19 May 2014

More WIP - Modern and some others

 Hello guys,

I got some more WIPs to share before I continue with the remaining of my insurgents. I'll start with the "others" category. My mojo is with the moderns these days, so those haven't been touched in either weeks or even months. Some have been waiting for some love for well over half a year already. 

This is the case with Weird WW2 Uber soldaten / mutants. They were meant for my WWWII project that never really took off, but I have done bits and bobs in that direction. I got this great idea for a genetically enhanced soldier I had to build him right away (he is the one far right) and others were just something I made up as I went. I am not proud of whatever is that thing on the middle (it's worse in a back shot!) and well - the shark head wasn't one of the brightest ideas, either.
 I think I could call the one on the right finished, but there is "something" missing. Something I can not put my finger to. The other two need some work on their heads and arms, which are two reasons why they never moved anywhere.


Next is a Kurent, a traditional carneval mask from eastern Slovenia (but some similar ones could be found elsewhere in Slavonic countries). I actually like him but work on him has stalled as he needs feathers added to his head and, again, his face and arm done. I will try to resume work on him as he's traditionally armed with a hedgehog stick and using some imagination, he could be used as a maniac in anything from 1930 until today.
On a photo below, he lies in a pile of weaponry, two of them being discarded F2000s and one is a disposable AT launcher. The "better" rifle and a minimi have been away for some time now, but I expect them back soonish (wink wink).

Talking of modern weapons, here are some modern "sub projects" I am working on.

First, the civilian horde. I am using Studio miniatures plastic zombies, if you were looking for a reason for their shambling. To put the credit where it is due this time, they were gifted by Vampifan of World of the undead fame! I have painted some others as zombies, but seeing I got a massive horde of around 50-60 zombies already (I know, I know...), I have decided  to make some rioting civilians instead. The work is slow and the two without torsos (torsos were donated for humvee gunners) actually got beefed up a bit. I have concluded I still can't sculpt a human torso.
I plan on making around 12-16 civilians only and I will beef the mob with zombies if stars ever do get right and I will play a game.
 Down below are four soldiers I've been working on for a while now and have shown before. In the mean time, they didn't get much love as I am not all that satisfied with them. I think metal dollies (I was using eBob's armatures) don't help me all that much for some reason. I have stretched out their torsos at the stage below:

..then I got struck by a wish to have them completed and I have started working on them little by little every day in the last week. I don't have pictures but I have sculpted lower brims of their shirts and then started working on a flak vest over it...until yesterday, that is. I have compared them to the two Empress miniatures I have and found out that if they have been too small at the beginning, they were too large now. Without a thought, I cut their shoulders right of. This made their vests too small, so I had to cut off the shirt and make them longer. Adding some putty to the vest was actually a harder operation than expected and it made me regret my choice.

You can see the little extra work I've done below. I think I will just forget about it and about those horrible feet and just finish them. I had some ideas of trying to get them cast and just add heads and sculpt new pair of arms on everyone (while keeping the same torso and legs), but I don't think I will do that. Instead, I will give another 4 a shot eventually, perhaps trying to make my own wire armatures again. I must also be doing something wrong with my pants as it took me way too long to get them to a stage they are in now. I dread the thought to sculpt so many different vests and pouches, so I think it would be a great idea to invest in some instamould very soon, too :D.



Lastly, here is a comparison photo. Green are mine, metal are by Empress, plastic by SM, painted by WGF. Mine will somehow end up much bulkier than I expected (I was worried they would be very thin), especially when I will add countless pouches to them. I actually prefer it that way - the flow of tiny eye candy doesn't suit me.

Ah, I forgot. Here is also a quick photo of a sniper I am working on. Between the constant dilemma of too big - too small, this one came out too small and will be scraped. On the other hand, it was made from scratch and looks like a rifle so I have concluded the idea was all right. I will start over and keep you posted!


Thanks for looking,
Mathyoo

18 comments:

  1. Gosh, that's a lot of work in progress! My sculpting isn't so good, so I'm very impressed by what you've done on these so far. It'll be nice to see them finished in due course :-) .

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    1. Hah, yes I am all over the place :D

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    1. Thanks mate, I hope it's going to be a nice finish, too!

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  3. You have been busy. A very good start and I AM SURE they will get finished to a high standard. I look forward to seeing them.

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    1. Cheers mate. I have to say you guys really can motivate me, I am already working on the soldiers again :D

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  4. Perseverance is key, Mathyoo. Just keep at it and you'll get it right eventually. You certainly have been busy.

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    1. It's sort of a dodgy situation, I hate doing same thing over and over again, but then agian I wouldn't be cutting them if I would be happy with how they looked like :)

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  5. Superb customs, great work Mathyoo. Roiting civilians are a great idea and love your WWWII customs too

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  6. Wow, that's a lot of WIP dude. Nice work, those legs came out great.

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    1. Thanks Bob - I like legs as such, but those boots...argh. Can't get them right!

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  7. You've got a lot going on there, which I appprove of as it gives you a break from one model to do a bit on another.
    Your skills are obviously imporving and couldn't your just use your small "sniper rifle" as a generic hunting rifle ?

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    1. Thanks Joe - I agree, but some have been on "to do" list for way too long. Still, as I jump from project to project, different WIP gets worked on :P.

      The thing with the rifle is I am after a specific model :P. I think I could work from the same gun by some cutting, but I will start from scratch so I can prepare a better wire armature for it. You can't see it here, but I have made a stock on this gun twice :D.

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  8. Chin up mate you live and learn keep at it and you'll get there!

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    1. Thanks! If I consider my first idea of sculpting every single soldier from bottom up, I think I can live if I "only" do eight. Well, I should really just plan little steps. So, those 4 first and I'll think further when they are done :D.

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  9. Very cool, I love the custom figs. I am sure when you finish these off they will look awesome!

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