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I'm Jason Wiebes class he showed us this tool he made using a clock gear. It's on a thingy that lets it rotate freely like a roller. Apparently he uses this for chainmail.

Hmmm, that sounds very interesting, i may have to try and make something like that.



Just like it says on the tin.


Pictures would be cool, or links to tutorials, too.


Here you go, bud.


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Cool!! Thank you.

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 Most barbarians, monks and some wizards will work as practice dummies since they tend to be either half-naked and have clearly-visible musculature (which technically makes them good practice pieces for sculpting most clothes and armor) or are only wearing tunics and breeches without much detail on them which make perfect practice dummies since the pre-existing detail underneath already conforms to how the chainmail would hang over the body without having to fill in the spaces underneath....

if you're just starting out, anything (male or female) with a non-furry bikini or loincloth can be fairly easily covered with chainmail. For example, 02651: Rutger the Slayer, already has chainmail on his arms, so it wouldn't be hard to extend it down over his chest and over his kilt to make a chain shirt... Or you could give him a breastplate. You could also add chainmail onto his thighs between the kilt and his boots, or turn them into pants by covering them in a very thin layer of greenstuff and scratching seams into the sides (maybe with some crude stitching on them).


Just remember that any pre-existing detail on the mini that you plan to have remaining on top of the chainmail such as a belt will also need to be reworked slightly - you're adding more thickness to the flesh or cloth below the belt, so the belt needs to stick out farther to still look like it's wrapped around the outside of whatever's underneath it - so unless the belt/strap/armor plate was really thick to begin with, you may need to slap a thin layer of putty on top of it to make it thicker so it still looks right.


You should also google pictures of chainmail to study how it behaves since although it mimics cloth in a lot of ways, it's still made up of lots of little individual objects. For example, where cloth would fold or wrinkle easily, such as in the crease of a joint like the armpit or knee, the individual links would simply scrunch closer together (making the "pattern" tighter) and form fewer folds, while chainmail bent around the shoulder or front of the knee would "stretch" with the "pattern" of the rings open wider.



On a more general note, one thing I've found helps to sharpen your sculpting skills is to find something like a skeleton or zombie - particularly something in a visual style that you don't find attractive or with artistic choices that you wouldn't necessarily have gone with - that has ruined or incomplete armor and other details, and use putty to return it to a more human-looking state...

File down the ragged edges of holes in the armor and cloth, and then fill them with putty and sculpt what would have been there if the mini was supposed to be a regular living figure - cover the holes, add missing pieces of armor, add putty to straighten the ragged edges of cloth, even add in missing musculature, skin, hair, etc...

Art students are taught to improve their skills by copying the works of the masters - it forces your hands and mind to learn ways of doing things that may be counter-intuitive to how you would have done them, which improves your skills more than simply repeating over and over what comes naturally to them or that they're good at.



EDIT: Here are two more that have tunics that would be good practice for turning into chain shirts - they're both in fairly basic positions and have a decent amount of clear space on them.


02585: Lindir, Elf Archer


02930: Isidel, Elf Sorceress

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