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 #22904  by knock
 Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:44 am
Hey :)
Instead of being a forum lurker I’ve decided to start a prop build thread. I fell in love with the idea of having a Bantha head on my wall after those photo shopped images started popping up around the net a few years back. I also love the Wampa but not enough to wake up to every morning :)
I’ll probably do a cow version as she is a bit smaller and not take up as much wall space.
This could all turn to complete carnage but hey.
I’m going to try and make it as light as possible, so thinking of using layers of camping mat foam as a base and carving the shape. Still thinking it through how I’m going to do it but thought I would get the ball rolling by starting a thread post :)
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 #22905  by badges2nz
 Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:36 am
Welcome to the forums knock, this looks like an interesting idea, would you be mounting this on a wooden shield or some such display.
Also what were you thinking of doing for the eyes, tech optics could be one way if that is of any help for you.
Painted ping pong balls or deodorant balls could be another way of doing what you want.
I look forward to seeing progress on your build.
 #22908  by knock
 Tue Sep 13, 2016 4:59 am
Thanks badges2nz :)
I’ve decided on no backing display, just the head.
I found some elephant taxidermy eyes online just waiting to hear back with the postage cost if it’s worth buying them or my option B was going to be glass eyes from etsy, they have a few eye makers on their.
Also I thought for the long parts of hair, I’m going to ask my friends if I can give their horses a haircut :lol:

Yeah I was also wondering about paper mache but from past experience it’s always gone mouldy on me after a year but I will recheck that with the link you’ve given me (thanks :) ) they might have a tip for that.
 #22910  by oota goota
 Tue Sep 13, 2016 9:43 pm
sounds cool! looking forward to seeing your progress
 #22911  by farmboynz
 Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:04 am
looks cool, good luck, cant wait to see the results
 #22914  by Archon Revuge
 Fri Sep 16, 2016 4:02 am
Work-in-progress threads are the best kinds of threads. I can't wait to see this come together!
 #22927  by Postie
 Sat Sep 17, 2016 8:06 am
Cool idea!
Have you maybe though of carving the general head shape out of a large foam block to get yourself a "skull" then cut & apply the camping mats or something like that to make the musculature details (lips, eye lids etc) horse hair will look cool & could be bulked out synthetic animal hair ( heaps on Ali express)
Attached a link of a foam block supplier.
EPS Foam: Homepage
 #22941  by knock
 Mon Sep 19, 2016 4:19 am
Thanks everyone :)

Thanks for the foam link :) still um and ahhing my base build especially after reading up on the link Blaxmyth has given. But yes for alixpress, I just did some online shopping over the weekend for hair extenstions and fur :) I realised afterwards how annoying loose hair would be to work with and I would need alot of it, even tho it would have a more natural look to it.