I am a robot. At least, I can be robot coloured if I try... - Tactical Ninja
Aug. 9th, 2013
09:59 am - I am a robot. At least, I can be robot coloured if I try...
Today I am finally starting to feel better. No more wacky temperatures, a desire to eat something other than ice cream, and a cough that'd make any self-respecting farmer want to drench me for lungworm are the order of the day today. It's a relief. And apart from the possibility of having to wrestle sheep tomorrow, I have another three days to get fully well.
Looking out the window, I may even get a reprieve from the sheep. Also, I am a bit scared of what'll happen when I go back to the gym. It's now been over a week since I trained. Will I have lost much ground? I hope not. I guess the very fact that I'm thinking of training is good news, right?
I realise that my blog lately has been almost exclusively about the Regalia of Weisshaupt project, and that that probably isn't everyone's cup of tea. That's ok, it won't last forever and then I'll go back to my usual mix of bullshit, ranting and sheep pics. Meanwhile, this is the most ambitious project I've undertaken in such a condensed period of time, and I want a record for myself of what was involved. Eventually I'll probably start a separate blog for this sort of project, but meanwhile, you get regaled with my artistic obsessions. Lucky you.
Yesterday I progressed the scalemail to 75% - that means 6 of the 8 required strips are done and sewn on to the tabard. I'll do another today and another tomorrow and that'll be finished. I also completed all work on the knee guards/greaves and dubbined them. They are done. I prepared the leather straps to go around the arms of the jacket, and then got to dremel-sanding the armour for its last time.
*cue celebration as tats puts away the gesso and the dremel*
And then I coloured the armour. As mentioned before, I'm using Rub 'n' Buff, which is a wax-based alternative to paint that comes out to a metallic finish. Here's how it goes:
First, get your bit of stuff to be coloured:
See that tiny tube? That's 15ml of Rub 'n' Buff. It costs $15 a tube, but that wee tube did almost all of my armour. I literally took two tiny squeezes from the second tube to finish. So price wise, it's comparable to using spray paint. Whether it's less messy is debatable. Also, that raggy looking cloth will come into play later.
Next step, squeeze a tiny bit out onto your finger:
As you can see it doesn't just get on your finger, it gets on everything it touches. I think it'd be fairly easy to coat yourself entirely in this stuff if you weren't careful. Luckily, it comes off with soap and water and a bit of scrubbing.
Then you spread the wee blob as far as it'll go on the piece of armour:
That bit isn't spread as far as it'll go - it will go about twice as far if you work at it. And from what I understand of this stuff, this step is the most important. One of the biggest complaints about Rub 'n' Buff is that it comes off. And because it's a wax, it's hard to seal (although I understand some folks have had good results with floor polish). The thing is, it's a wax. So it works like car wax - if you don't give it the elbow grease when you're applying it and do the Buff part properly (with the raggy looking cloth), there'll be uncured residue left over and this is what comes off. So it's in the interest of a good job to really spread that stuff as far as it'll go. Luckily for me I'm a stingy arse so it got the full treatment, and as far as I can tell I've no real residue left over.
Here's some I prepared earlier:
Done! All in less than an hour, and will little to no cleanup required. Next step: weathering. Guess what I'll be doing today?
I am also going to drag my sorry arse to Fidels for a while, because one of rivet's friends from Melbourne is over and would like to catch up with some burners. I'm pretty sure I'm past being contagious, but I don't know how long I'll last.
And at some point, I should probably eat a vegatable.