Wednesday, February 29, 2012

W.I.P. Female Marines: Size Comparison

Here's a size comparison pic of the female marines along with my so-called art-scale/true-scale marines.

Size comparison with the art-scale bodies:

These below are shown with the smaller helmets I sculpted for the female marines; which in my opinion helps with the art-scale look.

Size comparison with an AOBR terminator model.

I'm trying to keep my art-scaled models to fit on the standard bases rather than the larger termie bases. The cork base I use while sculpting has a 25mm diameter.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

W.I.P. Howling Hounds: size comparison

There were scale issues with the Scorpion Warrior-Priestess. So this time I tried harder to keep the size of these figures more compatible with the current range of 28mm figures.

Here are some pics to show size comparison for them that will hopefully alleviate those concerns.

W.I.P. Howling Hounds

Current state of the Hounds. Almost there; just need to add weapons and do some clean up.
I made a press mold again for the pistol. Though my attempt at making a 2 part press mold for them didn't pan out so I need to sculpt the other side by hand. It's still much easier than having to sculpt each one from scratch. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Female Marine Castings by Jacqualine47

Here's pics showing the first casting of the female space marines by Jacqualine47

Jacqualine is  a garage-workshop resin caster with a lot of experience with 2 piece (and sometimes 3 piece) molds and pressure casting.  She stumbled across my blog, saw the female space marine sculpts and  offered me help in making molds and do castings. 

Looking at these pics, I'm so glad I decided to take her up on her offer! 

It's amazing what a difference in quality there are between my poor attempts at casting and the wonderful results she achieved with hers. 

 She said that she will try to take some good progress pictures for us so that I can keep my blog updated :)




 I'm very excited to finally see some real progress on this project!

Hopefully in a couple months, I can finally get them to all my friends who have been patiently waiting to add them to their army/collection :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

W.I.P. Howling Hounds: Press Mold for Swords

I needed a sword for each of member of the gang so decide to make a press mold to replicate them in order preserve consistency in their appearance and to save myself some redundant work.

The press mold was made using Quick-Sil, a RTV jewelry molding rubber:

It's easy to use; just mix the two part putty-like material at a 1:1 ratio, press over the originals in a metal frame, stack up some books to weigh it down and let it cures for 15 minutes at room temperature.

This mold was then used to make castings of the weapons by pressing green stuff /brown stuff  into it.

The green stuff didin't turn out well; it had air bubbles and was a bit too soft to get a clean impression.

The brown stuff worked great. Though it was bit tricksy getting the epoxy into the mold since the mold material won't stick to anything but itself.

I made eight castings for each side of the four swords I was going to need along with the two swords for the pack leader. 

Then the back of each blade was filed down to make them thinner. The two sides were then stuck together using brown stuff. You can see the length of metal paper clip placed as support in four of the 8 castings in the pic.

And here's one of the Hounds proudly holding aloft his newly acquired sword:

Now all he needs is the pistol for the other hand. I plan on making a two-sided press mold and casting it in brown stuff again once the sculpting is done.

The sword for the Pack leader's single edged blade is asymmetrical though, so I'm going to have to do it the old fashion way and sculpt the other side by hand.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Exorcists Icons cast by Coyote1066

Here are pics of the Exorcists shoulder pads and icons cast in resin by Coyote1066 (a.k.a. Coyotius on Dakka Dakka and Warseer); he's casting them for me in exchange for his own personal use :)

I'm so glad he's taking care of the mold making and casting for this project. The quality of his cast is so much better than what I'm capable of.

The casts look so much better in grey than as greens.

I can't wait to get my hands on them so I can start working on my Exorcists army at last!

Thanks Coyotius!!