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Arden "Lucky" Fisk

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    Re: Arden "Lucky" Fisk

    Just wanted to add myself to the list of people that say ur work is amazing. Good Job!

  2. #102

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    Wow abby, that looks bada$$ ,to be honest with you, in your drawing i wasnt crazy about that big crack,but in pics , its a total other ballpark. that weatering looks great , im finishing my variant helmet very soon, hope looks as good as yours.oh ? what did you use to mask that design whit out taking of paint of with the paint

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    Re: Arden "Lucky" Fisk

    Very nice work. Looking forward to seeing it all together.

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    Stormrider: Yeah, weathering location is one of my biggest 'things'. To me, that's one of the most important factors in making a convincing costume. You can read my rant about it in the tutorial that's stickied here in the Variant section.

    Also, Sculpey bakes at 275 degrees farenheit, right in your home oven. I've been using it for maquettes for years, I love the stuff. I strongly recommend looking for the firm grey kind as opposed to the soft white; it's a lot more resilient and holds its shape while you work, the white is too pliant and will distort if it gets handled before you bake. Both will harden to the same degree once baked.

    Silver n Black: Glad I could convince you of the coolness of the crack. I figured a Mando named 'Lucky' had to have been lucky enough to survive situations that would kill most people... so she's as scarred and filthy as a cockroach.

    To mask off areas for painting, I use painter's tape for delicate surfaces. It's purple, you can get it at Wal-Mart for like $3. My pinstripes, lettering and 'eyes' were done by hand, though.

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    Okay, this is my first foray outside of lurkerdom, but I'm more than happy that it would be such a great thread in which to do so.

    First, I'm really looking forward to seeing the entire outfit put together. Everything is really looking nice apart, and I'm sure that helmet is going to look excellent with the armor. You've done a tremendous job.

    On the subject of sculpey, I have a suggestion for an alternative that is stronger, nicer to work with and won't find you putting your bucket anywhere near heat. It's a product called Fix It. It's a two part compound that you knead together, sculpt and let set at room temperature. It can take fine enough detail to be used on 3 3/4" figures (I've seen some seriously sick, Hasbro-quality or better customs) and it sets rock hard. I'll never consider using sculpey again, personally.

    Linkage: http://www.avesstudio.com/html/fixit_sculpt.html

  6. #106

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    Is that stuff basically plumber's putty?

    I don't actually put my bucket in the oven, heh... I sculpted my sculpey object around the earpiece then removed it from the earpiece to bake. Once cooled, I glued it back on and did all my tweaking with sanding and plumber's putty to fill gaps and make it all seamless.

    Personally, I like using Sculpey for custom 3-dimensional objects. I have experience with it, it bakes solid, and it's very easy to sand. Also, the putty just dries too darned fast.

  7. #107

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    hey thanks for the tape info, ive been using the blue kind. Oh the reason why i think your mando looks great, is because after all you customized you still managed to keep the mando look, specially the ware and tare ,i think all mandos shoul look like they just servive a granade in the face just my opinion

  8. #108

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    CuteLucca said: View Post
    Is that stuff basically plumber's putty?

    I don't actually put my bucket in the oven, heh... I sculpted my sculpey object around the earpiece then removed it from the earpiece to bake. Once cooled, I glued it back on and did all my tweaking with sanding and plumber's putty to fill gaps and make it all seamless.

    Personally, I like using Sculpey for custom 3-dimensional objects. I have experience with it, it bakes solid, and it's very easy to sand. Also, the putty just dries too darned fast.
    I don't have any experience with your average tub of plumber's putty that you can find at Wal-Mart, so I can't make a comparison, but I've used both sculpey and Fix It Sculpt, and it's like going from the stone age to the iron age all at once.

    I didn't figure you put your helmet in the oven, but if someone were to sculpt something more elaborate that can't hold it's own shape, it would be kind of a bear to do it without doing while it was on the original surface.

    The following were done by a guy using Fix It Sculpt:
    http://http://threads.rebelscum.com/showflat.php?Cat=&Number=2193152&page=0&view=colla psed&sb=5&o=&fpart=1#2193152

    And as I said, it dries rock hard. Hits that will shatter sculpey don't scratch this stuff.

    It's just my opinion, though, of course.

  9. #109

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    Plumber's putty is also a 2 part mixer that dries rock hard, but it dries in about five minutes, which is too fast for me to do any sculpting; that and it's sticky as hell, so it sticks to your sculpting tools.

    I'll have to look into the Fix It, those customs are amazing.

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    Re: Arden "Lucky" Fisk

    How long does fix it sculpt take to harden and is it sticky?

    I tried plumbers putty once, it was way too sticky as lucca states.

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    Re: Arden "Lucky" Fisk

    Hey Abby,
    WOW!!! You kick *** on a cosmic level!! Your work is just amazing! Hey, Once I finish building my armor is there any chance I could trek to Bangor, buy you lunch and have you help me out with weathering and painting my gear? please...maybe?

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    CuteLucca said: View Post
    Plumber's putty is also a 2 part mixer that dries rock hard, but it dries in about five minutes, which is too fast for me to do any sculpting; that and it's sticky as hell, so it sticks to your sculpting tools.
    Then this stuff is completely different. You have about four hours to work with it before it begins to get too hard to work with. Prior to that, you can work it just like clay just with a little water on your fingers or sculpting tools. And you can tell from the link I provided that it takes detail very nicely, nice hard edges and everything.

  13. #113

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    DestructoLad: Sure, sounds like fun! But then you have to promise to join the custom Mando crew at Portcon this year!

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    Wow thats good work on the weathering. Good job

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    Re: Arden "Lucky" Fisk

    im preety sure loctite makes an epoxy putty now and ive heard you can use it to sculpt "dont quote me on this ive never tried it" i just fab everything by hand out of plastic and lots of bondo..

    sweet *** costume bitchin colors

    if you wanna cover the laces you could also do a jango style boot plate.

    looks great though ill have to slap you if i ever see you at a convention for being too creative though j/k id buy ya a beer.

    keep it up can wait to see tha blade!

  16. #116

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    Another productive Sunday!

    Got the Jumpsuit all modded-- fairly simple stuff, actually, just the orange ribbed stripes down the back of the arms, shortening of the torso so it fits me better, and more velcro closures around the wrists to keep them from bunching wierdly under the gauntlets. All I have to do now is weather it.



    I also finished the pistol. I forgot to take any progress shots, unfortunately, but it's a modified Nerf night sight pistol. I chopped off the air pressure plunger and the spare dart holder, then sanded off all the copyright and production info. I added a bunch of little doodads, namely the buttons over the 'Nerf' logo, a 'sensor array' (which is actually the end of a male A/V plug) and a few little doohickies I found in my junk drawer.

    Just gotta weather it with a bit of paint chipping!




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    Re: Arden "Lucky" Fisk

    Awesome job on modding the pistol!! This is a really great thread; I can't wait to see everything put together!

    Charlie

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    Oops. Guess I gotta use something different for my pistol now.
    That's the great thing about nerf, always more models to choose from.

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    Ok CuteLucca I hate to say it but I think your pistol choice was poor. It just still looks way to much like a nerf gun still, which is sadly common in customs. You really do something light box and the old barrel. Any way thats my two cents. I make a lot of guns for fun. I will be waiting to see what you do with the paint, to put in my final word.

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    Well, not every Mando has a custom gun! Some of us have to buy one that came out of a factory somewhere, hahaha. Every stormtrooper has the same gun, too.

    The gun is actually the least of my worries. I have it mostly just to sit in the holster; I'll have the sword out for photos and stuff, so for the most part the gun only has to look good on the grip. I'm *considering* wrapping the barrel with some sort of fabric, but I can't think of a good reason for my Mando to want to do that. I know it's to cut glare but heck, Arden is one giant glaring traffic cone of yellow and orange and shiny metal, so wrapping a tiny pistol would be too little, too late.

    Do you have any other suggestions for modding it?

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    Nock the original barrel housing off and rebuild it with CPVC or PVC. Go here www.nerfhaven.com and look at some of the modded night-finders to get an idea what I mean. Also paint some of the pices different colors, right now it looks like the gun is built out of one pice of metal. The grip could stand from some contrasting colors too.

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    Re: Arden "Lucky" Fisk

    One side note that I did on my blasters: fill the screw holes. I used Bondo glazing putty filler, but I think it adds a lot to the weapon if there are no visible screws holding it together. (although, to make it more realistic, I added a few metal pins going through to make it look like the weapon oculd still be broken.) It might not be worth it to you since you've already started painting.

    Charlie

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    Re: Arden "Lucky" Fisk

    Just wanna say I'm very impressed.

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    A easier way to fill the holes is to use large shank short screws. Just screw them into the hole and then presto filled hole and a way to get it apart if you need to.

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    Re: Arden "Lucky" Fisk

    looks great , keep it up!!!!

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