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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sculpting My Own Terrain

As many of you know I'm working on a project called The Wyrm Of Connemara where I'm writing a story and illustrating it using miniatures and scratchbuilt terrain.  One of my goals is to avoid buying any pre-made terrain in an effort to cut costs and to force me to be creative and learn new things.

Ever since I've seen Jay sculpt wings for a pig and prove once and for all that pigs can fly, I've wanted to try my hand at a little sculpting.


So, when one of the scenes in my story called for overgrown mushrooms, I drew courage from Jay's example and sculpted my own.  These are built to be used with some 15mm Dark Sword Small Dudes and are roughly 20mm. The stems need more shading, but I rushed this a bit to get it posted today and will go back and add depth to them later.

These were dead simple to do and don't really need a tutorial so I'm just posting two pictures to illustrate "how I did it"


I used green stuff to shape the stems and the caps. The caps were done by rolling out a thin circle of green stuff and then pulling it down over the top of a pencil.  I used my X-Acto knife to carve the circles in the caps.


I then glued the stems and the caps together with superglue, primed and painted them. Dead simple and loads of fun.

I'm busy painting figures and building terrain so that I can post the next two installments of my story. Next week I'm going to post a "Cast of Characters" that lists the names of the bloggers who are playing roles in the story and which characters they are playing.

I'm very excited about doing this story because it allows me to paint a wide variety of figures, build terrain, write and interact with my fellow bloggers.  Also I have communicated with Jim Ludwig, the owner of Dark Sword Miniatures and he is going to be reading the posts as they come out. This will put real pressure on me to do the best possible job when painting these figures and that will make me a better painter.

I have an appointment today so I may be late getting to some blogs. I'm generally very good about getting to people but today I'm going to be running behind so please be patient with me.

It's Wednesday folks and you know what that means. Hump Day. So grab your gear, strap it on your back and go charging over that hill into the weekend. I know I will.


80 comments:

  1. I think that the sculpting is a really good job Anne, it's great that you actually tried something new as well and you did it with a good bit of flair and passion.

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    1. Thank you Matthew. It's fun to still be able to learn new things.

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  2. They look great. I need to get me some green stuff and have ago. I have a project on the go that I can't quite get the figures I need for so will have to do a little Greenstuff work myself. Look forward to the next part of the story

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    1. Thank you Brummie. This was really easy to do and I'm hoping to do a bit more over time. One day I'll tackle a conversion as I've seen some really well done things around here.

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  3. Wow! They look great Anne, you are a clever girl! Did you ever think when you started this blog, that one day you'd be sculpting mushrooms?

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    1. I had no idea at all I'd do something like this Ray. I knew I wanted to paint horses for sure and I'm just now getting around to that. I've got my first one on the painting table and just found a great tutorial, so now I've to work up the courage to put paint to brush!

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  4. Nicely done :-)Ah misspent youth ;-)

    Jason.

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  5. What enchanting 'shrooms Anne. Great job on the sculpting.

    Am I in the cast? Am I? Am I? ;)

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    1. I have a figure that would be perfect for you and I'd love to have you in it. The only thing I'd need you to tell me is whose side you want to be on-Ray's side or Fran's side. The figure is a Dark Sword 32mm female knight, with sword and shield. Very nice sculpt.

      Let me know!!

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  6. An impressive commitment to task Anne, the sort of project that could take some time

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    1. I'm pretty sure it will take about six months to do the whole thing. The story takes place in Ireland, Canada and in another dimension so I've got a pretty big story, lots of characters and lots of terrain. It will be fun though!

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  7. Looking amazing. Well done you

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    1. Thank you Mynx. Good to see you back. Are you home now.

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  8. I can't wait to see the story unfold. Your creativity knows no boundaries!

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    1. I may have to take a week away from blogger just to work on it as there's so much to do and I want to get those next two installments posted soon. I hope you like it.

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    2. Noooo! Not a whole week away from Blogger!!!!!!

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    3. I'm going to have to in order to get the painting and the terrain done. This thing is a huuuuge project, plus I've got my 15mm Essex to do. I'll be around to play with my friends though!

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    4. Okay, as long as we still get to see you around the blogosphere. Otherwise, I'd suffer withdrawals =)

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  9. Are they sitting on bottle caps? Is that how tiny they are? Amazing, Anne! And, seriously...Dark Sword Minis? I had to check to make sure I wasn't crazy...they do George R. R. Martin! I thought they did R. A. Salvatore too but I didn't see him. Wow, Anne. I'm speechless - Go You!!!!

    I can't wait to see the cast of characters, see who is who and be introduced to everyone =)

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    1. They've got the whole cast designed by George R.R. Martin and Tom Meier has done the sculpts. I'm using some of those in my story. I want to buy Cersei next as I need a figure that elegant to play one of my Top Secret characters.

      I think the casting list will be fun. It will let you guys that are in it know who else is involved and what party they're playing. I'm really loving this.

      And I'm going to ask for people to play parts that I need filled. I hope I get some volunteers!

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    2. I took a look at the figures and they are (I hope I can say) beautiful. I love Cersei. What a tough but, yes, elegant character. Top secret? Color me intrigued....

      It's going to be fun watching the list grow, Anne. I know how much you're enjoying this and that makes it that much more fun for me too. I have no doubt you'll find plenty of volunteers.

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    3. I'll tell you in an email who Cersei is. She comes in at the end as a surprise character.

      I just got four free orcs from Foundry so I'm going to need even more people. Yeeehaaaaaw!

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    4. ooohhh, I can't wait to find out who she is!! How very exciting.

      Free stuff, my my my, Anne! You must be doing something right LOL

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  10. Crikey Anne you are setting the bar quite high!

    Great work and nice bright detailing on the stools.

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    1. Thank you Paul. I feel like pushing myself as much as possible as a painter as fast as I can and I think doing something this fun will help with that.

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  11. cool...i like your shrooms...and cant wait to see your cast of characters!!!

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    1. I've got quite an array of figures and people so it should be loads of fun!

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  12. I bet Smurfs live in those little shrooms :)
    Hope everything will go fine at the doctors, Annzie!

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    1. I'm going to be building some cute little houses for my Little Dudes and Orclings from nut shells and dried seed pods from daylilly's.

      Everything went fine but I'm knackered from the drive. It took longer than the appointment.

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    2. can't even imagine, darling, I'm used to having everything in 20 to 30 minutes walking radius. When I travel to Novi Sad or Belgrade (which is an hour or two hours drive) I feel like I'm going to another side of the world :)

      Ooooh, nutshell houses.... sweet.

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  13. Howdy, Anne: Nice work on the putty-pushing-stabbing-rolling-stick-to-your-fingers endeavor. The Fungi are sweet! Keep the creative juices boiling!!

    Thanks for the blog mention.

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    1. Howdy Jay and thank you! Now I need a sculpting kit like the one you have. But I'd have to mortgage the house to buy it!

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  14. If I stand naked with an umbrella over my head, will you paint me?

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  15. Those wee mushrooms are adorable! I'm looking forward to reading your illustrated story.

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  16. They look dead cute!!! Can't wait for the story.

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  17. Magic mushrooms! (bad pun)
    I wasmn´t aware you are creating a world, The Wyrm Of Connemara. An Imagi-Nation?
    Cheers
    paul

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    1. It's a fantasy story with multiple characters and multiple points of view. It takes place in Ireland, Canada and another dimension. There are gods, humans, orcs and magical critters in it. There's also a dragon and a dragon slayer (it's a no brainer on who I'm making the hero of my story). Plus two of my characters die in the end in an epic battle. It's going to take months and months to paint the figures but the story is mostly written.

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    1. It's wonderful to see you Michele and I'm so looking forward to seeing your next project completed!!

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  19. Very nice Anne, thank you I think I'll also integrate these mushrooms , in one of my next realization.
    Greetings from Belgium.

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    1. Thank you Captain, that would be fun to see!

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  20. Great looking 'shrooms, am I still the backend of a cow? Only I've heard the front end just had a curry!!!!!!

    Ian

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    1. Ian, you are not the backend of a cow!!! I have finished painting your figure though and he turned out nicely. He's in the next two installments of the story and I'm working hard to get those all done.

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  21. Very nice sculpts Anne! You should keep doing it!

    Christopher

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    1. Thank you Christopher! I'm thinking of doing some over large ladybirds next and maybe a millipede as well.

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  22. You've done a good job Anne!
    Regards
    Bruno

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    1. Thank you Bruno! I'm having fun making magical things!

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  23. I'd eat them Anne. They come from your hands...so they must be good!
    Most excellent pieces! ;)

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    1. Thank you Thano's you are such a gentleman! Are you going to do a tutorial on how you do your macro photography. I'd like to learn that!

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  24. You can say it was simple but to me it's still pretty impressive. Again, it's something I wouldn't have really thought of. It's pretty cool that someone from Dark Sword, and so high up, is going to be reading them too. I'm looking forward to it all. It's going to be a tough challenge, but you'll get through it.

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    1. Mr. Ludwig is a nice man. I contacted him after the Mouse Mage contest and he was ever so polite and he said he wants to see this story as I post it. I'm practically a walking advert for Dark Sword as it is!

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  25. I love the mushrooms!

    And, kind of because of you, I'm going to be telling a story called "The Allegory of Miniatures" in a week or two (I have something different for next week). It's a true story, though, to illustrate a point. However, it will have some pics of some of my favorite minis in it.

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    1. Thank you Andrew. That is something to look forward to. I want to see your work posted and read the story. That will force you to open those boxes in the garage up!!

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    2. Well, it's going to be stuff I already painted, which is in a special case. The other boxes aren't getting unpacked yet.
      >sad<

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  26. They do look superb Anne and I really love the colours, very psychedelic! Are you going to base them on washers so as not to have to be constantly standing them up as you move characters around?

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    1. I'm going to put them on a coin or something and they will be usable in future fantasy terrains as well. The colors are really bright as I want them to look as fantastical as I can given the figures they'll be seen with.

      Have you decided what the fate of your helmeted mini is to be Sir Michael!

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  27. Wow that was very well done
    That green stuff looks like fun
    And away you went
    It got a little bent
    Then the mushrooms came to be
    Such fun to see
    As I know
    What the cat will do at your show
    As you bring it along
    Singing your little song
    Where at the end of the day
    The cat wins even at your bay
    And with a lick of his ass
    He'll then pass some gas
    And kill all around
    Especially the butt sniffing hound
    And hump day?
    Pfft to the backpack display
    The cat would rather hump
    With his bare rump
    Too bad it is snip snip
    Oh well at least the viking woman lets me get a good grip
    And there you go
    I visited your show
    How could I not
    After you whined a whole lot haha
    Blogger she doesn't like your show
    And it will not glow
    But the cat always comes
    With his rhyming hums
    And now here is a long arse one for you
    Just so you can feel special too
    And I'll even throw some extra pringle cans of poo
    You asked for it to come due

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    1. Hahahahaha. 'Twas a good one Cat. And you do win on this one too. Me, I die at the end!! I'm so Irish that when I write a story and put myself in it, I lose!

      You might want to go to Elsie's page as I have you hell over there too!!

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    2. I went and I saw
      Ever so raw
      But it is so fun
      To get you on a run
      And you lose
      hahaha that is old news

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    3. LOL - so he got you too, Anne! How very funny!

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    4. Got both of you
      You can just NEVER beat my zoo hahaha

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  28. Ah, very nice! Simple, sure, but they look awesome.. especially on those bottle caps!

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  29. Nice work Anne, good to see you making terrain rather than buying it! Applause.

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  30. Those are some fairly large mushrooms that your characters will be encountering. I can only imagine the size of the other creatures. :P

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  31. Very cool! Mushrooms are a perfect addition to fantasy. much better than in the kitchen (nasty mushrooms) Hmm.. you know, if you have some plastic minis kits they could be given some extra arms, paint a face.. :)

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  32. The sculpts are rather good and the paintjob you given them have made them rather lovely and thanks for the guide on making them.

    But I have to say I an intrigued by this The Wyrm Of Connemara tale that you are creating and cant wait to start reading it. I hope it is fill with larger than life characters and hero like Cú Chulainn, Fionn mac Cumhaill and Brian O'Driscoll. Good luck with the tale.

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  33. Lovely sculpting Anne. Very impressed.

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  34. What adorable little mushrooms!! I bet you I could even follow those directions and make a few!!

    And I am totally looking forward to more story =D!!

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  35. Those mushrooms are so cute, sis! For some reason I've always liked the look of cartoon-y mushrooms. I'm subbing my first yoga class today so I'll email you after. Love you, sis!

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  36. Those mushrooms turned out really well, and I'm excited for your story. I love the idea of illustrating with miniatures. I don't suppose your story has any room for a pair of drunken (non-related) twins, does it? Fighting drunkenly for Fran, of course.

    (No offense, Ray)

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  37. I came back on the 69th comment. xo

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  38. They look awesome Anne. I may sound like a broken record, but your multi-talented Anne. These mushrooms kinda brings me my childhood memories - my favorite books with pictures of these colorful mushrooms and singing birds and rainbows and unicorn and magical place. Pretty creative, I love the bottle base. Are those Pepsi caps? Dont please say Pepsi, I may never be able to forgive you. Say coke- coca cola.

    Cant wait for your story with figurines. Hope those badass warriors princesses?! brigade make a special appearance and each holding parts of Canadian cat.

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