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    by Published on 03-20-2008 03:02 PM  Number of Views: 15360 
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    EASY-CRYSTALSDo you ever just throw away your old sprues...?if so; SHAME ON YOU!Sprue can be a very handy in making all sorts of bits and pieces.The majority of mine is chopped into thousands of small pieces ...
    by Published on 05-13-2006 09:12 AM  Number of Views: 21619 
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    Sculpting a head from Milliput



    Let me first start by saying that this is my first attempt at using milliput (being more used to green stuff), and also my first attempt at sculpting a whole part for a figure (As opposed to just detail) – so please be gentle!



    Here’s a list of the tools I used:








     




    At the top of the main picture is my preferred sculpting tool – shown in detail above. The left picture shows the straight end, whilst the right shows the bent end.



    Back in the main picture below the sculpting tool is my craft knife – just a cheap 99p hobby tool, but it has served me well! In the box are a selection of interchangeable blades and pointy bits.



    To the far right is the actual putty I am working on – attached to a cocktail for steadiness and to try and limit fingerprints.
    Beside that is a piece of Polystyrene I can stick the cocktail stick in so I don’t have to lay it down and risk flattening detail.



    At the bottom is the two-part milliput I am using for this sculpt.






    As this is my first full sculpt I decided to do Inquisitor scale (54mm) as I thought that might prove easier than trying 40,000 scale 28mm.



    So I decided to change the head of my (as yet unfinished) ...
    by Published on 05-11-2006 10:03 AM  Number of Views: 38933 

    For those who are stuck for ways to paint their force/power weapons, here are a few examples I knocked up on PSP in a few minutes







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    by Published on 05-09-2006 09:56 AM  Number of Views: 23503 
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    Creating natural-looking landscapes
    Creating natural-looking landscapes
    (Or sci-fi alien weird-scapes!)


    First of all – if you are creating an earth-like, M-class scene, the best thing to do is simply to observe nature! Go outside and look at the way trees grow in a forest, the way moss grows only on one side of the tree, the colour of lichen on rocks.
    Of course – if you live in the city or if the scene you wish to recreate in inaccessible to you (A beautiful tropical island for instance!) then try browsing for a suitable picture to work on  from the internet.

    (Note: If you are creating an alien weird-scape and want reference pictures – try looking for the NASA website, sci-fi film sets or unusual places on Earth, such as crystal-filled caves or the ocean floor).

    And now we begin – if I had to sit through 2 long years of A level geology, then I can inflict some of that pain on you! Mwa ha ha ha haaaa! (Maniacal laughter) etc


    Layer cake

    There are several different layers building a landscape:

    1. At the bottom, the bedrock, or foundations – upon which everything else rests, and surface rock – whether they be cliffs, or rocks at the banks of a river.

    2. And above the foundation, the organic plant life (flora) of your chosen climate.


    Above: Layered sedimentary rock (Primarily limestone). It is at an angle due togeological upheaval, and at the base of the cliff we see evidence of erosion in the fallen debris.

    1.    Rockscapes

    ·        Your first question, when creating a rockscape, or the bed-rock for something else (Such as a cliff face) should be – will the rocks in my scene be Igneous, Metamorphic or Sedimentary…?

    In other words – have the rocks been created from the liquid minerals of the planets insides (Igneous), have they been changed from one kind of rock to something new by pressure and/or heat (Metamorphic) or are they composed of the remains of ...
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