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  1. I've been thinking of making molds of body parts (limbs, torso, head, etc) that could be connected with wires and posed. That would make customizing minis a bit faster. I was wondering if anyone else had done that. I couldn't find anything by searching, but I could be using the wrong terms. If anyone's tried it and has any tips, photos, or can link to a post, that'd be great. Thanks!
  2. I spent a couple hours sculpting with my kids today (ages 7, 9, and 11). They used some air dry clay from the dollar store, although they've used Sculpey before and liked that better. They're quite resistant to being shown how to do anything at the moment (they seem to have inherited stubbornness from someone), although perhaps if it came in the form of a YouTube video and not from Mom, they'd be more open to the idea, haha. So glad to come across this thread. Glad other people are sculpting with their kids, too.
  3. I currently have a mini that's 75% done, with wires from the armature sticking into some cork. So I'm wondering if the best bet is to wait until it's finished, then glue it to a base (then maybe sculpt some base props if I feel like it), or pull the mini with wires out, curl the wires around, and use the wires as an armature for a base, which would be sturdier. Or maybe pull it a little bit out and put some putty underneath, on top of the cork, and make a base that way? What does everyone else do? I'm pretty sure I just want a 1" round base.
  4. I'm new, too, and therefore, not very efficient at using my putty, but here's what I've been doing: Whenever the putty starts to firm up, I quickly make it into something else. I flatten it over a piece of wire to file into a sword later, for instance. I also have a lot of rocks, lol. Or, roll into little balls to use as filler for a larger monster. Make it into a base or a staff, or some other accessory that doesn't need fine detail. Also, only mix tiny bits at a time, even if that means stopping to mix every 5 minutes. But really, I've just stopped worrying about wastage and started focusing on results. There will be wastage. Absolutely there will be, no matter what material you use. There will be pieces you slave away at for hours, then decide are hideous and throw the whole thing out (even if it takes you a few months of practice to look back and think, "Damn, that's ugly compared to what I can do now.") There was one mini I made that I thought was beautiful, then I realized there were several parts I hadn't reinforced properly and she broke and after being glued back together several times without good results, it was just a total loss. It was sad, but I learned from the experience. Painters practice with paint they'll never get back. That's just how it is.
  5. OK, thanks! Oh, I wanted to ask, would the primer I get at the hardware store be fine, or is it the kind that degrades the plastic? Not that I used plastic this time, but I might in the future.
  6. I know there's a painting forum, but it seems to be dedicated to the Reaper Minis, not to the hand-sculpted ones. I see most people use acrylic paint. I've also seen some people they use primer or paint directly on, but they usually don't specify which material they used. I was wondering if you use primer, and specifically, on which materials? Are the various brands of putty different? Clay? What if you have used more than one material on one sculpture? For example, I made this, which is ProCreate/Apoxie with the top layer in Super Sculpey. Oh yeah, and I've also made a base out of Milliput. I've painted Super Sculpey before just by putting down one layer of paint and more or less using that as primer. I was thinking of just spray painting the whole thing black and then painting on top of that. Thoughts?
  7. Živa

    Dragon-Kin

    These are so awesome!
  8. I just realized the word I used for posterior autocorrects to elf, lol. This is actually going to be a tiefling.
  9. So part of the problem was the old ProCreate I was using (I have another thread about it). This was made with 50/50 old ProCreate and Aves Apoxie in about 1/4 the time as my first attempt. I'm so proud of this elf:
  10. Update: My Apoxie arrived last night. I mixed it with the ProCreate and I think I heard a chorus of angels. This stuff is heaven to work with! To put it in perspective, after the 50/50 Apoxie ProCreate mix had been curing for 2 hours, that's about when it reached the consistency the ProCreate was when freshly mixed.
  11. Very cool! I like the idea of having the whole floor tiles, although that's obviously time-consuming and then someone might knock it and then it'd be all messed up. I once did a campaign on a magnetic dry erase board. This seems like a good use for magnetic boards (because they wouldn't move and you could put it away easily without having to take all the tiles off).
  12. Thanks for the tips! I've read about globbing on vs sculpting and I think the former is faster, but probably bet left to when I know what I'm doing more. Or never. It makes sense to build it anatomically correct from the inside out (that's how I draw, more or less). I might cut off the clothing. I should probably finish it without backstepping too much, if for no other reason than just for the sake of having actually finished one. I've made a handful of armatures, but never finish anything. Also, yeah, heads are a pain, haha.
  13. Anyone have any feedback on this? Can ProCreate be sanded? There are some definite rough/weird/warped spots and I want to shape the face for sure. This is as far as I've ever gotten and I'm afraid to do anything.
  14. Those armature cards are great. I've been measuring, then searching Google images for the pose I want and then holding the armature in front of my eye to line everything up.
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