Since the last update, the past several days has been spent focused on the base as the Jegan is completed. The process is fairly time consuming as each step takes about a day to fully dry and cure up, if I’m lucky. Depending on the humidity, temperature and thickness of the stuff applied to the surface; the celluclay (Papier-mâché) may take anywhere from one to 5 days to completely dry. Last night, I applied the celluclay to the base and here’s a comparison of the base from the start of the build to now. The light at the end of the tunnel is much brighter now, and this is the last component of the build. Once the celluclay dries, all that is left is the painting and weathering for the base which are some very quick steps in the overall scope of the project.
Aside from the added electronics and surface details, the basic build technique I use for dioramas or bases:
- Styrene sheets, rods, strips are used for structural details
- A basic surface of styrofoam, wood blocks, or in this case, a resin asteroid base is used for the main surface dynamics, the basic landscape for the base
- Plaster cloth is used to encompass everything as well as give a solid surface for the next layer
- Celluclay is used as the final texture or covering surface over the dried plaster cloth
- The final steps are paint, weathering, and any sort of ground works such as grass, sand, dirt, rocks, etc.
On to the build progression for this project’s base.