26 Jun 2011

How to make a Cyborg...

And now, something completely different... The biggest mini I´ve ever painted ( and sculpted ). This time I decided to post about something interresting, that´s going on at my workplace. I work at the City Theater as a metal and wood artisan... mostly building scenery for the plays. So...We have this Sci-fi (kind of) play coming at fall, and the set designer gave me an iterresting project to work with... "Build a real size cyborg marionette, that looks like it has been few decades at the bottom of the sea..." She gave me quite free hands to work with it. So I just started to draw pictures, and cut and weld some recycled metal pieces I found from the theater carage and at my workshop. I took little pieces from dumped computers and all the crap that looked like... a part of cyborg. I also cut a piece from a mannekin dummy to build the boobs :) Here´s few pics...

 Working on a spine and arms... I tried to make the joints move like real arms do. Plastic hands are from old life support dummy. Some pieces of arms are from cleaners old extending mop.

I hammered some iron bars agains the anvil abit... made good ribs. Also working on the wrist joints...

Workin with the head here... The mask was made by our "wizards of all things" department... It´s made on a mold of one of our actors face, and I think it looks great. Reminds me of Halloween movies abit :) I just sculpted some foam bits and hotglued them on a styrofoam head. And then added in lots of recycling crap and old power cords.

I added some cloth and lots of smaller details on the body... and finished the arms.

Welded the legs together from scrap metal... Joints also work in the legs. They move pretty much like the real thing. This is "I gotta go to the toilet" posing, I guess...

In this picture the metalworks of the Cyborg is quite ready, and I have made some painting experiments on it... I´m going to add some more "sea bottom crap" on it, and paint it again... this is just experimental paintjob.  Cyborg has a history of many employments... one of them as a crash test dummy. Thats why the logo on the hand and sholder.

Close up of the unfinished paint job... :) Black undercoat (with some saw dust, sand and carpet glue in it), then few different browns to build a rust effect on...

Close up on the chest details... the rusted plates on shoulders and sides are made of pieces of leather. I just hot glued them on the dummy, and added some rivets on them.

That´s all I got this time... I get back with the Cyborg project after the summer, because I have other projects under construction at this point, and the Cyborg is at the street level window of our theater all summer, so I cant get my hands on it now... :(  If you visit here at summer time, go and see her :)  Bye now!


  1. That... is... awesome.. Nuff said.

  2. Indeed ... that is friggin amazing!! Whoa!!

  3. Thnx! I´m glad you like it :)