Well, hello everyone. I’m a new writer on the blog, and I wanted to make an interesting topic to start. Not the most discussed or known of topics to be honest, and somewhat controversial to some people.
So, for a project I started for Frostgrave I thought about making a small Melniboné themed warband. The base models are the Galadhadrim warriors from LOTR line from Games Workshop. After they arrived, and I inspected them, I really liked them, but the heads, shields, and the elven swords didn’t make the cut for my warband. So, I searched the webs, and I found helmets, and shields, but no swords that made a good impression. After searching in all my past miniatures, and the bitz box, I found a nice broadsword that could make the cut, but I have one and I needed four of them.
So, how did I conjure a solution?
Insta-Mold – called by many names, and carried by many brands. This particular set is from Insta-Mold Ebay shop. It’s is a kind of plastic, really malleable that can be put into a malleable state by just heating water up to just before boiling point, and then dipping it for a bit less than a minute. It’s very useful to copy small parts like weapons, symbols, banners, boxes, or just any small model part. For entire miniatures it is mostly useless unless it’s really well divided into separate parts, and small enough. If you find it morally acceptable – I don’t find it particularly, I just copy small parts that I’ve modified, or done by myself, or if they sell, and odd number for what I need.
As you can see above, I copied the broadsword, and made a copy with greenstuff. I recommend brown stuff. It’s stiffer and less flexible than GS, and looks pretty good once cured. The copy is slightly smaller, and has some problems on the edges, but nothing too great. Obviously you will have to sand the flash – I already cut it on the picture, with small clippers or scissors, but that is easy to do.
As you can see, the copy is quite similar to the original, eerily similar for a cheap mold and cheap casting material.
So, do I recommend it personally?
Yes, but only for people who do lots of conversions. If you don’t do conversions, and intend on copy miniatures, just give up – this won’t work for that. But, if you’re like me – usually make your own weapons, change lots of parts, or do many experiments on minis, it’s a good tool to have. For the price – less than 10€ included S&H to Spain, it’s quite cheap and useful, and since it’s indefinitely reusable (just reheat and re-mold) it’s a good addition to the arsenal of tools and materials of a modeller. You can even use it to copy textures from terrain you make to make copies on all sorts of materials. I tried copying a brick I made with styrofoam and it worked perfectly; and since it’s not too hot it won’t melt the styrofoam.
So, what do you think as a first post? I intend on making more tutorials on the future, showcase some of my warbands / minis of different games, maybe even rule reviews, and AAR’s if I can make pictures of the games I play.
As for what I like, I’m mostly a 15mm, skirmish gamer, but lately I’m getting back to 28mm territory – specially Frostgrave, Open Combat, Mordheim, and really thinking on Age of Sigmar if I find a cheap army. In the last year I dabbed a lot with 3D printing different things for wargaming, which I’ll show in the future if I print something interesting. See ya around, and do experiment the possibilities of Insta-Mold!