Kamui K's WIP

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Onegai 01: Glueing together some hair parts

Still have to resculpt the missing pieces here, glueing some parts that are done with sanding. So onto priming to flesh out any flaws, only to see the weight of the heavy Thai resin buckle under my skewers and break into even more pieces.
Fragile AND heavy material. Dam Thai resin!
I'll never be rid of this sanding stage...

Metallic colors -testing

Just playing around with various mettalic colors I got and trying to flush out the shades and highlights with each one.
I'd need some time to set up a better lighting system to see them better since gloss and metallic surfaces are tricky to photograph.
Some of my brand colors seem naturally glossy compared to others.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Mahoro: Basing

I'm nearly done with the base for her. Got the pins and putty ready, but I won't glue her perminanty in place till I know the base is satisfactory. What do you think? It's either this gloss black base or a $6.00 5" transparent orange circular disc I picked up this weekend.
In the mean time, I'm off hunting down a proper container for her for shipment.

Onegai 01: Test fitting hair

These parts seem nearly done. So I wanted to pin them to see if I missed any important areas to fix. Then it's on to grey priming to double check any mistakes.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Onegai 01: Putty missing parts 2

I'm amazed how some of these tips broke off and some peices of hair strips are just missing huge sections on the sides. Talk about seem lines. How about seem chunks? Well, for some time now, I've been trying to fill in those parts and make them look seemless. I'm just amazed how the sculptors managed to get into these areas when they first made these to begin with. Makes me wonder if I have the wrong tools or something that'll make my life easier.
I've also decide the best way to handle fixing the end tips, is to smooth out small pieces of good quality resin, smooth out the broken ends, and super glue them together. After drying, smooth out the good resin and if I did a good job with the smoothing prior to gluing, the new tips should withstand my forceful sanding to get it into it's new shape.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Pinky:st -FOmar hat

Well, while I'm playing with putty at the moment and waiting for it to dry, I might as well play around with my FOmar again.
I've been sanding and putty'n his skirt for some time now, and each time, it gets better.
I've also worked a bit on his long bangs and made a basic strip on his other side to work off of once cured. But I screwed up in not making his long bangs attached to his hat in the first place. I realized it now once I studied the official released hat attachment I got in the mail. And apparently, the bangs are suppost to be attached to the hats, otherwise the hats would be too thin to cover the hair options seperately.
So of course, here's his new hat I'm working on. I still plan on making a few head options for him. But this is going to be a slow going project.

Onegai 01: Putty missing parts

Well, between the cheap material, and my mistake of getting sloppy after hours of sanding, I dropped the hair pieces and 2 large strands broke off. I might as well make the best of it and sand away in those hard to reach areas while these pieces are removed. Though when I received the parts, a lot of the hair ends were damaged in transit. So I'll have to extend many of the parts myself. But since the extra parts that are needed are in tricky areas (with barely any support to hold it in place), I'll have think about how to get the extentions to actually stay put while being sanded once dry.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Onegai 01: Vague test fitting

Preliminary test fitting to see what areas are exposed and important to sand and putty. Plus, to fix any major gaps in the parts. The shirt comes in 4 pieces and doesn't fit snuggly with her legs attached. I'll have to sand away something to make them fit...

Friday, January 13, 2006

Onegai 01: Sanding has begun.

ACKK!THIS is a prime example why no one should be purchasing Thai recasts on ebay, unless the sculpt is simple with no thin parts or details. Here's a close up shot on the unholy casting of the delicate hair details. I've sanded 'n puttied quite a few times over the past days, but there's still work to be done. I think I need to buy new tools (rifflers maybe?). I don't see how I can smooth out the insides of those curves without a curved file itself. Otherwise, I'm tempted to purposely break the pieces apart, sand them seperately, then reassemble them.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

1/6 Onegai Teacher 01: removing mold release

Started a new project in the mean time.

Unfortunately, this is a Thai recast version, and taking a closer look here, it isn't so bad except the hair pieces. Her bangs are unbearable and I'm kinda stumped at how to tackle this one.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Mahoro: Finished!

Finally done! Please check out the gallery if you'd like.

Mahoro: Hair assembly -final

So close to being done. But her pony tail + ribbon is kinda heavy to sit on the back of her head. So I assembled her hair parts with super glue and green stuff (one of the hardest bonds I know with putty). So I had to let her dry off before attaching her to the body.
Now... what to do with the base....

Oh, and since I'm waiting for the putty to dry, I had time to edit those Joker pics and have uploaded them. I was in a mad rush and was barely conscious when I took them. So the backdrop was really distracting with all my supplies thrown about.
I just basically blackened them out. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Mahoro: Shading hair

I started shading her hair and sealed it over night. By the quick look of things, the basecoat got darker thus making the shading work not all that apparent. I'll have to see tomorrow if I'll need to go back and reshade with a darker color.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Mahoro: Hair assembly

I've basecoated and shaded only the underparts of her hair and left the top areas exposed and primed for now. Otherwise, after I pin, assemble, glue, putty, and sand the pin holes I've made, I find it easier to basecoat the colors all together all at once and not worry'n about matching up colors previously.
Now to let the glue and putty dry over night.