Sunday, February 24, 2013
Since the original post I have blended the black knobs on his head out so that the transition is less stark, and turned this into a pattern that runs onto his head. The tentacles have received a bit more modulation so that they're not stealing focus, and he got a hint of veins running through the thin skin near his ears.
And now he's finished again.... maybe.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
This is the finished Octopus bust from JMD Miniatures. It is sitting on a 1.5" clear acrylic cube instead of a traditional wood or resin plinth. I thought this would help to emphasize the "wet" look and nature of the piece.
I'm going to keep coming back to work on the water effects as it takes a long time to dry between each application. In this picture the top right water droplet is still curing, which is why it has a milky look to it.
Monday, February 18, 2013
I bought this bust ages ago and no longer remember who the manufacturer is -- if anyone out there knows, please mention it in the comments.
I'm very happy with how the skin tones are coming together. I'm going to give him a selective coat of satin when the skin is finished, but only one small section at a time so that I can ensure that the texture works with the shading.
I will also use some Water Effects to put water droplets at the lowest point on each of his tentacles.
He is sitting on a 1.5" clear acrylic cube. I thought that this would be much more interesting for a water themed model like this than any wood or resin would be, and not quite as campy as sticking him onto a chunk of coral.
Monday, February 11, 2013
The Marder is finally finished! Well, at least until I notice something obvious in the photos that I missed while looking at the model.
I used the Dragon 1/35 Smart Kit, a milled barrel and rounds, brass detailing for the helmets, and made the stowage rolls.
I will probably do a bit more pigmenting on the stowage but I do otherwise consider this complete. I'm very happy with the colour modulation and overall effect, but like any kit there are plenty of things I would have done differently now that it's finished.
I did manage to make the cracked leather seats more visible -- with a helmet and strap on one of them to help draw in the eye -- and added a family portrait to the wall of the fighting compartment.
The radio is fully detailed and includes a headset with tiny, tiny wiring. I don't think I'll ever do that again. Ever.