Dwarven Warrior of Erebor (Phase 1 complete) - The Hobbit

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  1. FrontaLittle

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    Khazad Dum has do be taken back from those rotten orcs. The halls of Durin are ours. Baruk Khazad ! Khazad ai menu !

    There already are a some pretty impressive builds of Moria Battle armor but I want to resemble the physique of an actual dwarf. I'm gonna build a fat suit similar to the ones used in the "Hobbit" movies and measure the entire armor around that suit.

    Started with the calves:
    calves02.jpg calves03.jpg calves06.jpg

    Another detail are the dwarves' boots. Quite large boots according to BTS pics, way to large to buy them, so I have to make them myself.
    Here's what I got so far. I'm not done with stiching, the sole is missing and the whole boot needs proper padding inside.
    prototype_01.jpg prototype_03.jpg
    boot_01.jpg boot_02.jpg boot_03.jpg boot_04.jpg

    Scale test with fatsuit calf
    boot_05.jpg boot_06.jpg

    A lot of work ahead but winter is coming. I have plenty of time for this

    UPDATE: Phase 1 complete
    dwarf_01.jpg
     
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    Awesome! I look forward to seeing this develop. Start growing that beard!
     
  3. Guri

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    I love this idea! Glad you're posting in progress and I look forward to following it.
     
  4. FrontaLittle

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    Done sewing the right boot. Sole and heel added. Still waiting for nails to additionally affix the sole to the boot and give it a little more friction. Heel will be trimmed once the nails are done.
    Padding added but needs some more adjustments so the boot doesn't look too long compared to where the leg starts.
    The side gaps will be held in place by the shin armor eventually, for now I took this leather cord to keep everything in place.

    boot_07.jpg boot_08.jpg boot_09.jpg
     
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    That's awesome that you made your boots! I am in the process of making Thorin and I haven't decided if I want to buy a huge boot or make it. I look forward to watching you make your costume!
     
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    Almost done with the boots, but I need to work on the padding. Walking feels okay but I could do better. Here's the result without the fatsuit parts:
    boot_10.jpg boot_11.jpg boot_12.jpg

    Also started working on the chest part of the fatsuit
    torso01.jpg torso02.jpg
     
  7. SmilingOtter

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    Off to a great start!
     
  8. FrontaLittle

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    Fatsuit is almost done, here's the torso and upper arms
    torso03.jpg
    Calves, thighs and belly are done as well, but I ran out of white elastics and without the harness holding everything together I can't take a good pic of the whole thing.

    Also worked on the first armor part, the boot caps
    boot_13.jpg boot_14.jpg boot_15.jpg
    I'm not really satisfied with the ornaments and still have to flatten them down with the dremel tomorrow so they don't look so round. Still don't think that's a good method for the rest of the armor.

    Any ideas on how to get sharper ornaments ?
     
  9. Guri

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    Is that worbla? What tools are you using? When I was using terraflex (similar stuff) I would heat it and then use plastic sculpture tools to get the details. Takes a long time going over it may times - and sometimes I used a glue gun tip to heat it up too.

    I think if I wanted it sharper I would use some sort of metal too press against it, like a knife or a spackling putty knife - something that would remain cool when it was pretty hot so that the plastic wouldn't stick to it as I was forming it.

    I haven't done this, so test it - just saying that's what I would try if I wanted a sharper edge. :)

    If that's not warbla, then nvm :D
     
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  10. Karol

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    What's the fat suit filled with? Poly or cotton batting?
     
  11. FrontaLittle

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    Yep, that's worbla. Will try using some metal tools, also thought about using 2mm ABS for the details.
    Thanks for the help, Guri.
    Karol: the filling is poly foam. I might add some granulate or sand to the belly to give it some weight though. The fatsuits they've used in the movies along with the harness look as if the pieces were quite heavy
     
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  12. FrontaLittle

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    Fatsuit is at 95%. Still need to do the forearms and close the outer seams but I'll have a friend of mine help me with her sewing machine instead of doing that by hand as well.
    torso04.jpg torso05.jpg torso06.jpg

    I finished the first boot cap to check if I could achieve something close to the dwarven steel look. Decided to go with 3 layers of wood glue, black primer (duh) a major layer of drybrushed silver and a minor layer of drybrushed bronze.
    boot_16.jpg boot_17.jpg boot_18.jpg boot_19.jpg
     
  13. FrontaLittle

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    Back from vacation in wonderful Colorado and down for some anti-orc tools. Picked an axe design from Weta's arsenal but converted it to a two handed version.
    Started coating the axe (wood core, EVA foam body) with the new black magic worbla.
    axe_01.jpg axe_02.jpg
     
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    Axe is finally done, what's a dwarf without his axe anyways ?:

    axe_03.jpg axe_04.jpg axe_05.jpg axe_06.jpg axe_07.jpg
     
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  15. Zalkegeroth

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    Love how the axe turned out!
     
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    My type of paint did you use for the shoe front (link)?
     
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    Done with the first shin armor but forgot to take any progess pics, sorry.
    Here's one with the usual wood glue and primer layers
    boot_20.jpg

    And the finished shin armor attached to the boot
    boot_21.jpg
    Big thanks to Eloquiell who shared his knowledge on how to do the ornaments
     
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    Update after the holidays:

    Boots are almost done except some bending and weathering of the leather.
    boot_22.jpg

    And the first glove and gauntlet base:
    gloves_01.jpg gloves_02.jpg gloves_03.jpg gloves_04.jpg gloves_05.jpg gloves_06.jpg

    I should start working on the left gauntlet, but sewing leather is not my favourite past time activity :angry
     
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    Right gauntlet ready for orc bashing, handguard(s) still WIP.

    gloves_07.jpg gloves_08.jpg gloves_09.jpg gloves_10.jpg

    Now I need to find out how far we are with Star Trek replicators technology so I can make the left one out of thin air in seconds.
     
  22. Yrien

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    Looking great so far! I love all the detail work you're adding; very Dwarven. :)
     
  23. FrontaLittle

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    Thanks. Though I'm getting worried this is the wrong adjective for "dwarf". All the actors and crew of the Hobbit say "dwarvish", but then there's those gaming terrain makers, "The Dwarven Forge". Anyways, some updates:
    Dwarf pants !
    pants_01.jpg pants_02.jpg

    Boots shaped and weathered
    boot_23.jpg
     
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    This is great, there isn't enough lotr stuff on here.
     
  25. FrontaLittle

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    First glove is done, all armor pieces attached and strapped
    gloves_11.jpg
    Handguard closeup:
    gloves_12.jpg
     
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    This is seriously amazing work! I love the details on the gloves.
     
  27. FrontaLittle

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    Here's a pic of both finished gloves with gauntlets and handguards:
    gloves_13.jpg

    Next piece to do is the armor front plate. I'm still in the process of shaping it and getting the proportions right
    Armor_01.jpg Armor_02.jpg Armor_03.jpg Armor_04.jpg
     
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    Done shaping the front piece. Still needs some trimming but I want to wait until the back plate is ready before I make any final cuts.
    Armor_05.jpg Armor_06.jpg Armor_07.jpg

    The whole thing is way to long, after trimming the bottom rim, it should have an angle like this
    Armor_08.jpg
     
  29. Yrien

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    That looks great! I can't wait to see it finished - your painting is so good!
     
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    The painting is top notch. I'd love some more details on that process.
     
  31. FrontaLittle

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    It's really no black magic and fairly simple. The base is black worbla and two coats of wood glue. Black worbla has a smoother surface than the old, brown worbla so two coats usually give you a smooth finish.
    The wood glue is watered down a little and the second layer of glue is applied by hitting your brush on the armor piece to achieve the look of forged metal. You won't see that effect until you start painting it, though. Credits for this idea go to Eloquiell and his build thread here

    Next I apply a coat of black foundation, currently I'm using Reeve's Acrylic Paint in "Mars Black" but I've also used Abadon Black from Citadel (Games Workshop) and black primer spray paint from my local hardware store.
    Next I dry-brush the silver on. You want the silver to cover most of the ridges and grooves, black should only remain in the very deep ridges here and there. The forged metal look I mentioned earlier should be visible now.
    Last step is dry-brushing bronze on the armor piece but try to stay away from any ridges, grooves, etc. The bronze should accompany the silver, not dominate it.
    I hope that description helps. I can't really explain the details or the exact paint distribution, it's more drawing by the eye and some practice I got from painting Warhammer miniatures.
     
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    A little update, though you don't see much thanks to the light-swallowing blackness of the worbla.

    Here's the finished armor foam core:
    Armor_09.jpg Armor_10.jpg Armor_11.jpg

    And here's the front armor with the ornaments I did today after I coated the whole thing in worbla and sanded down all the seams.
    You don't see much though due to the black worbla and the sanded areas reflect more light than the ornament edges so it all looks kinda messy.
    Armor_12.jpg

    While I love black worbla I gotta say it's a pain in the butt once you've reached a certain size with your worbla pieces. The pieces on the torso became almost uncontrolable, warped in every direction but the one I wanted it to go and once you have one area under control and you want to move to the next area, the worbla there is already too cool to work with. Made me angry. Any hints on working with larger worbla pieces ? Are there any tricks you need to know ?
     
  33. sanctuspiox

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    Great work! Following with great anticipation!!
     
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    I've never worked with black worbla, or with pieces of that size, so I unfortunately don't have any tips. :( But it's looking good so far!
     
  35. PHArchivist

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    Excellent work! Great thread...
     
  36. FrontaLittle

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    Thank you, sir.

    Spent the last two evenings working on the chest details and I'm almost done. Of course my dremel slipped on the center tooth that's right above the hammer so I had to redo that one and it still needs sanding :unsure

    Armor_13.jpg Armor_14.jpg
     
  37. FrontaLittle

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    All details done. Hammer, the ruined center tooth, the shoulder scales and the hip armor plates or whatever those things are.
    I'm going to apply some wood glue to the areas where I had to sand the worbla with my dremel to smooth them out a bit before I apply a coat on the whole piece.
    The colored lines are just some acrylic paint to shine through the first layer of wood glue so the 3D pen lines become sharper later on.

    Armor_15.jpg

    On a side note: Changed the title of the threat because it sounded as if this was a warrior from Moria rather than a warrior at Moria.
     
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    Nice work! I'll keep updated on this tread, that's really awesome so far!
     
  39. FrontaLittle

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    Chest plate is done. I tried to track each stage of the painting process.

    Here's the second layer of wood glue, hammered on the armor piece. That's what causes this pattern:
    Armor_16.jpg

    Black foundation on dried wood glue:
    Armor_17.jpg

    Drybrushed layer of silver:
    Armor_20.jpg

    Drybrushed layer of bronze
    Armor_18.jpg Armor_19.jpg

    Next up: Backplate
     
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    Been busy doing real world stuff lately but here's the finished backplate. The front and back are strapped together at the shoulders and I'm going to do the side strapping next.
    Armor_21.jpg
    Unfortunatly, the whole thing is far from finished. Still gotta do the cod and hip armor scales before I can move on to the shoulders
     
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    That paint job is amazing​!
     
  42. FrontaLittle

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    Torso finished (except little boar plates on the shoulders)
    The hip and cod armor has been attached. Next up: Shoulders ! But I'm almost out of worbla and crafting foam

    Armor_22.jpg Armor_23.jpg

    Hip armor closeup
    Armor_24.jpg
     
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    How exactly does one "hammer" wood glue???? The effect is absolutely amazing..
     
  44. FrontaLittle

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    I have to admit this might be the wrong term. I adapted it from guitar playing where you "hammer on" a string with your finger. You do the same with the brush when applying the wood glue. Instead of the usual sweep motion to distribute the glue, you dab the glue with your brush but quite hard. It's like beating up your armor piece with a brush.
     
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  45. TheWulff

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    Ah...so like a really rough stippling?
     
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    Ok that makes a lot more sense, i was taking the hammering part too literally lol.
     
  47. Zalkegeroth

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    Your build looks amazing, great work, can't wait to see what it looks like when it is finished!
     
  48. FrontaLittle

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    I've been lazy lately, oh man ! And i got a new bike so I rode that all day because Triumph still needs you to break the bike in.
    Anyways, I'm working on the shoulders right now:
    shoulders_01.jpg shoulders_02.jpg shoulders_03.jpg
     
  49. jollyskeleton

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    Sick work mate!!
     
  50. Zalkegeroth

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    So, what are you doing exactly for the small detailed lines on your armor, are you using small strips of Worbla or something else for them?
     

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