Here's the start of my next terrain items:
There will also be a marble and some putty involved.
Here's the next WIP. The other two have also gotten the dots filled, and the rightmost has lost the top as I wasn't happy with it.
What I'm doing are gorintōs, a sort of Japanese stupa, sort of a memorial stone.
They come in a variety of shapes, but generally five shapes on top of each other. Mine are a bit atypical, as I've only found a fairly limited supply of easily accessable shapes to play with. I might make some more shapes later.
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looks interesting, a simple idea that would add some lovely chaarcter to a table. i'm tempted to knock some up myself:) as there hasn't been a competition on here for a while, feel like a gorinto-off?
Never tell me the odds: Han Solo;)
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A gorintō-off? Against you? *gulp!*
I'll out-gorintô you yet!
Any other takers?
So, how do we go about this? Should we have any rules, or just go for it?
Another important question is; How does a Jwarese gorintō look? Does it have more or less the same symbols as a Japanese?
The Japanese often, but not always, follow the same basic structure, with each of the five shapes representing an element (which also symbolise gods and whatnot).
I don't think Jwarese have to be the same, nor does really all Japanese follow the same pattern.
If you look at my examples, and the big one on the foreground in the first picture of real ones, you'll see that they do not.
hmm, lots to think about, how about 5 gorinto, using the traditional style(void suits my cult) or inventing something new, finished by the end of the month, winner chosen by other forum members and staff, prize is bragging rights?
How does a Facebook poll and choice of wave 7 for the winner suit you?
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Woah! Escalated a bit there! But yes, that would be cool:)
Wow, that'd be nice, xoddsx!
Five gorintō, traditional Japanese or Jwarese, at the end of the month. Sounds very good!
(I've started casting quite a few, in good hard plaster, in molds made from oyumaru (a.k.a. InstantMold). I'll try to get some pictures up later. But I want a forest of them.)
WIP pictures are, while not mandatory, nice, I think! Few things are as inspiring - and if I can inspire someone I'm happy!
It's on like Donkī Kongu!
Is this contest open for others than Henrix and Greeny? It is a fun idea, I'm tempted to try my hand at making a few Gorintos!
Come on in, Yinkin!
If you think you have the Ki to out-gorintō us!
Ok I'll bite, although considering how little hobby I get done in an average week I doubt I'll make it XD.
Speaking of which, has anyone had any experience with air-hardening clay and making two-part moulds?
Seems like a bad combination. If you mean trying to mold airhardening clay it 'll hardly harden, as the mold probably stops much of the air coming in. And making a mold of clay is tricky, as it is stiff and hard to get the item out (unless, say, it's bronze and you destroy the mold, but I odubt you can cast bronze in airhardening clay at all).
We had some discussion about moldmaking a little while ago. Take a look, and ask some more there.
I'll probably get a progress update here later today (with some relevance to your question, actually).
Awesome stuff! I was lookign for some inspiration for terrain as I have a few tables to build for the Iron Dragon Tournament next month.
I was so inspired by this thread I only got as far as the first post before I was off scrounging parts and raiding my wifes sewing and bead supplies :)
Will post up some WiP shots tomorrow. Do the five have to be all together? Like on the same base? I've made seven but they are spread across two terrain pieces.
Cool, both of you! (I missed welcoming you, Leigen, as I was busy answering your question. Sorry!)
You know, it's great fun to be inspiring!
We don't have that much rules for this thing, and I don't think we really need them.
Five gorintōs, based any way you like, I'd say. Traditional Japanese or Jwarese (or untraditional, if you like), but still obviously gorintō.
Mine will be singly based. It makes for better terrain that way, in all honesty, but that's another discussion.
I was thinking about using the air-drying clay as the casting material, then using oyumaru to make a two-part mold. The idea being that the caly would be pretty sturdy, so I could get it out of a two-part mold fairly safely and let it air-dry as normal (or indeed do the same thing with air-dry clay as the mold and the casting material). I'm wondering if FIMO would make a good substitute...
Edit: also, thank you for the welcome!
Looking forward to seeing your results, as I could really use some tips, very new to this casting milarky!
(Leigen, if you could ask me the same question in the thread about casting, or a new one, I'll try to answer them. It's nice to have threads being about one thing. It makes stuff so much easier to find later on. Thanks!)
So, here's a bit of an update. Haven't done that much. Having a wisdom tooth ripped out really puts a damper on your creativity, as well as a hole in your mouth and wallet.
Being the madman I am I decided to make a load of little gorintōs. Like a whole graveyard full of them.
So I made some easy moulds in oyumaru. That stuff is really amazing, it took me very little time to do them. I had to redo a couple, but that's no problem. And I got some more expertise in mouldmaking.
Here are some of them:
And then I cast a couple in newly bought stone plaster.
And when I say a couple I mean about two dozen. It was like eating crisps, I couldn't stop.
So, there I was, with two dozen gorintōs. My plan was at first to make them rather simply, basically just base them and paint them, but now there's this gorintō-off going on, so I'll have to come up with something really clever. (Or, at least, something clever for being me.)
One reason I wanted to cast them was so that I could roughen up the texture a bit too look more like weathered stone. Good idea. Except that I used that newly bought stone plaster which turned out to be to hard. Hitting it with the business end of my steel brush didn't do much.
But I could maltreat it somewhat to get some sort of structure -except the topmost and middle bits. So, onto the next plan!
I decided that as the different pieces represent different elements (and/or Buddhist tenets), and those are represented by different colours (which seem not always to be the same in different sects/times/etc.) - why not build the thing out of different sorts of coloured stones!
Thus I tried to make different textures on the different pieces. Like this:
Next I'll paint it. And start on the next, there's still four to go!
Nice work!! I think you've convinced me that there is some value in that instamold stuff. I picked up one of pieces this morning and the gorintōs fell apart in my hands... doesn't bode well for trasnport!
Anyway, here's some WiP ... the gorintōs themselves...
great way to punish bad dice!!! :D
... and one of the two terrain pieces to feature them.
(I like the candy trail! Does it lead to a gingerbread cottage? )
As for me, I must respectfully bow out of the contest. I thought I had more time than I did, if I ordered the materials today they wouldn't arrive until the end of the contest, which combined with a music festival last weekend of July leaves me with very little leeway...
You win again reality >:-(
@Henrix: lol... yeah I know right. We have a whole fishtank worth of those horrid stones.
@Leigen Zero: Curse you reality!!
What did Ret-AdvanceOp learn today? Don't use marbles, or rough em up with sandpaper if you do. Well, I already knew that but was too keen to put some together. As a result, I've had to remake them 3 times so far :/
Sorry to hear that, Leigen.
Reality is to be avoided, it messes up plans. Many of my plans would be so much easier if not for that pesky reality! And just look at AdvanceOp's marbles - thanks to reality he's about to lose them.
What have I learned today? That I'm crap at painting red stones.
The small stones are so brightly colored... like ripe fruit... ripe fruit small stones... fruity pebbles, if you will...
Looks pretty awesome, though.
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I decided to give the multitextured one a bit of a rest and think it over. Not happy with it.
In the meantime I took another of my casts and massacred it with a knife. And added some paint.
Nice, Henrix! I bit more brown-colored than your reference pictures above, that are more grayish? But with some moss etc I bet it will look great. And perfect for Bikou to hide behind...
Not certain I've got it in me to scratch build 5, but I have buit a gigantic one which I will upload Pic's of shortly. Greeny saw it last night and seemed to like it.
You have inspired me. Let's see how it pans out
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That looks great Henrix. I love the cracked look you've carved in there. I guess thats one advantage of casting!
Here's some updated WiP of my terrain pieces for Iron Dragon. I'm at the pre-flock stage so grass and moss is yet to be added.The candy roads are gone. Sorry fellas :)
... and a close-up shot of one of the gorintōs.
So far so good on the breakages. I sanded the marble, and the plaster and paint seems to have given the gorintōs the extra contact surface area and hopefully strength.
crikey- I'm falling behind here! will stick a photo of the built ones up tonight, gonna have to pull my finger out!
It is a bit more grey than the photo shows, but I'll perhaps grey it down some more, Iztvan*. And there'll be some veggies on it, later on.
Looking good, AdvanceOp! (Though I'm almost sad to see the candy road gone.)
And looking ofrward to seeing your stuff, Jon & Greeny!
I don't really know why we're supposed to do five for the gorintō-off, really. It seems a bit odd to change the rules, but if we get more participants I'd gladly just make it best representation of Jwarese gorintōhood, or such.
How does that sound?
* And welcome! I look forward to getting thoroughly trashed by you again soon.
Jon's is truly the Gorinto of the apocalypse, as for me I'm a little behind everyone else, and my wife says they look like an army of Bertie Bassetts (for those of you who know who that is) but here they are so far- I've also made some Gorinto walls inspired by the photo's Henrix put up:)
need a top on a few of them, then some texturing:)
I'm trying to upload a pic of the uber-gorinto and getting the message "Module initiation error" anyone got any suggestions?.
Here it is:
I'm trying to pyrograph representative Kanji into it, but am not sure about how it loks so far.
Hope you like it.
Lots of fanciful gorintōs, Greeny! Love the walls.
Jon, that truly is a momentous gorintō.
Greeny, Bertie Bassets and candy roads... theres a theme here but it's got more to do with Hansel & Gretal than gorintōs :P They look great though. The wall is a great idea. Can't wait to see them painted up.
Jon, that is a truely monumental gorintō! I love it. I can see the kanji fine. Looks great and a great idea.
No photo updates from me today. I've spent most of my time working on a house for Ichio :) However, my Gorinto's are now flocked and drying. I'm off fishing tomorrow and demo'ing Bushido all day at a local games club Sunday but I will try to squeeze in some photo's.
Done! Here's my final shots of my gorintō pieces.
... and for a bit of scale here's Kenko practicing.
A real Japanese Jwarese feeling to it!
They are great AdvanceOp, wish we could make the tournament and play on some of this. I don't know why but your mention of training and the terrain made me think of Kickboxer, just need broken bamboo and bloody shins.
look cracking, setting the bar really high here!
okay, I'm almost done, just some more weathering to apply, but here's one WIP-
Looks very good, Greeny!
Where did you get those nice red flowers? Handmade?
Hmm, I'm falling behind here, haven't posted a WIP in almost a week. I'll try to catch up tomorrow.
Nice touch with the flowers Greeny. Looks great!
cheers, the flowers are tiny seafoam stems broken off one of my winter trees, with leaves made from dried willow catkins, glued on then painted red. wanted to see how easy making an Acer like plant would be. not that easy as it turned out:)
Seafoam and dried catkins - interesting! Perhaps not easy, but very pretty!
I've been lazy, but here are some of my gorintōs. Not even finished weathering them yet!
(Wonder if I'll do it the hard, for me new, or the tried and tested easier method. Hmmm.)
Beautiful colour on those. Looking fward to seeing them finished:-)
These are my efforts so far. Not sure I'll get them finished in time.
We'll have to see how it goes I suppose
Ohh, some interesting stuff you¨ve glued together there, Jon! Hope you'll be able to finish them!
I just got my special secret ingredient for a very special gorintō!
Let's see if I'll be able to finish it!
secret ingredient eh? sounds interesting!, I've been away for a few days, but in the nick of time here's my efforts anyway-
the full set:)
So thats me done, had a blast making them and they look great on the table, really looking forward to seeing Herix stuff now:)
Very nice, Greeny!
I'm running against the clock here to finish the last ones I want to use. But I'll put up the pictures later. (Isthe deadline 12 PM GMT? )
There we are! My five favourites all done and photographed. (Not happy with the photos, though, but they'll have to do.)
A group shot:
Here I tried to write the characters on each ring. I suppose I'm lucky it's not Japanese gorintōs we're doing.
And, lastly, and the hardest to take any good pictures of, the over-the-top kitschy blinged one.
For a couple of years I've had the notion that I should use an artificial "diamond" for something. (There's something inherently cool about high refractive indeces, as a friend puts it.) And seeing that the topmost bit on a gorintō is supposed to be shaped like a jewel.
So, this is it. The photo doesn't capture it at all. But it's nice in real life, and quite eyecatching.