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    May 11, 2009, 1:40 PM - WIP: Darth Nihilus Sculpt #1

    Hey guys,

    I've been posting this over on the RPF, but I figured I should share it here! What do you guys think thus far??

    FIRST PROGRESS

    Here is my progress on my Darth Nihilus sculpt. I have about 3 hours into it. I took some liberties on the original design, but I went for the COTF version instead of the KOTOR style.

    Though I'm not a big fan of klean clay for sculpting, I had twenty pounds sitting around so I used it. I'm going to refine the eyes and fix the proportions a bit and then cast a prototype. It will be a lot easier to fix everything when it is cast because the klean clay is WAY too soft at room temp. Any input or suggestions will be greatly appreciated!


    It may look weird because the nose of the armature is crooked and has a 20 degree slant to the right.
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    May 11, 2009, 1:40 PM - Re: WIP: Darth Nihilus Sculpt #2

    SECOND PROGRESS

    Worked on it for about 45 minutes this morning. I feel like it is a bit too narrow. What do you guys think?

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    May 11, 2009, 1:41 PM - Re: WIP: Darth Nihilus Sculpt #3

    THIRD PROGRESS

    Did a bit more because I got off work early. I bulked out the eye sockets on the sides and fixed some symmetry problems. I think it is about ready to mold after I smooth and do a thorough check. I like to do the major refining after a prototype is cast.




    I feel like it is coming along pretty nice just using the ole hands for the sculpt. I don't have any tools at my apartment! :ohwell I'm going to mold it tomorrow so I can get a prototype to refine.
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    May 11, 2009, 1:41 PM - Re: WIP: Darth Nihilus Sculpt #4

    STARTED THE MOLD

    I threw on a prototype mold using 100% silicone caulk. I know that most of you will think: why would do that??! Well, the truth is that it is cheap, and I can't justify using high grade silicone on the rough cast. If you really know what you're doing, using silicone caulk can actually turn out very respectable though it will never be like using smooth-on silicone. It does produce a very nice first cast to sand and fill before cracking open the expensive silicone. If anyone wants to know how exactly to go about this, I'll post a step by step sometime.

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    May 11, 2009, 2:27 PM - Re: WIP: Darth Nihilus Sculpt #5

    Nice! I can't wait to see it finished! Are you sure it fits your face correctly?
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    May 11, 2009, 2:42 PM - Re: WIP: Darth Nihilus Sculpt #6

    Quote KaanE said: View Post
    Nice! I can't wait to see it finished! Are you sure it fits your face correctly?
    Haha! Well, the armature I used is roughly the same size as my head. I put the clay on thick enough and used measurements from another guys sculpt to make sure I was in the ballpark. I probably wont ever wear it anyway. It'll just go on a bust!

    Kody
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    May 11, 2009, 3:49 PM - Re: WIP: Darth Nihilus Sculpt #7

    wow, looking nice
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    May 12, 2009, 5:25 PM - Re: WIP: Darth Nihilus Sculpt #8

    Thanks for the support guys !! The only problem with using caulk molds is that you have to wait A LOT longer. You can get by with a 48 hour cure, but I'd wait a week or two. I will be gone next week so it will have plenty of time to cure.
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    May 19, 2009, 12:13 PM - Re: WIP: Darth Nihilus Sculpt #9

    Looks great so far -, looking forward to seeing where you go with this!
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    May 19, 2009, 12:44 PM - Re: WIP: Darth Nihilus Sculpt #10

    Looking great brother! I love this guy:





    G-Fett
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    Jun 9, 2009, 3:12 PM - Re: WIP: Darth Nihilus Sculpt #11

    Well, the first attempt at the silicone chaulk mold ended…slightly well. My mother called me while I was doing the molding so it started to set up while I was on the phone. Once this stuff starts to set, it is nearly impossible to get it to form to the sculpt. I poured a cast into the mold, and it is do-able. It will require A LOT more cleaning up than I usually like because one eye socket is pretty bad. I am contemplating if I should redo the mold. It is cheap so I think I might. If I do it again, I will be sure to take many pictures for a mini tutorial.
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    Jun 10, 2009, 2:31 PM - Re: WIP: Darth Nihilus Sculpt #12

    Put up a silicone caulk mold tutorial here:
    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showt...815#post434815

    Kody
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    Jun 14, 2009, 8:23 PM - Re: WIP: Darth Nihilus Sculpt #13

    It looks fantastic so far!
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    Jul 6, 2009, 12:48 AM - Re: WIP: Darth Nihilus Sculpt #14

    Great Work do u plan on sticking with the original paint design or going for something more custom
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    Jul 6, 2009, 2:18 PM - Re: WIP: Darth Nihilus Sculpt #15

    Thanks for the positive comments guys! I am definitely going to go with the original in-game paint scheme to display on a bust.

    Kody
  16. Jul 16, 2009, 12:48 PM - Re: WIP: Darth Nihilus Sculpt #16

    Lookin nice! Keep us posted!
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    Sep 8, 2009, 3:46 AM - Re: WIP: Darth Nihilus Sculpt #17

    have you finished the nihilus mask yet?
    And did the silicone mold work on it?
    I have a Nihilus and Revan that I want to make duplicates of, and wanna be sure your silicone molding works.
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    Sep 8, 2009, 11:44 AM - Re: WIP: Darth Nihilus Sculpt #18

    Ya, I'm pretty sure i posted the rough cast in the silicone caulk mold tutorial I posted. You can see it here: http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=32515.

    I haven't finished the master yet because I have been VERY busy with a commission project. I was also just laid off at work so I have had a lot on my mind. The master is almost done but not 100% ready. I plan to make these in vacuum formed plastic. I'll keep this updated when the time comes.

    Kody

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