Jun 13, 2010, 9:57 AM - Re: Shae Vizla, SWTOR
Very nice! Will the addition of the added styrene hinder the flexibility of the shins? Will you still be able to open them up enough to get them on?
Jun 13, 2010, 2:10 PM - Re: Shae Vizla, SWTOR
Looks great so far. Can't wait to see more
Jun 23, 2010, 2:22 PM - Re: Shae Vizla, SWTOR
So thats who Shae Vizla is! WOW good choice! Related to Vor Vizla then?
This be great if you complete before the game comes out to shops. Be a big PR boost.
Jul 28, 2010, 9:08 PM - Re: Shae Vizla, SWTOR
Im soooo excited to see it finished. im currently using her as a reference for my mandalorian costume as well!! its my first one, so i think ill save the embarrassing pics of me failing until im finished lol.
Jul 28, 2010, 9:45 PM - Re: Shae Vizla, SWTOR
I wanna see how good it is.... So I am subbing... I like the idea
Jul 29, 2010, 4:44 PM - Re: Shae Vizla, SWTOR
I will be glad too be done my armor..... no more restless nights without a nice cozy helmet too sleep in
Nov 3, 2010, 2:33 PM - Re: Shae Vizla, SWTOR
BUMPED..... I WANNA SEE PROGRESS, NOW
Nov 4, 2010, 5:59 AM - Re: Shae Vizla, SWTOR
(Sorry, too many images and text for one post)
Shae Vizla mini bust
Some really nice photos of the mini bust, this is really helping me decide on the shape of the helm
I am about to add a little more clay to the face and then will do a shell of FG and then remove the clay and back fill with expanding foam. My poor wig stand is just not holding up to all the weight of the plasticine and nor are my hands
Speaking of which, I do have progress! Much thanks to Matt for wielding hot knife and spending I think 2 hours cutting? I think it was at least that. Thank you, I do now have a new tip for my soldering iron that is able to be smacked into knife shape but 3.5mm styrene will never be easy to get through That was 45 pieces of varying sizes and at least one nasty interior curve!
So photo progress!
Helmet through the ages:
So quite a profile change 1.5kg clay put on then taken off In theory I could have just shaved and shifted the existing clay but it really was much easier to add too much and cut it back.
My tools for this have been a heat gun to soften the plasticine and a big budget metal ruler to shave with. I knew that horrible sharp edge would come in handy
Welding of styrene:
Styrene welded and needing heat shaping:
I only removed the melted edges on the bigger pieces but sanded down the smaller a little so that I could get that overlap of the upper and lower chest. All the gaps and uneveness will be fixed once the welding starts on the front. I have had success with this sort of process on the collar of my Samara costume though that is a much much smaller scale!
If the weld is thin enough in the back then heat shaping is a doddle as it acts a bit like a hinge I did add a bit much in some places, but luckily not where the shaping will need to occur. I'm going to give it another day or two as I remember the foamy mess I made when I was too eager to shape my Mara greaves...
Styrene glue is much fun, unless you have a cut on your hand in which case the acetone isn't so fun
I have been using a glass jar to snip my 0.5mm sheet styrene into (about 2 by 1cm pieces) and about 150ml of acetone. The acetone luckily is hardly used up in the process so I've been able to add more styrene each night to make more glue for the next day.
I've also been working on a Sabe battle outfit as a slight distraction- I'm quite looking forward to her headdress too More plastic!
It will take a spot of work but no more than anticipated to tidy it all up
Shaping the cheeks and eye ready for first molding and casting:
Cats always help. It's a rule of life. Yes there is now fur in the clay. This is what a pot, the stove top and netting is for- cleaning clay
A truly exciting stage of development-
Budget silicon mold making- warm water with lots of detergent, squirt caulking* smoosh in hands and then onto sculpt:
End up with what looks like an alien... Next step is a fibreglass jacket- and trimming the silicon into better keys As the helmet flares and there is minimal undercutting I think i should be safe leaving the silicon one piece. I made a silicon mold of my Samara tentacles which popped on and off easily without distorting the silicon so this should be fine too. The jacket may be able to be in one part too given the flare and shape of the helmet.
But I did discover a stash of heavy card to template the greaves vambraces and probably jet pack.. It's amazing what you can find behind the sofa. There is even a huge canvas to be painted back there...
*I just cut off the tip of the tube this time I usually cut the entire end off to save on effort with the gun but the smaller hole means more surface of the silicon gets exposed to water which speeds up the curing process. Besides it looks like worms! Or those big Thai rice noodles. My inner child finds this delightful.
Nov 4, 2010, 6:01 AM - Re: Shae Vizla, SWTOR
Last edited by ShaeVizla; Dec 17, 2010 at 1:39 PM.
Nov 19, 2010, 9:28 AM - Re: Shae Vizla, SWTOR
very nice work
Dec 17, 2010, 1:45 PM - Re: Shae Vizla, SWTOR
Aiee! Sorry yes I just spotted the double posts, I didn't think I'd had that much of a back log to post... Anyway...
Progress was on hold for a while but back on track I took mechanical pencil to the helmet last night to put a few markers for where the recesed lines and need to go. The time away from it has helped me to look at the shape with fresh eyes and I have a few spots I want to sand back (forehead needs to be softened, back needs raising- it's a very short helmet!)
A new overlocker and time away from the bodysuit of doom (Samara, Mass Effect 2) means i can start looking at her bodysuit again.
Dec 19, 2010, 8:43 PM - Re: Shae Vizla, SWTOR
I want this kit finished. ........... ....... Its taking as long as my mandalorian kit...... which is a problem because current era mando should be done by now
May 8, 2011, 9:00 PM - Re: Shae Vizla, SWTOR
This is looking great! Keep it up! ;-)
May 9, 2011, 3:38 PM - Re: Shae Vizla, SWTOR
Coming along really nice!!!! Keep up the great work!
May 9, 2011, 4:28 PM - Re: Shae Vizla, SWTOR
Can't wait for more pictures! I really love her as a bad girl in SWTOR. I really love combination of her hair colour and merciless face. I hope you are enjoying building this awesome project as we do! Keep us informed. Have fun with building
May 11, 2011, 5:18 AM - Re: Shae Vizla, SWTOR
Finally getting the job done, Still slackin XD
May 11, 2011, 6:03 AM - Re: Shae Vizla, SWTOR
Looking good so far. I think the chest armor looks kinda Spartan-esque. That's Halo Spartans, not the ancient Greeks