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I have stuff to show that i'm proud of but showing it will spoil the surprise and the joke of the reveal... should I...?

Publish pictures now and bask in the awe but spoil the surprise?
2 (28.6%)
Sit on it like a mother hen clucking about how good her brood is for another four weeks?
3 (42.9%)
I dont give a damn, stop putting up silly polls.
2 (28.6%)

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Voting closed: November 29, 2013, 08:29:22 PM

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Re: Brandlin : Pick on a diorama your own size!
« Reply #50 on: October 15, 2013, 10:50:29 AM »
Some kind of dirty dancing style lift involving walkers?

As I remember flashdance involved welding...

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Re: Brandlin : Pick on a diorama your own size!
« Reply #51 on: October 15, 2013, 04:13:36 PM »
  • "Bad Boys" had an APC in it for one of the raids... but the walker still has me stumped and the Bad Boys of 1983 has Sean Penn in it, not Martin Lawrence and Will Smith
  • Risky Business is famous but has neither an APC or a Walker
  • Christine has a garage, but no APC or Walker
  • The Day After is a "What if all the bombs dropped everywhere" movie, so I'd be APCs, but no walker...
  • Maybe Independence Day...
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Re: Brandlin : Pick on a diorama your own size!
« Reply #52 on: October 26, 2013, 04:31:34 PM »
A little more update today...



« Last Edit: October 26, 2013, 05:42:10 PM by Brandlin »
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Re: Brandlin : Pick on a diorama your own size!
« Reply #53 on: October 26, 2013, 05:34:55 PM »
« Last Edit: October 26, 2013, 05:42:21 PM by Brandlin »
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Re: Brandlin : Pick on a diorama your own size!
« Reply #54 on: October 27, 2013, 12:30:06 AM »
This is a very intriguing diorama... :popcorn:

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Re: Brandlin : Pick on a diorama your own size!
« Reply #55 on: October 27, 2013, 12:58:32 AM »
This is a very intriguing diorama... :popcorn:

Good :-)

I am aiming to entertain through the build, as well as the reveal.

Thank you.
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Re: Brandlin : Pick on a diorama your own size!
« Reply #56 on: November 02, 2013, 11:52:27 PM »
I got started on the part of the build that I am most worried about today. I love working with plastic sheet and hard lines. But this bit is all organic and green stuff sculpting.

I've not done much green stuff sculpting work other than a few minor figure conversions.

So - anyone got any tips on how to sculpt tree bark? I have roughed in the main trunk and branch structure but need to add a layer of bark over it. Tips please :)

Pictures tomorrow.
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Re: Brandlin : Pick on a diorama your own size!
« Reply #57 on: November 03, 2013, 02:03:24 AM »
An easy way is to put rough vertical lines in and every now and then poke the tool in deep to show knotty bits. It depends on what sort of tree you want really, some bark is more scaly looking others are flaky, smooth etc. so many types!

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Re: Brandlin : Pick on a diorama your own size!
« Reply #58 on: November 03, 2013, 10:57:56 AM »
An easy way is to put rough vertical lines in and every now and then poke the tool in deep to show knotty bits. It depends on what sort of tree you want really, some bark is more scaly looking others are flaky, smooth etc. so many types!


In all honesty, I'd be happy with something that when people look at it they go "oh look, that's a tree." I'm not aiming for any kind of genus or species!

I have some styrene tube roughly wrapped and bulked out in green stuff, and kinda smoothed out. I guess I should try and wrap the whole thing in a bark layer and run vertical tool marks through it.

Wish me luck.
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Re: Brandlin : Pick on a diorama your own size!
« Reply #59 on: November 03, 2013, 03:56:26 PM »
I haven't tried to carve/sculpt the bark yet!



I want to achieve a small part of the feel from these photographs

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« Reply #60 on: November 03, 2013, 04:26:09 PM »
I enjoy using modelling putty from the art shop for trees. The modelling clay i have is a bit like  Das (but more expensive) it has a gentle soul and is sort of formless passive raw material that requires the sculptor to infuse it with life, whereas procreate and green stuff are stubborn and elastic and working with them can seem like a fight or a wrestling match. Trees are alive, and they are passive, the only thing they resist is any attempt to impose straight lines on them. To give a general impression of bark i just score lines into the surface after it has dried a bit. It is just an intuitive process, there is no recipie. If it doesnt look right you can just add water, smooth it over and try again later. With green stuff you can presumably acheive a more detailed finish, but I would not now how to do this.

Just seen the pic you posted as i was about to post this. Looking good so far.
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Re: Brandlin : Pick on a diorama your own size!
« Reply #61 on: November 03, 2013, 05:27:56 PM »
Now with added bark and rocks.


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Re: Brandlin : Pick on a diorama your own size!
« Reply #62 on: November 03, 2013, 09:49:03 PM »
The lower part of that tree seems too flat.

And now, I have no idea what your diorama is about. :scratchhead:
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Re: Brandlin : Pick on a diorama your own size!
« Reply #63 on: November 03, 2013, 10:18:43 PM »

The lower part of that tree seems too flat.

Yes I agree. It looks better in real life, but starkly wrong in the picture. I shall have to bulk it out more. However you won't be able to see much of it by the time the grymn walker is in there.

And now, I have no idea what your diorama is about. :scratchhead:

Good. :)
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Re: Brandlin : Pick on a diorama your own size!
« Reply #64 on: November 04, 2013, 07:34:03 AM »
Will any of the miniatures have blue skin?...

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« Reply #65 on: November 04, 2013, 04:42:28 PM »
Will any of the miniatures have blue skin?...

No.
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« Reply #66 on: November 04, 2013, 05:14:04 PM »
But they do have a tree in the hangar to practice their hugging. I reckon they'll all have flowers in their hair ;)

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« Reply #67 on: November 04, 2013, 05:22:28 PM »
But they do have a tree in the hangar to practice their hugging. I reckon they'll all have flowers in their hair ;)

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« Reply #68 on: November 05, 2013, 07:53:45 AM »
I enjoy using modelling putty from the art shop for trees. The modelling clay i have is a bit like  Das (but more expensive) it has a gentle soul and is sort of formless passive raw material that requires the sculptor to infuse it with life, whereas procreate and green stuff are stubborn and elastic and working with them can seem like a fight or a wrestling match. Trees are alive, and they are passive, the only thing they resist is any attempt to impose straight lines on them.
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« Reply #69 on: November 05, 2013, 10:32:44 AM »
Now with added bark and rocks.



Oh look, that's a tree.

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« Reply #70 on: November 05, 2013, 12:03:19 PM »
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« Reply #71 on: November 05, 2013, 01:37:31 PM »
But they do have a tree in the hangar to practice their hugging. I reckon they'll all have flowers in their hair ;)

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« Reply #72 on: November 05, 2013, 07:47:17 PM »
Now with added bark and rocks.



Oh look, that's a tree.

Yay for me!
I sculpted something you recognise!
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« Reply #73 on: November 10, 2013, 08:38:59 AM »
Right well that's that part of the diorama modelled, and painted.

What? You don't believe me?

Well, I *could* show you! but it would simply ruin the final reveal...

Now... Back to the workshop side...
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« Reply #74 on: November 10, 2013, 09:33:20 PM »
OK, I'll show you some of it (minus the bit that will obviously give the game away...)
Ignore the background - it will get painted over.



And a small conversion...


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