Friday, 28 March 2014

Second Afghan War, - Casualty Conversion I

A long while ago I promised myself that I was going to do an hour or so of sculpting/converting every day in order to pick up the skills that are needed to eventually start sculpting myself. This basically this never really materialised as there were a number of health issues that I had to get out of the way first (sorry if I keep mentioning this, it was quite traumatic and I guess that it hasn't left my system yet). I'm presently without any doubt not sculptor in any meaningful way but I am going to give it a try, starting with conversions and building it up. These sets of posts are going to cover the start of that journey.

Anyway, today I  managed to allot some time to have a go at an Foundry Indian casualty model that I bought from second hand from the Middlesbrough show last weekend with a view to converting the little fella into an Afghan casualty.

Apologies for the photo's- I'll make sure that they're taken properly next time. Here's a before and after:

Before:

The mini had his pants trimmed off with a sharp blade and then was roughly filed down to leave his legs more or less bare.


After:

OK,  I gradually added 'lumps' of ProCreate putty, mixed 50/50 to the model building up the pants on the model as I went. It was also important to get the pants rising as if they were very baggy as in the test model next to the conversion. I then simply applies the folds in the cloth, exaggerated slightly to conform with the idea of the trousers being baggy.


That's about it for now. Tomorrow I will be trying the daunting task any sculpting I do if the file strikes the putty later on.

Cheers,
Darrell.



7 comments:

  1. I think that's a good start, what do you use to push putty? I would recommend a clay shaper, because procreate does not stick to them, you can get them from heresy. Also my tip to everyone is wait until you get the shape right before doing any detail.
    Cheers

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    1. Hi Oliver,

      I use a clay shapers to smooth and add texture and a normal sculpting tool to add the putty to the model- I just find the firmness of the normal tool easier to control where the putty goes and a clay shaper is the obvious choice for folds of cloth etc.

      Darrell.

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  2. Looking forward to seeing how he turns out!

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  3. Nice start :-) what period do you fancy sculpting? Fancy sculpting 10mm?

    Regards
    Jason.

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    1. Jason,

      LOL I doubt it will be 10 mil!! Too small for my eyes to cope with me thinks :>)

      To be honest I haven't really given it much thought- I've always fancies a Third Crusade army- no figure manufacturers will touch it as it's an 'in between period' range so that may be a starting point..... I'm a long way off yet!!

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  4. Third Crusade, Good choice :-) shame it's not 10 mm, go on your eyes will be fine;-) I think it's time I sent you some 10 mm to paint up for an article I'm going to do on the Blog challenging chaps like yourself who can paint 28mm to stunning standards, to paint a single 10mm provided by me.
    Hope all's well with you and yours Regards Jason.

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    1. Go ahead Jason but I can't guarantee the results lol :>).

      My address is on my website:

      http://darrellhindley.co.uk

      Cheers,
      Darrell.

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