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Making Magmax by DragonsAndBeasties Making Magmax by DragonsAndBeasties
Thought it's be kinda neat to show you guys how Magmax was built! I meant to take more progression photos but kinda forgot to along the way. I was pretty absorbed in this guy. But you can see the building process a bit at least. He took a LOT of planning. I had to make sure he didn't start out too bulky, or his plating would turn him fat by the end! His armature is probably the strongest I've ever made. Making standing dragons without a base definitely is a lot more work. Gotta get them all balanced, and keep them standing solidly after baking. No one wants a wobbly dragon!

The entire body started out yellow actually, and then I made long thin skinner blends from red to yellow and blended the yellow edge into the existing color. Skinner blends are kind of a pain in the butt, and take a lot of practice to get right, but I think I'm getting the hang of them. I actually messed up several times trying to get these just right, but once I finally did it, it was worth the frustration. :XD:

The plating took hoooours. I think I was plating dragons in my dreams for a solid week while I was making him. The lava rock texture was achieved using an old toothbrush, and then going back and making tiny divets in varying sizes and depths with a couple small ball tools. Very painstaking, but the effect is awesome! I actually experimented with salt at first, as I'd read it could be used to make lava rock beads. It worked pretty well, but was super messy, difficult to place on such small plates, and hard to dissolve afterwards, so I decided making my own divets by hand was better.

It got a bit hard to keep track after while, but I estimate he took around 40+ hours to complete. O_o

Magmax is currently up for auction on Ebay for anyone interested. The auction ends Sunday evening (Oct. 6th)…
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DashTheFlyingDog 3 days ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
how did you blend the clay that way?
ElfIthilwen Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so amazing and cool looking!!! Love it!!
dragonlover219 Mar 7, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
will you excuse me for saying this is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Scan it in 3D and 3D print more! You can get the full price for the design... It is beautiful!!!
JillieJellie Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love when artists, such as yourself, show steps to the final project. I helps everyone who is trying to learn and keep them from flopping on their faces when they attempt something so advanced. This is perfect because it gives us a general idea of how the whole thing came to be, but you didn't show EVERY step so that leaves our imagination open still to trying new techniques!
Again, thank you.
GhostRiderWolf Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
He is SO adorable ;w; 
wlfmoon-arizona Jan 14, 2014  Professional
that is so awesome!
Gragaza147 Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
do you make these out of sculpy?
HolliesHobbies Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is AMAZING! And thank you for showing the process, very interesting!
RalleyZero Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Even just the first stage is beautiful! Wow.
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