New Bio-Mech Articulated Figure project (version 2): Work in progress

Here are some pics of a new private commission that I have been working on. I'm going for a more bio-mech/cyborg feel with this figure. It's 1/4 scale and has movable joints that allow for some pose-ability. It is still very much a W.I.P.








Here are the steps I took in creating the figure:


1) Armature Building - Since the figure is meant to hold different poses, i had to factor that in to the way the armature is designed to account for the joint placement. I also had to make sure that the limbs can be removed individually. I did this by using regular drinking straws over the aluminum wire armature. The straws were cut into sections. This allows each limb to slide right off the armature after it has been baked.


2) Blocking out the basic forms in Super Sculpey 


3) Cutting out the sections for articulation and baking them as I go


4) Kit-bashing cybernetic parts and using Magic Sculpt


5) Making removable horns with Magic Sculpt- This was just an experiment...



6) All primed 



7) Test-fitting before molding - I carved out some more details and re-primed certain parts to add to the cybernetic aesthetics of the figure.



8) Making 2 part silicone molds

8) Working on a face-plate (front and back of head) by pushing some Magic Sculpt into the silicone mold. 

Stay tuned for more to come... Still need to finish molding both sections of the head and casting the base figure :)

9) Casting the initial prototype with some Smooth-On 300 resin


10) Here's the first official figure in it's raw form, fresh out of the mold with all its sprues and flashing...



11) Here's what the pieces look like after some trimming and lots and lost of sanding...



12) The next step is test fitting to make sure everything fits properly


 

After playing around with different poses, I realize that I'm not fully happy with the limited articulation in the knees and elbows. I might have to hack hack them up to make them double jointed... Trying to figure out a way to do this without having to waste the original molds...

Stay tuned for more :)

13) My solution to making double joints:



Deconstructed

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