Guardian of Forever Visual Effects miniature

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by PixelMagic, Dec 2, 2017.

  1. PixelMagic

    PixelMagic Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    This is my first completely scratch built "model." I carved it from extruded foam and painted it to look like rock with Vallejo acrylic paints. I plan to also build a partial environment around it and do a miniature VFX shot with it. Always wanted to do a miniature shot, but haven't had the chance. Should be fun.

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  2. Cyfa

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    Wow! That looks really well done. It has me wondering whether the Guardian ever looked new, or if it always had a battered and worn exterior?
     
  3. publiusr

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    I have this idea that it was once perfectly round--made by the same folks who had the Doomsday machine maybe?

    Speaking of a Doomsday Machine--how about that next?
     
  4. PixelMagic

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    It's part of the same project, but will need to be CGI.
     
  5. Raul

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    Well done !!!
     
  6. 137th Gebirg

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    Naw, man, all you need is a windsock dipped in concrete and red Christmas lights! :D
     
  7. Redfern

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    I puzzled over Norman Spinrad's description of the filming miniature for a long time, thinking such a construction technique would make it absurdly heavy. But what Spinard said was, "...dipped in cement..." The word in this case is probably not the synonym for concrete but rather something akin to "rubber cement", an adhesive.

    Personally, I still suspect the filming model was actually chicken wire covered in cooking foil and possibly an outer layer of lighting gels (thin sheets of colored translucent plastic). The color balance of the footage was adjusted, supersaturated, to give it that strangely alien hue.
     
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  8. 137th Gebirg

    137th Gebirg Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    Huh, I hadn't thought about that but, yes, you're quite right - in the modeling world cement can mean a number of different things.
     
  9. PixelMagic

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    One of the columns now finished.

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  10. 137th Gebirg

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    Nicely done!
     
  11. Scribble

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  12. Kaiser

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    Very well made :) Any info on what happened to one from TOS?
     
  13. PixelMagic

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    Just a small update. I've started on the brick wall next to the Guardian. Just gotta paint it now.

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  14. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    Like this maybe?

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    Beautiful work on the models. It takes a ton of talent to do something like that from scratch.
     
  15. XFozzboute

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    For some reason I keeping thing of Stonehenge from This Is Spinal Tap. Fantastic work. You are one hell of a talent.
     
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  16. Kor

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    Very nice. What is the size/scale? Can you pair this with any Trek action figures?

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  17. PixelMagic

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    It's about 1/15th scale. I'm not sure if it could pair with any Trek figures. I actually don't plan on keeping any of these pieces after filming.
     
  18. PixelMagic

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    I finished the "hero" elements of the Guardian of Forever. The gate itself, the bricks, and also the column next to it. Now I just have to make lots of rocks and ground cover.

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  19. Scribble

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    Some would say this is good, some would say this is bad, but in my opinion, this is GREAT! Yours look BETTER than the subjects they were modeled after!
     
  20. 137th Gebirg

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    Agreed. Perfect replica. Well done!
     
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