I am (working on) Groot!

I still haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet (but still am looking forward to seeing it) but I kept coming across pictures of a baby Groot on the inner-net. Being a sucker for cute stuff (guess I’m an old softie at heart) I decided to make my own baby Groot figure.

I am Groot...and I am unpainted, too.

I am Groot…and I am unpainted, too.

Using the very same pictures I collected on the net, I sculpted the little bugger out of Sculpey. The sculpt worked out well enough except for one problem: his body was too slender to hold up his head. So when I baked the piece (to harden it) I kept the head and body separate.

I am painted!

I am painted!

Now that baking had firmed up the body to support the head, I super-glued it to the neck, and reenforced this with Apoxie putty. I also added more “roots” to the base of the figure with Apoxie in order to make him stand better.

Like my new haircut?

Like my new haircut?

I gave him a base coat of flat black, then covered this with Nutmeg Brown. I noticed that Groot had a vine growing along his body, so I painted this a bright green–then I saw that it was TOO bright, so I darkened this somewhat with a black wash.

Excuse me, I have a hot date. Which way to the tulips?

Excuse me, I have a hot date. Which way to the tulips?

And here we have Groot! I’m tempted to stick this in a pot filled with dirt and see if he’ll grow any larger.

Making Kili’s Rune Stone from the Hobbit

I recently saw the Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and enjoyed it very much. There was a scene, when the Dawrves were all imprisoned by the Elves, where Kili shows Tauriel a rune stone.

A shot of the rune stone that Kili shows Tauriel.

A shot of the rune stone that Kili shows Tauriel.

According to Kili, the writing on the rune stone means, “Come back to me.” I was always fascinated by rune stones (both real and fictional), and decided to make my own. I started with a slab of Sculpey. I tried to make it look like a smooth stone that was polished in a stream.

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Using the screen shot from the film, I “wrote” out the Dwarf letters as best I could, trying to make it appear as if they were carved into the stone.

Dwarf penmanship, 101.

Dwarf penmanship, 101.

I then painted it black, leaving the letters a silvery color that helped them to stand out more.

My finished rune stone.

My finished rune stone.

I decided to do another one with a different, bigger font:

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Personally, I like the first one that I did. It looks more like a stone with letters carved into it. Which one do you prefer?

Dalek dreams

After binge-watching a bunch of Doctor Who episodes recently, I had the urge to make a Dalek, the robotic opponent to the good Doctor.

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Affter I finished sculpting the Dalek out of Scupley, I baked it. Then, after it cooled off, I painted it, and here’s the end result:

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Exterminate! Exterminate!