"The Feet" with lifts and foam filled plus armor-100% done

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AlphaTech686

Active Member
I wanted to take you from this.
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To this, in a bunch of not so easy steps.
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So let's start with the lifts. The photos are pretty self explanatory. I have put these in feet before
and they work very well. They are stable also. They add about 6.5 inches.
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Next I needed something to sculpt on. Duct tape dummy of the shoe and my leg.
I found the key to a good duct tape dummy is using enough layers. I buy 2 colors
of tape so I can keep track. I used 6 layers on this. Short pieces on a form fitting
garment is a must for an accurate mold of the body part you are doing.
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Once I cut that off I tape the seam and spread a thin layer of plaster on the inside. I keep doing that until it is solid.
This is the plaster piece and the tape. You can see the tape stood up well.
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Next I began sculpting. My objective was to create a foot that would hide the shoe well.
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Once I got the shape I wanted I began the task of detailing. I decided to do some alligator
looking scales on the calve portion. The eventual paint job will hide alot of this but it was
mostly an exercise in sculpting for me.
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Of course at some point comes the dreaded other foot.
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I really wanted to make the feet gruesome and powerful looking.
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so then comes the molding, which I hate but here it is. I think these sculpts sat around
for over a year before I drug myself to the garage ro mold them.
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Next of course is cleaning out the molds.
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Finally to the latex. I always choose to us the molding latex that Hobby Lobby sells
and brush it on. This latex is thicker as it contains less amonia which means less
shrinking. I actually brushed in several coats with the molds apart. I put them together
and put in several more coats
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I sewed in a 20 inch zipper down the front as the armor I designed will cover that
area. Here's a pic of that armor also.
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Now comes the good stuff. First I brushed mold release onto the cast from the duct
tape dummy. Then I placed longjohn material on it. Hey it was available.
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Then I placed the skin of the leg on that. By the way I placed a strip of duct tape
over the zipper on the inside so the foam wouldn't get in it.
This is where having the plug shaped as perfect as possible was important.
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Now I had to place all of that back in the mold. You need to be very careful to get it in
place just right. I didn't want to have to do it over.
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Next I place tape over the top and flipped it over. With the bottom being so open
it was the best place to start pouring in the foam. I mixed small batches of the
foam I use for dreads and built it up little at a time.
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I ended up having to flip it back over and fill from the other end also as the foam
would not run all the way down there. I then removed the exterior mold and cut the
latex over the zipper.
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Then I peeled the foot away from the plug and slid it off.
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Here it is slipped over the shoe. It fit's me like a glove. Next I'll cut a piece of
black 1/2 inch rubber mat and glue it to the bottom of the whole foot as a sole.
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Here's a couple with the sandle piece I designed
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That's it for now. Any comments good or bad are appreciated. Thanks
These were taken to get an idea of proportion.
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These are 99% done. I painted these with Rubber cement paint. I had never
done this before. Respirator and open garage. You can't sand this stuff off.
I'm still planning on adding a grey/green color in all the wrinkles and cracks. We'll see.
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The seam on the side of the foot was left because the sandle piece will cover that area.
So here are the pics with a dark olive wash and about 140 quills. Let me know what yall think.
I did some practice stuff on the back top of the calve that will be covered with the armor.
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grendel64

Well-Known Member
Geez man, that turned out brilliant. Thanks for all the pics and steps, really gives a sense of how to cast and mold things.
Can't wait to see what else you come up with....
Mike
 

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SithLord66

New Member
Awesome job!!! I cant wait to see completed Pred. If you ever decide to make theses to purchase I wear size 12 boot ,PM me if you do. .'.
 
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UglyMoFo

New Member
Can't fool me, I know that somewhere out there, there is a Predator missing a leg.

Awesome stuff, amazing detail and ingenious idea on the lifts.
 

Mannowar

New Member
First off, TOP NOTCH sculpting!!!

Secondly, excellent design and tutorial!

Now, let's get to what's bugging me... Am I the only one who's noticed your FREAKY calves???
When I got to the first photo with your calves in there, I though my screen was blemished or something was wrong with the photo!!! Holy cow dude, you're like Popeye's alter-ego... You pop a can of spinach and your calves expand instead of your forearms!!!

But, again, once I got over that, VERY top notch work!!!
 

roninpredator

Sr Member
Beautiful Sculpt bud,just beautiful.I'm not a fan of scales on apred but that sculpt it's great the texturing of the skin is the best I've seen! And the armor compliments the legs so well it's a perfect match.Tha's going to bea mean looking pred! congrats man
 

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hez1

New Member
That was an awesome tutorial. Fantastic sculpting, those legs look amazing.

If I may suggest however, you should get yourself to a hospital, as you appear to have a small cat burrowed into your calf.
 

Bovine13

New Member
That was awesome. I agree that those are the sickest feet and lifts Ive seen. With the wood bases...what does it weigh in at?
Cheers!
 

Ei luj

New Member
Great huntorial!

I love that scale details... now that you have the lower legs, now you gotta work on the rest of it; upper legs, torso, arms, hands

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Ei'luj
 

crawjaw

Active Member
This is exactly what the Lair needs more of - detailed accounts of the build process. Excellent tutorial and end result.
If this is the standard of the lower leg you're going to be real busy with the rest of the project. You might also have a problem getting out the door if the rest of your physique matches your legs. I too wanted to re-adjust my set when I first saw them.
 

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