Sunday, 11 June 2017

Feed Me!

Audrey II: Feed me!
With the base constructed it was time to think about completing the head, no small matter given the characterful nature of Audrey II.  If truth be told I was quite worried about this stage as although ideas and images had been sketched out, I still had no way of knowing if it would come together, more importantly would the magnet hold the weight?

Seymour: Does it have to be human?
The first job was to fix said magnet to Audrey II’s head, a dab of the Poundland’s 'Hard as Nails' seemed to do the trick and as it started to set I was able to splay out the wires giving the effect of veins.  I was hoping that the same technique employed for the body would be used for the head.  Making sure the polarity of the magnet was the right way round I secured it initially with superglue and then built up the join with more Milliput.  Finally more Green Stuff tendrils were used to disguise the rather manufactured look of the wires – it was working!
Audrey II: Feed me!
Teeth, so important, but how to do them?  Looking back at the example that had inspired the original build, Ssendam had used some plastic card cut to give a ferocious row of teeth, but given that my plant is based on Audrey II I wanted to try and pay homage to the creation in the comic/films a bit more.  Eventually I stumbled upon the idea of using the pointed end of a cocktail stick, but I now needed some way of fixing them to the walnut.
Rolling out my Milliput again I simply embedded the teeth into the gum, but this just didn’t look right.  Initially wanting to avoid Audrey II’s luscious lips for fear of not doing them justice, I resigned myself to giving it a go by way of making the teeth sit properly in the mouth.  Things started to take shape and as the Milliput stated to harden I gave the teeth a sealing coat of PVA at their base to hold them in place.  Now feeling more confident with the material a tongue was fashioned and finally it was time to fix the top and bottom halves of the mouth together.

Seymour: Does it have to be mine?
There was a brief moment when I considered the possibility of having the mouth hinged in some way allowing for movement of perhaps miming!  But in the end copious amounts of glue gun glue were used to fix the two halves together and seal the gaps.  Once secure the final stage was to match the tendril effect of the lower neck to the head again using Green Stuff.  This was a little bit haphazard, but after much fiddling and cursing we started to achieve the desired effect.  Again as the Green Stuff started to harden a light wash of watered down PVA glue helped to seal the work and hopefully made the fix a little more permanent.  This in essence was the end of the build and so another patient wait  is required before the whole thing can be undercoated, hopefully linking everything together.
Audrey II: Feeeed me!

85 comments:

  1. Just amazing! I like that you considered trying to make the mouth hinged though, that was inspired even if not practical in the end!

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    1. Thank you, the hinged mouth was a step too far for me I'm afraid.

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  2. "From little acorns"...
    Terrific construction work Michael. It really is great to see how the piece has been put together.

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    1. Thank you Roy, I have been delighted at how well it has come together.

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  3. Creative, creepy and splendid job Michael...you're a genious!

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    1. Thank you Phil, but I'm not sure about the genius bit.

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  4. Top drawer! I would be quite cautious with these around the house...

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    1. Thank you Nick, I definitely don't like to linger too longer when I pass her on the paint table!

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  5. That is amazing! Glad I live on the other side of the world now.

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    1. Thank you Rodger, I think you should be safe - for the time being at least. ;)

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  6. Awesome stuff, Michael. Its almost as if you;re feeding it rather than building it :-)

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    1. Thank you Simon, I'm certainly feeling a little drained, but great fun nonetheless.

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  7. I truly am in awe of your skills of MOCing! While this is not a game subject I would like to venture in myself, I cannot but await the next episode in this blood-curdling series of yours impatiently!

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    1. Thank you so much Sander, I have to confess I really am having so much fun with this.

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  8. Now that is some serious modelling... wow :-)
    Cheers
    Stu

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  9. Great work on the head! I like the extra plastic bits you added to the back of it too as it brings an extra 3 dimensionality to it.

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    1. Thank you much Brian, they were a bit fiddly, but the PVA glue seems to have given them a bit of strength.

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  10. Smashing, absolutely smashing stuff sir. I shall never look at my nuts in the same way!

    re-posted by the by..

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thank you so much Roger and of course for reposting. You be carful staring at your nuts for too long now.

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  11. Amazing work, Michael! I have to admit that I wasn't expecting this much detail, but given your previous builds, I should really not have expected less.anything less. Can't wait to see itvwith some paint on.

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    1. Thank you so much Jez, with the build done I have now found myself distracted by a couple of companion pieces, but more of those later in the week.

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  12. Stunning stuff Michael. This is a fantastic project to follow and i cannot wait to see the final painted product. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, I really appreciate the support.

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  13. Wow a stunning piece of work yet again.

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  14. Tremendous effort and real dedication 😀

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  15. That's very clever... and cool too!

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  16. I think this is the most mental thing you've done! Congrats!!

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    1. Thank you Mike, hopefully the paint will bring it altogether.

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  17. Wonderful effect. I could never manage that with my clumsy figures! Congrats, Michael it looks great!

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    1. Thank you so much Mr. Mouse, I have to admit there has been a fair bit of cursing and swearing along the way, but I think we are there now.

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  18. It grows with each passing day and I'm afraid to think about how this will end! :)
    Great looking monstrosity!

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    1. Thank you so much Nimrod, I have really enjoyed putting this together.

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  19. It is one thing to imagine a work and the final product. It is quite another to imagine and pull it off! Looks like another "touch" here-and-there and you will have pulled it off! Sweet!

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    1. Thank you so much Jay, I was thrilled with how it has come together and really looking forward to painting her now.

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  20. I can only echo the comments above mate, stunning work

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    1. Thank you so much Andy, greatly appreciated.

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  21. Coming along brilliantly! Can't wait to see the finished thing!

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    1. Thank you Gordon, hoping to add a couple of extra pieces now.

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  22. A masterpiece!
    It already looks so good, I'm really curious on how it will look after painting is done.

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    1. Thank you so very much, I have managed a base coat and now really looking forward to finishing her off.

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  23. Stunning build it is coming together nicely indeed.

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    1. Thank you so much, really pleased with how it has come together.

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  24. That's looking great even without paint. Putting my conversions to shame!

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    1. Thank you my good man, your fabulous builds have been an inspiration to me.

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  25. I'm speechless. That is all kinds of amazing mate!

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    1. Thank you so much, it has been one of those projects that has really got under my skin.

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  26. So cool. looking great can't wait to see the finished result.

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    1. Thank you Mark, hoping that the painting won't take too long as it is predominately green.

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  27. This has gone from a project to being some kind of offspring. . .
    Amazing though

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    1. Thank you Mike, you're right I have become rather protective of her now. ;)

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  28. I hate it (he lies). what a load of rubbish (he lies) I am not at all envious (Again he lies).

    All the other comments are so positive (Rightly so) that I thought I would provide and alternative, an antidote to the saccharin sweetness of the comments.

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    1. Thank you Clint, that made me smile. ;)

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  29. What an excellent scratch-build of an iconic character (?).

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  30. Audry2 looks just great. Seeing this construction has been very enjoyable.

    A question if I may - how difficult will it be to paint the inside of it's mouth now you've glued it together? I might have been tempted to glue after painted, or even magnetising?

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    1. Thank you Dai and I may have made life a little more complicated for myself than it needed to be! I have managed to spray in some black undercoat and when the airbrush comes out it should get to the back, but I am a little worried about the tongue - small brushes and patience might be in order.

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  31. Ooh, that is coming along quite nicely Michael. Next up will be some triffids!

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    1. Thank you Terry, now Triffids, what a great idea.

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  32. Oh wow, that is just superb Michael. Bravo!!

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  33. Great terrain piece you've put together Michael! You are a brave man for even considering making the mouth hinged!

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    1. Thank you, in the end, I just couldn't justify the extra time for something that would really be used in a game.

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  34. Very, very cool as always, Michael. Now how about that "baby" from Eraserhead! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Dean and what a great shout about Eraserhead! Perhaps a little too dark, even for me.

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  35. Oh my ... he looks might impressive even without paint!

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    right away...

    (VIDEO) Get your ex CRAWLING back to you...?

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