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My son REALLY wanted some cloaks on his Mantic Elves (and quite frankly, as spindly as they are, they needed it.) I had done a few capes here and there in a variety of ways for many Warhammer figs, but I needed a way to do 30 of them faster and easier than sculpting - and, maybe a few out there can relate to lacking some sculpting skills...
Here is a quick tutorial on what I did and was able to complete 30 figs in no time at all.
First, fold a piece of regular paper in half and cut out a shape similar to below with the fold at the top. It should be roughly the size you need to almost touch the ground from the neck. The first shape is what it looks like after cutting. The middle one is what it looks like when unfolded. Then, cut a small neck notch at the folded top - you need to leave the two thin edges intact so the piece folds back together.
Then unfold the piece to open it up. Working on the two facing sides, take a wide brush with water and brush some water on ONE SIDE of the cape. On the opposite side put a few drops of normal white glue and smear it to each end of the one side. When you have finished, you will have one facing side damp and the other coated with a thin layer of glue. Fold it back together and press firmly to get it to stick together nicely.
Then the fun part, simply wrinkle and fold up the cape while it is still damp into the rough shape of what you want the finished cape to look like. Then place it on the figure and fold around them in any fashion desired. You may need to fold around the collar tabs a bit so it looks like it is wrapping around the shoulders and neck. It is good to do some dry tests on the figure to make sure the cape is the overall desired size before gluing. The below pic is what it will look like after this step.
Glued and crimped.jpg
Let it dry and remove it to paint it. Here is where it is easy to paint, because you don't have to worry about trying to paint the underside of the cape.
Here are the finshed pics after painting and attaching it back to the figure with some CA. The cape is very stiff and rigid.
I cut out one cape to use as a template and then cut all of the others using it as a guide so they were all the same size. I managed to cut, glue and shape 29 figures in under one hour. I may try to add a hood, but that is a project for later!!
I help this helps some folks!
I really like the idea.Cheap and fast capes.Have some rep!
The only downside i can consider is that this is a bit fragile,but that is outweighed by the positives IMHO.
Praise be to the Emperor!!
Nice Idea. I green stuffed capes for one of my Dark elf regiments and they don't look as good as yours, so props to you.