Sunday, 4 December 2016

Sculpt & Cast - Man and Woman Standing

The next mould for these figures turned out well (used a high temp silicon mould kit), 7 of each casting to be cleaned up for use...
 two of the better castings
 a couple of the castings painted .....
they look much better than I expected.

Next mould will include man standing and a janissary of sorts (useable for 18C)

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Gent painted and other new additions ...

The figure I finished sculpted in the last post has now been painted - this chap will be one of Wittenberg's nobles - Count Boritzy.

 Some other figures painted up recently. A Drabant officer and Irregular Miniatures pirate
 A Drabant seargant, with Steve Barber Miniatures Cardinal ...

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Gentlement Civilian - WIP

Before getting back to making a new mould  I decided to make something out of one of the castings from the first attempt mould, its good enough to be used as a starter for a special figure...
 after a few sessions with green stuff the result is this gentleman ...

an enjoyable bit of sculpting; will tidy up the figure a bit and then paint him up.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Sculpt & Cast - 2nd attempt at casting ...

I added some air vents to the mould,  the next pour yielded much better figures,
well for my first attempt I've awarded myself 7 out of 10; quite nice to make your own figures; there is much to do to improve the mould making process - problems:

- air bubbles in the silicon after setting, appear on the back of the casting
    --> put figures in plasticene base and create first half of mould on top - the bubbles rise up !
- lack of detail in some places on the figures
    --> need to improve the edge detail on aspects of the figure masters
    --> brush some silicon onto the figures before pouring
- air vents to be added at mould making time if possible
- pouring reservoir shapes to be improved

Made some basic mistakes, but that's part of the learning process.  I have sold some stuff on Ebay recently, so will buy another silicon mould kit; we'll see how things go from there.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Sculpt & Cast ... first mould and initial results...

 hoorah ! a mould with two halve, masters came out easily
the first pour of metal - arm and leg problems - will add some air vents and see what happens.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

'Porta-worktop' and mould list

Needing a suitable work surface for making moulds and casting I went for a rummage in the garage (the 'store room' at the bottom of the garden). I decided to use an old jigsaw puzzle board (about 50 years old), which I have used in the past for casting, and an old small square table top of similar vintage. The two have been joined together using some offcuts of contiboard.
on the rear is some old carpet tile, so that the back doesn't scratch the surface it rests on..
 the 'porta-worktop' set up in the garage resting on top of my G scale railway layout..
the garage is suitably equipped with a reasonably comfy chair, a little fan heater and a radio.

I now have an order list for the moulds, going from the 'simplest' to the more complex. Contents for each mould:
  • peasant woman + standing man
  • janissary + walking man
  • officer + ensign
  • drummer + seargent
  • pikeman + musketeer
  • mounted: officer + ensign
  • mounted: trooper + drover
  • horse

Sunday, 9 October 2016

going mouldy (2) ... rework of mould enclosure ...

I made up a base plate with a raised center section to delineate the mould boundary ..
 the reworked enclosure, smaller sits snugly on the base plate ....
modified Lego cone sections form the pouring reservoirs, which will be attached to the figures ...
need to allow for secure air vent fitting and then I'll calculate the volume so I can work out how much mould compound I need to mix up.