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Armored Crusader Jaroyesh vs. three Undead [Guild Wars 2 inspired]

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As mentioned in the Introduction thread, I'm new to the hobby, my first 1/6 Scale Figure is a customized "Triad Toys Riza Miyamoto", which I customized into my character Jaroyesh from Guild Wars 2, a fantasy/part steampunk MMO. Jaroyesh, or 'Roy', was a Crusader, a soldier of the Vigil Order, fighting against the undead in the invasion of Orr. She is equipped with heavy armor, sword, long axe and a shotgun. I also made a mace and a roundshield, but I didn't like them, I'll have to make them again.


The shotgun is the newest weapon, there are older pictures where she is wielding the sword and the axe, but the painting on the armor isn't finished there. I will make new pictures of the other weapons soon.


Magnetic break action shotgun.


The background is a print of a screenshot of Orr. Orr was once a human kingdom, until a powerful mage used an ancient spell to protect it against an invasion. The Spell sank the entire island an turned every living creature into an undead servant of the mage, who became a powerful Lich. (The landscape and some themes/stories/items are quite inspired by Lovecraft) After the Lich was killed, a powerful undead Dragon took over Orr and raised it from the ocean. Jaroyesh is there to clean up this mess.


I also made three Risen Humans from Orr (Zombies...) to fight Jaroyesh. They were made from the skeletons from 'The Bones Book'. The joints were reinforced with wire and magnets, I am still trying, it's a bit messy. I will post more zombie footage in the future.


The original figure, Riza Miyamoto. I mainly chose it for the hairstyle of the headsculpt an because it was cheap on ebay. Now I have 2 Katanas to open letters. The trenchcoat is wired for posing, I cut off the upper part, painted it black and reused it.


Progress pictures:

For the armor I used "Worbla', a thermoplastic used by cosplayers. It was recommendend to me by a friend.
It is very light an robust.
I started with the boots, added some greenstuff pyramids to fit the armor design of the original.


I used more greenstuff on some cheap biker hands from China to make the gauntlets:


My first use of neodym magnets on the chest.


The pauldrons are supposed to look more 'fantasy', also equipped with magnets. I added a gorget because I can. And rivets, I like rivets.


The 'Vigil' helmet is inspired by Greek helmets. I still have to add the hair for the crest. Brush bristles maybe? Or just make a static sculpt? I am open for suggestions.


The clothing under the armor is very basic, just spare leather and some glue.


All parts were primed with black spray and then painted with vallejo metallic color. The texture of the material fits the brute style of the armor, I think. I increased the 'hammered' effect on the upper chestpiece, the elbows and the plates on the boots, using putty from the bottle.


I scaled a screenshot of the axe in the desired size, printed it on adhesive paper an put it on a thermoplastic sheet, then cut it out. The blades were then added to a wooden rod, some greenstuff rivets were added.


For the sword I  also used a screenshot. It took some time to find a scale that is not too fantasy/oversized and no too tiny/realistic. The sword is designed in the style of the Norn - the Norn are giant Viking/Native Americans hybrids living in the cold Shiverpeaks.


For the Shotgun I used a lot of tiny magnets for future interchanging of parts.


I will post some more Undead when I put their progress pics together like those above.

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Holy crap!!! 1st off Ovy, welcome to the board and to the hobby! 2nd, damn, how the hell is this your 1st 1/6 build!? So impressive! Until I saw the WIP pics, I totally assumed most of what I was seeing was kitbashed from pre-existing parts. You did such an incredible job on the armor and weapons! Love those swords and the shotgun is brilliant. What did you work on before you started doing 1/6 stuff? Based on this, I assume you've got experience from some sort of other creative projects before?

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Great work. Nice to see Triad products still around and being used so effectively. That Worbia looks pretty neat, and something I now want to look into. Thanks for the insight into your kitbashing and customizing process. Very effective background, too.


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a crazy amount of work went into this and thanks for sharing the WIP pics !
She looks awesome so far and cant wait to see more of her !

I did not know Worbla came in such thin pieces which is great !
I will need to look into that..


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You're definitely a natural! Very talented and you seem to have picked up important tricks of the trade very early on and are using them really well! Love the use of a pencil sharpener on a wooden dowel to make spikes, might work on soft plastic from model kit sprues too.
Brush bristles work really well, just get a soft brush like one for buffing shoe polish.

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Fantastic work! You should send this to GW2 team. They love posting fan work like this on their Tumblr or FB page.

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Very nice. I love how you have used those magnets.


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Excellent work, and nice job on all the detailed WIP pics and explanations. Turned out great.


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Well, this is one helluvan entrance, if I've ever seen one.

Masterful work, indeed. I like it all.

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Wonderful figure and equipment! Great paintjob too!

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Thanks for the kind words everyone!

@Spooky:
My main focus was always on drawing and some painting, but I made some planes and tanks as a kid, later two small WH40k armies. I liked customizing and kitbashing then, giving the guardsmen greenstuff beards and pimping their guns and armor etc. Also some molding for small items. I am sculpting small figures from time to time (for birthdays etc.) using polymer clay and old metal/plastic stuff I find. Before I started the 6 scale thing I made some cute little houses with empty jars and polymer clay.

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Brush bristles then, thanks!
And you can definitely sharpen plastic sprues, but I wanted wood for the rough texture.

@ZombieKev:
Yeah I heard about it, maybe I'll be finished by Halloween.

Orrian weapons:

I am not finished with arranging the Undead progress pictures yet, but here are their weapons.

Screenshots of the weapons were scaled, printed on adhesive Paper and put on polystyrene sheet, then cut out and combined with chop sticks. I sharpened them and drilled some corrosive effects into the blades. As the weapons are covered with corals and barnacles, I used cheap air drying clay as a base for greenstuff.



Some fake leather strips and greenstuff was used for the barnacles, then painted.


I should not have use wood, it's quite heavy for the skeletons. A small magnet helps attaching it to the hand.


The spear has a shell attached to the end, stolen from Scotland. I might put a greenish tint over allle the weapons, but I am afraid to mess it all up.

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Beautifully detailed work, real craftmanship on show.


Cheers,

Peter.

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Thanks peter!

Here are some pics of the undead. I am working on the armor of the grey guy in front, but no pics yet.



And the progress pictures. I used the Bones book skeleton.
It has moveable joints, but they are very limited and the figure can't stand on it's own. I drilled and used wires, but I am still experimenting, the wires tend to break after a while. Maybe you know better, more durable wire, or maybe there are small Lego joints?

The first one is a jawless girl with a glass eye, inspired by the ingame model of an undead character (upper right).
I used a lightweight gumlike modeling paste to build some muscle, greenstuff for the skin. A simple Corset was made from Worbla and string. An elastic fabric was weathered with acrylics.


The mage guy is clothed in a cheap chinese warrior clothing, I might add some details later. Some weathering with acrylics.
The stiff fingers were broken and articulated. I put small magnets in the weapon hands so the thumb can be detatched. There is an ingame model with a hood and one with a mask, I made both and combined them. The mask is made from polymer clay, although I experimented with Worbla too.

The last one shows the most skin an is more muscular. The armor is WIP, I want to make a high collar an give him a hunchback. I will use red moss to cover the joints on the shoulders

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Ovy wrote:And the progress pictures. I used the Bones book skeleton.
It has moveable joints, but they are very limited and the figure can't stand on it's own. I drilled and used wires, but I am still experimenting, the wires tend to break after a while. Maybe you know better, more durable wire, or maybe there are small Lego joints?

Why not simply use the Coomodel skeleton? It has been specifically designed to do what you want. I've bought 3 or 4 for various projects and they are pretty good.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-Metal-joint-COOMODEL-Movable-12-Skeleton-Body-2-0-1-6-Action-Figure-BS003-12/32708123682.html


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Wow! How did I miss those barnacle weapons. Pretty awesome stuff. Your sculpting and paint skills are amazing. Really great work on all your creepy skeleton characters, as well. As Peter said, real craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing all the WIP pics (I'm terrible at that myself; when I have the time to actually work on a project, I forget to do that -- I just want to get the thing done).


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your detailing with green stuff is fantastic !
I like how you also used the book of bones skeletons for your trio - and again, your skill with green stuff is commendable !


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Damn, the barnacle encrusted weapons look amazing!!! Seriously cool. And I second Shazzdan on the Coomodel skeletons. They're well priced and a lot of fun. Totally great to work with.

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Thanks@all!

Ye, I tried to buy the coomodel skeleton more than one time, but it was sold out, the only available was the Coomodel Skelleton with a cowboy hat and a rifle, for thrice the price. So I bought the Bones Book ones to get started. Maybe I will get a coo when the other ones are finished. I think I will try copper cables or something for the joints next.

I started to make the boots and the armor for the Axe guy.


The greaves are formed after the Riza Miyamoto ones, made with Black Worbla. The first version of the armor is also made with black Worbla. I like the brown Worbla better, but I don't have much of it left. If your are interested in Worbla: https://www.worbla.com/
I made pauldrons for the armor, they will be magnetic/detachable.


Testing the armor

Wazzzaaaaaap?


I used some grandma tights to wrap the mage, reminds me of an Angel of Death Statue I saw in Rome once. (It also had a Scythe and wings...)



The material looks ugly with a light flash. I experimented with Ball magnets to make a magnetic joint for the head.


Random full frontal.


But now I am on vacation, the figures have to wait in the box, bye, have fun!

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If it helps, a long time ago I did a review of the COO skeleton, here:
http://www.mwctoys.com/REVIEW-071516b.htm


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I wish I could order Worbla. Awesome figures and weaponry.

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Ovy wrote:Ye, I tried to buy the coomodel skeleton more than one time, but it was sold out,

Apologies for that. When I posted the above link it was still available for sale.


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Anyone know what is happening with the Coomodel skeleton? It still seems to be a current line on Coomodel's website but I can't find a single supplier anywhere on the planet who has it in stock.


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Fascinating work on these customs! Thanks a ton for sharing all the steps, this is really inspiring! Absolutely fantastic!

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Excellent sculpting skills!! I see we're both making bladed weapons from styrene sheet! LOL.

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Thanks@all.

Thanks @GubernatorFan for the Coo review. I am not a fan of the head, but everything else looks good.
@shazzdan It seems to be available on monkey depot: http://www.monkeydepot.com/Boxed_Figure_COO_Models_Human_Skeleton_2_0_p/coom0031.htm
@MerylAkiba Maybe this helps: https://www.worbla.com/?page_id=6713

Now for the shield: It was one of the very first items I tried to make in January, but I did not find the right materials and failed 4 times. Now I found a round balsawood like plate (from some packaged round cheese), cut the lines and the hole into it. The shield Boss is made from Worbla.



The failed shield bosses can be used as adorable hats.


I used Worbla for the Rim, but was not pleased with the result. I had the idea to use a cable - I pulled the inner cables out, cut them to connect it into a ring. I put small nails into the rim and boss. The rivets on the back side where made with green stuff. A leather belt was added to fit the arm. (I might add a grip for the hand in the future.)
No glue had to be used.  




Now some shots with the shield in action. I just put some rags in the background to cover the transition between background and floor, I actually want to make a beach scenery with rotting dark seaweed. Does anyone have an idea what material I could use to reproduce stinking seaweed piles? (does not have to stink)







Inspired by blackpools Captain America. Very Happy










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A Bandai 1/12 stormtrooper. Gubernator recommended the bandai 6 scale one, then I found the 1/12 model kit, it was easy to build and fun to paint.


Old shield boss for Mexican...Armada Hat.

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Very nice work on the shield! Did you clip off the protruding portions of the nails you used? When I first saw them complete, I thought you would have bent them, but then again, that would look weird when the underside of the shield is exposed, so it makes sense that you didn't.

Sweet work on the bonus. Very atmospheric, all of your scenes.

For seaweed... you might want to look at the plastic plants they sell for aquariums. Some of them are in the dark green/red/etc colors for water plants, although none of them are supposed to be dead or rotting... If you find the right type(s), you can shear them off their stems and make the desired piles. It will probably take a lot of them... You could also look at the selection of fake plants sold by Hobby Lobby and Michaels or other hobby stores, although those do not usually tend to be aquatic -- there might be things that are usable in terms of shape and color.


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Ovy wrote:@shazzdan It seems to be available on monkey depot: http://www.monkeydepot.com/Boxed_Figure_COO_Models_Human_Skeleton_2_0_p/coom0031.htm
Nope. Nobody has it in stock.

I make shield bosses from steel computer cases. The wooden planks are popsicle sticks.




A jeweler's dapping block and a hammer gets them into shape.



I'm going to try your idea about using wire insulation for shield rims.


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The shield looks perfect! Great job! If you ever need rougher more corroded looking armour try using felt card, I use it a lot for LOTR Orcs and Uruk-Hai for example, you can add sand with PVA glue on it for more texture too, even just plain old real dirt works as well.









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This thread continues to just break my brain. Those undead monstrosities look freakin incredible, and all the armor is just so damn gorgeous. Those action shots are a blast too!

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Gorgeous work on the shield. Fifth time's the charm...

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@ Gubernator: Yeah I clipped of the nails. They were short and hard, I doubt they can be bent.
I think I might use kitchen sponge for the seaweed, but the idea using aqurium accessoires is great, I found a lot of cheap and good looking stuff that can be used for vegetation and scenery, but not sure what to buy/how to use it yet.

@shazzdan: That shield is looking great! I also wanted to use popsickle planks first, but I stuck to the ingame model of the shield, which uses 6 planks. But wooden tongue depressors might be the right size. I like the idea using the computer case on the dapping block, I might get one of those.

@Reverend Spooky: Thanks, I hope the action shots will get better with the new background elements. I am also happy for any input or links on 6 scale photography, especially how to get better with the lighting.

@dadrab: Thanks, yeah it took some time but I did not want to give up on the shield, and I am happy how light weight it is now.

@shovel: Thanks, I might use the Sand/PVA method for the Zombie armor. I also used it to make a grout for the diorama which I started, inspired by screenshots of Orrian architecture:


Sculpted cobblestone using polymere clay. The cheap, air drying stuff (lower) tends to break and shrink.


I also finished sculpting and painting the hands of the undead.


Used styrofoam boxes for ruins. I sprayed it with grey Enamel, because it eats away the styrofoam texture to look more like stone. I put a grout made of acrylic grey and fine sand all over it.  The Enamel wasn't really necessary, won't do it again.


Now for some diorama shots. I put them in spoilers. Still a bit clean, I will add more weathering, rubble and cobblestone, maybe but loose sand over the floor.
Diorama shots:












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VERY cool! Those hands must be super delicate to work on and use. Clever idea using the styrofoam for the dio, Orrian architecture? Is that from a game or some South American tribe I can't remember building the likes of Machu Picchu?

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shovelchop81 wrote:VERY cool! Those hands must be super delicate to work on and use. Clever idea using the styrofoam for the dio, Orrian architecture? Is that from a game or some South American tribe I can't remember building the likes of Machu Picchu?
Thanks! Those hands are rather robust and elastic, they have wires in them and most of the thumbs are magnetic.

Orrian Architecture is from the Guild Wars 2, the game these figures are based off. If you want to read some lore:
https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Ruins_of_Orr https://wiki.guildwars.com/wiki/Orr
If you are interested, here are also some wiki links to the armor parts I tried to recreate:
Helmet
Pauldrons
Body
Legs
Boots and Gauntlets

Started to make the helmet crest. I left a gap when I made the helmet, not sure what material I would use for the crest. I used brush bristles as shovel suggested. I will have to weather/darken the shiny white crest  a bit.








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Very cool work. I love that helmet and the brush crest. Good call, both of you.


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Excellent work on the helmet. Great detail.


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Man, this is the thread that keeps on giving...

Damn fine work on many levels.

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Thanks everyone!

I started to make some tassets and more belts.

The clothing between cuirass and legs was never really finished, random leather bands wrapped around the hips and waist etc. I covered it with the black mantle, but wanted to have some real protection there, so I made tassets. I put the lames on a jar and heated them, so they all have the same form.
Thanks to the little nails the lames are moveable which helps posing. That was my last larger piece of Worbla.


I remade the 'leather' piece (made of worbla) with leather to be more flexible and realistic. I might thin the leather on the straps a bit. Does anyone have a good idea how to make/where to find those 'pyramid' shaped appendices you can see here?




I decided to make a double belt, the lower one will be for the tassets, the upper one might be used for weapon holsters in the future.



I took off the armor to get an overview where to add more leather in the future. Does anyone have a good idea for simple belt buckles for small straps?




I might tone down the leather a bit. I might also change the position of the lames to be more at the front.


Weathered the crest.


Added experimental fur.


Some back shots.



I expeimented with the tassets and used them as badass fantasy shoulder armoor. Has some lorica segmentata vibe.


Mantle is now a cape


Battlefield Orr


Western Style


Roman Zombiehunter


Lonely Vigil
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Very cool new armor and bits!


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Ovy wrote:I took off the armor to get an overview where to add more leather in the future. Does anyone have a good idea for simple belt buckles for small straps?

The easiest belt fastener is the double-ring buckle. Works well at small scale because you don't need a hinged tongue and you don't have to punch holes in the strap.






A more primitive version that might work for a fantasy or historical costume is the single ring but these were less common than a lot of re-enactors seem to think.




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My favourite part of the costume is the gauntlets. I'd love to know how you made them.


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Damn! That is some totally badass and twisted custome work! I keep scrolling back and forth through the pics with awe! Thanks for sharing!

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My god, that armor is breathtaking. Just so freakin cool.

If you're looking for buckles, this is my go to:

https://www.isewfordoll.com/

Great selection. Shazzdan's suggestion for the double ring buckle also makes a lot of sense, and would look great for the more medieval aspects of the outfit.

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