Thursday, January 4, 2018

Miniatures for roleplaying games

Hello everyone,

over the last year I started to enjoy sculpting more and more. I tried my hands on miniatures for tabletop games, but had to learn that the type of clay you use makes a very big difference in what you can actually create.

I started a long time ago with super sculpey doll - which might be the softest clay available. And because I had nothing else I used it for minis as well as bigger sculptures. But I had no idea what I was doing and just slapped it all together and put some colors on it.

Later I got some sculpey-firm, which was still soft, but not like the doll clay. I made a "giant lizard" miniature with it, which turned out a lot better than the first attempts, but still faced some problems in what you can do on that scale.

Lately I actually got an example box of Beesputty, which is made to build miniatures out of it and it shows. This stuff is rather strong which you definately need to sculpt a solid figure and all those tiny details. The first one I made was a badger in armor, the next a giant spider. And after that I went back and gave the badger a second attempt.
The biggest difference to the previous minis was that I used a tiny wire skeleton as a base for these, which gave them a lot more stability. If you attach an arm to a figure without a wire it might break or not hold together to begin with.

Here a collection of the pieces I made so far:

The first minis - no details at all

A firmer clay

A wire base + beesputty - big difference

A giant spider, painted with acrylics
Lots of details
Getting the right wire and a plan on how to attach it all was tricky
Twisted wires and a stinky epoxy clay... didnt work
Soldering paper clips together finally did the trick

Redoing the badger to see what I can do better 

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