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I am new to the deviant scene and have been asked by a number of people, "Do you sculpt the pieces in your gallery? And if not, where do you get them?"

The simple answer, is no I do not sculpt them.

The larger scale pieces (1/8 (~225mm) - 1/4 (~450mm) scale) are sold as "kits" generally with 10-50 resin pieces. They must be assembled, and many times some simple sculpting is necessary to blend the pieces together. There are any number of small companies (many times run by the sculptor or a sculptor/caster pair). If you search for "garage kit" or "resin kit" outside of deviant, you will find many links to their online stores. If you find them interesting, please take one piece of warning before purchasing ... there are any number of companies that sell illegal copies of these kits ... they will purchase a popular kit and make molds from it and then sell the illegal copies. These are referred to as recasts and cause real harm to the original artists.

The smaller scale pieces (generally 28mm - 32mm) are gaming miniatures and are used in tabletop wargaming (e.g. Warhammer, Warhammer 40k) and fantasy roleplaying games (e.g. Dungeons & Dragons). These are cast in white metal and will sometimes come in multiple pieces to allow for the complex sculpts to be more easily cast. Again, there are many "boutique" (small, individually run) companies that produce these, but there are a few that have massive catalogs (e.g. Reaper miniatures, Games Workshop).

In all cases, the work you see on my site, was painted by me. I use acrylic paints thinned anywhere from a milky consistency all the way to a Cool-Aid like consistency and paint these pieces almost as if they were a three-dimensional piece of watercolor paper. I prime the miniatures white (which acts the way the paper does in watercolor) and slowly build up color with a series of glazes/washes. The brushes used are very similar to watercolor brushes ... in fact, they are miniature versions of watercolor brushes ... Windsor & Newton make a special line of their Series 7 watercolor brushes specifically for miniatures.

Many times, I will also add a small diorama base or include multiple figures into a scene for a full-blown diorama. This allows me to complete my version of the "story" around the character. These bases use any number of materials ... from pieces of other miniatures, small statuary, small pieces of greenery (even spices for ground cover), etc to flesh out the scene at this rather tiny scale.

I hope this helps in your understanding of what I (and others like me) do to create these tiny pieces of art.

Thanks for all your kind words ... also, I do take commissions and I do sell my work.
jim :tux:
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razzminis Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
:) i am thinking for some time to get me one of the 1/6 models from some of my favorites anime's,but i paint 30mm model's how much harder is to paint 1/6 and do you use airbrush.Again you have a great gallery :) relay like your work :dance:
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the kind words ... I started out painting gaming minis as well ... you can see some in my gallery here: [link]

I do not use an airbrush for my larger scale pieces ... never even touched or seen one :) About the differences in painting large vs. gaming scale ... there are a couple of key things to consider:
1). Large scale kits come w/ a LOT of pieces ...often 20+ that many times need to be painted separately and then assembled. So, getting good at painting things in sub-assemblies and pulling it all together post-painting is a key difference.
2). There's a lot less detail on large scale pieces ... gaming minis are packed w/ detail and you can use that detail as "dams" to keep paint from going where you don't want it to go. By comparison, large scale pieces have HUGE areas of resin devoid of any detail whatsoever forcing your blends to be incredibly smooth or the model will look messy REAL fast. That's why so many people use airbrushes ... much easier to get the blends smooth. I just use a lot of wet-blending and thin glaze techniques.
3). Clean-up ... w/ all the pieces and lots of "smooth areas" getting rid of mold lines is even more critical. So, you can spend a number of hours just getting a large scale piece ready to paint.

All that said, when you're done, you actually have something that you can see from across the room instead of needing to squint up against your display case. I still paint both, but my gaming stuff is now pretty much just for gaming ... any display work is all done larger scale.

I hope this helps. Good luck and feel free to ask questions. I love talking about this stuff.
jim
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razzminis Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Woooow ty ,that helped a lot for now :).If you ever need some help or something just poke :),and got something to recommended for starters what kit is the best for beginner in big scale's?And your minis 30mm are relay cool
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Void-Hamlet-Herself Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's definitely a new area for me to explore; and you are indeed kind to provide details. Here's a pixel cup of tea with a cookie, a smile and a wink from a passer-by.

:tea: :cookie: ;-)
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How kind and tasty!! Thank you very much. Be warned, most who explore that area become obsessed! :)
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Void-Hamlet-Herself Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Suppose I am fortunate enough to only be able to afford the "photos-of-sculpted-models-I-find-on-the-internet" addiction. ;p
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That is a much cheaper addiction ... mine has resulted in more than a lifetime's stuff to paint :)
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