Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Kardul Bodyguard


It has taken me this long to figure out that these 15mm.co.uk minis by Eli actually have names on the site. So here's the Kardul Bodyguard from that range. For his colors, I went along with the same ones I did for the crime boss, as he would be in his employ. The flesh is Vallejo basic skintone, which is very pale. I washed it with thinned purple ink to try to make it look alien, then highlighted it back up with very thin layers.


Sculpting a bionic hand

His left hand was miscast, ending in a blob which confused me a bit at first. Putty to the rescue! I snipped off the rounded end and applied a blob of ProCreate , patting down the end to make a rough cylinder for the wrist. When cured, I stuck a blob on the end of that to make the spherical base of the hand. When this cured, I made four little sausage shapes and squished them onto the ball to make fingers. I did this while the putty was very freshly mixed so it was as sticky as possible.
Using the edge of my home-made paddle shaped tool, I pressed the ends of the sausages on one at a time, making a knuckle out of the crease formed when sticking them on. A few little pats to get everything in line and that was it.

Doing all this putty work has been extremely enjoyable lately, and I'm starting to catch myself actively looking to ways to convert figures. I didn't think 15mm conversions were possible at first, but you never know until you try.

Thanks for looking!



20 comments:

  1. Looks awesome. Another miscast is a bit disappointing but you saved it.

    I find that converting 15mm is pretty simple and in many ways more forgiving than it might be in other scales. Be careful though. Converting leads to sculpting!

    -Eli

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    1. That's very true. You need a fine touch, but things are much easier to sculpt as you are generally just approximating a detail. A pouch can just be a baguely rectangular blob.. A light can be a tiny blob etc.
      I'd like to have a go at sculpting someday :)

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  2. ... and sculpting leads to the Dark Side!

    Amazing fix. That wee hand aside, I like how pink he is (more fresh-grub-pink than Caucasian-human-pink) and how that contrasts with his darker clothing to give him some visual oomph. That's always important for minis this small!

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    1. Thanks Allison! He's even paler than the Gutter Gophers, I think it suits him quite well.
      So true about the pallette. I've gone more colorful than usual on these guys and they really stand out much more than my military looking figures.

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  3. Hi, Jacker! Nice looking Alien (as usual!). I received my stash of Eli's stuff yesterday, and really appreciate your paint and clever conversion of this figure. I think I'll sculpt-convert the miss cast with...wait and see! I acquired a few of these Kardul things and might convert each one's right digit just a bit differently. Again, great work on a really imaginative sculpted other-galactic being.

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    1. Thanks Jay, It's a lot of fun working on the same figures and seeing what others do with them. I was considering doing a matching hand, but thought the robo-one would be easier. I resisted the urge to make him a pistol for the other hand as an unarmed brawler is a nice change.

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    2. One of mine got a lightsaber!

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  4. Ya once you get comfortable with putty it really is hard not to want to do something ro any mini you work on. There always seems to be some detail that could be added or embelished. It's not that the figs aren't good but you know that the molding and casting process limits some details and dimensions.

    -Eli

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    1. Amen. Your sculpts are really fun. IMO, even if a figure is "perfectly cast," one sometimes gets the internal modeler's itch to make his character unique to the story-scenario he is working to create. Actually, a pair of needle nose pliers, a squinting of the right eye, a deep breath, and a little tug, should rectify any oops.

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    2. So true about the putty. Once I figured out you literally have to "push it around" I've found it much easier.

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  5. That hand is incredibly cool, kudos.

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    1. Thanks Mik! (As long as I stick to things made out of blobs, I'm golden ;)

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  6. Great job. I had to go back and read again to see which hand you had redone, they both look so good. Great paintjob. That purple wash really worked well with the skintone.

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    1. Thanks Joe, I just noticed the colors are very old-school genestealer cult colors!

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  7. Well done, Jacker-another top job. Those minis look like a lot of fun to paint (and convert). Should have some rattling in through the letter box any time soon!

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    1. Thanks! I have the other space folks Eli sculpted and I just had the brainwave of making them all crimelords that hire the various Mercs I have as muscle. My campaign works will be a "most wanted" sort of deal.. Like a goofy sci fi version of "the wire" :)

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    2. There are a few that just don't make good crime lords but I would love to see what you do with them.

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  8. Another really good job there. So does this mean you're building up to sculpting?

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    1. Cheers Ace.. Yes I think so. It's a shame I can't find 15mm dollies.. I'll have to try making an armature.

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  9. Good stuff. Everyone needs a robo hand now and then. I did something similar with a miscast Black Hat Martian, gave him a spear point hand. Not as neat a job as yours, but it worked.

    I've also used the occassional miscast for a casualty figure. Leg misshapen? Obviously it got mangled by the enemy! Cut the base off, lay them on the ground, and ban! Instant casualty figure.

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