Not yet disclosable use 1
Not yet disclosable use 2
This is how you can make a Persian brass staff or handle for a hooka, pipe, … could also be carved bone or wooden beads depending on the paint job.
You could also cut these beads loose and put them between a normal staff and the weapon as embellishments or if you make them smaller they could be used as a necklace or bracelet.
I made these with the roll maker xxl and the curved plates but it works similarly with the others too.
Start with one plate rotated 45° and one guide added. Roll a sausage that is close to the outer width of the staff you need and put it on the plate.
Then take the second plate and put the grooves parallel to the guide. With just a little pressure roll the sausage between the plates. You should get this result.
To make the staff u cut off the last few beads that haven’t taken the texture well and add a Lizardmen bit to it to show how it might look.
And as handle decorations
Using the smooth sides roll a conical shape by holding the plates at an angle as pictured.
Depending on the size of the root desired I use two dissimilar plates to create irregularity. This time the grooves on both plates are aligned parallel to the length of the tube. Here I am using medium and large plates. Make sure to try to adhere to the conical angle similar to step 1. The goal here isn’t your final root texture, just a cheeky head start before you place it on a miniature or base.
Remove from plate and stick it down. Any twisting or distorting should add to the root look. I come back with a sculpting tool and scarify sections that are too clean and add holes or extra forking sections of root. Finish it off with a bit of a mound around where it emerges from the ground so that basing material will mound up near it convincingly.
Here’s how this technique looks after priming
You make it seem so simple! I’ll end up giving this a go, but I’m pretty sure the results will be comical.
Nah mate… this is easy to use. I have mine for a few days now and already used it to make 3 distinct shapes. Hardest part is figuring out what combination of plate and orientation creates a specific texture. And that is what this thread is for.
Now… the other stuff reaver did in his builds… is staggering… so I get why it seems like a lot. But tubes and tentacles are relatively simple
Here’s a weird one. Not sure what else to call it. A quick experiment at sequential rolling.
Roll a tube using the large rolling plates aligned traditionally.
Then roll using one large plate and one flat plate to change how pronounced the ridges are. Do this very lightly as it will blur your texture entirely in quick order.
Bonus points for making your curing fixture super unstable.
Here is some medium-medium crosshatch tubing with 90 degrees misalignment. Advisable to use the guides that come with the tool to maintain the angle. This could be used as a grip for hammers or axes perhaps?
Now that I’m seeing it this might be a good candidate to come back over with a flat-flat roll extremely lightly to try to flatten out the small square nubs. Try it and see what you think!
Cutting up small sections of a resulting tube is a highly underrated use! Nice work. Very easy to pin through such things in the middle of a shaft, use them as the butt of a handle, or even beard ornaments.
Great idea for a thread guys, thanks so much for putting this together
Do you think this would be useful in any combination to create the scraggly unkept beards of the LoA?
Legion of Azgorh Beards
Started with small-small plates and rolled a thin tube. Worth noting I mixed the green stuff with more green than I usually do to increase pliability and hopefully pick up more detail. Consequence of this is that it sticks to the roller easier if not using plenty of water.
Leaving a few coils intact I went at it with the sculpting tool. Lightly pressing around the coil to replace the coil texture with messy hair strands. I repeated this with the pointy end of the tool going both directions (up and down the beard).
Repeated for multiple sections and drew out the bottom. Also used a wet blade to scrape up the coils a tad, could also do that after a partial cure so as not to flatten the beard with a heavy hand. Not perfect but quick and reasonable? Let me know your thoughts @GhraskDragh
Mate, looking forward to seeing what you end up creating! As @MichaelX said, it’s an easy tool to start using. And who knows what patterns you’ll discover in learning and experimenting with it. We’re just starting to scratch the surface here. Not to mention the potential doors opening up by going beyond the tool and doing a bit of post processing, a head start to some sculpting endeavors.
Every roll I make doesn’t work (nowhere near that), and that’s fine, I either start over or let it cure for my box of refuse that usually ends up on 40k bases. I’m trying to make nice ones for the purposes of the tutorials, but trust me the process is a fluid one. The more ideas we can collect here the better.
Wow, fantastic mate
You’ve exceeded expectations, that were high already
Thanks so much this will definitely be bookmarked for future projects
Haha I can’t believe you did it awsome!
Oh, great thread! Ive had one of those for years but never got around to actually try it for real.
Then this is the time @tjub … start making some tentacles now!
Yessss! If @tjub gets on a roll here, this thread will really be kraken!
A Reaver recreation inspired by @Uther.the.unhinged’s daughter!
Start with a chubby log with rounded ends
Optional step. Use one flat side and one grooved side to knock down the amplitude of the grooves. This step is unnecessary if using small plates, debatably necessary with medium plates, and likely necessary using large plates. Do this very lightly, only one or two passes.
Large, medium, and small maggots using the same plate pairs respectively. I post processed nasty faces on these with a dental pick. The larger one might benefit from some teeny leg texture as well which could be added after cure. Gently squeezing your maggots at each end will result in a relatively fatter looking maggot. Any fingerprints resulting there could be remedied with a wet sculpting tool and/or as part of making the nasty maw.
Worship Nurgle, if you’re into that sort of thing.
A Reaver recreation from this video at about 4 minutes
Create a conical tube similar to step 1 of roots tutorial
Using pair of large plates, try to maintain the cone while creating grooves. It can be hard to do this without blurring the texture as the plates want to slide down along the cone. Try your best to maintain the plates relative position and only translate them along the grooves. I find that a couple of deliberate strokes here is best as opposed to many repeated passes. This one took several tries. You’ll figure it out!
Coil it up using a tool ideally pressing only in the grooves so as not to disturb your work. Getting the coil started is the tricky part so make sure the tool is wet.
I have a MIGHTY NEED for these. I cannot share any other details at this time