Vehicle Stowage - Sculpting for Beginners
Afternoon everybody! A few posts back, I looked at how to make your own vehicle stowage from odds and ends, spending minimal cash. I used a Hanomag halftrack as an example, and on my second vehicle (my Latvian Legion Panzergrenadier platoon needing four in total), I've tried some sculpting techniques. This is another of the Warlord Hanomags.
And there it is. Finished! Many will probably read that and already know some of the tips but I hope it gives someone the idea to try something a bit new. My sculpting, although very basic, is coming along bit by bit! And remember, just because you're on a budget doesn't mean you can't augment your sculpting with some good deals. Chris at SOPW has done some nice resin 15mm stowage kits - very cheap, and also they still look as if they'd fit 28mm, if you stacked them as infantry kit packed onto a vehicle rather than proper vehicle stowage. Google is your friend here - loads of bloggers do small-scale castings of this sort of thing and you can even pick up a few good deals off bigger sites. I find they're better for 'straight' things like Jerry cans and boxes which are harder to sculpt than bags and canvas.
My last post used bits of sprue and wire mostly, whereas this one will need a modest amount of Green Stuff or any modelling putty. For context, I'm not a sculptor at all so this is aimed at others who haven't really used it before rather than experienced sculptors - for whose skills I have an enormous amount of respect. This is just a very quick summary of the basic techniques I used for my three or four bits of stowage.
So, let's get started:
|Tools: Green Stuff, my model, flour, and various basic sculpting tools. The mat helps protect my precious dining table and the cling film gives a flat, smooth surface to work on.|
|Trying to mix the GS into the flour. It is much more effective than water at preventing sticking.|
|To make a basic kitroll, get your rough bag shape and press 'straps' into it.|
|Once this is done, roll the point of your blade/tool forwards and press it into the flat surface. This instantly makes it look like it's on a hook. Here I'm doing it on the top right, but you can see what it looks like at the bottom left.|
|These are the bits I made - I used all the spare GS, got a flat shape and rolled it into a blanket. This is impossible to do without some kind of anti-sticking agent.|
|The build finished ...|
|And painted! This is my second vehicle out of four for the platoon.|
|My current vehicle fleet for the Latvian Legion.|
Anyway, hope you enjoyed that. Tomorrow there will be another post on painting freehand badges and insignia for WW2 figures, and I'm currently basing the Army of Freedom - expect the final update next week, as the last post for WW2 Month!