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Title: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread Update April 24th.
Post by: FB on April 11, 2009, 05:28:11 am
Our glorious leader Andy recently commissioned me to make a custom Aquaman II figure from Kingdom Come for him.I promised i would do a WIP Thread if for no other reason than to stop him nagging me how it's coming along hee hee. ;D

Andy wanted me to use the same base figure as i used for mine and basically follow the recipe i used which of course makes it easier to repeat.However since i did mine i've refined a few techniques so hopefully his will be a higher quality than mine is.
The base is a KC Superman,kindly supplied by Andy.Saved me having to track one down.

First step is of course to remove the Cape,Spitcurl,Boot Tops,Belt,any mould seams and any other unwelcome protuberances.Not much at all to see at this point:

(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y206/Faithfulbutler/Garth1.jpg)

Was gonna post phase 2 tonight but my Camera batteries are dead and i can't find any spares.Will obtain some a.s.a.p and post an update.


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: fishmilkshake on April 11, 2009, 07:06:49 am
Excellent! I really appeciate a WIP as it gives me a greater appreciation for the final result.


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: dozymuppet on April 11, 2009, 07:21:05 am
Is this guy going to get scales?


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: FB on April 11, 2009, 07:26:21 am
Garth doesn't actually have scales on his Cossie in KC.So i dodged a bullet there. ;D


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: Scotty on April 11, 2009, 07:28:09 am
Hoorah! I love WIP threads, especially when I get to own the end result!  ;D

Thanks FB!


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: dozymuppet on April 11, 2009, 07:30:18 am
Garth doesn't actually have scales on his Cossie in KC.So i dodged a bullet there. ;D

I wish I could dodge that bullet right now.


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: FB on April 12, 2009, 05:34:43 am
Stage 2.Got some Epoxy and filled the Cape slots,also with the aid of Tamiya Putty[which is Polyfilla for Plastic people ;D]filled the"S"on his Chest in as it's not painted on but rather etched into his Chest.Plus filled a few other pinholes,gaps,moulding seams etc.
Then it's sanding,sanding,sanding,sanding and more sanding.A lot of people use their Dremels for sanding and i love my Dremel for lots of purposes.But,when it comes to sanding,especially fine detail sanding i still prefer the old fashioned way.Lot more time consuming but i think it's worth it.
Anyways now i have a blank slate to work on and it's time to start creating a Fish Guy:
(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y206/Faithfulbutler/Garth2.jpg)

ENJOY!


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: fishmilkshake on April 12, 2009, 06:38:08 am
Lookin' good!!

And I hear you on the sanding. It's bloody annoying, but if it's not done right it shows.


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: Scotty on April 12, 2009, 06:39:14 am
I'm just so jealous of anyone who has the skills to do this stuff.


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: FB on April 13, 2009, 05:21:16 am
Lookin' good!!

And I hear you on the sanding. It's bloody annoying, but if it's not done right it shows.

Mate i am so anal about sanding it's not funny.Will spend sometimes too long on it and will just sit there and study a piece for ages looking for blemishes.Usually tend to use 2-3 grades of Paper for every piece.Then once i prime i'm usually at it again.


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: dozymuppet on April 13, 2009, 05:31:18 am
It can make the difference between a master piece and a sketchy piece, though.


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: FB on April 13, 2009, 05:34:00 am
That's so profound and so right.It's all the little details that make a world of difference in the end.

That's why i like to get rid of the seam lines from the moulds and the peg holes if it's possible.Adds to the whole aesthetic for me.


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: dozymuppet on April 13, 2009, 05:36:19 am
I guess working with those KC bases will do that to you.


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: fishmilkshake on April 13, 2009, 06:10:25 am
That's so profound and so right.It's all the little details that make a world of difference in the end.

That's why i like to get rid of the seam lines from the moulds and the peg holes if it's possible.Adds to the whole aesthetic for me.

Well I've finally started on my first custom and before I even got undeway I noticed mould lines down each side of my base figure.

Out came the files.

I guess it's just a habit formed from doing metal gaming miniatures. And you're right about the priming. I find once I've primed something it really brings out the blemishes I missed earlier....so it's off again with the rotary tool, mini-file or sand paper  :P


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: FB on April 13, 2009, 06:17:25 am
Hooray,good for you.Be keen to see how it goes for you.

Those mould lines drive me nuts,like you i have a background in gaming miniatures,military figures and 1/6 Resin Kits.It was always one of my first tasks getting rid of all those damned seams.


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: fishmilkshake on April 13, 2009, 06:44:49 am
Hooray,good for you.Be keen to see how it goes for you.

Those mould lines drive me nuts,like you i have a background in gaming miniatures,military figures and 1/6 Resin Kits.It was always one of my first tasks getting rid of all those damned seams.

Ahhhh....cheap 1/6 scale garage kits with shoddy mould lines made out of poisonous resin....I remember thee well  :D


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: FB on April 13, 2009, 06:49:27 am
Oh i went for the high quality reputable ones rather than those recast things.Those cheapies were more trouble than their worth,still got a few Vinyl recast ones here that'll never get made.Want 'em? ;D


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: fishmilkshake on April 13, 2009, 07:06:55 am
Oh i went for the high quality reputable ones rather than those recast things.Those cheapies were more trouble than their worth,still got a few Vinyl recast ones here that'll never get made.Want 'em? ;D

Would love to! But the 4 I still haven't made would make the existing guilt worse!!!


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: FB on April 13, 2009, 07:09:00 am
You feel guilt about not building them?Wow,the only thing i feel toward them is it seems like such a waste to throw them out. :D


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: fishmilkshake on April 13, 2009, 07:14:31 am
You feel guilt about not building them?Wow,the only thing i feel toward them is it seems like such a waste to throw them out. :D

I've got a Bisley inspired Batman kit that I've had for about 12 years and am yet to lay tools to   :(


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: Scotty on April 13, 2009, 07:39:50 am
so what are you making FMS? you should start a WIP thread.


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: FB on April 13, 2009, 07:43:50 am
so what are you making FMS? you should start a WIP thread.

Yes FMS because Andy gets all toey when other figs are mentioned in this Thread.Ask Dozy. ;D


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: Scotty on April 13, 2009, 07:52:05 am
Toey? No, I just want the Originals board to be thriving - we've got some cool customs happening here.

Oh AND this thread is all about me!!  ;)


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: FB on April 13, 2009, 07:54:59 am
Toey? No, I just want the Originals board to be thriving - we've got some cool customs happening here.

Oh AND this thread is all about me!!  ;)


 :D

You'll be glad to know Garth's made good progress tonight then.


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: Scotty on April 13, 2009, 08:02:53 am
Great news - look forward to progress reports!!!


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: fishmilkshake on April 13, 2009, 05:50:18 pm
Righto....I'm outta here then!  :D

Will start my own thread when I have more to present.

Go Garth!


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: FB on April 14, 2009, 05:55:55 am
Yeah,you know how he gets. ;)



<----NUMBER 1000  ;D


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: FB on April 21, 2009, 06:12:53 am
I know you're hanging for a progress piccie Andy but you're going to have to bear with me.I'm trying a new concept[which i'll explain soon]and it's working but it's kicking my bum the time it's taking.


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: Scotty on April 21, 2009, 07:55:23 am
I can be patient.

To a point.  ;)


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: JackKnight on April 22, 2009, 09:57:49 am
I know you're hanging for a progress piccie Andy but you're going to have to bear with me.I'm trying a new concept[which i'll explain soon]and it's working but it's kicking my bum the time it's taking.

Ah just be like me. Never show him til it's finished. That'll learn im.  ;D


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread
Post by: FB on April 24, 2009, 07:04:49 am
New Piccie.Basically made his Belt and put all the strips on his Cossie.Belt was made out of Styrene,make paper patterns first just to get the symmetry correct allowing for body shape,pose,etc.And cut out the Styrene,thin,sand and glue on.Then a little more sanding. :D
Used Signwriters Vinyl for the strips,took ages to get the lines correct and set properly.Learned a lot doing it and it shouldn't take me over an hour to do each strip in the future.

(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y206/Faithfulbutler/garth3.jpg)



Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread Update April 24th.
Post by: fishmilkshake on April 24, 2009, 07:43:10 am
That is looking verrrry nice!!!


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread Update April 24th.
Post by: Scotty on April 24, 2009, 07:51:13 am
Wow, great job mate!!!!! Can 't wait!


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread Update April 24th.
Post by: FB on April 24, 2009, 07:57:41 am
Thanks fellas,he's getting there slowly.Couple of little tweaks which i'm working on right now then it's on to sculpting the Head.


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread Update April 24th.
Post by: Scotty on April 24, 2009, 08:00:20 am
You're working aquatic wonders mate.


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread Update April 24th.
Post by: dozymuppet on April 24, 2009, 07:34:26 pm
Wow, FB. That's coming along great. I'll have to hit you up for more detailed tips on the styrene and vinyl use at some stage.


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread Update April 24th.
Post by: FB on April 25, 2009, 07:09:51 am
No worries Dozy,there's no big secrets to using Styrene and vinyl but they sure make life easier for me.That Signwriters Vinyl is working out great for doing those strips,i know i could just paint them in but having it more 3D is something i prefer as an effect.


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread Update April 24th.
Post by: fishmilkshake on April 25, 2009, 09:44:24 am
No worries Dozy,there's no big secrets to using Styrene and vinyl but they sure make life easier for me.That Signwriters Vinyl is working out great for doing those strips,i know i could just paint them in but having it more 3D is something i prefer as an effect.

Ummm.....did you have to go to a sign writers to get it or can I get it from a hardware store?


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread Update April 24th.
Post by: FB on April 26, 2009, 05:39:06 am
No worries Dozy,there's no big secrets to using Styrene and vinyl but they sure make life easier for me.That Signwriters Vinyl is working out great for doing those strips,i know i could just paint them in but having it more 3D is something i prefer as an effect.

Ummm.....did you have to go to a sign writers to get it or can I get it from a hardware store?

That's a good question FMS.I actually scored mine from a Mate who funnily enough was a Signwriter.I saw some left on a roll in his Van and asked if i could have it.They use it for lettering and Borders and stuff but whether you can buy it or not i don't know.
I use lots of normal Vinyl you get from Spotlight but who could be damned to cut that into perfect,tiny little strips?


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread Update April 24th.
Post by: fishmilkshake on April 26, 2009, 06:32:43 am
I use lots of normal Vinyl you get from Spotlight but who could be damned to cut that into perfect,tiny little strips?

 :D


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread Update April 24th.
Post by: Scotty on May 26, 2009, 07:56:13 am
Hey FB, I guess Garth got packed up in the move? Any progress to report?


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread Update April 24th.
Post by: FB on May 27, 2009, 07:10:16 am
Hey FB, I guess Garth got packed up in the move? Any progress to report?

Yep i'm afraid he got packed up tonight,couldn't manage to get any thing done to him this week.Once i get it all unpacked at the new place i'll put up a new progress pic.He's coming along great,might keep this one and send you my old crappy one. ;D


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread Update April 24th.
Post by: Scotty on May 28, 2009, 04:54:29 am
Hey FB, I guess Garth got packed up in the move? Any progress to report?

Yep i'm afraid he got packed up tonight,couldn't manage to get any thing done to him this week.Once i get it all unpacked at the new place i'll put up a new progress pic.He's coming along great,might keep this one and send you my old crappy one. ;D

:o

 ;)




Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread Update April 24th.
Post by: Scotty on September 27, 2009, 07:59:06 am
Hey FB - just wondering if Garth has made it out of the box yet?  ;D ;D


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread Update April 24th.
Post by: fishmilkshake on September 27, 2009, 10:23:56 pm
Hey FB - just wondering if Garth has made it out of the box yet?  ;D ;D

Hint hint!


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread Update April 24th.
Post by: TalonSoulbender on September 28, 2009, 01:21:55 am
One of my top ten most wanted KC characters! Can't wait to see him finished!
Some good shit!


Talon


LOD


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread Update April 24th.
Post by: FB on September 28, 2009, 05:45:35 am
He's sitting there waiting for me all patiently.As i told you the other week i finally got my work desk up here from Brissy.Been trying to get it all sanded and re-stained so i can get back to work,but all these extra work hours are cutting into my quality time.
So long story short,very soon i promise.


Title: Re: "A Fish Guy is born"a WIP thread Update April 24th.
Post by: Scotty on September 28, 2009, 05:55:03 am
No rush FB, just hadn't had an update in awhile and was wondering. I look forward to the final result and pics along the way!