The time has come to begin working on puppet builds. But First things first, i need an armature for the puppets. Originally i was planning on constructing the armatures myself but then realised that a lot of people were working with ball and socket puppets which was something I really wanted to try this year.
Above are the designs for how i wanted the armatures to look like inside the puppets. Once these were done, I had the designs sent off to Malvern Armatures who helped to come up with a very nice final look and function for them.
Here are the final designs for the armatures. Since both characters have the same body shape, the armatures are identical which will also help when it comes to the sculpting and casting process.
After my trip to Japan i was greeted firstly with Jet lag which is a pain in the head but also with two finished and functioning armatures which were exactly the way I visioned them.
THANK YOU MALVERN ARMATURES!!!
I had to make a few modifications however such as designing this tail fin piece which will be casted inside the fin. A very simple build... but fiddly as hell.
Again thank you Malvern armatures. Check out their website at this link :)