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 Post subject: Re: 1:1 Alien Warrior Head Build ...
PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:24 am 

Location: ATX
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More shaping down.

Lining up the lips with the forehead.

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Estimating teeth/lip position. Look like the jaw as a whole is too tall. Will have to bring that chin up a tad.

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Narrowing slowly ...

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Always drawing guidelines to make sure I don't go to far.

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Using my other sculpt for reference. I thought the original's teeth should have come out just a little bit more, so I'm making sure to address that this time.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:48 am 

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Little progress ...

Glued the jaw onto the head. Started working out the top gums. The forehead may get shaved down a hair during the final shaping process but it's generally done size-wise. The jaws will also get smaller once whittled down and are proportioned properly.

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I want to cast the teeth in resin this time.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:53 pm 

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Whittle, whittle ...

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:27 pm 
Got a big ass gun and a can-do attitude

Location: Devon, UK
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You've convinced me with your amazing work, i'm having a go myself!! :)


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:03 pm 

Location: ATX
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You've convinced me with your amazing work, i'm having a go myself!! :)


Sweet! Love to hear it!

Make sure to post some progress pics.

The foam shavings are annoying, and I'm dreading the sanding that is coming soon.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:49 am 

Location: ATX
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Started hollowing out the mouth.

Since the last build I've been really wanting to make a hotwire cutter to tackle these larger cutouts.

Anyhoo, here's a saw.

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Two angled cuts, and then I thought it'd be nice if I had a cable saw. Instead I used some bicycle brake cable I had.
It was not very comfortable, but it worked. Hollowed more out with the big blade.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:29 pm 
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Looking forward to seeing the final result...I had not kept up with the thread for the mini suit but looking at the photos on this thread it turned out terrific...great work!


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:44 am 

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Thanks, guys!

Marking references for detail around the gums, jaw, and edge of the rear forehead to the start of the back of the head. Also did some sculpting in those areas. Lightly. This is the part where some areas are best done little-by-little.

Black marker to block out the raised portions on the gums. The butt end of the x-acto works well to push in reference lines and smooth sharp corners.

Even busted out the sandpaper, but I got lucky and had no coarse paper. Which is what I needed. lol, tired.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:21 pm 

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I don't have any more than 1 picture that shows some decent gum detail, and that pic is from a front angle. There's not too much consistency amongst all the other pictures when it comes to that detail so I'm just taking cues from the one pic I have and estimating.

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Also I found a battery operated engraver at Ross which does great for quick raw detail.

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Cut these gum donuts out with that engraver.

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Pinned on some scrap sheathing left over from the mini-xeno, and mocked up some temporary teeth. As more detail starts to evolve, these other parts help with referencing and placement. There are several moments in building a xeno head that are really exciting and adding the tubing and teeth are definitely one of those moments. Like you can hear it start to hiss at you. :P

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:05 am 

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Head shaping. Working mostly on the depth around the temples.

Took some dark pics so it's easier to see the contrast.

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After this session, I think the very top of the forehead will get shave down a bit. Gums need to be minimized also.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:56 am 

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Shaping down the forehead and jaws ...

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Going to reshape the top going towards the back. Sloping it downwards. See new thin black reference line.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:30 pm 
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Looks great!

You need one of these, would be easier on your hands than a brake cable.

https://www.amazon.com/Knife-Cutter-Styrofoam-Engraving-Calcor/dp/B078P81GGD/ref=asc_df_B078P81GGD/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=242071853242&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=16401336311250475376&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9013455&hvtargid=pla-407981769068&psc=1


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:20 am 

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^^^ Totally! Was looking at those yesterday. Think I'm going to make my own, since the max width, is only 7 inches.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:18 am 

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Thinned the jaw a bit, cut down the head slope, and trimmed the excess off the jaw.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:29 am 

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First real pass with some 100 grit sandpaper using a sanding block. I basically push the block away from me with little pressure. 2 or 3 passes and lots of foam will disappear so go easy. The nice thing is that it's fast.

Also started tapering the back of the head.

Dark pic to show smoother surface. Bench light is too bright.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:26 am 

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Working on some jaw detail. There's quite a bit of depth here so more will get cut eventually.

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Oooh yeah!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:09 pm 
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Looking awesome! Keep up the good work.


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