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Space Marines / Re: Brother Nicodemus, Deathwing Librarian build wip
« Last post by adeptus mechanicus on June 26, 2022, 09:05:26 PM »
Finished off Nicodemus' forearm. Decided to give it a little more engraving around the edge. Nothing too crazy, just on the bottom
Also finished Lucien's forearm as well
I figured his forearm would be up armored to carry heavier weapons like a plasma cannon or auto cannon. Should look good in red and gold.
Then I started on the upper torso. Hellz yeah! Ive been patiently waiting for this. I began by fixing the shoulder rotates. I added a 1/4 inch spacer under the bottom 2 bolts to straighten them out. I hung the shoulder pauldrons just to make sure.
They seemed to have tightened up the gap a little more which is good. Then came some trim pieces to bulk out the rotates some more
I made these out of some large diameter cardboard tube and trimmed with Eva foam. They help to fill in the gap between the body and pauldrons
The details made today were the start of the Aegis hood goodies
There's a ton of stuff to make for this front section. I love doing this part. The top has a big empty hunk of real estate that's begging for some kind of icon. Just don't know what yet. Stay tuned for more goodies...
Space Marines / Re: Brother Nicodemus, Deathwing Librarian build wip
« Last post by adeptus mechanicus on June 24, 2022, 08:50:47 PM »
Had to break off and go sideways for a moment. I whipped up 2 more forearms, 1 for Lucien and 1 for Nicodemus. Reason is, the forearm with all the decorations and the ribbon will get crushed if I ever use the storm shield and hammer that I made. The other 1 for Lucien is for the plasma cannon. It can't have any hose connectors or anything sticking out. It won't fit in the handle strap. I knocked these together in about an hour and 20 minutes.
I made 1 right, 1 left. Having to templates already made is a huge time saver. I'm glad I did it. I trimmed them out the same, but the decorations are different. Nicodemus' will get some cathedral arch style with monks and Lucien's will get swords like the assault terminators.
The details were xacto cut and burned in with a soldering iron. There are 5 of these all the way around. I spaced them so 1 of them covers the seam on the bottom. Always try to put your details on strategically to hide as many seams as you can. Makes for nice clean work. Here's a comparison of Lucien's and Nicodemus'
The librarians has a little more detail than the apothecary's. I may do some etchings in the trim, haven't decided yet. I probably will to make it more ornate. This will get the same green and gold as the ribbon forearm. The other forearm will be red with gold trim and swords. Should pop pretty good. That's all for now, stay tuned for more...
Space Marines / Re: Brother Nicodemus, Deathwing Librarian build wip
« Last post by adeptus mechanicus on June 18, 2022, 08:18:10 PM »
Got some progress on the right pauldron. Made a template for the aquilla to get the size and shape right
Here's a tip when you free hand stuff like this. Fold your paper in half and only draw half. When you cut it out, it'll be perfectly symmetrical
I added some thickness to the back of the wings and heads so it will stand off the pauldron like in the game
I also glued some 6mm to the chest to make it a little more 3d
After that, I started layering on the feathers. At 1st I cut them single piece at a time on the tail. Ugh! I'll be here forever. Then I traced out the shape of the layer and made sheets. Way faster! Here's the progression
Once this thing was glued home, it curved right around like it should and stood out on the wings and heads like I hoped it would
I 3d printed a ram's skull and fabed up some horns like on the other side pauldron. It came out pretty good
I glued a chunk of foam inside the skull to give me something to glue it down with. I also added 2 BBQ skewer spikes to the foam to give it a mechanical joint also. Try and do that when you can, it gives better adhesion and you're not counting on just glue
Glued home
I started on all the filligree but only got a small portion done before calling it quits for the day
I'll finish up around the wings and heads and this pauldron will be done. Next will be the upper torso. I can't wait for that! That's gonna be a blast. I have so much planned for that it's rediculous. Stay tuned for more...
Space Marines / Re: Brother Nicodemus, Deathwing Librarian build wip
« Last post by adeptus mechanicus on June 16, 2022, 07:53:29 PM »
Here's some more progress pics. The armpit shield was pretty easy to fab up. I used 2 layers of 12mm to get the thickness. I cut a paper template to make sure of the size and went to town on it. Here's the progression
You can see in the pics that the back piece is 3 layers. That so it wouldn't be flimsy when I mounted it to the pauldron. I also made a simple mount plate to have somewhere to screw it down. I hade some threaded inserts left over and used 1 for the mount plate.
I pressed it against the foam to make a mark to put a hole behind to allow for the extra length of the insert.
I used a hole punch for a nice clean hole and glued it home
Now I have a clean install spot to mount the shield
All that was left was to add details
Started to make details for the other pauldron, lots of pics to follow...
Space Marines / Re: Brother Nicodemus, Deathwing Librarian build wip
« Last post by adeptus mechanicus on June 14, 2022, 04:51:25 PM »
Damn, don't know what was up with the site being down. But back at it. I started on the pauldrons. Here's the left
3d printed skull and foam Fu for the horns. They turned out way better than I had expected
The arrow shaped pieces in between have pieces of the Emperor's armor the will get wired on with gold anodized jewelry wire (they're not the mark of Chaos, that would be heresy)
Here's some overall. Added on a few more goodies
Holy plethora of links Batman! That's enough for now. Got more but that's for next post. Stay tuned for tons more...
Space Marines / Re: Brother Nicodemus, Deathwing Librarian build wip
« Last post by adeptus mechanicus on May 26, 2022, 07:45:43 PM »
Gloves are done. Finished some of the small knuckle details and made the hand guards. And of course added some skulls
In the game, the whole left arm is really ornate for some reason. It's also a different color (dark green and gold) than the rest of the armor. The green is almost olive drab. If I ever make a chaplain, it'll be that color (hmmm). Moving on to another body part, don't know which. Stay tuned...
Space Marines / Re: Brother Nicodemus, Deathwing Librarian build wip
« Last post by adeptus mechanicus on May 24, 2022, 09:14:52 PM »
Got some chonky hands progress pics to share. Managed to get some stuff cleaned up and put the finger tips and knuckle hinge pieces on. Here's the progression
You'll notice in the last 2 pics that the finger tips are really squared off. That's so I have a good base to glue the foam for the tips
These are oversize so I can sand them into shape
I sanded them in close with a 90 sander then fine tuned  the shape with some sandpaper and heat gunned them to tighten everything up
Making these gloves this way is a little bit of work, but I think they're far better looking than hockey gloves or lacrosse. Nothing against anybody that goes that route, but you can spot 'em a mile away. Next part was the hinges. Just simple round foam, cut and sanded with a dimple in the end to help sell it
The round stock gets a couple detail cuts to finish them off. The hand guard on the back of the fist still has to be made and detailed but these are almost done. These gloves are fairly simple construction with just flat shapes and bevels but the end result is worth it. Stay tuned for more...
Space Marines / Re: Brother Nicodemus, Deathwing Librarian build wip
« Last post by adeptus mechanicus on May 21, 2022, 11:50:49 PM »
Got some glove progress pics to share. As I mentioned that I wasn't going to use hockey gloves this time around. I sacrificed a pair of old winter gloves for the build. I cut the guts out so they're just the shell. It gives you more room in between your fingers for the knuckle details. Here's the progression
You'll notice a big foam donut on the table. That's the cuff. I stretched some foam around my wrist making sure I could still get my hand in and out without difficulty. Once that was glued, I doubled the thickness and added some detail on the front
Then I glued the wrist of the glove home using hot glue
This double thickness will help soak up some of the gap in the wrist opening on the forearm and still give me good hand articulation. You may or may not be able to see the wrist details, but hey he's a librarian. Next I started gluing strips on top of the fingers to help bulk up the size. It will also give me something to glue the knuckle details on
I used Lucien's glove as a guide and started gluing the knuckle pieces on, leaving a gap for the hinge in-between.
Last time I used 6mm foam for the knuckles and it got too thick in between the fingers. I had to fake a couple joints on the middle fingers. This time I'll use 2mm foam on the inner joints. I all ready stacked up some scrap to try it and it should be OK. The little hinge pieces are foam dowel that will be cut and sanded to look the part like on Luciens
The finger tips get glued on and sanded to shape. But after about 5 hrs work these are already taking shape. The back of the hand guard will get doubled up in thickness also. That will have some details on it as well. That's all for now, stay tuned for more...
Space Marines / Re: Brother Nicodemus, Deathwing Librarian build wip
« Last post by adeptus mechanicus on May 19, 2022, 09:21:09 PM »
Forearm update. Finished the genestealer head forearm. Had to wait for some 2mm foam to arrive. The ribbon got glued home and a few spots touched up
Now if you notice, the head with the sword through it is a touch off center. I tried to get it back but the cathedral piece behind forced me to center it on the opening. This would have been a mess to try and get off in 1 piece. I just went with it and hope that all the busy lines and ribbon curves distract the eyes enough to fake it. Anyhow, the other forearm is moving along
Still have the other side laurel to finish and some trim pieces at the elbow cuff. This 1 is a little more plain as far as the decorations. 1 thing to note, at this point I haven't done any battle damage to any pieces yet. I'll do that right at the painting stage. That's 1 part I really enjoy. Still have the gloves to think about. I'm going to use the same style as Lucien's (gluing details to winter gloves). I found that hockey gloves don't give my fingers enough freedom to grip weapons and such. Stay tuned, lots more on the way...
Space Marines / Re: Brother Nicodemus, Deathwing Librarian build wip
« Last post by adeptus mechanicus on May 14, 2022, 09:15:22 PM »
Got some goodies to share. I started detailing the biceps, elbows and forearms 1st. That way alot of the details could get doubled and go quicker. 1st up is the elbows. Pretty simple, has a few small items but still fun to knock them out
I added 1 more thickness to the inside on the bottom to make it really thick (no pic). I also used googly eyes for rivets. These will paint over nicely and look the part. You'll also notice the 3d printed bits on the elbow joint. The librarian skull is glued to a cap that hides the hardware that holds the elbow to bicep. Next is the biceps. These were also fairly simple.
Scrap PVC pipe and some foam makes for a good hydraulic type cylinder. Most of this is up under the shoulder pauldron and in the dark so probably out of sight. I'm still debating whether to add some type of ornate filigree work to it. After all it's a Librarians armor. We'll see.
Last is 1 of the forearms. This is the left. Here's the progression
The black material is heavy card stock to give it some different thickness. It's all about the layers.
You'll notice a fleur de lis up in the corners. Don't know why, but it's in the game pics if you look close enough.
I also used some PVC board, or sintra for the sword through the skull. The rest is details that are burned in with a soldering iron or Dremel texture
If you're careful with cutting your lines, you can get pretty good results when you open them up with a heat gun. Make sure you use nice sharp blades and connect your corners.
Last of the googly eyes. I'm beginning to like those. They're quick and easy. And cheap! I got 2 assorted size boxes of 500 for $10 ea. There's a couple minor add on trim pieces for the biceps and forearm yet. And the other forearm. Stay tuned...
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