The Leer Ghost is done, I think I will be challenging some TOTers this Halloween. First the video. This was taken in my garage with a small fan providing a breeze. You can make out the door underneath, so this gives perspective of what it will look like on Halloween night. Its not on a motion detector, I just walked up and turned it on.
This ghost is MUCH simpler than the WallBreaker, and I think very suitable for a kit that will be simpler, less expensive and more robust. I am also making a second Leer Ghost on commision, if you are interested in commision work please contact me.
Next up I am redoing my Flying Crank Ghost after getting turned on to Pumpkinrots cloaked ghost, which has also been done by Grim Hollow. Every FCG I have ever seen has a head of some sort, and most have hands of some sort. I am trying to make one with a void for the head and hands.
Some closing shots of the Leer Ghost.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Next step was to build a body. I mounted the leer ghost where I could reach it , then used cardboard strips to form a body. Some of the strips are held with sheet rock screws; the body will be built with these screws in place, which later can be used to remove the body to fix the internals if needed.
I used hot glue (I love hot glue), with clothes pins holding things in place while the glue hardens.
As I tested the ghost I decided that the arms/shoulders were to narrow, so I rebuilt the mechanism so the shoulders were outside, not inside the mounts. This again demonstrates how easy it is to modify or fix the wood block/dowel construction.
Once the body was formed I used strip mache to cover the form using Stolloween's mix. Now I have tried several mache mixes, and I like Stolloween's the best. Once I had the strip mache on I decided to use more of Stolloween's techniques pulp mache to add some dimension in the form of ribs. In case you haven't seen his mache work, you have got to check it out.
Next I added cardboard cutouts to form the elbows. I did this by slowly adding cardboard, running the ghost to make sure none of the parts hit, and trimming where necessary for looks and movement. When this was finished I used strip mache to cover the elbows.