|Ignore the ear!|
It looks super exciting, and was announced with a Cinematic that made my cry, and was utterly brilliant.
The game has a range of very, creatively designed character! And then one goth one that every liked, including my boyfriend and, you know, it's been a while since I've done anything with polyurethane casting so, lets give it a go.
|Time to Reap|
So, first step as always is to isolate the mask itself, get the best images I can, scale all the reference images off a human and make a scaled copy of the mask on paper.
|These are not the reference images you're looking for.|
So, I have two options for this sculpt really, something resistant, or something soft. I did play around with using rigid expanding foam with the intention of coating it with a rigid apoxie resin that I could then sand down for a nice edge.
But since I've just come off a very long sculpt with WED clay(My Dragon Sculpt), have a bunch of it laying around, and feel pretty confident in it I stayed with doing a soft sculpt and just trusted myself to give it good finishing.
|My blank sculpting armature.|
|Sculpting through time!|
|End of second night of sculpting.|
Details coming now!
|Details and surfaces take as much time as half the sculpt.|
This third night of sculpt involved a lot of glaring at a screen, picking out every detail on the mask, copying the position of the rivet caps, the crap, the nicks and getting everything as crisp as possible.
|Lots of nasty spray in an enclosed space.|
After leaving it to dry out a bit, I sprayed the sculpt with a grey paint. Then used a very wet mix of clay to go over uneven parts that stood out, before hitting drying it out with a heat gun and hitting it with another coat of spray and repeating until I had a complete surface and edges that I was 100% happy with.
It also smoothed the divide between the rivet and the clay. For easier mould making.
|Everyone who knows how to make moulds is allowed to cry seeing this.|
|Time to Mould!|
After this I did a large batch of latex with it's Thixo agent to turn it into a really thick, very stable mould silicone mould.
Finale stage is a mother mould. This is a solid plaster outer shell that holds the silicone in shape so my final moulds will all be a consistent shape.
|I was bouncing around the house when it actually worked.|
It actually came out and looked real good!
Looked like a mask, just like something a person would buy!
If I say so myself.
Now, this was basic Roto Cast, Polyurethane plastic rolled around in the mould, helfted around for like, fifteen minutes. That was left to set for a bit, then another small amount of plastic sloshed around to reinforce any areas that I had missed.
|Grrr, I look fierce.|
Next step took half an hour of solid work. Cleaning the casting off with a rotary tool, a mixture of a cutting disk and a grinding tool for sanding everything. It required a surprisingly small amount of cleaning up.
It was also now that I got to see where the plastic pools in the mould and where I need to be careful next time.
|Remember, protect your floors.|
First a base coat, I airbrushed on some black and white over their respective areas, then went over all the bone area with some wonderful System 3 Acrylic paints, they're wonderfully permanent and can go on basically anything.
Then an hour with more paint, making sure the bone all looked even, giving it a nice texture, then shading with an airbrush. Then some dry brushing to get highlights and give more of a bone effect.
After this, I added the dark colours, the metals, then highlight the metals to give it a nice metallic effect.
These finale steps included adding some semi-opaque black cloth around the eyes, cheeks and mouth because the face of the character is always in shadow and you can 'just' about make it out and this worked perfectly.
Oh, and since it's a rigid plastic mask, I put some foam pads on it and an elsatic strap!
All this equalled this:
|Time to Frizz!|
That, that, just, that is something I was very happy with.
I am thrilled with the outcome!
Now, I'm going to spend a few weeks making copies of this for all the Reaper Fanboys out there!
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