Descent into madness! My first big public self build - fossil angel!

hydin

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So

I have decided to get off my ass and actually build something interesting that isn't crystal related, or just tiny (i.e. bullets, etc).

I recently watched The Prophecy again, and I have always loved that fossil angel that is shown in the beginning. I decided I would suck it up, and attempt to make my own.

I am NOT making an exact replica of the angel itself, cause a: I am not that talented and b: dvd screencaps suck cause it's not in focus.

I will instead be making my own version, and hopefully I will have some awesome pictures to share in the eons to come while I build this thing.

The plan!
- Get 4 big sheets of blue insulation foam. (no store has the thick stuff locally, or anywhere in the south)
- Double them up, side by side to give illusion of base and rock. Need some depth for this to work.
- Trace outline with sharpie of skeleton laying in pose I want
- Dremel or somehow cut out a "pose"
- Insert skeleton into place.
- Mod out skeleton (cut off sections of bones to make lay flat, build wings, etc). Insert into the pose cut out.
- Use something like foam in a can to spray around the edges of the bones to give it that "fossil" look, where it seems to be half buried.
- ?????
- Profit!

Things I don't know, need to work on, need to figure out!
- Can foam in a can be used on blue insulation foam without melting it?
- Can foam in a can be sanded?
- What makes a good "dirt"? Possibly water putty? Gotta dent/score/etc the foam to make it look less like foam and more like rock.
- What sort of setup I need to make the brace so the skeleton doesn't fall out and ruin my sanity or floor.
- "Naked" bones, or armor? (probably armored because it makes my life easier in hiding the frame)
- How in God's name am I going to make the wings? Or the feathers?

Needless to say, this is going to be a pretty long project. If anyone has any tips or ideas, feel free to share em. I don't have a set start date or finish date, just a "Maybe if I do this publicly I can shame myself into finishing a project finally" motive :lol

I already have the skeleton, so that's not a problem. I have a secondary skull as well, so I can mod it out kinda easy. It's going to be on the small side but hey, who said angels gotta be huge?

Once I get my camera (i.e. find the damned thing) I plan to snap some pic and do this as a WIP thread. The goal is a nifty looking "prop" that I can use as a wall decoration in my front room, which I am "dehoardifying" cause it's filled with crap I don't need/use anymore.

So, anyone have any questions, tips, etc?

Chris
 

Tack

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I know you can sand the expanding foam that comes in a can but you have to let it set for a while before you can do anything with it. I was making a Moltar helmet (from space ghost) when I found that out.

The foam looked and felt hard on the outside after a few hours but when I started sanding and cutting, it wasn't quite set in the center and lost it's shape and therefore turned into a pile of poop. Derp!

I would definitely try a test before adding it to your nice sculpt hehe.

Can't wait to see progress pics!
 

hydin

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Yea, I gotta leave it setting for a while before I touch it. Learned that the hard way when I was making a meteorite (or attempting to anyway) and it sorta... failed horribly.

It's not going to be really packed in there though, so I think after a week or so it should be dry enough to think about sanding/filling.

I think I will go over the foam with water putty and seal it after it's all dry, and that way I should at least have the stone/bone/rock look that I am going for.

Who knows, if I plan this right, I can mold it and sell copies and become a rich man :lol

Times like this I wish I lived closer to rileyreplicas. Dude's a wizard when it comes to foam and sculpting!

Chris
 

Maelstrom

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Okay, I'm back. Can you post a screencap? I actually don't think I've ever seen The Prophecy (I know...Walken...and I haven't watched it...Heresy!!!) I would love to kind of get more of a feel as to what you are planning. I Google'd around some and couldn't really find anything much.

Thanks!
 

hydin

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I am going with a more human look, less.... destroyed? I guess more of a "fell to earth after a battle" kinda idea.

Since I am still in the planning stages (technically the "ooohhooooo lemme doodle" stage) any advice is greatly welcome.

Chris
 

hydin

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Actually it's going to be closer to the simpsons instead of the screen used one :lol

Chris
 

Samhain2000

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I have been thinking of doing something similiar to this but more of a fosilized demon, inspired by THe Exeorcist: Dominion, I think. I'm actually considering planting it in my back yard, I dont know... I'm going to use plactic so it will not ruin.
 

bigbisont

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So


Things I don't know, need to work on, need to figure out!
- Can foam in a can be used on blue insulation foam without melting it?
- Can foam in a can be sanded?
- What makes a good "dirt"? Possibly water putty? Gotta dent/score/etc the foam to make it look less like foam and more like rock.
- What sort of setup I need to make the brace so the skeleton doesn't fall out and ruin my sanity or floor.
- "Naked" bones, or armor? (probably armored because it makes my life easier in hiding the frame)
- How in God's name am I going to make the wings

So, anyone have any questions, tips, etc?

Chris

I bet you could do a lot for both rock and feathers with aluminum foil. My dad used it on a diarama to make a cliff face. Seems to be an old model train trick.
-Crumple up the foil
-then flatten it back out some and shape
- Paint desired rock color

I bet you could not only use it to build up rock over bone, but flatten it out in a way that implies feathers were once present near the wing bones
 

hydin

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Yea, the feathers are the current "drive me crazy" portion of the build. Haven't really figured out a way to mount the skeleton to the foam board without it weighing too much for the wall either.

Might end up going the molding/casting route, but I hope not. That's gonna be crazy expensive for something this big.

Chris
 

hydin

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Nope.

Not sharing pics till I get a little further along, cause right now it looks like a skeleton blew up in a Home Depot at the moment :lol

Chris
 

hydin

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Hey!

Art takes time :lol

I have had like 15 false starts too, which gets a little annoying after a while. Nothing like burnout on a long project.

Chris
 
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