So, once again, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here, but I have been busy behind the scenes. I continue to work at my sculpting skills. I added three miniatures to the store that I finished about 2 years ago and just never put up for sale. They available now over at the Moonlightmini store.
My current projects include these gents…
They have a bit to go yet, but they are getting there. And they will have friends!!!
I have many other minis in the works and about 20 completed. Just need to find some casting time…
Well, I made it to day 2.
I continued bulking out the base armature clay focusing on the lower half of the figure. The first mini is a little rough still but the second is coming along well. All the work was done with Fimo using metal tools and clay shapers (color shapers). The final smoothing was done with a paint brush.
Total sculpting time was about 1 1/2 hours. I know! I’m slow!
My son is interested in playing Frostgrave. With that in mind, we have been working, when time allows, on miniatures for the Frozen City.
My addition to the horde is a frost worm.
The frost worm is Reaper Miniatures Great Worm (#77006). I based the mini on a 50mm Secret Weapon resin base that I built up to match the miniature. It was base coated with Vallejo Electric Blue. After that, I washed the mini with Imperial Blue.
I’m generally a slow sculptor. I’m already one month behind my New Years resolution and its only March!
Additionally I’m always trying to learn and improve so lately I’ve been watching an awesome YouTube channel by Tom Mason. He sculpts in Fimo mostly and while I like my ProCreate putty mix I felt I need to try his technique especially since we have asked him to do videos about putty sculpting. If I’m asking him to step outside his comfort zone, I think I should be willing to do the same. So, here is my initial attempt in the world of Fimo sculpting.
As always, the sculpt starts with an armature.
It is made with 24 gauge steel wire and held together with greenstuff. I let this cure. Probably didn’t need to do this, as it just bulked out the armature, but that is what I did.
The next step is to cover the whole armature with a thin skin of greenstuff and then immediately cover that with the Fimo. These layers should be thorough but thin. This is then allowed to cure. The greenstuff will cure but the Fimo remains soft.
Once the armature is covered, sculpting can begin.
I started by bulking out the miniature.
Once bulked up a little, the actual sculpting begins.
That’s where I’m at at this moment. So far I like this media. It seems to work faster as there is no down time for curing. Also, I’m able to revisit areas several times and still modify them. Also it forces me to look at the sculpt as a whole and not just an arm or a leg.
I’m not quite sure as to how I’m going to cook this and eventually vulcanize it into a mold but I’ll face that when I get there.
So far so good!
If you’re interested in sculpting, I highly recommend the videos on Tom’s YouTube channel.
If you enjoy them, you can also support him via Patreon.
Like the title says, I’ve finished the building on the small sized Q building from Bandua.
I admit that I have been kind of dragging my feet of this one. I think because I’m not overly thrilled with it.
The model was completed like my other buildings. The stucco was painted in craft paints and washed with thinned paints. Then the roofing was completed with textured plastic sheet and painted. This time I tried some Secret Weapon wash. I used their sewer water shade and I think that worked okay. When it was dry, the whole structure was coated with a spray on dull satin varnish by Krylon. (It’s much less costly than Dolcote!)
Overall, I’m okay with the results. The initial building was small so that affects the completed project. The stairs at the end are inaccessible by a figure with a 30mm base which is unfortunate. It is listed as an Infinity building and they use 30mm bases so I’m not sure what they were thinking. The shed area still needs a forge model, bellows, anvil and a smith miniature to man it, but those can come later. Or, it can be a woodworker’s shop. I don’t know…
I don’t think I’ll buy any more of the Bandau buildings due to their small sizing. (I still have the medium one and a couple of the small medieval looking house models.) Modifying can make for a fun and challenging project but the base structure of this one is just too small and requires too much time. It would have been easier to start with a blank sheet of mdf and make my own from scratch.
Just add wood, glue, stucco, paint, plastic and a great deal of time. Not my favorite of my buildings, but I think it’s useable. At least more so than before.