After spending most of my time painting pack animals and tiny familiars I've finally finished off the set of adventurers I was working on! Just to pick up where my last post left off, I did end up going back to that converted pack donkey (or is it a mule? I don't know) and added a couple of extra bits. The plan was to just fill in behind the baggage with putty and leave it at that but it still left some pretty obvious gaps and I decided that something was needed to fill them. The old bits box didn't have anything suitable in it so I had a stab at making some pouches with the left over putty. Nothing fancy but I was rather surprised by how well they came out. I made three in total and they worked perfectly to blend all the other bits together. I forgot to take pics before I undercoated the model so apologies for the hard to see detail here. There are two pouches on the front and one to the rear.
It turned out that I had to do a fair bit
more work on these last few pieces than I first expected. Nothing over
the top, just some basic stuff that I'd either not planned on or had
overlooked. The main thing I had completely missed with the mules and
familiars were the bases, or more accurately, the underside of the
bases. You see, all the models I'd painted up so far had required
magnetic material sticking to the underside of the bases. Not a problem
when the bases are solid metal castings, but these last few models were
all mounted on slotta bases which don't have a solid bottom. To create a
solid base to attach the magnetic sheet to I filled in as much of the
underside with scrap plastic and then used Milliput to even the surface
out. Once dry I sanded the putty smooth (Milliput is much better for
sanding than Green Stuff) and gave the bases a quick wash and dry before
sticking the magnetic sheet on.
The three pack mules
also needed their base tops finishing. I'd got two flagstone base
toppers that needed to be cut up and divided between the three bases and
the gaps filled in with putty to create areas of broken ground. The old
razor saw came in very handy for cutting the toppers up and with a bit
of filling they were good to go. I couldn't finish the broken ground
though until the models were attached to the bases as I had to fill
around some of the mules hooves to give a clean fit.
familiars bases weren't quite as much work but I did add some Milliput
flagstones to a couple of the bases as I thought the models would just
look better for it. When making my own flagstones I generally cut them
from little sheets of dried Milliput that I roll out. I actually made a
little jig for getting the thickness exact a while back so I guess I
should show my process at some point. Using dried putty rather than
sculpting wet enables you to get nice sharp edges if desired but it also
makes adding chips and cracks much easier and I think gives a much more
pleasant end result.
Anyway I suppose I should show some pictures after all that waffling.
Also in my last post I mentioned a few pieces
I'd done for Crooked Dice, well here they are. Bolo the martial artist
and some Thuggee warriors.
All of these pictures are also in my gallery.