I'm a great believer in pushing yourself, whether it's in your studies, your work or even the hobby. I mean, what's the point in spending a fortune on models, ages painting them and then not trying to improve them? So, over the past few months I've been dipping my toes into sculpting with green stuff.
Now, I'm no Col. Gravis or Dverning and I don't think I'm going to be sculpting figures anytime soon but I do think with a bit of work, I'm going to be able to do stuff that'll make my models more individual. This is what I've done so far and where I am with my sculpting skills .....
My very first bit of sculpting was my snipers cloaks, at the time I was really proud of them but looking back now, they were pretty basic and I can see loads on them that I could improve.
Next up was Marbo's cloak which was slightly better than the snipers as the folds were sharper but I'm still disappointed with the folds of the cloak as they go over his shoulder and the hood. At least I learned to get the folds sharper this time.
Next comes Doc Butcher, my first non cloak sculpt, although it was a bit chunk, I'm still pretty chuffed with how he came out, especially the arm cuffs. The one thing that lets him down are the sleeves as they're too flat, in hindsight, I really wished that I'd put some ridges on them to help the drybrushing, another lesson learned.
Finally, we have Doc Butchers victi .... patient. Now this one I'm really please with, ironically, not for the wound or surgical sheet but for the drip bag. It was the first really small detailed item I did and it was the first that I did in stages, letting the first part cure completely before moving on to the next.
And that's where I am now, all of these were done with a clay shaper and I haven't used metal tools yet. So at Dvernings suggestion, I picked up a set of twelve from ebay last night along with some different clay shapers. Add this to the fact that a friend is setting up a sculpting supplies business and I'm helping him with some marketing, so I'm hoping I'll have access to some cheap green stuff.
2010 could be the year of sculpting, so expect more sculpting related posts coming soon. Here's to pushing yourself and going green!