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Hi all and welcome to my first "how-to" guide. In this guide I will show you a simple and effective way of making your very own glade guards ghost. All you need is the normal wood elf glade guard plastic box set, some tools, glue , patience and some bandaid (trust me, you will get your fingers poked a few times).
First up, th tools you need:
Cut out all the pieces you would normally use for making a normal glade guard.
Head: Take the ones with the hood
Body: The easiest is to use the torsos without the arms attached, but the other ones can be used too.
Legs: Any of the 4 types can be used (some are easier to get the feets of the others)
Arms: The bow holding arm can be cut of any of the toros or there is a seperate one. All are perfect for the job. As for the right arm, there is only 2 options, one is to use the extra empty handed one, the other is to cut of the arm from one of the toros with it's arm stretvhed back.
Cloak: All the cloaks can be used, but the best ones are the ones that are straight. The curved ones will give you a curved model (which can be cool if you want something more dynamic, like my alter ghost)
Rember to clean away the darn molding lines (I always for get, and don't reallise until I'm in the middel of painting)
Now that you have the parts you need it's time to cut up the poor glad guardian. This is rather easy as you just cut of the parts you don't need. The middel of the arms and legs have got to go. And remember to cut of the lower part of the body too.
Allright now get you bandaid ready because now it's time to drill and cut, and your gonna end up with something sharp in you finger and there is going to be blod... oh yes.. blood = )
This step is to help attachive the illsions of there being nothing in the clothes of the model. Without this step the model will seem a bit wierd.
That being said it is rather easy. Using the sculpting tool as a drill, you can drill the holes you need. Rember to get all the places where you cut. The hands, where the arms connected to the body, the lower part of the body, the upper part of the legs, the 2 holes where the legs used to be and ofcouse the feet. Now all that is left is the head, and that's a bit tricky. I used my swiss army knife, it has a thingy for cutting holes in wood an leather, it's kind of like a thin knife. I you don't have one you could use a drill and then the sculpting tool. You might be left of with litte deep holes you don't want. but you can make them go away with the magic of green stuff = )
Now if the sculpting tools sliped into you finger quite a few times and you bleeding, I apolloguise, but I wanred you = )
Allright, once you fingers have healed, it's time to start glueing. But before you do try to place all the parts on the cloak to se if it is posible to make stand and look half deseant. The parts you have might not do the job, but the just cut others out and use.
Well back to the glueing, start with glueing the torso on and then the lower body on the cloak. You can make them both fit and look natural if you do it at the same time. But remember that you have to have room for the feet on the cloak too.
Now it's time for the feet go get into place. Start by gluing one and dry for a bit. Before it's completly fried up glue the other one on too. You can now middel a bit with both and see if they can stand on a plain surface.
Once the feet are dry you're ready to mount the model on the base.
Glue the arms and head in place in the position you want and there you go your very own ghost, ready for painting.
And there you have it boys and girls. My very first guide. I hope it can be of some use to people and I hope I wasn't too long winded. And any ideas or comments are as always very welcome.
P.S. I only poked my self in the finger one time durring the creation of this ghost.
P.P.S Sorry about the blurry pics
Cool guide and idea. At first, the pics are good and detailed but as you get deeper in to teh guide it becomes blurrier and badder... The last pic is really bad and that is not good since I want to see how it looks when it's done!
Please get me new pics! :yes:
I swear that these were in WD a few months ago. Infact they are exactly the same! Did you submit the article to WD?
Ha! That looks cool!