Week two of “Forgotten Heroes”, and it was really just more of the same with the week spent working on Battle Cat’s face/helmet, I started by adding the lower jaw area beneath the tongue I’d added last time, this was done in much the same way as I had with Panthor (see last week’s post, “Now I’m Feline It”), the only real difference was that I added some longer “whiskers” to his chin, as he seems to have these in the cartoon, something that Panthor doesn’t appear to have and as I painted them onto my “Cringer” I thought I better had.
Next it was time to start work on the helmet, now before I start I’d just like to point out that these types of things are not my favorite to do, as they a) have to be really smooth, and b) need to match perfectly one side to the other, you can get away with organic things not being symmetrical, because live thing ain’t! But inorganic stuff like armour usually is. So it was with a little trepidation that I set to work. I started by adding the “beak” like ridge down the top of his nose, this was a small “carrot” shaped piece of putty run out over the end of his nose and then curved down, I had trouble getting it to stick far enough out so ended up adding a ball of putty on his muzzle (like a red nose), to support this. Then more sausages were added either side of this and dragged down the sides of the muzzle, and then yet another pair of sausages were added to the lower sides of these along the top of the lip area, all this was then shaped and blended together (this took as while I can assure you!). I then rolled out a very thin sausage of putty and draped this across in front of where the eyes will go, this was then smoothed into place and blended into the lower ridges. Lastly today I took the small knife blade and pressed in three ridges that run down the top of this part. It’s not a perfect copy of the original, but it’s as close as I recon I’m going to get it.
So I had the muzzle piece done, now it was time to start working backwards up the face. The long pointed “cheek” piece were next to add so a couple of teardrop shaped pieces were mixed and added point downwards to these areas. They were then flattened shaped and teased into the right sort of shape with my chisels cut and pointed colour shapers. The chisel cut one is great for getting a smooth shiny finish to the putty (this is basically round like the rubber found on the end of a pencil but cut across on an angle and much smaller). Anyway this involved lots of turning the piece back and forth from side to side to make sure both sides looked the same (only opposite of course). Once I was happy with these, I added a ridge running up the middle of each top to bottom. This is where the next thicker layer will go, but I’ll get to that next time. I then added another blob of putty to the top of the head and smoothed this so that it blended into the cheek pieces. I then added the eye holes and some details around them.
The wide “ruff” around his neck came next, this was just another sausage of putty tapered at both ends them laid across the back of his neck and curved down and around the sides over the rear edge of the cheek pieces, much checking and blending later and this was in place. Then with the putty I had left I added the “support sausage”* behind this that will be covered over and tidied up tomorrow.
Right a fairly simple day today, as I said above I just had to blend the back of Battle Cats helmet in, so a strip of putty was laid over the “support sausage” I added yesterday and it was blended in at the top back of the “ruff”. I also added a disk of putty at the front of the “ruff”, and then added two small spikes of putty to this.
Well that’s both heads finished now, I suppose I’ll have to start on the saddles next! So till them, stay safe and cheers Roger.
- (Please note the term “Support Sausage”, is now trademarked to me!)😉
Looks great! I’m terrible at smoothing GS. How long do you wait before attempting to smooth it?
I smooth as I go to be honest, I have found that if the putty feel really sticky and soft once you have mixed it, I go and make a cup of tea to bring back while I’m sculpting say 3 to 5 mins, the putty often seems to settle a bit in this time, adding a little more blue to the mix also works. But my main recommendation and I’ve said this before is invest in a good set of colour shaper’s see mine at the bottom of this page here…
I think I picked mine up from a wargames show, but if possible go for the black tipped ones as they seen the best. I’ve never done it myself but Bob Olley told me that you can smoth areas with a toothbrush and toothpaste once it’s dry, takes a while though I believe.
Nice st of tools. I have some silicone sharpers, but they are quite soft. Might work for clay, but not for GS. I’ll have to keep my eye out for different ones. Thanks Roger!
The tips on mine are quite soft to Harry, unless you are using them straight on they really just stroke the surface, I find a cocktail stick or metal probe is better for the actual pushing and prodding part. Sounds like you might have the same ones I do.The trick is to tease the putty into place rather than force it, each of the above steps will have taken me about thirty to forty minutes to do. So you need to take your time.
There it is. I’m too much in a rush. I need to slow down what I’m doing. I’ve never spent more than 15 minutes on a step and toss it aside in frustration. That’s the tip i needed!
Please tell your wife she’s welcome! 😉
Amazing! I am really enjoying these posts Roger, keep them coming.
Thanks Michael, I will at least until they are finished. 😁
Impressive, Roger! 🙂 And “support sausage” – what a great term!
Thanks John, Keith pointed out my use of that term a couple of years back, and thank you for using it, that’s five pounds you owe me! 😁
Excellent work Roger, you’ve captured the face armour of battlecat perfectly
Thanks Dave, it’s not perfect (or should that be Purrfect! sorry), it’s a bit to deep around the muzzle and the slopes on the ruff plate are too shallow, but I think it’s recognisable as Battle Cat, so I’m reasonably happy with it.
Wow Roger, very nice!
Thank you very much Mark.
I had forgotten that Battle Cat does wear a particularly silly hat. I guess it is effective in concealing his identity, like Clark Kent’s glasses, but I am assuming there are other green and orange striped tigers on Eternia.
Jesting aside, I do believe you have nailed the look Roger.
“Support sausage” *snicker*
It is a bit daft looking isn’t it! Why would you give a tigers helmet a beak like a bird???
“but I am assuming there are other green and orange striped tigers on Eternia” but how many of them hang about with blonde chaps who look a lot like He-man I wonder?
Thanks Jez, still plodding away, How are you getting on with your DW fig? I have to go and check if you’ve posted today.
(Oh and you owe me a fiver too for typing “Support Sausage”, I may never need to work again at this rate! 😁).
As always, it’s baffling and inspirational to see you work. You should make a YouTube video or something, just on how to properly smooth green stuff. Like Harry, I think I rush through trying to sculpt green stuff, because I’m worried it will set and become tough to work with. I use color shapers as well, but I always thought I wasn’t getting the sweet spot with the mix of yellow and blue, thus my green stuff was proving to be a PAIN IN THE ASS all the time. Perhaps it’s just that I need to slow down.
As you know, I often use Magic Sculpt and get better results, at least with the limited “sculpting” I do. But sometimes you just need green stuff. It seems to be more adhesive than Magic Sculpt.
Anyway, it’s awesome how you took a cheap toy and it’s already starting to look like a scratch-sculpt. Can’t wait to see how this turns out.
thanks Keith, I don’t know about a Youtube video, I wouldn’t know where to start with something like that! Also I rather imagine it would be terribly boring, just watching me trying to sculpt! Sometimes i even bore myself!
I really don’t want to sound “cocky” but I just cut a lump off the strip of greenstuff 90% of the time and don’t worry how much blue of yellow there is. I think over thinking it just makes it worse, don’t think just do seems to work for me (just as well as I recons, as I do have trouble with that thinking malarkey!!).
To be honest a chap in China did all the hard work on the Tigers, I’m just sticking some bits to them.
Once again I’m in awe. That’s an outstanding job you’ve done. Like Keith, I have no real idea of even how to get greenstuff smooth, let alone make shapes out of it.
Thanks Matt, “balls and sausages” that’s all it is really.And you forget I’ve seen your “Dumpster Monster” so don’t tell me you cant make shapes out of it! if you can do that and have the patience to wait till next day and add to it, you could make a Cthulhu monster no problem! that’s really all it is.
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