Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Second Afghan War Mounted Officer Conversion

Inspired by a mini that I was sent to paint I was drawn into having a go at adding a poshteen to this Mounted Officer. The mini itself is a Studio Miniatures sculpt (I believe by Soapy??) and the castings are a crisp as you like. I highly recommend their range for the Second Afghan War especially their Afghans which as well as being beautifully sculpted and cast are really dynamic sculpts. I think Soapy has recreated some of his magic that was the Woodbine Designs WWI in the East range that he did for Gripping Beast.

The poshteen as you can see was sculpted using Pro-Create putty (Greystuff in my world) which I find is much easier to manipulate than Greenstuff as it lacks the tackiness of Greenstuff but retains the adhesive properties. I know statement sort of doesn't make that much sense but if you haven't used it, buy some and you'll see what I mean.

I was without my Clayshapers which I normally use when sculpting. They allow you to manipulate the putty but without the hard lines and messiness that general metal sculpting tools can cause. So, as a result, it's certainly not my best but I reckon that it's OK and should paint up very well. If I have one criticism (apart from some hard lines left by the metal tools) is that I think I've sculpted a little too much sheep skin but I'm now saying to myself that an Officer in Her Majesties Army could afford the extra wool :>)

Anyway, without further ado, here are the images:

Cheers for now.


  1. Oh well done! That already looks great, can't wait to see it painted.

  2. Thanks Michael.

    He'll be getting a lick of paint very soon. I've got 13 Beja to do for now. Starting them tonight. I'll probably do another hour of sculpting tomorrow though I do miss my Clayshapers and could do with them back from my ex!! (In the event she's reading this- which I doubt LOL)

  3. I admire your sculpting talents. He looks quite wooly, but no more so than Great War photos of troops wearing sheepskins in the trenches. He'll paint up a treat, I am sure.

    1. Thanks for the compliment- very much appreciated.


  4. Wonderful conversion, Darrell! I'm really looking forward to seeing it painted by your gifted hands.

    The Studio miniatures are indeed excellent figures but the British troopers are too modern for 2nd Anglo-Afghan War I presume. Although I really don't want to split hairs to my mind the bolt action rifles are too obvious.


    1. Yeah, they are. I've covered up a multitude of sins up with then putty on the mounted officer(I hope!).

      He'll do at a pinch though I may be kicking myself in a few months time when I've learnt more!