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@  Pennpenn : (18 October 2017 - 09:04 PM)

It's interesting how life gives you a good thing and then a bad thing. Like, just got my tax return and it was quite robust, and then I found an INCH LONG EARWIG IN MY HEADPHONES. AHHHHH-

@  BlackMax : (18 October 2017 - 05:50 PM)

I'm not completely sure what I missed but I think I love it.

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 October 2017 - 04:20 PM)

The S is for Sucks!

@  Waspinator : (18 October 2017 - 03:49 PM)

And the thatch-roofed cottagggggggggggges!

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 October 2017 - 03:30 PM)

BURN! BURN TO THE GRBURN! BURN TO THBURN! BURN TO THE GROUND!

@  Waspinator : (18 October 2017 - 03:06 PM)

Infinity Big Bang Storm! Burn in the everlasting hellfire of creation! Be utterly annihilated, down to the very last scrap of D N A!

@  Shrug : (18 October 2017 - 02:57 PM)

YES, MY QUEEN!

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (18 October 2017 - 02:37 PM)

BUUUUURN! FOR THE ROYALTY!

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 October 2017 - 02:25 PM)

BUUUUUUUUUUUURN, BABY BURN! DISCO INFERNO!

@  Agamus : (18 October 2017 - 01:55 PM)

LETS BERNNNN RRRRUBBER!!!!

@  Arazyr : (18 October 2017 - 01:12 PM)

No, thanks. I'll leave that to his wife. :p

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (18 October 2017 - 01:08 PM)

FEEL THE BERNNNNNN!!!!!

@  Nevermore : (18 October 2017 - 11:52 AM)

BERNIEEEEEEEE...

@  Shrug : (18 October 2017 - 10:47 AM)

I'm not saying they're the same. They're clearly not. But members of both parties do receive large sums of money from telecom companies. When it comes to net neutrality, the issue isn't solely bipartisan so much as it's Old Politicians that don't understand technology.  Republicans do seem intent on making it worse intentionally though.

@  Paladin : (18 October 2017 - 10:40 AM)

anyone who still says "they're both the same!" after the past 10 months is WILLFULLY ignorant.

@  unluckiness : (18 October 2017 - 10:22 AM)

I'm not American. Should I do something about it or just ignore it.

@  Shrug : (18 October 2017 - 08:48 AM)

I doubt we'd have a chance with Hillary either. Didn't she get like 100k from Comcast? Both parties are pretty dang corrupt. If only Bernie...

@  2017 : (17 October 2017 - 05:56 PM)

It scared me!

@  Kalidor : (17 October 2017 - 05:42 PM)

Yes - here is more information - https://www.battleforthenet.com/

@  Darth Gonzo : (17 October 2017 - 05:36 PM)

Hello?

@  Evac : (17 October 2017 - 04:39 PM)

Yeah, it's the Allspark.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 October 2017 - 04:35 PM)

Okay, so it is the allspark doing it, and not some piece of malware I need to run a system scan over, that's basically all I wanted to know.

@  Evac : (17 October 2017 - 04:34 PM)

If, say, Hillary or Bernie was president, we'd have a chance, but with the current administration... We're pretty much hugged.

@  Evac : (17 October 2017 - 04:32 PM)

I don't know why we're even bothering; there's no way in hell a GOP-controlled congress would listen to common proles like us.

@  Evac : (17 October 2017 - 04:32 PM)

Yeah, so did I.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 October 2017 - 04:19 PM)

Okay, so I just got a pop up telling me I need to call congress about the FCC killing net neutrality. Anyone else get that?

@  Dracula : (17 October 2017 - 09:45 AM)

I'd probably use a primer coat on either of them.

@  unluckiness : (17 October 2017 - 07:21 AM)

Wonder if Overboard or Crashbash would be easier to paint over. Generally dark colors are harder but then again, screaming fuschia seems like it'd be difficult to cover too.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 October 2017 - 02:46 PM)

Damn, the shoutbox won't accept those characters. I mean "open-mid back unrounded vowel" on Wikipedia.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 October 2017 - 02:46 PM)

Λ

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 October 2017 - 02:45 PM)

@Bass X0 Ha, I think some Asian accents of English, that mispronunciation would be considered standard, as those accents lack [ʌ].

@  MEDdMI : (16 October 2017 - 12:08 PM)

She's the last thing you hear before your doom.

@  Noideaforaname : (15 October 2017 - 07:34 PM)

The cat can talk?!

@  MEDdMI : (15 October 2017 - 06:30 PM)

TMM's first cat was Cookie b/c that's the first word he said when he saw her

@  Bass X0 : (15 October 2017 - 05:34 PM)

Reminds me of when my nephew was one year old and my sister got him a puppy. He couldn't say puppy properly and it sounded like poppy, so Poppy is what they called her.

@  Arazyr : (15 October 2017 - 02:36 PM)

Yeah. I thought it had some interesting informational articles too.

@  Bass X0 : (15 October 2017 - 01:59 PM)

does anyone else miss the ToyFare magazine? I just read it for the pictures and jokes rather than using it as a serious guide for buying and selling toys.

@  Arazyr : (15 October 2017 - 09:21 AM)

Uncle Bobby Peach, baby! Uncle Bobby Peach!

@  Arazyr : (15 October 2017 - 09:21 AM)

Last night, playing Mario Kart with my daughter, I misread Baby Peach as "Bobby Peach".

@  Onyxstrike : (15 October 2017 - 09:03 AM)

Yeah, I might've forgotten that the Beast is pretty much just a mindless killing machine. That's pretty much what I get for going off of the TFWiki summaries without having actually read any of it.

@  tffan01 : (15 October 2017 - 08:34 AM)

@Onyxstrike Well, to be fair, the quality of the story aside, Beast Within illustrates the fact that Dinobots are feral in nature, with what would happen if they actually lost control. That's a character flaw in a way, correct? 

@  2017 : (15 October 2017 - 08:21 AM)

Send me a PM if you need help getting to the true ending, also.

@  Strafe : (15 October 2017 - 08:15 AM)

Thinking about quirky robots occupies 30% of my brain's daily processing power. I can't remember birthdays and I never know where my phone is, but it's totally worth it.

@  2017 : (15 October 2017 - 08:03 AM)

Yay, I look forward to your dealings with quirky robots!

@  Strafe : (15 October 2017 - 08:01 AM)

Definitely, I started setting aside funds a month ago for the inevitable Black Friday digital sales in the Playstation and Xbox stores. Going to be ready this year, and that's one of the many games on my list!

@  2017 : (15 October 2017 - 07:30 AM)

Hey Strafe will you ever play Nier: Automata?

@  Onyxstrike : (15 October 2017 - 07:19 AM)

Plus, The Beast Within is overall not a very good story.

@  Onyxstrike : (15 October 2017 - 07:19 AM)

The problem is is that Victory's dreams are meant to prey on the Dinobot's character flaws. For instance, Grimlock downing every Decepticon in his path, but falling for Starscream's begging for mercy schtick, preys on his arrogence. What character flaws does The Beast Within prey on? Nothing. The entire premise of the book was to please the many fans who posed the many hypothetical "What if the Dinobots combined?" scenarios way back when, with a gratuitous death count to boot.

@  Bass X0 : (15 October 2017 - 05:51 AM)

What's wrong with wanting it to be a canon dream sequence?

@  TheMightyMol... : (14 October 2017 - 01:14 PM)

go home bass you are drunk


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#21 Kalidor

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 12:03 PM

Oh weird.. somehow I missed the first post and only came into the topic in a later post.

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 09:58 PM

At last, I?m done with this part of the process, now it?s time for the putty to cure.
You might notice that I reworked Applebloom?s face, it was too flat before.



And another picture with PVC Applejack, for scale reference:



Next time: Humongous hair bows.

Edited by WorkbenchManiac, 07 August 2011 - 09:59 PM.


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Posted 07 August 2011 - 10:25 PM

QUOTE(WorkbenchManiac @ Aug 7 2011, 09:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
At last, I?m done with this part of the process, now it?s time for the putty to cure.

I swear, if you were in charge of making the molds for Hasbro, I'd never keep any money in my wallet.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 01:03 AM

Those hairbows... they just did not want to cooperate. It took what felt like ages to get them in shape and smoothed, because whenever I gently pushed the front, the backside would deform.

I also did some work on Appleblooms face. this time rounding out her cheeks slightly.

And now Applebloom is finally done. The sculpt anyway, next I?ll make a mold and cast some copies of this figure. I can?t wait to break out the paints and brushes to give this figure a proper paintjob.

The finished sculpt:



The cured putty is all uniformly colored and a bit translucent, so it might be hard to see the details. Notice those lightly colored areas around the base the tail and on the sides of the legs? They might look like fractures or stress marks, but those are simply areas where different layers of putty have been put on top of one another. Due to the transluscence of the putty they are visible from under the sculpt?s surface.


Applebloom with PVC Applejack and the greens of Opal and Gummy:




And finally a scale reference with a can of DrPepper- just to show how miniscule this stuff really is:




So, what do y?all think?

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 01:30 AM

I want this so bad it isn't funny.

(Of course, I'm broke so I can't afford anything right now. SADFACE.)

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 09:13 AM

QUOTE(WorkbenchManiac @ Aug 11 2011, 01:03 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So, what do y?all think?

It's coming along very nicely. And I can certainly understand how the bow could give you a good fight; great work as always.
Also, I approve of your choice in beverages. icon-arcee.gif

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 02:32 PM

Gorgeous work, man. Like RoboViking, I'm also feeling sorely tempted to try something again myself. Damn, though - I can't believe the scale you're working on. It's incredible.

Shouldn't gravity be doing something?

 

Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?


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Posted 12 August 2011 - 02:54 PM

Thanks for the tips again, I will try this method with the green stuff!

And Applebloom is looking better and better. icon-hotrod.gif

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 01:26 PM

Cheers guys, I appreciate it!

QUOTE(Copper Bezel @ Aug 11 2011, 02:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Gorgeous work, man. Like RoboViking, I'm also feeling sorely tempted to try something again myself. Damn, though - I can't believe the scale you're working on. It's incredible.

Do it, break out the putty! It would be a lot of fun to have more people around here messing about.

As for the scale, this pony-stuff is a welcome break, usually I sculpt in even smaller scales. The face of the dwarf in my avatar is about as large as one of Applebloom?s eyes.


The mold is done, and the first cast made. This is what a raw cast fresh from the mold looks like:



Since I?m casting manually in flexible silicone molds and only with gravity to push the resin into the mold, I have to use very large resin feeds and a high amount of air ducts and reservoirs. Removing those takes a bit of careful work, so as to avoid any blemishes on the cast.
Since the resin I use has a very low viscosity, it can flow in between the two halves of the mold, creating a thin layer of flash. But flash is no problem, it?s easy to remove, since it is so very thin and will often break off on it?s own.
While I?m at it I also remove the mold lines- at this point I have already spend so much time and effort on the clean up, I won?t have that spoiled by ungainly mold lines.

After carefully cleaning the model with a scalpel and then filling in a few holes (resulting from tiny air bubbles in the resin) with putty we are now ready to start painting:



The light grey color makes it so much easier to see the sculpt, doesn?t it?

Next up: Painting Applebloom.

#30 Robot Viking

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 03:33 PM

Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. Just how hard is making your own molds? I've only ever made pieces one at a time, never tried duplicating them...

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 05:11 PM

QUOTE(RoboViking @ Aug 15 2011, 03:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. Just how hard is making your own molds? I've only ever made pieces one at a time, never tried duplicating them...

It?s not that hard, really.

The basic "recipe" is as follows:

1. Make a frame to pour the molding silicone into. I use Lego bricks, they are sturdy, cheap, reusable and the ABS plastic does not react with the silicone/hardener.

2. Fill the lower half of the frame with non-hardening putty, like plasticine or play-doh.

3. Embed the sculpt into the putty.

4. Pour the silicone for the first half of the mold into the frame and let it harden.

5. Flip over the frame and remove the putty, leaving the sculpt embedded in the silicone.

6. Pour the silicone for the second half into the frame and let it cure.

7. Remove the frame and take the two halves of the mold apart. Remove the sculpt and cut the feeds and air-ducts into the mold.


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Posted 16 August 2011 - 01:58 AM

The figure is now painted.



More images can be found here: http://www.allspark....showtopic=81614

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 11:54 PM

I have started my next pony project: A show accurate version of Fluttershy in scale to the PVC figures. And to top it off I have accepted a dare to finish the sculpt this weekend. This means I?ll need every bit of motivation I can get to keep me going for hours on end, so I?ll be counting on you guys.

Alright, let?s kick this off, then:
After a night of sculpting I have now established the rough proportions and started smoothing out the surfaces. There is still a lot to be done of course, but I?m done for today.



I went with the prone pose for Fluttershy, because it both fits her character and adds welcome variation to the regular standing ponies.

Tomorrow I?ll finish this stage of the sculpting process by finishing the face, fixing some odds and ends that still bug me and further smoothing out the surfaces and then I?ll start on the mane, tail and wings.

Until then, I?m off to bed.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 11:56 PM

QUOTE(WorkbenchManiac @ Sep 2 2011, 11:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Until then, I?m off to bed.

A nice start. Best of luck with it!

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 11:10 AM

Yay!

Consider me signed up for the preorder. = D

Shouldn't gravity be doing something?

 

Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?


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Posted 03 September 2011 - 05:12 PM

Awesome work so far.
I can't wait until you've sculpted the mane.

She's gonna be soooo awesome! /)^3^(\

This Emoticon should give you enough motivation until i've got enough internets for skype.

Keep up the good work!

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 06:17 AM

Much appreciated, guys!


Sometimes I really hate bilateral symmetry. You think you?re done, and then you notice that the right hind hoof is just a tad smaller than the left one... so you start over with that hoof, rework the surrounding areas accordingly, smooth it all out again... and then you notice another little thing.

Making sure everything is symmetrical took a lot of work, but I think it paid off.



Now it?s off to the oven, then I?ll get started on the mane, tail and wings.

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 08:05 AM

the curves are looking very smooth and matching for the character's model so far. And at least it's not Scootaloo, so you won't have the smell of roasting chicken as it bakes in the oven. icon-arcee.gif

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 09:52 AM

Yeah, this is looking awesome.

So I take it, then, you got a molding process figured out (without having to use so many sections?) I know that came up in regard to the PVCs, but I thought it was a concern with your resin casting on Fluttershy, too.

Shouldn't gravity be doing something?

 

Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?


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Posted 04 September 2011 - 10:50 AM

QUOTE(RoboViking @ Sep 4 2011, 08:05 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
And at least it's not Scootaloo, so you won't have the smell of roasting chicken as it bakes in the oven. icon-arcee.gif

Ooh, gotta keep in mind to take a picture of Scootaloo in the oven when I get around to her.

QUOTE(Copper Bezel @ Sep 4 2011, 09:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So I take it, then, you got a molding process figured out (without having to use so many sections?) I know that came up in regard to the PVCs, but I thought it was a concern with your resin casting on Fluttershy, too.

The problem lies with undercuts, i.e. sections of the sculpt, that, when molded, hinder release, because molding material has wrapped itself around them. Since silicone is elastic it allows for a certain degree of undercuts, but it will tear when stretched too far. In comparison, steel molds do not allow for even the slightest undercuts, due to their rigidity.

Have a crude drawing to visualize it:


The legs are the main problem, but the same would be true for most extremities, such as wings. The usual approach is to seperate the figure into individual pieces, but for the pony stuff I?d rather keep them as solid pieces instead of model kits.

With Apple Bloom I got around this issue by not having space in between the legs. Her hair bow made me worry a bit about release, but it worked out fine.

Fluttershy?s pose eliminates the legs as a source of trouble. Mane and tail will be a challenge, but since I?m casting manually anyway, I can work around that in ways that would be impossible with casting machines, which ar nowhere as forgiving of undercuts. I recently had to majorly retool the dwarf lord seen in my avatar, because the company I sculpted it for had issues with his undercuts tearing their molds.