With the turn of the new year, I have begun working on my next large project. As I look at the 60+ models that require minuscule sculpting and putty detailing, I have begun to wonder just how much work lies between now and NOVA...
As I have stated before, my next project is intended to be completed for the NOVA open event, which takes place in August. Between then and now, I have some serious work to do. I will go over the army list I have selected, as well as the conversion materials I have gathered in my studio, but today I wanted to focus on my newfound experience with Green Stuff.
Sure, Grey, Green, I am well aware of the variety of modeling putties available to our hobby. I have used the P3 Grey putty in the past, and really liked the experience. I am currently working with GW Green putty in an effort to better differentiate between the two, and to possible better understand where each putty would work best.
At the moment, I am in the process of sculpting 45 models with satchel straps. I was given some very useful tips by both Old Shatter Hands of Tau of War as well as Jay Buyaki of Fort Buyaki, and progress has been going smoothly. Modeling straps is fairly easy. I roll the mixed putty into a long thin tube, almost the thickness of fishing line. I then cut a section just SHORTER than I need, and apply it over the shoulder and across the chest of the model at hand. Lastly, I use some modeling tools to press the tube of putty flat, evenly across the circumference of the torso. So long as all of my tools, fingers, models and even the putty itself are kept doused in water, this is a very easy process. I have heard that some people like to coat their tools in a petroleum jelly to keep the putty from sticking during this process. I personally cannot imagine what a layer of oil would do to the model when it comes time to prime and paint.
After allowing these models to sit for about 30 minutes, and the putty is mostly "set", I am then able to take an exceptionally sharp exacto blade, and carve a smooth flat line on each side of the putty strap. This ensures a linear finish to the sculpting, and cleans-up any over-zealous application.
Clanrats are too short to represent Dark Eldar Wyches. After the conversions are complete, and you see the height of the bases, as well as the addition of combat-drug injectors (hence the straps), the point should be moot.
Regardless, if anyone has any putty tips that they would like to share, I would love to hear them. Wish me luck on my next batch!