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I was a bit in doubt about where to post my project, but I think this is the most suitable section. I apologize in advance, but there will be a lot to read, so make yourself comfortable ^^. (and sorry for the English ...) I decided to present it to you because finally the project physically started, albeit slowly, and I am beyond the planning stage. In theory I have all or at least enough material to work with and everything that was sent to me has arrived. Although I have it very clear in mind, there could be many differences between what one imagines and what one actually manages to achieve, so I hope that my inexperience on various materials and on crafting in general, even though I am a creative person, do not negatively affect the final result, for this I will also need your opinion and your experience, so feel free to comment and advise me or express your doubts about it. You may not know it, but I have a real weakness for monster musume and hybrids in general, demonesses and the like, but so far I have limited this passion of mine by adding horns and occasionally wings to my girls. Now is the time to roll up my sleeves and go further, trying my hand at creating something more daring from scratch. For this project of mine I decided to make a Lamia, or rather the half snake to be hooked instead of the legs to one of my Angel Philia. I state that I do not like permanent changes, so I will try, in making all this, to make it as less invasive and more accessory as possible. I tried to search online for any other similar projects, but I was not satisfied with what I found, especially in terms of length. Obviously, it is impossible to find something compatible with the Angel Philia / Pink Drops / VMF50. I based myself as a model on Miia, from the Monster Musume series: I don't want to necessarily recreate her as a character, but that's the kind of lamia I aim for as a result. Let's start with the measures ... Based on Miia's dakimakura ... whose declared length is 7 meters and by reporting the dimensions in Obitsu48 scale (for me 1: 3.5), 2 meters of overall length are obtained. By subtracting about 25 cm of body length from the pubis up, 175 cm of the serpentine part remains to be made. The project will therefore be divided into 3 parts: Skeleton, body and skin. Phase 1 - SKELETON: This part is finally over (I hope). I obviously needed something long, modular and flexible. I thought for a long time how to make the skeleton, initially I thought that I would have to buy an unspecified number of Obitsu components by combining a whole series of backs I don't know how ... Then I moved on to consider specific Lego pieces: specifically those for the limbs of the Hero Factory model lines, but beyond the fact that they do not allow a complete rotation in every direction, it must also be said that it is not exactly an economic solution. Then one day I was browsing on the Parabox website, just looking at the components for the skeleton and my eye fell on this section ( https://paraboxshop.jp/index_en_jpy_214.html I was initially oriented to buy the L spool (although in hindsight I can say that size M is better), but it was sold out, very expensive and 7 meters was a bit too much. But this was the way! So I searched for something similar for a long time and finally, on Amazon, I found what I was looking for in the section that I least expected: plumbing. And here we are, after an initial erroneous purchase of a HUGE size, with 6 sections of 30 cm of modular, articulated hydraulic pipes, which none, NONE of the buyers use as hydraulic pipes XD (for photography, to make lamps, etc.). The interesting discovery is that the hole in the part with the screw was the precise size (8 mm) of the Obitsu skeleton, unfortunately I was unable to use this to my advantage. Here is another photo always with one foot to show the size of the single tube: Removed all the intermediate parts and joined (with relative simplicity, I was afraid they were harder) the various sections, here you get a single tube of about 175 cm. Perfect. Now it is only necessary to understand how to join the tube to the parts of the pelvis / thighs ... I initially thought about using other pipe parts, such as Y-fittings, etc., but in the end I decided to make the connection piece myself. Searching around I gathered some potentially useful material: Eventually in size and shape, the candidates boiled down to these pieces here: I started to take some measures and to make a project draft a little more serious, taking into consideration some variations: And then drill, saw and file: Since the materials did not allow welding, I fixed everything with plenty of two-component epoxy glue: This solution, however, proved to be not very strong, because the components of the skeleton did not remain properly stuck (and metal on plastic tends to wear out the interior), I also find the use of glue inelegant ... so I thought of a version 2: First of all I included in the project the use of magnets on the inside of the thigh in order to magnetically fix the joint, then a double nut for fixing the bolts. So again drill, saw and file, this time it turned out better, sharper and cleaner: and after thinking about the least invasive of the solutions, I ended up gluing a neodymium magnet inside each thigh: For the record, I also made another version using two-component glue, because in case the weight is excessive or the component is too high due to the extra nuts I will have an alternative, even if I like it less. Final results: Also mounting the abdomen: Indeed, the weight in certain poses collapses the structure and obviously we must also be careful of the center of gravity, but in the end I think I reinforce everything by inserting a long piece of wire inside the tube. Phase 2 - BODY: For the body, I immediately thought of a material that was solid enough to maintain its shape, but at the same time soft so as to exert pressure on the tube that passes through it, thus remaining in position. For all these characteristics I found the use of expanded polyethylene packaging perfect. I took some measurements based on a type H abdomen (H2 in this case) defining a width of 8 cm and a depth of 4 cm and cutting out some test pieces (2 cm deep): Considering that a snake, or in this case a lamia, does not have a round section, but flattened on the belly and curved on the back, I created this shape: But I'm not sure it's the final form. The belly of an AP is much more prominent than her genitals and I don't want to cover them, likewise a bit of a butt must be seen (I'll go through it a bit), but I'm afraid it's still shallow as a section, maybe I should increase to 5.5 cm and possibly sculpt a part similar to two joined thighs, less deep, for the section directly under the abdomen, as seen in Miia's drawing ... Advice on this? Obviously as you get closer to the end of the tail the section will shrink in at least 2 steps and I plan to finish with a long, conical-like final piece for the tip of the tail. The result for now is this: PHASE 3 - SKIN: For leather I searched on Aliexpress and found these PVC faux snakeskin rolls, 0.8mm thick. Having various colors available I came up with the idea of making the belly of a different color as in the illustration so I bought 140 cm x 100 cm of red leather and 140 x 50 of pink leather. The intention is to cover each section of the body by wrapping the faux leather around it, first the belly from A to B, then the rest from C to D, like this: Obviously the part will be longer than the body section, and with ad hoc cuts so that each section of skin fits into the previous one and bends following the body. I still don't know if I will glue it all (I have already tried with mastic and it holds perfectly) or if I will put some clips so that I can take them off and on, but it seems very cumbersome as a solution. Everything is still being evaluated, even here your advice is welcome. The main problem is that the pattern of this skin (which I liked because it included the belly part) is likely to be too short to go around the full body section, unless there are special cuts to think about. For now, therefore, I will continue to take care, slowly, of the body. I will update you along the way hoping that the whole project does not end in failure :\ Until next time!
ParacosmDoll posted a topic in Doll Character ConceptsWhen you’ve got multiple floating heads without bodies but still think it’s a good idea to start yet another project XD I decided to create these two girls’ characters while I was having a bit of a stressful time trying to complete my multitude of assessment tasks for my Masters that were all due at the same time. I’m the type of person that can’t shut down my brain and it just kept going around in circles and driving me mad so I decided to draw, thinking it would take my mind off work for a little while. Thus Sayumi and Shiori were born! Every time I felt the stress creep in too much I’d sit down and draw little sketches of them and it was just a fun way of switching off. The more I drew them the more I wanted to turn them into dolls so now that I’ve completed this semesters work and am on a break I thought; why the heck not? I’ve just ordered their heads tonight so thought I might as well create (yet another) thread here! Meet Sayumi and Shiori! Sayumi is my Yami Kawaii/Menhera cyclops girl. She comes across quite cool and unfriendly to most people but she’s actually just pretty shy and is uncomfortable being around a lot of people. Despite her shyness she has a habit of standing up for people who are being bullied (despite never standing up for herself) and ends up in fights which is why she is more often than not always covered in injuries and bandages. It doesn’t bother her though since it adds to her Yami Kawaii/Menhera style. It does unfortunately make her seem even more intimidating to those around her so she doesn’t really have any friends. That is until she meets an equally shy and eccentric girl by the name of Shiori… Shirori is my Fairy Kei clad human/cyclops hybrid girl. She has a third eye on her forehead which she is blind in; a genetic defect due to being a human/cyclops hybrid. She has a hidden much bubblier and cheerful side that comes out when she pretends to be a magical girl, a pastime she keeps secret and is a bit embarrassed about. She wears cute Fairy Kei clothes as a subtle acknowledgement of her childishly fun pastime. Outwardly though she is painfully shy and doesn’t talk much which has resulted in her being isolated by her peers, being half-human certainly hasn’t helped with the issue. This all changes when she meets the cool but very kind and brave Sayumi… ~*~*~ Obviously a lot of modding is going to be required here and below is how I’m hoping to mod them, along with a rough idea of what I want their face ups to look like. Here’s hoping I can pull it off! Sayumi's head is a Parabox Hime Ane and Shiori's is a Parabox Sleeping Princess. Clothing wise as mentioned above Sayumi will wear Yami Kawaii/Menhera and Shiori will wear Fairy Kei. At the moment my primary focus will be modding and painting them once they’ve arrived. If they turn out I’ll then work on buying their wigs and making their eyes. Then the saving for their bodies and clothes will begin. They’ll be the last vinyl project I start work on for a while since I need to focus on getting my other floating heads their bodies (this includes from my resin family too!)