Non-TF: Custom Energy portal effect (transwarp gate anyone?)

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  1. asphalt

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    Energy Portal Tutorial
    Every Gate of the Whyte needs an energy barrier and here is how you can make one of your very own.
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    1. First choose the entrance of your choice. The base for mine was from a Uk exclusive Serious Black figure.
    2. Round up some Styrofoam, you will use this to make a custom fit slump mold for your energy vortex. If you happen to have a hot wire foam cutter that will speed things along a little bit.
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    Start cutting, a steak knife, hack saw blade, or foam cutter will all work nicely.
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    Once you have it roughed out use some 60 grit sandpaper to smooth off the edges and refine the shape and size. When it fits tightly into the opening you are ready to continue.
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    3. Tape your foam plug onto the back of your gateway, this will keep it from falling out at an inopportune moment.
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    4. Now tightly wrap the foam in aluminum foil. And wipe it down with Vaseline. Some foil may say non-stick but DON’T YOU BELIEVE IT. Better safe than sorry. Don’t be surprised if you still have to pick some of the foil off. Some always manages to stick even through the foil.
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    5. Using your LOW TEMP hot glue gun begin making complete loops around the cone. Be sure to connect the glue to itself. If you leave too large of gaps like this.
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    You will end up with a collapsed spider web that looks like this.
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    6. When you have created a solid spiral of hot glue you are ready to remove the cone.
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    And if you have done it well it should look something like this.
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    7. Now using transparent paint, in this case Model Masters Clear Blue. Evenly coat the interior and exterior of your cone.
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    I have found that clear paint goes on the smoothest if you can spray it on with an airbrush or atomizer. Clear tends to show all the brush strokes.
    8. Once the paint has dried attach your new energy vortex to the back of your gateway. A small dab or two of hot glue will do it.
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    I hope you find this useful. Good luck and watch out. Even though it says low temp, that sucker is still hot.
     

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  2. big hank

    big hank Resident Slacker-Basher

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    Super cool technique!! I can see lots of uses for this! Thanks so much for the tutorial!:thumbs2: 
     
  3. asphalt

    asphalt King of the road

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    I can wait to see how its adapted.
     
  4. plowking

    plowking I'm with ErechOveraker. Veteran

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    too

    freakin'

    cool

    !!
     
  5. asphalt

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    ohh I forgot to mention that in the first pic there is a small light set beind the glue cone, no digital editing just a small LED pocket light.
     
  6. jtfire

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    Awesome Technique it looks great.
     
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    Very creative and a great idea. Well done!
     
  8. eisen

    eisen "CUT ME SOME SLACKS!"

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    nicely done! this makes a transwarp accessory much easier to do!
     
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    will this not carry as well if you make it flat?
     
  10. Rumble02

    Rumble02 Radicon of Obliticons

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    Ok that is a whole new version of creativity right there.
     
  11. wan_de_real

    wan_de_real Transformizer

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    and thats awesome...
     
  12. REDLINE

    REDLINE longer days, plz? Veteran

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    oh wow, very neat. thanks for sharing.
     
  13. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    Great tutorial! (calling ALPHAMAGNUS!)

    asphalt, could you please attach all of your images (even if it takes you separate posts to do it)? It'll sure make our job easier once we begin adding this to the tutorials section. :wink: 
     
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    asphalt King of the road

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    Thanks for all the compliments guys.

    When I made a flat one it came off more an an energy web. Woul work great for an Arachnia custom but didnt work for a portal.


    I will get on attaching the pics. I did it with photobucket for ease of reading.
     
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    wow man, thank u so much for sharing this. very wicked.
     
  16. Rhinox555

    Rhinox555 Insert clever joke here.

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    Awesome. Not entirely right for space-bridges but there are SO many other uses!
     
  17. Lupis Convoy

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    This is sooo cool. Why didn't I think of this sooner. Perfect for fantasy modeling too!

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us!
     
  18. The621

    The621 Fuck you, that's why!

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    That is freaking awesome...
     
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    Wow, cool~~~
     
  20. asphalt

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    ok here are the pics, uploaded as requested.
     

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