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 Post subject: 1:1 Alien Warrior Head Build ...
PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:14 am 

Location: ATX
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Happy New Year!

Back at it again!

Trying a full scale version. I think the mini-version wasn't too far off, so this will be mostly a length and slight width adjustment. Gonna tackle the jaw actuation definitely this time. By adjusting the jaw pivot point, the whole thing should be easier to accomplish.

Similar materials mostly. Feel free to follow along, and if anyone has constructive feedback, fire away.


Started with rough outline (traced around the mini-version and added length). Estimated full size head to be between 33" and 36". Cut 7 planks from 1" XPS foam. Lower jaw again going to be separate and glued on later, then sculpted.

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I wiped the foam down with a damp paper towel to get the shelf dust off, then made sure they were dry. Using Liquid Nails again to join the sheets.

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I tried to use a super thin coat this time and focused on the shape of the head since most of the excess is getting whittled away. Also I only had 2/3 of a tube left. :) Also the Liquid Nails dries harder then the foam, so when you're sanding/shaping you'll see the joint lines. A thinner coat will hopefully combat this.

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Used a Bondo scraper to spread.

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Weighted down with a giant tile and another short piece of foam, 20lb free weights. (That I never use.)

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Hope this turns out. Here's a shot of the mini-version that I'm spring-boarding off of:

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:38 am 
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Awesome. Was hoping this was the next step


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:19 am 

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:58 pm 
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Happy New Year!
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Dude! So excited to see this develop!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:47 pm 
Got a big ass gun and a can-do attitude

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Juniors was sooo cool, can't wait to see this one


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:22 am 
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Yes the head on your mini looks simply stunning. make sure you document it well my friend.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:01 am 

Location: ATX
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Thanks, guys!

Slight delay in the laminate process. There were two sheets that didn't mate together and the Liquid Nails never dried. Figured out there was enough of a concave on one sheet and the coat was thin enough that the two weren't even touching. I was able to squeeze a few more beads out of that tube and then i basically rubbed the two sheets together up and down until the adhesives started to rub against both. Then I weighed everything down again directly in the middle.

Tested it just now and it seems to be holding. So word of caution, go thin, but not too thin and if you have time maybe only layer a few sheets at a time.

Traced the mini head, added about an inch around, then formed a general outline giving me plenty of working room to shave down.

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It's freezing outside and even my insulated garage is too frigid. Back to normal mild central Texas winter temps soon.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:02 am 

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Started cutting into ...

Since I kept the adhesive to mostly around the head I was able to slice off layer by layer of the excess foam. Be careful when you're doing this to not drift at an angle as I started to do. Luckily, the middle portions are within my boundary lines and the sides will be sculpted away. Close one. I tend to rush certain parts because I often don't get a lot of bulk time to work continuously. Good reminder for me to slow down.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:09 am 

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Finally some progress. 20 minutes worth anyway.

Rough outline of the bottom of head/top of jaw.

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Outline of forehead. The black line not the red. The red was a space cadet moment.

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Initial cuts. Also noticed gaps in the adhesive. Annoying enough that I added glue where I could at the end of the session.

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This is definitely larger than last time.

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Gaps meet applicator tip!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:38 am 

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Some front end shaping.

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I'll make a few general cuts, step back and make the same cut on the opposite side. I try and use the seam lines as references. Then I'll reference a pic, make a few more general cuts then repeat. I'll jump around a little, this actually helps me because when I check back on a portion I'll see any uneven places a little better.

I also slow down/ make smaller slices as I get closer to more detailed areas. Forces me to be patient.

I imagine this would be way faster if it were clay. :)

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:23 am 

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More shaping of the forehead. It's still early in the stages and will be sized down still.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:44 pm 
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Wow!!!! Looking good:)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:26 am 

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Thanks, Taz!

Working on the taper of the forehead here. The familiar shape is starting to show. Slowly.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:58 am 

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Started angling the sides towards the top of the head.

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More work on the forehead also. Cut the temple holes out a bit more.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:30 am 

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Slow week or so, but found some time this evening. Went to start sanding and discovered I was out of the grit I needed, so I went back to more shaping with the razor. Worked on the taper of the forehead mostly.

Some video of my technique:

https://youtu.be/0NktzoDRgHk

I've reached the point on the forehead now where sanding to shape becomes more useful.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:55 am 

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Oh wow, your creation is a bomb.


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margaplay wrote:
Oh wow, your creation is a bomb.


Uh, thank you? :P

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:22 pm 

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Back at it!

Profiled the top a lot more today.

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Traced out the front head for the jaw and cut out multiple plates to glue together.

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Gluing.

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Stacked and weights on top.

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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 3:53 pm 

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The mini turned out great. You nailed the most important part, the head. I have no doubt, you will make an awesome full scale version.


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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 4:59 pm 

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The mini turned out great. You nailed the most important part, the head. I have no doubt, you will make an awesome full scale version.


Thanks Fuzzball! He's been slow to evolve due to some other smaller projects. One being I still haven't cleaned the garage out fully.
But after a few more sculpting sessions it'll start to move quickly.

I do believe I should move to clay after this though.

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that's insane great work


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:59 am 

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Back at it. Finally.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:24 am 

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30 minute session. I left a lot of room for the jaw so that I could carve down and shape gradually. Feels like forever though.

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I'll need to be patient with this part. Grrr.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:33 am 

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