Thursday, 2 August 2012

First steps.

Last night I mounted three models... sounds more interesting than it was.

The two busts were mounted onto resin tapered display plinths available from The resin is nice and soft and easy to drill into with a pin vice. A corrosponding hole was drilled into the bottom of the bust and then a short length of steel rod was used to fix the two together.
The Crusader was simply glued to a wooden display base (handmade from Bognor Models).

The bases were then masked off with tape and they were all given a hand brushed undercoat of 33 Matt Black (of which you can obviously see bits I've missed on that photo...) You can see I have kept the helmet separate n the SCW bust so that it is easier to paint the face. But what's that you say? What is that all over the Crusader's base? Well I'll tell you.

In order to hide the large bump of resin the figure is standing on I am going to do some landscaping on the base. Before the figure was undercoated the sides of the base were masked off, and the top covered with a layer of Vallejo Plastic Putty, a smooth, quick drying acrylic resin. While it was still wet, model railway ballast (from Gaugemaster) was sprinkled over the top, and two small cork 'rocks' added to the rear of the base as a feature. I have used this technique on wargames figures before (see the 1:300 scale Israeli tanks below) and with a good basecoat, drybrushing and flocking it gives a really good effect. I might give it a quick undercoat before I start on the rest of the model which will seal in the sand and stop it rubbing off.

 The figure is based on Liam Neeson's character in Kingdom of Heaven, so I can see some snow effects being used as well, anything to hide that bump!

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