Skulls of Touganda

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Dingo80

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Hello everyone!

Today I'm sharing the start of a project I've had in the works for years, but only recently had time to actually start. The Skulls of Touganda from the 1996 film The Phantom starring Billy Zane!

I had my friend Jakkrit over at Alien Technology Studios 3D model the 3 main skulls in a low detail/low poly count for my 3D printer around 2 years ago and just sat on the files. I just had a daughter in Oct '19 and no longer go out other than for work so when baby naps, I FINALLY have time to work on projects (YAY).

I have gotten the 3 skulls printed, removed minor blemishes, minimal sanding of the raw model, and the first layer of primer filler on them. Once I get the layer lines smoothed out, I will hand engrave the cracks, details, etc before painting or gilding. After that, I will either make molds for possible casting (if there's any interest from others), or I will remove the eye sockets, place the gems in them, and then wire up the insides so the gem'd eyes glow. The 3 skulls also have brackets inside for magnets so the 3 will actually hold together like in the movie!

Got the gold and silver one figured out, but still researching how to do a believe jade paint job. If anyone has suggestions, I welcome them.
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nick daring

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I've always wanted a set of those!
 

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Dingo80

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I've always wanted a set of those!
Same here! It's one of my favorite movies and these with be a nice display piece once finished. I plan on doing the electronics inside so the eyes light up, along with magnets inside so they attach to each other. I may or may embed fibre optics into the gem stones and hook them up to a laser so the silver and jade can "point to the last one" hehe. I might also add in wireless charging so they will always light up and can be moved around without having to go through the motion of turning them on/off.
 

Dingo80

New Member
I saw the film, nice job. Waiting to see the other skulls painted.
That was just a test of the chrome on a reject print. The final ones will be much smoother with more surface details, but they are coming along, just waiting on materials to arrive in the mail.
 

Trader Cory

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The Phantom is one of my favorite movies from my childhood. I only wish it was easier to get the comics in the states. Any chance you might share the 3D files at some point? Also just wanted to say that I love the chrome paint job, especially the bit that you brushed on. I feel it looks alot more like the one in the movie when done like that.
 
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