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Tips and Hints for Sculpting Miniatures

Here is another great sculpting tip from Nicholas "Using a stiff bristle paintbrush".

"A stiff bristle paintbrush, like a boar bristle brush, is perfect for adding texture. Just gently stab the bristles into the surface of the sculpting clay over and over again in the area you wish to add texture to, and you get a very nice effect. This technique is perfect for making areas less glossy, and to add a rough look to surfaces."

 

Dappling the clay

This picture shows a dappling effect that was achieved with a firm bristle brush.

 

Brushing the clay

This picture shows the effect of brushing in parallel lines. It can give you a nice texture and would be great for some types of clothing and in particular for the fur of animals or creatures. This picture also shows what you can do if you don't have a firm enough paint brush. With a pair of scissors you can cut the bristles down in length. The shorter you cut them the firmer they get.

 

Here is an excellent Sculpting Tip Submitted by a web visitor (Nicholas) Thanks for the great tip Nicholas!

When I worked with Milliput, and wanted to smooth out a surface to remove fingerprints and tool marks, I used a drop of water. It really helped a lot, especially when the putty is sticky and malleable, since the water will prevent it from sticking to your fingers/tools, and would also make a smoothening "slurry" on the surface. The same might work with the epoxy putty you use. It's worth a try at least. :)

 

A Clay shaper

Try using clay shapers. These are a new type of tool with a composite rubber tip. They give you a nice feel for sculpting and they come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. I have more about these here: Clay Shapers

 

Pin in a dowel tool

This is one of my favorite tools and it really comes in handy when doing the real fine detail work on a miniature. It is a pin that I have glued into the end of a short piece of dowel. Cut a dowel about six inches long then, with a pair of pliers, stick a pin into the end. Add some glue then let it dry. You have a great little tool for adding fine details.

 

Use an emory board

Here is a nice little tip. I use emory boards as small pieces of file or sandpaper. You can snap the board in half then peel the sandpaper right off. I like to make strips of it. Comes in handy for fine filing in places where a microfile just won't reach.

 

Using corks to hold your miniatures

Here is a nice little tip although it is pretty common but if you don't do this you really might want to give it a try. I use a cork to hold my miniature while I am working on it. It makes it very comfortable to hold and to rotate into any position you want. Very comfortable and very practical.

 

Here is a great tip from a web visitor: After you make the armature you can use painters paper tape to fill some of the spaces and flesh out the musculature of the figure. It works wonders, saves putty and helps the putty stick to the armature better. This tip was submitted by DanGwanCie; you can visit his youtube channel here: DanGwanCie

 

miniature sculpting

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

 

Spartan Miniature

Tutorial on Painting Miniatures : The Spartan Warrior; This miniature is a series of spartans for the 300 Diorama. - This tutorial for miniature painting starts here