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My first sculpts – dragons

November 27th, 2013 No comments

There’s an artist that makes ‘dice dragons’ and they’re darn cute.  They’re very much chibi in style and while that’s not my kind of thing the dragons have potential.  They’re also a simple style and the artist was kind enough to post a YouTube video on making them.  So I had a step-by-step tutorial on making the basic figure.

I had to get past my “I can’t sculpt” mental block.  It took a while and once I started I found that I could do this.  I could sculpt!

Blue Dragon 2d6 - 01

This was my first dragon.  I learned a lot from him, mostly in terms of body size.  He’s longer than I wanted but hey, it was my first one.

The wings need to be pre-baked before adding the membrane and I didn’t want to haul out the toaster oven so I made a second one using the experience from the first one.

Blue Dragon d20 - 01

As you can see I got the scale better.  I still have work to do on refining things like the spine spikes and all the horns.  I think I need to leech the clay for those so they’re not as droopy.  The front legs are also thinner than I want them to be.  I don’t know if I want to paint irises on the eyes or not either.

After saying everything that’s wrong I still think they’re cute.

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Teaser – Mini Conversion Soon

May 17th, 2013 No comments

I’m starting in a Deadlands game and of course need a mini.  I’ve decided that going forward, when game appropriate, I will make both a standing and riding version of my mini.  It’s just cooler.  I know Litko makes horse stand bases and they’re very nice but they’re just not as cool as the mini on a horse.

I plan on doing a WIP on how I do this since it will be an interesting process.  I know it already.  The minis have been ordered.  It isn’t the same mini for both either.  Painting will make them look the same but I liked the different looks for each situation.

For anyone who’s interested the character I created is a Deserter.  She deserted from both armies and I took the Wanted major hindrance. Added on top of that she’s got a very distinctive revolver.  I think this is going to be a very fun character to play and the GM is happy with all the horrible things she’ll be able to set up for my character.  I’m not afraid to make characters that are going to have trouble in the game.

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Semi Super Secret Project

June 14th, 2012 No comments

It’s only semi secret since I’ve been telling some people about it.  I’ll leave it secret here until it’s further along.

Tonight was spent doing the initial mold line removal and polishing of 3 horse figures.  I remembered how much I dislike using steel wool to prep minis.  It’s messy and frankly annoying.  I need to take it to that level because they’ll be recast twice before being “done”.  I will be speaking with my caster about the best methods to minimize shrinkage in casting.

Tequila and cleaning minis still don’t mix well, in case you were wondering.

On a final note to hint at what the semi super secret project may be if anyone is big into 28mm historical wargames drop me a line.  I may have questions for you.  And that’s all you’re gonna get for a while on this topic.

Sculpting is hard

April 22nd, 2012 No comments

Yeah.  I know.  Big surprise.

Right now I’m working on learning how to work with epoxy putty and try to make something humanoid actually look humanoid.  It isn’t nearly as easy as you might think.

Until I have something that isn’t actively embarrassing I won’t be posting any pics.  I have some pride.

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