Yesterday evening, something nice but kinda distracting happened - I sculpted a head, quite without really planing it ;-) Turns out that I had been thinking about the plausibility of sculpting (most of) my own Bullywugs for long enough that I just went and started on the project - with no proper regard for the other hobby project, that are waiting to get finished (or indeed started...).
So after fidgeting a bit with the lump of leftover green stuff that had prompted me to start down this road, I had this: The eyes are cheap half-spheres of pearl (or some fake thereof) with adhesive back - slightly big, but at least I expect to be able to paint the eyes on this one :-)
After a good long look at my bits collection I decided that most of it was not really optimal for that kind of creature, so the beginnings of a pair of legs got added to the project :-)
Today I managed to get a bit further A lot still to be done on the body, but I hope to make it look alright - and cover some with a robe of some sort.
And something that could end up as arms got started
The bit kinda of to the side (sorry) is another arm, that I think will work, if I just file away a lot of the plastic and then paint it up right.
I also found a couple of old minis and a not so old plastic animal in the painting-todo stack, that will serve as part inspiration, part color-test, and part companions for my new little monster
The real wonder is that the scale of my head is only slightly different from those old metal guys - despite not remembering them til after the initial sculpt of the head.
I've made some progress on the sculpting of my Oni miniature. Just haven't gotten a lot of pictures of the process since it's mostly been my "got a random bit of green stuff" project.
But now I finally got around to intentionally sculpting the last remaining piece - the legs. Along the way he also got some muscles, hair and other needed bits.
This is the only picture of him with the sculpted legs before I added pants over them:
The legs were a bit rough on purpose since I intended all along to give him pants, but I did put in a small bulge to simulate the knee.
The next set of pictures has him primed white (spray) and washed with sepia to make it easier to find the spots that were still too rough:
For the pants I rolled a bit of green stuff really flat - like paper thin, cut a slit in the middle, and draped it around him. I started at the back with the slit positioned so I could wrap around his waist and end up with two bits hanging around his legs. Then I stretched it to get back to the slit in the back via the inside of his legs. Patching it all together got the pants sculpted around his legs while keeping some sense of it being a separate layer - and I was able make it open up a bit at the ankles.
Then I got some block painting done. The skin is a mix of a very light blue and a light skin color and works really well in person:
And the camera being a bitch - as always - is of cause revealing even more spots, where I could have smoothed him out even better. Not going to be changing careers to miniature sculpting anytime soon, but on the other hand, it's not so long ago the trying to sculpt more than gap-filling and the odd cloak, bag or belt was a daunting thing - and now this one has enough clay that I'm actually debating myself if it's a sculpted mini with a few plastic bits or if it is a pretty extreme conversion... Not that it matters one bit for painting, displaying and playing with in my own home :-D
if that can help here is a exercice i give to the people i teach sculpture put a toothpick in a cork cut it at 24mm draw a line at 8mm from the top of the toothpick the waistline go over the line on the toothpick in the back ,under in the front
you now have all the marks necessary to sculpt the torso and leg of a character in robe like a cleric or a mage
do it a few time until you are happy with the result, after that it will be the turn of the head and arms but there is some tricks too
give it a try, it really help to get the feel of human proportion
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT