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Like, but not the Bladerunner
Stickframe
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Posted: Saturday, January 06, 2018 - 08:36 AM GMT+7
Hi gents, happy new year to all!

Sorry about my slow response on this, and thanks each of you for having a look! I will eventually actually finish this - but, first want to finish what's on the bench now. I managed to get a lot tired of this project - honestly, I was/am surprised that it actually came together as it has. So - no excuses, I just have to get back to it.
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Hi guys - I reread this and realized I didn't mention thanks to three of you for comments - sorry!!

Hi Peter - I think the trench coat guy is from MAIM - not sure at this point!

Hi Dave - yes, about all the people - it took a long time to collect them all! In the movie there are lots of people on the street - which makes an urban place look urban! So, anytime I saw a basically "acceptable" looking fig on sale, I picked him or her up! Not at once - would cost too much for me!

Mike - yes! As you've provided a lot of good ideas to this build all along, you're points are great - the fog/smoke - as I mention next to Tom, yes...but how to do it to look "right" - essentially like other things, how to get the smoke or fog to scale and lingering and not just puffs of smoke....hmmm? And yes, the spotlights...I don't know how to do that either....?? Good challenge tho! Thanks!
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Tom, hi, and thanks for taking the time, and leaving the idea! Now...I need to start smoking!! Haha - I might try one way or other to do what you've suggested!

Hi Dan, thanks for leaving a note! The words are appreciated! This can get a bit slow going....

Hi Jerry, first, thanks for asking about the NorCal fires - I haven't looked at this post in a long time...! I'm sorry that I didn't reply before. And, yes, it's a big mess in Santa Rosa - really bad for many folks. My mom and dad were evacuated from their nhood for two weeks! Fires burned along three out of four sides of their nhood. Thankfully, they're fine - but garden was covered in ash and very wind blown - looked like a hurricane blew through and the house was engulfed with smoke! The city is just now getting cleaned up. Thanks again for asking, Jerry

Hi Warren - thanks for the encouragement - it helps!

Hi Jan, welcome back to Armorama! I fully agree with you on the benefits of this site and it's community! I check out many of the Kitmaker forums - there are so many great projects going - a really nice resource! - lots to be learned, and to be inspired by - including the work of Jerry R (above)!

Thanks again for having a look, and yes, I will finish this!

Cheers and Happy New Year!
Nick




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Posted: Friday, January 05, 2018 - 10:54 AM GMT+7
I have not been on Armorama in ages. Your diorama makes it SO worthwile coming back. I really enjoyed the whole process from A to Z. Congrats!
Have a wonderful new year!
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Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 01:31 PM GMT+7
Really nice watching this come together.
Looks awesome.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 11:30 AM GMT+7
Where ya been man ?? Fighting fires maybe ? Pretty bad out there on the left coast. Awful in fact.
J
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Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 04:26 AM GMT+7
Wow.....just...just.....wow



Dan
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Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 07:43 AM GMT+7
Just incredible.
If you want to add smoke or fog I know Sep Paine did it for photos by blowing some cigarette smoke through a straw.
Tom
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Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 05:18 AM GMT+7
Nick - everything is looking great!

I know you don't need ANOTHER suggestion but here goes anyway. Next time you do a night shoot how 'bout letting some of that SF fog (cigarette smoke) roll into the studio to make things even more "atmospheric"? Maybe just around the upper floors of the buildings.

And searchlights - it seems that Blade Runner had lots of tight beam moving searchlights. (Not sure why as they did not seem to be looking for anything/anyone.)
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Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 04:29 AM GMT+7
Nick
Great to see you still chugging along on this outstanding project.
Nothing like a heavily populated dio (figures and bldgs, vehicles, street debris etc) that can still tell a story.
Your efforts are well worth it bc this a treat for us to view.

Cheers
Dave
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Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 12:27 PM GMT+7
Looks super, Nick. Where did you get the guy in the trenchcoat?
Stickframe
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Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 11:51 AM GMT+7
Hi guys - thanks for having a look, and taking a few minutes to leave a line or two!

I think I will eventually finish this. I think most of the model work is done - I've added one or two more key figures, but also made some changes - I tore out a building/bridge that crossed the street - I think it was getting claustrophobic, or, I was wrong! It's now gone in either case! As to what's left, each building is wired, but the leads are dangling - I need to make a wiring harness and provide two power sources - easy enough, right....? In this case it probably won't be that hard to do, but it's just tedious and I don't feel like doing it! It will happen tho -

Hi Joe - funny you'd mention the guy in the trench coat - he's real, but for such a simple (no camo, nothing fancy about him at all) he looks pretty realistic - which is good as he's in the middle of the action - thanks for dropping by!

Hey Mike - good to hear from you! Well, I'm glad the staging seems to be working - I tried to keep in mind all the "dio rules"....yeah - but, at least things you can see on the build have a purpose - the buildings for mood, the vehicles for interest - and, thanks! The figures interacting, which I've found to be easier in concept than application.

Hi Jerry - thanks for the nice words - I really appreciate them - it's taken me many mediocre attempts at figures to get them into the realm of credible!!! And, you were right long ago - practice sure helps....I'm working on it!!

Hi Tim - I know you've got a real eye for making convincing builds! Thanks!....and about those tires....you're right - but I'm not sure at this point how to change them...everything is glued down and while a huge build, there's not much hand arm room left in there....TBD...maybe I'll figure something out - ? Thanks for stopping in!

Hi Cheyenne - fellow constructor of big projects!! Hmmm, the new Bladerunner....maybe my 2018-20 project!! Lol - thanks!

Hi Joe - thanks for leaving some thoughts - yeah, the process is fun - in this case getting the "feel" at least close was a process by itself! But, that has kept this interesting! Maybe that's why I'm not that eager to wrap up the wiring - then, it's done - and off to the land of forgotten dios it will go!

Thank for having a look - happy model building!

Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 05:27 AM GMT+7
Just came across this and I'm lovin the process, incredible!!!
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Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 09:30 PM GMT+7
Very , very cool Nick , outstanding work everywhere on this .
These pics tell a thousand little stories from the overall mural of the dio .

Cool .

Now all ya gotta do is watch the new Bladerunner movie and build something off that ..............................
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Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 12:34 PM GMT+7
Well there goes what’s left of the thesaurus flying out the window – just sick, Nick, sick everywhere. What’s left to wire – traffic signals/streetlights?
PS those fat t*res on the AFV...teeny bit more road-wear/dust like you’ve got on the guard’s ride perhaps?


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Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:49 AM GMT+7
Wow ! Man o man this is getting freekishly good ol buddy. The figs are great.
J
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Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:43 AM GMT+7
Awesome update, Nick! ... SO much to take in! Your attention to subject interaction really makes this scene work beautifully!

Cheers!🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺+🍺
—mike
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Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:16 AM GMT+7
I swear I thought the guy in the trenchcoat was Photoshopped in.

That's amazing.
Stickframe
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Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 10:44 AM GMT+7
Hi model builders - Hopefully you're not all in too much shock over seeing this build reemerge, with some slight progress! Finally dealing with the security guys posted above, but, now installed!

As it's been a long while, maybe a concept update date is in order - yes, loosely inspired by the movie Bladerunner - in this setting, some security guys in hot pursuit of a stolen futuristic AFV - whose thief-drivers have lost control on the city street - and slammed into a concrete pylon- they've run down the block and are waiting to ambush the guys chasing them down - the crowd is gathering to see what the heck is going on!

I'm still sick of wiring, so that is still not getting finished!

Please take a look:

















so its getting there - what you can't see in the images above, are the 'bad guys" around the corner - or a lot of the rest of the scene. Now that it's been a while since I last saw this...wow - there's a lot going on! lol -

who knows? ideally done before 2018!!

Cheers

Nick



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Posted: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 02:30 PM GMT+7
Hi guys - Dan, Dave, and Mike - thanks for checking it out -

Dan, glad you enjoy the work, and hope some of it's helpful -

Dave...yeah, about the Giants this year.....not great! Your Nats doing much better - I hate to say...haha

Hi Mike- yep...you nailed it - all...nothing to add!

You'll see over in dios i just posted a finished build...I'm running out of excuses for not finishing this one -

thanks for checking it out - cheers

Nick
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Posted: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 08:05 AM GMT+7
Life always seems to get in the way. Also boredom sets in which can lead to other new and exciting builds!

Hope all is well.

Mike
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Posted: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 07:34 AM GMT+7
Nick,

I was thinking of this and you when I was watching the Nats in SF. Hope all is well.

Long live the Doors.

Dave
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Posted: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 02:07 AM GMT+7
So many things to learn from the master of the build. Thanks for taking the time to point out interesting parts of the build, tips and techniques.

Love the set!
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Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 03:14 PM GMT+7
Thank you for the tips Nick!

Cheers
Stickframe
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Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 02:17 PM GMT+7
Hi Dave and Dave - yes, thanks for the encouraging words! I'll get back to, and finish this build!

Hi Jorge - thanks! As to the concrete, I cast them using hydrocal - it's similar to plaster but harder. As for the color, I squirt a couple of shots of Vallejo Camo Grey into the batch when I'm making it. In addition to getting a decent color, as its integrated with the hydrocal you can get away with a chip or two and no "bright white" jumps out. Finally, once the material is just about set I spray on, and brush in a wash of alcohol and India ink - this is a model rr technique used for aging materials - usually bass wood. For this, it works great - give it a try!

Thanks for taking some time to leave some comments!

Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 04:37 AM GMT+7
Hello, Great job!!! I have a question for you: what color did you use to paint the concrete barriers?

Cheers!
Jorge
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Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 04:27 AM GMT+7
Well nick,
Stay safe on your travels. I'm sure you will find the inspiration to get this done at a point later, even if you must deal with the dreaded wiring. The work you must do to complete this build may be the hardest to get it completed but only do it when you have the inspiration so you don't trash all that you have done so far.

Dave