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How to Sculpt a Miniature BattleMage - Part 2 (The Wire Armature)

In this part of the tutorial I show you how to make the armature that goes inside the sculpture.

Part 1 of this tutorial is here




The wire armature is an important part of the sculpture process. It is a framework that holds your sculpture together, keeps it in shape and keeps it strong. It does exactly the same thing that your bones do inside your body.


The wire armature

Here is the wire armature figure I made for this sculpture. It looks great.


Side view of the armature

Remember that a sculpture is a three dimensional shape so you don't want your armature to be flat! Here is a sideways look at it. Notice how his left leg is bent forward. And see how his arms are bent. This is all about getting the gesture of the figure right. It will make a big difference in how your miniature ends up looking.


Here is how to shape something like this.


The  wire

Start with two pieces of wire around ten inches long.


Shape the head

Twist one in the center to form your head shape.


Add the  arms

Put the second one over it like this at the neck.


Twist arms

Then twist the two together.


Shape te body

Now bring that lower wire down and twist at the waist. This forms the torso and the legs.


Shape the arms and legs

Now you can shape the legs and the arms.


The armature is done

Now trim it all to about the right length. Keep the legs an inch too long so you can insert it into your cork. And keep the arms a little long if you need to form hoops to hold a weapon or staff or something else.


Add the staff

Add the staff and insert it into the cork.


Put figure on cork

It looks good. Compare it to your drawing and make adjustments as needed.

NextOk , Let's start the actual sculpting





Modelling and Painting Figures

Modelling and Painting Figures (Modelling Manuals)

Probably the greatest test of the modeller is achieving the perfectly posed figure. This title explains how best to set up the figure, and goes on to deal with the niceties of painting, facial expressions, clothing etc. With no detail unexplored, everything is clearly explained with step by step photos.


Book: Painting ancient and medieval warriors

Painting Ancient and Medieval Warriors (Schiffer Book for Hobbyists)

Small figures of ancient and medieval warriors clad in leather or metal armor, available at any toy or hobby store, make wonderful, challenging figures to paint. Using clear, concise instructions and detailed photographic illustrations, Mike Davidson guides readers through the steps necessary to first prepare, then paint, and finally display these tiny replica warriors of ages past. Both hobby and oil paints are used to complete these figures, their armor, and their weaponry. Mike also provides instructions for painting realistic display backgrounds. Additionally, formulas for mixing a variety of useful colors are included.


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