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Ok, after my Trygon Project I am seriously low on putty. Since this stuff is relatively rare around these parts, I can only make a small model. And being addicted to sculpting isnt helping either.
Anywho, back on topic, I want to sculpt an XV 22 Battlesuit. I already have the design drawn out(I'll upload them later) and the relative size figured out. However I cannot make crisp, clean lines. If you'd seen my trygon you'd notice I cant make clean lines(the carapace plates look rounded off and just plain horrible). So can anyone give me some tips on making clean plates?
Also, I'm gonna make this thread a log for the project. I'll probably start on it tomorrow(got alot of things for today, but since I crapped up my foot and cant walk, I'll have alot of free time tomorrow). And what does WIP mean?
WIP is Work In Progress. At least I'm fairly sure it is
For the 'clean lines'; maybe you need to wait until the putty dries, then either shave it with a knife or file it?
Someone else will have to help you there, I'm sorry.
I might try to shave it with a knife after it dries abit. However I use sculptey's(which need baking) as my local store rarely has greenstuff. Another friend suggested to use Plasticard, but something this small might not be a good idea to use it(that and I'm horrible with a knife. I cut myself 3 times while converting my commissar, and it was a simple leg transplant).
For hard edges you need putty to set a bit (1-1,5 hours) and then adjust the edge so it stays the way you want it..
I use Sculptey's, which only cures through baking.
Otherwise, try using slightly more putty on the said areas and later sand it away with some fine grit sandpaper.
Not to sound like an ass or anything but I did mention that stuff is almost impossible to get where I live.
Either way, good thing that the Tau use alot of curves and rounded edges to describe thier weapons and technologies, so it shouldn't be as much of a problem as you might have initially thought. Just do your best in the modeling phase, bake it, and then refine any mistakes that come up along the way. It should turn out fine.
As far as cutting yourself with the knife, theres a few basic tips to try and follow to make sure you don't cut yourself again. I know these sound obvious but if you think back to everytime you've cut yourself, I'll bet you its because you didn't follow one of these rules:
1. Make sure you cut away from yourself - Position yourself and the object you're cutting so that the blade is facing away from you and that all of your body parts are behind the blade, always make a cut with the blade moving away from your body
2. Use the right tool for the right job - Hacking through a thick piece of pewter, though possible (eventually) with a hobby knife doesn't mean you should use it. A jewel-saw, or rotary tool would make the work easier, since they're made for that type of cutting, and ultimatly make the job safer.
3. Stable and steady work surface - Can't make a straight cut, or safe one, if the object youre trying to cut is moving around on you. A good solid table with plastic cutting surface, or a table-mounted vice to hold odd-shaped objects would be optimal
Yes, these are no-brainers, but many times these safety rules are simply overlooked. I've broken these rules many times myself, and have paid for it most of the time in band-aid laden fingers. Use the tool right, and you should have nothing to fear.
Anyways, enough obvious advice from the peanut gallery
Hope that might help.
You know, I just realised I ignored all but the second one. And that's because I was working with plastic. No wonder my hand was bleeding a river. I'll try to keep those in mind for my Stormtrooper conversion(this is for my Inquisitor retinue).
I'll start work on it tomorrow, and I'll post the concept soon. To give a relative height, it will be slightly larger than the Space Marine Terminators. It may be renamed the XV32 because of the increased size. In anycase, I plan on giving him Missile Pod, Plasma Rifle, and Shield Generator for his 3 hardpoints(the other wargear will be hard-wired systems, so I dont have to represent them). The Missile Pod will be on his back, the Plasma Rifle on his left arm, and his shield generator(which looks like a shield) on his right arm.
And should I make him with a helmet or no? If he has a helmet, it'll look better. But if I make him helmetless, I can use the plastic Tank commander head. Suggestions?
Rotary tools are pretty good with the saw bits. They cut fast, clean and without much extra damage to the model.2. Use the right tool for the right job - Hacking through a thick piece of pewter, though possible (eventually) with a hobby knife doesn't mean you should use it. A jewel-saw, or rotary tool would make the work easier, since they're made for that type of cutting, and ultimatly make the job safer.