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Japanese Ronin 90mm sculpt

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Roy, Jul 29, 2005.

  1. Roy New Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Alex..Mike..Stephen and Eddy...thanks for your kind and encouraging comments, and being interested enough to follow this little guys' progress..all your comments are very much appreciated.

    Stephen...we'll have to meet up at Euro as I really gotta see your stuff (and Rays) close-up...looking forward to it.

    Thank you.

    Roy.
  2. Blind Pew A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Dear Roy, as soon as I clapped eyes on this one, it instantly became a 'must have.'

    It cries out to be painted. I only hope my painting improves to a point where I can do it justice when I buy it.

    And as for anyone else who has been following this thread - fellas, the photographs to take away from it. It is BETTER in the flesh.

    regards mate
  3. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Please let us know Roy how we can acquire this figure when you cast it.
  4. JCOX Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Roy,

    Simply OUTSTANDING!

    What a wealth of 'how-to' for us newbie sculptors. What technique do you use to smooth out the putty (sorry if I missed the answer to this)?

    -jim cox
  5. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Roy,

    i stand in line to have such a great figure. I do not have done a japanese so i really wanne try this one.
    Is it available at Euro????

    Marc
  6. Roy New Member

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    United-Kingdom
    Anthony, many thanks...I wish I could do more with my camera, but it's getting on a bit for a 'digital'.. it does lack some sharpness..but it's probably down to my handling as well.

    Guy...I will, I promise.

    Jim...no problem, it's a pleasure to answer your question.. it's no secret, I am using magic sculp, and as you know it stores very well, but the resin goes hard and the hardener seems to seperate a little though generally remains soft. I remix both seperately so they have no streaks before I bring them together to mix them for sculpting, this way the mix seems smoother from the start. I also ensure that both are very soft individully first..but that is only my preference...because of this, I work when the putty is very soft, and I know that doesn't suit some sculptors, who let it 'set up' a little before they work it, but every one has their own approach, and I try to use only enough moisture to smooth the brush or tool over the surface. I find if too much water is used and the surface becomes overworked then it tends to degrade the finish...I think that the fillers in the putty are brought to the surface and you get a slightly rough finish...hope this helps a little...

    Marc...I'm sure you would enjoy painting this little guy..and good question regarding Euro...the master 'should' be ready...but as for the kits...I got to be honest and say they will be a few weeks later..sorry...but I am a slow sculptor so no surprises there.

    Many thanks guys..

    Roy.
  7. Figure Mad Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi Roy

    Its looking better every time I see it, marc is not the only one that wants to paint this figure, I think an order for two will be working its way to you.... :lol:

    Dave
  8. Roy New Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Dave, thank you...you're more than welcome.

    I have a little update today...I have sculpted a spare pair of straw sandals (waraji) tied and hung from his no-dachi and I thought that some of you may like to take a look at the various steps that I took to make them as they do offer the painter an additional texture to work on.

    Below you can see the first step is to apply 2 plain and flat pieces af putty to the correct shape and size.

    The second picture shows the addition of the straw texture applied to the first sandal. This was worked with a moist brush and very fine pointed tool.

    Roy.

    Attached Files:

  9. Roy New Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    After the first sandal was cured under a lamp for a few minutes, the texture was added to the second.
    This was again cured before the straw bindings that hold the sandals on the feet, were added so that they were tied and hung from the sword. All the time retaining a close fit to the body of the figure and to make sure that they appeared to hang at the correct angle.

    Thanks for checking out the pictures.

    Roy.

    Attached Files:

  10. Markus Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Germany
    Hello Roy,

    that looks really perfect. Every step you do, it is looking better and better. (y)

    I´m looking forward to see this one finished.

    Best regards,
    Markus
  11. Roy New Member

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    United-Kingdom
    Marcus....thanks for the encouragement, and following my progress.

    All the best.

    Roy.
  12. Roy New Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hello guys...just an update on the figure...I've added some personal effects along with a very simple cloth bag and some small gourds strung together and hung from the waist sash to carry water..I've also started work on the left arm...there are a couple of pictures below...comments are very welcome of course..and as always your feedback has been very useful..in this thread and via e-mail..thank you.


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    Thanks again.

    Roy.
  13. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    This keeps getting better and better Roy.
  14. Markus Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Germany
    Hello Roy,

    that is an excellent work. It seems like I can feel his breath.

    :eek: :eek: :eek:

    Roy, keep up your good work !!

    Take care,
    Markus
  15. quang Active Member

    Country:
    Belgium
    Roy-san,

    The only thing missing is the Fuji-yama as a backdrop. ;)

    Looking forward to meet him in ten days.

    (y) (y)

    Q.
  16. Jim Patrick Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Roy, was waiting til this ended before commenting as I really have nothing to add on a thread like this. I don't know enough about the subject matter ( :( ) and even less about sculpting. That doesn't mean I haven't enjoyed watching this come together. Your sculpting is AMAZING! Very neat to watch you put this together, with input from those of us who are "in the know", and make corrections along the way. Wish I was at Eoro now just to see it in person!

    Jim Patrick
  17. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Jim,

    What is holding you up. There are plains who flying from the USA to Europe.
    I really would like to meet you at Euro.


    Roy it is ten days from now. Just as Quang i looking forward to meet the person in life. Maybe there is a little possibility that he is out of the mould's ;) ;)

    Marc.
  18. Joe Hudson Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Roy,

    This is just an all around nice figure. Thanks for the pic's it has helped to keep me motivated. :)

    Joe
  19. Jim Patrick Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Marc, you are absolutely correct. I should make plans to be on one of the planes traveling across the pond. It does cost money but I imagine I could save enough to make one. That or maybe the Army can station me overseas again. Hmmmmmm, there's always the possibility.........

    Jim Patrick
  20. Roy New Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Markus, Guy, many thanks to you guys for your positive comments and thanks for keeping track of my progress.
    Quang, you are too kind, I will hope to get the remainder finished soon. Your advice and pointers have been a tremendous help.
    Jim, you are more than welcome anytime, I very much appreciate your positive comments...thank you.
    Marc, I'm gonna be trying to get this little guy finished but I got a feeling that the casting will be a bit after euro, shame..
    Joe, if you feel the need to get that putty out...you go right ahead..thanks for your kind words also..

    Thanks again.

    Roy.

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