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Orc WarLord Helmet WIP 7 SKS Props by SKSProps
Orc WarLord Helmet WIP 7 SKS Props
So lets get into this painting process. After the etching primer has dried I spray the helmet with Rustoleum metal flat Soft Iron. This give a nice dark but metallic bast to the entire piece. After that dries I strategically highlight spray some flat Antique Nickel here and there. After these two have been applied I move onto hand painting the rest of the helmet. I start with a wash of Liquitex Mars Black. Using a mop brush I make sure that the paint gets into all of the little cracks and detail areas. Taking a round head brush I will also start to take less water downed paint and buildup the dark areas. To speed up the drying process I use a Hello Kitty hair dryer that I stole from my daughter, this will also help keep some of the splatter effects from getting wiped away. The build up process is created using multiple Liquitex acrylics in specific orders. I went to school for illustration and had lots of color theory classes to really find out what it takes to make something look natural. For instance before I add any of the rust colors I highlight areas of the mask with Light Blue Violet, and Chromium Oxide Green. Then I paint thin layers of Bronze Yellow and Iridescent Bronze mixed together this give the bronze yellow a metallic finish. Iridescent Copper is used as the final layer before the Rust colors are applied. By adding these colors in this order it give the metal a weather patina finish. The rust colors are built up in layers as well, but I use less water to thin the paint. I dry brush Raw Sienna as a base then slowly mix in Cadmium Yellow until I get the desired finish. A highlight of Bright Silver is final layer on the exposed metal.

I'll be posting the painting progress on the horns next.

You can see more of the build on my Facebook prop page  www.facebook.com/StevenKSmithP…
and my build thread on the Replica Prop Forum www.therpf.com/showthread.php?…

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Orc WarLord Helmet WIP 6 SKS Props by SKSProps
Orc WarLord Helmet WIP 6 SKS Props

Started the painting process on my Orc Warlord helmet. Instead of sealing the thermoplastic with wood glue like everyone else does I decided to use an automotive self etching primer directly on the TerraFlex and resin cast bits. This layer will dry for an entire day just to make sure it has a decent chance to attach firmly to the material. Having the primers neutral matte color really helps the helmets details start to pop.


You can see more of the build on my Facebook prop page  www.facebook.com/StevenKSmithP…
and my build thread on the Replica Prop Forum www.therpf.com/showthread.php?…

Orc WarLord helmet concept art SKS Props by SKSProps
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Orc WarLord Helmet WIP 5 SKS Props by SKSProps
Orc WarLord Helmet WIP 5 SKS Props
** People have been asking about the bubbles and yes I wanted to leave the air bubbles in the Terraflex. I actually took the time to create more to give the lower jaw some texture. I made them by heating up the material and moving/pinching it until I got the desired effect **

Teeth and Details. Just like Worbla to make the teeth I took scrap Terraflex heated it up and mashed into a rough shape. Then I took leather shears and cut it down to a point, again while it is still warm to the touch. After heating up the jaw a bit I was able to stick the tooth onto the jaw and hold it in place until it had cooled down a bit and held firmly. To make the spikes I used my Astrid spike silicone mold and quickly cast up enough to do the job. No sense in making extra work for myself I attached them to the helmet by heating it up just a bit and gluing them in place with Locktite superglue. After all of the teeth and spikes were in place I went back with my metal tools and touched up some of the overlapping TerraFlex.


You can see more of the build on my Facebook prop page  www.facebook.com/StevenKSmithP…
and my build thread on the Replica Prop Forum www.therpf.com/showthread.php?…

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Steven K Smith
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Steven K Smith (SKSProps) is a freelance illustrator and prop maker based outside of Kansas City, Missouri.  Steven had been a freelance illustrator for 15 years working on newspapers, magazines, and over 35 children's books.  In 2012 he put his artistic abilities to a new medium, creating cosplay props and costumes from famous video games.  He is now known worldwide for his skill in bringing pixels to props for multiple popular video games.  The creation that started it all was the Borderlands Psycho Bandit mask and their iconic weapon the Buzz Axe.  His Borderlands props are featured on numerous "geek" websites like dudeiwantthat.com, laughingsquid.com and thisiswhyimbroke.com.  Currently his Borderlands Psycho props are being used in 2 live action fan films. One of which is the highly anticipated Jacks Exodus distributed by Manifest Films.   
Besides his props he was featured in 2014 on geeksaresexy.com as one of this years top male cosplayers to check out.  His props and creations were recognized at Crypticon and at the Makers Faire in KC, Missouri.  He won blue ribbons as a Maker of Merit at the 2013 and 2014 Makers Faire by having one of the most talked about and enjoyed booths on their exit poles.  In 2013 he was seen on 2 different episodes of the popular Syfy tv show Heroes of Cosplay, wearing his traditional Borderlands Psycho costume.  He was also interviewed about his props at this convention by the lovely  Chloe Dykstra, for her youtube channel Just Cos. 
At the beginning of 2014 he created the dragon helm from the highly anticipated video game Dragon Age Inquisition.  The Dragon Age helmet won several awards including an Instructable challenge contest. A spotlight Daily Deviation on deviantart.com and was featured on the main page of Dragon Age's Facebook and Twitter accounts with numerous accolades from the community.  A copy of his Dragon Age Inquisitior helmet now resides at Bio Ware's main headquarters where it guards the front office.
Recently he created one of the most accurate versions of Isaac Clarke's level 3 suit from the game Dead Space.  This award winning costume has been featured and talked about on many cosplay, prop, and horror based websites.  The costume recently was a winner of the Instructables Spectrum laser challenge where it finished second place out of 1200 plus entries. 
Steven will be attending multiple conventions over the next several years spreading his knowledge of the arts and prop making in general.  You can also find him online at

www.facebook.com/stevenksmithprops
SKSProps on Twitter and Instagram
www.theRPF.com as RPF member Captainhask

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tjgcrush1 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i can't remember if you did this but im wondering if you have done any "FALLOUT" props and such?
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SKSProps Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
No fallout lawyers are not cool
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tjgcrush1 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
well im pretty sure you can make some for yourself, just as long as you don't sell em i guess, i was actually trying to get a pip-boy prop from ESTY but their way to costly 
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didihyper Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your cosplay is THE most amazing cosplay I've seen in a while! you have a great gallery, but you should organize it a little more. Other than that, fantastic work! I really admire your skill!
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SKSProps Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Yeah one of these days, when I'm not totally swamped with orders or building something new I will organize :)
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didihyper Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Trust me, it will be worth the effort for your watchers :) That way it will also be easier for you to display your finished work to new visitors to your page. 
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RedX56 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
Hi just saw these they are amazing and because of it I would love to get into contact with you about commissioning you for a hunter cosplay for this coming summer of end of july early august
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SKSProps Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Thanks!
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daeien Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
Happy Birthday! :D :party: :cake: :party: :D
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SKSProps Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
Thank You!
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