Genestealer Build Update 14: Chest Parts, Hand Parts, Leg Parts, Foot Parts, and So Many Parts.
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by THORSSOLI
4d ago
It's been a while since the last update.  I was under the weather for a few days and had to scramble like mad to complete a few unrelated projects right before that, but otherwise, I can assure you that the Genestealer build has been screaming right along.As of our last update we'd printed the sculpting base for the waist, hips, and tail.  Since then, I've done a bit of work smoothing ..read more
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Genestealer Build Update 13: Prepping the Chest for Molding and a Few Other Bits and Bobs
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by THORSSOLI
1w ago
First off, let me apologize for the lack of updates.  We got pretty swamped for a couple of weeks with one quick project I'll be posting about soon and another big project I may never get to post about at all.  These things happen.On the plus side, I've suddenly been given a major incentive to focus on the genestealer build, so this thing should start showing a lot of progress in the ..read more
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Genestealer Build Update 12: Shorts and Thighs Modeled
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by THORSSOLI
1M ago
Last week was mostly about playing catchup now that we're back in the shop. Jeff was still hard at work on the 3D modeling for this project though, so he was able to fine-tune the models for the lower half of the creature so they would better fit the scan of me in the stilts. Since Jeff is leaner than me, if we can get me into the suit, the same parts will definitely be big enough for him to ..read more
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Genestealer Build Update 11: New Stilts and Tuning up the Chest for Molding
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by THORSSOLI
1M ago
When I last posted anything significant about this goofy little build, I had it sitting on the bench looking like so:Meanwhile, Jeff had the digital model looking like so:So it's been time to get at least some kind of start on the lower half of the body.  The problem is, Jeff's been doing the digital sculpt based on a wild guess about the proportions and sizing things thicker to be on the ..read more
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Starship Troopers Mobile Infantry Armor Part One: Masters, Molds, and Casting
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by THORSSOLI
2M ago
Ever since the movie debuted, I've had the Starship Troopers Mobile Infantry costume on my cosplay bucket list.  When the production-used props and costumes went up for auction I didn't get wind of it until well after all of the bidding was over and there was no way I could get any for myself.  Then, back in 2019, my Southern California based friend J.P. Pollio lent me his ..read more
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Genestealer Update 10
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by THORSSOLI
2M ago
Nothing to report this week.  The project was largely untouched while I scrambled on a few other things and left for half of the week to attend Wondercon in Anaheim, CA.We'll dive back in this week.   Stay tuned ..read more
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Genestealer Update 9: Assembling the Arms and Laying up the Back
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by THORSSOLI
2M ago
 When I posted the last update I had a big pile of untrimmed, vacformed arm pieces like so:So I set to work trimming the edges and getting them glued together.  I also set Jeff to work on some of the rough trimming and cutting: Once the edges were cut, the next step was to clamp them to their adjoining pieces either overlapping the margins or butting them together with a piece of ..read more
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Genestealer Update 8: Vacuum-Forming the Arms
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by THORSSOLI
3M ago
 So as of my last update, Jeff had done the digital modeling to get us to this point:I had 3D printed the chest and back and started making molds to lay up copies of those parts in fiberglass.  It was important to make the back out of something that would have significant structure to it since there will be a lot of things that get attached to it later.The arms do not have that problem ..read more
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Genestealer Update 7: Carapace Molding Completed and a New Approach for the Stilts
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by THORSSOLI
3M ago
I have to admit, I haven't done much on this project since my last update.  I've been distracted with working on some other projects and have mostly been off site and working out of the shop, but I did manage to finish laying up the mold sections for this side of the carapace:Then I cleaned off the clay parting wall that ran down the length of the spine: And repeated the layup for the mold ..read more
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Genestealer Build Update 6: Face Sculpting Begins
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by THORSSOLI
4M ago
When we last looked at this project, the armature for the head was printed, hardcoated, and layered over with a 1/8" thick skin of Chavant NSP oil-based clay.  It looked about like so: The first problem was the big, empty, soulless eye sockets.  So I found some hollow acrylic Christmas ornaments (you can order them here: LINK), painted them red on the inside, and glued them in place ..read more
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