View Full Version : Miniature sculpting help

2007-11-17, 07:27 PM
Ok, so I want to sculpt figures for Warhammer. Problem is, I have next to no skill with art. I have made a few armatures and covered them in putty, but I have trouble making the frames. Is there a simpler method?

Illiterate Scribe
2007-11-17, 08:48 PM
What sort of putty?

I use milliput, but it's not always that good.

2007-11-18, 09:12 AM
Water putty, according to my dad.

Fay Graydon
2007-11-19, 10:19 AM
i'm in the same dilema, however, i have managed to take my awful converting skills with green stuff (the citidel minitures modeling putty) and change it into a pretty darn good skill with glue convertions, give it a try... you never know.

Nameless One
2007-11-19, 08:32 PM
If your like me with no sculpting skill the easier way to do things is to convert and existing figure with either spare bits or green stuff. Though if you want to start something from scratch get some wire thats able to be posed, make a stickman skeleton out of it, just legs body and arms. Build up a thin layer of green stuff onto this so you have the basic body image. Then start layering it up and adding where you want the muscles and stuff to be.

Once you have your basic frame you can either scratch build clothes or just add pieces here and there and fill in gaps with greenstuff. I personally cant sculpt a recognizable face so I generally raid my bits box for a spare head and stick that on.

Though you dont actually have to make a human figure. Heres and example of one of my non-humanoid ones...Its a modron from the Planescape DND setting, wanted to play one and since they dont have models for them I made my own.


Sorry the pics are blurry.

2007-11-20, 12:03 PM
THe reasoning behind this is I am too cheap to shell out money for overpriced figures.

So no other way than an armature, then?

2007-11-20, 01:51 PM
Really, the only way to do this is practice. However here is a simple guide of stuff to get right.
1) Always wet your hands before starting. They dont have to be dripping, just damp.
2) If building from scratch, make a frame from either wire or an equivilent.
3) Your first layer neednt be to detailed, just getting the basics on it, as well as an inward areas, such as mouths and flesh wounds.
4) Use a damp fine tool. I use the one GW makes, but even stuff like a cocktail stick, or plastic spear can do.
5) To start with, try getting large pictures of models and trying to copy them.
6) Experiment until you get something that looks good
7) Always let the putty begin to dry before you try adding any major detail.

Just to show what you can do with this, this is my chaos spawn made almost purely from green stuff. Its still being worked on now, months after i started.
Marine shown for scale purposes