|Four legs, pinned and ready for Green stuff|
|Torso with a small mistake|
The first though was going to be heat and mold styrene around the frame until I got the shape I wanted, and then add detail to it until it was passable. But since the gaming table doubles as the work area and is shared by my girlfriend and her daughter there are often lots of odds and ends kicking around for inspiration. So the kid was working on trying to build items with the intent of going larger and larger to an eventual cosplay outfit. One of the materials that she was using extensively was the sheets of flexible craft foam. I was moving it out of the way and noticed how it flexed nicely, was of a decent thickness, and was easy to work with, so I asked to borrow a couple sheets.
|Torso back with spinal plates|
So the next step is going to be building the back fins, and deciding on what I want to do with the torso piece. I had originally thought of casting the torso as well, but I realize that it may be too heavy to sit properly on the legs once everything is assembled. So I've been throwing around a couple of ideas. The other problem is how to prepare the foam for detail and paint. I should be able to use a glue/water mixture to seal it like a foam terrain piece, or maybe even a sealer, but one of the things I've noticed when I get some resin spill over onto any newspaper is it soaks in and hardens almost like a fibreglass (which it should since it is basically the same product); so I may mix up some resin, and paint it onto the foam to harden it. This may also be revisited for the flyer build as well.
On a seperate note, I may be moving soon, and I've heard there is a decent sized Apocalypse game being planned for the middle of this month, so I may try and hurry this to a standing frame with temporary weapons to try out. As far as the MiniWarGaming Apocalypticon event, as I expected, they don't want to sent a precedent of having to manage house built rules, so if I get it built and am able to attend it will likely proxy as a Chaos Reaver.