Captain Beefheart and the crew of the Zambezi

Starting my chorf army with some homemade troops




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At first glance the sea might seem an odd place for a dwarf, but for the more observant salt is a stone and the sea is deep and full of riches. For the crew of Zambezi a great arcane submarine with vast labyrinthine like passages they couldn’t feel more at home. Led by the wicked pirate captain Beefheart they mine the ocean floor and pillage the land above spreading the influence of the Dawi-zharr out into the old world.

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Concept for chaos dwarf ‘underminers’

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This sculpt is awesome!

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Wow, really nice! I can’t wait to see how this project shapes up.

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New and improved dollys for chorf warriors.

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Superb work so far, happy to see fellow DIY metal casters here. I see that you have experience with what is possible with gravity casting and where the limitations are – I think you nailed the level of detail for the intermediate sculpts. If you are interested, I have documented my journey in this thread.

What material do you use for moulding? I have used HTV rubber so far which is excellent but unfortunately very hard to come by where I live. And which alloy is this? Looks similar to the one I used (Sn95Sb4Cu1: 95% tin, 4% antimony, 1% copper).

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I use a product here in Australia called pinkysil it’s not rated for the heat but seems to work fine but breaks down eventually, I just use lead free pewter cups I get second hand for $1-$5 dollars. I make my mould in a toilet roll and cut it out after it sets so it’s connected at the bottom this makes for minimal mould lines and perfect registration, when casting I hold the mould together with a taped up toilet roll this gives even pressure around the figure. I preheat the mould and use talcum powder and vents to prevent miscasts which are common but the great thing about metal is just remelt and try again.

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Some quick sketches to help flesh out the feeling of some future sculpts

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Ingenious idea with the old pewter cups, they sell for next to nothing on eBay over here as well and the tin content sounds about right. That would save me a lot of money down the road.

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Some masters for the hand axes of this unit

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Dang, that’s some smooth GS work right there! :open_mouth: What work steps do you take to get that result?

Its Milligreen (50/50 milliput and greenstuff) sands real good.

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Awesome!

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Bit of progress on this bad boy

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As a big hat lover I cannot say but…they rock! :love_you_gesture:

Great idea casting a base mini to sculpt on, your skills with greenstuff really shine on those faces and the great finish you’re getting on the hats!

Can’t wait to see more :smiley:

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