We have progress! Since I've been waiting for a friend to do some sculpting for the pilot blank for my Centurion project, I figured I'd do some work on my SAW vignette (although the pilot has been completed late this week so I'll be going back to the Centurion this week).
Recently I caught up with my friend Jas and decided to show him the progress I had made and ask for his advice on where to take it. I explained that I wanted to represent the edge of a cliff in an arid Afghan style landscape. He gave me the perfect answer: Woodland Scenics Rock Moulds
. So I had a browse and ordered a C1243 Base Rock mould
. Postage was stupidly slow for some reason (probably because it was so cheap) but then this week, after a month in transit, it finally arrived. I hit the mould with some release spray and mixed up a 4PU resin (tinted grey) and talc (as a filler so not to waste resin) combination, which was then sloshed around in the mould until it gelled. The idea being to cast the rocks "hollow" (even though they are single sided).
I had built up the base with another layer of foam since previous pics I'd posted, and these were the perfect height for the large rock mould parts. So I hacked off part of the foam and hot glued the rocks in place. The edges of the base that represent where the base had been "cut from the earth" I wanted to be flat and painted black so I glued in some styrene sheets and used a heat gun to curve them around.
With all this done the last step was to attack the base with expanding foam to fill all of the gaps and level things out. Man the expanding foam really expands! That brings us to the current state as of 11:30 this morning:
Next step will be to trim the foam back and then I can start looking at the ground cover mix. The bush out the back of my work has provided a perfect sand/gravel mixture that I have washed and dried in preparation for the base. The legs and pelvis are all ready to go, so soon I will be ready to drill the holes into the base for the bolts that will screw into the feet to hold it in place.
That's all for now - don't expect too frequent updates on this (I'll be back to the Centurion now) but it will be nice to have some slow progress!
Oh yeah I can make that....