Long story short, for those who’ve heard it, is I got a miniature for my Undead and Necromantic teams to use as a coach. The model’s quality was lacking, so I decided I’d give sculpting a miniature a shot. It’s something I always wanted to try.
Using the miniature I bought as inspiration, I got to sculpting. Actually, first I made a wire armature. I knew it I was going to do this right then I needed a solid foundation.
Slowly I built up the miniature until it started taking shape. I continued to add detail and came up with this.
You can see there’s a few things I didn’t sculpt, wasn’t even going to attempt a face quite yet, and I had issues with the hand, but it’s like 95% me.
Now, I’m going to bury the urge to criticize my own work here. I couldn’t expect miracles on my first outing. It’s a learning experience after all.
So, I’ll refrain from pointing out the flaws and saying how I wish I could have done X or Y better.
There things I could have fixed but I made the choice to forge ahead, complete the model, learn, and apply those lessons next time.
Honestly, that’s one of my biggest pieces of advices in this hobby – don’t seek perfection every single time. There’s so much more value in completing something despite imperfections than there is in trying to get everything right and frustrating yourself. Being frustrated is never productive in this hobby.
Anyway, as a whole I’m very happy with the miniature. Honestly, it may be my favorite thing I’ve done. I had a vague idea of how I wanted to approach this, and I improvised along the way as I always do, and it came out how I envisioned it, which rarely ever happens and probably why I’m so pleased with it.
The idea with this model is he’s a necromancer. Someone has to resurrect the dead (actual Blood Bowl rule for Undead and Necromantic teams), so it made sense to me.
To further give that impression, I sculpted the ribs over the armor. I didn’t want to go for something realistic but more stylistic instead – something imposing.
The amulet I sculpted is a source of power, and of course his hand is showing his necromantic powers in use.
The book is his playbook and just suits the model in general.
Lastly, I’m really happy with how the cloak came out. It’s my first time creating a cloak this way. I used Ron’s technique for this one.
I thoroughly enjoyed sculpting this miniature. There was a ton that I learned that will make the next attempt go better and quicker.
I have since managed to get the coach all painted if you want to see the finished product.
Have you ever sculpted a miniature? I’d love to see it if you did!
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