Giving it the Old College TryBullywug sculpt
Posted 09 March 2012 - 11:59 AM
I started to do some tests to flesh out the design in sculpy before I start using the procreate I ordered.
1) I have discovered that it is easier and yields better results if you start with smaller geometric shapes and add a small amount at a time.
2) Also discovered that if your creating something symmetrical, like an eye bulb on each side of the head, it's better to portion out two identical clay balls before you attach the first side to the head. If you don't, it's practically impossible to get them to look right. One will always be larger than the other.
3) It's easier to problem solve in larger scale.
This mini is going to pose a bit of a scale problem. The monster is a Giant Frog and the MM lists it as a medium size creature. A human is a medium size creature, yet the Giant Frog is supposed to be able to swallow a PC in one bite. Not really sure how I am going to fit the mini on a standard base and still convey the menacing quality that this creature can swallow you whole.
I am getting over the intimidating thoughts that I don't have the sculpting skill-set. Just doing my best not to listen to those discouraging thoughts and continue to just experiment and learn what I can.
I figure that;
A) it can be difficult to find good quality minis in all the variations needed.
B) When you do find minis, they can be very pricy and outside the game budget. Especially if you need a large number minis.
C) It's easier to justify the cost of construction materials to my wife than spending $20-$30 on 9 minis. And that is with no real end in sight. ....... So many monsters needed.
D) Buying the occasional boss figure becomes more special if I sculpt my own minion minis.
E) I am having fun with it. Learning a new skill and getting to stretch my creative boundaries.
F) Funny thing is that it takes up less room, not as messy, and easier to do while watching tv with my wife than is is to paint a mini.
Posted 09 March 2012 - 12:01 PM
Armatures are critically important. The test armature i built for a humanoid figure I used for the Bullywug test. The arms were way too short and the wire that I used was not really a heavy enough gauge. So i bought some more wire today.
I worked on the figure last night. I added some bulk to his legs and roughed in some feet. I sculpted some definition on his back. Reworked his pectorals, head and neck.
After I got back from the store with the heavier wire, I made hand armatures and soldered them on to the original.
I also did a short video. problem is that most vid camers dont have a macro setting so its a bit fuzzy.
Posted 09 March 2012 - 02:33 PM
You're off to a great start. Musculature and proportions look good for an amphibian. It's a tough call how close to sculpt a fantasy frogman to a real human form.
I like it. On, on on!!!
Posted 09 March 2012 - 10:32 PM
As for the giant frog: I imagine that when it swallows a Medium creature, it folds the creature with its jaws into a fetal position and the frog's belly bulges hideously. So that's, what, a thrashing volume of roughly 3'x2'x2'?
Responding to your initial post:
> I figure that;
> A) it can be difficult to find good quality minis in all the variations needed.
Also, it can be impossible to find mass-produced figures in poses that aren't easy to cast (gaps between the limbs and clothing and weapons).
> B) When you do find minis, they can be very pricy and outside the game budget. Especially if you need a large number minis.
> C) It's easier to justify the cost of construction materials to my wife than spending $20-$30 on 9 minis. And that is with no real end in sight.
> ....... So many monsters needed.
Well... this depends on how fast you sculpt and how you value that time. If you had to spend an hour sculpting each mini, and you ended up finding it repetitive or boring, and you could earn money for doing other work in that time, then you would come out ahead by earning the money from the other work and then spending the $20-30 on the figures. But see your points "E" and "F"...
> D) Buying the occasional boss figure becomes more special if I sculpt my own minion minis.
Also true! Pretty soon, you'll want to sculpt (or at least convert) the extra-special boss mini, too.
> E) I am having fun with it. Learning a new skill and getting to stretch my creative boundaries.
Ah, there's the key!
F) Funny thing is that it takes up less room, not as messy, and easier to do while watching tv with my wife than it is to paint a mini.
And that too!
As I said to @FMLament on another topic here, I tried sculpting after reading some good magazine article with a sculpted figure shown step-by-step. If you want to read them, then send me a personal message with your email address and I can email the articles to you.
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