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See this post... I just tried something new, but have talked about it here and there, about using Greenstuff to sculpt stuff that you want to paint, but before assembly.... It seems to work! Can't seem to get it to quote across threads....
Just when I think I know it all, it turns out I know nothing - again. I've been using Vaseline/petroleum jelly from day one because I thought it was the best and only way to sculpt Greenstuff. Wrong. Last week, I was introduced to dry sculpting, which was very strange at first, but once I got the hang of using the tools more lightly it was no more difficult than using lubricated tools, and in many ways it is easier. Advantages of dry sculpting: â– Sticks much easier. â– Retains strength. â– Holds it's shape better. â– Firmer. â– Layers can be added before the GS is set. â– Easier to control. Advantages of lubricated sculpting: â– Allows easy blending. â– Very thin layers can be quickly achieved. â– Easy to spread. â– Much easier to work, especially with metal tools and clay shapers. I'm really starting to like dry sculpting, I am especially fond of how much easier it is to work on very fine detail such as eyeballs and fingers & toes, but there are a number of professional miniature sculptors out there who always use Vaseline (check out James van Schaik's work on Miniature Mentor) so I am in no doubt that both methods work. The main difference I have found so far with dry sculpting is that I have to use a half-rolling movement with the tool and gently persuade and pester the GS into shape; with wet GS I could kind of spread it, but this does NOT work with dry GS, and it's a bit off-putting at first. My choice of tools has radically changed; instead of my normal steel sculpting tools, I have switched to using a tiny wooden tool not much bigger than nail-cuticle orange wood sticks as my main tool. In fact, using the dry sculpting method it would be quite feasible to sculpt a whole miniature using nothing but a toothpick. The biggest kick in the pants I got though was learning more about anatomy; it really, really, really DOES matter that I sculpt the muscles; biceps, triceps, abs, lats and so on. I know you can skip all that for most clothed miniatures, but for sculpting a nude miniature, it's essential and I just wasn't trying hard enough. (disclaimer: I've been wrong a hundred times before so you should probably ignore everything I just wrote)