Elder Scrolls: Skyrim - Sigil of Akatosh

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by FrogmanStudio, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. FrogmanStudio

    FrogmanStudio Active Member

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    Hello all!

    Like alot of people, I've been playing WAY too much Skyrim lately, and wanted to do something related to the game.

    The main screen of the game shows the symbol for the god, Akatosh, which is also the symbol for the Empire. I really love that image, so wanted to work that into a small prop, like an amulet, or a form of badge of office.

    Here's a link to the image I used, since it's quite large (here!)

    I cut out the base shape of the diamond after figuring out the angles of the sides, cut it out in styrene, and made some side panels as well. I made it thin, as I hand wanted this to be easily hand held.

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    I sculpted the dragon in Castilene, which at first I had some issues is, but this project has returned my love of this particular sculpting wax.

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    For more images, check out my blog post!

    The Sigil of Akatosh.

    Thanks for looking!
     
  2. Canadianghandi

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    Great job getting all the detail.

    Just wondering if you will be making castings of this. Personally I think this is pretty cool
     
  3. Electronic Lids

    Electronic Lids Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Good lord, gorgeous. Yep, been doing the same.
     
  4. xdmray

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    decided to make the right wing complete eh?
    looks fantastic!
     
  5. Fishbowl

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    Oh man this looks awesome!

    I'd definitely be interested in one of these if they're going to be cast. The front door of my PC is dying for something like this!
     
  6. FrogmanStudio

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    Thanks for the interest everyone!
    I should be doing some casts later to see how the mold came out, though I only noticed a few small air bubbles. I'm gonna experiment with adding graphite powder to see if I can get the same dark metal look as it appears.
     
  7. ginyu force

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    wow, this is actually really well done, great job
     
  8. SChristides

    SChristides New Member

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    pretty awesome, kudos
     
  9. boodha

    boodha Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Beautiful sculpt! I've been enjoying my time in Skyrim, and I always loved this sigil's design. What issues were you having with the Castilene? I'm just curious, I've never worked with that medium.
     
  10. FrogmanStudio

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    Thanks all!

    Boodha- Castilene is a hard wax clay, which can occasionally stick to tools, and you need to heat it to really work it well. It took alittle bit of getting used to, but it's great for smaller pieces especially. Model makers at Sideshow Collectibles use it quite a lot, and I've started to grow fond of it. Like any new material, you just need to get used to it.

    I've taken a few pictures of a test pull I made, and I'm really pleased!

    TES V: Skyrim – Sigil of Akatosh « Allan Harwood

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    I will take a few more in abit with harsher shadows to show the details.
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2012
  11. Ozymandius

    Ozymandius Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Very impressive. Be sure to let us know here if you're going offer these. I'd definately be down for a casting.

    Oz
     
  12. FrogmanStudio

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    Heres a few more quick ones. I blame the caffeine and excitement for not being able to take good photos (that and my crappy camera).

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  13. FrogmanStudio

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    Thanks Oz! I do plan on offering these in runs. I wanted to also offer them with a cold cast metal version, but my test cast with just using Smooth On 300 (store was out of the color match 325) and the Nickle powder from Smooth on failed, I will need to do another test with the proper resin.

    Also since a few people asked, the dimensions are 5 1/2 inches tall, 2 1/2 inches wide.
     
  14. FrogmanStudio

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    Fuuuuuuuuuuuudge.
    Just saw that my link on my blog to The RPF is the old one.
    QUICK! TO THE EDIT MOBILE!
     
  15. xMENNENx

    xMENNENx New Member

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    This is amazing!
     
  16. FrogmanStudio

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    Has anyone had success in using Smooth-On's 325 mesh powdered metals?
    I had intended on doing a few casts of the symbol in cold-cast nickle, but have been running into a few issues.

    Chief among them is the castings are so small, that I only need alittle bit of resin to fill it up (under 1 ounce in a mixing cup), which makes adding in the powder tricky, as I'm not sure how much to put in without using too much, and if I should do a few brush up layers until it's filled enough, then pour in a back layer.

    Suggestions? Thoughts?
     
  18. Ozymandius

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    I use them regularly.

    A good ratio is equal amounts of Part A, Part B, and metal. There's not really a benefit to skim coating a part that small, so you're better off just filling it solid.
     
  19. FrogmanStudio

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    Thanks Oz. Having some issues though, due to how small it is.
     
  20. Ozymandius

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    I just read over your sales thread, and I'd hazard a guess that your problem with the cold casting is the resin you are using. I am assuming of course that your problem is the castings not polishing correctly.

    Regular white resins are no good for cold casting. You need to use either the Color Match resins with black tint, or better yet the Onyx resins.
     
  21. FrogmanStudio

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    Thanks Oz, I had just been experimenting since my local supplier for 325 has been out for quite awhile.
     
  22. FrogmanStudio

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    Picked up some 325 and doing some test pulls, hopefully, I can figure out the 'just right' amount.
     
  23. Contec

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    bump how did the casting go?
     
  24. FrogmanStudio

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    Finally had a breakthrough!
    While the photos aren't too pretty, I'm quite proud of finally getting the resin powder to work how I wanted it. It's just dark enough, and not too bright of a finish. I used very light washes of black dyes to get into the cracks to fill in those details, but not too much.

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  25. Ozymandius

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    Looks sharp.

    But the best way to patina a metal cold-cast is with black shoe polish. The cake stuff in the metal cans, not the liquid kind. I use Kiwi and work it into the cracks and crevices with a cut down chip brush. Give it just a few minutes and then buff it with a cotton t-shirt rag before clear coating it. Can't beat the results.

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  26. FrogmanStudio

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    Ya, that's what I plan on doing for the rest of them, but I'll need to go pick that up tomorrow.

    Hoping start sending these out!
     
  27. Ozymandius

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    Yeah, come to think of it, I just realized that I forgot to put in my order. :facepalm
     
  28. FrogmanStudio

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    Better photos!

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  29. jimjimmyjones85

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    That looks hot !
     
  30. Airborne

    Airborne New Member

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    I love this
     
  31. FrogmanStudio

    FrogmanStudio Active Member

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    Thanks!

    It loves you too!
    (Just not that way)
     
  32. Lady Arwynn

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    I've been playing too much Skyrim as well. But not enough to start doing projects but the thought had crossed my mind several times! Great job on the sculpting!
     
  33. clancampbell

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    Beautiful!!!!!

    Blessings of Akatosh upon you!

    Rich
     
  34. Fearcy

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    I just ordered one :D

    It will hopefully be balm for my soul, bothered by lacking patches for Skyrim ;)
     

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