This tutorial written and composed by je_touche is by far the most interesting topic I have ever read at Benno's Forum until now. I think because this is about the soul and prime origins of our hobby. In the end this is what it's all about, isn't it? Who is actually designing and making our figz? For all of my life now I always wondered: who is the invisible man behind the sculpting of my figures whose name I never get to know. Why isn't the sculptors name in BIG LETTERS written on the front of the box like they use to do with books, movies or large sculptures?
Beside je_touche I want to thank Alex, Sho and all other professional and amateur sculptors for adding their knowledge and personal experiences to this topic. I want to thank Phersu who's recent Female Dollies were a great inspiration to my first sculpts.
I also want to thank MABO. I met this fascinating man a few weeks ago at Figz. He told me he participated once in making a Playmobil Varusschlacht movie. Two days later I watched a DVD I bought around 2009. It is about Wolfgang Gebranzig sculpting a figure in Sweden for the Cröbern diorama, as part of the Modellwelten DVD Series number V. I watched this DVD years ago but only now I noticed the opening text: MABO pictures Filmproduction
. What a coincidence! Or not? The world of 1/72 figures is so small I think. MABO there is so much to say about that movie but most important: very good moving macro-close-up shots! How did you do that?
Je_touche, are you the same Andreas that has been posting WIP pics of North American Indians? Did you change identity or is there two of you?
Paul wrote:At this rate none of us should have any excuse for not giving this a go.
Yes Paul you are absolutely right so I gave it a try.
First sculpts: men climbing ladders june 2016
The only material available to me at the moment was Green Stuff. I had no glasses for my eyes getting bad since last year, no rubber tools, I used wet dentist tools and I tried to grind the excessive Green Stuff which did not turn out well since GS contains micro fibres not suitable for grinding or scraping off.
I took one pair of glasses from my wife and bought (very large size 6 in stead of recommended 0 by Alex) rubber sculpting tools - the only ones I could get here in town. The result was more satisfying:
My experience: For me it is mainly about strong glasses. After one pair of glasses I took two pairs over one another.
At the end I had 3 pairs of glasses on my nose!
Only now I could see proper what I was doing and it all went much better.
Now some new magic sculpt and rubber tools size 0 have arrived from Spain.
I will post more of this at my Tyre 332 BC topic since that is what these naked bearded man are designed for.
I too can recommend it to all of you: try make your own sculpt. Even if it does not succeed or you are not satisfied with the result, the experience of the proces in itself has a spiritual value to me, being a life long figures addict.