Lastly for today, I masked over the blue dome light with the spackle. I know I'll likely need to put on another coat. I want there to a noticeable difference in depth between the blue and gold(spackled area).
Also I'll need to do some detail on the blue, there's a bit of black/white cracking that appears on the stone. I'm off for tonight, and will be back and hit'n it hard tomorrow.
Got the first coat of primer on the ornamental pieces. Next for these is fine sand, metallic paint, and a semi-gloss finish. Also will be putting on another coat of stain on the box. Looking forward to tomorrow.
So I recently got some really high resolution pictures from the lead artist of Hearthstone, Ben Thompson. And firstly, I found that I'm missing a lot of detail just basing my original design just off of the cinematic, some of which I can't even incorporate given my current design. But even more, was the color of the box. I think it was way too dark, and I believe most would agree with that. So I sanded it ALL down and got a new stain. I knew as soon as it went on, that it was perfect. Check it out. Let me know what ya think.
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Today I got to wiring the light and touching up a lot of the ornamental pieces. I'm getting really close to priming everything(hopefully tomorrow). I went to the store today and got the paint I needed as well.
For the light, I thought the battery pack for the light was a little bulky, so I cut it down as much as I could(see below). After that, I got the light mounted and working! For mounting, I drilled two holes where the batteries are housed and secured it with screws up into the face of the box. It came out really good.
I also got to painting the dome light today. For now, just the blue layer. It came a little glossy, and since rustic/crude is more of what I'm going for, I fine sanded it to give it an eggshell consistency. I got the blue I thought was closest, and it's drying as I type this. After that dries, I'll mask it with a filler of some kind to mold the Hearthstone design and apply detail as well.
I also decided to re-cut one of the ornamental pieces because it wasn't consistent enough with the original design. It's the bigger bottom right piece. It just wasn't "hugging" the center star/circle enough, now it looks a little more symmetrical.
In addition to all of this, I got an email from the Lead Designer of Hearthstone, Ben Thompson. He sent me some great pictures and concept work of the front, sides, and bottom of the box. I'm going to try and incorporate as much of the detail as I can, but some of it may not be possible with my current design, however after seeing the concept art I'm 90 percent sure I'll be doing a round 2 game box.
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I thought I'd post a couple pictures of the box with everything in place(not yet glued). I got the star border cut out and sanded and fitting fairly well. Getting closer to priming most of these pieces, and then painting.
I sanded the star nice and smooth and got the second coat of spackle on the star to get it as level as possible. I can tell just in sanding the first coat, that it's going to look good(I hope!). So I'll be letting that dry today.
Next up was the star border.
The star will lay inside this circular border on top of the box. It's a bit rugged at the moment, but I'm hoping some sanding cleans this up.
Lastly was the map inside of the box.
Initially I thought I would use a wood burning pen to trace the map and fill it in with color. However, after seeing how nice the print alone looked laying flat I decided I would paste it straight to the box, however I still wood burned the edges and the mountains to give it some depth. I think it came out really good(see below). I still have a lot more detail to do here, including the corners of the map, color for the water, and more details that I've missed. But I wanted to get this part started at least.
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Got some spackle into the gaps of the star and a light coat all over for consistency. Time to let it dry and apply a second coat a bit later!
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The star has proven to be the hardest part yet. I needed to find a way to get the triangle points flush with the circular medallion center. The best tool for this would probably be a spindle sander, but unfortunately I don't have one! However I do have a belt sander!
So I improvised a device! A wooden mounting box for the belt sander that served as my sanding tool! It worked great, however I'd be wary to suggest this, as it was a bit sketchy. I would have much preferred the spindle sander for the safety factor alone. I got the triangles to sit flush enough with the center to start gluing. However I feel like I'll need to fill some gaps with putty or filler. Once I get gaps filled I can fine sand it to exactly where I want it. The filler won't be a problem, because I plan to paint the star to look more metallic anyway.
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I think the stain came out pretty good. I set the ornamental pieces on there to just get an idea of what it would look like with contrast. It's hard to tell what the true color of the stain is, because based the Hearthstone cinematic video, the stain looks a bit more red, where as in the actual beta it definitely looks brown. Either way. I'm digging this color, so I'm going to roll with it. Tonight I'm hoping to get the stars flush with the center medallion and possibly start tracing on the map of Azeroth on the inside.
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Tonight I made a bit more progress. I fine sanded the box top to bottom and applied the stain. The stain went on fairly dark and I'm hoping it dries a bit lighter. Tomorrow when these two pieces are dry, I may decide to put on another coat, or sand it down a bit to get the stain a little lighter. Overall, I like how it came out. After that, I plan on wood-burning the map of Azeroth on the inside of the box doors. You may have not caught that factoid in the cinematic, but if you look while the box is closing, you can see that the map is indeed there!
The damn star.
This thing has been killing me, and I can already tell it's going to take me the most time to get right. I think I finally got the "triangles" the size I want. They still need some sanding/trimming, so they sit flush with the dome light, but otherwise I think it looks pretty damn good! After sanding them to fit flush, I'll need to continue making trim around the star and then sand/paint/wire/glue the thing to the box. Along with the other ornamental design. I really dug the way this came out. Take a look at the pictures below as well.
Hopefully I'll get a chance to work a bit more on this tomorrow and post you some updates. I'll do my best! Thanks for stopping by!