perjantai 18. lokakuuta 2019

WIP Wood Elf folded trousers

Hi all!
My past coffee breaks have been devoted to Wood Elves. I'm trying to break the monotone stances of the GW elves, by doing some kneeling lower halves.
Both of these are still WIP and are missing a layer or two of that leather skirt.

I'll be doing three different kinds, and would very much like to cast them after, because of how tedious they were to do, and how many I'm likely to need.

perjantai 20. syyskuuta 2019

Big Beardy Bois

Hello all!

This time I bring you pictures of cheap miniatures and some sculpting. 

These three are Giants by Reaper, cheaply made out of Chinese rubber from their Bones series. 
I told myself I'd never touch that stuff, but having three giants for about 35 euros sure beats having them made out of easily chippable metal at 135 euros, and big models are way more forgiving when it comes to details. So I bit the bullet.
And the details do have suffered somewhat on this rubbery material. When it comes to the hair and some of the smaller studs and bolts on the armor and clothing, they are really flat or just nonexistent. I can't imagine how some of the more normal sized models will look like.

I also had reservations of its ability to be scraped off of mold lines, which were unfortunately correct. It can not really be scraped and the only way to do is is to carve it, which is a hassle. 
Weirdly enough it filed well, which was positive surprise.

My bois before the makeover.

This picture supposedly shows how well the material can be filed.

These guys go along with my Infernal Dwarf army, and as such, no one will have straight beard lest they wish to be ridiculed.

The easiest one was finished in three sittings, while the others took nearly 10. The hardest one had to have his helmet removed, and had a scalp sculpted over to mask the things I foolishly left on him before starting the sculpting process. He now has a long mane and ears to hide my errors.

Started the first strands and did a brand new scalp for one of them.

Some Hulk Hogan action going on here.

How do the eye patch and circlet stay on their heads, you ask? They are just bolted on to their skulls with hot nails.

Nearly there!

The lovechild of Hulk Hogan, Harley Morenstein and perm rolls.

After the makeover.
I had an idea to give them tusks like the Infernal Dwarfs have, but ultimately decided against it because they are of different species and couldn't get the few practice pieces to look any good on them.
What I will do though is a few pieces of metallic decorations, with some fun details, to break up the monotone beard texture.
And the weapons, of course!

perjantai 6. syyskuuta 2019

Nothing's done, have a batch of WIP pictures

I've been somewhat active in my endeavours, and to prove this I present this assortment of random pictures. 

Here's the Titan on his plain base and an elf for scale.

His tusks are ready, and those pylons of brown stuff are going to be his rocky beard.

Did a test sculpt for beards for my giants. I'm pleased and will go forwards with this.
The other has a scalp sculpted, because no helmets allowed!

Did bases for my lords, and made sure they rank well.

Stamp molded some Sylvan Elf basing bits.

Shadespire miniatures. These will be played in Shadespire and also be unit champions in the 9th Age.

3D printed Sylvan Elf terrain. 

Double sided stamp mold of a Dark Elf shield, for a friend.

I think I'm half way there?

perjantai 5. heinäkuuta 2019

Kadim Titan #4 - The Face

The following is a vomit of pictures I took along the two evenings I sculpted the face for the Titan.
This was pretty much the first time I've done anything human-like, and in the end I was pretty glad how it turned out.

Below is the first draft I put over the white clay.

Next thing I did was I lowered the eyes and remade the nose. Also gave him some proxy teeth/tusks.

Below he does got a bit more mass on the temples and jaw.

Below is a bigger, more shouty mouth.

Below is stronger cheeks and fuller eyebrows.

Below is the final base product. Touched up the nose a bit as well as the jaw and mouth. And of course the chipped stone texture. 

tiistai 2. heinäkuuta 2019

Kadim Titan #3

He's getting there, and unlike my Treeman, he'll actually gets to be played and maybe even painted sooner or later...

These following pics are of the first layers I deem ready. I'll go over them and do a little touch up and add pieces or metal armor, after I've gotten the whole beast done otherwise.

This guy is humongous. I'm such a bad sculptor that I can't judge scale and size, but with these monster type characters it's no biggie. And besides this guy is the single most expensive unridden monster in the game, so it's doubly OK.
The post card underneath acts as a base for now. It is almost exactly the right size.

I tried some to do some extra cracks on the wrist to make is look like it could move. I might go in and exaggerate it a bit more.

The hand is just the right size for grabbing puny elves!
I will also try to do a mini-volcano on sorts on his palm, so he excretes lava on whatever he touches.

The whole thing will be painted as a stone/lava golem with some metal bits. These cracks formed when I was working with too dried putty, but I liked them so much I think I'll take a knife and start chipping away at some more.

torstai 4. huhtikuuta 2019

Kadim Titan #2

Much bulk. Such gains. Wow.
He's got gauntlets, bigger biceps and a remade shoulder. I'm quite content on the body at this point.

Next step is the head. This is just a quick mock-up which is a bit too small for the body. After I've got the size and shape of it, I need to figure out what I'll do with the neck. And after that I can get to the real sculpting!

perjantai 15. helmikuuta 2019

Kadim Incarnates and Titan

My Treeman is on hiatus so why not do something similar sized to my Infernal Dwarfs, since they are my main focus now?

The Kadim are fire demons. While the most conversions I've seen have been these ethereal made-out-of-fire phantoms, I wanted to have something more physical. What I wanted was living volcano golems with some slapped-on metals for contrast.

First off my Incarnates. These are made by Mom-miniaturas, a Spanish miniature maker.
I sawed of their stunty legs and did a Djinn-vortex-thingy.
I had a really hard time thinking of what I wanted, and am capable of making, since flying rock Golems are a tough thing to imagine.

I got a hold of this GW vortex terrain piece, and sculpted a thing of my own, trying to emulate it. Made a mold out of that and stamped some Brown Stuff in it, and while the stuff was still malleable, I shaped it so it goes well with the Golem top parts.

Here's the start of my titan. I base it on the Mom minis, since the Titan and Incarnates share a name. The Titan can't fly like his brethren, so I'll try to recreate the original look by trying to sculpt the stunty legs. Only the boots will really show under that scalemail armor.

I started with a crude armature I made roughly 2,5 times the size of the originals, looked up some concept art I liked and bent it to that shape, and then started slapping on some mass with DAS clay.

The paper under it represents the base size it will have. I wanted to make it so gigantic because, well, it is considered as gigantic in game, and is the single most expensive monster in game. The size also fills up the base pretty good.

There is some subtle differences (other than the shoulders) between the last two images. I'm doing this additive work slowly, until I get to a point I'm pleased with the bulk.
Next up is trimming the fingers and again adding even more mass to the elbow guards.

When I get to the point in which I'm pleased with the form and bulk, I start adding a thin layer of 'better' sculpting putty to carve out the real details.