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I was thinking about creating a High Elf army entirely out of Green stuff. I already have the designs drawn up but I do not have any experience with using green stuff. Does anybody have advice on whether I should attempt this or not?
Last edited by Malacoda; June 20th, 2008 at 10:05.
I wouldn't. I sculpt a lot. Sure you can make a few test pieces, but for your finished product you might want to try a different medium. Brown stuff is a step up. It's less sticky and holds it's shape better.
If I were you I would try making some test armatures out of paper clips. The idea is to build a skeleton like structure to give your stuff something to cling to.
Really you need a tutorial. I don't think anyone's going to sit here and type out everything you need to do in order to sculpt. It would take too long.
I know that I need a tutorial. I wasnt asking for somebody to explain how to do the whole thing to me, I was just going to see how many people thought it would be a good or bad idea.
Last edited by Malacoda; June 20th, 2008 at 12:41.
If you don't have any experience, try sculpting one model and see how it works out. For an entire army, you're better off with sculpting three to four versions of each part of the model, casting those variant parts in metal and then using different combinations of them plus some GS to sculpt additional details to the models.I was thinking about creating a High Elf army entirely out of Green stuff. I already have the designs drawn up but I do not have any experience with using green stuff. Does anybody have advice on whether I should attempt this or not?
alrihgt, thank you. If they turn out good, ill post pictures.
Yeah, I gotta chime in with the rest here. If you've never used greenstuff before, you might not want to make your first project an ENTIRE army sculpted out of the stuff. Kind of like running a mile without puking for the first time on the treadmill at the gym and thinking, "Marathon? Hah! I can do that! Sign me up!"
In short, not gonna happen. You'll learn a lot of stuff "the hard way," and the whole experience will seriously try your patience. If you're not careful, you'll wind up never wanting to touch the stuff again, then dejectedly going off to the store to buy a box set anyway.
Ask yourself: Why do you want to do this? Are you trying to escape the financial cost of buying "real" models? Alas, I feel your pain. There are cheaper alternatives than new in the box, but not a ton. EBay is your friend, as are discount online dealers. You could also buy one box at a time over a period of months.
Do you just want a "unique" looking army? Fair enough, but consider this: You don't have to sculpt the ENTIRE thing to get that. You can buy, say, a box of Dark Elves, then use greenstuff on the existing models to, I dunno, give their helmets/armour/shields a little unexpected "bling" that will make them stand out.
Looking for a challenge? Ok, but why kill yourself building the whole thing from scratch? Why not buy a set of humanoid figures of some kind (loads of options out there) and use greenstuff to convert them into Dark Elves? Might save you money if you can find cheaper models out there to base the conversion on, and if they wind up being passable as Dark Elves, you'll have a VERY unique army, with a little less effort (better to graft stuff onto an existing model than to start from scratch).
That sounds much easier than making it completely out of green stuff. The main reason I wanted to do this is just to prove that it can be done and because I am bored as hell.
I think its possible if you have the skill and equipment, it would just be extremely difficult.
I am going to try sculpting one figure, if that doesnt turn out, then I am going with Canew's idea.
post a picture of it will you (even if it fails)
i feel your pain GW does bite hard in the wallet but i cant finnish my chaos worriors till november (might have to do a compleate overhall of my list +there are new plastic knites and hounds. i buy a box every three weeks or so and challenge myself to do a few good conversions and to paint them to the best of my ability it will improve your painting skill alot!!!! mabee make one unit out of stuff but a army is insane!!!!! you must ither be verry verry bored or im not the only madman here!!!