I've been looking through my 4th Ed warhammer armies undead and been struck by how cool a character Arkhan the Black was, in particular his manticore bone charriot. sadly the model it's self was not that finely executed.
this got me thinking about how i would go about making it if i were undertaking the task and frankly i'm a little stumped as to what would be the best approach.
given that i'd likely use the manticores ribcage as the floor/body of the charriot the methods that came to mind would be to either make an armature for the ribcage with individual ribs or to make a former of some kind to sculpt the ribs on top of. the first method seems fiddly, the second seems like it might be a bit too fragile
what approach would you take?
I'm probably not going to make a chariot but i have had a bone dragon on my to-do list for some time now which raises the same issue.
I'm just curious about how other sculptors might tackle this problem
Post by grimstonefire on Feb 18, 2011 10:08:51 GMT -5
Given that in reality I think you get 2 of each size of rib on all creatures, casting the same rib would probably only be a bit quicker than just sculpting them on wire (what I'd do), as you'd need to file them all down.
Another option would be to whittle them all down from rod, but I think sculpting would be quicker.
Are you thinking of doing skellie horses as well? I always thought zombie horses would be fun.
I'm really not intending to sculpt a chariot unless there's a lot of interest, more of a thought exercise for now about how i could approach it. as i say, i am planning a bone dragon which will involve a similar set of hurdles
If i was going to make one i'd probably go with skeleton steeds with flaming manes, tails and fetlocks and have it on a scenic base like its launching into the air off of a hill/cliff/dune but something like that would need to be on a 100x150mm base
Post by grimstonefire on Feb 18, 2011 17:57:34 GMT -5
That would actually be quite a cool project with all the flames. If you sent me a finished cast for free I'd sculpt the horses for you. I sculpted a horse last summer and doing a skeleton would be good practice.
For the dragon I think what I'd do is this.
First figure out the length of ribs you need. Next get your greenstuff ready and rolled out into a rod shape, but a bit thicker in the middle then cut this in half so you have two wedge shaped bits.
Next you press this onto a straight piece of wire and roll around on a wet surface (or use fingers) until it covers it evenly and smooth. The wedge shape should mean the ribs are thicker one end.
Depending on how thick the ribs are you should be ok to bend them into a curve once they are dry. If you leave some of the wire either end you can pin into the spine/chest.