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Offline Quaralane

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Re: The Guardian
« Reply #15 on: Wed Jun, 13, 2018, 11:23:PM »
Not sure what to name the dragon, but definitely liking the way you're going with this
"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: The Guardian
« Reply #16 on: Thu Jun, 14, 2018, 06:10:AM »
Thank you guys!
With being a 65er I've grown up with Frazetta, Whelan, Boris, and Chris Achilleos - they illustrated the books I devoured in my youth, creating my fantasy world and sparking my creative energy in the first place :)
On the Heavy Metal side I was always a Corben and Mobius fan - John Difool was my hero :D

So, based on feedback from the otehr forums I decided to give her some clothes ;)


The sculpting of the clothes happened without a real plan


and she quickly got a pirate-ish look.


I actually like it and can totally see her wearing some high boots.


Right now I think I have several options with her.


I could continue the fantasy Pirate/Rouge/Thief path or head in a more Steampunk-ish direction.


As you can see in this last image I plan to have some (rays of moon) light to come through the holes in the ceiling, but additionally the dragons eyes (and maybe nostrils) will provide a glow in the dark.
The wall on the left could potentially be a painted background again providing the illusion of a longer hall with more columns occasionally lit by rays of moonlight...
So our heroine will have a torch/flashlight/lantern to provide the main OSL light source.
I love the suggestion of a "dragonette" or Fire Lizard on her arm or shoulder, which could be the reason the dragon is not immediately attacking...
But since she'll be pretty much in the position and pose as in the last image, I'm not sure how to incorporate it...
UNLESS she has her sword or rapier sheathed and carries the light in her right hand, balancing the Fire Lizard on her left forearm...

So some ideas to throw around and tinker with.
I look forward to your feedback and ideas
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Re: The Guardian
« Reply #17 on: Fri Jun, 15, 2018, 08:44:AM »
Hi all,
last night I decided to head down the Steampunk route.


So she got some high boots - note the actual "shoe" is still WIP


Belts and accessories


With cogs and stuff.


Too bad that the front will hardly be visible in the end...


I'm still not 100% sure how this scene will develop. This time I just let it flow, no real plan, just flying be the seat of my pants, following intuition :D

Since I'm now on the steampunk path, I will give her a lantern/flashlight in the left hand - probably a lantern, as a flashlight doesn't give the (OSL) required all around light needed for the scene.
She'll most likely get a holstered pistol, and a drawn rapier in her right hand.
I don't want to abandon the idea of a companion or Fire Lizard. But since I can't have it sitting on her arm I'm thinking about adding a mechanical beast.

A mechanical dragon (thus clearly showing it belongs to her) that already lumbered past and is now startled by the growling of the real dragon and whips his head around to look back...

What do you think?
Cheers

Klaus
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Re: The Guardian
« Reply #18 on: Fri Jun, 15, 2018, 04:49:PM »
Wahnsinn!

"The Guardian" reminds me of cover art from sci-fi paperbacks in the Seventies.  That is so cool!

The dragon is amazing, too, another excellent project!
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Re: The Guardian
« Reply #19 on: Sat Jun, 16, 2018, 01:58:PM »
Liking what you've done with her so far
"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 #20 on: Tue Jun, 19, 2018, 04:52:AM »
Outstanding work!  :o

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Re: The Guardian
« Reply #21 on: Wed Jun, 20, 2018, 05:46:AM »
THANK YOU,
our little heroine - Tomb Raider much? - received the appropriate accesories.
She received a "power-pack" and a lantern.


I think the lantern does meet the Steampunk theme - don't you?


And a special rapier - with cog and power cable...


I'm pretty pleased with her - boots still to do...


So I decided to give the Steampunk dragon, clockwork dragon a try.


This is the bare skeleton


Here you can see the "heart" of the dragon as well as the feet.


The first feet mounted


And pretty much in the planned position.


To flesh it out, I cut some "ribs"


And tried to mount metal scales...


Naw, that didn't work...


The scales are too thick and big


So I gave it another try covering it with thin plastic card

 
But this isn't looking convincing either.
I had an idea last night that I will try tonight. But if you have any ideas or suggestions that you want to share - I'm all open :)
Thanks

Klaus
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Re: The Guardian
« Reply #22 on: Wed Jun, 20, 2018, 11:36:PM »
Not sure what to tell you on the dragon, but I'm liking what I see so far for your heroine
"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 #23 on: Thu Jun, 21, 2018, 06:02:AM »
Thank you Quaralane!

Hi all,

so with the idea of the night before in mind, I created some ribs or vertebrae in PPT and printed them.


I then glued them onto the plastic card with Fix-O-Gum - a temporary glue - and cut them


After cutting them all out I glued them onto the prepared spinal column


While these cured on place I worked on the first leg.
As you can see I did spent some time sketching the function of the joints as well as the scales

 
It is a cat-like rear leg.

 
And then I built it from plastic rods and tubes.

 
I think it looks quite good - currently it reminds me a bit of a T-Rex, doesn't it?


So what do you think?
Any ideas or suggestions?
Thanks

Klaus
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Re: The Guardian
« Reply #24 on: Thu Jun, 21, 2018, 09:25:AM »
Nice work on the legs!  I think you're headed in the right direction.

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Re: The Guardian
« Reply #25 on: Thu Jun, 21, 2018, 12:00:PM »
That's really exquisite work.  Can't wait to see it when it's done.  Keep pushing along.
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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Re: The Guardian
« Reply #26 on: Wed Jul, 04, 2018, 06:12:AM »
Hi all and thanks for the comments!
Happy 4th of July to my American friends - happy quiet working day to the rest of us ;)

despite a digestive virus I have been busy for the last few days :)
The legs of the Meacha Dragon were a bit troublesome and so I did several sketches before I was pleased with the design.


This is the start of a rear leg


and the corresponding front legs


I also added tubes and cables to the body - they won't be visible in the end, but we all know they are there ;)


A posing test...


And the first completed foot


I want to picture him in mid-stride


Next were scales...


OUCH!!
Looks more like a hedge-hog :(


So I rather went for standard steel plating


Lots of angles to cut


But rivets make it look good :D


And so I continued for several days to build the plating


As you can see here I decided to sculpt the tail rather than cutting tons of tiny pieces


It took me three days to build a decent mechanical head


I was so frustrated in between that I didn't take any process images.


And most of it won't be visible *sigh*


I think he looks sufficiently surprised :D


Finally I added some small armour plates to the legs


The plates add a bit of volume


And make it look more balanced


A last look at the cables *bye bye*


And so I finalized the big boy - you may notice that I broke off one of the claws and I will have to clean this mess up today.


Yep, pleased with him!


The lady got her equipment completed too, with swinging hair


and the obligatory goggles


And the finished mecha dragon


with a stupid facial expression ;)


So now I have to think about re-arranging and re-designing the scene


Do I have to make the back wall wider?


I want much of the scene itself to be in "pitch dark", so I'm unsure if I have to extend the rear wall in both directions to generate this...

What do you think?
Ideas, suggestions?
I look forward to your C&C

Cheers

Klaus
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Re: The Guardian
« Reply #27 on: Wed Jul, 04, 2018, 03:23:PM »
Liking how the mecha dragon turned out.
Not seeing any changes I'd actually make
"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 #28 on: Fri Jul, 06, 2018, 07:16:AM »
Thank you Quaralane!

Well, since I wasn't sure of the scene layout, I did some re-arranging.

First I looked at re-positioning on a wider board.


But that didn't improve either, so I rather decided to use the original board, but angle the scene.
With this set-up I have enough space behind the dragon to keep it really in the dark, while casting a bit of light onto the columns.

This looks better now and frees me from simulating depth to the side via painting.

Pleased with the set-up I started to build the dragon's "stash"

 
And spent an hour of more sculpting the floor plates from GreenStuff...

 
Once the GreenStuff was cured I began to "flesh out" the stash, adding old swords, armour, shields and a few bones, plus lots of (gold) coins.

 
This starts to look like a good dragons stash :)

 
And depending on the angle of view, one can even see bits of the Lady's front.

 
I'm pretty pleased how the scene developed :)
I look forward to your comments and suggestions.
Cheers
Klaus
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Re: The Guardian
« Reply #29 on: Sat Jul, 07, 2018, 11:55:PM »
Liking how you have it laid out.
The stash is starting to work as selling this as a dragon's lair
"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--