The weekend allowed me to do some more work on my little chaos dwarf. He now has a nice pair of steel toed boots, I wanted my scale mail to be different to the usual and so I opted for a very triangular pattern.
I made a chain mail loin cloth and then went on the make scale mail thigh guards. First I tried sculpting the scale mail by crosshatching on some rolled out green stuff the result was ok but wasn’t to my liking.I decided to go the long way by putting a green stuff base on the dwarf and then adding the scales on individually(never doing that again).
A poor quality photo of the dwarf with un-scaled(if that’s a word) thigh guards.
Thanks for the tip, it’s nice to have work appreciated.
Nice idea although I don’t think I can fit a bandana round a helmet and mask.
The chain mail was simply made by rolling out the piece of green stuff you wish to use and use a needle or other pointed sculpting tool. Mark the green stuff with alternating diagonal lines in horizontal rows going down vertically (I don’t blame you if you you find those directions slightly confusing.:o)The pattern should look roughly like this: /////////// only slightly closer together.
I’m glad it actually looks like chain mail I was worried it would just look like patterned cloth.
As for the scale mail It was made by first making a base for the scales to go on form green stuff(what a surprise)roll it out to the size you want add it to the miniature similar to how you would for simple clothing.(It mustn’t be too thick or the scales will puff out too much) you will need to let it hardden before the next step. For the scales roll out a piece of gs (Yay I learn how to abbreviate) now you must make sure that the surface you roll it on is smooth, that it is easy to take of and dose not stick. To make the scales themselves use a sharp knife and cut a slanted crosshatch(So it makes diamonds instead of squares.) on the rolled out gs. Now come the hard part, take the gs diamonds and place them on the gs you put on the miniature in the first part, put them on individually in row by row starting from the bottom up in a interlocking pattern overlapping at the tips of the diamonds. (It may help to allow the gs to dry a bit first so you don’t squash them.) Last thing thing is to use a smooth sculpting tool to smooth any rugged surfaces. If you are working on a part that is bordered you may wish to use half and quarter diamonds for the edges and corners. If you are converting gw dwarfs you don’t need to do the first part.
I may make this a proper tutorial with photos later.
When sculpting the mask/helmet I had a planned design but when I stated sculpting those concepts when strait out the window and I just sculpted what looked good at the time but I am pleased with the result. It ended up as a Spartan welding mask of sorts the emblem on his forehead is the same and on the bead spikes. (he likes triangles:D). Just to note if it looks like the nose guard lower set in the face than the rest it not,it’s just the shadow from the emblem.
Thanks for the nice comments. If all goes well I might cast him and make a army. There are somethings I would like opinions on, do you think I should add another layer on the beard to bulk it out and if I did cast him would anyone be wanting to by him.