Low Life Themed Bases

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  • #4343

    Crudeboy
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    I’ve started sketching and jotting down ideas for a few themed bases that I can mold and cast as needed. So, I sat down earlier this evening and knocked out something rough.

    What I’m really wanting do is some of the terrain that is really unique to Low Life, like inside the Incredibly Huge Monster and the Moonular Cheese Fields. I’ll also do some more generic muddy, dirty type of stuff with some “Low Lifey” touches like the little slugs and some of the mushrooms seen in The Whole Hole.

    I need to smooth out some edges, maybe sharpen some others, and add a few little crumbs of detail. It’s admittedly not much, but I thought that through the magic of crappy smartphone cameras, I’d share what I’ve got thus far.

    So, uh, what does it look like to you guys?

    [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/sNk4rKX.jpg?1[/IMG]

    Side note: Sculpting something? Try a 1:1 mix of Kneadadite/Green Stuff and Aves Apoxie Sculpt. You’ll be glad you did.

    #5339

    ntanner42
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    Color me impressed. I think that’s a pretty awesome base for a Low Life mini. Are you planning to do them all that way, or do you have different base ideas for different miniatures?

    #5341

    andyhopp
    Keymaster

    That looks great! We are planning to have some Low Life themed bases cast up. What would you think about us casting yours?

    #5348

    Crudeboy
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    I plan on doing a variety of different things, like chunks of moonular cheesy goodness and squicky, fleshy monster innards (complete with cilia!). I’m also wanting to keep the style as close to the art and minis as I can. I haven’t really thought of anything tied to a specific figure, but I’m totally open to ideas.

    I’d be all for that, Andy. I’m trying to make these as cast-able as possible, if anything just to teach myself. Right now I’m just running on a small set of silicone mold making goo and fast-curing resin, which works fine for little personal projects. Having them pro-cast and available to all of you guys would be great. Not to mention it would light a fire under my butt to buckle down and do this more, because I do enjoy it quite a bit.

    Once again, if anyone comes up with anything they think would be neat, do speak up. =)

    #5382

    zombielord
    Member

    Slugs, mushrooms, cracked earth, craters.

    I will have to try your 1:1 mixture for sculpting (I added it to my amazon wish list).

    For my sculpting I use green stuff for my detail work and milliput for large less detailed pieces. However the one tool I got (besides various sculpting blades) that I feel everyone should have is Firm Clay Shapers, Size 0. They improved my sculpting by allowing me to use less time trying to create smooth lines. You can also use them to paint but I still prefer brushes.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00399KKMW/ref=oh_details_o06_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    #5386

    Crudeboy
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    The “ApoxieGreen” tones down a good bit of the stickiness of the green stuff, seems to help it keep an edge better, and the curing time is lengthened somewhat. It’s a best of both worlds type of thing, really. I just recently learned this after having two pots of the Apoxie Sculpt just chucked into a drawer for years, pretty much forgotten. I just didn’t like it for some reason.

    I still haven’t messed around with Milliput, despite it being one of those things that has been around since there has been scale modelers. Different putties have different properties, so it’s good to learn what works well for what and build a variety.

    Yeah, I second the clay shapers. They are absolutely fantastic. I have the same, as well as this Sculpey brand tool with removable magnetized heads that I use quite a bit. I’m still looking for a really small ball-tipped burnisher. Like, lentil- or BB-sized small.

    Another tip: Keep your mixed putties in a small container in your freezer to extend your work time. Scoop off a bit to work with, then pop it back in the cold. Much, much less waste.

    #5387

    wapcaplets
    Participant

    Looking great, Crudeboy, More pics of the finished product when you’ve got them, please!

    #5391

    zombielord
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    Yeah, I second the clay shapers. They are absolutely fantastic. I have the same, as well as this Sculpey brand tool with removable magnetized heads that I use quite a bit. I’m still looking for a really small ball-tipped burnisher. Like, lentil- or BB-sized small.

    Another tip: Keep your mixed putties in a small container in your freezer to extend your work time. Scoop off a bit to work with, then pop it back in the cold. Much, much less waste.

    I have never heard the freezer bit. I will have to try that. Milliput you can just brush some water to extend the cure, but if you add too much it becomes water logged. The grain of the material is more coarse than green stuff but it is perfect for things like large monsters bodies / arms / legs. Milliput is VERY sticky though so you have to constantly wet your hands when you try to set the basic shapes.

    I just try to have a few home made press molds for excess putty that is left over. Take a bit piece that you like and take 2 28mm bases. fill one base’s cavity with a big glob of green stuff the spray with PAM and place you bit into it and use the other base flat side as a press. I have had pretty good luck with this. I have also seen people use legos as a press.

    As for the ball tipped burnisher grifhold may have what you want. My self though for various round cavities I use sewing needle pins. They have heads of different sizes and the can use the needle end for some reaallly fine detail work or use them flat to make lines for feathers.

    My sculpting tools are a mish-mash of professional tools and odd shaped junk. Like I have a ink pin with the ink removed. During manufacture there was a burr point left in the tip. I can now make perfectly round circles with dots in them equally patterned with it. Great for sci-fi equipment and cross-hairs.

    #5396

    Crudeboy
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    Quote from zombielord on 06/13/2013 10:38 am

    I just try to have a few home made press molds for excess putty that is left over. Take a bit piece that you like and take 2 28mm bases. fill one base’s cavity with a big glob of green stuff the spray with PAM and place you bit into it and use the other base flat side as a press. I have had pretty good luck with this. I have also seen people use legos as a press.

    I’ll often just make little rocks or “strips of torn fabric” or little tentacled polyp things I might use on something some day. I’ve amassed a pretty big collection of tiny tupperware containers filled with random green stuff leftovers.

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    As for the ball tipped burnisher grifhold may have what you want. My self though for various round cavities I use sewing needle pins. They have heads of different sizes and the can use the needle end for some reaallly fine detail work or use them flat to make lines for feathers.

    My sculpting tools are a mish-mash of professional tools and odd shaped junk. Like I have a ink pin with the ink removed. During manufacture there was a burr point left in the tip. I can now make perfectly round circles with dots in them equally patterned with it. Great for sci-fi equipment and cross-hairs.

    Well, dang. I’m looking at their site right now and finding a bunch of neat stuff… Including tiny ball burnishers. Thanks!

    I’m the same way. Pen tips, little bits of wire twisted in an interesting way with a blob of putty at one end for a handle, a fork, and so on. I didn’t think about raiding the wife’s sewing box though. Sweet.

    Edit: I just discovered Mini Kemper punch cutters. Totally ordering some of these. Moonular cheese will hopefully get much easier.

    #7183

    Crudeboy
    Participant

    Rise, thread, rise. Kali maaaa!

    Pulled out the putty and fooled around a bit today (har, har) and knocked this out, mainly to get back into the swing of things. I haven’t touched these in months.

    A hasty photo and editing later, here’s this. I don’t feel it’s very evocative of the setting or anything, but it is just muddy, lumpy ground. I think I might go try to fiddle with some teensy slugs, bug slogs, or mushrooms or something for window dressing.

    Low Life Base 2?

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