Thursday, 16 February 2012

While waiting

I have finally ordered my replacement mouth set to the 3D printer i.materialise, along with a few props and will post  the pictures as soon as the parcel reaches me.

On the puppet modelling front, I had to face some misfortune... the clay shrunk, and, combined with the rigidity of the armature, some cracks have appeared around the feets and hands. My sister, who is, unlike me, a sculptor artist, warned me about the risk. Well, nothing that some miliput epoxy can't fix, but for those of you who are tempted by the adventure, make sure that you are using a clay that has 0% contraction on drying. So long for departing from the recommendation from so many wiser puppet maker. I will post a picture of the damage before I fix it later on this post.

Now, after the recent post I made on the AdventureGamer Top 100, here is another wonderful post that I stumbled upon, this time from EuroGamer, as a restrospective on Grim Fandango aptly named "Dead can dance". This paper flesh out (no pun intended) some very interesting aspect of the GF story and gameplay which I had almost forgotten about. They are pulling also some of the best lines from the dialog to drill their point. A little gem to read. Kind of make me want to play the game again!


  1. What kind of clay were you using? Generally, plasticine is used over clay since it's oil-based and doesn't dry out as quickly.

  2. I was using NewClay, "Claydium", which seems to be popular in the UK with some animators. That's what they stocked at when I ordered my animation armatures, so I picked this up to save on shipping.It's air drying, nylon reinforced, but it did not say if it was oil or water based.

  3. Give NewClay's "Newplast" a try. On their website, it says it's "The Animator's Choice. Non-drying, non-setting, high quality modelling material."

    Oddly enough, the Claydium is listed as "Reinforced air-drying modelling clay." Stop motion is problem solving, so you've just become wiser about stop motion production!

    1. Newplast seems to be design for claymation, hence the non-setting, non drying part. But I wanted to create a (hard) master shape for molding purpose... hence my choice for Claydium which is drying... only a bit too fast, and a bit too shrinking. I think next time I will try some plasticine as you advised. I can find some italian brands here in Thailand. So it won't be much trouble to give it a try when I get to cutting a suit for Celso!

  4. I love U! This is my favorite game all time high! Really looking forward to see what this project leads to.