Thursday, May 20, 2010

Conquest of the Return of the Planet of the Apes


Cornelius/Caesar is finished at last! I ended up extending the layout somewhat..adding another ruined pillar. (made from a piece of plastic tubing and detailed with Milliput).


Ironically, the face didn't take as long as I thought it would...his tunic, however, took many coats of paint to create an even colour without blemishes. I had fun painting the ruins around him...the grass etc came from my stash of train-set vegetation painted to blend in with the overall colour scheme. I used DAS modeling compound for the main 'sand' texture on the base followed by a sprinkling of crushed chalk pastels for the finer grade sand.


 

9 comments:

Jeffrey Scott Arnold said...

Beautiful. I like how you corrected the footwear, added the scroll, and the vegetation. The hues in his face are warm and nicely done! BTW, you mentioned using some chalk dust for the sand texture. How did you affix it to the base?

Oh, and nice pillar!

Neil T. Foster said...

Looks fantastic, and your earlier Ursus is very nice too. Good to see that there's another Apes fan in this neck of the woods as well!

Pete Mullins said...

Thanks for the nice comments. Jeff, I crushed up some of the chalk, then sprinkled it onto the base without glue. I then gave it a generous spray of testors matte spray. It seems to stay fixed there.

Pete Mullins said...

Yeh Neil... I grew up with the Apes. I still find that world compelling. Old Apes fans never die... They just get hairier.
Where are you based? Here in Oz?

Neil T. Foster said...

Well hairier in some places maybe but less hairy on top for me these days. ;-)
Yep I'm in Oz, out at Basin Pocket (near Ipswich) still mad about Apes and still drawing pictures of them after all these years!

Jeffrey Scott Arnold said...

So did you hear the news about the Apes prequel? I have mixed feelings...

Pete Mullins said...

Yeh Jeff, I have heard that news.
The apes are going to done CG-style.Yaawwnnn...

Leave the bloody thing F#$@ing alone I say!!
I really don't trust the current crop of 'movie geniuses' to get something like that right.
Besides, the Apes really is 'of a time' I'm not really sure a modern retelling of it would add anything.
Maybe I'm just an old grump about such things.

retromancy said...

Looks great - I'm with you about remaking some movies - the phrase "it's not you fathers/grandfathers ...insert classic movie concept here" - really bugs me - it usually means they have updated painstaking model work to CGI, made it campy, when the original was only campy in retrospect, and drain all the joy out of a beloved concept and replace it with action because they think kids can't concentrate nowdays - oops better not rant too much, only wanted to say I really love seeing your model work.

Jeffrey Scott Arnold said...

You're not alone in those sentiments. The viewer will be asked to continuously clear the hurdle that CG repeatedly presents-- it doesn't look real. Every time an ape appears, we'll see it and say, "Oh, it's another computer-generated phony-looking creature. Guess I gotta pretend it's real and get back to the story."

Which will remind us, over and over, that it IS a story, thus making not a very successful one.