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  • From: Amarillo, TX.
WIP of sprue made figure
Posted by captfue on Thursday, April 19, 2018 10:35 PM

Just a couple of WIP shots of a US Marine circa 1775-78. The figure is for a group build at another site, but will ultimately end up on my grandson desk. He is a Sgt. in the corps. The figure will be place figting from fighting top, or what I would call the crows nest.





 

 

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, April 19, 2018 11:52 PM

Great action pose.  What do you mean 'from sprue' ?  Hoping its literal. 

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Amarillo, TX.
Posted by captfue on Friday, April 20, 2018 9:28 AM

Yes it's sprue, I use various means to melt/soften so I can shape it. For multible copies of the small item I'll make a mold and melt the sprue in it.

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, April 20, 2018 11:03 AM

Thats very impressive!  Can't wait to see with a coat of primer

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, April 20, 2018 11:30 AM

Oh awesome idea, looking forward to more. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Pawel on Friday, April 20, 2018 3:45 PM

captfue - I've already heard you mention this technique before. At first I thought you heat the sprue to melt it, but then it occured to me you could also use thinner to chemically melt it. It sure would be interesting to see some more "in progress" photos of you doing that. Sculpting figures is a bit of magic. For example how do you keep track of scale and proportions? Do you use ready made heads, hands and shoes, for example?

Thanks for sharing and good luck with your figure, and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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  • From: Amarillo, TX.
Posted by captfue on Friday, April 20, 2018 9:36 PM

I,ve tried using thinners before, it's OK but not my cup of tea. I do believe it would work for some parts of the figure. I still like to get my trusty wood burner and melt it on to a basic figure. There are several ways to work the scale and proportions, one using a formula I found in FSM (some time ago) I'll inlarge or reduce a picture to the size I need . The other, more common way is by using a proportional diveder. I'll get and item, say a canteen I'll place one end on the higth in 1/35th  and the other end will give the same hight in 1/24, 1/16th... The rest is just by eying it. I'm not a commercal schulpture so for me it dosn't have to be exact. Most everything I do envolves a master that has a mold made of it, The face I have a generic 1/16th head from that I'll add the details and expression ect..I'll see if I have any old WIP photos from other figures and see if I can put somthing together. As you can see photography is not what I do best.

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Posted by Griffin25 on Friday, April 20, 2018 11:18 PM

That is some great work. The action of his movement is evident. Grabing another ball.

 

Griffin

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