A couple of manticores.
Hey you two, welcome to the hallowed halls of half pint painting. Those actually look pretty good. At least as good as what I did when I first started and not really much different than what I do now. lol Hey, I have no pity for my own excuses for my work, I have a degree in art and have yet to master my brushes.
A couple of manticores.
Hey Tarot, nice flyin lions!!!
You are pretty good at detail. The spikes on the spines are pretty high detail. Good job!
Hey, have you ever thought about using acrylic paints?
Yah, those look pretty sweet
It doesn't look like much. No paint, it isn't fantasy.
However it is all mine. I made the master, I made the mold, I poured the molten lead.
It's my first successful metal casting. It is poured into a mold I made for casting resin models. RTV rubber is still Vulcanized and can take the heat.
Holding something like that in you hands makes one rather happy. So the casting is not clean, what we buy in the store in a plastic bubble is pretty much in the same condition. Take a bit more time and clean it up a little and that my friend is something you can hang your hat on. May want to not even paint it so as to showcase it. Congratulations!
Very nice work! For Star Fleet Battles? Or just for the heck of it?
Yes the casting can use some additional cleaning. You should have seen it before I took the gates and pour stub off.
It is a "taj" (dagger) class Klingon scout. 121 meters long (The model is 1.9 inches.)
Here is a resin pull from the same mold fully painted.
And the same model, the original on the left the unpainted resin copy on the right.
Last edited by tesral; 07-03-2008 at 04:46 PM.
As for how much cleaning the pieces need after casting I understand. What kind of mold material do you use? I used to use a plaster type of material. We would recycle the old stuff and mix it with about 50% new stuff. And the release material also needs to be cleaned off. And all the sprue's need to be cleaned off as well. Yeah, I remember how much work goes into cleaning a casting. Still, your piece looks good.
Release material for the lead is talcum powder. I use a waxed based release spray for resin and for making molds. Do not forget the release when making molds. Otherwise your master is embedded in a nice block of silicon.
For those that wonder the professional miniature makers (at least the pewter ones) use a natural rubber mold, it lasts longer and is vulcanized as part of the mold making process. The originals are placed in the mold disk. The disk placed into the vulcanizing machine and bang, mold for a spin caster. I watched this process at the Ral Parth factory in 1995. You better not forget the talcum either, or that one is a solid disk.
I imagine the plastic minis are made with an injection molder. Much more expensive process mold wise.
For me the average mold is a 20 dollar item.
I should have more minis to show in a bit as I am assembling and painting Ogre minis.
The manticores were done with acrylics.
I mostly use craft paints. I like the translucency, so that I can play around with painting green on top of yellow vs. green on top of grey. It doesn't show well in the picture, but the wing panels are brown over a bone white, which gave them a textured, membranous look that I was pleased with.
And now, a few trolls and a fog wraith. (These are enamel.)
Wow!!! The wraith looks real good. You have given me new inspiration to maybe paint mine. The way you made it looks like fog there at the head and hands made me think of using cotton balls to give it that fog like look. That was really good painting.
Yah. It's a dismembered Q-tip.