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Make a Miniature Statue

This is a quick project that I made for the fantasy wall diorama that I am working on. You can see that whole project here: The Fantasy Wall Diorama. What I needed was a miniature statue holding a sword. And I wanted it to have that Marble statue look like the classical greek or roman statues. The only real trick to this is what you use as a finish on it. If you use the right finish it gets that really nice shiny marble look to it.


The Statue

Here is the finished statue in place in the diorama. The light is simply a small wattage red bulb placed in the ceiling. but you can see the statue has a nice glossy feel and look to it.



Here is the sealer that I applied to the statue after I painted it white. It gives a nice glossy marble look. I picked this up in an arts and crafts store for five dollars. It was in the paint section along with the hobby acrylic paints that come in a similar tube.

There are probably all kinds of sealers that you can use. It is just a matter of experimenting to see if it looks right.


About sculpting the miniature Statue

The clay statue and an armature

This picture gives you a good idea of how I started on this project. I first used an easy modeling clay to get a sense for what I wanted. The important things for me were the flowing of the robes and how the statue held the sword.

Once I had that the way I wanted it I made a wire armature for the actual sculpting. The wire armature is on the left.

I have a very comprehensive tutorial on how to do this process including how to make the wire armatures. The tutorial also has videos so you can watch as I make and sculpt. How to sculpt Fantasy miniatures


The armature and foil

Here is a closeup of the armature. It is stuck onto a cork so it is very easy to work on. And I have stuffed the center of this with aluminum foil. It saves on the clay.


The miniature

Here is the almost completed sculpture. It is taking shape and I still need to do some detail work.

The product I used is called ProCreate. It is a two part epoxy that you mix together then you have a certain amount of time to sculpt it. It will harden to its completed hardness.


(ProCreate is available on amazon.com here: Procreate Putty 2.5 Oz. )


Once the sculpture was done I painted it white. And once the paint was dry I just brushed on the Multi Purpose Sealer.


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Tutorial series: How to sculpt fantasy miniatures

This is a very in-depth series of tutorials that take you through the whole process of sculpting your own fantasy miniatures. It includes a series of videos. How to Sculpt Fantasy Miniatures


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