SummerSculpt Day 2

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.image

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Total sculpting time was about 1 1/2 hours. I know! I’m slow!

Frost Worm for Frostgrave

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.
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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.
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Trying a new sculpting media

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.image
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.
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Once bulked up a little, the actual sculpting begins.
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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.

Smith building completed

Like the title says, I’ve finished the building on the small sized Q building from Bandua.
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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!)
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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.
From this…
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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.

Bandua Small Building Detailed

Continuing on with the modification of the Bandua small building, I first laid out where the Adobe blocks would show through the stucco. My blocks were 10mm by 5mm. I found this ruler that makes the layout quite quick!
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Once laid out, it was off to the dremel. The dremel chews up mdf pretty quickly (and aggressively if you’re not a little careful!).
Always wear safety glasses and slide the work toward the rotation of the bit you’re using. If you try to slide the piece in the same direction as the rotation, it bit will bite and skip and possibly launch the piece. Whatever happens will not be the result you are looking for.
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Shutters and doors on my buildings are not functional. The are simply cut strips of wood (and sometimes card) glued in place to look like doors and shutters. They’re both pretty simple to do…image

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After the surface details are carved in and glued on, it’s time to assemble the structure. White or PVA glue works great for this. Clamps of various sorts are a great time saver but they’re kind of fiddly at times.
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Once the glue has dried I stucco over the remaining surfaces. I use Liquitex Ceramic Stucco. It’s gritty and sticky and it gives a nice finish to the mdf. I apply this with a small sculpting palette knife of some sort that I have from who knows where. I apply the stucco up to the carved block areas going slightly over the carved area but being careful not to go to far as to cover the blocks I had carved earlier. The end result hopefully looks like a stucco building that has patches where the stucco has broken away and the underlying block construction is showing through.
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Now all that is required is some paint. And some roofing… And a forge… Possibly some landscaping… Further details…
Darn! This project will never end.
Until next time…