Thursday, June 7, 2012

First Sculpting Attempt

Greetings once again Internet!

While at Origins Game Faire this year I took a sculpting class from Sandra Garrity. I have never attempted to sculpt anything before so I went into the class as a complete novice. The class was about sculpting armor, wings, and scales; since I plan on doing some Heresy-era Salamanders the scales portion of the class was perfect.

So here is my attempt at drake scales:

I was going for an aged and rugged look to the scales and I think the small ridges along the scales help convey that. I will have to work on some smaller versions for the Mk IV shoulder pads I plan on using on the Salamanders.

There are a couple of things I learned from the class:

1) I am not the only one that uses an Xacto knife for everything (including sculpting).
2) The 'clay' tools I bought were way to large for what is needed

Now to practice and practice and practice some more. All in all I am quite pleased with how my first sculpting attempt came out. Thanks for looking!


  1. Quite often the edges of tools are much too bulky to work well, I have one of the GW sculpting tools and to be able to use the scalpel end I had to file an edge on it. With the mod it works quite well. There are a few good sets for mini sculpting out there, something like this starter set might be more like what you need besides an Xacto knife.

    1. Hello there,
      Thanks for the input! I have those tools and the GW tool as well and they are still a little too large. I am making some tools from needles and dowels as was recommended during the class. I will have to file my current tools down a bit as well. Thanks for the tip! I appreciate it very much!