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JimMrr
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Posted: Sunday, May 16, 2010 - 01:16 PM UTC

Here is my morte figure. all of the pieces are close to being cleaned up. There is a small amount of filling yet to be done.

This clear piece was damaged during shipping. Im not sure how or if I can repair it. It is meant to be black lace, and should be painted and shaded using tamiya "smoke", and thinned flat black in the deeper shadows..
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Posted: Sunday, May 16, 2010 - 06:06 PM UTC
Jim,
nice start so far, definitely well cleaned up

as for the transparent part, is the missing bit still around, or has it been lost in transit/ at point of packing?

Lots of fine details there, looks like it will be a fun & challenging build!

cheers

Jamie
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Posted: Monday, May 17, 2010 - 02:11 AM UTC

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as for the transparent part, is the missing bit still around, or has it been lost in transit/ at point of packing?


Yes its definitely gone..I had found it in the packing material, but it disintegrated in my fingers...
currently Im thinking of just turning the missing area into a fold or something..
As you stated with your kit, some of the pieces dont align properly. Some filling will be neccisary
Id like to cover up some of her "bits"..Im not really interested in having them exposed. Some sculpting will be in order.

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Posted: Monday, May 17, 2010 - 02:30 PM UTC
Jim, maybe you could fill in that void on the lace and recast it in clear resin using the repaired piece as the master. Put a thin disc in the hole and cast it in a slit mold...just a thought.
Maybe ask the manufacturer for a replacement after showing them a pic?.......
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Posted: Monday, May 17, 2010 - 11:48 PM UTC
Both are good ideas Bob. I think I will send the fellow I bought the kit from an email and ask if something can be done. Hes a vendor on Ebay, and this was the first resin figure I ever purchased, back last August. The worst that can happen is that he says "no"....

Next step on the figure is filling in of small voids...then on to pinning I think..
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Posted: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 11:07 AM UTC
IF the guy says no to a free replacement maybe ask to buy one...just the lil part! I'd think after seeing the part he'd make you a new one given it came broken...never hurts to ask I guess.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 10:16 PM UTC
Jim,
the idea of just turning it into a fold s quite simple, quite brilliant.

Never hurts to work out a way of turning a vice into a virtue!

As for the modesty patches, that will be surprising easy, if only for the breasts!

Yep, this is a good piece to start with, perhaps a step above novice, still within your capacity though


I'll be at the workbench very soon, hopefully posting pics either Saturday night or Sunday afternoon, so apologies for the delays fellas!

Cheers
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Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 09:45 AM UTC
I just finished negotiating a replacement piece for her head dress from the dealer.
I think Sesame Happy store on Ebay is pretty good to deal with, and hes reasonable in his pricing.
I dont like the cup that the figure sits on. its covered with bones and skulls.. so I found an interesting piece of cedar root I will mount onto a wooden base. I will attach the figure to this instead.
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Posted: Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 01:19 PM UTC
I did some sculpting today on the Morte figure, using milliput 2 part epoxy clay. I wasnt satisfied with her exposed breasts, so I sculpted a seamline on her cleavage to denote clothing. Pics to follow..
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Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 10:22 PM UTC
Jim,
glad to hear you are progressing, and have personalised your figure

Looking forward to the pics!

Cheers

Jamie
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Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 04:17 AM UTC


Here is my attempt at covering her breasts. I rolled some milliput and added it as an edge to her covering. You can see in the second picture I did not make it symmetrical. Her knee is up and is pressing slightly, causing a bit of give. I will be sanding the inner edge of the strap to blend it in..
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Posted: Friday, July 30, 2010 - 10:55 PM UTC
Thats quite good Jim,

That allows you to be discreet, without all the bother of a full blown re-sculpt!

Liked how you allowed for the fabric to shift, as her leg displaces the underlying tissue, most people would have missed that!


cheers

Jamie
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Posted: Saturday, July 31, 2010 - 10:38 AM UTC
Thanks Jaime for the compliment. I have been sanding the inner seam and am bridgeing the milliput and the resin with Mr. Surfacer 500. seems to be working well.
The edges of her stockings are frilly lace, and during the seam cleanup my fumble fingers broke off some of this frill. I rebuilt it using Lead Foil and I must say it looks good as new. Pics to follow..
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Posted: Sunday, August 01, 2010 - 11:51 AM UTC

here is the putty and Mr Surfacer 500 sanded and blended. The light area is the resin. I think it looks like a smooth transition, so I will prime again tomorrow, then take care of any pinholes I find.

This picture shows the frills that were broken due to my clumsiness. I repaired them with lead foil, and CA holds it in place. I will add Mr. Surfacer once again here to blend everything together before priming it out..
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Posted: Monday, August 02, 2010 - 11:19 PM UTC
Looks good so far Jim,
and yes, having to do repairs is all part of the craft! Looks like you did well!

Question - Does the mr Surfacer leave a smooth finish? I ask, becasue to me, it seems that it leaves a slight texture on the parts?

Having never used the product, just asking.

Still, good to see you progressing!

Cheers

Jamie
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Posted: Monday, August 02, 2010 - 11:52 PM UTC
[quote]Question - Does the mr Surfacer leave a smooth finish? I ask, becasue to me, it seems that it leaves a slight texture on the parts?[quote]

If youre referring to the textured areas on my parts in the pic, thats the tamiya paint, not the Mr. Surfacer. Its possible I had my mix off a bit, or was too agressive with my spraying Im not sure.The Mr Surfacer was sanded with very fine wet/dry sandpaper.
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Posted: Friday, August 13, 2010 - 07:13 AM UTC

Here I have primed, painted in the flesh tone, highlighted by adding a tiny bit of white to the mix and overspraying the flesh areas. I shadowed by adding a bit of khaki to the Tamiya Flesh..

Here I have added the lace and nylon toning....this is purely experimental and honest feedback is appreciated..its my first time doing this..Im thinking I may have to go back in and add some subtle highlights with tamiya flesh to the nylons...
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Posted: Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 04:38 AM UTC
I did some more touch ups on the flesh areas, and darkened some of the corset areas and added more shadow to her legs also..
I painted her lips red as per Jamies trick..her eyes recieved an overspray of flesh to blend them a bit more..preparing to paint in her eyes and eyelashes.pics to follow
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Posted: Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 05:54 AM UTC

Here I have drawn in her eyes with a sharpened pencil. This is the viewing angle of the final figure I think..

Here is another angle...the image is inverted to demonstrate Jamies advice on viewing the figure inverted to ensure symmetry, and the lips are base coated also...
After I know I am satisfied with the eyes I will go back in and add colour( a green-grey I think), and trace the eyes, eyelashes, and pupils with black. Im planning to use oil paint as it has very good control...suggestions, critiques are welcome..
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Posted: Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 07:17 AM UTC

and here the eyes have been coloured..oils were used:sap green, white, and Paynes grey..theyre a little rough still ..the paint is still very wet. Ill wait an hour or so before I do a bit of blending in the eye, then tomorrow I will add the white spot. I dont want the green to bleed into the eyeshine spot.
Im not sure about these eyelashes..
Im not planning to put eyebrows in, as her bangs are rather long and will cover them anyways..
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Posted: Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 01:24 PM UTC
Good Progress Jim,
nice skin tones with the airbrush!

Feedback - the nylons; without the boots to contrast sheer effect of the nylons, it is hard for me to say.
Personally, I would push the shading effect behind the knees(just a little bit), and in the creases, or perhaps lighten the skin tone on top of the knees and thighs. I have an image of stockings somewhere (hours of net research) which I am happy to share, although I may have to PM it

Face feedback - Wow, excellent work. I am working towards oils, so your using them - the eyes have so much vibrant impact, really stand out! And by blocking in the lips, well, that really helps with the facial expression. Flipping the image does help!
Just check the circular pattern of the iris on the lower part of the figures right out - seems a tad out of round. Adding the catch light (/ white spot on the eye) can really work and give the figure a lift.
As for the eye lashes, still plenty of time to rework those. I'll be working some more on Mirais face, and post by tomorrow,

Good work Jim,

Cheers

Jamie

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Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 12:07 PM UTC

Here I have repaired the right eye, blended the green, touched up the eyelashes and pupils.I also added a pink cote to the lips, so she wouldnt look like such a tart... The catchlight is all that remains...(I hope)..along with trimming in the eyelashes more...
I put on the basecoated bangs to get a feel for the finished face..
Added a black basecoat to most of the remaining parts today...
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Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 12:33 PM UTC
That is really coming along nice now Jim. The eyes do look the part (no pun intended ).
I am going to have to try the invert the figure trick next time I do the eyes, as I always seem to struggle with them.
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Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 12:58 PM UTC
Really coming along now Jim!

Those oils really give the eyes some life!

Cheers

Jamie
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Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 01:06 PM UTC
Thank you Andy and Jamie!..the inverting of the figure is something Ill be doing with all my figures for now on ..it helps..
Oils are great. The blending you can do between tones and colours is unmatched in my opinion.the trick is:Less is more...and you can use drying time to your advantage big time..
mabe we can set up a thread here designed as a classroom on oils, so we can all learn from each other..