Thanks! As I said, it was actually a lot easier than I was expecting; the tartan was done simply by starting with a flat mid-blue basecoat, laying down thick bands of a darker blue, then using a thin yellowish brush to run down the edges of the dark bands and a thinner orange one to run lines down the centre of the bands. The actual shading and highlighting was just laid down with soft black and white brushes on a separate "overlay" layer.
Last Edit: Mar 16, 2009 4:32:29 GMT -9 by Aestelon
If the pattern had been especially complicated, then I might have been tempted to do something like that (although I probably would have hated myself for it afterwards! ). But this tartan was so simple to replicate by hand, there didn't seem to be any excuse to rely on stock patterns (in fact, it was probably easier to draw from scratch than it would have been to find a decent swatch of it online..!).
This discussion got me curious about plaid patterns so I went looking for some and found this: Clan Patterns
* Photoshop has a technique using Displacement maps to recognize folds and valleys and "can" do a good job of warping a straight pattern convincingly. It can also work well if you are wanting to wrap ... say a skin texture.
I used the McLeod pattern on the back of the Kobold kilt as an quick example. It would have been more convincing to align the grain of the pattern with each piece of fabric...but it fairly illustrates the point.
That is very cool. I don't use Photoshop myself, so that particular route's probably not open to me. But it does occur to me that Artweaver has a set of Warping brushes, and the main one (appropriately called Warp) seems to do (I believe) roughly the same sort of thing as Photoshop's Liquify tool; you can literally 'push' the pattern around with the brush. That might be worth experimenting with for future attempts.
Beau - To be honest, I think even without changing the build of the figure, Conan's still too different from this to be a simple mod. I think it'd be easier to do a new one of him from scratch.
Last Edit: Mar 20, 2009 19:31:17 GMT -9 by Aestelon
Hmm... Aestelon...I'd like to see you do a Slaine figure. You are not too far off with that base figure. Shorten the hair and make it black n spikey. Add some face paint, a metal skull waste belt and a ridiculously large Axe and wahhlahh The Son God.
Hmm. Also one to consider. I'm not sure it'd be particularly any easier to mod this fig than draw a new one, but I'll see what happens. I'm not that familiar with Slaine, but I've grabbed a few reference pics to spark me ideas.
wyvern: surfduke: You should be able to post links to any files or images already on a website somewhere by just adding the URL when you set-up a post using the full "Create Post" Forum post editor (i.e. NOT the "Quick Reply" version).
May 27, 2020 10:20:28 GMT -9
wyvern: I've found Photos loading the first image slowly every time I've switched on the computer in recent times. It's been OK after that, but seems like it can't quite remember how to do it just after it's been woken up...
May 27, 2020 10:17:36 GMT -9
surfduke: Do you want a preview pdf of the Jupiter 2 here? If so how do I post it.
May 27, 2020 0:39:56 GMT -9
Vermin King: That would explain why 'Photos' loaded slower this weekend. It was 'improved'
May 26, 2020 8:07:25 GMT -9
wyvern: It wasn't some fresh Windows "improvement" then... I noticed the icon for the MS image viewer, "Photos", changed a few days back as well. Doesn't seem to have changed the app, as far as I can tell. Yet.
May 26, 2020 4:26:25 GMT -9
lightning: Glad that only a restart was involved. I wouldn't have the energy to much more today :-)
May 26, 2020 3:01:39 GMT -9
Vermin King: I had a scare and a half. Went to open a pdf for the first time today and nothing happened. Checked All Programs and saw that Reader updated on 05/23. Restarting fixed it. Whew
May 25, 2020 10:56:44 GMT -9
Vermin King: His eyes must not be as old as mine
May 21, 2020 11:12:39 GMT -9
cowboyleland: I always thought Tirick was a little mad.
May 21, 2020 7:11:40 GMT -9
Vermin King: Really worn out tonight, so when I'm like that I just look for things I used to have, but don't any more. I got the Zippy models and am rebuilding my Tirick/TCF Gaming folder. How the heck would anyone build his 1/1000 Battletech mechs without enlarging
May 20, 2020 17:12:58 GMT -9
Toman: yea I have been. pretty cool project. I've done a few scratch builds like that but not as large. cutting individual stones or carving stones in foam sucks.
May 19, 2020 16:50:41 GMT -9
Vermin King: Anybody else following Mauther's home-made Playmobile castle build? Looks really good so far
May 18, 2020 18:13:38 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Good point. Maybe make the wing feathers seperately so that the wind could get through them?
May 14, 2020 6:10:23 GMT -9
squirmydad: We had two operators for the hawk though, one to carry the weight and the other to flap the wings.
May 13, 2020 11:02:25 GMT -9
squirmydad: Probably silk and dowels. I assisted in the construction of a giant hawk puppet for an indoor show, probably about the same size as that pegasus.
May 13, 2020 11:01:49 GMT -9
Vermin King: It's got to be really light. The article dealt with parade puppets. I don't think I'd want to be trying to control that in a stiff wind
May 13, 2020 4:21:20 GMT -9
lightning: that's a nice pegasus!
May 13, 2020 4:10:32 GMT -9
shep: Will it fly, if you move the wings fast enough?
May 13, 2020 1:10:51 GMT -9