner.
It is really small, but it caught my attention and an image of a guardian on watch came to my mind.
Once this idea was in my head, the "Shore Leave" had no chance :)

So while I had the basic idea of a guardian standing on an outcrop of rocks, I still had no real idea of any setting or details.
But looking at the little piece of wood I was thinking about how I could realistically use it as a base or plinth.
It would have to positioned that the one flat side was the top and the other was the rear - so that it really looked like an outcrop. With this in mind I started some sketching.

Over the last one or two years it became fashion to build vignettes or dioramas with a painted background integrated - just like these here Crystal Brush entries (NOT mine :) :


I wanted to try something similar, but also try to give it a bit more "depth".
So I sculpted a frame for the little piece of wood


With the idea to draw the landscape then into the background


Probably with a city in the background, maybe an airship?

 
The basic frame was done with SuperSculpey. Once that was baked, I built a frame of plastic card around it and filled (and integrated) everything with Milliput.

 
And a first positioning test.


I added some flag stones and other details with GreenStuff


The base model is a "female armature" from HassleFree Miniatures ( http://www.hfminis.co.uk/shop?product=female-armature~hfl503&category=accessories~converting )


With GreenStuff I sculpted a bit of chain mail as well as some armour to the legs



Then I added a bit of a tabard, flowing in the breeze

 
and some chest armour


The piece in the front flowing a bit stronger

 
Together with chest and shoulder armour this already looks quite cool



Last night I added the rest of her boots as well as a first draft for the sword and spear


So what do you think?


Anything still missing?


I look forward to your feedback, suggestions and critiques!
Cheers

Klaus
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Offline texastony1946

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Re: The Guardian
« Reply #1 on: Wed Apr, 04, 2018, 11:21:AM »
Another great piece. I don't know how you can come up with these ideas so quickly. I look forward to seeing the color added.

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Re: The Guardian
« Reply #2 on: Wed Apr, 04, 2018, 01:12:PM »
Great idea Klaus
Kind of a reverse shadow box, cool
Bruce
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Re: The Guardian
« Reply #3 on: Thu Apr, 05, 2018, 12:50:AM »
Definitely liking the concept, Klaus.
Works really well
"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: The Guardian
« Reply #4 on: Thu Apr, 05, 2018, 06:02:AM »
Thank you guys!
Last night I added a few more leaves


The sword(handle) got some details


And some minor details


I hope the depth and "hidden path" into the valley will be visible in the end


I hope the setup will make a watcher courious to see what's back there, if there's anything else hidden...
Looking at the first image, I see that the frame is casting a considerable shadow onto the background, this could impede the feelingof the background. So I'm considering to add a few LED between the current frame and the background - most likely on top and the two sides.
This would also give it a different atmosphere to the foreground.
I hope you like todays update :)
Cheers
Klaus
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Re: The Guardian
« Reply #5 on: Thu Apr, 05, 2018, 05:46:PM »
LEDs up top would be an excellent idea for lighting this, Klaus.
And me, I'd leave her bald. I'm digging the look
"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: The Guardian
« Reply #6 on: Fri Apr, 06, 2018, 08:44:PM »
Excellent

That's some really nice green stuff work!


Offline Klaus, not Santa

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Re: The Guardian
« Reply #7 on: Thu Apr, 12, 2018, 05:08:AM »
Hi all,

thank you for your comments and suggestions.
Reacting on the several sword and spear comments I decided to take the spear away.
Right now I simply lowered her arm.


I'm not sure if I keep the pose and what I will place in her hand. I'm considering to give her a signal horn. Let me know what you think!


So now it's time to consider the background.
Here I placed a sample background I downloaded and printed - it's not mine!


To counter the shadows and give it a separate atmosphere I will now add lights to the background.
I have some 12V LED that also work with a 9V block - this way they are less bright.


To house the LED I had to build another frame around the existing frame


To provide access to the rear and the LED (as well as protecting them from spray primer later on) the new frame has to be removable (slide-on-slide-off)


Just enough room to hold the LED strip


Voilá


With this the background looks very different - beside it being a different print out *wink*


I think this will be very cool!


And when adding regular ambient (room) light it balances nicely.


Depending on the angle you may get a glimpse of the actual LED


So maybe I have to add a thin milky glass cover to the LED....


Right now I sit here looking at the images with a smile on my face as my plan seems to work :)
What do you think?
Any feedback, suggestions, ideas?
Signal horn or something different for the left hand?

Thanks

Klaus
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Re: The Guardian
« Reply #8 on: Thu Apr, 12, 2018, 07:28:AM »
Amazing work. Absolutely love the background.

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Re: The Guardian
« Reply #9 on: Fri Apr, 13, 2018, 12:07:AM »
May want to cover the LEDs, but the overall effect is excellent.
A signal horn in the off hand could definitely work
"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: The Guardian
« Reply #10 on: Wed May, 02, 2018, 08:29:PM »
anything new Klaus?,
..really like the way that background adds the 4th dimension,....
Bruce
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Re: The Guardian
« Reply #11 on: Thu May, 10, 2018, 12:46:PM »
Thank you guys!
And a special thanks to those of you checking on me via PM! Thank you for caring and checking :)
Ouch!
Almost a month since the last post :(
Besides a ton of work in my real-live job, one reason for the lack of update was the frustration I experienced trying to paint a proper background for the Guardian.

The first attempt - directly on the primed plastic card - was...well, not good :)


The second attempt didn't fare better.


The third attempt - now on cardboard paper - showed promise, but still didn't meet my approval.


After a frustration break the fourth attempt survived the sketching phase and entered the detailing phase


So this is the background that I will use for "The Guardian".


I think it projects the feeling of a sacred valley and a golden city hidden there.


The first positioning test also showed that most of the important sections are visible.


Even better with lights on :-D


So I made some final adjustments and some clean-up.


And then I started painting the frame.


With the cobblestone platform.


The steps and path seen form the rear.


The vegetation was next.


So now most of the sculpted frame is painted.


And so I decided to also give the outer box some ornaments.


Even better with stars.


The other side


and the top


And again with stars


These stars have such a huge effect


And this is where I am right now :)


I hope you like today's update


What do you think?
Any suggestions, critics, feedback?
I look forward to hearing form you :)
Cheers

Klaus
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Re: The Guardian
« Reply #12 on: Sat May, 12, 2018, 12:18:AM »
Definitely liking the setting, 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: The Guardian - now Dragons Den
« Reply #13 on: Wed Jun, 13, 2018, 07:40:AM »
Hi all,


I did continue a bit with "The Guardian" and laid down the foundational colors for her.


But then I got in doubt on how to proceed - especially with the background.
Currently I have the feeling that too much of the background is blocked and that I may have to widen the box and thus the opening far maybe a centimeter or two...
I'm undecided.


So that put a stop to the project and I was doodling around, playing PC games and working in the garden instead.
But the itch is there, just not for "The Guardian" - yeah, been there, done that. I know, I know.

And when I don't know what to do, I do what I usually do ;)
Dragons.

For a while I wanted to do a scene based on Michael Whelan's "Filed Teeth"


So I started to sculpt a dragons head.


I always enjoy working on these creatures.


So many options and ways to do a dragon.

 
I decided to give him a menacing frown.

 
At least on one side - Elvis anyone?

 
And to make things more fun he got some more spikes (made from GreenStuff)

 
And scales

 
Once he was fired and the rough corners brushed off, I started with the arms

 
I'm aiming for a similar pose as in Whelan's image

 
But since I won't have room for the wings I decided to add his tail


To provide a sense of size for the beast


I still have to detail the paws with GreenStuff


After he was fired I started to work on the den


And I created two columns from Stewalin


Again to emphasize his size


So here he is - BTW, no name yet...any ideas? - sneering at the intruder


Intruder?
Ah yes. I have another Hasslefree "Female Armature"
https://www.hfminis.co.uk/shop.php?product=female-armature~hfl503&category=accessories~converting


But she's way to skinny for my taste. I'd like her to be more Frazetta-esk, like in this image


So I began to bulk he up with some more GreenStuff


And this is as far as I got over the course of the last two weeks.


So what do you think?
I'm also thinking about her carrying a sword in the right hand - but what about the left? A shield, or rather a torch?
Almost naked like on the Frazetta image or in leathers?
I look forward to your suggestions and feedback.
Thank you!
Cheers
Klaus



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Re: The Guardian
« Reply #14 on: Wed Jun, 13, 2018, 11:45:AM »
Awesome work , Klaus  !

     .. .... and I learn about  Stewalin    ;D