Here’s an interesting trade article about the systems Games Workhop are now using for rapidly creating their new plastic figure lines. Gone are the day of ‘3 ups’ and pantograph machines.
I assume they’re still using the old fashioned sculpt and vulcanized mold system for metals but who knows?
There’s some interesting tidbits in there too, like the fact that GW used to produce 60 ‘tools’ (ie. new molds) a year but now they’re looking at 100 ‘tools’ a year with the new system. I assume this means we’ll see a lot more plastic regiment boxes in the future. Apparently they also run the plastic molding process ‘almost 24 hours, 365 days a year’.
As a gamer it’ll be very interesting to see what their sprues look like in several years once GW are old hands at this method. I haven’t been that impressed with the newer sprues (eg. Dwarf Warriors) because of their limited poses and loss of some detail on some surfaces which is presumably a side effect of this newer method.
Article spotted on The Darkwing.
There’s an interesting technique described in the www.creafigs.com forums here. How to create detailed, custom press molds by scribing with a sharp tool and then using them to create fantastic looking armor details.
This is a French site, so the instructions are in French, but the pictures pretty much tell the story…plus you can always try translating the page.
There’s a fine example of this technique on www.coolminiornot.com.
Werner Klocke of Freebooter Miniatures is a superb, independent sculptor of 30mm figures. I frequently visit the site to check up on his latest greens.
It also seems he may be posting some sculpting tutorials in 2006 on the Freebooter forums which should be very interesting to follow! Most of the forum is in German, but WIP photos tell the story anyway for sculpting.
Here’s some useful online green stuff sculpting lessons. They cover all the basics including creating and sculpting around a wire armature, sculpting faces and hands and ‘dressing’ your sculpture in clothing.
A 54mm step by step photo shoot of an Elven Warrior sculpt by Joaquin Palacios from the Planet Figure forums. Lovely.
The whole Planet Figure site is worth checking out too. They seem to deal mostly with 54mm scale figures but there’s some fantastic work on there.
There’s a nifty tutorial for sculpting Dragon Wings in the CreaFigs forums using green stuff over a wire armature. It’s in French but includes a series of step-by-step pictures.
This is courtesy of the YahooGroups sculpting forum.
I regularly visit the Ebob Miniatures ‘Greenroom’ to see what this sculptor is up to. There’s invariably interesting work on their site and the most recent piece (as of this posting) is no exception. Imho this beautiful and dynamic 28mm horse sculpt far exceeds the mediocre plastic ‘horses’ that Games Workshop include in their Fantasy line. Lovely!
This horse is available from Ebob Miniatures as a multi-part white metal kit. Despite the fact I have almost no use for a 28mm horse at the moment I’m very tempted just to order one! The creator also grants permission for commerical re-use and re-casting which is interesting.
A lovely 1/35th skeleton sculpt. This sculptor is obviously a professional. In fact you can buy the skeleton online here.
Here’s another of their step-by-step series. A flintlock and some pistols which looks slightly more repeatable than the skeleton!
Here’s another face sculpting tutorial. The faces this sculptor creates are nice and clean, if not a little generic and mad looking. I’m not really in that much of position to comment though, having never sculpted a 28mm face myself!
This seems quite timely! A thread from the FOW forums about sculpting an original 15mm figure.