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Soak's Stuff

Postby soak314 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:45 pm

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Been working on this gobot-esque tank for the past couple of weeks. He's an original design, based on a combiner concept by the one and only Thew. Totally transformable, and has separate foot kibble for his limb mode (still under construction).

I've taken a lot of inspiration from the older combiners: the individual robot modes and the gestalt will practically be bricks. I'm trying to get as much mass and presence out of the vehicle modes/limb modes to (over)compensate.

This particular robot has so far used up about three sheets of 160gsm cardstock, lots of dollops of glue, and a single toothpick for the neck flip-me-do. (total cost: a dollar fifty?) I've gotten a lot of 'why don't you just use sheet styrene' comments from my crafter friends before, and the simple answer is that paper's my absolute favorite medium. It can get ridonk sturdy once you actually assemble it into something, and you're never at a shortage of it.

Starting this thread as an informal log for my progress.
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Re: A Papercrafted Combiner

Postby Spike » Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:44 pm

What is paper craft and how does it work? Looks more complicated than origami. I can't even make a decent paper plane
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Re: A Papercrafted Combiner

Postby Bruticus » Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:50 pm

wow! if ya textured that tank up with structure paint, black primer and some dry brush it would be INSANE.
Thats amazing!
This is also cardboard.

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Re: A Papercrafted Combiner

Postby soak314 » Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:51 pm

Spike wrote:What is paper craft and how does it work? Looks more complicated than origami. I can't even make a decent paper plane


It's basically making a bunch of paper polygons and gluing them together. Some people design using 3D modelling software, print out the exploded schematics, and work off that. I prefer scratchbuilding with a pencil and ruler.


Bruticus wrote:wow! if ya textured that tank up with structure paint, black primer and some dry brush it would be INSANE.
Thats amazing!


I'll just be layering up with more paper shapes, and probably won't rely too heavily on a drybrush (though I will be doing so on the treads, edges, and visible metal bits). I've tried the structuring paint on buildings before, works great if you want a part to look rusted or stony. And primer, while a prerequisite for most materials, actually isn't that necessary for paper. Paper tends to absorb the paint, effectively making the finish even and highly scratch resistant.

Thanks for the input!

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Re: A Papercrafted Combiner

Postby Bruticus » Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:48 pm

Next level craftsmanship!

I'd love to see more.
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Re: A Papercrafted Combiner

Postby jiptravolta » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:32 am

This is amazing stuff you have here Soak. Have you considered using styrene instead, and molding parts?
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Re: A Papercrafted Combiner

Postby soak314 » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:37 pm

jiptravolta wrote:This is amazing stuff you have here Soak. Have you considered using styrene instead, and molding parts?


Yes and no. I love how you can make lots of convincing nicks and scratches on styrene, but I reserve plasticard for my orky kitbashes. The stuff's also way more expensive than cardstock, so I chose to stick with what I work with best for this project. I am considering styrene for the combiner leader's joint assemblies, as I plan to do a tiny bit of kitbashing with some scavenged hinges for that guy. Overall, the combiner's going to end up at least 90% paper.

Molding is a definite yes. What you're seeing now is the base for the tank, I'll probably be using greenstuff to add on the less geometric details such as pipes (used ever so sparingly because I have no cashmonies). I've heard plumbers putty works great too, but I honestly can't afford to buy some to try it out.

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Re: A Papercrafted Combiner

Postby Grandmaster » Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:20 pm

Nice job man! you have some mighty paper skills (and patience). I do love me a good papercraft :D
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Re: A Papercrafted Combiner

Postby soak314 » Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:38 am

Grandmaster wrote:Nice job man! you have some mighty paper skills (and patience). I do love me a good papercraft :D


Thanks! Lots of TF papercrafts out there, but so few of them can actually manage to transform.

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Leg mode! Totally tentative.

Foot kibble was a necessary sin, methinks. It makes for more awkward stowing away/disassembly, but contributes so much to the bulk of the gestalt.

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Re: Soak's Stuff

Postby soak314 » Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:03 am

Converting the thread into an general dump of all the stuff I do creatively. Now with added variety, thanks to income!

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Kotobukiya Dynamic Chainsaw. Bare plastic + tamiya flatcoat.

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Best Mecha Collection Zaku I. This is the G1 of gundam plastic model kits. Tamiya Acrylic spraycans, Citadel acrylic paints, pastels, and flatcoat.

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Zaku Warrior WIP custom: Zaku Weaponmaster. Currently missing her weapons. Citadel acrylics, pastels, and tamiya flatcoat.

Currently working on:

Movie Swindle > Car Shockwave conversion
HG Tieren Cannon Sniper custom

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