Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Harker gets green - part2

I've spent the last week working on my Harker project. I've slowly added folds to the cloak as it runs over his shoulders. I had to do this very slowly as it's quite detailed work and I found that if I tried to do too much at once, all I did was mess up my previous work. As the shoulder folds were curing, I added the folds to the inside of the cloak. These were a bit rough but there wasn't much I could do about it since the areas are quite difficult to get to.

I slowly built up the folds, but it would have been so much easier to just have done the folds in one go.

Whilst the various folds were curing, I started work on the cloaks hood. It was at this point that I realised that I really hate hoods. The one in pics was my fifth attempt and to be honest, I'm still not completely happy with it but I just have to accept that it's the best I can do at the moment. I can't tell you how hard that is for me!

That's all for now folks, over the next couple of days I'm going to see if I can smooth out some of the flaws in the cloak and finish of fine detail. Finally, I'll leave you with a pic of what I've been doing with me spare green stuff and the lid of my vaseline .....

What I've learned this time ....
  • It would have been much easier to do the folds in one go.
  • I hate hoods, no serious, I really do!
  • Green stuff is like a scab, you just can't stop messing with it.
  • I should have done Harkers squad first and got more practice in with sculpting before doing Harker himself.
  • Zoomed in photos that show up all your flaws really don't do much for your morale.
  • You can still be manly and have a little pink tin of vaseline as long as you put daemon faces on the lid.


Zzzzzz said...

still looks better than anything I would do.

Unknown said...

I really like this model and it radiates some great inspiration! That is one scary can of vaseline...

Dan Eldredge said...

I agree--greenstuff is very hard to leave alone... And I know what you mean about the zoomed in photos--the trick I do is to reduce the resolution until it looks decent, *then* post it. :)

Dverning said...

There's an old saying about how none are more critical of a work than the artist themselves.

Corbane, that looks worlds above the first time I tried sculpting a cloak and hood. Keep up the great work.

As to the flaws when you see the work at 20x size? I consider it a good lesson in humility. :-p

Big D said...

Very nice work. Really inspires me. I have a fledgling IG force that I have started and I was thinking about adding this guy but I just didn't want a super Catachan running around with my Gas Mask wearing troopers. This looks really good and I may have to give it a go my self.

MasterDarksol said...

It looks amazing, 'nuff said. Please keep adding daemon faces to your vaseline tin as well. Glorious.

The Dark Templar said...

It's a very ambitious sculpt as a self-confessed beginner, so kudos to you.

It looks fantastic and havs given me the bug to be a little more adverturous with my current GS projects.

Nice one!

the other Kevin said...

I'm just glad to have you posting your lessons learned. Someday I'll get the nerve up to try something like this, and having a ready reference will save me a bit of aggravation.

I've been wondering what to do with my leftover GS. I certainly don't need to roll any more for future rivet projects. Daemon faces are a go!

Kuffeh said...

He's looking great dude. I really like the addition of the cloak and beret.

I like the daemons faces.

Col. Hessler said...

Coming along nicely, keep it up!

Green Stuff Sculpting said...

I know you're being self critical, but what you've done with Harker considering that you're new to the GSing world, like myself, you've done an amazing job with him.

Being critical is good, just don't let it put you off. It's something I also need to realise with painting.

Looking forward to pitting him again the Chaos one day.


suneokun said...

The urge to 'go back and adjust' must be kept in check. As a oil painter I know this urge too well. It's a powerful force that creates great work ... but it can also lead to overwork ... you have to learn when to step away.

Remember the human eye is designed to spot flaws. You could take a hundred people and maybe five could paint portraits really well ... but every one of the hundred could tell you what looks 'wrong' with a portrait.

It's an inherent human flaw ... its a survival gene gone haywire in society ... its why children pick on 'difference'...

Be aware and don't believe the hype.

Zombieburger said...

The cloak looks really great! I agree that the hood isn't that great but you got to start somewhere!

Looking forward seeing this dude painted!

Siph_Horridus said...

Looks great, love the cloak folds but mostly the beret - no plate smuggling there Col.

Max said...

Looks great- I look forward to stealing all of your experience for myself.

Muhu, haha, ha.

Col. Corbane said...

@ZZZZ - You never know until you try mate! Give it a go, you've got nothing to lose.

@Ricalope - That's high praise indeed, especially come from you mate, your stuff is outstanding (love Doomy). My daemon lube can be scary - lol

@Darkwing - I could reduce the res mate but I'd still know, Macro is the name of my daemon!

@Dverning - Thanks mate, I consider myself humbled, although I'm starting to see why so many people post actual scale photos - lol

@Da Masta Cheef - Thanks matey, but you shouldn't be scare of it, just give it a go and don't use the macro setting ;-)

@Big D - Cheers mate, a trenchcoat Harker would be excellent, can't wait to see what you come up with.

@Master Darksol - Cheers mate, I'm on to skulls now - lol.

@DarkTemplar - Cheers mate, glad it's inspired you.

@the other Kevin - I figured that documenting my lessons learned would help me, that fact that it's helping others is a bonus. Don't forget the little pink tub of vaseline for your daemon faces mate.

@kuffeh - Cheers mate, glad you like him.

@Col. Hessler - Almost done mate, but I'm starting to feel a little burned out to be honest.

@GSS - You know me mate, it's got to be right or what's the point. Must admit, I'm looking forward to seeing him on the table as well.

@suneokun - Thanks for the good advice mate, it's really hard just to accept it as is especially when I can see flaws with it. I suppose I'm just going to have to say enough is enough at some point or I'll never finish it.

@Zombieburger - Cheers mate, should be painted soonish ... lol

@Siph Horridus - Cheers mate, and yeah, he's got a proper beret! lol

@Max - Steal away buddy!

Hugh Walter said...

Col.- Re. my comment in your previous post on this figure, you aught to try Milliput, and apparently you can mix it with your Green Stuff to make it harder, or vary the hardness...


Some tips?

Dan Eastwood said...

Maybe a dumb question, but what's the Vaseline for?

Col. Corbane said...

You use it so stop your tools sticking to the green stuff mate. Hope that helps.

Dan Eastwood said...

It does. Thanks!