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My Custom 13 Dwarves & Bilbo From 'The Hobbit' Movie WIP. Bombur Weapons & Accessories.

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Definitely coming along now.

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Finished painting the head except some gloss for the eyes etc.. started on the boots.

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Head looks great. If you had some left over, you could maybe experiment with adding some "real hair" strands around the plastic -- but be careful in case they need to be removed. Just an idea.


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GubernatorFan wrote:Head looks great. If you had some left over, you could maybe experiment with adding some "real hair" strands around the plastic -- but be careful in case they need to be removed. Just an idea.

All used up mate, I take it you mean the Sculpy? Adding some to the sculpted hair? Tricky to pull that off for various reasons to be honest, done it before.

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That's a good colour match on the hair, I know what you mean about adding strands to sculpted hair, also the flash photography highlights the texture difference quite a lot,very nice work though.


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Looks great, you managed to get the colours matched up really well there.

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Well done, sir.

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peter the painter wrote:That's a good colour match on the hair, I know what you mean about adding strands to sculpted hair, also the flash photography highlights the texture difference quite a lot,very nice work though.


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Thanks Peter! Took some odd multi colour mixes and layers but got there in the end. Yes my snap photography with a flash will always bring out any flaws mercilessly but that can often be a useful tool in the WIP to give me a different perspective to spot where improvements can be made, in this case it does look more uniform to the naked eye but getting these two media to blend perfectly is even something the professionals still fall short on so I can live with it  Wink .

Rogerbee wrote:Looks great, you managed to get the colours matched up really well there.

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Thank you Roger!

dadrab wrote:Well done, sir.

Cheers dadrab!

Made connectors for the head which was quite tricky on this one but works using lubricated rubber, also modded a pair of matching hands (harder to find than you'd think as they also need to match his face!) from my 'box of hands'. I tested gripping a real axe myself in different ways to feel what would work best and decided one natural grip hand would work for both the Dane axe and the throwing axe (got a few real ones of those too) and a hand with a grip and thumb support works well on the upper part of the Dane axe's haft, securing the indexing point for the blade's edge alignment and allowing the haft to slide through the grip to strike (I did some Viking re-enactment years ago).

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Dare I say he's completed? Anyway, coming along beautifully.


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Looking great there!

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GubernatorFan wrote:Dare I say he's completed? Anyway, coming along beautifully.

Rogerbee wrote:Looking great there!

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Thanks! As for finished, miles away! Got the hardest parts to do next: make a decorative leather belt and hand sculpted buckle, custom leather pouches, leather knife sheaths, custom knives, axe ring. Then very complicated vambraces that look like an Esher staircase print, all the complicated and layered bicep armour that might need to be cast in resin or latex plus multiple leather layers, and the boots! affraid

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Got better pics of these somewhere! scratch

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Ah there we go!!

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Great work on him so far, the overall look is really good, looking forward to seeing all the other small details that you add.


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All the fun to come!

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peter the painter wrote:Great work on him so far, the overall look is really good, looking forward to seeing all the other small details that you add.


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Thanks for photoshopping the pic again!

Rogerbee wrote:All the fun to come!

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I'm still avoiding the hard parts lol! Well I did stab myself inserting the scalpel blade completely vertically into the top of my right index finger which ironically was the exact same finger I was modding for the figure so he could hold the large axe! Cool Done some leather work for the boots and braided a bunch of brown waxed string to detail the edges of his vambraces/gauntlets.

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Owww!! Scalpels and I don't get on all that well either. Be careful!

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Ouch. Be careful... better safe than sorry. How would you continue your awesome custom work if you caused any irreparable damage to the tools of your trade?


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Rogerbee wrote:Owww!! Scalpels and I don't get on all that well either. Be careful!

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Ah well that's what elastic bands and tape are for until you can apply some TCP and a bandage.

More boot work, scavenged loads of buckles from some German backpacks and started the big belt...trimmed the beard into the geometric pattern he has and glossed the eyes etc..pic doesn't show this very well at all. I also made a 'sheet' of Dwarven scale armour by taking impressions from a 1/6 rotocast Gimli figure's armour repeatedly in flattened plasticine coated with silicone oil, then applied the first layer of black liquid latex that is now curing.

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TCP!? Oooh no, that'll sting like a bitch! I just run them under a cold tap and leave them.

Keep up the good work, if you can bear to!

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You are a machine! This thread is more fun than the Hobbit movies.

And yeah I feel you, last week I cut away a piece of my left middlefinger while cutting styrofoam.

When they are all finished, please make a very long detail showcase video using this song, send it to WETA and Peter Jackson and make them cry happy tears. Thx, bye! :p

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Ovy wrote:You are a machine! This thread is more fun than the Hobbit movies.

And yeah I feel you, last week I cut away a piece of my left middlefinger while cutting styrofoam.

When they are all finished, please make a very long detail showcase video using this song, send it to WETA and Peter Jackson and make them cry happy tears. Thx, bye! :p

Beautiful and very moving song! Well discovered, reminds me very much of the Irish band Clannad from Donegal who Enya used to be the lead singer for back in the day a long time ago. They even use the Irish bodhran in the song you found (a hand held drum hit with a double ended tapping stick).

Also from a film, 'Harry's Game' about the Northern Irish 'Troubles' back in the early 80's

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Great work on the sundries, love the way the beard turned out too.

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That is a lot of fantastic work, my friend. Amazing.


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I love that Clannad song; never realized Enya was their lead singer. Definitely a good mood match for your elven and dwarvish creations! Smile


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Nice,

Loved Clannad too, their theme for Robin of Sherwood was ace!

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peter the painter wrote:Great work on the sundries, love the way the beard turned out too.

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Peter.

Thanks Peter!

Stryker2011 wrote:That is a lot of fantastic work, my friend. Amazing.

Cheers Stryker!

GubernatorFan wrote:I love that Clannad song; never realized Enya was their lead singer. Definitely a good mood match for your elven and dwarvish creations! Smile

A lot of their stuff is instrumental I think but then she is a musician not just a singer.

Rogerbee wrote:Nice,

Loved Clannad too, their theme for Robin of Sherwood was ace!

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I'm sure I would remember it if I heard it.

I've been busy working on modding my Kriss Vector but still got some work done on Gloin, been watching 'Farscape' (again) and just realised how much Kar'Dargo looks like Gloin Laughing

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He does a bit, good catch!

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Now I start to understand the big flattened glob of grey something. You are the master at reproducing patterns. Smile


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Rogerbee wrote:He does a bit, good catch!

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I thought it was pretty funny! I can't escape Gloin!!

GubernatorFan wrote:Now I start to understand the big flattened glob of grey something. You are the master at reproducing patterns. Smile

LOL, I thought I'd explained it Wink . Well I do what I can with what I have untill I really need something like the stencil I just ordered, annoyingly it's coming from China as I couldn't find one locally on ebay but should help a lot with patterns like his gauntlets. I made that much latex Dwarf scale armour as Thorin will need most of it.

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Maybe the designer is a Farscape fan!?

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Loving the leather work and the way you've done the shape of the boots, really interested in what you are going to do with the platelets too.

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Ha! That’s funny. My wife and I just started rewatching Farscape ourselves. Love that show. There definitely is a resemblance to Dargo.


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peter the painter wrote:Loving the leather work and the way you've done the shape of the boots, really interested in what you are going to do with the platelets too.

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Thanks! I'll just be cutting the scale armour to the shapes and sizes I need then add silver and a black wash probably.

Rogerbee wrote:Maybe the designer is a Farscape fan!?

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Stryker2011 wrote:Ha! That’s funny. My wife and I just started rewatching Farscape ourselves. Love that show. There definitely is a resemblance to Dargo.

Well they're both Australian and New Zealand based productions so I'm sure there's a connection! Wink

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Man, that beard is so epic. And I'm fascinated too with you reproducing patterns like that. Brilliant man.


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ReverendSpooky wrote:Man, that beard is so epic.  And I'm fascinated too with you reproducing patterns like that.  Brilliant man.

Cheers RS! The latex pattern method takes a couple of days as you have to wait while each coat dries before applying the next but you don't have to really do anything LOL.

Redoing his arms by thickening them up, reattaching the base shirt material and now building the bicep armour. The pattern scissors I have can't cut pleather annoyingly so I'm having to use PVA stiffened fibre card which I'll then paint and layer together.

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Good point about the Australian/New Zealand connection, some of them could well have worked on both.

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Using foam to thicken the arms is genius, as it will not get in the way of articulation the way other materials would.


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Rogerbee wrote:Good point about the Australian/New Zealand connection, some of them could well have worked on both.

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Jim Henson Studios is American and was in charge of all the creatures like the puppets, not sure if they were involved with the make up actor related designs so it could well have been someone who went on to work for Wetta Studios later.

GubernatorFan wrote:Using foam to thicken the arms is genius, as it will not get in the way of articulation the way other materials would.

Cheers! Does the job and an easy solution too.

Assembled and inked the upper bicep armour that seems to be a mix of leather and metal in the movie prop costume like Gimli's helmet neck guard.

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Mmm, possibly..

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Interesting idea, that looks like it could work.


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peter the painter wrote:Interesting idea, that looks like it could work.


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Peter.

Well I've finished fabricating it now, basically a lot of cutting and glueing then redoing it multiple times until I was happy with it. Needs to be touched up with sepia ink to cover glue etc.. and the silver plates need painting but seems to do the trick, not great for articulation but he's only got broad stumpy arms anyway.

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He is coming together wonderfully well Alex, hats off once again, really enjoyable watching him develop.



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Even if Asmus were to do him, I can't ever see you wanting to replace yours with one.

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peter the painter wrote:He is coming together wonderfully well Alex, hats off once again, really enjoyable watching him develop.

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Peter.

Thanks Peter!

Rogerbee wrote:Even if Asmus were to do him, I can't ever see you wanting to replace yours with one.

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That's a nice thing to say, thank you! Well they're making Thorin and he looks great but I'm still planning to make my own.

Primmered and ink washed the boots, also dulled the 'V' pattern a bit with ink while touching up the shoulder armour, been working on my Kriss Vector and bloody boiler most of the day.

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To this:(I had to make a complete custom stock adaptor to mount a fixed M4 stock to the original folding stock mounts without modifying the gun at all, the suppressor is also custom built).

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He's definitely getting there. Once you get that wide belt (or whatever it is) on, he will look pretty complete. Cheers!


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The boots are art, man. Odd to say, but they're my favorite part to this one, so far.

Lots and lots of damn nice stuff going on.

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GubernatorFan wrote:He's definitely getting there. Once you get that wide belt (or whatever it is) on, he will look pretty complete. Cheers!

It's a belt, what else would you call it?LOL Laughing

dadrab wrote:The boots are art, man. Odd to say, but they're my favorite part to this one, so far.

Lots and lots of damn nice stuff going on.

Cheers dadrab, here you go boots all done! Might do some weathering later not sure.

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Alex, the boots look really good. hope you don't mind me saying, for what it's worth, darkening the lower half of the paintwork on the foot, and dry brushing with light tan, would bring out that distinctive shape of the boot you've created considerably.
Used micro soft paint on pic below to show you what I mean,Great work though in any case.




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Those boots look ace!

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peter the painter wrote:Alex, the boots look really good. hope you don't mind me saying, for what it's worth, darkening the lower half of the paintwork on the foot, and dry brushing with light tan, would bring out that distinctive shape of the boot you've created considerably.
Used micro soft paint on pic below to show you what I mean,Great work though in any case.




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Peter.

Thanks Peter! Great idea! I was thinking of weathering them with some light coloured dust using a dry sponge method which should have a similar effect as you correctly pointed out the dark colour does hide the characteristic angular shapes of these Dwarven boots. Brain's not too good coming down with something and still haven't fixed the bloody boiler! Mad  I'm worried I blew up the very expensive PCB but it does have a fuse that has blown on the PCB so hopefully that saved it! Well that's what its there for!! So it'll be a £4 fix or a £150 fix.....

Rogerbee wrote:Those boots look ace!

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Thanks Roger!

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I will just chime in with the others, the boots blend in beautifully with the rest of the outfit. And I am sorry to hear about your 1:1 boiler woes.


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