Wednesday, July 20, 2011

More Rigging

After I got done sculpting the muleskinner I had to get back to business. This model is over the hump and approaching the clubhouse turn. It's possible that it could be done late July/early August. Then I can get back to painting the figures. I foresee a marathon flesh painting session. Learning to rig a ship has been a real experience. I can see what captivates the ship modeller. It can be tedious at times, but very rewarding when it goes well.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

A quick sculpt and WB report

This is a late 19th century Muleskinner. I'm doing it as a surprise for a friend that has helped me out with several projects over the years. From woodworking to bicycle maintenance he has been a ton of help. He owns a couple of mules that he and his wife ride and enjoy. It's 1/32 with a Wolf head, Verlinden hands and Airfix boots. I'm not thrilled with the boots, but I'm sure they'll look good painted up. I did reshape them some and also added bootstraps.

Workbench Update; Still rigging "Old Ironsides". I painted the pants on one of the figures the other day too. I'm past the halfway point and just about at the avalanche stage. That's where your progress reaches it's apex and you're just knocking out details as you come down the stretch to completion. I just hammer and hammer and things seem to get done. I was reading ahead in the instruction manual and I believe (cross fingers) that I've served my last morope. This is a tedious endeavor and I've done more than a few and thought I was going to go cross-eyed in the process. I'm working on the ground work for my "Surrounded!" diorama. I've been photographing the process too. If it goes well, I'll try to make an article out of it.