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TF2 Heavy Sculpture

NotASenatorNotASenator Registered User regular
edited December 2010 in Artist's Corner
So, I put up a 10 inch sculpture in the Solid Saints auction, the subject of which would be chosen by the winning bidder.

Mr. Delish came through with an amazing $200 bid, and selected the Heavy from TF2. It was made clear that although it should be like the image below, the weapon should be Sasha, not Natascha.

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I just finished up the first stage of the armature and wanted to have a thread to keep everyone up to date on the progress. This is being done in Super Sculpey Firm, and then will have a brush on mold applied and be cast in resin and painted.


I took a nice wood shelf and sawed it in half to make my base and dropped a 3/8th threaded bolt through it with nuts on either side to hold it steady. I have these little plastic drawers that I keep my sculpting supplies in, so I took two of them and put them under the board to prop it up, and attached vices on either side to hold it firmly in place.

Then I used 1/4 inch aluminum armature wire to form the basis of the skeleton, and 1/16th wire to bind up the joints.

Next I'm going to use an epoxy to solidify those areas to keep it from moving around, and then I'll use aluminum foil to bulk out the shape.

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  • earthwormadamearthwormadam Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    well my interest is piqued

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  • m3nacem3nace Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    ohhh
    I used to do figures from pure wire when I was younger. I shall be watching.

  • mullymully Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    man, you got his eyes perfect

  • MangoesMangoes Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Wow Mully, way to be a hater. He's going to be using clay, this is just the base. It's called a work-in-progress.

  • ProspicienceProspicience The Raven King DenvemoloradoRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Really excited to see how this turns out, as well as your process. Keep us updated!

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  • OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2010
  • mullymully Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    CapnMango wrote: »
    Wow Mully, way to be a hater. He's going to be using clay, this is just the base. It's called a work-in-progress.

    Hahahaha, I KNOW that, I'm just kidding around! And NaS knows that too!

  • MangoesMangoes Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    I was kidding too, just in a less 'kidding' kind of way.

    EDIT: (I actually saw this thread on my iPhone, so I didn't pay any mind to the name. Figured it was a new guy.)

  • NotASenatorNotASenator Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    I am so offended by Capital M Mully that I'm quitting Christmas forever.

  • Linespider5Linespider5 Agent of Etc.Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    This is gonna be good. Godspeed, sir.

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  • NotASenatorNotASenator Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    I have more updates, but I have to take pictures. I've been more diligent about working on this than I have been about updating the thread.

  • NatriNatri Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    I am very curious to see your progress!

  • GrennGrenn Registered User
    edited November 2010
    Want to see mooooorreeee.......

  • AxleMooreAxleMoore Registered User
    edited November 2010
    Just seeing the wire-frame is making me want to start my own project.

  • NotASenatorNotASenator Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Ok, I'm trying to catch up with the updates here, I've got a lot of photos and going through and picking out the good ones and resizing them is time that I'm not working on the sculpture :p



    So, with the armature basically ready, I want to have a guide to make sure the positioning of the upper body is pretty good. With my blown up reference hanging up, I cut the top of a motherboard box off to make my guide with.

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    Knowing that the belt line is 4 inches from the bottom, I was able to resize this image and print it out to scale. I'm going to cut it out and trace the outline on my cardboard piece.

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    Maybe I should just tape this down and ship that. It will save me time.

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    So here's my guide up against the armature. This will let me adjust the arms a bit to get them in the right place.

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    As tight as the wire is wrapped, it still has some flex and motion to it, so I'm going to secure it really well.

    The first thing I do is take this two-part epoxy and get a bunch of it in the gaps. You squeeze both plungers to push the two parts into the little plastic tray, then you mix it up with the little provided popsicle stick and then apply to all the little gaps in your wire.

    This stuff is like SuperGlue x 10, so be careful with it. Make sure you hold it over the plastic tray when you snip the edges and whenever the cap isn't on, because if this gets on any metal (or skin) it's binding it.

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    I gave it about an hour to set, but it takes a full 24-hours to completely harden. It doesn't really matter, the point of this is just to hold it firm while we put the plumber's epoxy putty on there.

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    The first rule of this crap is don't try to take it with you on a flight in the US. It looks like a stick of something explosive.

    It's made up of two parts, and when mixed together, it begins hardening quickly until it's like steel. I had to throw a small bit out because I mixed too much and it was hardening before I could even smush it onto the armature.

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    The second rule is that you shouldn't use your bare hands. They say on the packaging just to mash it up in your palm and then wash your hands afterwards, but I would use a glove, and one you don't mind losing, because the grey activator will get all over it.

    Take just a small amount and mash it up until the color is uniform. It's tough to work with, but make sure you get it all grey throughout. Just don't take too long, if you spend any more than a minute or two on it, it will start hardening up. In this case, it's better to work with smaller portions so you don't waste any.

    Once it is grey, start pushing it into your joints. The goal here is to get it covering everything to form a nice solid piece so that it can't move. It will also make your armature that much more stable.

    This is after apply the putty:

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    No more than 15 minutes later, it was already rock hard. At this point applying any pressure on any of the sections could cause the middle of the spine to bend, but nothing else.

    I also went here and adjusted the arms some to better fit in the cutout.


    Now, with sculpey, you never want to bake more than a few inches, or it won't cook all the way through and you'll get cracking. Not to mention the fact that this shit is expensive, so it's better to use as little as possible. To bulk out the character, I'm going to use standard issue aluminum foil. Just smash it on there to fill out the character some, everyone once in a while wrapping some wire around it to hold it all in place.

    Sorry, these photos were a bit blurry, autofocus wins again.

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    I refer often to my guide to make sure I'm going in the right direction, even early on.

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    and here it is getting closer, with some of the wire holding it in place.

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    On of the other things to mention is the importance of adjusting your perspective. I've got this all on a TV dinner stand thing, which means it is really easy to turn the whole thing around, but also the connection to the bolt in the wood rotates around too, so I swing the model from side to side. You can actually see some marks on the wood from me doing that. You want to keep moving the model around throughout the process, as you are working on a 3D object and it will get viewed from all sides. I have a tendency to neglect the back, and end up with this fat in front and skinny in back guys, so I tend to be extra vigilant about that.


    The next installment will have me finishing up the foil build-up and start preparing and applying sculpey, but I've still got a lot of photos to go through.

  • MrDelishMrDelish Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    I am excited

  • Linespider5Linespider5 Agent of Etc.Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    That's a pretty smart approach, actually. I'd never have tried it that way, but I'm pretty sure he's gonna have all the proportions locked down quick going about it like that.

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  • NatriNatri Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    this is so awesome to follow and also makes me want to do some sculpting shizzle, very cool!

  • AxleMooreAxleMoore Registered User
    edited November 2010
    Looking Good.

  • TamTam I hate art I love artRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    this is exhilarating

  • CyberMonkeytron3000CyberMonkeytron3000 Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Just finish it already!

    I'm gonna wet myself waiting!

  • NotASenatorNotASenator Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    That's a pretty smart approach, actually. I'd never have tried it that way, but I'm pretty sure he's gonna have all the proportions locked down quick going about it like that.

    I can't take credit for it, I picked up all my tips online, but that's the idea.

  • Dox the PIDox the PI Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    This is the start of something epic
    I can tell

  • earthwormadamearthwormadam Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    wooo

    this looks like your making it for secret santa
    Spoiler:

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  • TamTam I hate art I love artRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    wooo

    this looks like your making it for secret santa
    Spoiler:

    dude ain't even on the list, dogg

  • earthwormadamearthwormadam Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    I was thinking G&T perhaps, but nope he aint on that list either.

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  • The_Glad_HatterThe_Glad_Hatter Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    it's a secret list.
    Spoiler:

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  • FletcherFletcher Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    I can't tell whether you're joking or not, adam :0

    But in case you aren't, NAS said in the OP that he agreed to do it for the Solid Saints auction in SE++!

    it seems like a hell of a time investment, I gotta say! looking good though, already definitely recognisable as a heavy pose

  • ObilexObilex Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    This is super neat!

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