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Author Topic: A few of my humble Lovecraftian creations (photo heavy)  (Read 36047 times)
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« Reply #475 on: May 29, 2016, 11:43:46 pm »

The story really makes the piece.  Nicely done.
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« Reply #476 on: July 27, 2016, 10:08:57 am »

Perhaps not Lovecraftian, or steampunk, but I am pleased with it, and learned lots of new techniques.

The blade is made from EVA foam floor mats, that were sealed and painted, and the handle is well, a real axe handle. Smiley

Due to the odd looking spike, I've decide to dub this the Foxtail Axe.







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« Reply #477 on: July 27, 2016, 11:25:19 am »

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« Reply #478 on: July 27, 2016, 11:31:42 am »

Beautiful.  Just thinking of a Lovecraftian Professor discussing evidence that Beowolf was a factual account.
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« Reply #479 on: July 27, 2016, 03:02:53 pm »

Oh good one WS. Smiley

Turns out I've already gotten a comission for a Viking axe after posting this on Facebook!
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« Reply #480 on: July 27, 2016, 06:03:14 pm »

What a gorgeous ax! Fabulous work!
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« Reply #481 on: July 27, 2016, 06:13:41 pm »

Meanwhile, here in the workshop, I'm also setting up the Spinning Tower of Paint, made from several Walmart lazy susan's.





I need to build this! My studio is a disaster and my paints are so disorganized. This contraption is precisely what I need for the space!
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« Reply #482 on: July 27, 2016, 09:52:28 pm »

Great work on the foamsmithing. I bought some floor mats just the other day in preparation for some armour pieces. Have you been watching the foamsmithing videos from Tested, Punished Props and Evil Ted? If you haven't, have a squizz on YouTube, they have some great hints and tips. Beautiful paint job, the paint often lets the foam projects down, but your existing painting and weathering skills are well suited.
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« Reply #483 on: July 28, 2016, 08:52:55 am »

Great work on the foamsmithing. I bought some floor mats just the other day in preparation for some armour pieces. Have you been watching the foamsmithing videos from Tested, Punished Props and Evil Ted? If you haven't, have a squizz on YouTube, they have some great hints and tips. Beautiful paint job, the paint often lets the foam projects down, but your existing painting and weathering skills are well suited.

Indeed I have! In fact it was one of Bill's recent foam axe builds that gave me the itch to make this.

 Was at the craft store today and picked up an improved woodburner with temperature control, and a finer tipped attachment. So I'm going to go over the engraved design and clean it and deepen it a bit.
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« Reply #484 on: July 28, 2016, 10:22:15 pm »

Very nice- the paintwork really makes it look real.

Could be handy, just in case you manage to get some runes just right...  Smiley


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« Reply #485 on: July 29, 2016, 09:33:15 am »



I need to build this! My studio is a disaster and my paints are so disorganized. This contraption is precisely what I need for the space!

One thing I'd suggest that isn't shown is that I eventually had to drill holes down the center and added a wooden dowel rod for support. The tower started to lean after a few weeks.
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« Reply #486 on: July 29, 2016, 11:33:10 am »

I agree that your weathering capabilities are fantastic!
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« Reply #487 on: July 29, 2016, 04:56:20 pm »



I need to build this! My studio is a disaster and my paints are so disorganized. This contraption is precisely what I need for the space!

Once thing I'd suggest is drilling holes in the center and add a wooden dowel rob for support. The tower started to lean after a few weeks.

Thanks for the tip!
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« Reply #488 on: July 30, 2016, 08:32:05 pm »

Here we are. The tower still stands. Smiley

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« Reply #489 on: August 01, 2016, 10:42:49 pm »



I need to build this! My studio is a disaster and my paints are so disorganized. This contraption is precisely what I need for the space!

One thing I'd suggest that isn't shown is that I eventually had to drill holes down the center and added a wooden dowel rod for support. The tower started to lean after a few weeks.

The mystical leaning tower of paint Cheesy
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« Reply #490 on: August 02, 2016, 12:28:57 am »

Surely, with the scantily clad figures in the background the tower should not have been leaning...... Roll Eyes
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« Reply #491 on: August 02, 2016, 04:31:07 pm »

My goodness...
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« Reply #492 on: August 02, 2016, 11:37:21 pm »

 Thought I'd share some weathering shots of the Viking axe handle.


 Started out by mixing baby powder and black acrylic paint (I'm on a budget so I use the $1.49 bottles of craft paint) until you have a paste. I decided at the last minute to add some fine sand to make it bit chunkier. Good thing I saved a bottle of it from my trip to Florida years ago.



Trowel it into the crevices with a small, stiff paintbrush.



 Wipe with a bit of paper towel away from the lip so you get some gradient fading. I need to blend in some more dirt streaks to this one with plain black paint. Again, wiping it off away from the band.



I figure this would work on anything you wanted to add dirt, grime, or old grease to.
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« Reply #493 on: August 02, 2016, 11:40:57 pm »

Brilliant!!
I am ssssssooooo borrowing that idea Wink.
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« Reply #494 on: August 04, 2016, 05:56:50 am »

 Well the Viking axe is finished. I thought I'd finish it sooner, but it took just as long as the first one. It' just looks a bit better, and I made some more mistakes that I learned from. Instead of a wood burner to etch the design, this time I  carefully traced the design with an Xacto blade,then blew on it with a heat gun. The foam shrunk slightly and made the cut slits expand. It certainly looks a lot tidier.

The handle is wrapped in kangaroo leather. A bit too thin, but all I had on hand. Otherwise my only disappointment are the triangle shapes on the axe head. But, thats what the customer wanted, so...

I think I'm gonna make one more for myself.





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« Reply #495 on: August 04, 2016, 09:19:31 pm »

Very, very nice and effective. Some good tips too- I'll need to try the powder/paint ageing, the Mummy Dust tm I use needs to go on damp varnish or similar (it's just baby powder and charcoal dust*, in different proportions  Cheesy  *I was thinking I may try laser toner instead at some point...) so this is better for dry finishes. Looks great!

Thanks!

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« Reply #496 on: August 05, 2016, 03:36:09 am »

Thank you Mr Hector sir. Let me know if it works out for you.

Okay, after sleeping on it, I decided I wasn't totally happy with the shape of the axe head. So back in the shop for some grinding and reshaping, then repainting. It's not 100% perfect, but it'll do. It's all a learning process after all.





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« Reply #497 on: August 07, 2016, 10:24:19 am »

Hanging my axe heads out to dry.

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« Reply #498 on: August 09, 2016, 05:39:14 am »

And here's the final design. I think Chopping off the rear third helped the look a lot, and makes it look more authentic. Tomorrow it heads off to the customer.





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« Reply #499 on: August 10, 2016, 05:07:34 pm »

Tomorrow it heads off to the customer.

So it's sharp too?

*chop*

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