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Friday, December 01, 2017

How to Sculpt Stitches & Sutures - How to Sculpt Miniatures: Video Tutorial 5



Sculpting stitches using greenstuff / epoxy putty is a process that looks like it should be fiddly and complex, but is surprisingly easy to pull off when you have the right instruction. It's for this reason that I'm so excited to share today's video with all of you today. This is easily one of my favourite things to sculpt :D

So, just like how I did with the spinal columns video, I will start by showing you the process in large scale using plasticine (ew), and then move on to show it in small scale in actual greenstuff mixed with apoxie putty.

The immediate application for this technique is for sculpting flesh that has been hurriedly stitched back together on something like a pit slave or a haemonculus flesh construct. However, if you hold back on all the puckering and stretching of the flesh around the stitches, and leave it more smooth, you can easily use this technique for creating roughly stitched leather for things like Ogre Kingdoms, Oruks, and Skaven. Heck, I'm sure that a chaos general could even apply this tutorial with great effect :)

I didn't mention it in the video, as it can be obnoxious, but please click the link to the video on YouTube and like, comment, and share the video from there to get a few more eyeballs on it. I spend a lot of time and effort making these videos for free, so I'd love it if you could help me get them to the widest possible audience!

If you've got any suggestions for videos you'd like to see, please leave them in the comments below. Our next video will be about sculpting organic armour plates for Tyranids and Dark Eldar, and after that I'm wide open for suggestions :)

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tyranid Dactylis from an Exocrine Conversion: The Process

Last time I showed the completed photos of the Tyranid Dactylis from an Exocrine conversion, but I thought I would go through the construction process in this post for anyone who was curious about how it came together.

Here's what I started with: A bunch of my nid bits box stuff, an official exocrine model, a Tyranofex model, and my own converted Exocrine of yore for inspiration...oh, and a bottle of peaty scotch :)

I first tried to mock up the beast with the original exocrine arms.

...However, the exocrine arms weren't working for me in that position, so I moved the arms forward to extend the profile of the model. I was already loving it a lot more :)

Friday, November 24, 2017

Tyranid Dactylis from an Exocrine Conversion complete!

Howdy!

Sooo, I'd foolishly assumed I'd already created a post about this project, but apparently not :/

A good while back, someone very nicely commented on my original Dactylis conversion here on Modern Synthesist, saying they'd love to have one of their own. We started talking, figured out what he was looking for, and it evolved into this commission. I'm very glad it did, as I'm pretty proud of how the beast turned out, and I feel like he does a giant Tyranid gunbeast far more justice than modest Exocrine >:)

As he's done now, I'll share the completed photos in this post, and then I'll go through the build process in a separate post for anyone who enjoys that kind of stuff.

Here's the finished beast in all his glory:

Friday, November 17, 2017

How to Sculpt Miniatures: Video Tutorial 4 - How to Sculpt Spinal Columns



Well, it's been a while, but—inspired by the warm and fuzzy comments on YouTube—I climbed back on the hobby tutorial horse. I present to you How To Sculpt Miniatures Episode 4: How to Sculpt Spinal Columns!

If you've got a long memory, you may recall that this is our second run at a spinal columns video. However, I assure that this video is far more...um...professional...than that video, and far less German :P

This should be useful for any flesh crafting Haemonculi out there, any Hive Tyrants, particularly those looking to craft some massive Tyranid terrain, or maybe even plaguelords or other chaos generals looking to make some fleshy, daemon constructs.

I hope you enjoy it. It is a good deal more in depth than previous videos as it focuses on one topic, and my future videos will be in this style.

If you've got any suggestions for videos you'd like to see, please leave them in the comments below. Our next video will be about sculpting stitches and sutures, and I've got one more slightly Niddier one in the can, but after that we're wide open for suggestions :)

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

How To Sculpt Miniatures: Video Tutorial 3 - Skills & Applications


For the third How To Sculpt Miniatures video, we're going to be combining what we covered in videos 1 and 2 by applying different tools to putty to see the effects they create.

Once again, these first three videos will rehash the information I shared in my original How to Sculpt Miniatures posts, which is best geared at sculpting beginners. However, even experts may discover some helpful tips :)

With this one posted, we've finished covering the first three articles, so next time I'll be sharing a re-do of the shakey-cam How To Sculpt Spinal Columns video I did back in the day.

As always, please let me know in the comments below if you have ideas for things you would like to learn to sculpt in a video.

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< Previous: How to Sculpt Miniatures: Video Tutorial 2 - Putty

Saturday, July 15, 2017

How To Sculpt Miniatures: Video Tutorial 2 - Putty



Next up in my series of How To Sculpt Miniatures videos: how to use epoxy putty!

These first three videos will rehash the information I shared in my original How to Sculpt Miniatures posts, which is best geared at sculpting beginners. However, even experts may discover some helpful tips :)

Once we've got the first three videos taken care of, we'll move into new territory, like sculpting armour plates, stitches and sutures, and spinal columns. I've also been rolling around the idea of doing a tutorial on sculpting nurgle-y things like worms, pustules, gross drippy stuff, and third eyes. Anyone interested in that sort of thing?

As always, please let me know in the comments below if you have ideas for things you would like to learn to sculpt in a video.

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< Previous: How to Sculpt Miniatures: Video Tutorial 1 - Tools

Friday, July 07, 2017

How To Sculpt Miniatures: Video Tutorial 1 - Tools


Here's the first tutorial in my new series of How To Sculpt Miniatures videos!

The first three videos will rehash the information I shared in my original How to Sculpt Miniatures posts, and then we'll move into new territory, like sculpting armour plates, stitches and sutures, and I'll return to sculpting spinal columns with a proper, non-shakey-cam video.

As always, please let me know in the comments below if you have ideas for things you would like to learn to sculpt in a video.

> Next: How to Sculpt Miniatures Video Tutorial 2: Putty
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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Mr Pink's Inner Circle Interview with Games Workshop


As part of the champion's weekend for Games Workshop's Inner Circle competition, each of the five winners was interviewed by GW staff. They asked us about our history in the hobby, as well as about the concept behind our armies.

You can watch my interview below, and the interviews with the other 4 winners will be posted on the Games Workshop Inner Circle Facebook page.


Friday, June 30, 2017

How to Sculpt Miniatures - Video Tutorials!

Friends!

I've been working on this, on and off, for a looong while now, but I'm happy to finally announce the launch of How to Sculpt Miniatures video tutorials!

HURRAH!

This here is the introduction video, and there's a link at the end to the first episode, all about Tools! The next episode will be up in two weeks.

I hope you enjoy them, and please let me know what you think! Also, I'm eager to hear what people want to learn How To Sculpt.

Also, if you could please share these videos, I'd greatly appreciate it :)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Expert Sculptor Series 1: Hydra from H-Archive.com

Whelp. I've saved the best for last. Here is our final tip, from multi-golden-demon-award-winning sculptor, The Hydra!  He hasn't been that active over on H-Archive.com lately, but he came out of hiding to provide us with the secrets to his success!

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did :D