Modelling Tutorials & Tips

My blog is mainly arranged by project.  Although each project is in a sense a giant tutorial, I realise that many of the projects contain actual step by step tutorials on a particular aspect of modelling which if you are mainly interested in can be hard to locate.   This page attempts to list and link to all of the step by step modelling tutorials I’ve put together, regardless of which project they live in.

Sculpting Tutorials

Sculpting Plate Mail Tassets (Hip Armour Plates)
Step by step guide to creating complex compound curve armour plates from my Warriors of Chaos project.

Moulding & Casting Tutorials

Making a Mould
Step by step guide to making a 2 part mould (or at least the first half of the two part mould).

Making a Mould with Deep Contours
A brief visual “tutorial” showing how to mould deeply contoured parts.

How Much Silicone?
How to work out the amount of silicone to mix up in order to fill a mould.

Refining a Mould, Part 1 & Part 2
Two posts showing some steps to take when casts made from a mould have bubbles or other defects.

Making a Painting Jig for Bases
A simple mould designed to make it quick and easy to airbrush or spray bases with different coloured rims and tops.

Kitbashing Tutorials

Making a Better Eldar Jetbike
This is the jetbike kitbash I made before I embarked on moulding and casting a full Jetbike conversion kit.  It is quite old and isn’t how I would do it today, but still may be useful to those looking to improve their Eldar jetbikes (edit: now largely defunct due to the introduction of a proper modern Jetbike kit by GW).

Kitbashing a Squat in Exo Armour
This is a step by step project to create a Squat Exo Armour suit out of some dwarf bits and a Space Marine Centurion.

Painting Tutorials

Painting Leather Straps
A quick step by step for painting leather, in this case straps though I use the same approach for boots, gloves etc…

Basing Tutorials

Sandy Desert or Scrubland Bases
A method for more convincing sand bases that I worked out for my Blood Bowl Orcs.

Terrain Making Tutorials

Wet Water
An incredibly useful trick for painting large areas and gluing flock and other scatter material to terrain.

Scale Brick Wall Step by Step Tutorial
Step by step guide to creating a convincing brick wall effect in miniature scale.

    1. Admin

      Hi Andrea

      You definitely need to give it a good undercoat as it’s not as “paint ready” as some other resins and is a bit “plasticy”. I am actually on the look out for a casting resin that is more similar to the resin used by Games Workshop or Forgeworld, but haven’t found it yet.

      Anyway, for painting over the Polycraft stuff, Army Painter spray seems the toughest (I sprayed this on my home made Eldar bases and it wouldn’t come off even when I tried to scratch it off). Standard Games Workshop skull white spray works ok too when shaken vigourously. If you have an airbrush, an airbrushed primer layer is even better. After the undercoat I just paint as normal then make sure to gloss varnish before any finishing matte/satin varnishes.

      Hope that helps.

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