Sculpting a Venator Head – Part 2

Casting, Humans, Sculpting, Warhammer 40K

More WIP shots of the sculpt in chronological order.

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Now some quick and dirty test casts.  This will help to show up what I need to fix for the final master and give me an idea of how well I am doing.

Initial setup for moulding using a wee plastic box.  Plasticine on the right is used to initially hold the object to be moulded

Initial setup for moulding using a wee plastic box. Plasticine on the right is used to initially hold the object to be moulded

Siligum pressed onto the Plasticine

This is what the Siligum pressed onto the Plasticine looks like

Minus the Plasticine, and reversed into the plastic box

Minus the Plasticine, and reversed into the plastic box

Carefully applying Vaseline with a sculpting tool to stop the siligum sticking to itself.  You can use siligum to fill in any defects or gaps that occur, fill in the hold and pop the model back into it for 10 mins.  I had to do that for this model

Carefully applying Vaseline with a sculpting tool to stop the siligum sticking to itself. You can use siligum to fill in any defects or gaps that occur, fill in the hole (just enough to fill it) and pop the model back into it for 10 mins. I had to do that for this models chin

 

Second application of Siligum.  This container is great for squeezing!  It came from a glasses repair set.  Always keep an eye out for good containers

Second application of Siligum. This container is great for squeezing! It came from a glasses repair set. Always keep an eye out for good containers!

Et violla!  Castings with the flash lines visible.  Not too much flash in this case, lucky me

Et violla! Castings with the flash lines visible. Not too much flash in this case, lucky me

Tidied up the flash and stuck on a hapless abandoned guardsman project

Tidied up the flash and stuck on a hapless abandoned guardsman project

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Slap a bit of paint on...

Slap a bit of paint on…

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So not too bad so far.  I can see that I need to work on the cheeks and the nostrils to better define them but on the whole it defiantly has the right vibe/mood.  I have learned LOADS and gained a lot of confidence in doing this project so far.  I put this down to the fact that it is for another person so I focus better on it due to the mental pressure I create for myself.

 

 

 

Sculpting a Venator Head

Humans, Sculpting, Warhammer 40K

Things have been quiet on this blog of late, but rest assured valued reader for my time has been spent in worthwhile figure related endeavors.  I have been working on a couple of things at once (in my usual ADHD fashion) as enthusiasm grips me.  At least some of these projects will come to fruition in the coming weeks, I swear. 😉

This is a series of shots I have been taking over the last week of a head sculpt I am working on for Asslessman, a chap who frequents the Oldhammer Forum.  He mentioned that he was looking to get some suitable heads to create a Venator gang for Necromunda – Venators are basically bounty hunters.  This is a perfect project for a budding sculptor as it is small, self contained in scope, and it’s relatively easy to sculpt due to the caricature nature of the subject matter.

The source material is this John Blanch illustration (Copyright GW and used without permission for illustrative purposes, natch):

John Blanche - Confrontation

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A fair bit done and a fair bit more to go!