Sunday, 30 September 2012

HGUC Sinanju Wip 5

Crazy masking for this week... glad most of it turn out good with only a few area where paint manage to get in. Quickly touch it up on the spot... 0_0

Sunday, 23 September 2012

HGUC Sinanju Wip 4

Phew... I am glad I spend the whole Sunday working on this... even though it is a HG kit... but there are so many pieces that I need to split and group them together for spraying... sure takes time.

For the pass 2 to 3 week, I have been focusing on getting the diorama out 1st before getting back to  the kit. Few reason why I wanna get it done 1st is because I had never try a diorama that involved led and I wanna make sure the idea I have really works before it too late.

Glad to say, I think the diorama is more or less ready. Currently testing out the batteries life to see how many days they can last.

You can see below how it look like with the lights on together with most of the armor parts for Sinanju.

Here a closer look of the emblems. The most problematic piece is the shield. The torso isn't that bad but the shield took me 3 days to get it right... it isn't perfect, but at least I know what to do for my MG kit in future... btw using the stickers provided as a mask works, but not perfect, it leave behind it adhesive part and I don't like it... try using mask solution but it is worse... so the most prefer way for me is - - - After spray gold, spray enamel black and using a fine point tip brush. Focus and clean the enamel paint away. At first, it was tough... but after a few tries... I get the hang out of it...

Another piece I work on yesterday, I am thinking that the black right now might be too out of place... Need to work on these again... 

Friday, 21 September 2012

head sculpt

Have been trying out zbrush for the pass few mth and have to say that it is a very powerful tool for a 3D artist.

It might be confusing at 1st but if you can understand how to use any other 3d software, Zbrush is actually pretty similar...

I will be playing around more often... hope to find my motivation to do more sculpting at least an hour each day.

this was done roughly within 2 days.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

HGUC Sinanju Wip 3

Progress on my diorama. After going through a few testing with what ever I have in the pass week, I have decided on how my diorama is going to look like. I didn't want just a normal diorama to make the model look good, but I wanted something that can tell a story or at least look like there is something going on instead of doing a default pose. I personally feel more enjoyable posing a char if not I am not giving the articulation any justice. Although, there are some cases where a default pose really look good... but it just my preferences... I feel the urge to pose it and make it feel alive... haha... I also want the diorama and sinanju to have a good composition. So with that in mind, I started working on it every 1hr per night.

1st, get the right base and start applying wall putty and styrofoam as a foundation.

After getting the foundation ready, I start adding small scrumps of stryofoam to break the even shape. Follow by apply the white glue tissue paper on top of the foam to hide anything that look like foam instead of rocks.
Finally, added the glue + sand mixture over the base. mostly tackling areas like holes, flat surface and ground area.
Did take any photo in between cause my hand are fill with putty... YEAH...

Let the base dry for a day and start spray black as a base coat.
I took this photo in the toilet to let the smell air out, instead of putting it in my room...
Ta daaaa... this is what I have after that.
One super cool thing that I wanna share is this.
Sukerukun clay. Why I say it is super cool cause when the clay dry up... it get transparent.
I was searching for something like this in ART FRIEND for a while until I got to know this from GOOGLE. Went to do a quick search where I can grab a packet of this clay in singapore and WOW...  I am so lucky... the shop is located just around my working area.
Just in case anyone is interesting to know where to get this clay locally, it here.
Tinkle Art n Crafts, I like the name and what they have to offer. The shop was smaller than HAG but they have alot of accessory to offer. If you are into doll house.

Start sculpting some flames using the soft cooling clay and keep the rest in a dry area for future use.
It might not look transparent at all because it haven't dry yet. You need to let it dry at least for a day. The thinner the clay is, the more transparent it get.
After a day...
and five mins later...

Yup, so this is my progress on my diorama.
I am going to spend the next weekend working on this diorama again.
Testing out the Led lights for special effect stuff and start painting.