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PostPosted: May 25th, 2020, 3:21 pm 
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2020-11-22 updated pics page 4, finished
2020-11-04 updated pics page 4, painting the reworked wing upper arms and lightened underside
2020-11-03 updated pics page 4, reworking upper left wing to match reworked right wing
2020-11-01 updated pics page 4, reworking upper right wing arm and abs
2020-10-28 updated pics page 4, working on finishing up the painting
2020-10-21 updated pics page 4, slimming down right wing upper arm and shoulder
2020-10-20 updated pics page 4, blending in wings
2020-10-14 updated pics page 4, attaching and blending in the wings
2020-10-10 updated pics page 4, dry brushed arms, legs, tail. Lightened underside.
2020-09-29 updated pics page 4, toning down body color; legs and arms in work
2020-09-22 updated pics page 3, started dry brushing, need to tone down body color
2020-09-19 updated pics page 3, started reddish black color scheme for body
2020-09-16 updated pics page 3, starting over, base coated body in white.
2020-09-13 updated pics page 3, failed attempt to add flame effect in skin cracks
2020-09-08 updated pics page 3, attempting to add flame effects..
2020-09-07 updated pics page 3, added more back spikes, toned down wing paint, started dry brushing
2020-08-25 updated pics page 3, detailing back spikes
2020-08-24 updated pics page 3, working back with spikes
2020-07-31 updated pics page 3, base coat black
2020-07-27 updated pics page 3, almost done with wing conversion
2020-06-21 updated pics page 2, detailing feet, chest, abs, neck; narrowed forearms
2020-06-09 updated pics page 2, repositioned head, continued wing conversion
2020-06-02 updated pics page 2, test fit both wings, started modifying hoof feet
2020-06-01 updated pics page 2, wing conversion in progress
2020-05-30 updated pics page 1, test fit of one wing
2020-05-29 updated pics page 1 , slimmed down tail
2020-05-28 updated pics page 1

Bashing weta LOTR Balrog statue to change wings to use sideshow deathwing dragon statue wings.

Using some broken deathwing wings. Problem is they are both left wings, so I have to convert one of them into a right side wing.

I also plan to get rid of back flames as I am not a skilled enough painter to make the flames look anything good close to realistic. Will also get rid of that flame sword.

Started with weta balrog statue

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And 2 broken left wings from deathwing statue


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Removed wings from balrog

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Cut left wing and by flippping it over, will modify it to use for right side.

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Here is what wings look like on deathwing statue

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I am sure I can use the removed balrog wings for some future kitbash.

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PostPosted: May 25th, 2020, 5:31 pm 
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Good luck with this - that's a bold & difficult kitbash to attempt!

You'll make it work though.

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PostPosted: May 25th, 2020, 8:08 pm 
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Thanks Ian.

I think you are right, as this may be more difficult and much more work than I originally thought.

I was thinking it would be pretty fast and simple ; just cut off flames and old wings and put on new wings.

However, just getting rid of the flames was quite a bit of work and have lots of clean up left to do.

I decided to go ahead and cut the head off and reposition it. And streamline the under jaw and neck.

And now that I can clearly see the underside torso, I plan to build up the chest and significantly redo and streamline the abs as it kind of has a pot-belly with six-pack thing going on.


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PostPosted: May 25th, 2020, 9:15 pm 
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Joe with a razor-saw is more efficient than Gandalf with a whip & magic - who knew? :D

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PostPosted: May 26th, 2020, 9:06 am 
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I am not familiar with this particular statue (gasp!- I know). When I did a search for Weta Balrog I got something considerably larger featuring just the head and flames etc. How big is the original, ah, um before you decapitated the poor creature?

Intriguing choice by the way, Joe.

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PostPosted: May 26th, 2020, 9:09 am 
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Never mind. I found the WETA website and found the statue. How did I miss this?

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PostPosted: May 26th, 2020, 4:15 pm 
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Boy, you sure don't pick anything easy to do!!! :lol:

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PostPosted: May 26th, 2020, 10:11 pm 
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Thanks guys- I always enjoy your observations !

The originally sculpt has a massive neck running into the shoulders and chest and straight into head, without any tapering or much visual interest.
I plan to modify the neck and head position to give a better view of shoulders and a beefed up chest.
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Cut the neck way back to reposition the head in a more frontward and upward position.
Cut the bottom of neck off from the shoulders and chest.
Started streamlining and reshaping the head neck.
Cut out the jaw line on the head and neck to give more visual interest.

And, cut out the massive hunk of resin off the back (reciprocating saw is coming in handy on this bash!)


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PostPosted: May 29th, 2020, 12:35 am 
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Slimmed down his abs

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PostPosted: May 29th, 2020, 12:38 am 
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Slimmed down neck to amplify jaw line

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PostPosted: May 29th, 2020, 12:43 am 
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barad_dur wrote:
Slimmed down his abs

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It's like watching my abdomen through the years - in reverse :? :)

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PostPosted: May 29th, 2020, 12:48 am 
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Hah, I was thinking the exact same about myself.
Wish an hour with a dremmel could get my 6 pack back..


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PostPosted: May 29th, 2020, 12:57 am 
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barad_dur wrote:
Hah, I was thinking the exact same about myself.
Wish an hour with a dremmel could get my 6 pack back..


My Wife would look at that as a win-win - improved physique or life insurance payout (she had that "sparkle" in her eyes when she found out what THAT amounted to) :shock:


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PostPosted: May 29th, 2020, 6:31 pm 
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The original statue has the wings connecting way down the back of the tail.
So there was a large chunk of resin running down the top of the tail.
New wings will not attach way down the tail, so removed the back tail resin to streamline the tail.

I am leaving the huge chunk of resin on the back for now as new wings need a strong thick base to attach to.
I will trim it down and blend into back and tail and neck after I see exactly where wings attach.

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Here is how wings attached on back originally
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Heavy Metal Spike wrote:
barad_dur wrote:
Hah, I was thinking the exact same about myself.
Wish an hour with a dremmel could get my 6 pack back..


My Wife would look at that as a win-win - improved physique or life insurance payout (she had that "sparkle" in her eyes when she found out what THAT amounted to) :shock:


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PostPosted: May 31st, 2020, 1:31 am 
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I decided to just remove that huge mass of resin off the back as I couldn’t see how I would ever be able to blend in the new wings and down to the streamlined tail.
The first rough test fit of one of the wings gives me confidence there is still enough resin left to securely support and hold the wings.

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Awesome.

This is going to look SOOOO cool when finished !!!!!!!

    (* and it's fun being along for the WIP ride too! *)

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PostPosted: May 31st, 2020, 3:04 am 
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Thanks!

So far so good.

This statue originally weighed over 30 lbs. I bet I have removed at least 10 lbs so far.


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PostPosted: May 31st, 2020, 9:55 am 
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30 lbs?! OMG. The Deathwing test fit looks terrific. Looks like a perfect match. I'll be curious as to how big the Balrog will be once your "bash" is over.

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Just want to say I have been enjoying watching your progress on this.
Haven't had time to comment much do to the Want-A-Fest activities.

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