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Fallout Deathclaw

Who wouldn’t want a Fallout Deathclaw head watching over them as they’re working? Nothing creepy about that at all. Honest.

A bit of a change on this in that I didn’t sculpt it, I just painted it. I do like the Fallout games and I remember nearly missing a train home from University one year as I was so busy playing the first one when it came out. I’ve not played the latest one (Fallout 4) but it is sitting waiting to be played one day when I find some time.

The bust comes from Brazen and Bold productions and comes as a three part kit. The head and two horns. While not 1:1 scale (that would probably be too terrifying) it is pretty chunky in size. I knew when I got it that I wanted a suitable wall mount for it so managed to go skip diving in a local garage and found this hunk of metal.

rusty metal car part
metal chunk of something

This cleaned up a treat when it was buffed with a wire brush and I put some wood behind it to mount the head onto.

Rusty and woody

There was minimal cleaning to the actual head to be done, just some seams and a couple of little air bubbles but on the whole this is a really nice casting. I filled the seams between the horns and head a little but other than that I didn’t do much else.

Fallout Deathclaw
the assembled head

I assembled the bust and tested it on the wall to see if it was ok or if it would rip the wall down.

Fallout Deathclaw on the wall
it works!

Then paint…

painting the Fallout deathclaw head
adding paint

and paint…

Fallout Deathclaw bust
more paint

It was painted with Games Workshop paints in my airbrush and was mainly just blocking out shapes and forms then tidying up with a little brush work.

So now I have a Deathclaw hanging on my Fallout vault cellar wall, watching me…

waiting…

Fallout Deathclaw
Deathclaw bust on the wall

Go and checkout Brazen and Bold productions to see some of the other awesome stuff they do. They’re also cellar dwellers.

More pictures are in my Google images gallery here: https://goo.gl/photos/ewNbTnGq24VDMkL8A

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Big Trouble in Little China + Warcraft = David Lo Panda

Big Trouble in Little China, one of my favourite films. A few years ago an artist I follow posted a photo of something that really made me laugh which was a mashup of Big Trouble and Warcraft and for ages I thought I’d love to have a go at sculpting it. So before I go into this further it’s time for a bit of background information.

I’m a massive John Carpenter fan, I wrote about him while studying my degree at university and last year I actually got to meet the man when he toured the world to promote his second studio album and afterwards I thought I should get round to doing something based on his work which made me think of that drawing again. So when I found a small slot of time, I made a start. Theres are WIP photos in the gallery link at the end of the blog.

I wanted to do a big figure and ended up with quite a heavy piece.

Big Trouble in Little China
He’s a bit of a big chap

Details on him are made from buttons, pins, wire, drawing pins, a knitting needle, some brass tubes, a glass eye and a couple of wooden spheres. Nothing like a bit of random stuff to add interest.

Big Trouble in little oven
Just after baking

It’s a bit of a basic paint job at the moment but I am planning on going back to add more details at somepoint when I’m feeling braver. Probably after I’ve rewatched Big Trouble in Little China for the bazillionth time. If you haven’t seen it, it is a great film and worth a view.

David Lo Pan
Painted Panda.

A Google gallery, if you want to see more pictures including the WIPs, is here: https://goo.gl/photos/Kvew6dxg2LQe6Wfa6

You can also keep up to date on whatever is going on in my cellar, on my Facebook page Castings of Cthulhu

Gamejam 2017

The office I work in has just run a Game Jam so I took the risk of humilating myself by entering against a bunch of coders when I can hardly rub two bits of JS together. What made it more fun was I chose to do it in 2D and use C# as the language which I’ve never used before.

Kirkby – The egotistical game from the Gamejam

The theme of the Jam was Retro so I went for an 8-bit look and settled for an endless runner style game based on ME. Yes, I am an egotistical maniac with delusions of grandeur. The final game is available on this very website.

As its a running gag about my surname being spelled Kirby, not Kirkby, I went with the idea of creating a tiny me that looks like the Nintendo character. I created all of the graphics in game in Photoshop and then imported them into Unity. It was an interesting little project and I can think of a few things to tweak to improve it if I ever find the motivation.

Just incase you missed that link to play the game about me then its here.

Clone Attack

I also helped out on the intro for another game which was created by one of the chaps in the office. I created two intro videos for it and the first one was a straight motion graphic mashup.

The second one used CG elements in Cinema 4D with a retro TV model from Pixel Lab.

To make the second video I shot some wobbly video of a table then motion tracked it in After Effects create a 3d camera. The camera was then imported into Cinema 4D where the 3d scene was created, then that was then imported back into After Effects using Cineware rather than rendering the footage out of C4D. This meant I was able to tweak the project on the fly rather than have to rerender everything every time I made a change.

Finally, just to prove that sometimes my work and home life overlaps a bit, I was asked to make one of the awards for the Jam. So, I present the “Peoples Choice Award Golden Joystick” made from an old Atari joystick, sprayed gold.

The final winner for both the main competition and People choice award was Clone Attack and well done to all who entered. I will try and grab some links to everyones game and add them below when I can.