December 8, 2012, 10:34pm
Castle of Doom WIP
Okay, so I'm fairly new at customizing, but I had this idea rolling around in my head and I just had to try to make it. In my collection are a few vintage bootlegs, the Galaxy Warrior and Galaxy Fighter lines being my favorite knock offs. Anyway, on the back of the Galaxy Fighters box is a picture of their playset. I was always drawn to it, as it was simultaneously a Grayskull and Snakemountain knock. I've searched eveywhere, but I've never actually managed to find any existing examples of the playset, so I wonder if it was ever made. This is what it looks like (it's at the bottom).
Since I can't find one, I thought I'd make one. First I did a few studies to figure out what I was going to do. I decided it would be more fun to "interpret" the picture a little bit artistically, rather then 100 percent literal take. Here are my studies, of what I call the north entrance and the south entrance.
South entrance 1.jpg South entrance 2.jpg South Entrance 3.jpg
North entrance 1.jpg
December 8, 2012, 10:40pm
North Entrance 2.jpg Door Crests.jpg
Once I had the basic design figured out, I started working on the piece itself. The basic is a small plastic waste can cut in half. I'm building on to it using a material called paper mache clay, and air dry clay you can make at home. I'm finding it an interesting material to use, kind of a paper-concrete. The first part I sculpted was the beak on the north entrance.
And here is how far I've come on the actual piece.
Castle of Doom.jpg
South Entrance Sculpt.jpg
December 8, 2012, 10:42pm
December 9, 2012, 12:43am
Cool I've worked with paper mache 3 times now and it's great for this type of build looks promising you can get away with alot of build up by using aluminum foil under the clay because a 1/4 inch of it is super strong.
December 9, 2012, 12:50am
Thanks for the tip! I'll have to give it a try, I've already been pondering how I was going to make the skull on the "South Entrance".
December 9, 2012, 06:05pm