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It's about that time again, I've been involved in a staring contest with a GW stegadon that's been sitting on my desk for...a while....anywho I'd better get an intro thrown into this one. I'm hoping to turn this into a two parter at most and although this one will be much lighter on the technical and complexity/difficulty side, it's still vital to be mindful of what you'll have to do at later stages. I've also decided to change style a little by keeping things lighter on the descriptions.

I've also thrown in a small segment at the end on sculpting easy and quick, or hard and time consuming...

CAUTION: Attempting this is a higher end conversion in terms of difficulty, there's going to be a lot of texture work in later stages and it should also go without saying, DO NOT ASK ME TO CAST, OR COPY THIS. Even if the IP breach against GW wasn't the problem, I'm not even going to attempt to do the artist below a discourtesy by lifting his art for commercial gain.


So this is the GW Stegadon...
It's basically supposed to be a triceratops like dino beast that runs into enemies, squashing trampling and generally crushing them.

Lmenstegadon03 by The-BuildM2050385 P3mb1xl by The-Build

With those dinky little legs, none existent shoulder blades, connective tissues, muscles, oddly placed bony plates, broken hips/ankles/cankles and general assortment of weird anatomy, it's not going to do that. In fact, at best it could probably collapse and die for all the various issues it has with existing, let alone moving.

*Puts away the vitriol*

Some of you may think I'm being overly harsh here and my response to that, is you should hear what a couple of friends of mine (two palaeontologists, one of whom studied smilodon fatalis bite pressure and mechanics for her masters, the other, T-rex) had to say on the matter (I'm not even going to broach the subject of their stance on the importance of anatomy).

That being said I finally made the move to begin converting my stegadon kit into something I wanted to have in my army (before it gets canon sniped on turn one and does bugger all...). A good start point always comes from inspiration, which in this case comes in the form of the work done by :iconrodrigo-vega:, his work is espresso for the mind, his style is unique and exceptionally thought provoking.

This piece here is my starting point, I loved Primal rage as a kid and his work with it makes it all the more awesome.
Classic Gods of Urth Remake by Rodrigo-Vega

The pose for Armadon was what grabbed me, the tail, the body, it really stands out, so I decided to emulate it using the pieces I already have, though this does require a large amount of chopping and changing (miniature chop shopping, but without the cars).

First part is nice and easy, stick bits which you need to go together, together.
Aut 2060 by The-Build

Next stage requires drilling holes through the limbs and inserting brass wire before gluing and sealing them in place with glue and putty (apoxi sculpt).
Aut 2066 by The-Build

Whilst waiting for this to dry I begin to change the head, bringing it back more to the original design of a frilled dinosaur, this not only includes the beak, but also moving the eyes to a more protected/realistic position on the head.
Aut 2068 by The-Build
I begin to add contours and textures, as well as pits to the peak for nostrils.
Aut 2069 by The-BuildAut 2070 by The-Build

Moving back to the rear end, I pin the legs on to the brass wire, leaving loads of space and gaps, but these (like the angles of the feet, detail and bony landmarks) will be getting sculpted on to and over at the detail stage. For the moment the focus is to simply build up a rough armature. Layers are applied with apoxie sculpt (far cheaper, easier and quicker than using green stuff at this scale) on top of thicker brass wire and then manipulated and re-shaped as it hardens.

Aut 2071 by The-Build

Going back to the head, my focus moves away from the snout and I being a rough structure for the eyes.
Aut 2072 by The-BuildAut 2073 by The-Build

With the head already changing and the body not far behind, the crest will also need some adaptation, in this case it will need to be longer and spikes re-positioned.

I then cut some of the spikes off completely (but do not throw them away), use apoxie sculpt to position the crest further away, give it a new structure and some stability for when I sculpt a detail layer on top. You can also see I've started adding in some more to the eye sockets with a layer of green stuff to form a rough upper orbital structure above the eye. There's also some sockets left for spikes and there will be more info on working around existing detail you wish to keep, in part two. 
Aut 2074 by The-BuildAut 2075 by The-Build

Quick and easy, or hard and time consuming

One thing I keep getting asked, is how long something takes me, something I never have an answer for, as there are so many variables and sometimes parts will take that much longer, not because I fouled up, but because they are WORTH taking the time to do.

What I mean by this is quick simple, there's always several ways to do something and as luck would have it, usually the much longer, more irritating way usually gives you the best finished result.

Take the images below, you have 3 blobs of green stuff, each one I've made as close to each other in terms of size as I can, I even timed myself for each one, wrote them down and....managed to lose it.
I do have a vague memory of these times, just remember they're not 100% accurate.

1: About 2 minutes, involves sticking it to the base and then making scale like shapes. 
2: About 6 minutes, involves sticking it to the base, but making the shapes, smoothing the edges and using a clay shaper to create texture.
3: Pushing the 11 minute barrier, involves sticking individual scales to the base and shaping them. However you only end up using about two thirds of the green stuff to cover the same area.

Aut 2043 by The-BuildAut 2044 by The-BuildAut 2045 by The-Build

That's all for the moment, admittedly I did start this project before the poll on conversions, so I figured it best to finish this first (completely) then move on to the next one.

Conversion tutorials! Which one? (Photos of each in first comment below) 

5 deviants said Piccy 1
5 deviants said Piccy 2
5 deviants said Piccy 3


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I see what you did thar....
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
A tinkerer of all things great and small, in a nut shell I'm eccentric, caffeine addicted, introverted, perverted, insane and utterly loveable.

I'm also incredibly modest. <:

Kind of like a ferret on speed.


Sweet pie....:drool:
Thu Jan 8, 2015, 3:17 PM
Aw it's so small. There's no love here. Well here's some: :heart: :cookie: :pie: :flowerpot:
Thu Jan 8, 2015, 3:15 PM
OH HAI! :meow:
Thu Jan 8, 2015, 3:10 PM

Sculpture stuff.

Tutorials and sculpture projects/lessons

I've also got an ever growing list of sculpture tutorials and articles going, you can find the contents and various sections in the Journal below.

:bulletblue: Mini Adventures contents page



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laurart Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Richard, I missed your birthday D:


Happy belated birthday <_< :heart:
The-Build Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :hug:
ginkgografix Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
CHICA INTENSIFIES chat icon by gold94chica

totally random comment ftw
The-Build Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What the? D:
ginkgografix Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
It made me think of you. I blame printer kitty for that!
The-Build Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd almost forgotten about printer kitty.
XalexutzaX Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
well hello my glompy friend. how on earth are you ?! 
The-Build Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well hey there missy, how's you, what's been going on?

As for me, oh er...not sure where to begin (plenty :paranoid:).
Started prepping for a natural body building contest, getting into single figures body fat wise is all fine and dandy until you see biscuits and then start to cry...
I have a puppy, she's a little pickle.
I still don't have a skunk.
Discovered that ginger and coconut is creepily good (but don't ask me how I found out).
There's a couple of other bits and pieces going on too, super top secret stuff involving lasers, sharks, laser sharks and underground volcano bases. :B
XalexutzaX Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
too much ! long time no talk! 
found one of your letters the other day whilst tidying. it had a little skunk drawing on it. 
Oh dear,those darn biscuits getting in your business. fuckers! 
What pup do you have? PICTURE PICTURE! 

I hate ginger, so i won't be able to try that combo. :( 

I'm really good, started drawing on people's faces for a living. Yay! i'm really enjoying it. :glomp:
Still in Brighton. going through a quarter life crisis so i'm changing my hair colour every month. ha
The-Build Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll send you a note, as some of it is a bit more private, but nothing involving magical rainbow unicorns (I'm saving that info for another day :paranoid:)
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