Friday, June 29, 2012

Fickle Friday update: Daemon Prince Progress

Hello everyone.  Since I anticipate a productive weekend, I thought it might be ok to give a sneak peak into where the Nurgle Daemon Prince from Monday has ended up.

First this is where I was on Monday-

I was initially happy with the results and started painting, despite my wife's comments about how my sculpting had improved since the original design.  Since Monday I decided to get to work and here are the results.

As you can see, the model has bulked up quite a bit.  The gut has increased, the sagging chest adds quite a bit of character reminiscent of the Great Unclean One, and the rump and spine turned out great.  I'm still working on the face area and need to add some fleshy bits to the spine and back, as well as the wings I still need to create.

Till Monday!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Building Daemon Princes

Hello again everyone.  This week will look like another where I didn't get anything done, despite the progress I've made.  First the pictures, then the explanation.

I know what you're thinking "What the heck am I looking at?" or maybe "Buah!  Frankenstein's monster, if Frankenstein was Nurgle!", and you wouldn't be far off.  I built the bodies using Sculpey back when I wanted some Beasts of Nurgle.  However, I removed the arms I had made previously as they looked a bit silly.  These arms and legs I copied from the Great Unclean One model and added as you can see here.

There is still quite a bit I'd like to do on this fella, but there's only so much I can get done in a week!  There are 2 more Daemon Princes which are close to this far, and hopefully sometime next week these guys will be sporting wings and I'll be finished sculpting around the arms, legs, gut, and rear end.

Anyways, till next week happy hobbying all!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Pink Horrors Becoming Plaguebearers (WIP)

Welcome back fellow scratchbuilders!  Today I'll show you the progress I made on the former big handed Pink Horrors and how they're coming along so far in their defection to Nurgle.

This is the first squad of seven Plaguebearers.  As you can see, the main body was the old big handed Pink Horrors, but I've cut those off using a dremel tool and replaced the arms with Saurus and Bloodletter arms.  On some of the models I've added mutations or distended bellies to add some flavor to the models and differentiate them from each other.  I've painted the models with a dark green, gradually adding filthy brown from Vallejo to the skin tones.  The bones are typical brown with a bone color laid on top and covered with a brown ink.  The weapons I followed the previous technique and used Sophisticated Finishes Rust solution set.

So what needs to be done yet?  Plenty!  I'd still like to do some work around the eyes, hilight some areas to be a little more filthy brown than they are yet, pick out the mutations and small bulges, and sculpt some bases which properly reflect the plague nature of these beasties.

Till next time!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A Beginner's Greenstuff results

Today I had a few hours to work with the greenstuff (officially known as Kneadatite) and Apoxie Sculpt mixture.  This is what I've come up with so far.

I was somewhat timid with this model as it's the first one I worked on.  It surprised me how easy the putty moved and allowed for sculpting, and by far the best advice I saw so far was to lubricate the tools with something other than water.  Not having the tools stick every time I put it to the putty made things a whole lot easier.

Same model but from the top.

This one I went a little larger and more mutated regarding the spine.

Here I sculpted on a distended belly and an opening for the guts to be showing, which will be easier to see once the model is painted.  Trust me, those look like entrails!

A mutation on the back of this poor fella doesn't seem to be slowing him down.

Another distended belly, this time unmolested.

What hump?

And finally another back mutation.

That's pretty much what I put together in about 2 hours of work.  I still had a lot of stuff left over after mixing and using what I needed.  I thought I was being conservative with what I mixed, but wow was there a lot left over.  Hopefully I'll better be able to judge how much I need in the future.  Still another 14 'Plaguebearers' to modify and these might still get some more stuff added to them, especially the bracelets around the arms and leg to be something more Nurglesque.  Till next time!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Inspiration on the blogosphere- Sculpting

Hello fellow scratch builders and miniature hobbyists.  Instead of the usual original content I provide, I'll be doing something a bit different this week- highlighting some of the amazing sculpting advice I've found recently.  As Nurgle units just beg to have additions sculpted to them, it seemed only fitting to focus on that tricky (and somewhat frustrating) part of the hobby.  So lets dive in, shall we?

First up, we have Modern Synthesist's Mr. Pink and his ongoing series How to Sculpt.  Hopefully I can do my part to help spread the invaluable knowledge presented within his site.  Part 1 covers the tools of the trade and what has worked best for him.  Part 2 deals with the putty to use, ways to cut costs of epoxy putty (especially in larger projects), and how you can speed up or slow down the curing process of your epoxy.  Part 3 focuses on the actual sculpting and tips for doing so.  Part 4 brings it all together and helps us sort out what is important to buy in order to get our sculpting endeavor started.

Next we have someone we all know and love, Ron of From The Warp.  If you've never been there you are missing out on one of the best hobby sites on the internet.  You can find a slew of stuff, like sculpting tool suggestions, power cables, sculpting icons, tabards, and facial hair.  Do yourself a favor and check this out.

We'll finish up with a site which should be obvious, Green Stuff Industries.  Use the link for sculpting or green stuff and you'll find some great green stuff add ons.

As for myself, I'm currently waiting for my green stuff, apoxy sculpt, and a tool set from Makin's which looks like this-

Till next time folks!