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12/06/2020 at 22:45 #138099
Haven’t doing anything in months but I’ve been looking at my history of work and would like to share my almost complete sculpting history. Most of it had only started once I joined this forum.
I can’t remember the year of the first sculpt but it was when I first got into WH40K (3rd ed at the time, and Epic 40k was still available), and for some reason I wanted to sculpt a fantasy anime catgirl shooting an arrow. Never did finish the sculpt. she had lost an ear and her tail through the decades.
After that failure I got into Demonworld and 15mm wasn’t as intimidating as my first ambitious attempt.
Following that was the long dark anime years. I could date the third sculpt to around 2010.
The anime Tau can be dated if you can find the thread on another forum where someone started working on a mini based on this art work. I got caught in the tauboi stampeed.
To the left: My first ever 6mm sculpts, and they were very tall.
To the right: Some may remember these.
These 6mm were the first sculpts I was happy with. After finished the ones on the left I stopped for a few years before doing the ones on the right. These convinced me, I could sculpt reasonable minis and the group to the left weren’t fluke. There’s at least a 5 year gap between the two groups.
Got pretty confident with 6mm and began playing with multi scales of the same characters. The 15mm were only concepts for the 6mm version though.
Decided to try my hands at sculpting animals, in 3mm and 6mm
With the coming release of a game called Amthem (which turned out to be a flop). I decided to play Anthem in 3mm and sculpted these.
Turned out it wasn’t all that fun in 3mm either.
Edit: Actually forgot to mention these guys. The infamous and woefully ineffective STD team.
You remember this guy, the pondering dinosaur.
And the Tau scavenger girl.
Returned to my fondeness for Taus. I like that they have hooves for feet, I thought it was cool at the time and still think it’s refreshing from aliens wearing shoes. Comparing her to my first mini was pretty scarry.
Then there was this little experiement for skirmish 6mm. Crashed and burned hard, because they were still too big compared to the vehicles.
Except for these guys. I went back to my 3mm roots and cartoony style of the first game I posted here.
Very sorry if this eats up bandwidth.
Tired is enough.12/06/2020 at 23:52 #138100madmanParticipant
Eat bandwidth away! Excellent sculpting and I really like the history lesson. I do almost all my gaming in 6mm, except skirmish, and keep wanting to do it in 6mm as well.13/06/2020 at 18:00 #138133greg954Participant
Your sculptures are great. Keep up the good work.15/06/2020 at 15:50 #138226
I’m a fan. Do keep it up!
(And I still think you could have your own line of figures quite easily…)
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."15/06/2020 at 23:25 #138240madmanParticipant
I’m a fan. Do keep it up! (And I still think you could have your own line of figures quite easily…)
Sounds like a potential offer from a manufacturer! Let us see, how many one loves, two sexyies, threesomes and four plays will we need. Each in a few poses, plus casualties for four play. Then an entire rubber ducky flotilla for at least a platoon.16/06/2020 at 00:39 #138241
You are inspiring me to my first sculpting attempt: giving a giant dreadlocks. We will see how it goes….
We get slapped around, but we have a good time!16/06/2020 at 02:41 #138243Just JackParticipant
Don’t forget hermit crabs and Girl Scouts!
I tried to get him to do those 6mm figures in a dozen poses each, but he was too “busy” 😉
If I had but a fraction of his talent!
Jack16/06/2020 at 08:42 #138246ThuseldParticipant
I love everything about these sculpts. How viable would it be for someone at home to just make a handmade mould and cast them up? My brothers and I always talked about making casts and making white metal versions of those Airfix and Revell soft plastic but never went through with it. But I love the idea of sculpting some figures to see if I can do it.
Experiments here: http://inexperiencedmodelmaker.blogspot.co.uk/
Tranquil Stars updates: https://tranquilstars.wordpress.com17/06/2020 at 18:27 #138345
The 6mm fantasy stuff are too dynamic to cast, too many gaps and space. The modern stuff should cast ok. I’ve copied parts using press moulds in 6mm and they came out very nice, except I had trouble aligning the two half of the mould. In the end I jsut moulded the front of the minis and sculped the back on.
I would like to see your dreadlocks. I’ve never been good with hair, it’s as if I don’t push hard enough on the putty so details were always too shallow.
Hermit crabs are just lumps of putty, but the girl scouts are there in the bottom photo.
And I’m not busy, I’m lazy.
Oooooh, rubber ducky flotilla sounds good. But I’m already onto my next project, doing new 3mm fantasy minis.
Tired is enough.18/06/2020 at 14:11 #138374
Well, these guys are gonna have dreadlocks, so it should be easier than making wavy or curly hair. Since they are 6mm, I plan on just painting on texture.
We get slapped around, but we have a good time!18/06/2020 at 14:19 #138375Just JackParticipant
“And I’m not busy, I’m lazy.”
That’s why it was in quotation marks 😉
But knowing you, you’re probably doing it and just not telling us, waiting to spring the whole thing on us at some point in the not so distant future.
Jack15/07/2020 at 13:25 #140387
Tired is enough.17/07/2020 at 15:01 #140536
Brown or gray? I’ve been trying to move to brown stones so it can double for arid terrain but these look too dark.
Tired is enough.17/07/2020 at 16:26 #140544
You could stay with brown and give them a light tan top coat. I agree that they are too dark for pico scales.
We get slapped around, but we have a good time!17/07/2020 at 19:40 #140554
Repainted it with a lighter brown. Also resurfaced an old board, I don’t have enough terrain to fill it.
Tired is enough.18/07/2020 at 03:53 #140568
Nice! You could even go a tad lighter if you want, I think.
We get slapped around, but we have a good time!18/07/2020 at 07:57 #140574
It’s the lightest brown I got. I ‘ll try lighten the brown with light gray or beige.
Tired is enough.19/07/2020 at 17:34 #140674
Been playing around with photoshop, following this tutorial for space map.
Currently color coded
White = urban
Green = forest/jungle/fertile terrain
Yellow = arid terrain
Biri 62Q looks like one hell of a place not to be in. Just out side the GREEN ZONE (fertile zone), and contested by BLUE and RED force.
Tired is enough.20/07/2020 at 15:40 #140722
The castle and terrain look great, and that map is quite shnazzy too. I’ve been using Cosmographer Pro for a Rogue Trader RPG campaign as I do not have photoshop, and that seems like a much quicker way to do things.
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."20/07/2020 at 16:44 #140729
Thanks, I’m working on more trees.
The map was, random.
Tired is enough.24/07/2020 at 15:23 #141024
Replanting jungle trees. I’ve really bitten more than I could chew this time. These are about done, all that’s left is painting, but these aren’t even half of them.
Thanks to Strozie for introducing me to plumbers putty, I saved a week with the (brown) canopy.
Tired is enough.24/07/2020 at 16:32 #141039
We get slapped around, but we have a good time!24/07/2020 at 16:45 #141040
Yup. It’s like green stuff, comes in 2 parts, very soft and very hard when set. Starts to harden after around 2 minutes and rock hard in 10-15 minutes. It’ll probably be my go to for large projects from now on.
Smells like epoxy resin glue which makes me suspect it’s basicaly the glue with metalic content (Copper?) added.
Tired is enough.25/07/2020 at 22:04 #141143
Hmmm. We have a plumber’s putty here in Brazil but I don’t know if this is it. Any chance of you shooting a photo of its content label?
We get slapped around, but we have a good time!26/07/2020 at 07:05 #141162
When I was searching I found 2 types. The one that comes in a tub never set and is like playdoh and this stuff.
Tired is enough.26/07/2020 at 16:08 #141190
Repainted the rawks with khaki. I think it’s too bright for tropical climate but fit well with sandy terrain. 3mm person for scale.
Tired is enough.30/07/2020 at 16:46 #141454
Trees for days. Destroyed a brush in the process.
Tired is enough.27/08/2020 at 14:48 #142995MikeKeymaster28/08/2020 at 05:47 #143017StroezieParticipant
Those tree stands look awesome!
I’ve been thinking of sculpting some trees with foliage in 15mmm.
Do you have any tutorials on how you do the leaves?
Stoezie.28/08/2020 at 08:36 #143022
For the trees I made one sculp of the leaves, and made a press mould to copy the rest.
For ground cover, it’s just sculpting each leaves on in 2-3 layers. Each layer has 3-4 leaves.
For 15mm you might want to sculp the foliage on a rod/stick to give it some height. Cover the rod/stick with a layer of putty for the leaves to stick to, sculp the top layer and add lower layers with some gaps, it woldn’t look as dense but it wouldn’t be as tedius.
Also helps if the base has some hight to it like a hill, but probably different in 15mm.
Woe is me
I was working on the 3rd evolution of Slow Burn, where minuatures show stance. 4-5 poses per weapon type, and 3 poses for unarmed. So far there are 4 weapons, pistol, SMG, carbine, LMG. I have to do 15 miniatures for each character (not doing them with LMG), for 4 characters. Then I had the great idea of also doing variants with body army, so 120 miniaturs just for the 4 characters. Sometimes I forget why I dropped some projects until I pick it up again.
Tired is enough.14/09/2020 at 17:40 #144010
Tiny Space Combat
The largest ships would be around 12mm long with most being around 6mm. I’ve been wanting to us Brigade and GZG fighters as spaceships for a long time.
Tired is enough.14/09/2020 at 19:04 #144021
Wish I could zoom in! Did something similar once, but not that small, more “fleet scale”, using beads and whatnot.
Show us more!!!
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."15/09/2020 at 03:52 #144036
I also did a fleet scale game with beads. Looking forward to where Thomaston is going with this.
We get slapped around, but we have a good time!22/09/2020 at 00:10 #144430
Tiny little spaceships arrived.
Left to right
Planets/moons, stations, civilian ships.
Picket ships, light cruisers, heavy cruisers, support ships.
Tired is enough.22/09/2020 at 02:08 #144432
Do I see some Traveller in their geneaology?
We get slapped around, but we have a good time!22/09/2020 at 10:26 #144437
I definitely copied off Traveller for some of those ships. What I imagined David Weber’s Honor Harrington ships look like the one from Fifth Element.
Tired is enough.22/09/2020 at 14:08 #144449
OK. Any chance of me buying a bunch of these? I do ssee the Harrington/Weber genealogy, too.
We get slapped around, but we have a good time!22/09/2020 at 14:37 #144450
Are those all individually sculpted or did you make copies? they look great!
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."22/09/2020 at 16:35 #144458
The ships were 3d printed. I did started sculpting 10 of them but gave up as soon as I put putty to base.
You can have the STl file if you like. They might not look good scaled up, since these are at my usual too tiny for normal people scale.
Gotta send me your email address somehow.
Here’s a render of the ships.
Tired is enough.24/09/2020 at 02:15 #144534
Nonono! I WANT them that small. You can mail me at [email protected]! Thank you! I can get them locally printed!
We get slapped around, but we have a good time!
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